Tuesday, November 24, 2009

20 Ways To Save At The Grocery Store

I just read a great posting on 20 ways to save at the grocery store. All put together nice and clear. Take a jump over there to read what Wicked Cool Deals has to say.

I use most of these ideas and feel it is important not only to save for my own family but hopefully be an example for others in my family. In turn I want to be able to help you out there reading to save money on groceries and eating out.

I have made so many mistakes, have spent so many years not using coupons seriously or doing rebates. Today I look forward to reading the grocery ads and blogs to find the best deals.

We have never had so much food in our pantry ever. My pantry is getting fuller by the day. I have a main list on my pantry door telling me what I have and how much.

It gives me a sense of comfort knowing I have a good stock of coffee, soup , food items, and laundry products. If it was necessary, I could go without buying some of these items from a few weeks to months.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Eating Out On Less Dollars .. Using a Coupon at a Pizza Joint

Today was the last day of a 6 days of Tax classes. Glad it is over for the time being.

We planned ahead and knew there was a CiCi Pizza place within blocks of school. Had never been there before so perfect time to try it out.
Ci Ci is a Pizza place that is mainly a buffet featuring Salad bar, 2 pasta choices ( same pasta with 2 sauces)

and several types of Pizza to choose from plus cheesy bread. They even have a couple of desert choices like pizza crust with a apple pie filling ( to sweet for me)

Food was good, prices fair, and they kept busy adding more Hot Pizzas and picking up plates. Cost of Entertainment Book $30.00
Total saved $5.00 with coupon today .. Total of bill $10.36 .. Total saved so far $10.00

Eating Out On Less Dollars .. Using a Coupon at a Sports Bar and Grill

As many of you know hubby and I eat out at lunch time alot. We wander around looking for things to buy and sell on the internet, we are involved with going to school to do taxes for the third year at H & R Block and usually eat out before class.
To try to cut our costs even more I have bought the Entertainment Book for the Houston area. With using this book and using the coupons from the Sunday paper or local papers we should be able to eat out on a few less dollars.
And we should be able to eat at places we may not have tried before.
Last Sunday we went to church with my sister and her hubby. After church we always go out to dinner. This time I looked in my Entertainment book and found a coupon for a Sports Bar and grill we had ate at once before. Food was okay and was real close to a used book I wanted to visit.
So off we drive and visit the Stadia Sports Grill in Katy Texas.
What was I thinking every TV was on and all to different football games. We are not sports people and it was blaring loud in there.
Oh well everyone else was happy and enjoying the football games and that is really what it is about.
Food was very good ( I had a barbecue hamburger that was very tasty and would buy again ) We ate our hamburgers and scooted off to a nice quiet bookstore.
We will probably stop by this sports bar again but it will be in the middle of a week at lunch time when it is quiet like a used bookstore.
We saved $5.00 on our lunch bill ... total of bill plus tip was $11.91 Total saved so far $5.00 with coupons

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Organizing My Pantry before and after Pictures

After doing my earlier post about making Thanksgiving and the holidays easier and taking a picture of my pantry, I realized it has gotten out of hand.
I have never had so much food in my cupboard and that is great but I need to start finding ways to use some of it up over the next few weeks. This is not saying I won't buy the great deals I find, but in the same time want to clear out the old as I bring in more.
Right now in my cupboard I have
20 Hamburger Helper ( the majority of these were bought at Walmart on the clearance shelf for 50 cents each and I had coupons
6 Macaroni and Cheese Jiffy cups ( quick lunch )
11 Jars of Ragu Spagetti sauce
13 Betty Crocker Au Gratin Pototatoes ( these have coupons on them for liter Coke bottles)
5 Packages of Velvetta Macaroni and Cheese or Kraft Macaroni Cheese
5 Jiffy Blue Berry Muffin packages
6 Jiffy Corn Bread Muffin packages
1/3 of a package of Instant mash potatoes
1 Pasta Roni
2 1/3 boxes of Elbow Macaroni pasta
4 packages of Idahoan Mash Potatoes
1 Jello pudding
3 Jello
1 package of Taco Shells
1 package of Banquet Homestyle Bakes Creamy Cheesy Chicken Alfredo
1/2 package of Bisquick
1 Free Sample of Betty Crocker Potatoes
1 package of Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 1/2 bottles of Ranch dressing
1 bottle of Italian dressing
5 Bumble Bee Albacore Tuna packages
8 cans of Campbell Tomato soup
3 cans of Mushroom soup
3 Progresso Soup
1 Campbell Select Soup
2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes
10 cans of Hunts Diced Tomatoes with spices
1 can of peas
2 cans of popeye spinach
3 cans of Chicken gravy
5 Jars of Salsa
4 Cans of Hormel Chili
3 Jars of Peanut Butter
2 mustard
3 Lea & Perrins Worchester Sauce
1 Miracle Whip
5 + boxes of Cereal
3 boxes of Quaker Instant Oatmeal
4 + cans of Coffee
2 packages of Taco seasoning
1/2 package of Lipton Soup Mix
2 1/2 packages of Lipton to Go
plus samples of ceareal, and nutrition bars
This list shows what I have a lot of and what I have little of. I will print out this list and cross off as I use items or add items when I buy.
This is just the pantry items need to do an inventory list on items in linen closet and laundry, cleaning areas of home and put a list of that.
There is the before and the after picture of my pantry now. Not perfect but sure a lot better.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Coupons In Your Parade Magazine in Sunday Paper

Be sure to look through your Parade Magazine before throwing out your Sunday Paper. There are some coupons in there.

I found a coupon for $1 off 2 Oreda Steam and Mash Potatoes or Ore Ida Hash Browns, a coupon for $2.00 off The Fragrance Collection by Glade ( nice little gift for some one), $1.00 off Niva Body Wash

These coupons could vary around the country. You may have the same or maybe different. If you find different coupons comment here so others will know.

Thanks for stopping by.. Lets Keep Saving Together ... Grace

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grocery Cart Challenge Balancing the Food Budget

My shopping is sporatic. Some weeks I buy hardly anything and then we may have a mega shopping trip and I am there almost every day looking for deals.
I keep all receipts so I can see what and where we are spending our food money.

Part of our life is going out in the day to hunt for treasures to sell on eBay. This is always over the noon hour so on these days we eat out. I know we could cut back and bring a sandwich but to us eating out is part of the experience. Our treasure hunting is not on a daily basis, since we do part time work for my nephew and this can get in the way of hunting, but is sure money which means food and gas money.

So back to the budget. We have a weekly budget of $125.00 for the two of us for groceries and paper supplies etc and eating out..

My week runs Sunday to Saturday

Week 1 ... 10/4 to 10/10 Groceries $5.45

Week 2 .... 10/11 to 10/17 Groceries $63,64

Week 3 ... 10/18 to 10/24 Groceries 0 money spent

Week 4 ... 10/25 to 10/31 Groceries $117.19 ( Mega Sale Week)

Total for these 4 weeks was $186.28 or an average of $46.57

Week 1 ... 10/4 to 10/10 Eating Out $ 56.66

Week 2 .... 10/11 to 10/17 Eating Out $ 56.99

Week 3 ... 10/18 to 10/24 Eating Out $107.49

Week 4 ... 10/25 to 10/31 Eating Out $77.44

Total for these 4 weeks $298.58 or an average of $74.65

This averages out $121.22 a week so with in our weekly budget when averaged out.

Interesting to put in on paper and look at it. You see what really happened in this household. How are you doing with staying within your budget
Next topic of discussion will be how can hubby and I eat out at lunch time the days we hunt for treasures and bring down that cost.
I have joined in on grocery cart challenge. Take a look at how others are doing. Leave a comment here and there to let others know you have stopped by.
Thanks for stopping by ... Lets Keep Saving .. Grace