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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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!

 

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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