New Mega Event March 25- April 7

This is my first trip. I honestly went without my list (which I do not recommend), but I was kid free so I had time to browse and calculate things as I went.

I got 15 REV burritos, 5 Krusteaz boxed things, box of crackers, 5 boxes of Special K bars,  15 gold fish, 4 barilla pasta, 2 Pam sprays, 4 rice a roni, 5 Palmolive soaps, 10 beef broth, 10 chicken broth, 11 barilla pasta, 10 prego pasta sauce, 4 BBQ sauce, 8 cans of fruit, 4 sugars, 5 fruit bloopers, 2 PF chang dinners, 1 pizza rolls, 1 sour cream, 6  pillsbury cinnamon rolls. I saved $154. 76 (57%). I spent $124.16 (after tax) on 128 items (that’s less than $1 per item.)

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Second little mini trip (I had 30 mins to accomplish this one) haha.

I got 5 Finish, 1 Palmolive, 5 colgate mouthwash (I had a raincheck from last sale). 2 toothpaste, 4 arm and hammer laundry soap, 2 glade candles, 10 betty crocker potatoes, 10 barilla pastas, 10 dole fruit cans, 5 special k bars, 2 barilla pasta, 10 steamables veggies, 2 eggo breakfast sandwich, 5 bob evans breakfast things, 8 REV burritos. I SAVED $110.74 (56%). I spent $96.03 on 82 items.

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Mega Event March 11-24th!

I saved the best for last!

Shopping trip number 1! 3/12

10 quaker oatmeal cups, 3 mustards, 1 danamials yogurt, 2 chilis, 5 hotdogs, 2 girl scott creamers, 4 unstoppables, 5 Colgate baby toothpaste, 5 Colgate toothpaste, 5 crest toothpaste, 2 starbucks coffees, 6 nurtrigrain bars, 5 little bites, 4 bags of rice, 10 boxes of hamburger helper, 5 dry idea deo, 5 right guard deo, 4 net gear, 2 olay lotions, 5 soft-soap body wash, 3 aloe irish spring 8 ct, bars, 5 loreal shampoo, 5 mr. clean, 4 suave kids, 5 irish spring gear body wash, 4 tide pods, 2 resolve spot cleaner, 5 dawn dish soaps, 4 cascade dish det, 7 frozen veggies, 5 banquet dinners, 6 atkins frozen dinners, 2 4pk angel soft, 1 pine sol, 2 potatoes, 1 glade trash bags, 1 bag of carrots, 5 bic razors, 5 kids toothbrushes, 5 crest toothbrushes, 5 colgate toothbrushes. 174 items!

I would have spent $608.71! Instead I saved 66% which was $372.82!!! I spent $214.59!

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Shopping trip number 2. on 3/16

(this shopping trip I took someone with me and i did it after working 8 hours. It was her first time so I was trying to help/show her and do my shopping too, and I was there for about 2 hours longer than usual. I mean hey, it was 2 people shopping, but I was a little off my game towards the end haha.)

Anyways, 5 lil bites, 6 nutrigrain bars, 2 fruit squishes, 15 hamburger helpers, 10 quaker oatmeal cups, Mandarins, 8 suave shampoos, 3 cascade action pacs, 6 dial body wash, 3 mr. clean , 5 rice, 5 dawn dish soaps, 2 irish springs 8pk bar soaps, 5 scrubby bubbles, 2 tone bar soaps, 4 jelly beans, 1 pack capri sun, 5 playtex tampons, 6 packs of pull-ups, 3 scrubby bubbles toilet cleaners, 5 crest toothpaste, 5 colgate toothpaste, 4 gain flings, 4 unstoppables, 4 purex crystals, 3 3pk buggie wipes, 5 sandwich meats, 1 loaf of bread, 1 fanatik cleaner, 4 cream cheese, 1 dry idea, 5 right guard deodorant, 4 gear deo, 6 skinny cow, 2 bic razors. 151 items!

I would have spent $590.26. I saved 55%, $303.22. I spent $273.19 (obviously more than I wanted but 55% is decent).

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shopping trip number 3: 3/19

4 skinny cows, 5 irish spring gear body wash, 2 scrubby bubbles toilet cleaner, 5 shout stain remover, 6 fantastik cleaners, 1 scrubby bubbles cleaner, 5 windex, 3 pledge floor care, 1 pine sol, 2 cover girl mascara, 5 colgate toothpaste, 2 unstopppables, 2 dish soaps, 3 clean n clear facial scrub. 46 items total.

I would have spent $186.44. I save 70% (yes 70!!!!) which was $124.10 I spent $62.34.

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If this doesn’t make you want to coupon..

.. Then I don’t know what will. HERE is the updated pics of my pantry/basement!!! Yes I do spend money… I’m not a super extreme couponer and I am extremely busy (Like I currently work 6 days a week and have a 2 yr. old 24/7, when I started couponing I worked 2 jobs and was getting 2 degrees from MTSU simultaneously.. oh and I have a relationship and I have dinner with my grandparents at minimum once a week at my house and I cook for them like I still have a life)…. I get 5 copies of the paper each week (I know people who get 20+ copies). Couponing is not impossible no matter how busy you THINK you are. If your going to get started go read my blog about getting started (in august). In the beginning I made many mistakes (buying things just because I had a coupon… buying things I’d use but it wasn’t a good deal (yet) etc.)… We eat at home basically 3 meals a day, I get a grilled cheese from sonic for breakfast occasionally, and we go out to eat every now and then, but for the most part we eat at home. Walker eats breakfast at home 7 days a week.. He eats lunch here or we back his lunch for daycare, I take my lunch to work from home, then we cook dinner, and one day a week we cook for my grandparents. (That’s a lot of eating at home.) Saving money from not eating out AND saving money from couponing means we get to do other things.. (like remodel areas of the house and go the aquarium and what not).

These are my shelves currently.. There’s been 2 mega events since I made Christmas baskets so I’ve got to restock some…

Up first laundry! (the bottom shelf held my christmas baskets and free harbor freight stuff I think now I’ll put photo equipment on it now.)

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Up next first shelf is smelly goods, then Soaps (dish soaps, hand soaps, body soaps), then Toilet paper and mouth wash, then Paper towels.

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Next shelf: up top diapers, wipes. 1st shelf, Body Washes, then shampoos, then cleaning products, then junk (bug sprays, paints).

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Next is the “mini shelf” that was 100 times more complicated to put together and 50 less stable (I hate it lol).

Up top: basket of toothbrushes, basket of floss/dental picks, toothpaste. Next shave creams and razors, face washes and women’s deodorants. next mens deodorant. Next hair products, make up. Next basket of pens, tampons n such.

 

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A look from the stairs……

 

 

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Back wall… This wall use to be cleaning/shampoo stuff only.. Now its somewhat of a catchall. Top shelf is wreath mesh rolls and cake decorating stuff.. the extra pasta noodles, rice and pasta sauces. Next is sauces and dressings. next is cake mix, sugar, coffee, tea, and broths. Next icings, and sweet baking stuff. next cleaning stuff so I don’t have to walk downstairs.

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Its really hard to take a picture of the pantry because there’s a door behind me. I love that I designed my shelves and spacing before I hung them.

Up top is extras (cereals, snacks, mesh rolls, paper towels.) Next is snacks and candy. Next is mac and cheese, PB, basket of potatoes, crackers and tomatoes/pineapples. Next is cans raviolis, soups, tunas, Veggies, beans, fruits. Next boxed items, noodles, rices, salad pastas. Next is breakfast.. cereals, oatmeal snack bars, muffins. then juices and drinks.

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Up last is my fancy door organizer :).. I use it for spices, packets of tuna, protein bars, candy bars, popcorn, fruit squishys, etc.

 

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My newest addition is my new freezer! I got it used for $75 and it works like a charm!!! I will post soon about all these great precook recipes and storage ideas I’ve found!!  For now I use a dry erase marker to keep up with what’s in my freezer (you just wipe off a tally mark when you take something out). My first precooked freezer meal was oatmeal (I cooked oatmeal for breakfast for me and Walker on thursday) I just tripled the recipe and then let it cool and froze it in the cupcakes for a few hours then popped them out and put them in a bag. Now I just have to heat it up for like 30 seconds (versus the like 25 mins it takes to make oatmeal normally.)

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Last day of the Mega Event at Kroger.

Let me just start off by saying they were out of sooo much stuff on my list :(. Hot sauce was free I was going to get 9, lunch meat was .25 I was going to get 5, dole smoothies free I was going to get 5 (you get my point) SO000 While I was (eh) okay with my the purchases I did make I am also slightly disappointed. I did save 51% (which was decent bc I did not have coupons for a lot of what I bought). If they would have had everything on my list, I would have saved around 80%. Anyways here goes… I spent $140.80. I SAVED $135.25 (51%)

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I bought 2 cans of tomato paste (no coupon), 10 cans of raviolis (no coupon), 2 cans of rotel (no coupon) 25 cans of chunky soup, 4 cans of chi chi salsa, 1 el monteray burritos, 5 quaker instant oat mea, 5 dole fruit squishys, 2 boxes of raisin bran, 2 bags of chex mix, 2 keebler cookies (no coupon), 2 boxes of eggo bites (no coupons), 6 boxes of hot pockets (no coupons), 2 pine-sol, 5 herbal essences shampoo and conditioner (FREE), 5 herbal essences hair products, 5 snuggle laundry softeners, Presto Pasta, Kroger Krinkle fries (no coupon $1 for huge bag tho!) 10 lean cuisines, 1 tooth paste (FREE), 5 toothbrushes (FREE), 2 kroger lil smokies (no coupon), 2 Odawalla juice (FREE).

List I wanted to get but they were out of: butterball lunch meat, butterball sausage, Dole smoothies (FREE), Boost drinks (.49 for a 4 pk.), All fabric softeners, hot sauce (FREE)

Bc it was the last day for the sale obviously I missed those deals 😦 hopefully next time I’ll catch em!

December/January mega event cont.

 

74% savings!!!!  I spent $67.32,  I saved $159.68!

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10 nabisco snack packs, bananas, 2 chex mix, 3 Idaho potatoes, 2 chi chi salsa, 5 boxes dole fruit squishy, flat bread crackers, club crackers, 1 box saltines crackers, 1 sour cream, 2 coffee mate creamers, 5 hormel chili, 1 odwalla juice, 1 dawn soaps, 12 bayer aspirin, 3 children’s Advil, 3 finish gel pacs, 5 Colgate toothbrush, 6 shampoo and conditioner, 4 all fabric softeners, 1 pack of cheese, 5 angel soft 4 pks.

December Mega Event

 

 

I spent $106.28. I saved $201.50 (68%) I’m pretty happy with that! It was only 70 items, but I’m pretty happy with that because of the variety of stuff I got 🙂

I bought 4 rolls of wrapping paper, 2 boxes of pop tarts, 4 boxes of fruit squishy, 1 bag of cat food, 5 shave gels, 5 16ct. pods, 3 twin glade packs, 2 bags of hershey kisses, 4 mouthwashes, 5 febreeze standup things, 3 venus razors, 3 bags of floss picks, 2 dental floss, 6 cover girl products, 1 bread, 5 dawn dishsoap,  2 turkey meats, 6 boxes pastas, 3 peanut butters, 6 DVDs.

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