Sunday, August 30, 2009

Random Budget Tracking Stuff & Safeway Trip

I haven't blogged about some shopping trips since I've been a bit MIA.

Giant August 23rd, 2009: $6.39
Rite Aid August 23rd, 2009: $3.50
Rite Aid August 25th, 2009: $10.00
Giant August 29th, 2009: $2.99

The Rite Aid trips were for Frosted Mini Wheats. They ran a promotion if you spent $15 in select Kelloggs products, you get a $5 coupon towards those products in the mail and since we eat lots of Frosted Mini Wheats around here, it was worth it even at the $2.50 a box price.

Anyway, today I went to Safeway and did the currently running, buy 5 save $5 promotion. There are a ton more products included than in the ads. The ads only show maybe 6 different cereals. It's more like 30. So don't be put off if your family doesn't like the few cereals that look like they are on sale, there are others.

I bought 15 cereals. I know you are asking yourself why would I do such a crazy thing knowing we are moving in 2 weeks? My husband said the same thing when I came in the apartment after unloading the car. He was not happy to say the least.

Well, I needed to buy cereals in quantities of 5. If I was going to buy 5, I might as well buy 10 and do the Kelloggs rebate that was in the Sunday paper a couple weeks ago. And then of course, when I was in the aisle, I realized that to buy the cereal I wanted, it would be 12 and I might as well make it to 15. So there you go. Yes, it was a bit excessive and yes, my husband and I will be moving cereal into our new home after closing, but for the price I saved, it was worth it. Plus, I had a $5 off $50 coupon (which I didn't even get to - thankfully my cashier was super nice and passed it through even though my total before coupons was only $48.55).

So, I bought:
15 boxes of cereal (various brands, mostly Kelloggs though)
2 packs of Hunt pudding fat free (a staple in my lunch bag!)
1 box Special K bliss bars
1 box aluminum foil
3 bottles of Gatorade
1 loaf of wheat bread
5 lb sack of white potatoes
3.32 lbs of braeburn apples
2.52 lbs of nectarines
1 tube Burts Bees lip balm (free after coupon expires 8/31)

Spent: $27.50 OOP

Total Savings: $66.29 or 71%!


On my way home I was struck by the distinct change in milk prices over the last year or so and especially how different stores have been changing their price of milk significantly recently. For instance, when we first moved to the area, I almost solely bought my milk at CVS which generally ranged from $2.99 - $3.39 mostly because I had more Extrabucks than I knew what to do with and it was a convenient stop.

Along the way, I realized that milk was cheaper at places like Giant and significantly so, and they ran a milk promotion (no longer btw). Milk at Giant a week or so ago was $2.39 (worth the extra trip considering both stores were less than a mile away). Now I see that milk at Safeway and Giant are both the same price ($2.99) and Giant is no longer running the promotion so no longer worth the extra trip!

Now there are other reasons to buy CVS or Giant milk. Giant and CVS milk both come with a twist off cap and a sturdier bottle while the Safeway milk has a suction like top which seems more prone to leaking and what seems like a thinner bottle (to me anyway). But is this worth the extra trip? Maybe. Maybe not.

I think in the future I'll be keeping tabs on this. Of course, I am in the DC/Metro area so milk may be more or less (I'm guessing less) where you are - few people that actually read this blog. =)

Next up, my Safeway trip and how my husband seriously accosted me when I came home with 15 more boxes of cereal when we are moving in 2 weeks, stay tuned!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Um... Hello!

I have been really bad with updating this thing. I started a new job recently that has taken most of the energy out of me and if that weren't enough, my back has started bothering me again (and here I thought my herniated disc had repaired itself). So, just my day to day activities have left me pretty exhausted. I'm not going to do a full account of each shopping trip, but I'm just going to note the trips and the money I spent.

August 16, 2009 Giant: $2.39
August 17, 2009 Safeway: $34.21 (saved 48%)
August 23, 2009 Safeway: $33.92 (saved 63%)

So far have been under budget each week. We're trying to eat from the pantry as much as we can given our up-coming move.

We are also having a yard sale September 5th. I will posting tips and if you have any suggestions, please advise! We are trying to get rid of some stuff and make some extra cash before our big move to our new house! So excited about that but a little stressed over moving.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Giant & CVS

We needed bread, milk and turkey breast (DH takes this for lunch nearly everyday) and CVS has a 3-day sale again which includes a Revlon mousse foundation FREE after Extrabucks (I actually made $1 from it because of the $1 off Revlon coupon in the 7/19 Smart Source). Milk these days seems to always be cheaper at Giant (especially including the special buy 4 get 1 gallon free promotion). My Giant has gallons for $2.39.

Anyway, CVS:
$9.99 Revlon mousse foundation
$.50 pack of skittles (for DH)
$.50 pack of skittles (for DH)

I wasn't able to complete the candy promotion from a week or so ago, but they've rolled over my balance from the last time to this weeks promotion. I bought the skittles as a test but DH can think it was just me being my sweet self. =)

- $1/1 Revlon
- $1.00 Extrabucks
- $1.98 Extrabucks
- $2.00 Extrabucks

= $5.68 OOP
Received $9.99 Extra Bucks back and a free coupon for CVS brand 4pack AA batteries.

And Giant:
$2.39 gallon skim milk
$3.59 Stroehmann wheat bread
$0.00 Stroehmann wheat bread (BOGO free)
$2.50 Healthy Ones turkey breast
$2.50 Healthy Ones turkey breast

= $10.98 OOP

I probably have coupons for the turkey breast somewhere but I didn't really plan this trip and only remembered that we were nearly out of turkey breast when I got to the store. Either way, I wanted to grab it while I was out since we have evening plans (and knowing DH, he'll probably tell me we're out of turkey breast after he finishes the very last pack -- ahh men).

Saturday, August 8, 2009


I went to Safeway August 4th according to my receipt. Things have been a tiny crazy in the Stubber household. For one I have a new job, and two, we just got approved for a mortgage, put an offer in a house and were accepted. Assuming things go well with the inspection in just a short month or so we'll be first time home buyers! Thanks to our low grocery budget, we have plenty for a down-payment/closing costs and the house is nearly perfect and is something that we will be able to grow into (4 bedrooms, 2 full, 2 half baths).

I'm not going to go into the details of my Safeway trip, but I spent $31.76 OOP and received a $2 CAT.

We'll be eating from the pantry/freezer as much as possible over the next month or so. And for the first week in awhile I never made a CVS run! Imagine that.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Weekly & Month Summary (July 26th- August 1st)

Monday, July 27, 2009 CVS: $1.93
Monday, July 27, 2009 Harris Teeter: $5.05
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 CVS: $1.27
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Harris Teeter: $.48
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 CVS: .38
Saturday, August 1, 2009 Giant: $1.00

I also stopped by Target and bought a bunch of stuff, but I used yet another gift card thanks to capital one so it was nothing out of pocket. I also stopped by Giant for bread and pretzels yesterday, but since I had a $4 CAT, I only spent $1.

Weekly total? $10.11! And lots of food was bought.

JULY 5 - JULY 11: $68.54
JULY 12 - JULY 18: $60.88
JULY 19 - JULY 25: $30.99
JULY 26 - AUG 1: $10.11

And monthly? $170.52 $29.48 under budget

NOV 30 - DEC 6$25.49
DEC 7 - DEC 13$24.32
DEC 14 - DEC 20$117.75
DEC 21 - DEC 27$2.26
DEC 28 - JAN 3$36.81
JAN 4 - JAN 10$42.83
JAN 11 - JAN 17$14.60
JAN 18 - JAN 24$55.84
JAN 25 - JAN 31$8.29
FEB 1 - FEB 7$82.26
FEB 8 - FEB 14$42.24
FEB 15 - FEB 21$0.00
FEB 22 - FEB 28$79.45
MAR 1 - MAR 7$53.20
MAR 8 - MAR 14$5.88
MAR 15 - MAR 21$44.35
MAR 22 - MAR 28$17.81
MAR 23 - APR 4$39.96
APR 5 - APR 11$50.94
APR 12 - APR 18$1.09
APR 19 - APR 25$64.17
APR 26 - MAY 2$16.74
MAY 3 - MAY 9$13.01
MAY 10 - MAY 16$8.50
MAY 17 - MAY 23$37.94
MAY 24 - MAY 30$19.34
MAY 31 - JUNE 6$64.06
JUNE 7 - JUNE 13$26.82
JUNE 14 - JUNE 20$27.33
JUNE 21 - JUNE 27$30.69
JUNE 28 - JULY 4$40.41
JULY 5 - JULY 11$68.54
JULY 12 - JULY 18$60.88
JULY 19 - JULY 25$30.99
JULY 26 - AUG 1$10.11


Well, it looks like we'll be moving soon, so we've been trying to declutter, and I'm going to be trying to eat from our pantry as well.

Today we took 2 big boxes full of clothing, shoes, old silverware and books to Goodwill. Not only do my husband and I feel good about ourselves, but we got a receipt which we'll include when we do our taxes in 2010. We've also been intending to do this since we moved in a year ago - oops! At least this push to move has abated our procrastination, at least a little.