Week #50 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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I made 1 shopping trip last week.  That is it.  I have no idea where the time went or what I was doing. I have no excuse. ;) Here is what I bought:

2 Gallons of Milk $5.58
4 Bottles of Soda $1.00
3 bottles of Cranberry Juice $1.47
6 Tubes of Colgate Toothpaste $.50 (tax)
10 cans of Taco Bell Refried Beans: FREE
2 Bottles of Coke Zero: FREE
1 Dozen Eggs: FREE
1 Bag of Pita Bread: FREE
1 Bag of Mini Carrots: FREE

Did I ever tell you I like to pick through the trash?  Why Mavis, why do you do it? You are a crazy person.  BECAUSE THERE IS FREE FOOD IN THE TRASH!

Total Spent OOP This Week: $0 (I used my Albertsons gift card)
Total Spent Year To Date $1187.08

I now have $11.88 in cash left to spend and $7.24 left on my free Albertsons gift card I won over the summer. HOLY CRACKERS!!!! Let’s hope I can bring home lot’s and lot’s of leftovers from Christmas Dinner at my parents house. :)

How did YOU do last week?  Score any good deals?

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Week #48 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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I was on autopilot this week.  Lot’s of cookies, coupons, a trip to Boise and lot’s of time spent ordering Christmas presents off Amazon.  However, I did manage to drag myself away from the computer twice to go grocery shopping.

Here is what I purchased this week:

Shopping Trip #1

Using my last $20 Albertsons store coupon I scored last week buying Amazon gift cards, I was able to pick up everything you see above for $5.70.

Shopping Trip #2

Double Coupon Sunday at Albertsons:

Coupons are RAD!  I was able to score 18 boxes of FREE BROWNIE MIX… and you can bet your mama’s gold teeth I’m going back for more just as soon as I clip some more coupons!  6 tubs of frosting $3! FREE Bananas, apples and carrots thanks to free product coupons I found in the trash can outside of Albertsons. ;) Hahaha!  One mans trash is another mans treasure!  Especially if it’s FREE FRUIT!

I also scored 8 bags of peanut butter cookie mix PLUS 4 bags of Hershey Kisses for $8!  When I was in Boise last week I spotted save $1.00 when you buy 1 Peanut Butter Cookie mix and 1 Bag of Hershey Kisses coupons at Winco.  The cookie mix was on sale buy 2 for $4 get 1 bag of FREE kisses so I simply bought 2 bags of cookie mix & 1 bag of kisses and doubled my $1 off coupon and ended up paying $2  for each transaction (I did the same transaction 4 times).

Total Spent oop this week $0

Total Spent year to date: $1187.08

I now have $12.92 in cash left to spend, $31.20 left on my free Albertsons gift card I won over the summer and whole lot of food in the pantry. I can do this!  Go Mavis Go!

Superstar!

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Week #46 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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Well Well Well… Looks like Mavis scored a FREE TURKEY after all!  And just in case you were wondering… I think the new Jeep Cherokee is a fine vehicle.  It’s just not for me. ;)   Ah ha ha ha!


Last Tuesday I headed over to Albertsons and picked up a few more bags of money making dog treats.  When all was said and done I had spent $1.57 on my Albertsons gift card and walked out of the store with a $2 catalina coupon. ;)

On Sunday morning I went to Fred Meyer. On my first transaction I spent a whopping $2.20 oop after I handed over all my manufacture coupons and Fred Meyer Rewards card coupons.

Some days I wake up and think I should turn Pro.

After I paid for my first transaction, I got back in line… and bought another 2lbs of butter.  I paid $2.50 oop.

And for the piece de resistance, I picked up 36 jars of gravy ($2.91), 2 boxes of saltine crackers ($1.99), 2 packages of Hawaiian Rolls ($3.00), 2 cups of Thai Noodles & 2 refrigerated Nestle Cookie dough packages ($.90), 18 BIG cup of noodles ($3.81), 1 frozen coconut cream pie, 2 cans of Evaporated milk & 1 Langers frozen Orange Juice ($4.82), and 1 gallon of milk and 2 boxes of Mother’s Cookies ($3.77).  Total spent at Albertsons: $21.20 on my gift card of course! ;)

Total Spent This Week:  $4.70 cash

Total Spent Year To Date $ 1187.08

I now have $12.92  in cash to spend, and a balance of  $53 left on my *Albertsons gift card.  Yikes!  I looks like I need to take a week or two off from buying groceries.

How did you do this week?  Are you eating a turkey on Thanksgiving?

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Week # 45 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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There are only 7 weeks to go and  I kind of feel like I should start planning a victory party of some sort… But I don’t want to jinx myself.  Hmmm.  Oh well, I picked up a few things this week… nothing super exciting, and I still have not figured out how in the world I am going to get a free or cheap turkey yet.  I’ll will have to do some research… Who knows maybe I could enter some sort of contest for a free bird and win one.  One can hope.

Alright… Well here we go:

15 Bags of Dog treats

$1.49  I don’t have a dog… But the dog treats will sure make a great donation!

3 loaves of bread, 3 Sara Lee Pound Cakes, 2 tubs of butter spread, 10 bags of chocolate chips, 1 bag of M & M’s, 12 bags of cough drops, 2 Halloween clearance tubs of black frosting, 6 mac & cheese cups, 1 soy sauce, 2 bags of  croutons, 3 bags of dog treats, 2 boxes of scalloped potatoes, 2 baby cereal, 4 cranberry sauce, 1 box of frozen rolls, 2 rolls of paper towels and 2 gallons of milk.

I spent $17.16 on everything you see above PLUS 3 loaves of bread (the HH put them in the freezer before I noticed).  Hot diggety!  It appears I have plenty of chocolate chips for The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Birds Christmas cookie decorating party in December.

Total Spent This Week $0 oop*

Total Spent Year To Date $ 1182.38.

I now have $17.62  in cash to spend, a $2 catalina coupon,  and a balance of  $75.77 left on my *Albertsons gift card.    I’m thinking it would be nice to end November with around $50 left in my wallet.  I still have to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving, and baking supplies for Christmas cookies.  So If I can make to the end of the month without going crazy on grocery purchases… I think I’ll make it.

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Week #44 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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This week I made a whopping 2 purchases.  The first one was for a raspberry filled jelly doughnut at the airport for $.99.

The second transaction of the week was for 2 gallons of milk from Albertsons. The $100 Albertsons gift card I had won over the summer finally arrived and I could not get to the store fast enough to pick it up.  Hot diggety. It came just in time for Thanksgiving! This means… there will be a turkey on the table this Thanksgiving. :)

Total Spend This Week $.99 oop (out of pocket)

Total Spent Year To Date $ 1182.38.

I now have $17.62 in cash left to spend and a $94.42 balance on my Albertsons gift card.  Making it to the end of the year without going over $1,200 should be much easier to accomplish now.


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Week #43 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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This week I had 3 transactions.  I actually DO BELIEVE I can make it to the end of the year without going over budget if I really apply myself.  Or is it distract myself?  Hmm.  I think distraction is going to be key in the upcoming weeks ahead.

Here is the skinny on what I bought this week:

Last week Plum District was offering a deal on Omaha Steaks for $59. 2 filet mignon, 2 pork chops, 4 chicken breasts, 6 burgers, 8 weenies, and 6 stuffed baked potatoes all shipped on a block of dry ice (the best part according to Monkey Boy). Now maybe $59 is a great deal for a normal person… But for Mavis… not so much.  Luckily I had $40 in Plum District credit plus I found a secret 30% coupon code I was able to use.  So guess how much I paid?  C’mon guess.  Alright, I’ll tell you.  After the coupon code and credit I paid $1.30!  :)   Not too shabby if you ask me.

Then there was my trip to Walmart. Blech.  I am not a fan of Walmart… But desperate times call for desperate measures.  I have found I’m willing to shop with Nascar fans walking around in their pajamas who are screaming at their kids and driving motorized scooters just so I can use a coupon.

In this past Sundays paper there was a $2 off ANY SIZE Tide coupon in the P&G insert.  The Tide packets were only $.97 each+tx.  I did 2 identical transactions:

Milk $2.68
Bread $1.25
4 Tide packets $4.21 w/tx

Final Price: $.14 after coupons!  Holy crackers!  Pass me a tater tot Bertha… that is a goooood deal.

So basically I paid $.28 for 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of crappy bread and 8 packets of Tide (the Tide will be donated).  The thing is … there is a big controversy over the Tide coupon.  So I guess I won’t be using it again. :(   Boo Hoo.  I’m totally bummed, I love Walmart overage.

Oh well, shopping at Albertsons with a few doubles coupons is not a bad deal either.  Everything in the photo was free with coupons with the exception of having to pay $.50 tax on my free Dawn dish soap.  As it turns out… the HH really likes the Velveeta mac & cheese cups.  He kinda freaked out a little when he saw them on the counter.  Have you tried these yet?  They are REALLY good.  How many did you get? ;)

Total Spent This week: $2.08

Total Spent Year To Date: $1181.39

Go Mavis Go!

 

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Week # 42 On One Hundred Dollars A Month

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Does anyone have a gee tar, a black sharpie and a piece of cardboard I can borrow?  Because pretty soon here I’ll be singing the blues.

I was able to double some coupons for the Velveeta mac & cheese and the Seattle’s Best Iced coffee that was on sale at Albertsons last week and ended up getting everything for free. I haven’t tried the mac & cheese yet and I doubt I will. If The Girl doesn’t want it… then I’ll be adding it to the donation bin.  The iced coffees however will go to the HH’s lunch box.

During the mac & cheese transaction I earned a $5 reward (store coupon) for using my Albertsons preferred card.  And it’s a good thing too… Because I’m running low on funds. :)

Thanks to the $10 off store coupon I earned last week and the $5 off Albertsons preferred card coupon, I only had to pay $3.05 for all those groceries. I know I should totally be making my own bread by now, but I keep making excuses.  Seriously, everyday I say to myself I think I’ll bake some bread today… but it never happens.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m waiting for.  Maybe a blizzard.  But then again, if there was a blizzard I’d probably just put on my footed pajamas and stay in bed all day and read books.

I also split a 40lb box of chicken with my neighbor (we each paid $29.80 for 20lbs).  With all the food in the freezer, I know I shouldn’t be buying anymore meat.  If anything… I should be shooting squirrels out back or trapping Ricky Racoons or something… but buying chicken… I think I must have lost my mind there for a few hours.  In hindsight I should of saved my $29.80 to buy milk.  Crap.  Now what am I going to do?

Total Spent OOP this week: $32.85

Total Spent Year To Date: $1,179.31

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