Thursday, March 18, 2010

This is Absolutely Shocking to Me!

Yes, I'm sorry that this is another post about my couponing but I think this is the best one yet! It consisted of 4 different Albertson's stores, 7 different trips through checkout, 16 separate payments of $0.36, a whole lotta cereal and doubler coupons, and 3 hours of my Wednesday morning! The result:


And the total cost wasn't even for the boxes of cereal. It was to pay for tax. That's right, all these boxes of cereal for our family were FREE! And the the TOTAL dollar savings (according to the receipts) was $376.80!

I can hardly believe it myself. Right now I have them all thrown on the floor in the living room trying to figure out where to put them all so every time Chad comes in the front door it's followed by a laugh because he is still shocked by the mounds of cereal we got for nothing! All I have to say is if you have an Albertson's close to you, head over there before Saturday is through for the Post Cereal sale. Even without coupons it's still a really good deal. Fabulessly Frugal tells you how it's done! The best thing about this is that I don't have to buy cereal for at least a year! Now that is some thrifty living right there!

*** UPDATE ***
So, I found a place to put it all!

Who says I can't store cereal in our entertainment center in our bedroom?! It has doors that can close so when it needs to look neat and tidy, wallah--I shut the doors! Oh, and I love how I can see all the expiration dates for each box. Now tell me you wouldn't want to walk into your bedroom and open up those green doors and shop for cereal?!

P.S. - I sure hope Chad doesn't want to buy a tv for our bedroom anytime soon!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tea Time Anyone?

We took a very quick trip to Utah this past weekend for Chad's Implant course which meant only two full days of visiting with my sister, Shaneen, and her family. On our way home we had to pick up some things for Chad's office from Ikea and found the cutest play tea set for Edyn. Of course, I had to get it for her! All she talked about the entire way home was her tea set and the tea party she was going to have and who she was going to invite. I thought it was pretty cute. So, for Family Home Evening tonight we started off with a game of Ticket to Ride. It's ridiculous how addicted I've become to playing this game and what's more ridiculous is that I think it's all about trying to beat Chad. So far I've only done it once. Really sad if you ask me! Since it was FHE and the game is a little too hard for Edyn to grasp we let her put our trains on the board to help her feel a part of it. After a disappointing and HUGE loss for me I thought it was time for a little pick me up--SUGAR!

Edyn pulled out her tea set and poured everyone some chocolate milk and handed out the cupcakes. Then she proceeded to tell us a story about two puppies as we pretended to sip our tea with our pinky's pointed outward (very important) and making sure that we were polite with our please and thank you's. My heart just melted as I watched how happy Edyn was with her new toy. Even more adorable was when I put her to bed, I found her tea set all set up for her stuffed animals for the night. How very thoughtful of her!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Falling in LOVE with Albertsons

I'll be honest. Before couponing I really never shopped at Albertsons. Let's just say I was a Walmart/Target/Sam's Club kinda girl. Then I learned about Albertson's and their doublers and coupon stacking and not to forget register rewards at Walgreens! At first I was a little lost and I think my first coupon shopping trip took me a good two hours for 1/2 a cart load. I don't even think it was that full! LOL. And now, here I am 4 months later and still trying to get the hang of it but I am getting to be a lot faster and better at hoarding and organizing coupons. If it wasn't for these two websites, A Thrifty Mom and Fabulessly Frugal, I think I would have given up. They really are awesome as they give great tips and how-to's and they do all the hard work for you. They literally get the flyers and match coupons to things that are on sale and tell you where to find those specific coupons. I know, right?! So go ahead, I dare you to check them out. Who knows, maybe you'll catch the couponing bug too!

So, yesterday was a pretty big day of couponing for me. It took me most the evening to sort my coupons and figure out how many times I needed to go through the register but it was soooooo worth it! Six trips through the register, and what should have cost $217.12 (if I paid full regular price for each item) only cost me $47.96 for everything you see below! That's right people! I saved $169.16! This has been so much fun to see our storage grow and my pantry has literally become my own personal grocery store. It's even been fun trying new things that we wouldn't normally buy since we can get them for pennies or even FREE. Anytime I need anything, I shop from my pantry!

3-Shampoo, 3-Conditioner, 5-Frosting, 18-Dannon Yogurt, 2-Frz. Bagel Bites, 5-Smart Ones Frz. Meals, 1-Hairspray, 3-Toothpaste, 5-Cookie Pouches, 2-Frz. Mashed Potatoes, 1-Icecream, 1-Crackers, 2-Healthy Choice Frz. Meals, 4-Healthy Choice Frz. Cafe Steamers, 2-Cereal, 4-Progresso Soup, 3-Muffin Mixes, 3-Fiber One Bars, 2-Betty Crocker Warm Delights, 10-Frz. Cranberry Juice, 2-boxes of Popsicles

Monday, March 1, 2010

HEAVEN - A Weekend of Hockey

I know most of you won't agree with us but this weekend was one of the best weekends we have had in a long time. Saturday night our little family went to the IDAHO STEELHEADS hockey game thanks to a gift from a friend. Ethan was loving every minute of it. Edyn, well, after she got over the inital shock of how loud it could be in the ice arena she warmed up to the game. You would even find her clapping her hands and in her quiet voice yelling "Go boys! WIN!". At one point I heard her yell "Shoot the puck or I'll spank your butt!". You can't get any cuter than that! Honestly, where does she come up with that? Hmmmmm, one guess . . . Ethan! LOL.

Then came Sunday. OH, Sunday! We were so excited for the Canadian/USA hockey game and found out that it started the same time we had church. So we got everything set up to record and made sure to let others know at church that if they knew the score we DIDN'T want to know! Well, we made it through church without anyone spilling the beans and decided to eat dinner first so that in case we turned on the TV the game may be still going on and we would see the score. We even turned off our phones so no-one could call or text us the result of the BIG game. So I headed over to the crockpot only to realize that I had turned it on but hadn't plugged it in! Geez, looks like worrying about our hockey game was way more important than our bellies! I still can't believe I did that!

We finally got sat down to watch the game and WOWZERS, that third period was intense! And OT was even worse. I can't remember being that nervous. So Canada, we love you and knew you could do it! Thanks for an exciting game! Man, are we really sad that the Olympics are over!

Well, I hadn't had quite enough hockey yet so here is a hockey spoof that I hope you enjoy. I sure did and I am still laughing about it!