Saturday, May 21, 2011

Meal Planning 5/21/11

We've been doing well with meal planning lately, how about you?

This is what we have based on our stock pile and this weeks ads:
Friday: Cold tuna pasta salad
Saturday: (ordered pizza)
Sunday: Chili or spaghetti
Monday: Grilled chicken breasts with baked or mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Venison stroganoff over egg noodles
Wednesday: Leftovers - we leave Thursday for 5 days! :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

5/19/11 Shopping Highlights

~$.99 Kraft BBQ sauce, B2G$2/KoolAid - bought 4 BBQ sauce, got 2 Koolaid for $6.70!
~Buy 10 FC items, save $5 - got 4 marshmallows, 1 Twizzler, 4 chocolate chips and 1 butterscotch chips for $10.30 ($.49 marshmallows, $.89 Twizzlers and $1.49 choc/scotch chips.)
~B1G1 Cool Whip - $1.95/2
~B1G1 Kemps 1/2 gallon choc milk - $3/79/2
~Buy marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers and save $2
Spent $33.26, saved $18.70, 36%!

Cash Wise
~FC sugar free Jello $.29/ea for small boxes
~Coke 24 packs $8/2 - they are on sale for $10/2, then there were peelies at Coborn's for $2/2
~FC hot dogs $2.88/2 - I got 3 of these, my son loves hot dogs!
~FC BSCS $3/98/2.5# - great buy!
~B1G1 Land O Frost lunch meat $5.48/2 (I forgot my $.55/1 coups!)
~Grape tomatoes $2.47/pint. Cheap!
~Dole iceberg salad mix $1.54
~YoBaby 4 packs discounted to $2.49
Spent $68.03, saved $20.20

Total spent $101.29 for $140.19 worth of groceries. I was happy! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Extreme Couponing"

Here is an interesting link to a recent news blip about couponing. Once again, the "EC" show on TLC drives me CRAZY!

I have a stockpile of quite a few things. But, I am not a hoarder like many of these people! The lady buying juice boxes for the summer? I get that. But having 100 toothpaste and 50 cake mixes? If you aren't donating 95% of that - which, despite claims that they do this is NOT shown - then this is wasteful and irresponsible.

I have 25 rolls of toilet paper. Not 2500.

Moreso than the hoarding/stockpiling, I question these people's ability to feed their families. Where are the meal plans? What are you actually serving for dinner - just frozen foods? How about fruits, and salads, and fresh vegetables. Meat? Bread? There are rarely coupons for these! I save in areas that I can so that I can afford produce, meat, dairy, etc.

Another thing to keep in mind if you are just starting out - what these shows don't mention is the "OYNO" coupons. Similar to coupons, they are savings from your last purchase that come in the form of a coupon to use On Your Next Order. You get your order down to $60 then use $60 worth of OYNO coupons. Pfft, that's savings from your LAST order, you're just cashing them in tonight! If I can't duplicate your order, you aren't showing me a realistic savings trip...

I could go on... What frustrates you about this show?