Tuesday, November 13, 2012

june through october

Ok, so me keeping up with this blog through the summer was an epic fail.  Honestly, it wasn't just this blog.  I went on a blog hiatus for several months.  It was needed.  And now I am ready and happy to be back in blogland. 
I finally went through my receipts and updated my money notebook, so I do have some coupon/savings totals from all of these months.  I am sure I am missing some things, but that's my fault alone.  I'm going to spare the details of this past timeframe, simply share the numbers and get back to focusing on what is happening now.  Bring on the savings...

TOTAL SAVED: $65.39  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Another month gone by that I really haven't been as efficient with coupons as I would like to be.  However, I am getting more and more organized with it and am consistently saving money every month!
Something that I definitely want to highlight this month: in-store coupons at Fred Meyer.
They have golded colored coupons hanging all over there store, so if you shop at Freddy's, keep your eyes out for those!  With those coupons alone, I saved:
$2.00 on vegetable and flower seeds
$3.00 on Almay eyeliner
almost $9 on socks
That's almost $14.00 saved through store coupons for things on my list.  Go for the gold, shoppers!  I do have to note, however, that the normal price on the eyeliner runs about 1.50 more at Fred Meyer than at Target.  Still, it was a savings.
Moving along into more and more money saved I go...


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

another breakfast bargain

So, I got a couple Cascadian Farm Organic coupons at an event before the Portland marathon (no I did not run in the Portland marathon) and have had them for some time.  Then, one day at Fred Meyer I noticed a special 2-pack of Cascadian Farms cereal.  The normal price for these cereals is 3.69 each, I think.  If its not that, its more than that.  The 2 pack was $4.99. 

Already a great deal, but throw in the coupon and the savings are almost 50%.
PLUS, the package came with $4.00 worth of coupons for a variety of other Cascadian Farm Organic products.  Score!


Friday, May 11, 2012


This month is totally fun.  First of all, half of my savings came from clearance plus coupons on Easter candy.  (yum!).  Seriously, if you ever have coupons for candy, consider waiting until after a major holiday when candy goes on clearance and you can score some yummy treats for next to nothing.  In addition, this months savings bring the total savings this year over $100.  Woo hoo!


Monday, April 16, 2012


So...based on the fact that I am just now getting around to adding up my March savings, don't expect much more than the numbers.  I shall write a more colorful post next month. (yes I realize I said that last month, but hey, at least I'm here) :)  I really didn't focus too much on savings in March, but still used some coupons here and there and got some great deals.  Now that tax season is over and the sun is starting to shine, I am getting more focused on pretty much everything in my life so the next few months should be better!!!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

making change

Let me introduce you to my change jar.
My mom gave me this for Christmas after I told her about all my new money saving plans and it is awesome.  The $82 it contains today is simply the random change I have come up with since the start of the year.  As I transition into a cash anchored budget, I plan to deposit any and all change into CJ (change jar) each month.  The amount I will save via change is liable to skyrocket...exciting, right?  
More about my cash budget in future months and yes, I named my change jar.   

Friday, March 2, 2012


This month was a little bland in the savings department, but I honestly just didn't spend that much money.  Considering I need a little extra money in both March and April, this is a good thing.  Between a few trips to Target and Safeway and the once again successful trip to Goodwill, I was able to make use of enough coupon and store savings to justify this post...

March will be a little more exciting.


Monday, February 20, 2012

feeling thrifty

The land of "just the shoes I was looking for" at a price point of $5 or less.  So, both last year and this year, I found myself in need of some fun closed toe shoes for work.  In both situations, I dropped into Goodwill with hope, but mid-level expectations.  And in both situations, I walked out with cute shoes in hand.
 Last year, the black and white pair cost me a whopping $4.99, didn't hurt my feet after three days and have become one of my favorite pairs of heels ever.
This year, I found the brown pair and they were a perfect match for my needs.  Though I don't love them quite as much as the others, I found them on a day they were 50% off and after handing the cashier $2.50, they became mine.

I guess you could say that the thrift store is a shoe in for my business in situations like this.  Bahaha.

TOTAL SAVED: $2.49 (and so much more when retail is considered)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Time for a little recap of the month. 
This project got off to a bit of a disorganized start.  I really didn't do much in the way of comparing ads and coupons.  I also didn't put much effort into keeping track of savings (some receipts aren't very helpful) and my shopping trips were a bit random. Honestly, I haven't even organized my coupons yet! 
Despite my lack of organization and focus, a lot of positive things happened. 
1. I maintained a healthy food budget.
2. I got back into the habit of being more aware of what I am buying.
3. I got back into the habit of using coupons.
4. I ate out a few times and didn't feel guilty about it.
5. I saved money!

In addition to the specific instances I mentioned this month, I saved another $13.00 (and it may have been more) on various items with both coupons and sales. 
And now (this is the fun part) we total up Januarys savings:


Monday, January 30, 2012

a steal of a cereal deal

So, a couple of weeks ago, I was in Fred Meyer picking up a few things and discovered Moms Best Naturals Cereals.  I was hoping one of my favorite Kashi cereals would be on sale, but while I was looking for it, I saw the price on Mom's Best, which was $1.49.  After scanning the box and noting the cereals used whole grains, had no artificial flavors, saturated fat, hydrogenated oils or hfcs, I grabbed a couple boxes to try.
At home, I gave myself a little pat on the back because the cereals were delicious and $1.49 is a great deal, as any cereal lover knows.  I looked up the company online and discovered a $1.00 off coupon for two boxes.  Score!
The next time I was in the neighborhood, I stopped back at Fred Meyer for a couple things and was looking forward to two more boxes for $2.00.  Unfortunately, there were only a few boxes left, but it was because the store had added an additional incentive to the sale:
Buy 10 boxes and save $5.00, making the boxes $0.99 each!
I left the store without cereal that day, but noted the dates of the sale and eventually came home with 10 boxes for $0.89 each.

TOTAL SAVED: $21.00-$26.00 (need to make note of original price next time)

While writing this blog, it has come to my attention that I might be able to print more coupons and use one for every two boxes purchased, making the cost $0.49 each rather than $0.89.  We shall see if I have time to try before the sale ends.  Either way, its an awesome deal and I am stocked up on yummy cereal!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

cleaning and cards at the counter

A fabulous thing happened last night during my trip to Target.  There were three things on my shopping list:
1. Dish Detergent
2. Laundry Detergent
3. Birthday Cards
I walked into the store with two coupons.  One was $.50 off a target brand household item.  The other was for $1.00 off All laundry detergent.  I quickly found the dish detergent and then, to my delight, I discovered the larger bottle of All detergent was not only on sale, but had a coupon of its own stuck on the bottle.  That was another $1.00 savings! After grabbing a container of greek yogurt (on sale for $1) and a few $.99 cards, I headed to the checkout.  As I pulled out my target card (another 5% savings) and got ready to pay, I found a coupon sitting at the checkout.  $2 off 3 or more greeting cards...and I had three!  When all was said and done, I...
SPENT: $10.60
SAVED: $6.14