$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – What Was My Final Tally for the Week?

If you have been following my blog this week, you were sure to notice that it has had a huge focus on grocery shopping and stocking up on items during Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter.  I hope the coupon match-ups that I have provided have helped you save your cash! Although I have provided pictures and a breakdown of costs for all of the individual shopping trips, I thought it would be fun to tally it all up to see how I did.  

How much do you think the following groceries would have cost without coupons and sales? 

 View the following pictures and scroll down to see the answer…

My grand total spent was $44.35 for $269.78 worth of groceries! 

I am thrilled with my savings and feel it was every bit worth the time I spent clipping, matching and shopping! Your grocery bill is one bill in life that you aren’t locked into every month, like your mortgage or car payment.  YOU have control over how little or how much you spend.  Keep clipping those Sunday newspaper coupons and let me keep helping you match them to store sales…lets see the magic we can work in your budget!!!  And, I want to thank all of who have given me feedback on your shopping successes and those who have helped to spread the word about my blog.  My stats show the visits to Homemaking Mom are steadily increasing and I am very excited about that!!! If you are a member of Facebook and would like to become a fan, please click the “like” button on the Facebook banner to the right…

Final Trip – Harris Teeter Super Double Coupons – Spent $5.53, Saved $31.18!

This morning, I decided to get one last shopping trip in at Harris Teeter before Super Double Coupons end (tomorrow  is the last day).  I paid $5.53 (plus tax) for everything shown!  Here are the coupon match-ups:

Gain Dish Detergent – $1.99
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – FREE

Martha White Muffin Mixes – $.58 each
Coupon – $.55 off when you buy 2 X 2 (11/7 Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.03 each

Turkey Hill Tea – $1.19 each
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy 2 X 2 (11/7 Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.19 each

Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup – $.75 each
Coupon – $1.00 off 3 X 2 (internet printable)
Total – $.08 each

Pillsbury Brownies – $.99
Coupon – $.40 X 2 (11/7 Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.19

Perdue Boneless Chicken – $2.43
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (given to me in Harris Teeter wine department last week)
Total – $.43

Finish Dishwasher Gel – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.50

Cheese Nips – $1.79 each
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2 (from store tearpad)
Total – $.79 each

Sun Maid Raisin Canisters – BOGO Free – $2.12 each
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2 (from Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $1.12 each . This was my favorite deal from today’s shopping trip.  You can’t beat this price for 1 1/2 lbs. of raisins!

Savoring Sunday – My New Favorite Pork Chop Recipe

This may be a familiar scenario at your house, too… 

It is 5:30 p.m., almost grocery day so you are running a little low on options, but you have a pack of pork chops you want to fix. Problem is, you are tired of the same ol’ pork chop recipes.  This was what happened at my house not too long ago, so I turned to the “ingredient search” on www.allrecipes.com that I posted about here.

There I came across the following recipe for Brown Sugar Pork Chops.  It is delicious!  You can prepare this either right at dinner time or make it ahead of time and allow it to marinate in the soy sauce. 

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons margarine
  • soy sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place the chops in a 9×13 inch baking pan. Place 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top of every chop. Place 1 tablespoon of margarine on top of the brown sugar. Sprinkle chops with soy sauce.
  3. Cover pan with foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until browned.


Harris Teeter Super Doubles – The Saving Continues – Spent $8.63, Saved $52.11!

I had planned to skip Harris Teeter Super Doubles today, but…

…after attending a birthday party this afternoon with my boys, I realized that I needed to stop for milk.  And…I just happened to be near Harris Teeter….and just happened to have another stack of coupons organized and ready to go…so yes, I went another round at Harris Teeter. 

It was well worth the trip, as I was only in the store about 10 minutes (pays to be organized ahead of time when shopping with little ones!) and everything pictured above came to a grand total of $8.63 (plus tax), with a savings of $52.11! And, that included two packs of Perdue chicken breasts from the meat department, turkey bacon, milk, orange juice and much more!!!

Yes, I have been to Harris Teeter a ridiculous number of times this week.  But, this is a WONDERFUL opportunity to stockpile groceries, especially right before the holidays!  Since the limit is 20 coupons per day, I have had to break my shopping trips into numerous days. And, I should be able to skip grocery shopping entirely next week (other than milk) so that is another benefit!

Here are today’s coupon match-ups:

Butterball Turkey Bacon – E-VIC Special – $.99 (To receive this price, you must be signed up for E-VIC in which you receive their weekly ad via email)
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (Click here to print)
Total – FREE

Best Life Butter Spread – $1.17
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (Click here to print!)
Total – FREE

Rhodes Rolls (12 ct) – $1.85
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper)
Total – FREE

Activia Yogurt – $1.99
Coupon – $1.00 off (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper)
Total – FREE

Olay Bath Bar (2 pack) – $2.85
Coupon – $1.50 X 2 (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper.  At first glance the coupon looks like it is for Olay body wash, but the coupon description says it is valid on bars, body wash, etc.)
Total – FREE

Pillsbury Sweet Moments – $3.25
Coupon – $1.50 X 2 (internet printable – no longer available)
Total – $.25

Danimals Crush Cup Yogurts – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.50

Pringles – $1.50
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper & recent home mailer)
Total – $.50 each

Totino’s Party Pizza – $1.00 (Yes, I have bought a lot of these pizzas this week, but hey, they go into the freezer, will last a while, my kids love them and can serve as a quick lunch or dinner, with a salad, in a pinch)
Coupon – $1.00 off 3 X 2 (coupon from inside of Totino’s pizza box)
Total – $.33 each

Simply Orange Juice – $3.00
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (Click here to print!)
Total – $1.00

Smart Balance Milk – $3.89
Coupon – $2.00 off (from a recent Sunday newspaper)
Total – $1.89

Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice – $1.99
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (internet printable – no longer available)
Total – $.99

Perdue Chicken Breast – $2.96 (mark down)
Coupon –  $1.00 X 2 (poultry coupon – you don’t find those often! They were giving them out in the wine section yesterday)
Total – $.96

Perdue Chicken Tenders – $3.23 (mark down)
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (poultry coupon)
Total – $1.23

Rold Gold Pretzels – E-VIC Price – $1.47
Rold Gold Pretzels – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from store tearpad)
Total – $.98 each

Final Coupon – $1.00 off shopping trip X 2 (given to me in the wine dept. yesterday when I received the poultry coupon)
Additional $2.00 off my trip!!!

…and, for you non-couponing readers, I promise you will soon see posts on my site once again featuring recipes, home organization and other homemaking topics.  🙂 These grocery deals have just been too good not to share. I am hearing from so many that are using my lists to get great bargains and I love it!!! Keep it up!!!!

Harris Teeter Super Doubles (Round 3) – Set a New Record For Myself – 23 Items for -$.09!

If you have been following my blog this week, you know that this week is Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter!  I posted my previous shopping trips here and here.  However, today I set a brand new record for myself . My total was -$.09 before tax for the 23 items pictured above! Want to know the really great news?  ALL of the coupons I used were the internet printables listed below, so YOU can also go this weekend and enjoy the tremendous savings yourself! Note – Internet printables will usually let you print each coupon up to 2 times.

Polaner Spreadable Fruit Jam – $2.00
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Barilla Pasta Plus – $.60
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Totino’s Party Pizzas – $1.00
Coupon – Click here! (coupon is for $1.00 off 2)
Total – Two for FREE

Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables – $1.00
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Better Oats Instant Oatmeal
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Bonne Belle Lip Smackers Lip Balm – $1.99
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice – $1.99
Coupon – Click here!
Total – $.99

Renuzit Adjustable Air Fresheners – $.97
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

2000 Flushes Toilet Cleaner – $1.95
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Finish Dishwasher Gel – $2.49
Coupon – Click here! (Use the $1.00 off option)
Total – $.49

Seventh Generation Paper Towels – $1.50
Coupon – Click here!
Total – FREE

Seventh Generation Napkins (250 ct) – $2.29
Coupon – Click here!
Total – $.29

Dixie Crystals Sugar – $1.79
Coupon – Internet printable – no longer available!
Total – $.29

You will notice that a few of the items above didn’t appear to come out totally free; however, once the overages were applied from some of the other items, my ticket totaled -$.09 (after tax was applied my grand total was $.73).  This definitely classifies as setting a whole new record for myself and actually makes the $17.55 I spent yesterday during super doubles seem extravagant! That is the thing about this whole couponing thing, once you see how much you can save on groceries, it is so hard to pay full price again – EVER!

I really do have a life outside of couponing and grocery shopping, but am sure I will squeeze in one or two more super double shopping trips before it ends.  Check back to see what other deals I find! Some see grocery shopping as a dreaded chore, but I see it as a fun challenge and really don’t mind going multiple times.  It is great to have a stocked up pantry! Remember, Tuesday, Nov. 9 is the last day and the limit is 20 coupons per day.  Good luck…and I would love to hear back from you!!!! Let me know about your shopping successes by commenting below…

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$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Harris Teeter Super Doubles (Round 2)

This morning, I went for Round 2 of Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter.  I spent $17.55 (plus tax) for the items pictured above.  Believe it or not, my purchase totaled $93.71 prior to handing over my VIC card and a hefty stack of coupons!  So, for this week’s $60 grocery challenge, I have now spent approximately $30.00 and have a lot of groceries on hand (see also my post below). Will I stop there?  No, I plan to go through my previously mentioned “coupon bag” once again, check online printable coupons and also see which coupons I can match up from this Sunday’s newspaper. Yes, all of this takes a little time, but as a stay-at-home mom, this is helping my family save big bucks which makes me feel like it is time well spent. 

My best bargain find today was two jumbo packs of Huggies Supreme denim-looking diapers.  Originally, $11.99/pack, they were marked as a “close out,” and on sale for $4.44/pack. Once I applied my $1.50 coupons (which was doubled to $3.00), I got the diapers for $1.44/pack.  I have found great diaper deals in the past, but I am pretty sure this has to be my best diaper deal ever!!!

Here is a list of today’s deals:

Huggies Supreme Diapers – CLOSEOUT  – $4.44
Diaper – $1.50 X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – $1.44

Zatarain’s Rice – $1.00
Coupon – $1.00 off 3 boxes X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.33 each

Bumble Bee Tuna Pouch – $1.00
Coupon – $.55 off (coded not to double – from store automatic coupon dispenser)
Total – $.45

Bumble Bee Canned Chicken – $1.00
Coupon – $.75 off (coded not to double – from store automatic coupon dispenser)
Total – $.25

Lip Smacker Lip Balm – $1.99
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (click here to print)
Total – FREE

Totino’s Pizza Rolls – $1.00
Coupon – $.40 off 2 X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.60 each

Pillsbury Grand’s Biscuits (5 ct.) – $1.00
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – FREE

Turkey Hill Tea – $1.19
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.19 each

Oscar Mayer Delifresh Lunchmeat – $3.49
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (internet printable)
Total – $1.49

Zip-loc Pint-size bags – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (coupon from Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.50

Capri Sun – $2.50 each
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Snack Sack – $2.59
Coupon – $1.50 X 2 (coupon from store tear pad)
Total – $2.09 for a box of Capri Suns AND Nabisco Chips Ahoy

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Harris Teeter Super Doubles – Spent $12.73 for $73.33 Worth of Groceries

Have you heard? Harris Teeter is doing Super Double Coupons this week! From Nov. 3- 9, Harris Teeter will  double coupons with a face value up to $1.98. There is a limit of 20 coupons per day day.

For example, if you have a coupon with a face value of $1.50 off, it will double to $3.00 off.  This means a lot of freebies and bargains this week and personally, I will be making multiple shopping trips throughout the week. Of course, I will be reporting in and passing along the deals to you! Since I will save so much money during Super Double Coupons, I am skipping the drug store deals, as well as Food Lion to only focus on Harris Teeter for this week’s $60 grocery budget challenge.

This morning, I spent a grand total of $12.73 (plus tax) for $73.33 worth of groceries (pictured below).  Here are the items that I purchased, as well as coupon match-ups:

Colgate Toothpaste – $1.99
Coupon = $1.00 X 2 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – FREE

Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar – $1.25
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – FREE

Seventh Generation Paper Towels – $ 1.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – FREE

Seventh Generation Napkins – $2.29
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.29

Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup – $1.25
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2
Total – $.25 each

Dixie Crystals Sugar – $1.79
Coupon – $.75 X 2
Total – $.49

Kashi TLC Crackers – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from a home mailer)
Total – $.50

Quaker Instant Oatmeal – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (peelie from the actual Quaker Oatmeal box)
Total – $.50

Wheat Thins Chips – $2.99
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from store coupon tearpad)
Total – $.99

Muir Glen Organic Canned Tomatoes – $1.25
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (Internet printable – no longer available)
Total – FREE

Muir Glen Organic Canned Tomatoes – $1.25
Coupon – $.1.00 off 2X 2 (peelie from can of Muir Glen tomatoes)
Total – $.25 each

Doritos – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2 (from store coupon tearpad)
Total – $1.00 each

Pringles – $1.50
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 X 2 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.50 each

Nabisco Snack Sacks – $2.59
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase Nabisco cookies and milk X 2 (Facebook promotion – click here to print)
Total – $.59

Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice – $1.99
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (click here to print)
Total – $.99

Sara Lee Bread – $1.99
Coupon – $1.00 X 2 (from store coupon tearpad)
Total – FREE

Pillsbury Sweet Moments Brownies – $3.25
Coupon – $1.50 X 2 (internet printable – no longer available)
Total – $.25

You may remember that last week, I went about $18 over my budget challenge and said I was fine with that.  Like I thought, I still have plenty of meat in the freezer AND even if I go to Harris Teeter multiple times this week, I most likely will come out spending less than $60, which will offset last week’s overage.  This type of scenario is what I was referring to last week post when I said it all seems to balance out over time.  Happy Shopping!


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Trick-or-Treat! Festive Halloween-Themed Party Foods

Halloween Rice Krispy Treats

Make Rice Krispy Treats using the recipe on the Rice Krispy box. Next, make a batch of orange colored icing, heat it to make the color darker, and drizzle it over the pan of Rice Krispy Treats. Cut into sections and then put candy corns and candy pumpkins in an alternating pattern on each square.

 
 

Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball

Take a sharp cheddar cheeseball and roll it in finely crushed Doritos to make it orange. Next, drain a can of black olives and pat them dry. Create a jack-o-lantern face with the olives, put a small piece of celery for the “stem,” surround with crackers and you are all set!

 
 
“Spider Deviled Eggs”
 
Make your deviled eggs with your preferred recipe. Then, cut black olives in half to make the spider body. Create “legs” by cutting strips of olives. Another EASY, festive addition to your Halloween party table!

Scrumptious Saturday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins need to come with a warning label – seriously!  They are SO good and I am having to exert major will power to stay away from them!  Here are the step-by-step instructions to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for your family:

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour (I personally went the self-rising route)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (or substitute 1 1/2-2 cups homemade)
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (you can substitute raisins, if you prefer)

Step 1 –  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin cups with liners or spray the the muffin pan with cooking spray.

Step 2 – Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a large bowl.

Step 3  In a separate bowl, stir the sugar, butter, and eggs together.
Step 4 Stir in the pumpkin puree, milk, and chocolate chips and pour into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened; do not mix any more than necessary.

 

Step 5 Using a 1/3-cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the muffin tins. Bake the muffins on a center rack for approximately 20 minutes, until the tops of the muffins spring back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning them out. Serve immediately or cool on a wire rack.

Countdown to Christmas Kick-off

 

I just noticed that Christmas Eve is only nine weeks from today! Sounds like plenty of time, doesn’t it? Maybe for some, but I have fallen into that “plenty of time” trap before. Last year, I found myself out with the masses on December 23 trying to decide on gifts for a few hard-to-buy-for people….with two little ones in tow. I vowed then after an exhausting afternoon that I won’t pracrastinate like that EVER again!

The fall always seems to melt for me with Halloween, birthdays, Thanksgiving, children’s ball games, Christmas parties and all of the other things that keep my family on the go. So, today I am sharing some information and ideas to help all of us get organized, stay within our budget and have a fun, low-stress Christmas season. Personally, with three kids, a spouse, two large extended families, teachers and others I like to “gift,” my shopping list is very lengthy and every year I tend to go WAY overboard on my spending. Buy, hey, I love Christmas and like to have fun with it. This year, I will do just that, but hopefully with a better plan from the start! 

Start planning now!

I ran across a free, quick-read e-book that helps simplify Christmas planning. Click here to view its tips for budgeting, baking, organizing and much more! Also, for those of you who want to be super organized about the process, here are some free printables from the website, Life Your Way: 

Budget Worksheet

Gift List Worksheet

Master To-do List

Ways to Start Making Money for Christmas Shopping

Sell on Ebay
I mentioned in a previous post that from now until Christmas, anything that I sell on Ebay, I will put into a “Christmas” account.  Since then, after paying ebay fees and shipping costs, I have put in approximately $30.  Hey, it is a start.  I sold a pumpkin child’s Halloween costume, two of my shirts (J. Crew/Abercrombie & Fitch) and a baby boppy pillow cover. I plan to keep at it and grow this number as much as I can. Plus, this strategy also helps me clear items from my home that I no longer need. Click here and here to check out my post about How To Sell on Ebay. 

Start Swagging
I posted a detailed description about Swagbucks here. In a nut shell, you win points for doing your usual searches on the internet through their site.  Then, you can redeem these points for gift cards, magazines, electronics and much more! I ALMOST have enough points for a Starbucks gift card. Sign up for your FREE swagbucks account by clicking the banner below! 
Search & Win 
Redeem Reward Points
Have you accumulated reward points this year through MyCokeRewards, Pampers, Huggies or your credit card’s rewards program?  Many of these rewards (especially gift cards for the hard to buy for people) are great gift ideas! Now is the time to start browsing the reward’s catalogs to see if any rewards match up with one of the gift recipients on your list.

Cash in Your Spare Change
Start rolling your change to take to the bank or visit one of those good ol’ noisy Coinstar machines found in many grocery stores.  Put in your change and get dollars (a.k.a. Christmas shopping money) in return! Just keep in mind that the machine takes a cut of what you cash in (not sure what the amount is these days although I have used these machines in the past). 

Use Any Unused Gift Cards
Check your wallet to see if you have any gift cards you have not used and probably won’t use. Maybe you have someone on your Christmas list who you could find a perfect gift for at that particular store.  Just a thought… 

Today’s Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea: 

 
Use Your Inexpensive/Free Drug Store Items & Toiletries For Stocking Stuffers
As I have shown in posts about my drug store shopping trips, just about every week, you can purchase toiletries, candy, coffee and many other items very inexpensively or even FREE at drug stores. How about using these items to fill stockings for others (as pictured above). For your spouse, it might mean including their favorite shampoo/body wash, for your kids, this could mean their favorite candy/chapstick/character-themed toothbrush, for the grandparents, this could mean their favorite coffee/chocolate. You get the idea.  It doesn’t have to be the sole “theme” of the stocking, but these items can serve as fillers and give that person items they specifically like and use.

This is only a start to the MANY Christmas ideas I will have coming your way! As much as I love shopping for bargains, I love giving to others much, much more! I get so excited to give out gifts and see the reactions of the recipient, as I do try hard to taylor gift ideas to the person and their interests. 

Over the next two months, lets share our ideas to enjoy the season and happily give plenty, but not still be paying for it well into 2011! As always, I would love to hear from you!  Post any creative Christmas ideas and money-saving tips in the comments section.