Sunday, August 29, 2010

What you can buy for $68

So, I am officially addicted to coupons. I've decided what it's like Black Friday (my favorite holiday of the year) like EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! Helllloooo, a coupon in the paper on Wednesday for a penny mystery item at your local publix, I mean, what's not to love? My friend Sharon and I took a coupon class (how delightfully nerdy is that?) on Tuesday night and picked up some great tips. Sharon is incredibly organized, and well, absolutely brilliant, so I've been calling her about 4 times a day. Mostly with math questions. ("Sharon, it says this should be free, but I don't see how it adds up.....) Together we've been dredging our way through this. I hope it gets easier! I think I've finally gotten the hang of it, but don't get me wrong, it's still a lot of work and planning. At first, I would go into the store and make one purchase at a time with my little fistful of coupons, just thinking "this is never going to work and I'm going to owe more money than what this is worth!". But on Thursday I did my shopping for the week at Publix and today I went to Rite Aid and bought a cartfull too. I can't see how I am going to keep this up AND have a toddler in my house, but for now it's giving me a nice distraction from our never ending adoption (no we haven't heard anything substantial, other that the Judge may be going to the convention on September 9th and then after that may decide to go ahead and start scheduling court after that) case you want to know- here is my $68 bounty for the week: (Note I stack it up on the counter and kitchen table so that my husband gets a nice chuckle out of it, I think he thinks I've lost my mind)
1 gallon of milk
2 bags of salad
2 boxes Betty Crocker potatoes
2 pints Starbucks Hot Chocolate Ice Cream
1 lb Cabot Cheddar Cheese
2 packs Nathans Hot dogs
1 box Cole's Cheese Bread sticks
2 packs Johnsonville brats (go meat)
2 boxes Morning Star Veggie Burgers
2 boxes Morning Star Lasagna
4 packs Immaculate Cookies
1 lb green beans
1 lb squash
1 lb eggplant
1 lb zucchini
8 Fiber OneYogurts
1 pack sliced Gouda cheese
40 solo plates
1 lb Honey Ham
1 loaf organic wheat bread
2 v8 Splash
4 can condensed soup for cooking
1 box spaghetti
1 bottle A-1
1 lb Hamburger meat
1 Hormel ready made meal
2 tubs I can't believe it's not butter
1 box Ritz crackers
4 (12) pack rolls of Cottonelle
1 (4) pack roll of Publix toilet paper
5 boxes fiber one cereal (We are going to need all that toilet paper)
1 (32) load Tide detergent
1 package Tide stain release
1 (60) Downy Fabric Softener
2 Nivea Men's shower wash
2 bottles Gain Dish soap liquid
3 (12) packs of Coke Products
2 (22oz) Kraft Mayo
2 boxes Cascade Farm Granola Bars
2 cans green beans
2 cans Healthy Harvest Soup


  1. Wow! You did great for a beginner. I've been couponing for about 2 years now. It is MUCH harder with a toddler. I save, but not nearly what I would if I had more time to devote to it. When the 2nd toddler gets here, my savings may go down to zilch.

    We heard from our agency last week. Our facilitator in Pskov has told us to go ahead and get our medicals and background checks done. They think it looks favorable for the judge to start issuing dates after her meeting. I hope they are right!! They said it's a gamble, but one that they felt we should take.

  2. Nicely done! You will be coupon queen before you know it. ;) glad you have a new distraction. I'll be sure to let you know when I see great deals! For example: all back to school supplies are 30% off at Target now. Should not be long before they go 50%. Can you say 2 pack of safety scissors for $.64!!!??

  3. Niiiiice! Can you track how much you saved? I think that's what would hook me. Like at Kohl's, I think, when it says "You saved xx."

  4. You did great!!!!

  5. Just getting started on my coupon adventure. . .started clipping, downloading and sorting. Aidan is 4. . .I now have no more time for me!! : ) (like I had any before!) This is great incentive to keep it up though! With that $300. a week preschool bill, savings are all good no matter how much! Thanks!

  6. That is unbelievable!!!! You could start a business shopping for people! I could never do that!

    One question: did you buy things because you had coupons or because this is what you usually eat? Just curious how this coupon thing works.

  7. I'm truly impressed! I've tried the coupon thing, and my pitiful attempt at it left me thinking it was more trouble than it was worth. Obviously, I need a tutor!!:)

  8. Well done, you!

    (And waiting alongside you.)