Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Frugal New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again...thinking of the next year which is less than two weeks away. What can I do differently?  What more can I do to save my family money?  I'm the "saver" in the family and my hubby is the "spender."  So, I really have to be the voice of reason when it comes to money.

And the bad thing is that even though I used my coupons and deal shopped this past year, I really didn't stick to our budget - at all.  It was really kind of blown each month.  While I didn't buy a lot of unnecessary things I didn't stick to the monthly amount that we allotted for groceries and household items.

For 2015 I'm getting back on track with so many things.  First off, I got a Fitbit Flex and will be doing more running like I used to.  Running always helps me unwind and makes me feel better about myself.  Talk about endorphins!!! I've been wanting a Fitbit Flex for awhile and I know that this little device will keep me motivated.  Even though saving money is really important your health is WAY more important.  Living a healthy lifestyle will in turn cut down costs on medical expenses.

Another thing that I will be changing is buying less water bottles.  We drink a LOT of water here and I really hate filling my recycle bin up with all of those bottles.  Having the bottles are handy on the go, but there are cheaper ways to get our water.  I just ordered a PUR 18 Cup Dispenser and will be putting it in our fridge.  I also ordered some Camelbak Kid's Eddy Water Bottles that the kids can put their water in.  And I ordered myself and my hubby the Basily Tritan Infuser Water Bottles.   I love infusing my waters with strawberries and kiwi fruits.  So good!!

Another thing that I will do better in the coming year is organizing my paperwork.  I will be keeping all receipts and filing them.  I ordered the Oxford Decoflex Black Desktop File to keep on the cabinet by my desk.  This will make it easy for me to file everything and I can easily look at my receipts to see exactly where our money is going.

As far as groceries go I will be more picky about what I buy.  I just recently cleaned out my pantry and realized that I bought so much stuff that we really didn't need.  I have this habit of buying anything that is a good deal thinking that if we don't use it I will find someone who will.  Then it gets stuck in my black hole of a pantry - only to be found one day when it's way past the expiration date.
I'll also be making up weekly menus based on what's on sale that week so I'll know exactly what I need.  That's not my favorite way to grocery shop, but it keeps me from making extra trips to the store for ingredients.

In addition to all of this I will be blogging more.  I've had this blog for over 5 years. And I really thought that I wasn't reaching many with my posts.  I kept posting the weekly deals at Publix, but worried that what I was doing really wasn't helping.  Then about a month ago I overheard two ladies at Publix talking about a blog that they loved.  It peaked my interest and I eavesdropped.  Don't judge. ;-)  Turns out they were talking about my blog.  I guess I do reach more people than I thought I did, so I'll keep on keeping on and I'll be more active with my readers.

What are your plans for the new year?  Come on, spill it. ;-)


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Publix Trip 12-18-14


I haven't been to Publix in a few weeks.  Between Thanksgiving and sick kids I just couldn't get it together to make a trip.
Here's what I got today:

(2) Truvia 40 ct B1G1 $3.79
(used $2/1 printables from HERE)
(used $1/1 Publix printables from HERE)
(got $1 back from Ibotta)
(got $1 deposited into my Upromise account)
made them FREE plus overage

(1) Sabra Hummus B1G1 $3.99
(used $1/1 printable from HERE)
(used $1/1 Publx printable from HERE)
made it FREE

(2) Chex Mix B1G1 $2.43
(used $.50/2 coupon from the 10/26 SS insert or printable from HERE - doubled to $1/2)
(got $.50 deposited into my Upromise account)
made them $.46 each after Upromise

(2) Chex Cereal B1G1 $3.69
(used $.75/1 printables from HERE)
(got $1 deposited into my Upromise account)
made them $.59 each after Upromise

(2) Betty Crocker Cookie Mix B1G1 $2.49
(used $.75/1 printables from HERE)
(got $.75 deposited into my Upromise account)
made them $.12 each after Upromise

(2) Kraft Mayo B1G1 $4.57
(used $1/1 peelies)
made them $1.28 each

(2) Fresh Express Salad B1G1 $3.99
(used $2/2 printable from HERE - must enter enough codes)
made them $.99 each

(2) Wish Bone Seasoning Mix B1G1 $2.61
(used $1/1 Publix coupons from the grocery advantage flyer)
made them $.30 each

(1) Talente Gelato B1G1 $4.99
(used $1/1 coupon that was sent to me by mail)
made it $1.50

(2) Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough B1G1 $2.69
(used $.50/2 printable from HERE - doubled to $1/2)
made them $.84 each

(1) Planters Peanuts B1G1 $3.99
(used $.50/1 coupon from a holiday booklet I got from somewhere - doubled to $1/1)
made it $1

(4) Pop-Tarts $1.93
(used $1/2 peelies)
made them $1.43 each

(2) A1 Steak Sauce B1G1 $3.09
no coupons used
made them $1.54 each

Total before sale & coupons:  $79.39
Paid:  $16.32 plus tax


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Publix Trip 11-20-14


It was a great Thanksgiving stock up trip this week.  I got a few things that I didn't have coupons for, but half price always beats full price. :-)  Also, I wanted to remind everyone to watch your cashier and check your receipts carefully.  We had a new cashier at my store who checked out my order this morning.  As I was watching her put in my coupons I noticed that she started ringing the manufacturer's coupons as "competitor" in the computer.  My store does not double competitor coupons so I quickly explained that she needed to scan manufacturer's coupons in so that they double if needed.  Just watch out for that.
Anyway, here's what I got this week:

(3) Orville Redenbacher Popcorn B1G1 $3.89
(used two $2/1 coupons from the 10/26 SS insert)
(used one $2/1 Publix eCoupon)
made them FREE plus overage

(1) Hellman's Mayo B1G1 $4.67
(used $1/1 coupon that came in a Kroger mailer)
(used $1.50/1 Publix coupon from the Best Meals Happen at Home email)
(got $.75 back from Ibotta)
made it FREE plus overage

(2) Sabra Hummus B1G1 $3.99
(used $1/1 printables from HERE)
(used $1/1 Publix printables from HERE)
made them FREE

(2) Breyer's Ice Cream B1G1 $4.87
(used $1/1 Publix coupons from the Best Meals Happen at Home email)
made them $1.43 each

(4) Ritz Crackers B1G1 $2.99
(used $.50/1 printables from HERE - doubled to $1/1)
made them $.49 each

(2) Swiss Miss Cocoa B1G1 $2.49
(used $.40/1 printables from HERE - doubled to $.80/1)
made them $.44 each

(4) Del Monte Vegetables B1G1 $1.25
(used $.40/4 coupon from the 11/9 SS insert - doubled to $.80/4)
(used $1/4 Publix coupon from the grocery advantage flyer)
made them $.17 each

(2) Carnation Evaporated Milk B1G1 $1.45
(used $.55/2 coupon from the 11/2 SS insert)
(used $.55/2 Target printable from HERE)
made them $.17 each

(3) Coffee-Mate Creamers B1G1 $3.21
(used $1/2 printable from HERE)
(used $1/3 Target printable from HERE)
made them $.93 each

(4) Pioneer Brown Gravy B1G1 $.99
(used $.65/2 printables from HERE)
made them $.17 each

(2) PAM spray B1G1 $3.19
(used $.50/1 printables from HERE - doubled to $1/1)
made them $.59 each

(2) Domino Sugar B1G1 $2.89
(used $.40/1 coupons from the 11/2 RP insert - doubled to $.80/1)
made them $.64 each

(8) Nestle Chocolate Morsels B1G1 $3.29
(used $.50/2 printables from HERE - doubled to $1/2)
(used $1/3 Target printables from HERE)
made them $.89 each

(1) Wishbone Dressing B1G1 $2.61
(used $1/1 coupon that came in a Kroger booklet)
made it $.31

(1) Silk Almondmilk $2.50 (reg. $3.19)
(used $1/1 printable from HERE)
made it $1.50

(4) Chex Cereal B1G1 $3.69
(used $.50/1 printables no longer available - doubled to $1/1)
(got $1 deposited into my Upromise account)
made them $.59 each

(1) gallon of milk $4.09
(used $2/1 Publix coupon from the grocery advantage flyer)
made it $2.09

(1) Sara Lee Family Size Pound Cake $2.19 (reg. $4.37)
(used $.55/1 coupon from the 11/9 RP insert)
made it $1.64

(4) Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.50 (reg. $2.43)
(used $1/3 Publix coupon from the Thanksgiving Meal flyer)
made them $1.25 each

(4) Honeycrisp Apples $5.37 (reg $8.08)
(got $1.07 deposited into my Upromise account for this week's healthy offer)
made it $4.30

(1) celery B1G1 $1.99
no coupons used
made it $1

(2) A1 Steak Sauce B1G1 $3.09
no coupons used
made them $1.54 each

(4) Cool Whip B1G1 $1.75
no coupons used 
made them $.87 each

(2) Publix Butter B1G1 $4.15
no coupons used
made them $2.07 each

(2) Gold Medal Flour B1G1 $2.59
no coupons used
made them $1.29 each

Total before sales & coupons:  $171.68
Paid:  $38.02 plus tax


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