Monday, January 12, 2015

Ben and Elizabeth go shopping!

I cannot overstate the fact that Ben is AMAZING! 

Even with all of our chaos, Ben asked me to put together a list of everything we needed for the week.  He said it didn't matter how many stores he needed to go to, he would take Elizabeth with him during Caroline's nap and get all of the shopping done.  What did I say at the beginning of this post- Ben is AMAZING!

So I compiled my list:  Five stores, numerous coupons, and a strict budget.

At Target:
(2) Plastic Bins, either 66-qt or 20-gallon.  On sale for $5 each
(1) Full-size mattress pad/protector
(1) Room Essentials 9-cube organizer.  On sale for $39.99

(4) 12-packs of diet coke/coke zero.  On sale 4/$12

At Babies R Us/ Toys R Us:
Huggies Wipes, 648 wipes (Simply Clean) on sale for $14.99
Use (2) $5 babies r us coupons and $2 off Huggies coupon.  Makes it $2.99

At BJs:
Similac Formula
Use $5 off coupon.  Should make is $25 after coupon.

Harris Teeter:

1.      Bananas (3 or 4)
2.      Strawberries (buy 1, get 1 free)
3.      Jif to go dippers, 3 count (no idea of price, but I have (2) $1.50 off, only get if free)
( I think these are in produce section)
4.      Bread (check for Arnold Bread, otherwise get our regular)
($1 off two)
5.      (2) Ken’s 16oz  Zesty Italian dressing.  Should be buy 1, get 1.
($1 off two coupon)
6.      Ragu, Buy 2, Get 3 Free. 
($1.25 off coupon)
7.      Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Buy 2, Get 3 Free.  Decide if you want this.
8.      Special K bars.   $2.50/box.  Get 4 boxes.
(3 different coupons)
9.      Check out Quaker Select Starts instant Oatmeal (might be on sale for $3, I like Maple and Brown sugar, I have $1 off)
10.  Check out Welch’s gummy snacks (no idea of price, but I have $1 off two)
11.  Check out Skinny Cow candy (no idea of price, but I have $1.50 off two)
12.  ALL Laundry Detergent, 50oz    (buy 1, get 1 free).  Get 2 bottles.
($2 off coupon)
13.  See which dawn liquid dish soap is on sale.  I have (2) different coupons.
14.   Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner (spray).  Should be $3.
($1 off coupon)
15.  Scrubbing bubbles kits, I have a few coupons- see if any are good deals
16.   Cascade rinse aid, not sure of price.  Is this the stuff that cleans dishwasher?
($1 off coupon)
17.   Swiffer refills.
($2 off two)
18.  (3) packages of Pampers diapers.  Price $8.99
(use all 4 coupons, if you can’t, use the (2) $1.50 off and the (1) $1.75 off
19.  Bic Pens
($1 off coupon)
20.  Kraft shredded cheese.  Evic for $1.97/bag.  Get 2 bags of Mozzarella.
(no coupon)
21.  Milk
22.  OJ- check price on Simply Orange, I also have (1) coupon for Trop 50
(I have (3) $1 off coupons)
23.  (1) So Delicious Yogurt for Elizabeth
($1 off coupon)
24.  Hormel Pepperoni (if good price with coupon)
($1 off two)
25.   See if Hillshire Farms Naturals Turkey lunch meat is on sale.
($1 off)
26.  Halls cough drops.  Should be 2/$3.  Get 2 bags.  One honey, one cherry if possible
($1 off)
27.   See if (1) Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner is $4 or less.
($2 off)
28.  Pepperidge Farms Stone Baked Bread, 14oz (on sale for buy 1, get 1)
(50 cents off) 

So... How did he do?  Pretty awesome!

They went to Babies R Us first for wipes.  I had $10 in rewards (which is the only reason they went to Babies R Us for wipes).  The large box of wipes (648 wipes) was priced at $14.99.  They used the $10 rewards and $2 Huggies coupon to make the wipes $2.99.   
They saved 80%!

 Next they went to Target.  We needed a mattress pad for Elizabeth's bed and we wanted to get another storage unit for toys.  The mattress pad was $24.29 and I had a 10% cartwheel that made it $21.86 and the storage unit was on sale for $39.99 (down from $44.99). They were out of all of the plastic bins, so they couldn't buy any.
They saved 11%.

After that they went to BJs to get formula.  The Similac was $31.79.  The store was running a coupon for $1.75 off and we had a $5 coupon that combined to make the formula $25.04.
They saved 18%.

For their 4th store, they headed to CVS to pick up some sodas.  Coke products are on sale 4/$12, but you have to buy four.  They are normally priced $5.99 each.  They saved $11.96 or
They saved 50%.

 For their final store, they headed back to Harris Teeter for some more super doubles shopping.  They had a very long list, and a lot of things were still sold out.  I was very happy with what they were able to get and the deals they achieved.  
They saved 60%.

Below is what he got at Harris Teeter:
(2) Bottles Italian Dressing
(2) Bottles Olive Oil
(5) Jars of Ragu sauce
(2) Boxes of Welch's gummy snacks
(1) Box of Oatmeal
(4) Boxes of Special K Bars
(2) Packages of Shredded Cheese
(2) Loaves of bread
(2) Packages of strawberries
(1) Yogurt
(2) Bottles of Orange Juice
(3) Bags of diapers
(1) Bottle of conditioner
(1) Gallon of milk
(2) Bags of cough drops

 This is all the stuff Ben got for free at Harris Teeter.

(3) Jars of pasta sauce
(2) Bottles of Italian dressing
(1) Bottle of conditioner
(1) yogurt
(1) Bag of diapers
(3) Boxes of Special K Bars
(1) Package of strawberies
(1) Loaf of bread
(2) bags of cough drops my brother and sister-in-law have come to ask me, how did he do it?

The oatmeal is regularly priced $3.39.  It was on sale for $3.  I had a $1 off that doubled to $2 off to make the box of oatmeal $1.

The Welch's gummie snacks are regularly priced $2.99/box.  They were on sale 2/$5.  I had $1.50 off that doubled to $3 off to make them 2/$2 or $1 each.

The Ragu pasta sauce (not my favorite brand) is regularly priced $3.59/jar.  
It was on sale, buy 2, get 3 free.  I also had $1.25 off coupon that doubled to $2.50 off.  So I paid $4.68 for five jars.

The pampers diapers are normally $10.99/bag.  They were on sale for $8.99/bag.  I three manufacturer coupons and one store coupon (at HT you can combine store and manufacturer coupons).  I had (2) $1.50 off coupons that doubled to $3 off which made two bags $5.99 and then I had the other two coupons that doubled and combined to make my third bag free!

The special k bars are normally $3.15/box.  They were on sale 4/$10.  If you bought four, you automatically got $4 off (a store special this week only) and then I had three other coupons.  Ben ended up paying 80 cents for the four boxes of special k bars.

The salad dressing is normally $2.89/bottle.  It was on sale, buy one get one free.  I had $1.50 off coupon that doubled to $3 off to make both bottles free.

The Garnier Fructis conditioner was regular price of $3.55.  I had a $2 coupon that doubled to $4 off to make it free.

The strawberries are normally $4.99 each.  They were buy one get one free.  
The bananas were regular price, 79c/pound

The bread was on sale, buy one get one free.  I had a $1.50 off coupon that doubled to $3 to make one loaf free

The OJ was not on sale, it was regular price $3.65, but I had $1 off coupons that doubled to $2 off to make the orange juice $1.65 each.

The cheese was on sale for $1.97, no coupons- just a great price.

The yogurt was regular price at $1.79, but I had $1 off coupon that doubled to $2 off to make it free.

The milk was regular price, no coupons.

The cough drops were on sale 2/$3, normally $2.19 each.  I had $1.50 off that doubled to $3 to make them free.

Original total: $132.06

Total spent: $52.83

So.  What is our plan for our meals and the groceries?
We stockpile certain things (in small amounts, I don't have a giant room stockpile) to help plan for meals.

For dinner:
Monday- pasta and sauce and green beans (all from stockpile)
Tuesday- our friend, Laura, is bringing us dinner
Wednesday- We are making a whole chicken, green beans or corn, and rolls (all from stockpile)
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Homemade pizza (cheese and sauce purchased this week)
Saturday- Breakfast for dinner- pancakes, eggs, and bacon (all from stockpile)

For breakfast:
Ben will have cheerios and a glass of OJ, I will have special K bars and a diet coke, Elizabeth will have cheerios and a squeezie and milk.  We also make and freeze muffins, so we may have muffins on morninga we don't want our regular breakfast.

For lunch:
Ben has a sandwich, banana, granola bar, and a snack of some sort
I have a sandwich, yogurt, and granola bar
Elizabeth has yogurt, fruit, crackers, and chicken nuggets/ grilled cheese/ or turkey

Happy Monday!

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