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budget meal plan {aug 18-23} + getting started with extreme couponing

by Heather

Hello!  How are you all doing?  I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday, can you?  We were gone over the weekend, catching up with some friends – Jacob did lots of kid playing.  There were 5 kids total, the littlest one didn’t do much playing though.

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We also spent time with family and joined in for the Boeing family day my brother invited us to.

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We arrived back later than expected Sunday evening, which has made it tough for me to get into a rhythm for the week.  I didn’t do my typical shopping on Friday, and have to yet do a formal grocery trip for our meals yet.  I do have a meal plan though!  Here it is for the week:

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Sunday: quiche (an extra I had made and put in the freezer)

Monday: crockpot chicken Caesar salad sandwiches + peas + peaches

Tuesday: mini black bean meatballs (Peas and Thank You cookbook black bean burgers turned into meatballs) with marinara dipping sauce + homemade bread + grilled veggies (probably mushrooms, onions and bell peppers because we have those on hand)

Wednesday: tuna sushi bowls

Thursday: chicken meatballs with noodle bowls (recipe from a Better Home & Garden magazine I looked through at my sister-in-law’s place)

Friday: grilled corn chowder (recipe from a Better Home & Garden magazine I looked through at my sister-in-law’s place) + assortment of cheeses + homemade bread + veggies (asparagus, brussel sprouts, kale or whatever looks good and is on sale)

Although I have a meal plan, I oddly feel like I don’t.  It’s a weird feeling kind of week I guess.  Maybe once I grocery shop I’ll feel back to normal and with it.

Does that ever happen to you?  You’re gone for the weekend and have trouble getting back into your rhythm?

During our drive back from Seattle that ended up lasting closer to 5 hours instead of the normal 3, I did a lot of reading about couponing.  Like a lot.  All from one site – The Krazy Coupon Lady.  I especially love her extreme couponing section that basically does all the work for you: it tells you the coupons to use with deals going on – even where you find the coupons (newspaper ads, online printable coupons, catinas, ibotta, etc.).

I’ve always wanted to be a better couponer and actually save a lot of money.  I knew you could (my mom was the couponing queen growing up!), I just didn’t know how.  My way of couponing was looking through the coupons that come in the Sunday paper my parent’s save for me, keeping the maybe one I figured I could use, then hoping I wouldn’t forget about it before it expired.  Now I have all my apps saved into a folder on my phone to make my couponing life easier.

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I do feel a little krazy since I’m super excited about all the savings, but I’m sure my excitement will die down in a few weeks when it’s not so new to me.

Before we left for the weekend I did a quick stop at the grocery store so we wouldn’t come home to a bare fridge.  Here’s what I picked up.

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  • whole wheat penne
  • dish soap
  • natural peanut butter
  • odwalla bars x7
  • bulk rolled oats
  • bulk white flour
  • bulk whole wheat flour
  • bulk natural cane sugar
  • cheddar cheese
  • lunch meat
  • 1.5 dozen eggs

Total spent at Winco: $22.91

Now, here’s a look at the few items I’ve picked up and how much I’ve already saved!  I’ll break down how the savings happened too.

Target

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  • Chobani champ cups x3 (sale price $2.50 – $1 printed target coupon – $1 printed chobani coupon = $0.50 each)
  • Chobani champ tubes (sale price $4.50 – $1 printed target coupon – $1 printed chobani coupon – $0.75 ibotta refund = $1.75)
  • 2 peaches (price $1.38 – $1 loaded to app target coupon = $0.38)
  • Silk fruit and protein (price $3.39 – $1 printed silk coupon – $0.75 ibotta refund = $1.64)

Total spent at Target: $6.77 – $1.50 ibotta refund = $5.27

Walmart

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  • black beans x2 (price $1.50 – $1 printed coupon = $0.50 OR $0.25 a can)
  • Beech nut fruit pouch (sale price $0.98 – $1 printed online coupon = made $0.02)

I went looking for a lot more stuff but the walmart near our house is small and lacking.  Was a bit disappointed.

Total spent at Walmart: $0.48

Safeway

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  • Chobani champ tubes x2 (sale price for each box when loaded to club card $1.88 – $1 printed chobani coupon – $0.50 doubler coupon = $0.38 a box)
  • American Crew fiber (price $10.99 – couldn’t find any coupons online)

Again, they didn’t have some stuff I went in for (although Jacob needed his hair goo which is why I went), so I left with a small amount.

Total spent at Safeway: $12.67

Grand total spent so far: $41.33

I know I will end up spending more when I get groceries from my list (likely Wednesday), although I don’t have that much shopping left to do with more than half my budget remaining.  It’s looking like a good week!  It feels so good to save lots of money, especially on yogurt we love to keep in the house!

Lindsay shared her lazy woman’s guide to couponing yesterday which have lots of great tips if you’re interested in reading more about couponing!

Do you coupon?  I’m pretty hooked on the krazy coupon lady, but are there other great sites out there that do all the work for you?  Lindsay shared Southern Savers in her post… off to check that out!

Here’s to a new week with lots of savings!

Heather

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6 comments

Erica August 20, 2013 - 8:33 am

I wish I had the discipline to coupon…the whole thing makes my head want to explode haha. I do search through the ads for my favorite grocery stores and occasionally print a coupon…but thats pretty much it. Getting back on track after a trip is always tough

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Elle @ The Clean Project August 20, 2013 - 11:37 am

I love Hip2Save! She has an easy to read format and does all the store guides with where to find the coupons too. I feel like she has a very realistic approach to couponing without having to make it a part time job.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 20, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Gosh I love couponing!! And Ibotta is amazing – good job mama!

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Caroline @ Broccoli Hut August 20, 2013 - 6:49 pm

I definitely went through a couponing phase last year–it’s definitely a fun and worthwhile hobby! I must admit that it’s one of the first things to go when I get busy though.
I use Krazy Coupon Lady, Southern Savers, and Totally Target for deal/coupon alerts.

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