Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Tremendous Thank You

I have to say a huge thank you to my Dad. He has donated an additional $5/week for the next 20 weeks to be combined with my weekly donations to the Help Our Homeless Veterans and Citizens organization!!!!!

I actually received this money last week and because of the craziness of Christmas preparations, I just picked up these raviolis (.79 each at Kroger) to be combined with the cream of soups I took last Saturday. Our homeless friends were very happy to have a choice!  With my small budget I do the best I can to provide as much as possible, but some weeks it just seems impossible to get much of anything. I'm looking forward to making this extra money stretch! Thank you again Dad for the donation-it really will be the gift that keeps on giving!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

I didn't know they did that!!!

I ran into Publix the other day because I needed some cheese and I wanted to take advantage of the cat food money-maker for my family as well, not just our homeless friends.  I ended up paying $.64 on $38.95 of groceries!!!!  In all actuality, my total should have been $5.63, however the 1lb Kraft cheese rang up wrong at $6.99 instead of $4.99, so they gave me 1 for free!  The manager said that if it is priced differently than it rings up, they automatically give you one for free.  I did not know they did that!  I love shopping at Publix!!!  Here is how it all played out:
2 Purina One Cat Food - BOGO 7.49.  My price ($-4.81) for 2.  Used 2 Purina $5.15/1 emailed coupons and 2 Target $1/1 coupons.

5 7-UP Ten - Sales Price $10/10.  My Price $1.25 for 5.  Used 5 of the $.75/1 7-UP Ten coupons.

2 Ritz Crackers - BOGO 2.99.  My Price $1.50 for 2.  Used 2 $.75/1 Nabisco printable from

1 Guacamole Mix - $.99.  No coupon used.

2 1lb Kraft blocks of cheese.  Sales Price $4.99 each.  My price $0.  Used 1 BOGO 16oz Kraft cheese Publix printable from Winter Savings online (no longer available) AND since it rang up wrong the second one was free.

After $1.72 in tax, I paid $.64.  I love Publix!!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Week 20-One Trip this Week

Because we are so close to Christmas and I am over my $5/week total, I decided to give my budget a little break this week.  That and the fact that I am working on making Chex Mix to pass out this Saturday, along with the VERY busy last week of school schedule, Mommy is swamped!!!!  Here's what I bought:

2 Bags of Purina One Cat Food - BOGO 7.69.  My Price (-4.81 for 2), I used 2 of the $5.15/1 Purina One emailed coupons AND 2 of the $1/1 Purina Target coupons.

6 Campbell's Healthy Request - Sales Price $10/10.  My Price $4.00.  I used 2 of the $1/3 Campbell's Healthy Request soups printable.

Total for the Week:

My Price:   (-.81)
Products:  $11.69

Running Tally - End of Week 20

My Price:  $101.98
Products:  $503.85

I am officially back on track with my totals for the week and am looking forward to handing out my "Christmas presents" on Saturday!!!!!

Week 19 - End of Week Tally

With the Tent City Project going on last Saturday, many of us decided not to see our homeless friends.  It was nice to have an "off" day.  That did NOT stop me from picking up food though!

10 Campbell's Cream ofs - BOGO 1.33.  My price was $4.65 for 10, Sales Price $6.65.  I used 2 of the $1/5 Campbell's condensed soup coupons.

4 Campbell's Cream ofs - BOGO 1.33.  My Price was $1.86, Sale Price $2.66.  I used $.40/4 Campbells condensed soup.

End of Week 19 Tally

My Price:  $6.51
Products:  $9.31

Running Tally - End of Week 19

My Price - 102.79
Products - $492.16

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Week 18 - End of Week Tally

I got a little crafty this last week trying to buy peanut butter, so the actual cost is a little off, here's how it went down:
At Walgreens
1 Crest 3D Mouth Wash - I used a coupon, needed it for my house and received $3 Register Rewards back which I donated to this week.  So, I am starting with $-3.

9 Skippy Peanut Butter - My Cost $6.00 for 9 (including the $3 RR), Sales Price 2/$4.

At Publix
4 Progresso Soup - My Cost $.83 each, Sales Price 3/$4.  Used $.50/2 Progresso Soup from 10/20 SS insert.

End of Week Tally

My Price - $9.33
Products - $23.32

Running Tally - End of Week 18

My Price - $96.28
Products - $482.85

Friday, December 6, 2013

Week 18 - What I am Buying and Some Great Deals


8 Scottie Facial Tissue - BOGO $1.25.  My Price $.80 for 8, Sales Price $5.00.  Using 4 of the Publix $.55/2 boxes of Scotties from All the Trimmings AND 2 of $1/4 Scotties Tissues printable.  ***Upromise deposit (Thanks to for the tip!!!!)

2 Honey Nut Cheerios - Sales Price 2/$4.  My Price $1.50 for 2.  Using 2 $.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios printable AND $.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios Publix digital coupon.

2 Soft Scrub Cleaners - Sales Price 2/$5.  My Price $1.25 for 2.  Using 2 $1/1 Soft Scrub AND 1 $.75/1 Publix coupon from All the Trimmings AND 1 $1/1 Soft Scrub from Kroger mailer.  ***Upromise deposit

2 Ziplock Bags - Sales Price 2/$5.  My Price $3.00 for 2.  Using 1 $1/2 Ziplock bags printable AND $1/2 Ziplock bags Publix coupon from Winter Family Savings Booklet.  ****Upromise deposit

2 Progresso Recipe Starters - Sales Price 3/$4.  My Price $.66 for 2.  Using 2 $.50/1 Progresso Recipe Starters from 10/20 SS insert.

Progresso Soup - Sales Price $3/$4.  My Price would be $1.67 for 2.  Using $.50/2 Progresso Soup from 10/20 SS insert or you could use $.50/2 Progresso Soup.


10 Skippy Peanut Butter - Sales Price 2/$4.  My Price $10 for 10.  Using $1/1 Skippy from 11/11 RP insert.  Best price in town right now for peanut butter.

Unfortunately I've not seen any major money-makers this week so I imagine I will be focusing on peanut butter because it provides more than one meal for our homeless friends.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Week 17 - End of Week Tally

I was so disappointed with all the sales last week I ended up just running in and picking up cups of noodles.  What a difference a week makes in sales!  I didn't feel bad about this though because I made homemade turkey noodle soup to hand out on Saturday, so at least our homeless friends would all have something hot to eat.  That actually went over really great and I can't wait to do it again.
10 Nissan Big Cup Noodles - My Price $2.50, Sales Price $2.50
6 Maruchan Yakisoba - My Price $2.97, Sales Price $2.97
2 Degree Deo - My Price $0, Sales Price $2.00 (used $1/1 Degree at Walgreens)
6-pack Handwarmers - My Price $0, Sales Price $2.50 (used my balance rewards points at Walgreens)
Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup - Priceless (hehe hehe)
Week 17 Totals

My Price $5.47
Products $9.97

Running Tally - End of Week 17
My Cost:  $86.95
Products:  $459.53