Friday, August 1, 2014

Rite-Aid Trip 3 for the Week

Back to Rite-Aid this morning before the day heated up.

3 x Tide on sale $4.94=$14.82
3 x Dawn dish soap on sale .99¢=$2.97

Coupons Used
1 x $5/3 MQ Tide=$5.00
1 x .20¢/1 MQ Dawn=$.20
1 x .25¢/1 Load2Card  Dawn=$.25
Coupon Total.....$5.45

$17.79-$5.45=$12.34-$12 +Up Rewards=$.34 + .02¢tax=$.36 OOP

Having spent a total of at least $30 on select P&G items this week at Rite-Aid(Tide, Dawn and Crest mouthwash)the receipt today spit out with a code on it, whereby I will be mailed a $10 gas giftcard in 4-6 weeks.

And I still have a $3 +UP to roll in the coming 2 weeks.

So my total out of pocket this week was $16.09.

In return I have--
*4 Tide detergent
*2 Dove deodorant
*2 Oral B battery powered toothbrushes
*2 Oral B manual toothbrushes
*2 Crest mouth wash
*2 Gear men's deodorant
*4 Simple brand cleansers/wipes
*3 Dawn dish soap
*$10 gas card
*$3 +Ups remaining

Not a bad ROI I think.  ;-)

Now my big decision is whether I purchase $10.24 more in Tide and/or Gain products so I can use my Rite-Aid receipts to send for another $10 prepaid gift card(Citibank issued).  The Tide I bought this week qualifies for this second rebate deal. 
I could purchase 2 more bottles at Rite-Aid this week and then wait for a sale price on the Gain dish soap of .99¢ in the Aug. 10th sales ad to get me over $10.24 and send for this gift card as it goes until 9/30/14.

Figuring this would cost me $3.88 for 2 more Tides($4.94x2=$9.88-$3 Qs-$3 +Ups I have=$3.88 + tax OOP).
Then a bottle of gain on sale for .99¢ gives me an additional OOP of  approx. $5 for a $10 prepaid Citibank card.

Then my totals look like this--

Approx. $21 OOP

*6 Tide detergent
*2 Dove deodorant
*2 Oral B battery powered toothbrushes
*2 Oral B manual toothbrushes
*2 Crest mouth wash
*2 Gear men's deodorant
*4 Simple brand cleansers/wipes
*3 Dawn dish soap
*1 Gain dish soap
*$10 gas card
*$10 prepaid gift card

I just might have to do that deal......

Can I say how much I love when your purchases qualify for multiple rebate deals?
Double dipping can be awesome!

What do you think?  Spend another $5 to get this gift card?


Food and Toiletries Spending.....JULY Update

 Onward to July's food spending report.......

Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for JULY 2014.

I have posted July's totals on the Total Grocery Savings for 2014 Page located HERE and have updated the Yearly Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in July.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals Summary.

My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Pet Supplies, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 4(3 at home this month)& 1 dog. No kids under 18.


OOP  $50.57
Value  $80.74
Savings  37.36%

MAINE SOURCE(restaurant supply store)
OOP  $150.29
Value  $207.80
Savings 27.67%

OOP  $1.32
Value  $4.98
Savings  73.50%

OOP  $15.73
Qs/Ads/+UPs  $87.42
Value  $103.15
Savings   84.75%
SHURSAVE STORES(small local independent affiliated stores)
OOP  $71.34
Qs/Ads  $39.40
Value  $110.74
Savings  35.58%

SURPLUS OUTLET(discount food store)
OOP  $27.91
Value  $51.12
Savings  45.40%

OOP  $40.93
Value  $53.55
Savings  33.56%

OOP  $44.06
Qs/Ads  $22.75
Value  $66.81
Savings  34.05%

My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 84.75%,  the Pepperidge Farm Outlet at 73.50% and Surplus Outlet at 45.40%.  My WORST savings rate was at Maine Source 27.67%(which IS surprising!).
I shopped at 7 different stores this past month.

TOTAL Out of Pocket........$402.15
TOTAL Coupons & Store Sales Savings...$276.74
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased............$678.89
TOTAL Savings of...................................40.76%

This closes out the July food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....

I came close to a $400 food month, going over by $2.15.
But looking back at last month's post I see I had hoped for a $350 spending month.
Oh well.....we can try again next month, right?  ;-)

The yearly savings percentage went down .75% in July compared to June's average.    Savings is still in the 40's which is good.


I am going to try for a $300 food budget in August.
This is the month the teen who is still at home goes away to college mid month, so our food costs "should" drop in August.
Crossing my fingers this happens. ;-)
If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.

Total spend on food/toiletries so far this year after 7 months.....$2,901.99.
The average monthly food/toiletries spending to-date for the year so far is $414.57.
Maybe August will be the month I get it down under a $400 per month average again.

*  How much did you spend on food/toiletries in July?
*  Do you track your yearly food spending?
*  If so, how are you doing thus far in the year?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rite-Aid Trip 2

Trip 2 this week to Rite-Aid.
I went armed with my $16 in +Up Rewards I earned yesterday and came out with this stuff........

1 x Crest mouthwash on sale=$3.99
1 x Dove Deodorant on sale=$5.00
2 x Simple Cleansers/wipes on sale $5=$10.00
2 x Oral B Toothbrushes on sale $3=$6.00
2 x Gear Deodorant on sale $4=$8.00

Coupons Used

1 x $1/1 MQ Crest mouthwash=$1.00
1 x $1.50/1 Load2CardQ Dove deodorant=$1.50
1 x $1/1 Video Value Q Dove deodorant=$1.00
1 x $2/1 Simple MQ Cleansers=$2.00
2 x $2/1 Video Value Q Simple cleanser=$4.00
1 x $1.50/2 IPQ Crest/Oral B toothbrushes=$1.50
2 x $2/1 IPQ Gear deodorant=$4.00
Coupon Total.....$15.00

$32.99-$15.00=$17.99-$16 in +UPs=$1.99 + .02¢ tax=$2.01 OOP

I received back $15 in +Ups($3 for Crest mouthwash, $5 WYB $15 of Unilever products-2xSimple & 1xDove, 2 x $2.50 Oral B toothbrushes, $2 wyb2Gear).

Come back tomorrow to see what I roll those $15 in +Up Rewards into.


Welcome Home! Really?!?

When I got home last week some mail was waiting for me.

Both were from my good friends at State Farm......

       A $1,200+ car insurance bill.  It's $1,600 but after #1 Son kicks in his part it's only $1,269.20.

   And the homeowner's insurance bill of $634.00

Then a letter arrived for #2 Son the next day.......

       His college bill for the 1st semester.

I told him, "Hey!  They addressed it to and your dad's names aren't anywhere on this thing, so I guess YOU get to pay it.  How much do you owe them anyway??

   $10,729.00 minus the housing deposit of $125.00 I already paid.


The moral of the story--Sometimes it doesn't pay to go home! 8-(


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

She's At It Again!

Yes, I went back to Rite-Aid today.

I haven't been up there since I bought my little car so that's what?.....since May.
I have no +Up Rewards to roll so I'm starting fresh.

I was itchin' to get back to deal hunting so in I went and came out with this stuff........

2 x Oral B battery op toothbrushes on sale $6=$12.00
1 x Tide detergent on sale=$4.94
1 x Crest mouth wash on sale=$3.99
1 x Dove Deodorant on sale=$5.00
2 x Simple Cleansers/wipes on sale $5=$10.00

Coupons Used
1 x $2/1 MQ Oral B battery op toothbrush=$2.00
1 x $2/1 Load2Card Q Oral B battery op toothbrush=$2.00
1 x $2/1 MQ Tide detergent=$2.00
1 x $1/1 MQ Crest mouthwash=$1.00
1 x $1.50/1 MQ Dove deodorant=$1.50
1 x $1/1 Video Value Q Dove deodorant=$1.00
1 x BOGO Simple MQ Cleansers/wipes=$5.00
2 x $4/1 Video Value Q Simple cleanser=$8.00
Coupon Total.....$22.50

$35.93-$24.50=$13.43 + .29¢tax=$13.72 OOP

I received back $16 in +Ups(2 x $4 for Oral B toothbrushes, $3 for Crest mouthwash, $5 WYB $15 of Unilever products-2xSimple & 1xDove).

Tomorrow I'll roll those +Ups into something else.



Monday, July 28, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "It's Nice to be Home Again" Edition........

This will be an oddball edition of TWOTDT since I have been away from home for 2 weeks(+ a few more days).
Hubs didn't make a plan for eating while I was away, nor did he keep track of what they did actually eat. 

All I could get out of him was--
*They finished up the leftovers(Lemon Chicken w/Zuke, a massive pan of Lasagna).
*Hubs made pasta at least 2 nights.
*They bought a pizza one night and Burger King another night.
*Hubs thought he defrosted BSCB but it turned out to be pork chops, so they ate chops one night.
Hubs ate what was here basically for 2 weeks.  He made 1 trip to the grocery store and spent $36.24 on $45.26 worth of groceries.
That was it.

So I stopped for groceries on the way home on Friday and spent $29.23.

Then Hubs and I hit Wegman's and the restaurant supply store on Sunday because the fridge was practically bare by then.  This trip added $165 to our grocery spending total for July.  I could have done less damage to the food budget if I hadn't bought that 15 lb. piece of brisket to make some barbecue with in my smoker later this week. 
But it was calling my name, and my name is "Sucker for a nice piece of meat". 
I'll smoke the whole thing up and then freezer 2/3rds of it for eating later on this Fall.

Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........not much of anything except for a leftover tub of pasta Hubs cooked while I was gone and 3 bananas he bought and never got around to eating.  (I see banana bread baking in my immediate future.)

On my big shopping excursion Sunday we bought--cabbage, chicken, romaine lettuce, corn on cob, carrots, green beans, brisket, shredded cheese and will be incorporating those items into the meal plan.

Here is the plan for this week......

1.  Chicken Cutlets in black pepper sauce, COC, Caesar salad
2.  Zucchini and Carrot casserole, Green bean casserole
3.  Tacos or Taco salad(had iceberg)
4.  Barbecue brisket, leftover casseroles
5.  Fish(had), Coleslaw, mixed veggies(had)(I'll have salad instead)
6.  Burgers on rolls(had), leftover COC, baked beans(had)
7.  Leftovers of some sort

And that takes us up to next Sunday.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?
Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?