Thursday, February 25

Free 8x10 Photo At Walgreens!

I just got an email from Walgreens about their 7 Deals in 7 Days Promotion in the Photo Center.  Today's photo deal is a free 8x10!  Just go here and create an 8x10 print.  Use promo code FREEPHOTO at checkout and make sure to choose "pick up at store" option and you will get it completely free!

Remember, this is valid today, February 25th only!

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Saturday, February 20

Free Pretzel at Auntie Anne's Today Only (2/20)!

 

Don't forget to grab a free pretzel (original or cinnamon and sugar) at Auntie Anne's when you are out shopping today (2/20 only).  They are giving away one pretzel per customer.  You have until 3pm to get one for free, so hurry!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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Friday, February 19

Frugal Friday Report

 
On Friday of each week, I plan to summarize a list of my weekly spending including how much I saved and savings percentage.  I am hoping to show how much I am saving and improving each week by using my new savy shopping skills!  I had another $30 over budget week!  Ahhhh!  I just bought a lot of food this week and bought a lot of high-priced much-needed products, like toilet paper and pop....  :)

Here's what my week looked like:
Week # Start End Spending Savings Savings %
1 10/8 10/14  $  144.98  $ 137.47 49%
2 10/15 10/21  $  116.66  $ 106.76 48%
3 10/22 10/28  $    90.61  $ 125.57 58%
4 10/29 11/4  $    90.45  $ 155.69 63%
5 11/5 11/11  $  138.65  $ 155.51 53%
6 11/12 11/18  $    93.82  $ 107.28 53%
7 11/19 11/25  $    76.31  $   66.72 47%
8 11/26 12/2  $    74.26  $ 123.52 62%
9 12/3 12/9  $    57.49  $   85.55 60%
10 12/10 12/16  $    66.96  $   66.36 50%
11 12/17 12/23  $    25.21  $   50.50 67%
12 12/24 12/30  $    23.23  $   29.67 56%
13 12/31 1/6  $    62.37  $   56.53 48%
14 1/7 1/13  $    59.15  $ 131.69 69%
15 1/14 1/20  $    52.91  $   94.17 64%
16 1/21 1/27  $    40.44  $   37.69 48%
17 1/28 2/3  $    97.22  $ 188.26 66%
18 2/4 2/10  $    51.74  $   81.17 61%
19 2/11 2/17  $    89.21  $ 104.29 54%

Here is the chart:

 
                                           (click on chart to view larger) 

I spent a total of $89.21 this week with a lower-than-normal savings percentage of 54%.  My new average weekly spending went up to $64.72 ($4.72 over my $60 budget).  I attribute the high spending and low savings percentage with buying a lot of toilet paper, which is usually hard to get much of a savings on and also buying a lot of meat, produce and pop as well.  I will try to cut back next week!

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Tuesday, February 16

To Buy or Not to Buy: Organic!

As you know may know, buying organic foods is quite a bit more expensive than non-organic, so you may be wondering how to save money when buying organic.  I found a great article at Organic.com that can help prioritize when to spend a little more on organic and when not to worry as much!

The article lists the "dirty dozen" - the 12 most contaminated foods that you should try to buy organic if you can, because they tend to accumulate the most pesticides, including apples, peaches and strawberries.  It also lists the 12 Least Contaminated fruits and vegetables than you don't have to worry about as much due to their tougher skins or protective leaf covering, such as corn, broccoli, bananas and onions.  Take a look at the full list here.

Hopefully this will help you to figure the most important organic items to purchase and when you can just buy the non-organic counterpart without worrying!  This article is also helping me to figure out what items to plant in my garden this spring, like bell peppers, strawberries and spinach because they are the "dirty dozen" list!
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Monday, February 15

Cute Dearfoam Boot/Slippers only $5.82!

There are some great clearance items at JCPenney right now, including these cute Dearfoam Boots/Slippers!  They are super cute and come in three colors - Black, Tan and Brown.  The clearance price is $10.99 and with promo code TEN4YOU you will get $10 off (any $10 or more item).  Make sure to have them shipped to your local JCPenney (adding in $4.50 for shipping) and it your total should be around $5.82 including tax!

I bought the tan pair and can't wait to get them!  I read quite a few reviews and it seems like this should be mostly be used for a slipper, but can be worn outside (weather permitting) because they do have an indoor/outdoor sole. Hurry because they are going fast!

I also wanted to note that these Muk Luks® Cable Sherpa Boots (which are also really cute) for the same price (~$5.82)!

Thanks, Slick Deals!
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Friday, February 12

Frugal Friday Report

On Friday of each week, I plan to summarize a list of my weekly spending including how much I saved and savings percentage.  I am hoping to show how much I am saving and improving each week by using my new savy shopping skills!

I purposely cut back this week, because I went over my new budget my a LOT last week, so needless to say, I stayed under budget this week.  Here's how it went:

Week # Start End Spending Savings Savings %
1 10/8 10/14  $  144.98  $ 137.47 49%
2 10/15 10/21  $  116.66  $ 106.76 48%
3 10/22 10/28  $    90.61  $ 125.57 58%
4 10/29 11/4  $    90.45  $ 155.69 63%
5 11/5 11/11  $  138.65  $ 155.51 53%
6 11/12 11/18  $    93.82  $ 107.28 53%
7 11/19 11/25  $    76.31  $   66.72 47%
8 11/26 12/2  $    74.26  $ 123.52 62%
9 12/3 12/9  $    57.49  $   85.55 60%
10 12/10 12/16  $    66.96  $   66.36 50%
11 12/17 12/23  $    25.21  $   50.50 67%
12 12/24 12/30  $    23.23  $   29.67 56%
13 12/31 1/6  $    62.37  $   56.53 48%
14 1/7 1/13  $    59.15  $ 131.69 69%
15 1/14 1/20  $    52.91  $   94.17 64%
16 1/21 1/27  $    40.44  $   37.69 48%
17 1/28 2/3  $    97.22  $ 188.26 66%
18 2/4 2/10  $    51.74  $   81.17 61%

Here is my chart:
                                          (click on chart to view larger)

I was able to keep my spending down below my $60 per week budget at $51.74.  I was able to save $81.17, which is a savings percentage of 61% (a little lower than many recent weeks).  My 2010 average weekly spending is at $60.64, which is right at my budget.  Let's hope I can stick with it!

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Free Walgreens Collage - Today Only!

Hurry on over to Walgreens Photo to create a free 8x10 photo collage TODAY (2/12) only!  Use code VDAY at checkout and make sure to ship to your local Walgreens for free in-store pick-up!  You can pick up your order the same day.

I have done this several times in the past few months and really love these collages.  These would make the perfect gift for Valentine's Day for your spouse, child or grandparents!


Thanks, HiptoSave!
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Sunday, February 7

Cosco Pronto Booster Car Seat only $25 at Kmart!

 
I am currently in the market for a booster seat (or two) for my children and just came across a pretty good deal at Kmart.  The Cosco Pronto Booster car seat is on sale for only $25 this week (through Sat, Feb 13th).  This item is regularly priced at $35 at Kmart.  

The best part is that this booster received the highest ratings amoung booster seats according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2009, take a look HERE.

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Friday, February 5

Frugal Friday Report

On Friday of each week, I plan to summarize a list of my weekly spending including how much I saved and savings percentage.  I am hoping to show how much I am saving and improving each week by using my new savy shopping skills!

I'm not sure if my report should be titled "Frugal" looking at my spending this week...  I went nearly $40 over my newly set budget of $60/week.  Ahhh!  The main problem is that I went to the grocery stores twice in the same week (the week before I had only made a small trip).  I also bought my last order of diapers at Target.com (hopefully!), a huge bag of cat food and a large package of ground beef.  Excuses, Excuses...  :)

Here's what my week looked like:


Week # Start End Spending Savings Savings %
1 10/8 10/14  $  144.98  $ 137.47 49%
2 10/15 10/21  $  116.66  $ 106.76 48%
3 10/22 10/28  $    90.61  $ 125.57 58%
4 10/29 11/4  $    90.45  $ 155.69 63%
5 11/5 11/11  $  138.65  $ 155.51 53%
6 11/12 11/18  $    93.82  $ 107.28 53%
7 11/19 11/25  $    76.31  $   66.72 47%
8 11/26 12/2  $    74.26  $ 123.52 62%
9 12/3 12/9  $    57.49  $   85.55 60%
10 12/10 12/16  $    66.96  $   66.36 50%
11 12/17 12/23  $    25.21  $   50.50 67%
12 12/24 12/30  $    23.23  $   29.67 56%
13 12/31 1/6  $    62.37  $   56.53 48%
14 1/7 1/13  $    59.15  $ 131.69 69%
15 1/14 1/20  $    52.91  $   94.17 64%
16 1/21 1/27  $    40.44  $   37.69 48%
17 1/28 2/3  $    97.22  $ 188.26 66%

Here is the chart:
 
                                                  (click on chart to view larger)

On a brighter note, I did have a fairly high savings percentage of 66% ($188.26 total savings)...  I am praying for a budget-friendly upcoming week!

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Thursday, February 4

Disney Fleece PJ's only $5.99 with Free Shipping


I just received my eBay Deal of the Day email and one of the deals is for Disney Fleece Pajamas.  The price is $5.99 and shipping is free!  Just go here to take a look!  I bought the cotton pj's about a month ago for the same price and was very happy with them!

These would make great baby shower or birthday gifts...

Tuesday, February 2

My Weekly Meijer Shopping Trip

 
So far, I have had one of my best weeks ever at Meijer.  First off, I snatched the Kraft Cheese Deal on Sunday (1/31 only) and then hit the stores again tonight.  Here's what I got:


Item  Price Qty Rebate Coupons $/Each Total
Transaction #1 (1/31)  
Kraft Chunk Cheese, 8oz  $  1.67 6  $ 5.00  $      5.00  $   0.83  $     5.00
Kraft Chunk Cheese, 8oz  $  1.67 6  $ 5.00  $      5.00  $   0.83  $     5.00
Purina Cat Chow 16lb (Rain Chk)  $  9.99 1  $      1.00  $   8.99  $     8.99
 
Transaction #2 (2/1)  
Dozen Eggs  $  1.18 1  $          -    $   1.18  $     1.18
Red Grapes  $  0.99 2  $          -    $   0.99  $     2.16
Broccoli  $  1.50 1  $          -    $   1.50  $     1.50
Chi-Chi's Salsa, 16 oz  $  0.99 4  $      2.00  $   0.49  $     1.96
McCormick Dry Mix, packet  $  0.50 4  $      2.00  $       -    $          -  
G.G. Steamers frozen vegetables  $  1.25 2  $      1.80  $   0.35  $     0.70
Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn, 3 ct  $  1.29 4  $      3.00  $   0.54  $     2.16
Jack's 12" Original  $  1.99 2  $      1.00  $   1.49  $     2.98
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Tubs  $  1.50 2  $      2.00  $   0.50  $     1.00
Aunt Millie's HG Bread  $  2.00 3  $      5.65  $   0.12  $     0.35
Avocado  $  1.00 1  $          -    $   1.00  $     1.00
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls, 8 ct roll  $  1.25 4  $ 2.00  $      1.60  $   0.85  $     3.40
Ice Mountain Water, 24 pk  $  3.50 2  $ 2.00  $      1.00  $   3.00  $     6.00
 
Bottle Deposit  $    13.00    $ (13.00)
Rebates (from Trans. #1)  $    10.00    $ (10.00)
 





Subtotal  $   20.38





Tax  $     0.55





Price Pd  $   20.93

I saved a total of $85.25 for a savings percentage of 80%!  Please note that I did have a $13 bottle return (I am not sure why I had 130 bottles in my garage either)...  On top of everything, I also have two $2 Catalinas to use next week!

I learned about all these deals at Macomb Money Savers.  Thanks, Jolyn!

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