Monday, March 28, 2011

Giant Eagle Tuna Sale

Heads up: This week at Giant Eagle, you can get Starkist tuna pouches for $1 each. Use the .75/2 MQ to pay .25 each for good tuna. In addition, it appears that you earn $1.50 catalina for every 5 pouches you purchase. This makes the tuna a .25 money maker for every 5 that you purchase.

Thought: If you are not a tuna fan, this is a great item for a food pantry donation.

Get $10 Gift Card for buying Kelloggs

GO HERE to read the details of this awesome promotion. The thing I find really awesome is that you can get this rebate 5 (FIVE) times per household!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Weight loss update

As of this morning, I have lost a total of 5 lbs and Mark had lost 9. The great thing is, I know we don't ever have to go back to those "old" numbers again! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Coupon Thief

So yesterday as we were pulling out of the driveway for church, I noticed "the bag" sitting on my front porch. I was really excited about this because it not only contains my sale flyers, but coupons as of late. When we pulled back in about an hour later, it was gone. Someone thieved my coupons. Do they not know who I am? :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Doing What I Can

My husband has officially started a new diet - or "lifestyle change." He needs a LOT of protein, veggies, and legumes. He is eating nothing white, dairy, or fruit. Needless to say, this has put an interesting spin on my $55/week grocery budget. It's just not realistic right now. As a supportive spouse who truly wants the best for my mate, I need to respect his diet choices and provide him with what he needs to feel healthy and energized.

These changes in my budget, meal plans, and shopping can leave an organized gal like me reeling! So, here are a few of the ways that I have maintained some control over our money and my time.

1. I have been shopping the sales. Ex: This week Kroger had chicken breast for $1.88 and pollock fish 10/$10. I stocked up on this inexpensive protein.

2. I have been buying vegetables by the case at Aldi's. Specifically: black beans, refried beans, mexican corn, and carrots. I just can't find anything cheaper anywhere else at this point.

3. I ordered coupons from a clipping service for products that I know he will eat: tuna, turkey sausage, protein bars, etc. I spent $5 (to get free shipping) and ordered over 70 specific coupons that I know we can use.

4. I have been taking advantage of Giant Eagle's fuel perks program. I figure if the grocery budget is going up, I am going to try to save where I can - on gas!

5. I also have been buying a lot of household staples at Walgreens and CVS. Normally I only bought health and beauty at these stores. This week at Wags, I got 4 boxes of Cream of Wheat (for the kids) for FREE after coupons. No tax even. I also used RR's (from the health and beauty specials) to lower my cost of toilet paper. I am getting what I want (health and beauty) and what I need (food and tp). Its a win - win if you ask me.

Hope these ideas help you if you are discouraged or trying to eat healthier on a budget. Remember that couponing is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Every dollar that you save, helps achieve your goals: paying down debt, saving for a big purchase, or planning a vacation. You don't need to compete with anyone. This is your wallet, your time, your family. Don't sweat the small stuff!

Have a blessed week.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kohl's Cash to Spend? Save Even More

Do you have Kohl's cash to spend? I do.

You can save an extra 15% with THIS coupon. The coupon will even work on clearance items so shop away.