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.

Cheers to a New Year!

2009 was a good year, but it’s always nice to have a restart to all the things I didn’t finish, lose, start, or accomplish.

I started off last year with attempting to really clean the house 1 room at a time.  I did start, but didn’t finish.  This year I think I’ll try that again.  I’ve already sorted through all the boys’ clothes and managed to fill 5 Space Bags and 1 under the bed storage bin with any and all clothes related to newborn- 5T sizes.  Next up are their toys- yikes!

And after watching the movie Julie and Julia and can’t help but be inspired to give new cooking a try!  From new recipes to just making more homemade foods more frequently, I just want to do more in the kitchen.  Using the crockpot or sunoven for Sunday for lunch/ dinner is also something I want to do to.  1 crockpot Sunday meal down, like 50 more to go!

Groceries and shopping- think I’ll try the cash method this year.  Well, I’ve already charged a bunch, so maybe we’ll just stick to spending no more than $50 a week.  That means no going overbored when diapers at TRU go down to $1.50 a jumbo pack and I want to buy the whole display in every size possible!  Restraint girl, I’m going to have restraining power during my super shopping trips.  I’m also going to keep up on my coupons!  When they come Sunday I will look though and clip the ones I won’t use.  That way I can send more than I am now to the Expired Coupon Queen in Colorado.  She sends them to overseas military bases where expired (and unexpired) coupons can be used.  I really slack when it comes to clipping my coupons on time and keeping them up to date.  This shall help me be even more efficient.

Of course there’s always excercise more.  I don’t want a gym membership to Gold’s since they are walking distance, have a pool, and kid’s club, but have obstructed my view of downtown.  I just  want to get out of the house more with the kids and go for walks or trike rides.   Maybe we could even start walking to the close stores by our house.

Me time- at least once a month I’m getting a sitter during the day (you should see how many babysitting bucks I’ve racked up) and going and doing something alone!  Shopping, pedi, haircut, whatever! Just kid free is the way to be.

Date time- maybe I should just plan what the heck hubby and I should do and take matters into my own hands as far as the execution.  Attend the temple at least once a month, go see a movie, go out to eat…  Friday date night swaps anyone?  I’m serious!

Crafts- if they get started then they have to get finished!  That’s all there is to it!  I have 2 pillow cases, 1 layered skirt, 1 truck pillow, a big mending pile built up again, and some cards and scrapbooking things that need to get done.  There’s some magnets, Gospel ABC books, nursery CDs, and felt puppets still waiting for my time and energy too. 

So that’s the big stuff.  Nothing too big or small.  Nothing that can’t really be accomplished realistically.  I’m feeling good in 2010 and I’m hoping to make it a great year.

Oh yeah! And actually plant something in my garden boxes this year rather than have them be the kids’ favorite dirt piles for digging and such!

Target Deals

Target Deals

Target Deals

This post is overdue, but it did happen in January =o)  If you don’t know, I love coupons.  They save me mucho dinero when I combine coupons with sales! 

Today’s lesson: clip coupons for brands you don’t usually buy. Why?  You can get lots of stuff FREE that are perfect for that 72 hour kit that’s disassembled all over this house! And FREE stuff is good for gifts or mother’s survival baskets for VTers and things like that!

I spent $20 bucks (it should have only been $15 bucks, but lesson learned) and some change and got all this at Target.  $1.00 coupons are great for trial sized items and clearance items, because they end up being free!

Overage= the Airwick things were on clearance for $4.24.  I had a coupon for $5.00 off an Airwick thing, so I had $$ left over to use towards something else!  Cool huh?  I had overage on the batteries, Downy, Tide, and the airfresheners.  It helped lower the price of the paper towels which were needed for my year supply of non food items.

Lessons learned: watch cashier as they scan- I had 2 $5 off coupons for the Airwick air fresheners and she only scanned 1 coupon!  I really like Costco brand toilet paper and paper towels, because they are individually wrapped and thick quality.  I wish I didn’t get the paper towels from Target now =o(

Okay, more lessons later! I don’t remember how many coupons I used, or my $$ saved because of coupons, but couponing is not really about how much you save…. it’s about how much you spend!

Point for Hubby’s Team

She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed Sent Me!
She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed Sent Me!

I sent hubby out the door with coupons and a small list.  I’m so pleased with his purchase!  Check out these cute little first aid kits that were FREE after coupons at CVS.  Good job hubby!  He’s slowly becoming a coupon crazed shopper like me =o)  Or maybe he just abides by my wishes to never leave home without coupons!

And Kmart is doubling coupons up to $2.00 this week. I’ll have to organize my coupons to see what I can get for super cheap.

Has anyone gone to a free Smart Shopper class offered where they teach you more about shopping with coupons?  I’m interested in what it’s all about and want more info.

“Attention K Mart Shoppers”

My first job was at a grocery store and talking over the PA system was so much fun!  Ah, memories!!! Actually, that’s not the reason for this post.  K Mart is offering double coupons through Sunday at many locations nationwide.  So, I’m big into coupons- I clip them and hardly use them, just ask my dear hubby! That’s how I save money.  I clip coupons =o)  Well I spent all morning during naptime clipping and sorting coupons from the past month’s inserts and then headed to the closest Blue Light Special District in my town.  I never go there.  It’s seriously been ages!!  Lucky for me my hubby met me there  between jobs so we could cruise the aisles together.  I totally count this as a date!

K Mart Deals

K Mart Deals

I went in hoping to spend nothing, but then recalculated and was determined to spend less than $10 bucks.  You know those blogs where they show you a picture of what they purchased and then tell you they got it for a few pennies?  Well I’m not there yet, but I did start with a $35 total that dropped down to $11 and some change after swiping my coupons and having them double!  Swiper YES swiping!  At K Mart this week!  So, I got 15 items for 11 bucks.  Not too bad.  The deodorants were free after coupons actually. I was seriously hoping to get diapers for a decent price, but even with double coupons the price per diaper was still more that 20 cents each (a huge no no in Bargainville).

 I bought some: Multigrain Cheerios, 2 Taco shell dinner kits, Nature Valley granola bars, 2 deodorants, tuna fish packet, Snickers fun size, M & M fun size, Crest toothpaste, Cover Girl foundation and lipgloss, 2 Glade airfesheners, Glade carpet deodorizer!

So I think the real trick is to use more self control next time. I’ve never even used carpet powder freshener stuff, but it was a screaming deal- like 29 cents after my double coupon!!  I could have saved that spare change for something else!!!! 

So here’s to my rekindled relationship with coupons coupons coupons! Don’t use yours? I’ll take them!  Please!  I’m serious.  I’ll even babysit your kiddos if you’ll give me your coupon inserts from either the Sunday paper, the inserts that come with the Tuesday grocery ads in the mailbox or both sets! 

THRIFTY MAMA has a wonderful site about great deals and she has a very easy to read post (with pictures) about getting started with COUPONING as well.

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!

My Fresh and Easy Review

So we keep getting these coupons in the mail for $5 off of your $20 dollar purchase at the new Fresh and Easy grocery store that is right by our church.  What the heck, the boys will fall asleep in the car on the way home, and so we went there today to check it out and use our coupon =o) 

So my first dilemma was where to park- in the hybrid parking only space or the adult with children space??  Yeah, a special spot for people who drive hybrids AND a special spot if you have kids!?!?  I thought about double parking, but I picked the adult with kids spot because it was closer.


Note to self- you’re supposed get a shopping cart before you enter the store!!

Well the first thing I see caught my fancy and I had to make a desperation call to hubby during his LDS networking meeting today to tell him my excitement: “Honey, they have 24 packs of bottled water for only $1.99 which is a screaming deal!”  (The normal sale price anywhere I’ve ever seen is $2.99 for the same size and amount of bottled water). “And they have pretty packs of strawberries for only 94 cents too!” 

I could go on and on about their great organic food items, how they are really environmentally friendly with their special lighting that uses less energy than most places, and their friendly cashier person,  or tell you about their little recycling station where you can bring in your items from home to put in their recycling bins, or maybe about their great selection of produce and a really reasonable price, and lets not forget their trendy cloth reusable bags to put your groceries in, BUT I’m not into all that really.  I was actually pretty happy that their plastic grocery sacks were larger than my normal grocery chain, because they’ll be a great fit in my bathroom trash cans or for wrapping up poopy diapers, because that’s how we “go green” by reusing things at my house! 

The place has the best deal in town on bottled water!!!!  Is anyone else finding this ironic that the trendy green earth friendly store is selling bottled water way below their competitors???

Regardless, we are going back often (until the 22nd when their Grand Opening Specials are through) to buy our limit of 5 packs of bottled water to help our water storage.  Water for $1.99 people is a great deal!!  And the grocery store was a cute little place too, but definitely not replacing my normal store (Smith’s, in case you were wondering).