I am a stay at home mom who is fed up with spending a large portion of income on grocery bills. It is my job, according to God, to be a good help mate for my husband. I am trying to live up to my job description. I am starting a journey into the grocery coupon world and invite you to come with me. I have never used coupons for grocery shopping and as of January 1st 2008 I am diving in. I will be using http://www.thegrocerygame/ , http://www.moneysavingmom.com and the http://www.couponmom.com/ website to guide me on how to save money. I am going to treat this adventure as a part time job and put in the hours necessary to make it work. I am excited and nervous to get started.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Going Commando

I have went commando mode with my coupons. Is it even possible to go commando? Am I using the word correctly? I don't know.

It has been about 5 weeks since I clipped coupons. I'll hold on while you catch your breath and fan yourself. Yesterday I decided to go commando mode. I separated all my papers from the inserts and I put like inserts together. I went through each insert and put like coupon pages together that I wanted to keep. Then I clipped only the coupons I knew I would use. All of the rest of the insert and coupons I threw away. I'll say it again, I threw them away. I have gotten so relaxed on my coupons we have been living off of our stock pile. I do run to the store for the basics; bread, milk, eggs etc... but there are never coupons for those.

Today I am feeling so much better, my stack of coupons are gone and I have a small pile that I need to file.

Mission complete, almost :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kroger and over charging

Kroger is infamous for over charging. It happens all the time. Most people do not take the time to look at their bill so they never know.
My hubby LOVES to catch Kroger overcharging him for items. He has made it kind of a game. He will pick things up thinking that it might be the one item. A couple of weeks ago he went and bought a bag of Kroger brand french fries for that nights dinner. Before he walked out of the store he checked his bill and sure enough he was charged the regular price instead of the sale price. He headed to the customer service. In my Kroger their policy is, actually I think its a federal customer protection law, that says if you are overcharged you get the first item free and the difference on all the other items you are over charged for.
Usually we are overcharged on a Kroger brand item that is on sale. The sale price never quite makes it into the cash register.

Today I went to the store and Kroger did not disappoint. They had the Dole brand salads in a bag on sale. You know those salads that have everything in the bag and then you just put it all together when you get home? They were on sale for 2/$5 which is a really good deal, these things usually cost about $4 each. So I picked up two bags. When I checked my receipt after checking out they had charged me 3/$9. This is actually tomorrows deal. I headed straight for customer service. They gave me $3.59 back, $3 for the price of the first salad and $.50 for the overcharge on the second salad and then tax. I came home with two bags of salad for $1.25 per bag. That is a deal!

P.S. Watch your receipt it truly pays off.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ukrops and coupons

I live in an area that has a Ukrops. Sadly to say we only have one in this area and they are struggling to stay open. I really like Ukrops but hardly shop there because they do not double coupons. As a last ditch, stay in business effort, Ukrops started tripling manufacturers coupons on Saturdays for the months of May and June. Yes, tripling! But, we have read in the local paper, they are going to start tripling coupons on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting in July. This is very exciting. Get those $.75 and $1.00 coupons out and head to Ukrops.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kids Bowl Free

I hope everyone has signed up for free bowling this summer. The AMF bowling centers have a program where you can sign up kids for free bowling through the summer its called Kids Bowl Free. Adults can bowl to, it cost $23.95 for the summer. You can add up to 5 kids and 5 adults. You can bowl two games a day everyday from 9am to 5pm Sunday through Saturday. The only thing you have to pay for is shoe rental. In our case we have to rent only one pair of shoes since I just ordered my new bowling shoes and my hubby already has a pair.

How the program works is this:

Every Sunday AMF sends you an email with a link to print your coupons for the whole week. There is one coupon for the kids and one coupon for adults (if you do the adult program). You follow the link and print out your coupons for the week. Take your coupons to your participating bowling center and you are all set. We have bowled twice so far and the kids love it.

Oh How I love the Swagbucks!

Have I told you lately how I love Swagbucks? I have redeemed a total of $30 in gift cards so far. I just ordered a pair of bowling shoes and applied two gift cards to buy them. I love getting things discounted. I love Swagbucks! They give me money just for searching, its great!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Free Legos Smart Kit and Creativity Contest

Money Saving Mom has posted the coolest thing. Lego is having a contest. They are giving away Smart kits to teachers so that the teacher can come up with an activity to do with just the smart kit Legos. Homeschoolers are welcome! All you have to do is follow the link to the Lego site and then register. Mine is already on the way. I am going let my kids play with the set and see what we come up with. I can't wait to get this, I am so excited!

Click here to go straight to the link.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wisk detergent deal worth doing

I found a great Wisk deal at Food Lion today. I do not shop Food Lion normally just because their prices are usually higher and their ads run from Tuesday to Tuesday. Today for some reason my hubby put the ad on the kitchen table for me to see.
Low and behold right on the front I saw the Wisk. They have the 50 oz. liquid Wisk on sale for B1G1 the regular price is $6.09 each. Yesterday I got all of my coupons clipped and organized and I remembered seeing a Wisk coupon for $1.50 off. A light went off and I looked at my coupons.

Here is the deal I did at Food Lion today

Wisk B1G1 for $6.09 the coupon is $1.50 off two.
I paid $4.88 including tax for 2 bottles of Wisk. That comes to $2.44 per bottle.

The ad said there was a limit of 2 free bottles. I did 4 bottles in one transaction and 2 bottles in another transaction.

The picture is what I got. They had a lot to choose from.

I went to Kroger last night. When I get the energy and time I will post my deals.