LovemyMartel

You can PAY ME to take this stuff home… It’s okay! March 31, 2011

Filed under: HATE WASTE PROJECT — LovemyMartel @ 5:39 pm

Not only FREE, but I MADE money on this transaction. How?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Sale 2 for $5. -$2/2 e coupon and (2) .55 off coupons (double to 2.20) OOP .80 for both boxes

6 boxes of Betty Crocker Potatoes (that we will never eat, I’ll donate) sale $6.00 – (6) .55 coupons (double to 6.60, – 50/s e coupon= I MADE  1.10 to take these home!!

5 jars of Vlasic relish- Sale $5 – (5) .55 coupons (double to 5.50) again, I was PAID .50 to take these home!

Soo, with the potatoes and the relish, I made $1.60, minus my cereal at .80 – I took home all this stuff for FREE and the .80 carried over the the gallon of milk I purchased.

Thank you coupons!

 

Love Food, Hate Waste – Week 1 March 27, 2011

Filed under: HATE WASTE PROJECT — LovemyMartel @ 2:13 pm

Well I’m not sure if I should feel excited or defeated. I blew past my $99 budget this week, but I didn’t get groceries last week, so I’m not sure if it’s a success for two weeks, or a failure for one week… I also got non-food items on this bill. I won’t really know my own break down until I go through it here. Let’s see how I did!

Goal $99 (riiiight)

Claussen pickles 3.00

Claussen relish 1.50

2 cans of Manwich 2.00

2 gallons of milk 5.36

Simply Lemonade (shelf 2.50 -1.00 off coupon) FINAL PRICE 1.50

Garlic bread 1.50

( I HATE these things, but hubby has a few days off from work this week… so I got them for him, yuck)

Oncore Lasagna 3.00

Oncore Chick Parm 3.00

Oncore Salsbury steak 3.00

Kellogs Special K 2.50

5 lbs potatoes 2.99

2 boxes cheese nips 2.00

6 packs of Uncle Bens Ready Rice 6.00 (a STEAL!! These are usually 2.19 a piece)

Bananas 1.36

2 bags Sargento Cheese (shelf 4.00 – 1.50 worth of coupons) FINAL PRICE 2.50

2 pillsbury biscut rolls (shelf 3.00- .60 in coupon) FINAL PRICE 2.40

1 cantaloupe 1.50

Sweet onion 1.17

2 Packages of mushrooms 3.00

2 Bob Evans sausage (shelf 6.18- 2.00 coupons) FINAL PRICE 4.18, which is a steal because these were on SALE, marked down from 4.59 a roll.

Snackwells cookies for Josh’s lunches 4.99 (I wish I had a coupon for these)

2 packs hot dog buns 1.78

Hamburger buns .89

Wheat bread 2.99

Hot dogs 1.19

Cheddar brauts 3.00

Deli Roast beef 6.99

Fresh tilapia 7.11

Gnocchi 1.99

3 lbs chicken tenders 7.98

Pot Roast 5.36

whole turkey breast 7.75

THINGS I BOUGHT ONLY BECAUSE I HAD A COUPON – I did MUUUUUCH better. I usually have half my list of this

Honey Mustard Dip (shelf 2.59- $1.50 coupon) FINAL PRICE 1.09, or I’d never have bought this

36 packs of kool aid (shelf 4.68 – coupons) FINAL PRICE 3.12

TOTAL GROCERY ITEMS $109.69, that’s right…. I’m over by 10%!! I don’t feel TOO bad about this though because it was for weeks, since I didn’t go last week. I can do better. =)

Non- Grocery

4 cans Alpo (shelf 3.00 – 2 BOGO) FINAL PRICE 1.50

Glade premium aerosol (shelf 2.59 – 1.00 off e-coupon, -1.00 off regular coupon) FINAL PRICE .59

Viva paper towel (shelf 2.00 – 1.20 off coupon) FINAL PRICE .80

4 sticks Right Guard deodorant shelf 15.96 – 2 BOGO coupons) FINAL PRICE 7.98

Sunday paper 1.75

Tampax (shelf 3.59- $1.00 E-coupon) FINAL PRICE 2.59

TOTAL NON GROCERY 15.21 + tax for 28.89 of product. Saved 13.68

TOTAL SPENT AT THE STORE TODAY $129.31 after tax.

Total amount of product before coupons, etc. =171.64, not one of my best money- saving trips, but ohhh well. I’m just proud I didn’t buy stuff just because I was getting a good deal. Ok, so I bought 4 sticks of deodorant… My hubby uses it! It’s not like it will expire, but my coupons were about to! Can’t throw 8.00 away!

 

Love Food, Hate Waste Project March 24, 2011

Filed under: HATE WASTE PROJECT — LovemyMartel @ 2:49 pm

…A Money Saving(FOOD) Budget Project…

My husband and I spend way too much money at the store. I’d say we spend more a month in food than our house payment (this includes dining out, of course).

I’ve managed to identify our main problems (or what I THINK they are):

Problem No. 1: I go to the store without a plan. I toss things into my cart without a menu in mind, then I get home and have a hard time putting together a meal, so we go out.

Problem No. 2: I can’t stop going out to lunch! This sounds harmless, but $7-$8 a day two or three days a week really adds up (two days a week is about $60 a month)… shameful, I know. 

Problem No. 3: Boy do I love to cook. I also love to entertain and refuse to have someone come to my house and not be properly cared for. I also refuse to let someone’s birthday, a mother’s day, etc., go without proper food. I guess it’s the Italian in me, or I got it from my mama- whatever the reason, we spend an insane amount on food when we host a party, have a birthday or whatever else comes up.

Problem No. 4: I started couponing. I am obsessed. While I am getting some AMAZING deals, some free things and TONS of stuff for cheap- I find myself buying products I either don’t need or already have a stock pile of  simply because they are cheap. For example: I won’t need to purchase body wash for a year I’d say, but, if I find it for cheap, you better believe it’s going into my cart. So, after all is said and done, my groceries are in my cart (the ones I NEED), and my “deals” are in there, I waltz out with probably 50% of items I don’t need. I MUST start buying only what I need. I’m going to have a hard time with this. I love a good deal.

…So, here’s the project plan:

  • Decide on a weekly/biweekly budget. Please include how many people  you’re using this budget for.
  • Commit to at least one blog post per week about the project. Include your menu, what you purchased, etc. Be sure to include your budget and what you actually spent!
  • Coupons count! Since I love them, I want to incorporate them into this project. I am hoping this project will get me more serious about my coupons, while teaching me to only purchase what I NEED at the same time.

Sounds simple enough, but I am already worried. I have such a hard time passing up going out to dinner, out to lunch, or tossing an “extra” item (or 10 extra items) into my cart. I’m also terrible about just going for lunch meat and coming out with $45 worth of stuff.

So, how to determine a “reasonable budget”.. Well, I googled it.. here’s where I’m getting my figures from:

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/plan/foodspendingplan/

Reliable source? Ehh, who knows, but it’s a start. So, for one male, one female- it budgeted us at $105 a week. Sounds reasonable. Considering I was spending about $150 a week before, this plan would save me nearly $200 a month. Just for my own challenge purpose, I want to be UNDER $100, so I’m shooting for…. $99 a week. I’ll see how this pans out.

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear your stories and see the outcome!