Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What I Save When I Shop

This may be boring to some of you. But this post is mainly for my mom. Unfortunately she moved and then a few months later we picked up the same habit- shopping for sales and using coupons. We call each other almost everyday to share our savings. So after today- I decided to finally finish this post I started forever ago.
Now my goal whenever I go shopping is to save 50%, so I aim to always cut my bill in 1/2. I am pretty successful now!Here I got 2 bags of Cheetos, 2 packs of fruit snacks, baby lotion, and some children silverware for Autumn (my sister in law has them, and Autumn likes them). The only thing not on sale, that I didn't use a coupon with was that silverware. I spent $2.94, and saved $3.75
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here I got 4 Warm Delights, 2 boxes of fruit snacks, 2 cake mixes, bag of goldfish, Pledge wipes, and Gerber Graduate snacks and side dish. I spent $2.24 and saved $12.73. (mind you I had a $5 gift card that i recieved earlier in the week from Target when I purchased some other stuff that I used with this it would have been $7.24...still great savings!)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here I bought 2 bags of cheetos, 2 bags of fruit snacks, baby wash, baby lotion, 2 deoderants. (I don't use this type of deoderant but it was free after using a I can use it in a desperate situation...I told Drew when we resort to using our food storage and years supply to not expect me to smell very nice. :)) Well this time I spent $2.75 but I saved $13.18----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here I got 3 packs of fruit snacks, 3 bags of cheetos, 2 deoderants, 2 baby lotions, 2 baby wash. I forgot to get one of the deoderants, so I had to go back in on the same can see how I got it for free. I spent $1.73 and saved $14.84----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here I got a loaf of bread, MultiGrain Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios, Sunny D, Bananas, a Red Pepper, a Green Pepper, dozen eggs, 2 seasoning packets (which were free after coupons), hot dogs, 3 tubs of frosting, 3 boxes of granola bars, and Capri Sun. I spent $14.94 and saved $30.19----------------------------------------------------------------------------------This was todays shopping! I got 2 baby wash, 2 baby lotion, 2 packs of fruit snacks, 2 chips ahoy!, 2 pringles, 3 packs of Pampers diapers, 1 pack of Huggies diapers (which were free...I had a BIG complaint about a pack I bought for Autumn and e-mailed them. Not expecting anything, just wanting them to beware incase anyone else complained about the same thing and they sent me a coupon for a free pack), and 9 tubs of wipes. I spent $48.44 and saved $45.16. Not too shabby considering now I have a two year supply of wipes, and a one year supply of diapers.
This picture is from a couple of weeks ago when I started this post. This is in Autumns bathroom. The orange boxes are kiddie soaps, which I got for free also. And at the time I had some baby food stuck in there (I buy it when it's on sale so that when Weston starts on baby food I don't feel like I am out spending alot and cutting into our grocery budget)This is the cabnet today. Check out all the lotion and body wash I have for the kids. This is their one year supply of hygiene products.
Two weeks ago this was my one year supply of wipes and 3 month supply of diapers. Today I have a 2 year supply of wipes, and a year supply of diapers. (I have a dresser drawer full of diapers that I have already taken out of the packs...I was running out of room in the kids closet.)
Today is Earth Day...the Disney Store was giving away free reusable bottles when you brought in 3 recycleable bottles. So if it's free, I want it! Then because I feel guilty going in and just getting something free I bought this adorable reusable bag for $2.50. I love it. I have always been a fan of Disney, but Drews family has a slight obsession, which is wearing off on me.
Also- I got this beautiful bakeware for free. I just had to pay for shipping, which was $8. I know- I am a cheapskate, but I like to think I am smart as well. (if you want info on the bakeware let me know...every month I can get 2 items for free and just pay for shipping)I have time today because Drew took the day off...I witnessed something this morning that shook me up and I called my sister crying asking her advice. I was just in a weird funk and felt awful, it was making me sick- so Drew stayed home. What cured me? Going shopping and spending money. What every woman loves. But what makes me even happier is getting great deals and saving money while I spend money. (And don't judge me for all the snacks I have bought. I was getting them for a steal and we are going on 3 vacations this summer, all which are road trips, so I am stocking up and already buying foods for them.)


Jamie said...

Okay, I am now inspired to start couponing... is that even a word? :) I need tips... please share!!

Cindy Ardis said...

April, you are the queen of couponing. Where are you getting all the cheetos coupons. Yum! Can't wait to come to your house.
I have a closet like yours filled with toilet paper, toothpaste, razors, body wash and shampoo. It's amazing how fast it adds up. I love the disney bag.

Rebel said...

Hey- is everything okay? I hate it when things have the capability to throw your whole day off! lveo your coupon savings! I am so jealous! Will you teach me?? We could save soo much. we need help! Food is practically our highest expense!

Heather said...

I love it! I am getting addicted to couponing also. I need to look up your website on your blog. I get so excited when I save money. One week I spent $150 on food & saved $145. That was pretty exciting. I got all this meat buy 1 get 1 (some even 2) free. We have lots of meat in our freezer. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks & your cute kids.

Kim B. said...

that is soooooooooooooooo awesome. i want to go find deals on diapers and i dont even have kids!

The Canciennes said...

This really makes me depressed. I suck at this whole coupon thing. (Just a little tip. When I am getting a gift card back at target for buying what ever. I pay for it first then use the gift card on the rest of my items. It just helps to know exactly what I'm saving in that one trip.)

The Martin Family said...

Hope everything is ok. What happened? You really are the queen. Great job. I need to start doing this again and you are proof. I am going to call you tomorrow (thursay) so we can talk pictures.... talk to you soon.

Christy said...

What happened with the Pampers? And I thought Mom's comment about the cheetos was funny. We'll see if they're still there for your summer vacation after Mom comes to town.

Jason and Kristy said...

I am so impressed! Don't you feel so great after saving so much money! It's kind of my favorite thing too, it will always put you in a good mood.

The Popes said...

ha no judging on the snacks when you can save as much as you did! so now you have to share . .where do all your coupons come from?. . what's your secret? just last week brady and i were talking about emergency prepardness in relation to having a baby . .so i gotta stock up on cheap diapers and wipes! so according to everyone's comments if looks like your next post is on "how to use coupons and where you get them!" :)