A Little Motivation

by Beth Montgomery on January 10, 2009 · 1 comment

in Frugal Living

Though I do love a good deal and I love sharing them, I’m not one to typically brag about my shopping adventures. However, I thought I’d try to send a little motivation your way. Maybe you look at this site and think you’ll save a bit of change here or there. Or maybe you love the idea of snagging a few things free. However, if you are serious about cutting your grocery budget and saving as much money as possible, you can do it.

Now before I post what I bought this week and how much I paid, I have to admit that I had two things working in my advantage this week that you, most likely, don’t have. I obtained both of them completely free though through deals and coupons. The first is a $10 gift card from CVS, which I got completely free from MyPoints.com where you can earn points to buy gift cards just by reading e-mails and doing surveys each day. The other is a Kroger gift card, which I got from a coupon I had that gave me a $20 for filling a new medicine at their pharmacy. Keep a look out for these, because they are a great way to make and save money. My medicine was $4.25, so I made $15.75 out of the deal.

Okay, here it goes…

Transaction 1:
CVS Newborn Sensitive Baby Wipes
Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste (2)
Fiber One Bars 6 Pack (2)
Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews

Grand Total: $17.47
Savings: $2.96
Coupons: $10.00
ECB: $4.00
Gift Card: $0.51
Total OOP: $0.00 (Plus I got back $2 and $3 in ECB)

Transaction 2:
Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste (2)
Garnier Fructis Conditioner
L’oreal True Match Powder
L’oreal Lip Gloss
CVS New Born Sensitive Wipes

Grand Total: $33.67
Savings: $11.07
Coupons: $18.00
ECB: $3.97
CVS Gift Card: $0.63
Total OOP: $0.00 (Plus, I got back $2 in ECB)

Bananas (6)
Premium Canned White Chicken (2)
Spaghetti-O’s (4)
Granny Smith Apples (4)
Meijer Chicken Flavored Noodles
Meijer Popcorn
Meijer Frozen Green Beans
Meijer Toaster Pastries
Dole Bagged Salad
Cheesy Potatoes (2)
Stuffed Potatoes (2)
Meijer Fruit Snacks (2)
Meijer Gallon Milk (2)
Stouffer’s Frozen Meal (2)

Grand Total: $45.98
Savings: $13.50
Coupons: $2.00
Total OPP: $30.48

Colgate Original Toothpaste
Campbell’s Chunky Health Request Soup (6)
Mangoes (4)
Navel Oranges (4)
Bomb Popsicles

Grand Total: $26.47
Savings: $7.28
Coupons: $11.75
Kroger Gift Card: $7.44
Total OOP: $0.00

Marsh Supermarket Frozen White Corn
Marsh Supermarket Frozen Peas
Tombstone 12″ Supreme Pizza
Yoplait Yogurt Cup (12)
Marsh Supermarket Bread (2)
Au Gratin Potatoes

Grand Total: $23.71
Savings: $10.49
Coupons: $2.00
Total OOP: $11.22

Grand Total: $120.83
Savings & Coupons: $79.13
TOTAL OOP: $41.70

That’s a bit over my $40.00 weekly grocery budget, but I’ll take it! Now keep in mind I’ll be making our meals from things I already have on hand as well. For example, tonight we’re having slow-cooked Tuscan Chicken Bean soup and grilled ham & cheese sandwiches. Yum!

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