Sundays Stories

KerryAnn’s message appeared in my inbox last week.   New to couponing, she’s starting to build her stockpile and start saving.   Here’s her recent savings experience:

Thanks to your online classes, my first real attempt at couponing at Kroger was a roaring success.

Because I am so new at it, I broke the trip into two transactions so I could better analyze the savings on our stockpiling.

One for our regular weekly grocery shopping, things we needed to make our meal plan for the week. We bought $90.73 worth of groceries but paid only $63.65, and received $1.75 in catalinas for products we buy ($1 off 2 Activia 4-packs and $.75 off Private Selections ice cream).

The second was for stockpiling items, primarily health and beauty.   I figure I gotta start somewhere! I was able to purchase $56.23 worth of items, but paid only $12.54.   We will be donating the Afrin (free with Catalina from previous trip — but thanks to you, i knew to keep it and actually use it), one of the Secret Deodorants, and one of the Old Spice body washes (value of $12.40 for 3 items). I used a $.50 off Crest coupon for Crest that was in the clearance bin marked down to $1.19.

Now that we are on our way to a good stockpile, i will be able to take advantage of donating more often.

Thank you for your wonderful blog!

You’re turn! Want to brag about your latest shopping trip, share your frugal story, offer a tip to save money as a family, teach us a fun thrifty craft, or some other frugal family fun?   Send your story to ingoodcents@gmail.com or submit it online!

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One of my favorite ways to have frugal family fun, is Family Movie Night.   To keep it entertaining for everyone, we alternate who picks the movie each week.   Each person gets a chance to select the movie we all watch as a family.   The only rule is that it has to be “family appropriate”.

This means, that every time it’s my 3-year-old’s turn, we watch a princess movie, with my 6-year-old we enjoy a lot of Barbie movies, and my husband gets us watching the more recent kids movies, like Toy Story 3.   So, what about me?   I love sharing old classics with my children.   While some, like the black and white version of Miracle on 34th Street, completely flop, others, like Annie, have become their new favorites!

So, step one is to keep it frugal!   We make popcorn at home with our trusted air popper.   The kids fill it up too full and laugh as   popcorn shoots out and missed the bowl.   We make our own pizzas and breadsticks, which is messy fun for the kids.   And, we use Swag Bucks to get FREE movies on Amazon On-Demand, rental codes to get FREE movies from Redbox or Blockbuster, or pick up movies from Blockbuster or Redbox for only $1.

Each movie night can be an adventure and just getting ready is half of the fun!

The Food

  1. Handmade Personal Pizzas
  2. Kiddie Kabobs
  3. Waffle Sandwiches
  4. Home-Popped Popcorn (try adding fun flavors to see what you get)
  5. Homemade Cookies
  6. Baked Chicken Strips
  7. Baked Chicken Nachos
  8. Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, pancakes, etc…)
  9. Hot Dog Spaghetti
  10. Make-Your-Own Snack Mix

Getting Affordable Movies

  1. Your Personal Movie Library
  2. Disney’s 8:00 Movie (check line-up for dates/times)
  3. ABC Family   8:00 Movie (check line-up for dates/times)
  4. $1 Redbox Rentals (or FREE with code)
  5. $1 Blockbuster Rentals (or FREE with code)
  6. Amazon On-Demand (p.s.a. $0.99)
  7. Your Local Library
  8. Borrow or Trade with Friends & Family
  9. On-Demand From Your Cable Provider (Mine has some FREE and super cheap!)
  10. Yard Sales & Consignment Sales

And, from my family to yours, here is our top Family Movie Night movie recommendations to get you started:

Izy’s Top 10

  1. Sleeping Beauty
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Beauty & The Beast
  4. Tangled
  5. The Little Mermaid: Return to the Sea
  6. Santa Paws
  7. Barbie & The Diamond Castle
  8. Barbie & The Island Princess
  9. The Princess & The Frog
  10. Aladdin

Ady’s Top 10

  1. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (or ANY, she says!)
  2. Barbie in a Mermaid’s Tale
  3. Barbie in a Fashion Fairytale
  4. The Santa Claus (1, 2, AND 3)
  5. Snow White
  6. Camp Rock (1 AND 2)
  7. High School Musical (1, 2, AND 3)
  8. Alice in Wonderland (original)
  9. Alice in Wonderland (2010 Version)
  10. Annie

Scott’s Top 10

  1. The Incredibles
  2. Hook
  3. Finding Neverland
  4. The Sandlot
  5. Up
  6. Cars
  7. Toy Story (1, 2, AND 3)
  8. Finding Nemo
  9. Monsters, Inc.
  10. Pinocchio

Beth’s Top 10 (it’s really the BEST one!) }

  1. Anne of Green Gables
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Charlotte’s Pig
  4. The Parent Trap
  5. Little Women
  6. The Sound of Music
  7. Willow
  8. Short Circuit
  9. Batteries Not Included
  10. The Last Unicorn

Can you tell we’re a Disney family?

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Laura, a mother of 4, is graciously sharing her wonderful trip to Marsh Supermarket yesterday.   She went to take advantage of the wonderful 3-Day Only Dairy Sale, but picked up a few other necessities while she was there.

Marsh

(10) Milk (1/2 gal.): $9.80
(1) Dozen Eggs: $0.28 (Used In-Ad Marsh Supermarket Super Saving Coupon)
(2) Marsh Supermarket Food Club Waffles: $5.00
(4) SoftSoap Hand Soap: $1.20 (used (4) $0.35/1 Coupons **Doubled**)*
(2) Tyson Bacon: B1G1 @ $5.99
(1) Mission Tortilla: $1.99
(4) Kellogg’s Special K: $3.50 (used (2) B1G1 Coupons)
(5) Athenos Greek Yogurt: $5.00**
(5) Marsh Supermarket Butter: $9.40
(1) Tyson Chicken: $5.41 ($1.98/lb.)
(2) Kraft American Cheese: $2.56
(8) Peter Pan Peanut Butter: $7.92 (used (4) $1.00/2 Coupons)
(2) Orville Popcorn: B1G1 @ $3.35

Tax: : $0.18
Final Out-of-Pocket: $58.30!!!! (47 items)

Total Savings: $72.12 (55%)

*I know the SoftSoap coupons were for a certain size but Marsh Supermarket had a “special buy size” for $1.00 which met the requirements of the coupon.
**I hadn’t intended to buy it but they were giving out samples and it was so good I had to have it LOL!!!

The person at the register said “Wow!!   Good job!!   You get the prize for today!!!”   I also had to get a raincheck for the Green Giant frozen vegetables, they were all out of corn.   And, I’m done for the week because with my stock on hand, there is nothing more we need :)

Groceries for 6 people for the week $58.30!!

I’m pretty excited :)   I’m going to CVS tomorrow and have a $20.00 gift card and a coupon for $5.00/$30.00.   I should do pretty well there too!!!

For the deals to match this grocery trip, check out the Marsh Supermarket Weekly Deals.

You’re turn! Want to brag about your latest shopping trip, share your frugal story, offer a tip to save money as a family, teach us a fun thrifty craft, or some other frugal family fun?   Send your story to ingoodcents@gmail.com or submit it online!

Don’t forget to fill out the Reader Survey to tell me about you, what you love, and what you’d enjoy!

10-1/2 gl Milk for                                 $9.80

1-dozen eggs                                        $0.28 (used coupon in ad)

2-Marsh Supermarket Food Club waffles $5.00

4-soft soap                                            $1.20 (used 4x$0.35*)

2-Tyson Bacon  BOGO               $5.99

1-Mission Tortilla                               $1.99

4-Special K                                               $3.50 (used 2xBOGO coupon and if you 4  bought for each box was $1.75**)

5-Athenos Yogurt                                 $5.00 (I hadn’t intended to buy it but they were giving out samples and it was so good I had to have it LOL!!!)

5-Marsh Supermarket Butter                                      $9.40

1-Tyson Chicken                               $5.41 ($1.98/lb)

2-Kraft Am. Cheese                       $2.56

8-Peter Pan peanut butter     $7.92 (used 4x$1.00/2)

2-Orville Popcorn BOGO         $3.35

Tax                                                                   $0.18

For a grand total of                     $58.30!!!! (47 items)

Saving                                                       $72.12 (55%)

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It’s a New Year and I’ve been diligently reading through all of your comments, thoughts, and about you on the Reader’s Survey.   If you haven’t had a chance, please head over to fill it out!

I am seeing a few things, I’m going to start working on now though.

Aldi Store Deals

First, there is a lot of requests for Aldi.   I tried long ago to cover this store and kept forgetting, since I rarely go there and they stopped sending the ad in the mail (that was my reminder!).   However, I’m going to try again, since it is a popular request among you.

So… reappearing Wednesday, January 5th – Aldi Special Buys!

My Grocery Deals & Meal Plan

Now, this one is my New Year’s resolution.   It might take me a while to get back in a groove.   Here’s the secret I haven’t been telling you… I have been slacking on the shopping for an embarrassingly long time!

We’ve had a big   year with Disney, my husband’s hand surgeries, the broken dish washer, the broken toilets… the list seems to never end.   In order to keep us from dipping into savings too much, we’ve been eating from the pantry and only making about one or two trips a month.   However, we’ve depleted our stockpile almost completely!

Now, I have to get back into the swing of frugal shopping and sharing my trips with you!   Wish me luck.   Getting motivated to hit the grocery store with three kids in tow or in the evening when my husband finally gets home (and I’m exhausted), is going to be hard!

But, I’m doing it…

Because you asked…

A lot!

And, because we do have to eat…

Sunday’s Stories & Families

This one I am so excited about, because it falls right in line with an idea I’ve been tossing around!

You’d like to hear frugal stories & ways to save as a family

  • Amazing Grocery Trips
  • Inspirational Money-Saving Stories
  • Hysterical Couponing Experiences & Confessions
  • Frugal Family Fun Ideas
  • Ideas to Save as a Family
  • D.I.Y. Frugal Ideas & Tips

So, I”m going to turn Sunday over to YOU sometimes!   If you have a story that falls into one of these categories, please send me your frugal story and it may appear on In Good Cents, with a short bio about you, your family, and/or your blog (if you have one).

What am I looking for?   Here’s a few examples of ideas:

  • The excitement you felt when you first started couponing, even if you didn’t save much at first
  • The steps your family took to save for that “big purchase”
  • How couponing saved your family when you were struggling financially
  • The giggles at your mom-daughter sleepovers when dad’s out of town
  • You’ve had to quit using your home phone, because it’s making a horrible static noise and you can’t hear callers, but you don’t buy a new one (not that I’m doing that… *blush*… but don’t call my home phone, okay?)
  • Why did you start couponing and why do you continue?
  • Giving up your gym membership and dancing like crazy around the house with the kids for aerobic exercise (umm… not me again… *looks embarassed*)
  • Your son learned to use scissors cutting out coupons and now you’re working on math   problems (If yogurt is 2 for 44 and you have a $0.50 off 1 coupon that will double, how much will you spend if you buy one?).
  • The steps you take to make your kids fashionable frugal flip-flops each summer for only $2 each!

You get the idea, right?   So, send me your frugal story! And I’ll be posting them, plus, I have a few of my own.

This will be so much fun!

Don’t forget to fill out the Reader Survey to tell me about you, what you love, and what you’d enjoy!

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