My new coupon folder :)

Back in August I posted my coupon folder and how I laid it out and where to buy coupons sleeves etc. It was a pretty cheap basic 3 ring binder that zipped up. It lasted for longer than I expected honestly. But after dropping it so many times finally the top ring was not closing together (meaning when I turned the pages stuff came off that hook), and the zipper part was torn (I probably could have sewn this back together).. So for Christmas I asked for a new fancy one :). I was expensive (that’s why I asked for it for Christmas bc I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on it).  http://http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007UQ8Q9E/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1421348242&sr=1&keywords=coupon+binder

A lovely couponer designed it with her husband and it’s made in America (and I LOVE it).1959355_10202288024082032_2759709354666092455_n  (christmas YAY!)

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The outside has a pocket for pens and such (I think it comes in 5 different colors). The best part is it has two sides!!!!! I use one side for food and the other side for everything else…(Laundry personal care etc.) The rings off set each other so you can close it without them banging into one another.

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SO first side dividers (basically to Kroger’s layout). The numbers on the table of contents are general categories and are the big dividers that stick out a little farther. The letters are the smaller subcategories.

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Next side is the other stuff.

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The straps hold the side that your not using in place, then when you finish with one side you just flip the book around and start on food. The outer edges are a super hard cardboard (maybe plastic), but It doesn’t cave into the buggy. The binder itself is more of a briefcase. It’s super sturdy.. I’ve been using it since Christmas and I LOVE it! I’ll keep you guys posted as to how it holds up over the next few months!

 

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!

Creating more storage!

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a post about something other than my shopping trips! I promise I have been doing more than shopping! I’ve started organizing the basement! My pictures are old (like from October so things have changed slightly, but I’ll try to update again soon) so here goes!

This shelf I got from Lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_366629-1281-HC30127_0__?productId=3503132&Ntt=shelves&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dshelves&facetInfo=

It was $40, and has 7 tiers (I took one off). I hate it. It took me and Johnny forever to put together and It’s not very sturdy.  It’s flimsy, but it;s working in the space for now. I use this for personal care products. Up top is a basket of toothbrush, a basket of floss and then toothpaste. Then razors, face wash/women deodorant, men deodorant, hair products (at the time of the picture it was hair products and zip-loc bags, now its hair products and makeup), and last a basket of pens, and tampons.

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Up next I got these shelves from lowes also (one at a time and only when they were on sale at one point almost half off!!) Reg they are $79.95 and honestly worth it. I put it together by MYSELF in around 20 minutes. I think it took me longer to get it all out of the box! You can very easily put shelves at height you want and they are super sturdy even in my super unlevel basement!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_101933-1281-CR4824_0__?productId=1000527&Ntt=shelves&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dshelves&facetInfo=

 

So first shelves wipes (now pullups also), body wash (now that’s all that’s there), shampoos and conditioners, cleaning products, and then miscellaneous junk.

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More of the same type of shelf I now have 3 🙂 Super exciting!

First shelf candles/smelly good stuff, then dish washer stuff soaps, body soaps, next is toilet papers (now completely full of just TP!) Last paper towels!

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Last is laundry area! Dryer sheets, fabric softener, then laundry det, then more laundry det and my free harbor freight goodies (that I used in Christmas baskets).

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How I have my shelves lined up and a panorama!

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Pantry now!! before the back wall was shampoos and such now I have more space for food! (this picture was from OCT. to when I finally got all the shelves for the basement started now its a bit different will try to post current picture soon!)

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Obviously I’m firm believer in donating (to the military, nursing homes, and people in need), but I also believe in Christmas presents! So all the members of my family got a basket this year (one per household). I ended up doing 7 total and they all had different shaped baskets, but this is one of the 7!

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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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Kroger Mega Event 12/5 and 12/9

12/5- Milk, eggs, 2 pull-ups, 6-7up, 2 juicy juice, 2 shredded cheese, 1-string cheese, 11 Febreeze things, 5 colgate toothpaste, 5- 14ct. pods, 4 colgate mouthwash, 5 cereals, 10 pasta sides, 10 hormel lunch things, 5 hormel snack, 5 hormel breakfast, 1 bbq, 2 listerene floss, 1 foil (I was out after thanksgiving haha), 3 wax melts, 2 candles, 2 cough drops, 2 dole soups, 3 Vs shampoo/cond, 2 Mr. bubbles, 3 herbal essences, 5 john freida, 5 Loreal spray, 1 pantene, 6 febreeze, 2 Vs hair products, treseme gel. 119 items… I spent $136.01. I saved $237.92 67% savings.

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Kroger event pt. 2…. I desperately needed to restock my pantry. Alot of this was without coupons: Bread, eggs, milk, 2 packs of bacon, 2 packs of sausage, 5 pull-ups, grapes, lettuce, jalapeño, 6 hamburger helpers, 4 shells and cheese, 3 lipton tea, 3 7-up, 3-6pk of ramen, 3 bags of chips, 4 pasta ronis, 2 boxes of crackers, 2 starbucks, 2 bags of sugar, 6 cans of green beans, 4 cans of peas, 4 cans of potatoes, 3 cans of corn, 3 cans of carrots, 2 Pizza crust, 2 icings, 2 cookies, 3 tampons, 2 rice, 2 sour cream, 3 pantene shampoo/cond. 5 brut deodorant, 5 VS hair products, 5 toothbrushes, 3 hormel lunches, 1 colgate mouth wash and 1 20lbs bag of dog food. 102 items, I spent $175.69. I saved $125.61 44% savings. (I’m not quite happy with how much I spent but if you take out pull-ups and dog food I spent $125 so I guess that’s not horrible.) 

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Kroger mega event!

Kroger 11/06/14

2 juicy juice, string cheese, 2 danniamls, 1 dole Mandarins, 8 campbells soup, 8 chunky soups, 8 yogurt, 5 motts juice, 3 7-ups, 6 minute rice, 10 fruit squishys, 4 peppronis, 12 boxes of hot pockets, 5 colgate toothpaste, 5 gillette shave creams, 1 hot chocolate, 5 cake mix, 2 bleach, 4 paper towels, 2 juicy juice, 1 floss.

Spent $100.10 101 items. SAVED $115.86 56%

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Kroger 11/10

5 hormel chili, 8 broth, 12 campbells soups, 2 success rice, 5 minute rice, 2 barilla pasta, 10 hefty sliders bags, 2 toilet bowl drop ins, 2 lasagna noodles, breakfast biscuits, 4 hot cocoa, 8 uncle bens rice, 1 carmex, 5 blistex, 5 shave creams, 4 toothpaste, 2 bleach, 2 febreeze candles, 5 angel soft, 1 2pk paper towels, 4 juicy juice, 2 mott’s juice.

Spent $75.09 100 items, SAVED 140.20 67% savings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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