Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Recent Kroger RACK UP!!...and How I Did It

So I haven't been couponing or serious grocery shopping for a while. And it was time so let me share with you what I got and HOW I got it. I'm still ecstatic!!!

Total was $320.05
Paid $149.03
Saved $171.02

This is what I got:

1 - Bread
1 - Hot Dog Buns
5 - Jars of Ragu
1 - Box of pasta
10 - Packs of floured Tortillas
10 - Jars of Salsa
15 - Boxes of Cereal (Post Shredded Wheat, Coco Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles)
4 - Cans of Hunts Tomato Paste
6 - Cans of Chili
29 - Bowls of Kraft Mac n Cheese and Velveeta Shells and Cheese
1 - Large canister of coffee creamer
5 - Cans of Skintimate Shaving Gel
1 - 2 pk of Secret Deoderant
2 - Speed Sticks
1 - Ban Deoderant
1 - Degree Deoderant
6 - Cans of Dog Food (got $1 off catalina from this)
5 - Tubs of Helluva Good Dip
2 - packs of Kraft Singles
1 - bowl of I can't believe it's not butter
1 - pack of sandwich meat
2 - packs of hot dogs
1 - bag boneless skinless chicken
1 - Tide Detergent
1 - All Detergent
1 - Kroger Brand dishwashing tabs
5 - Bags of Goldfish
1 - Large pack of TP
3 - Kroger brand 2 ltr cokes
1 - 12 pk Kroger brand diet coke
1 - 20 oz Mountain Dew
1 - small bag of Doritoes
2 - Boxes of Kroger brand crackers

I think thats all.......

Most of everything that I bought in large quantity has a long expiration date and will not go bad anytime soon.

So this is how I did this trip:

I went to my favorite website http://www.southernsavers.com/ and pulled up what would be on sale. I did this on Sunday because the lady that runs the site lives in an area where they run their Kroger sales from Sunday to Sunday. Ours runs from Wednesday to Wednesday so by pulling it up on Sunday it gives you a jump on getting your coupons together.

I went through the list of things that would be on sale and wrote down or highlited everything that I thought I would want to get. I didn't have alot of coupons b/c I have been slacking. I went to eBAY and typed in each coupon that I was looking for to see if there were any available for "BUY IT NOW".

Example: Ragu coupons.....If it came up I sorted it by price and I picked the one I wanted but before I purchased it I would look at the seller other items to see if they had other coupons I needed so I could get as many as I could from one seller.

I continued this process until I was able to collect a pretty nice size pile. I may have spent a total of $15 on coupons BUT a friend of mine went in with me so you can split that price in half.

I ordered them on Sunday night and they came in on Wed and Thurs. I organized them and grouped like coupons in groups of 5 and placed in my binder because our Kroger will only take 5 of the same coupon in a transaction.

When I got to the store I grabbed two buggies and I had two envelopes labeled buggy one and buggy two. If I wanted more than 5 of one item that I had a coupon for then I put 5 in one buggy and 5 in the other. That way I could make two transactions. This also helped me to keep my Mega Sale items straight.

With the Mega Sale you have to buy 10 of the participating items and you can mix match. You just have to be sure that you have increments of 10 on those items or you will not get the sale price.

Before I went to the store I had my list of Mega Sale items from southernsavers.com that I had coupons for and I had mapped out how many of each item I would get. I had a list for Buggy 1 and Buggy 2 list. There were some price discrepancies like on mustard so I decided not to get it. I had planned to get 5 of them so I just found 5 other Mega Sale items (fillers) to put in its place so my increments would work out.

I have to say this was the MOST STRESSFUL trip I have ever made. I had both kids with me and I was trying to show my friend how to do it. We only had 45 minutes to do it because Kayla Grace had to go to Cheerleading. So we were on short time restraint and both kids were acting like fools....throwing stuff in the buggies and arguing. I thought I would either hyperventilate before we got out of there or they would call the paddywagon for the crazy lady screaming down the aisles at her children. But we did it. My friend did just about as well or better than me and she just might be hooked.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Lottery....What if??

I have spent the majority of my day glued to a show on TLC about how winning the lottery has changed people's lives. It was amazing to see how most of these people dealt with their new-found security. If you had asked me a couple of years ago what I would do if "my ship came in"......I would have had a vision of me and several friends/relatives going on huge shopping sprees, vacations and throwing caution to the wind. I'm happy to say that I think I would be much more responsible and frugal EVEN IF it was a large sum of money.

The first thing on my list would be a home of my own. Until we no longer had one and became "renters" I could not fully appreciate the priviledge of owning our own home. It's our number one goal for this year and I think about it constantly. In saying that....if money was no option....would it change what I looked for in a home? Yes and No....I can't see myself going and looking for some 1/2 million dollar home. I'd be happy to purchase one that I have recently found that is $109,000 and adding a sunroom and getting some professional landscaping. I might consider spending up to $150,000 but I really think I would have a hard time doing it even if I had a million!

My second item on the list would be to pay off my car....yes I'd keep that Kia Optima and get it detailed. I'd then buy my husband a truck and it would be paid for in the clear.

Third on the list would be setting money aside for the kids college and a contribution to Church.

Those would be my priorities. The difference would be put back and maybe invested. I may splurge on some new furniture and vacation but I just don't see myself going hog-wild like I might have done before. There's no doubt that depending on the amount I'd probably give a few gifts....but I can promise  I would not be one of the ones that was broke in a few years. I'd still get up and probably rush to work huffing and puffing trying not to be late. I'd still clip my coupons and look for bargains.

After living high on the hog and then getting knocked down to the slop, it's a lesson that doesn't leave you. So bring on that ship.....I'm ready!

Monday, January 16, 2012

On the edge thriller....Sick by Brett Battles


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The best advice that I can give you before sitting down with this book is:
1) Grab your snacks before hand
2) Make sure to take a potty break b/c you won't want to put this down in order to go

This book grabbed me from the very first sentence. Who has not had one of those moments in the middle of the night when your child cries out for you? You drag out of bed and ramble to their room, and in OUR perfect world, we pat them on the back or give them a sip of water and they go back to sleep. If the Ash's thought they lived in a perfect world, that idea was quickly shattered with that whimper from their oldest daughter down the hall. If there was any doubt that "they weren't in Kansas anymore" the point was quickly driven home when men dressed in bio-hazard suits busted through the doors instead of EMT's dispatched from 911!!

By the time I got to Chapter 2 my breathing became rapid and I could not tap my Nook quick enough to turn the page. There was not a spot in the book where things slowed down or tensions calmed. I can honestly say this book wore me out. As the story came to an end I was so excited to find that this book was only the beginning....."Exit 9" is the next story in this nail-biting saga. I can't wait!!