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Conquer the Clutter Series – Reorganization of My Toddler’s Closet



As promised, I am continuing my Conquer the Clutter series into the new year!  You may remember this fall, I kicked off this series with reorganization of my kitchen junk drawer here and here, kids’ playroom and a tip to get rid of the “stack” in your kitchen. Then, I ended the year with a donation to Goodwill with the items that I cleaned out.

Well, I am back at working on the cluttered areas of my house.  Like I posted before, overall my house is pretty organized and picked up. But, for the areas that are not, I am working on getting them in order.  It just makes life easier when I can quickly find what I am looking for. 

My first reorganizational task of the year was my toddler’s closet.  What had gone wrong in the “before” picture?  I have plenty of excuses.  1) The costume organizer in the bottom of the closet collasped, leaving a big heap of costumes with nowhere to go. 2) When I added all of his winter clothes recently, I hadn’t removed the summer ones which resulted in A LOT of clothes. 3) Probably the most important one, I had simply been procrastinating on getting this done.

But, this new year has found me with lots of motivation in various areas of my life, and I am happy to have completed this job.  I worked on it earlier this week on a day I was iced in and it did give me a great sense of accompliment.  Now, we will see how long it will stay like this – that is the true challenge when  little ones are in that closet constantly.  But, for now, it feels like a job well done!


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$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $58 for $125 Worth of Groceries at Harris Teeter!


What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend no more than $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five! Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well!

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – Spent $58.75 (plus tax) for $125.57 Worth of Groceries!

Harris Teeter Deals and Coupon Matchups 1/12 – 1/18

Buy Theirs, Get Ours Promotions:

Buy Wisk Detergent – $3.99
Coupon – $2.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.99
When you purchase Wisk, you will receive a FREE box of 40 ct. Harris Teeter dryer sheets
(FREE item automatically deducts from your total when you buy both items)

Buy Capri Suns – $1.77 (E-VIC member price) $1.99 for regular VIC card holders
When you purchase a box of Capri Suns, you will receive a FREE box of 8 ct. Harris Teeter peanut butter or cheese sandwich crackers
(FREE item automatically deducts from your total when you buy both items)

Buy Cheerios (18 oz.) – $3.00
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print coupon from Coupons.com!
Total – $1.50
When you purchase a box of Cheerios, you will receive a FREE box of Harris Teeter cereal bars
(FREE item automatically deducts from your total when you buy both items)

Other Great Harris Teeter Deals and Coupon Matchups:

Pillsbury 5 ct. Cinnamon Rolls – $1.00
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – FREE

Harris Teeter Canned Vegetables – $.50

Texas Toast Tortilla Strips – $1.50
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.50

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers – $1.00

Breyer’s Smooth & Dreamy Icecream Bars – $2.37
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.37

Eat Smart Naturals Chips – $2.50
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.00

Fiber One Cereal – $2.50
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print a coupon for $1.10 off!
Total – $1.00

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran – $2.49
Coupon – $.70 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.40 off  – Internet printable coupon no  longer available 🙁
Total – $1.09

Yoplait Gogurt – $2.00
Coupon – $.75 off when you buy two X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or Click here to print coupon from Coupons.com!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two

Harris Teeter Sandwich Bags – $1.37

2 lb. bag of Carrots – $1.47

Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you purchase two – Tearpad coupon from the frozen food dept. several weeks ago!
Total – $1.50 each

Harris Teeter Ground Turkey – BOGO Free – $2.24 each

Harris Teeter Gallon Milk – $2.77

5 lb. Bag of Grapefruit – $3.99

Note – I noticed on my E-VIC Alert email from Harris Teeter that I received this morning that Saturday, January 15, the Coke 12-packs are on sale for $1.88 each (limit 2) and through Tuesday, January 18, Kraft cheese slices are on special for BOGO free (limit 1 free) ONLY for E-VIC members.  Click here to sign up for future weekly offers!  Also, these E-VIC offers vary by region, so double check your offers before heading to the store.

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Target Deal – FREE Maalox (Large 90 Count Bottle)

While I was in Target scoring the great deals from the toy department’s after-Christmas clearance sale (see post below for details), I picked up two bottles of Maalox (large bottle/90 ct) totally FREE. They are priced at $4.54; however, I used the $5.00 off coupon that ran in last Sunday’s newspaper coupon insert.  I have heard with this coupon you can also get it totally free at Walmart and very inexpensive at CVS. Be sure to pick your bottle up!

Target Shopping Alert – Huge In-store 75% Off Toy Clearance

I finally “escaped” from the house late this afternoon after being couped up since Monday due to an icy driveway.  How great it was to be free to drive again and do a little deal shopping.  And, boy, did I find the deals! 

I urge you to RUN, not walk to Target ASAP for their huge toy clearance!  There were at least three aisles in the toy department that are now marked 50-75% off. I got a shopping cart full of great toys and am set for many upcoming birthdays and special occasions for the little ones in my life.

I was especially happy to see many LEGO sets were included in the clearance markdowns. I rarely ever find them on sale and I don’t know if I have ever seen them on a clearance rack.  Barbie, My Little Pony, Toy Story 3, Dora, Bakugan, Batman and many other types of toys were also included. Like I said, run, don’t walk…

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You may remember over the holidays, I posted several great photo gift promotions from Vistaprint! The special offer for a custom photo coffee mug for $1.99 is back!  This could make an inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift for someone, as the mug ($1.99) plus shipping ($5.59) totals only $7.78! You could add coffee or candy to it, order two (a his and hers), add it to a gift basket to personalize it, etc.

You could also purchase an inexpensive restaurant gift certificate from Restaurant.com to put inside of it.  Through January 13, most of the $25 gift certificates are on sale for only $2.00! Enter coupon code SPOON at checkout to save 80% off your order. You print out the gift certificate at the end of your order, so it is available for use immediately after purchase. Each featured restaurant has their own terms and some have minimum purchase requirements (just be sure to read the fine print).

Getting Started With Couponing Series – Save Money Acquiring Coupons!

As I have shown here on Homemaking Mom, you can save A LOT of money at the grocery store using coupons.  However, in addition to a little time acquiring coupons, you also have to factor in the fact to save big on groceries with coupons, you do have to invest a little money.  Here are ways to reduce the amount of money you spend acquiring coupons:

1. The Sunday newspaper is an excellent source of coupons! However, to save money acquiring these coupons, you may want to purchase a newspaper subscription at a discounted rate. I recently was able to purchase a Sunday-only subscription to my local newspaper for only $26.00 for 26 weeks.  I had been paying the cover price of $1.50 each time at the newsstand. Now, I will save $13.00 over the course of 26 weeks, plus I will have the newspaper conveniently located in my driveway 🙂 

2. Speaking of the Sunday newspaper, be sure to let family and friends know that you are now using coupons and would be happy to take their Sunday newspaper coupon inserts off their hands if they don’t use them. And, if you know others who use coupons, pass along the ones you don’t need to them.  For example, I don’t have pets and don’t need coupons for pet food and supplies.  However, I do have a baby and need to purchase baby items.  So, I pass on my pet coupons and receive baby coupons from others. 

3. Use Internet printables!  I have become a HUGE fan of printable coupons over the past year.  You often can find coupons for items that aren’t found in the Sunday newspaper OR find coupons with an increased amount off a product.  However, you do have have to take in consideration if you are printing coupons, there is a cost associated with the ink for your printer.  I have found that it is less expensive to order ink cartridges online than purchasing them in-store.  If you are in need of ink cartridges, you may want to check out this great offer! 101inks.com offers up to 85% off printer ink, FREE shipping on orders over $55 and an EXTRA 10% OFF with coupon code: SMART10 – Click here to redeem!

4. While reading magazines, go ahead and tear out any coupons that you see when you see them.  It will save time to not have to go back and look for them later or will keep you from forgetting about them entirely.

5. While shopping, keep an eye out for in-store coupon dispensers.  Even if the coupon is for a product you aren’t buying on that particular shopping trip, go ahead and take one.  You never know, the item may go on sale in upcoming weeks and give you a great coupon match-up opportunity.

6. Be sure to take a look at the coupons that print at check out with your receipt.  On occasion, I have found those to include coupons for FREE items or dollars off a future grocery shopping trip. Keep in mind, though, that the manufacturer coupons that print at the register are usually coded not to double and can be redeemed only at face value.

7. Finally, if there is a particular brand product that you use often, register on the company’s website.  You will likely receive emails with coupons for that company’s products from time to time.

Previous Posts from the Getting Started with Couponing Series:

Getting Started with Couponing – Where to Find Grocery Coupons!

Getting Started with Couponing – Organize to Maximize Savings!

Getting Started with Couponing – How to Find TIME to Clip Coupons, Match to Sales and Save Money!

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Harris Teeter Super Double Coupons – Day 4 – Spent $2.94 (Plus Tax), Saved $20.84!

Today I had a VERY quick moment to stop by Harris Teeter prior to a dentist appointment and I picked up a few (and I mean few) things. Since the last day of Super Double Coupons is tomorrow, I wanted to get a handful of final items. Today’s trip totaled $2.94 (plus tax), with a savings of $20.84!

Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon Match-ups 1/5 – 1/11

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner – $1.67
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.17

Activia Yogurt 4-pack – $2.39
Coupon – $1.00 off X 2 (doubled) = $2.00 off – Coupon from yesterday’s (1/9/11) Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.39

DanActive Drinkable Yogurt – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off X 2 (doubled) = $2.00 off- Coupon from yesterday’s (1/9/11) Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.50

Smucker Frozen Waffles – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off X 2 (doubled) = $2.00 off – Tearpad coupon from Harris Teeter frozen food department a few weeks ago!
Total – $.50

Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats – $2.65
Coupon – $1.00 off X 2 (doubled) = $2.00 – Coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert OR click here to print!
Total – $.65

T.G.I.Fridays Frozen Appetizers – $3.33
Coupon – $1.00 off X 2 (doubled) = $2.00 off – Tearpad coupon from Harris Teeter frozen food department a few weeks ago!
Total – $1.33

In addition, I had a coupon for $1.50 off my shopping trip that printed at the register from one of my Super Doubles trips last week. Evidently, Harris Teeter is running a promotion that if you buy two McCormick spices, you will receive $1.50 off your next shopping trip. With coupons, I only spent $.38 for two small bottles of chili powder and then received $1.50 for my next shopping trip.  That is like getting paid (and then some) to buy the spices. I wasn’t even aware of the McCormick promotion, so that was a nice surprise!

If you are new to this site, you may be interested in checking out my previous three Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon trips posted here and here and here. Also, click here to visit the Coupon Savings Center on Homemaking Mom to see if there are any coupons match up to your grocery list this week.  There are currently 174 free coupons available!

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Can You Guess My Final Tally for Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon Week? See Below…


Spent $35.35 (Plus Tax) for $231.58 Worth of Groceries!!!

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