Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Sales...

I must be crazy because I went FOUR different places this week. Truth be told, my husband did not get very many hours at work this week. The bad news is, that will really hurt our payday next Friday. The good news is, it makes it easier for me to make a quick trip to the store ALONE or with just one child. I don't feel like that makes a huge difference in how much I save, but it makes a really huge difference in how much effort grocery shopping takes. I also finally got almost caught up on organizing my coupons, and that really helped too. We need all the help we can get right now! Adding Easter and the need for preschool snacks in to the budget just intensified my need to do a really good job!

(Combined Target and Price Chopper)

I started my shopping on Wednesday at Target. I got:

3 boxes of Jello
6 bricks of Cream cheese
1 package of Recycled Reynolds foil

Pretax total was $4.30. I saved $9.78. Off to a good start!

After that, I went to Price Chopper. I got:

1 Betty Crocker cake mix
1 Betty Crocker frosting
1 package of Mission tortillas
1 can of Eagle Brand
1 can of artichoke hearts
2 boxes of Wheat Thins
1 box of Triscuits
2 boxes of Quaker Maple oatmeal squares
1 lb of generic butter
3 bricks of Kraft cheese
1 bag of Kraft cheese
1 bag of frozen spinach
2 2 lb packages of Strawberries

My pre-tax total was $24.09. I saved $36.06.

On Thursday over lunch, I ran to Hen House. I apologize because the picture turned out very bad. This is what I picked up:

1 package of Bumblebee Lemon Pepper tuna
2 64 oz containers of Tree Top apple juice
2 Aunt Jemima syrups
1 box of Quaker Hazelnut Latte oatmeal
1 dozen Eggland's Best eggs
1 gallon of Robert's hormone free whole milk
1 Jimmy Dean breakfast skillet

My pre-tax total was $14.96. I saved $16.00. (My quarterly store savings total came out at $177.09. Pretty good since I don't do much shopping there!)

And FINALLY, I took the girls to Hy-Vee. We went because I THOUGHT the big cans of mandarin oranges were on sale, but it was the little cans. We didn't even get any! We ended up with a few other things and a serious eye injury. It wasn't the best trip, but what's a mom to do?

Here is what we got:

1 package of unsalted butter
1 package of SunMaid raisins
4 Coke 12 packs
2 Cara Cara oranges (Expensive little buggers!)
3 lb bag of organic oranges

My tax total after $10 credit was $8.40. Definitely not my best trip ever. We might have been better of had we just NOT made this trip.

We're having Easter dinner at my mother in law's house tomorrow. I am making key lime pie and Olive Garden's hot spinach dip. Both recipes should be making an appearance today or tomorrow! I also pre made cranberry orange scone dough, so we can have warm scones for breakfast. The rest of the week is going to take some thinking on!

Happy Easter!

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  2. I too have started shopping at times when the girls are not with me. I just found your blog and admire what you are doing. We are working to save a little as well and I have started with meal planning and coupons.

  3. To me it's incredible that you only spent about 50.00 on ALL of that!! I'm trying to get started coupon-ing, but apparently I'm slow on the uptake! :-)