Smith’s Great Sale 2/2- 2/8

I got all this (100 items including the shrimp ring) for $71 OOP (out of pocket).  I’ve learned the sale cycles so I buy items when they are at their lowest price AND I do a clip-less coupon approach.  It’s easy, saves time AND more importantly it saves money!

I’m hosting a FREE Grocery Smarts class in my home at the end of February AND I’m feeding you!  What more could you want?  (I also have a toy room if you need to bring your little ones).

This trip I got charcoal for $2, bagged cheese for $2 a lb, sliced cheese for 49 cents, hot dogs for 39 cents, baby lotions for $1.50, and lots more!

In the past I’ve gotten jumbo packs of diapers for $2.50, salsa for 9 cents a jar,  tortillas for 10 cents, canned veggies for less than 30 cents each, packs of dishwasher tabs for less than $1 a box,  cases of bottled water for $1.79, hummus for FREE, cool whip for FREE, bags of shredded cheese for FREE, toothpaste and toothbrushes for FREE, deodorant for 25 cents, RoTel for 16 cents a jar, a box of copy paper for $5 (normally $50), a Sonicare electric toothbrush for $9 (regularly $49), and an entire pantry, freezer, and bathroom stocked up with items my family uses.  Oh, and I NEVER pay more than a $1 for a box of cereal (Kashi, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Trix, or any kind)!

You too can learn the best deals and when to stock up on the items you use most.  Let me know if you or anyone you know is interested and I’ll get you the info.

Thank You Columbus!

So I’m still going to free sewing classes every Thursday and our next project is to make a tiered/ layered skirt.  Upon further googling I think they are also called gypsy skirts and they are “sew” easy to make.  You can do lots of layers.  I currently have one similar to this, but in brown.  It’s so comfortable!

Well I headed to Joann’s fabric store in hopes of finding the perfect fabrics to coordinate and do a multicolored skirt.  We (the boys and I) searched high and low and through every row twice.  I finally found my match in the red tag remnant bins and got brown and red dotted material with shiny silver stripes going through it.  They were 50% off the already reduced price!  Just what I was hoping to find- treasure in the leftovers!  I spent less than 5 bucks on my elastic and material and I’m so stinking excited, because I think I can make 2 skirts!  So thank you Columbus for discovering America and for having such a great day for sales!

Deals for Dummies

So I ventured to Target this evening in hopes of finding another Leap Frog Tag Reading System for Josh and some other stuff and only got half of what was on my list.  I ended up buying 50 items and getting my $112 total down to $22.93!  I used 63 coupons!!  I think that’s a record!  I’d post a picture, but remember, the old laptop is out of service, the new laptop was returned for having a bad CD rom, and now my pc hard drive upstairs is going out too!

Here’s a little of how I work my coupon magic:

Tag Reading System on clearance for $29.99, but rang up $19.98 at check out.  I used a $10 off manufacturer coupon I printed off from their website AND a $5 off Target coupon for a Tag product.  This is called STACKING - when you use a manufacturer coupon + a store coupon for the same item. You can do this at grocery stores too!

Nextcare Bandaids (8 count) were on clearance for 68 cents.  I printed off  a bunch of $1.00 off coupons from their website that didn’t specify a size, so buy the smallest size to save the most amount of money (usually found in the travel/ trial sized section).  But Amanda, your coupon is more than the value of the product. This is called OVERAGE. That extra 22 cents went to pay down something else and make my overall bill lower.  Always make sure you have a FILLER- an item to make up the price difference.  I bought way more stuff than 22 cents worth so my overall total went down so I didn’t worry too much. Note: some stores will adjust down the price of the coupon to match the value of the item if the item is cheaper than the amount on the coupon. 

My total purchase was over $50 so the first coupon I used was a store coupon for $5 off a $50 dollar purchase.  Use these kinds of money off coupons first since your total is at its highest, then use your other coupons.  If you do it in reverse, then your total will be too low and you won’t get that free extra $5.00 off your purchase.  Make the free money work for you!

Here’s a list of what I bought:

Tag Reading System, 2 Aveeno baby washes, 2 Johnson and Johnson Buddy Wash Soap Bars, 3 Johnson and Johnson lotions/ baby washes, 6 paper towel rolls, 3 single toilet papers, 3 deodorants, 8 boxes of Kudos granola bars, 8 boxes of Pop tarts, 2 boxes of Kelloggs Yogos fruit snacks, 8 Nextcare bandaids, 4 packs of Bic pens, 1 box of Kotex pantyliners.

The free stuff I get (usually health and beauty items in the travel sizes) are great for overnight trips and also for storing in my backpack  that’s a 72 hour kit.  If there was ever an emergency I want to grab and go with my shampoo and stuff.  That’s a post for another time. Just think Hurricane Katrina!  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bag to grab that already has your necessities in case you have to flee immediately?

Also, I’m always donating food to people and food drives and things like that.  Buying 8 boxes of Pop Tarts may seem excessive, but when 1 box cost me way less than $1.00 then I don’t feel so bad giving them away.  I also am a proponent of food storage.  There’s nothing more irritating to me than going to my cupboard and being out of an item.  (I did have to run to Smith’s twice last night for this very reason).  So, when things go on sale, I use coupons on top of these sales and stock up!  Think Hurricane Katrina again.  Stranded in your house with help no where close.  If you’ve got some comfort foods and regular everyday foods stocked up, you could easily survive a disaster.  Oh yeah, and non food items are important too!  Let’s not get stuck without toilet paper, diapers, wipes, or trashbags! 

Well there’s some info to let you think about. Any questions?  And just a heads up that Smith’s is having their caselot sales the 2nd week in September, yay!

Store Closings!

All Lucky’s Stores and the Albertsons on Trop & Eastern and Lake Mead  & Jones are closing their doors on Feb 19th.  So, everything in the store is marked down 10-90%.  The non food items are better deals right now- diapers are 25% off, medicines and first aid stuff is 50% off, baking items are 25-50% off, spices are 50% off, household cleaners are 25-50% off.  We’ve been to an Alby’s and a Lucky’s and the prices are the same.  Alby’s did have a better diaper pack available though, so glad I got diapers (Huggies) there.  Oh yeah, and they are still taking Q’s so even more $$ off your purchase.  Have fun bargain shopping!  Everything is on sale, but not everything is a great sale!!  Be careful not to get crazy just because there’s a big store closing sign.  Don’t go in thinking everything must be a super fabulous low low price, because it’s not!

This Week’s Deals!

Weekly deals- Nov 2
Weekly deals- Nov 2

I’m celebrating the presidential defeat/ victory (depending on your outlook) today by shopping!  Check out my deals at Smith’s!  They are having one of those buy 10 items and save sales.  Throw in some coupons like I did and I got everything for $6 bucks and got free razors and free toothpaste!  Even though I don’t really need the free things someone out there does- so it’s a great way to help charities or families in need and it doesn’t cost a cent!!  And now I’m home and the kiddos are both sleeping =o) 

And if you’re not afraid of generic diapers then check out HERE to get the scoop on the amazing sale at Walgreens!!  Seriously it’s like buying 1 pack of jumbo Walgreens brand diapers (all sizes) and getting 3 free when you combine sale and coupon.  I’ve been to 4 Walgreens stores and stocked up.  The store and Craig and MLK has the red pharmacy coupon book sitting out for you to take at the “customer consultation” station.  So grab your coupon book from there, go to the diaper aisle and get 4 packs (limit 4), go to check out to ring up the diapers first, then hold the coupon book out for the clerk to scan the diaper coupon (it takes $2 off each package).  It’s like getting a pack of diapers for $2.50.  Can’t go wrong!  If you’re leary about diaper leakage, then use generics during the day and name brand at night. 

No more shopping this week, b/c I want to stay within budget this month, I am notorious for going broke on good deals, and it’s only the first part of the month so I want to save for deals later on.

Thanks Thrifymama for the info about these great deals!

Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

Well, not exactly. Last night I went to THE CHILDREN’S ORCHARD because a friend told me about their “$5.00 bag sale” that ran from 6-8pm. This store is one of those places where you can sell your kid’s gently used clothing and toys and buy gently used items for much cheaper than retail prices, even when the clothes are new and still have the original store tags on them.

So they passed out grocery sacks and you were allowed to grab and shove as many clothing items into the sack and only pay $5.00 for the entire bag when you were done. You just had to make sure the handles touched when you were holding the bag closed. The clothing items had to have the green tag though… I unfortunately had to empty my bag and start over upon learning the “green tag” rule, but I still make off with some great deals!

I found some church clothes and shoes, patriot ensembles, little rompers, and just plain cute stuff for the boys. They were in great condition too! Some items didn’t have the green tag so I had to pay the full price, but when all was said and done I spent $19 bucks and some change and got quite a few outfits that they can wear now and grow into. I am so excited for the size 2T church outfit I got for Mikey, because he had the exact same outfit in a size 6-9 months. This means I just might have boys matching in a few Sundays!! I call it their heart breaker ensemble- black pinstriped pants, white buttoned down shirt, red velvet vest, and a matching black necktie. I’m thinkin Christmas pictures might be formal this year =o)

So I want to know more about these type of places in Las Vegas and especially when stores offer these changing of the seasons/clearance/clear out sales!! Anyone know of any? My husband has to remind me often though that a person can go broke on a good deal…. I will admit I am getting better at not buying just because it’s on sale, but I might as well stock up for the next year and buy items when they’re dirt cheap!!! I do have self control. I do have self control. I do have self control!