Saturday, January 30, 2010

Coupon High- or low :)

It's been a while since I have updated about couponing. It's not because I have fallen off the bandwagon, I just haven't taken the time to take pics or document stuff, but after this weekend's trip I couldn't resist documenting this trip as I am on a coupon high from it, haha!

In planning my trip to Kroger, there were some items that we use frequently that were on sale so I planned to really stock up on stuff. This is a mega sale event week, I had a couple of coupons for free items, and I had a $5 off of a $75 purchase coupon from our Entertainment Book, so I decided that to maximize savings I would go in for a BIG shopping trip. We budget using the Dave Ramsey system to spend $34 a week on groceries and this has proven to work for us. I decided though to spend more this week and stock up on some stuff and then spend less in later weeks this month. I was quite happy with the results. A few friends have asked me what I buy, is it a lot of packaged food, etc. Stop reading now if you will be bored to tears with a recitation of my grocery list. Keep reading if your curious. I must admit that I enjoy seeing what other people are purchasing. Laugh, you feel a bit vulnerable though putting your grocery purchases out there for the world to judging please :)!!

Here is the breakdown:

Mega Deal- buy 10 save $5
4 packages of Kraft cheese- 1.50 each
2 packages Mission Tortillas- Free!
1 Nature Valley Cashew Nut Clusters- .19
1 Chex Mix- Free
1 Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers- .89 (a splurge, but worth it- yummy!)
1 Coffeemate Creamer (big bottle!)- 1.89

Coupons for Free Items
1 box of Tampax tampons- one week Aaron was went to the store to by one thing and it printed out this catalina, laugh. Not exactly sure how we earned this, but we'll take it.
1 Digorno 200 Calorie Pizza Portions

Items that I purchased without any coupons
2 cans of Kroger Pinto beans- .62 each
2 packages of pasta- .69 each
1 dozen large eggs- .88
1 two pound bag of Kroger honey nut cheerios- 2.99
1 Kroger creamy peanut butter 1.79 (this goes on sale much cheaper, but when you need it you need it!)
1 Kroger Flour 1.49
1 Kroger sandwich bags 1.55
1 jar minced garlic 1.50
1 can tomato paste .60
1 bottle Kroger contact solution 2.00
1 loaf Earthgrains Wheat Bread 2.50
3 bags of Kroger tortilla chips 1.00 each
3.5 pounds chicken breast- 7.07
2 pounds Anjou Pears- 1.98
1 bunch of bananas- 1.26
1 yellow onion- .42
2 green bell peppers- 1.58
1 bunch celery- 1.49
1 bunch romain lettuce- 1.99
1 bunch green onions- .63
1 jalapeno pepper- .23
1 tomato- .31
1/2 gallon Kroger skim milk- 1.99

Additional items purchased with coupons
3 packages Bumble Bee Tuna- 1 free, others .25 each
4 boxes Cascadian Farms Organic granola- .99 each
2 packages Wonka gummies- Free!
2 packages Martha White muffin mix- .45 each

Final Breakdown
kroger plus saving- 42.48
coupon savings- 29.58
total number of items- 51
total spent- 54.54
total savings- 72.06 or 59%

***That is a total of 126.60 worth of food for 54.54 (also it printed out one of those catalinas for another free box of tampons )

So you might look at this assortment and wonder what we are eating this is the plan:

weekday- whipped banana oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, eggs,
weekend- try this cinnamon roll recipe

PBJ or PB and honey, tuna salad pitas, or leftover burritos
chips, chex mix, celery, carrot sticks
pears or bananas

Balsamic Thyme Chicken- i have made this twice now, the first time was fantastic, the second just so so, we'll see how it goes this time
Wednesday- eat at Church growth group
Homemade Pizza
Chicken Tortilla Soup- a repeat from last week but we love it, its nice and easy, and perfect for the cold weather.

sides- steamed broccoli, salad, peas, mashed potatoes, rolls, cornbread.

That is little glimpse into our cart/kitchen!

Part 2 of Emma tonight...YAY!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Pocketful of Posies!

Recently, when I saw this blog post over at GraceLaced I knew I wanted to make some of these cute little posies. Tonight I whipped up some and I am loving their possibilities!

I see flowers all over the place these days. On clothes, headbands, pillows; you name it they are putting a cute flower on it.

I jazzed up a plain Target cream sweater by pinning a few on. Ann Taylor Loft watch out, haha!

I am going to be making a lot more of these to incorporate in the decorations for the Father/Daughter Valentine's Banquet at church.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Masterpiece Series!

Today I was so excited to see an ad for a new Public Television Masterpiece series. Starting January 24, on Sunday nights they will be showing a 3 part series of Jane Austin's Emma. This is one of my favorite Austin stories! I know many of you share my love for Jane Austin movies so you might want to mark your calendar :)

Go here to find out more info and watch a preview!