Monday, November 29, 2010

My FlyLady Experiment, Monday, 11/29

UPDATED: 7:45 pm.
So, I know I've only worked for a few more minutes and have not come even close to getting a home blessing HOUR, but it's time to start getting the kiddos ready for bed, and I do have my other responsibilities to think of. So, I did a little dusting and got rid of the trash in the trash cans and that's all. But I have to say, it's about 30 minutes more of work than I put into the state of my house just a week ago. I updated this list of home blessing tasks below with what I accomplished since last update. The newest items/comments are in green.

Looking forward to tomorrow and the difference I can make in the home then! Tomorrow's tasks: Water and fertilize plants (All our plants are outdoors, and we've had a good rain today. I consider this task done!) . . . spend 15 minutes in the current zone. I know I could use 15 minutes at the desk in the living room!

UPDATED: 7:30 pm.
I just finished 10 minutes of vacuuming. I know I can't stop in between every task in the home blessing hour, but I just had to express my amazement at how much can get vacuumed in just 10 minutes! I did just the middles of the rooms, but I got the kids' room, the master bedroom and bathroom, the hallway, the hall bathroom, the entry way, the dining room, the kitchen and pantry area, and the living room (or most of it). That's almost the whole house! On a side note, I've begun to notice how much dust and clutter live on the edges of the rooms in my house. Gotta get out the rubba scrubba and clean those baseboards and edges before I vacuum next. Maybe I can get my kiddos to jump in there. They love to be helpers!

As for the rest of the home blessing hour:
Cull/toss magazines -- nah. I did this over the weekend, and am still pleased with the collection I have. Check back next week.
Empty all trash -- done!
Change sheets. Now I wish I'd done laundry today. I could have washed the sheets and could have been ready for this task. Instead, I have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday. Note to self: wash and change sheets on Wednesday or Thursday.
Mop kitchen and bath: Do I have to? Skipping it this week.
Clean mirrors and doors: I cleaned the mirrors this morning with my swish and swipe. Yes, the only mirrors we have are in the bathrooms. Clean the doors? I'm not sure how to go about this, but I'll give it a go. Skipped doors.
Feather dust furniture: I don't have a feather duster, but I'll see what I can do. I know this job desperately needs to be done, but I HATE dusting. I'll save it for last and hope I run out of time. :) I used a dryer sheet and dusted the pictures hanging in the dining room and living room and the furniture in the living room. I didn't move things around to dust; I just dusted the visible parts. I know this is less than desirable, but it's all I'm willing to give time to today.

Well, I've four tabs open on my laptop -- facebook, blogger, iheartpublix, and mycouponhunter. Facebook, so I can find the list of things to do for the weekly home blessing, since all I remember is vacuum for 10 minutes; blogger, so I can fill you in on how my experiment is coming along today; iheartpublix, because the new sneak peek is out and I want to make my weeekend shopping list tonight; mycouponhunter, because I need to get coupons for the weekend shopping trip.

I am most intrigued by the cookie mix this week. Only $.19 for 2 boxes of cookie mix!

Here's how I'm doing with housework today:

1. Did swish and swipe this morning before school.
2. Did NOT do laundry today because we just didn't need to! I'll do a load tomorrow, Lord willing, early in the morning so it comes out of the dryer before 7:00 a.m.!
3. Made dinner -- taco rice -- cheap and yummy!
4. Broom swept the kitchen and entry while dinner cooked. My wonderful husband took over when I wasn't even half done and finished it off for me. He's such a blessing.
5. Cleaned up after dinner. Kitchen work took about 10 minutes, and that includes scrubbing, drying, and treating my beloved cast-iron skillet.
6. About to do weekly home blessing (if I can find the list)
7. Then, school work for a while.

I'm determined to get to bed at a decent time tonight. For whatever reason, I was WIRED last night and had a hard time going to bed. I paid for it this morning by not wanting to get up, then having to rush around. Don't like that one bit, no I don't.

Meanwhile, my husband who is such a hard working is working on the packages to ship out. He has plans to work on our home-made Christmas cards this evening, too. He's amazing, I'm telling you. I don't know how I got so lucky.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Fly Lady Experiment, 11/2eight

Re: title: Yes, my eight button is still broken. And yes, I'm too lazy to plug in the other keyboard. Don't judge. :)

This weekend and Fly Lady have made a HUGE difference in my house! I still have hot spots: computer desk, dining room table, hutch, craft corner, armoir in the bedroom, kids' closet, etc. But so much has improved that I would not be embarrassed if you knocked on my door right now. I'd be concerned because it IS after 10:00 pm, after all, but not embarrassed.

As I prepare to head to bed, here's the status of my house:

1. Floors -- starting to look like they need to be vacuumed, especially in the entry way, but still an overall improvement from what the previous normal was.

2. Kitchen -- CLEAN!!

3. Laundry -- DONE!!

4. Since the laundry is done, I have no concerns about this week's wardrobe. I know what I'm wearing through Thursday. Haven't decided on Friday, yet, but I have plenty of choices neatly hanging in the closet. I haven't planned outfits for the kiddos, but they have plenty of options since their clothes are all clean, too.

5. Bathrooms -- CLEAN!! The floors need some attention (in the kitchen, too), but I am thrilled with their current condition.

6. Dusting -- needs to be done. Badly.

7. Menu plan -- All set! I need to print out or cut out coupons that match my list and check tomorrow regarding the coming week's sale. But if I had to go ASAP, I could be ready to shop within 20 minutes.

My husband has done a wonderful job of cutting cardstock for our Christmas cards. He has spent some time today working on the Christmas packages for North Carolina, Missouri, Michigan, and American Samoa. Plus, he found my long-lost car keys and watch! He is such a great husband!

I feel such a burden lifted with the house in good order. I feel like, in this one area of my life, I am improving and beginning to be successful. That uplifting is so important to me. I thrive on approval, even if it's only my own. ha!

Good night, clean house! I can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Great Publix Blog I Just Found!

I'm so excited about this blog! While written in metro-Atlanta (and we all know how Publix coupon policies differ here in Florida to those in Georgia), many of these deals are still attainable to us! And I love the idea of keeping the total at or near $10, you know for those weeks where you JUST want to get what's at rock bottom. Or you don't feel like searching all over for a bajillion deals. Or you've reached the end of your paycheck and just need to pick up some things to tide you over 'til the next one. I love the idea of this week's scenario! I have put my own spin on it -- in other words, I've already used up my share of some of the coupons she mentions -- and will report my findings. :) Check it out!

My FlyLady Experiment, 11/26

Updated at 10:40 p.m.

This post may take me all day, literally, to write. Or at least, all morning. I decided to give a play-by-play of my to-do list today. As I finish a task, I will update the post. I know that means I have to take lots of little breaks throughout the day (oh, that's rough!) just to do the writing. I'm okay with that. :)

Here's how the morning has gone so far:

I had to take the husband to work this morning. He had to be there by 7:15. Since I was up a little before 6:00, I was able to get the following things done before we left to take him to work:
1. Got dressed to shoes (see for more info. regarding this)
2. Made bed.
3. Hair and makeup (such as it is. I don't wear a whole lotta make up, and I definitely have a casual day hair style.)
4. Took the dog out.
5. Put away the clean dishes.
6. Did some dishes. (This is a difficulty in my house, right now, due to problems with our kitchen plumbing. Suffice to say, I'm still working on Thanksgiving Dinner dishes.)
7. Did a swish and swipe of the hall bathroom. ( explains what this is.)
8. Made a quick breakfast for the husband. (little ham sandwiches using leftover Thanksgiving ham and dinner rolls.)
9. Put a gallon of water in the distiller. (This is a very little task, but I am always procrastinating on it and thus never have enough to drink.)

Not bad, right? Granted, each task took just a few minutes. (I'm really quick with the hair and makeup. Not more than 10 minutes after blow-drying on a regular day. Probably 5 minutes today. And, yes, I'm aware that I probably LOOK like I spent 5 minutes on it today.)

Since we got home, I've wasted time by sitting in the recliner, almost falling asleep watching Backyardigans with the kiddos and browsing my favorite blogs on my iPod.

As of 9:30:
1. I've had my prayer time (specially praying today for young friend Hunter who is having an emergency appendectomy today after just having tonsils and adenoids out last week and friend, also a sort-of relation, Wendy, who recently miscarried a third time.)
2. I completed a swish and swipe of the master bathroom. It took me 5 minutes, 57 seconds (5:57). That's a little much, I know, for a swish and swipe, but I also emptied the trash, sprayed down the shower, and wiped up the floor a little.

As of 10:30:
1. I put the laundry in the washer.
2. I took the dog out for a potty.

As of 11:10:
1. I put the laundry in the dryer.
2. I put the newly-distilled water into icecube trays and into the freezer.
3. I did some dishes, a whole sink full! (I'm using some creative methods to keep as little water in the sink as possible, and I think it's helping. Two more rounds and I'll be done!)
4. Put rice on to cook for lunch.

As of 12:15:
1. Made lunch -- ham left over from Thanksgiving dinner, rice, and applesauce
2. Picked up the husband from work so that he could enjoy lunch with us.
3. Put the daughter in the bathtub for a quick pre-nap clean up.
4. Put dry beans on to soak for our dinner of ham and bean soup.

As of 4:15:
1. Helped the daughter finish her bath.
2. Bathed the son.
3. Babysat the ham and bean soup on the stove.
4. Vacuumed the living room, dining room, entry way, and kitchen.
5. Folded and put away two loads of laundry.
6. Did another load of dishes.
I finished this around 2:00 and stopped. I rested for a while; that's what days off are for, aren't they? Then I cuddled for a while with the kiddos when they got up from their naps.

Now, the husband is home! It's the weekend!
I feel so good about what was accomplished! I know that my house, as a whole, has a long way to go. I would be embarrassed to bring a stranger into my house still. But I know that I and my family can see the changes made, and we will enjoy it.

As of 9:15 pm:
1. Finished the ham and bean soup for dinner.
2. Served and ate dinner.
3. Went with the family on a walk with the dog. BRRR! It's cold out there!
4. Folded and put away the load of laundry I did today.
5. Finished the dishes!!!!
Meanwhile, my husband has put the kiddos to bed and is busy with his traditional day-after-Thanksgiving task -- putting up the Christmas tree!

Next up:
Shine the sink
Put away hanging clothes (I have a bad habit of hanging them over my footboard and never getting them in the closet. I will definitely have to set the timer for that, because I can do anything and endure anything for 15 minutes! Even the chore I despise the most!)
Finish my Publix shopping list for tomorrow.

As of 10:40 pm:
1. Kitchen FINISHED!!!
2. Clothes hung!
3. Coupons and list ready!
And the Christmas tree is nearly finished, thanks to the hard-working husband! I know most families put up the tree together, but we like the fascination the kiddos have when they wake up to find the tree all done. A friend recently told me of a tradition her family had when she was young; next year or the year after, I'd like to try it out for our family and see if it's something the kids would like to keep doing. We'd get another, smaller tree which the kids would decorate completely on their own with the ornaments they make at school and church or anywhere else.

Oh, what a productive day! I am ready to sleep!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My FlyLady Experiment, Fri., 11/12

Here's the status of my house as of Friday, 11/12:

My bathrooms are clean.
My car is clean -- well, it needs to be vacuumed, but it's clutter-free.
My living room is acceptable -- needs to be vacuumed.
My need-to-be-hung pile of clothes in my bedroom is taking over.
My kitchen sink is gross, and I have dishes to do.
I'm thinking about getting rid of my coupon organization corner, since I have had such success buying coupons online. I would spend more money buying coupons each week, but I would have the benefit of only buying what I can use. Taking the pressure off in the area of coupon organization might be worth the extra expense.
My craft table is a disaster. I guess I need to sell a bunch of my stamp sets, since I just don't make cards like I used to/want to. I'm afraid I'll regret getting rid of stuff, though.
The kids' room is horrendous. They have too much stuff. They have a lot of toys that are missing parts, or broken, or just too baby-ish for my 5 year old and 3 year old.
The pantry is a mess. Surely there's a better way.

Here's what I did today to help my house:
I did NOT do a swish-n-swipe, although my bathrooms look wonderful.
I did a good load of dishes before the sinks backed up too much to do any good.
I shined the sink before washing dishes, although that is completely ruined now that the sinks have finally drained. (It took about 3 hours for the sink to drain, maybe more.)
That's about it. Yep, I'm a Flylady failure right now.

So, at this point, all my FLYing has done is to show me how bad my house is. I LOVE my clean bathrooms, but can't seem to get any part of the rest of my house to reach that level.
Now, I've gotta go. I need to clean something.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Waging the War on Household Clutter

My mom got me hooked on I love the philosophy of 15 minute missions to get and keep the house in shape. I know it's going to take a whole lotta time to get my house in ship-shape -- I do, after all, have a couple years worth of built-up clutter in some places of my house.

I've been working on it a little at a time for a couple of weeks now, and I can see the results in a few areas of my home. Both my bathrooms look better than they ever have, I think, since we moved in. I need new shower curtains, but I didn't even notice that until the clutter and built-up goo was cleared out and scrubbed away.

I just did a "swish and swipe", and it took only a few moments. Each time I clean the bathroom, I scrub a new area that I haven't touched yet. Even the floor behind the toilet has had some much-needed attention. The trash cans will be my next project. Bathroom trash cans, eww.

I love the shiny sink idea. My kitchen plumbing is driving me insane; we need about $500 worth of work done on it. Something about the grease trap needing to be replaced. I don't know all the terminology or details, but I do know that I can only run the water for a few minutes before the sinks start backing up. And don't even try the dishwasher. The backed-up yuck in my sink keeps my sink from looking its best all the time. That's a real challenge at this point. Little by little, even the kitchen is getting into shape. I don't spend a lot of time there. I can't; I don't have the time in this season of my life. But I know my faithfulness in this area will eventually pay off. And someday we'll get that grease trap thing fixed.

Another area of concern for me is the car. I can't seem to keep up with the constant stream of school papers and other miscellaneous items. I spent maybe 10 minutes out at the car just after lunch. After that quick session, I decided that it's amazing that we found anywhere to sit among all that junk. I pulled out 2 bags of trash, 3 backpacks, one satchel, 2 hair brushes, 5 (yes, 5!) cups, 2 jackets, and a toy. Sheesh! Aside from needing a good vacuuming, the car looks great!

I also spent just 5 minutes cleaning out my purse -- yikes! the receipts! I was procrastinating on cleaning out that purse because I had so much trash in there. I just didn't want to face it. Such an improvement!

It's time for me to get back to it. In addition to fixing dinner, I have the following 10-15 minute sessions left:
1. Hang up clothes (I hate hanging clothes. For whatever reason. I end up with 4 days worth of clothing hanging over my footboard.)
2. Vacuum the living room
3. Clean off the dining room table so we can actually use it to eat at it as a family.
4. Cut cardstock for Christmas cards
5. Change bed linens and wash current linens
6. Make cookies

I'm hopeful to also complete the following:

1. Organize the pantry (not sure how much I can get done here in 10-15 min.)
2. Clean out the kids' closet (I ought to do that when they are out of the house so they don't see me throw away a bag full -- or 2 -- of their junk.)
3. Store outgrown kids' clothes

Publix 11/11 -- 80% savings!

All the deals I got today are available through next Tuesday, 11/16. All the coupons I used are store coupons or internet printables.

Transaction #1 -- Bayou Blvd.

14.2 lb. turkey -- $.59/lb.
Paid: $8.38

8 Sundown Naturals vitamin D -- $2.99 each
Used 3 $1 peelies (That's all I had with me, and I did this stop kind of spur-of-the-moment)
Used 4 $6/2 coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
Paid: FREE for all 8, plus $3.08 overage!

2 Dannon yogurt cups -- $.50 each
Paid: $1

1 Silk soy milk -- $2.50
Paid: $2.50

Total paid this transaction: $8.80
Total saved in this transaction: $38.08
Percent savings in this transaction: 81.2%

Transaction #2 -- Mobile Hwy store

4 assorted Campbell's Select Harvest soups -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.45
Used 2 $1/2 coupon from here
Paid: $2.90 for all 4, or just $.73 each!

2 Nestle morsels -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.93
Used $1/2 coupon from here
Paid: $1.93 for both, or just $.97 each!

2 Ronzoni quick cook pasta -- BOGO -- 2 for $1.39
Used 2 $.50 coupons from here
Paid: $.39 for both, or just $.20 each!

4 V-8 V-Fusion juices -- BOGO -- 2 for $3.89
Used 2 $1/2 coupons from here
Paid: $5.78 for all 4, or just $1.45 each!

3 Sundown Naturals folic acid -- $3.79 each
3 Sundown Naturals vitamin A -- $3.29 each
4 other Sundown Naturals vitamins -- $3.99
Used 5 $3/2 coupons from here
Used 5 $6/2 coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
Paid: FREE for all 10, plus $7.80 overage!

Total paid for this transaction: $3.20
Total saved in this transaction: $68.00
Percent saved in this transaction: 95.5%

Transaction #3 -- University Pkway

1 Publix reusable shopping bag -- $.99

2 Nestle morsels -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.93
Used $1/2 printable coupon from here
Paid: $1.93 for both, or just $.97 each!

2 Sundown Naturals folic acid -- $3.79 each
3 Sundown Naturals vitamin D -- $2.99 each
3 Sundown Naturals vitamin A -- $3.29 each
Used 1 $3/2 coupon from here
Used 6 $1/1 coupons from here
Used 4 $6/2 coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
Paid: FREE for all 8, plus $6.58 overage!

1 $25 BP gas card -- $25

1 Dannon yogurt cup -- $.50

Total paid in this transaction: $21.92
Total saved in this transaction: $37.08
Percent saved in this transaction: 62.8%

Grand total paid: $33.92
Grand total saved: $143.11
Total percent saved: 80.8%

Sunday, November 7, 2010

More Publix, 11/7 -- 92% savings!

I've been to 5 Publix stores in the past couple of days, and I am amazed that I've been able to complete the deal I was looking for each time. We headed out of town for a bit today, and visited two Publix stores we came across.

Here's how we did:

Transaction #1:

1 Newspaper -- $1.50

2 Quakes rice cakes -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.99

2 Publix brand quart size storage bags, 50 ct. -- $2.99 each

8 Sundown Naturals vitamin D -- $2.99 each

Used 8 $1 peelies

Used 4 $6/2 Green Advantage flyer coupons

Paid: FREE for all 8, plus $8.08 overage!

Total paid: $2.88

Total saved: $34.99

Percent saved: 92.4%

Transaction #2:

6 Sundown Naturals vitamin D -- $2.99 each

Used 5 $1 peelie (I lost one in the bag I was carrying everything in, so I only had 5 to give the cashier, rather than 6.)

Used 3 $6/2 Green Advantage flyer coupons

Paid: FREE for all 6, plus $5.06 overage!

1 Publix breast cancer awareness reusable shopping bag -- $.50

6 Chef Boyardee whole grain pasta meals -- $1 each

Used 2 $1/3 blinkies found right in front of the product

Paid: $4 for all 6, or just $.67 each!

2 Publix brand paper towels -- $1.34 each

Total paid: $2.35

Total saved: $28.96

Percent saved: 92.5%

Grand Total paid today: $5.23

Grand Total saved today: $63.95

Grand Total percent saved today: 92.4%

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Publix, 11/6 -- 87% savings!

I had to try to take ADVANTAGE of the new Green Advantage flyer before all the good stuff was gone! I visited two Publix stores (aside from the one I went to this morning) and got some great deals.

Transaction #1 -- Gulf Breeze, FL
5 Sundown Vitamin D -- $2.99 each
1 Sundown tea tree oil -- $7.69
2 Sundown Vitamin A -- $3.29 each
2 Sundown Folic Acid -- $3.79 each
Used 9 $1 peelies (I gave 10, but the cashier only rang 9.)
Used 5 $6/2 Green Advantage flyer coupons
Paid: FREE for all 10, plus $2.20 overage!
1 Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate -- $2.50
1 Publix brand Oreo cookies -- $2.50
Pork country style ribs -- $3.36
1 Jet Puffed marshmallow fluff -- $1.99
1 mini Chips Ahoy single serving -- $.50
Total paid: $8.65
Total saved: $39.49
Percent saved: 82%
Transaction #2 -- Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL
8 Sundown vitamin D -- $2.99 each
Used 8 $1 peelies
Used 4 $6/2 Green Advantage flyer coupons
Paid: FREE for all 8, plus $8.08 overage!
3 Maruchan ramen noodles -- $.22 each or $.66 total
1 Heath mini bars -- $3.61
1 pt. Publix heavy cream -- $5.19
(Okay, why in the WORLD is this so expensive?)
Total paid: $1.66
Total saved: $32.00
Percent savings: 95% savings!
Grand Total: $10.31
Grand Total savings: $71.49
Grand Total percent saved: 87.4%

Publix, 11/6 -- 90% savings!

I just can't seem to stop! We were headed to Target this morning in the same shopping center as a Publix, so I asked if I could stop in and check for Sundown Naturals vitamins. I knew that, with the new Green Advantage flyer that starts today, some items would be free plus overage.
Sure enough, I got 8 bottles of Vitamin D (I've got 15 bottles for you now, Dad and Mom!) for free plus about $8 overage.

Here's how it went:

1 Publix reusable bags (their Christmas ones are cute!) -- $.99
1 Mini Chips Ahoy single serving bag -- $.50
Beef for stew -- $4.79
Lamb shoulder chops -- $4.36
8 Sundown Naturals vitamin D -- $2.99 each
Used 8 $1 peelies
Used 4 $6/2 from the new Green Advantage flyer
Paid: FREE! plus $8.08 overage!
Total paid: $2.64
Total saved: $33.08
Percent savings: 92.6%

Friday, November 5, 2010

Publix, 11/5 -- 68% savings

Two transactions today:

Transaction #1:
4 Welch's grape juice -- BOGO -- 2 for $3.25
Used 4 $1 coupons purchased online
Paid: $2.50 for all 4, or just $.63 each!
2 single dose Dayquil -- $1.29 each
Used 2 $1.50 coupons from a recent P&G
Paid: FREE! plus $.42 overage!
Total paid: $2.57
Total saved: $13.50
Percent saved: 84%
Transaction #2:
2 Vivarin -- $3.19 each
Used 2 $2 printable coupons from here
Used $5/2 Green Advantage flyer coupon (ends today)
Paid: FREE! plus $2.62 overage!
3 + lb. roast -- $12.40 (at $3.69 per pound)
no coupon
Paid: $12.40
2 New York brand frozen bread items -- 50% off -- $1.07 each
Used 2 $.55 blinkies found in front of item
Paid: $1.04 for both, or $.52 each!
Total paid: $10.82
Total saved: $14.92
Percent savings: 57.9%

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Publix, 11/4 -- 73% savings!

What a fun trip! I purchased coupons from both \and thecouponclippers to make this deal work.

2 Welch's Essentials juice -- BOGO -- 2 for $3.25
Used 2 $1 coupons purchased online
Paid: $1.25 for 2, or just $.63 each!
4 Rubbermaid 2 c. containers -- 40% off -- $1.67 each
Used 4 $1 coupons purchased online
Used 4 $1 coupons from the Green Advantage flyer (ends 11/5)
Paid: FREE for all 4, plus $1.32 overage!
Almond Breeze milk -- $2.99
Used $.55 blinkie coupon
Paid: $2.44!
12 assorted Pillsbury Toaster Strudel -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.47
Used 4 $1/3 coupons purchased online
Paid: $10.82 for all 12, or just $.91 each!
6 Bush's Grillin' Beans -- 3 for $5
Used 6 $1 coupons purchased online
Paid: $4 for all 6, or just $.67 each!
2 Os-Cal -- 50% off -- $4 each
Used 2 $2 printable coupons from here
Used $5/2 coupon from the Green Advantage flyer (ends 11/5)
Paid: FREE! plus $1 overage!
4 Sominex -- $3.19 each
Used 4 $2 printable coupons from here
Used 2 $5/2 coupon from the Green Advantage flyer (ends 11/5)
Paid: FREE! plus $5.24 overage!
2 Phazyme -- $3.49 each
Used 2 $2 printable coupons from here
Used $5/2 coupon from the Green Advantage flyer (ends 11/5)
Paid: FREE! plus $2.02 overage!
5 Purex 3-in-1 sheets -- $4.99 each
Used 5 $3 coupons
Paid: $1.99 each, or $9.95 for all 5!
6 College Inn broth -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.49
Used 6 $.75 coupons purchased onlien
Paid: $2.97 for all 6, or just $.50 each!
12 Krusteaz cookie mix -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.19
Used 12 $1 coupons purchased online
Paid: $1.14 for all 12, or just $.10 each!
1 mini Oreo single serving (needed a filler) -- $.50
4 Finish Gelpac, 32 ct. -- BOGO -- 2 for $6.99
Used 4 $1.50 coupons purchased online
Paid: $7.98 for all 4, or just $2 each!
At this point, my total was $32.14 with a savings of $176 and change. And then . . .
Pet crate for Cisco -- $37.99
Used $5/$50 Apple Market coupon
Total Paid: $67.60
Total saved: $181.37
Percent savings: 72.8%

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Publix -- Tues., 11/2 -- Eighty-three% savings!

So it's taken me a while to get this posted because I was so lazy about getting out my external keyboard. It'd be really great if somebody decided to give me a new laptop. Christmas is coming. :)

I had a blast at Publix tonight. This was a trip that I threw together with only about 30 minutes of planning. I did purchase some coupons from mycouponhunter, that cost me $1.95, and was the only real advance planning I did.

Here's how we did:

3 baguettes from the bakery -- 2 for $1.79 and 1 for $1.89

Used 3 $1 coupons from

Paid: $2.47 for all 3, or just $.83 each!

1 Pedigree dog snacks -- $2.99

Used $1 blinkie

Paid: $1.99

2 Perdue chicken nuggets -- BOGO -- 2 for $4.39

Used 2 $1 printables

Paid: $2.39 for both, or just $1.20 each!

5 lb. bag Idaho potatoes -- $3.79

Used $1 produce coupon from

Paid: $2.79

2 Healthy Harvest pasta -- BOGO -- 2 for $1.79

Used 2 $1 printables

Paid: FREE! plus $.21 overage!

2 Cascadian Farms granola bars -- BOGO -- 2 for $3.99

Used 2 $1 printables

Used 2 $1 from the Harvest of Savings booklet

Paid: FREE for all 4!

6 Vivarin, 3 Sominex, 1 Phazyme -- $3.19 each (except $3.49 for Phazyme)

Used 10 $2 coupons purchased from mycouponhunter

Used 5 $5/2 from the Green Advantage flyer

Paid: FREE for all 10, plus $12.80 overage!

4 Ramen noodles -- $.87 total

1.56 lb. bananas @ $.69 per pound -- $1.08

Used $1 produce coupon from

Paid: $.08

3 lb. apples -- $2.69

Used $1 produce coupon from

Paid: $1.69!

2 small Muir Glen tomato sauce -- $.89 each

Used 2 $.75 printable coupons

Used $1/2 from Harvest of Savings booklet

Paid: FREE for both, plus $.72 overage!

2 Rotel tomatoes -- $1 each

no coupon

Paid: $2

2 Hunts tomato sauce -- BOGO -- $1.89

no coupon

Paid: $1.89

1 can Publix brand kidney beans -- $.75

4 12-pks Diet Mt. Dew -- $12

Used 2 $1/2 printables from

Total paid: $15.81

Total saved: $80.84

Total percent savings: 83.6%