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Simple Saving Savvy: Weekly Savings Review ~

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Practicing Wise Stewardship & Blessing Others Out of Our Abundance

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weekly Savings Review ~

This was a great week! But my budget is a little chaotic since it's right before a holiday. I try to use as much as I can out of my stockpile and cushion as much as I can into our regular grocery budget but let's face it...when you're trying to feed at least seven more people AND do all the holiday trimmin's, it's gonna cost a bit more.
At Target I purchased two turkeys. One if for our family and the other I'm cooking for a Community Thanksgiving dinner that FaithWorks of the Innercity hosts every year. I opted for the Market Pantry, not because it was cheaper but because they were bigger. I needed both to be around 20lbs.
here. In my last video I mentioned that I wouldn't be purchasing anymore canned veggies for awhile as we had enough...these veggies will be served at the FaithWorks Thanksgiving dinner.

And the Granny Smith apples ended up costing only $1.18 after the target printable (expired).

I also couldn't pass up the sweet potatoes. Not only were they beautiful but they were only $0.59/lb which was the best price I'd seen yet. (Walmart is advertising theirs at $0.44/lb this week but you never know what you're gonna find.)And of course the deals on Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Campbells Cream of Mushroom and Del Monte Canned veggie were too good to pass up. You can find those deals and coupon matchups

My total out of pocket was $53.19.

At Homeland, my out of pocket was only $11.08. Th ese were deals from last week as I do my shopping at the end of the sales cycle. The deals were so awesome that I went back again on Tuesday and for more and spent only $9.63.

  Total out of pocket at Crest was $73.47. This included many items not shown in this picture like four gallons of milk, four ziploc  freezer bags, two packages of bagels, produce, , tortillas, etc.

I did find more of the specially marked Frosted Flakes with the code for the $10 Bonus Bucks certificate. (I already submitted for three of these!)
Chicken Breast (frozen) was $1.49/lb.

Nestle Toll House Morsels $1.78 ea.
Used $1.00/2 coupon (Nestle calendar?)
Final Cost: $1.28 ea.

Pillsbury Pie Crust 2/$4
Had $1.00/2 peelie
Final Cost: $1.50 ea.

Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread $1.97
Nature's Own Organic Honey Wheat 2/$4
You'll want to keep an eye out for a $10 coupon booklet attached to the top of the large Maxwell House coffee and a tear pad for $2.00 off deli meat or cheese when you purchase two packages of Carr's crackers.

Now for my two favorite transactions: CVS and Walgreens. I found everything I needed so the trip was smooth and profitable!!

For my first transaction at CVS, I purchased the Positively Ageless Foundation and Blush, Use the BOGO coupon and $1.00/1 coupon plus paid with $10 ECB. My out of pocket was $3.78 and I earned $10 ECBs.

For my next transaction I did the candy deal here along with the Viva paper towel 8pk. I had a $1.00/1 coupon for the Viva and I used the $10 ECB from the first transaction. My oop was $7.16 and I earned a $5 ECB.

This week I had over $30 in Register Rewards that expired Monday, 11/16. So I had to burn them. I did three transactions (two at one store and one at another location). All deal are outlined here.

First Transaction:
(6) Demets Turtles
Glad Bags
(2) Theraflu
Scotch Tape
(2) Splenda - used (2) $0.55/1 coupons from past All You magazines
Ricola Mixed Berry
(2) Thermacare
French's Onions
(3) Ribbon Rolls

Used $30 in RRs
Total OOP: $9.44
Earned: $10 RRs

Second Transaction:
(3) Lubriderm
(2) Austin Snack Crackers

Used $5.50 RRs
Total OOP: $1.83
Earned: $8 RRs

Third Transaction:
Almay Pure Blend Foundation $9.99
(2) Boxed Greeting Cards $3.00

Used $10 RRs
out of pocket: $4.00
earned: $10 RRs

Out of pocket: $209.76

This was $69.76 over weekly budget BUT if you subtract the Turkey and Veggies to serve at the FaithWorks dinner ($23), then I was only $46.76 over. Then there was our Thanksgiving Turkey ($16) plus I marked quite a few items off my Thanksgiving Master List. I think with the sales this week and what's left on my list, I can easily stay under budget on my next trip.

If Thanksgiving dinner ends up only costing $50 extra to feed all those people, especially the way they go through coffee, coffee-mate, splenda and cereal, my hubby will be one happy camper!!



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