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I made my last shopping trip of the year on New Year’s Eve.  I had a number of coupons that were due to expire that day and I tried to use as many as possible w/o breaking my budget.

I did three transactions because I was using a lot of coupons. I have found that when I am using a lot of coupons there are less mistakes with my coupons and any mistakes that are made are easier to catch.   I had to make my bi-weekly baby purchases so that always drives up my bottomline. Otherwise, I think I got some pretty good deals. 

Transaction #1- Baby Stock-up

  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups-$8.99 ea.
  • (2) Enfagrow Toddler formula-$17.09 ea
    • used $3.00/1 MQ
    • used $5.00/1 MQ
  • (9) Canisters of Gerber cereal-$2.99 ea.
    • used (3) BOGO MQ
    • used (2) .55/1 MQ
  • Up & Up children’s antacid-$1.97
  • Tag Jr. Book (Curious George)-$7.68  (This price was a pleasant surprise at the register)
    • used $5.00/1 MQ

Total OOP= $46.76, including tax       Total Coupons used=$34.56         Total Savings (accordling to receipt) =$38.36  

I have learned that the reciept includes any sale savings in addition to any coupons used to calculate your total savings

Transcations #2-Holiday clearance decorations

  • (3) Large gift bags-$1.00 ea.
  • (1) Medium gift bag-$.37
  • (1) Smal gift bag -.25
  • (2) Packs of tissue paaper-.25 ea. (I discovered after I got home that I wasn’t charged for one pack.)
  • (1) Pack of small gift boxes-.50

Total OOP= $4.63, including tax    Total savings according to my reciept=$13.13

Transaction #3-Everything else

  • (2) Downy Wrinkle Releaser-$1.47 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ
  • Bounce dryer sheets $1.99
    • used .50/1  MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide Stain Release-$3.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide laundry detergent-$8.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • (2) Wonka Chcolate bars-$1.38 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1
  • (2) Wonka Christmas candy-.74 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ  (.52 overage given)
  • (2) Hershey Kisses-$1.34 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms cookie canisters-$1.37 ea.
    • used $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Pepperidge Farms bag cookies-.84 ea
    • used (2) $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Market Pantry frozen mini chicken sandwiches (6ct. box)-$1.99 ea
  • 2ltr.Coke Classic-$1.00
  • 2ltr. Sprite Zero-$1.00
  • (2) bottle deposits-.10 ea.
  • (10) VitaminWater-$1.00 ea.
    • used (4) BOGO FB Q
  • (6) 1ltr. Smartwaters-1.49 ea.
    • Target Special  Get 6 pk free wyb 10 VitaminWater
  • (3) Kraft shredded cheese -$2.04 (Not shown in picture)
  • Armor All car wash-$2.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Armor All car wipes-$3.49
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Bounty Basic paper towel-.99
    • used $1.00/1 MQ
  • (4) Poise pads-$3.04
    • used (4) $2.00/1 MQ
    • used (4) $1.50/1 TQ printable  ($1.82 overage given)
  • (2) Up & Up pantyliners
  • Bic ink pens
    • used $1.00/1 MQ 

Total OOP=$24.31  Total Coupons Used =$64.69 Total Savings according to my reciept=$101.16

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I haven’t shopped much in the last few weeks so, I was excited to get out this weekend. It was a marathon shopping day. I hit several stores and between trying to get all of my deals and Christmas shopping for my daughter,  I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I managed to save a ton of money at Target this week ($115.98 according to my receipt.)  I was cheated out of $9.00 in coupons, so I have to return a couple of items but, otherwise it was a pleasant trip. 

Purchases made in two transactions.

  • (4) AirWick candles $2.99 ea.
    • (4) $3/1 MQ 11/14/10-SS
  • (4) Tide (travel side) .97 ea
    • (4) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (6) Sleepshirts $1.98-3.24 ea.
    • (2) $10/3 TQ
  • KitKat $1.00
  • (2) 7 ct. Nescafe stick pack  $1.00 ea.
    • (2) .75/1 printable
  • Market Pantry Bagels $1.24
  • (3) Healthy Choice frozen meals $1.79 ea.
    • (1) B1G1 (Snail Mail Q)
    • (1) $1/2 MQ 10/17/10-SS
  • (2) CPK Pizzas $2.89 ea.
    • (2) $1.50/1 printable
  • (4) Vaseline Lotions $2.69 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (4) $1.50/1 TQ
  • (6) Softsoaps $1.00 ea.
    • (3) $1/2 TQ (Target mailer)
  • (4) Suave deodorants .97 ea.
    • (4)  .75/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • (3) Suave shampoo .99 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (3) Degree deodorants (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (7) Gillette Shave Gel (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (7) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) NYC nail color $1.72 ea.
  • (5) Herbal Essences .97 ea.
    • (5) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) Vaseline Lip therapy $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 printable (no longer available)
  • (3) Up pantyliners .89 ea.
    • (3) .75/1 TQ
  • (2) Gas-X chewable tablets $3.98 ea.
  • Crayola crayons $1.97
  • Crayola Toy $5.99
    • $2/1 MQ (Sent from Pamper)
    • $1/1 TQ (Target Mailer)
  • (4) Friskies cat treats $1.42 ea.
    • (2) $2/2 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • Leap Frog toy $19.99 (Not pictured)
  • OOP $46.71  Saved $115.98 

I went to Target  on  Saturday and other than the fact that they cheated me out $2.00 in coupons it was a pretty good trip.  I will be returning  two of the Friskies because I never let Target get away with cheating me out of money.  This is my shopping list for this week.

  • (2) turtleneck  shirts for my daughter-On clearance for $2.00/ea
  • Sweater for my daughter-On clearance for $6.20
  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups $8.99/ea
    • used (1) $1.50 Target Q
    • used (2) $2.00 printable
  • Large bag of Nestle candy -$2.49 on clearance
  • Bag of M&M candy -$.67 on clearance
  • (2) Large bags of Hershey Kisses -$1.22/ea on clearance
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 SS
  • (8) single containers of Meow Mix -.45/ea
    • used (4) $1/2 manu. 9/26/10 RP
  • (4) Friskies Party Mix-$1.34/ea
    • used (2) Target printable
    • used (4) $1/1 manu.  (Register only took off 2) 8/22/10 SS or 9/12/10 RP

Forgot to include in the other photo

  • (1) Alexia Sweet Potatoe Fries-$2.19
  • Berenstain Bears book-$1.00
  • MP Sandwich bread-.99
  • MP hot dog buns-$1.19

Total  OOP $31.73 including tax  Total saved $38.80 

I had a pretty uneventful shopping trip this week. The cashier tried to tell me that “one per purchase” meant I could only use one coupon per transaction, but after I explained the difference, she grudgingly scanned all my coupons.  I am so tired of the “purchase vs. transaction” debate.  I didn’t purchse a lot because they didn’t have my daughter’s formula and a couple of other items  on my shopping list.  It was still a good trip. 

  • (1) Bag of Lays Baked Chips – $2.79
  • (4) Premium saltine crackers – $1.99/ea
  • (2) Quaker Life bars – $2.39/ea
    • used (2) $1/1 Manu. Qpon(Rec’d with sample)
    • used (2) $1/1 Target printable
  • (6) Quaker Instant Oatmeal – $2.50/ea
    • used (6) $2/2 Manu. printable ( no longer available)
    • find another $1/1 Quaker Qpon in the 9/12/10 RP
    • used (4) .75/1 Target Notebook Qpon
  • (12)  The Goodlife Recipe cat food  – .69/ea
    • used (12) $1/1 Manu.  (adjusted  to .69/ea) 9/19/10 RP
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies – $1.44

Target’s registers are so wonky that half of the time I can’t understand their savings calculations.  I am going to list my out-of-pocket costs and savings according to my calculations.

Total product value=$40.25    Total OOP  cost=$8.41 including tax       Total Saved=$31.84 or 79%

With the economy being what it is, saving money has become a priority for most families.   As a result coupon usage is at an all-time high. This increase helped open up a new niche in the blogging world. Many blogger  have taken advantage of this need and started writing blogs dedicated to showing us how to save money in just about every aspect of our daily spending.

I rely on my fellow bloggers for all of the invaluable money-saving information that they share. There are a lot of really good “Frugal Blogs”, so when I decided to write this post it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just 10. The blogs on my list are the ones that I frequent most often. All of the blogs on my list are focused on saving money but, each one has something unique about it that keeps me coming back. 

1. Money  Saving  Mom-This blog has informative and well written articles  covering  topics such as how to monetize your blog and how to pay cash for a house. 

2. Hip2Save-This was the very first frugal blog I visited and it is still one my go-to sites for daily deals and freebies.  It is updated numerous times during the day  allowing you to take advantage of some the more time sensitive deals.

3. Totally Target-The name says it all.  If you want to know anything about shopping at Target, this is the site for you. The writer also started a Target forum which is a great place to connect with other Target shoppers.

4. Couponing to Disney-In addition to daily deals, this site offers helpful information for anyone planning a Disney vacation.  You can learn how to have a spectacular  trip without breaking the bank.

5. Bargains to Bounty-This site  has weekly coupon matchups for several grocery stores in the Greater Detroit area.  My favorite weekly matchups are the ones for Meijer.

6. The Mommy Reporter-This blog is a new discovery for me.  It’s only been on my go-to list for about a month.  The articles are interesting with a lot of useful information for being a successful “Mommy Blogger.”

7. Meijer Madness-This site is dedicated to all things Meijer.  Considering the fact that Meijer is my favorite grocery store. This site is is very helpful to me when I’m  making my weekly grocery list.

8. The Coupon Goddess-I read  this blog simply because it is well writen and I enjoy the witty and often humorous posts.  The writer is also a supreme couponer and a generous donor.

9. Penny Pinching Diva-This is another blog that I read becasue it is engaging.  Depite the many challenges she faces, the writer is very open about her life and I have become a little  emotionally invested in her experiences.

10.  Who Said Nothing in Life is Free-This site  almost always has at least one or two deals that I never see on any of the other blogs.  Her posts are short and to the point and that they just to cut to the chase.

These are my 10 favorite frugal blogs.  I know there are many other awesome blogs, but I have learned that you  have to pick a few good  blogs to follow or you will become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information that is available.

When trying to establish your go-to list, I would advise you be pick blogs that offer infomation that is useful to you and  focus on the goals that you are trying to accomplish. You also want to choose blogs that speak to you or touch you in some way.  I would reccommend that  you visit  a number of sites just to see what’s out there. Add the sites you like to your “Favorites”. In time you will notice that you are visiting certain sites more regularly than others and your go-to list will emerge.

Please leave a comment describing  your favorite money-saving blogs. 

 

Today’s trip to Target for uneventful.  Thank God.  I was able to use all of my coupons and get some freebies problem-free. Here is what I was able to score for $13.26 including tax.

  • (2) Huggies Pull-ups-$8.99/ea.
  • (2) Gald Tough Odor Solutions carpet fresh-$1.99/ea.
  • (2) Glade Tough Odor Solutions room spray-$2.34/ea.
  • (8) Travel size Tide laundry detergant-.97/ea.
    • used (8) $1/1  RP 9/26/10
  • (4) Pairs Merona socks-$2.00/ea
  • (2) Nescafe Coffee 7ct. stick packs-$1.00/ea.
  • (1) Lunchable-$1.02 /ea.
  • (4) Kraft sting cheese-.49/ea.
  • (11) Olay Body Bars-.97/ea
    • used (11) $1.50/1 RP 9/26/10
  • (2) St.  Ives Travel size body wash-.99/ea 
    • used (2) $.75/1 SS 9/19/10

Total OOP  13.29  including tax          Total Saved $53.17 

Basically, I only paid for the Pull-UPs. 

I had a glorious time shopping at Target today.  Not only did I save 100%, I inadvertently made $2.85.  More on that later.  I am going to get right into my shopping recap.

  • C9 Girls Hat-$9.99
  • (2) Archer Frams Trail Mix-.99/ea
  • (2) Nescafe 7 ct. stick packs-$1.00/ea
  • (2) DelMonte Fruit Cups 4ct.-$2.00/ea
  • (3) Target Home  Shower Caddies-$7.48/ea (on clearance)
  • (2) Room Essentials toilet paper holders-$4.99/ea
  • (2) Room Essentials bath baskets-$5.99/ea
  • Birthday Card-$2.99
  • Used $5.00 gift card (gift from a friend, thanks Lisa)

Total Value=$65.36   Total Coupons=$53.00  Total OOP=$7.36 + tax  Returned C9 Hat=$10.59  Adjusted OOP=$0.00+$2.85 moneymaker.    

I also returned the Shout travel wipes I mentioned in my last Target post and got back an additional $3.08. All in all, this was the best Target shopping trip I have had in a while. 

You can checkout the video of this trip here.


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