Sunday, January 08, 2012
Today I made a crazy run to Harris Teeter since I finally had some good coupons to use. I did much better this go around with the coupons for sure, so it was great to go and have 20 coupons to use.
I still don't have all my coupons cut out (I bought 3 papers) so I will be busy tonight and tomorrow doing that.
P.E. at the YMCA is supposed to start this upcoming week so I hope to FINALLY get time to work out when the kids do too. I'm trying to work on my New Year's resolutions, but feel a little overwhelmed with everything right now.
I'm not exercising like I should, and while I'm saving money at the grocery store, there's always the organization issue. It will work itself out I'm sure, but feeling a little overwhelmed with it all.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I went to Mighty Dollar yesterday trying to pick up some knitting needles for my daughter ($1 each and not available at my favorite Mighty Dollar store) because she has been interested in learning new crafts. I didn't want to put too much money into it since she tends to flip from one craft to another, and that way I wasn't wasting a lot of money if she hated it or lost interest.
This particular Mighty Dollar is NOT my favorite and I actually boycotted it for quite a while because everything is supposed to be $1 but it was a mix of overpriced junk that was often priced $1.50-$3 on some items unlike my favorite store. They never had cool items for sale like my favorite MD that is further away from me and it was always a disappointment.
I know why that particular one is going out of business, but just recently they FINALLY started getting a few good items that I noticed they had when I was shopping near the store at Harris Teeter and decided to stop by since it wasn't out of the way.
I guess they took too long to get nice things in, because when I went in to get my daughter's requested knitting needles (that they didn't have available at my favorite MD store) I was shocked to see they were having a liquidation sale and everything was 75 cents.
I started stocking up on some craft items for my daughter since they also offered a new broom or mop for $1 for every $5 you spent. Of course that wasn't an issue for me!
As usual I bypassed the junk that made me not shop there in the past and found the great deals they had. While 25 cents difference doesn't sound like much, trust me when I say it adds up fast when buying a substantial amount of items. I got my daughter pads of cardstock paper, decorative scrapbook paper kits, knitting needles, name brand ink pads (for scrapbooking), name brand rollers (for painting), etc.
I was told they wouldn't be going any lower in price, so I stocked up on things I knew she would want or need while they still had the "good stuff".
I've been searching the internet trying to find economical ways to store all my daughter's craft items without breaking the budget and found some cool ideas that didn't cost much. Although I don't do crafts, I am having to learn more about the crafts my daughter wants to do so that I can find cheaper versions of things for her or alternatives that work vs. the pricy things.
I found out online that you could use eye shadow vs. expensive scrapbooking chalk to use to color things you stamp on paper so we bought a large eyeshadow package that had various colors in it for $1. We have stockpiled name brand crafting items at Mighty Dollar (from the other store that I love that is further away) for $1 vs. those at Michael's Craft Store, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart that are far too expensive even with a 40% off coupon.
I know we have saved major amounts of money doing this and if my daughter loses interest, it's not tons of money wasted.
Friday, January 06, 2012
I went to Harris Teeter yesterday for their second day of super doubles (all coupons less than a $1.98 are doubled) and I did pretty good. I didn't do as well as I have in the past when coupons were prevalent, but I got things that I know we will use and not just things that were free and did pretty well.
One of my items didn't take one of the items off (buy one get one free) so I ended up getting my money back and one of the items free, which made them both free.
I had looked online to see what I could get for a good deal at another double coupon store (not super doubles unfortunately) that is near Harris Teeter and it looked like I could find a few things cheaply so dropped by there as well.
Holy cow, I ended up using 40 coupons and stopped there since I had so many coupons and I didn't want to shut down the cash register, LOL. I did awesome there (Bi-Lo) and ended up getting some great deals that I'm thrilled about. I got Tom's of Maine toothpaste for around 29 cents each and am really stocked up with toothpaste thanks to that store and Harris Teeter. I got several cans of the expensive type of Glade room spray (not the cheaper ones you see on sale a lot) for 39 cents a can, Blistex for around 15 cents a tube, Wet Wipes for around 4 cents a pack, etc.
I plan to go back to both stores today to use the coupons I printed out on the internet last night (Harris Teeter only lets you double 20 coupons a day) but the other store is more liberal and lets you use 10 of the same coupon as long as you buy 10 of those items. I don't think they have a limit on how many coupons you can use per transaction, but I wasn't in the mood to wait around for a manager to override coupons so kept it at 40 total. I ended up having to have the manager override some coupons that have the new barcode on them and have to either be put in manually or scanned by those hand scanners and he took off some electronic coupons that I had saved to my card that didn't come off as well!
All of the items I bought there were either on sale (buy one get 1 free) or the coupon made the item that was on sale super cheap.
Things are still emotional for my husband and I regarding the issue with his job (and the company he works for) but we're looking at the bright side and realizing that we will most probably need to buckle down even more and start looking for a car soon. I ordered some books online from our local library again so I can refresh my memory on car buying strategies and will start looking online for the same after I'm done with all the super double shopping.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
We're still in limbo about a new car. We only own one car and the other belongs to the company that my husband works for, but we pay around $130 a month to use it since he has to drive all over this state and sometimes another with his job. The company is on the verge of bankruptcy and therefore if he got another job we'd need two cars. At this point, they are taking the car away in a few months (and who knows what else if they go bankrupt) so we don't have much time to save or research a car.
If we get one now and he loses his job, that's a problem. If we don't get one now though it would be hard to get a car if he has no job and eventually gets another job. Of course he would take our car as he would need it more than me, but I do need transportation as well for running errands, going to dr. and dentist appts., piano lessons, P.E. classes, grocery store trips, library trips, etc.
We do have some money in the bank to bankroll it for awhile, but again since we paid our house off we don't have as much in the bank to pay one off. I'm thrilled our house is paid off, but this is bad timing as far as the job situation goes and tranportation. It's hard to know what to do, but regardless we will most probably have to get one whether he loses his job or not since they will be taking the company car away.
I'm doing all I can to save money though and am trying to hard to stockpile some more grocery items (that we use) as well as anything else I can at a great price while I have the super double coupon opportunity this week at Harris Teeter. It's difficult due to most of my coupons expiring at the end of December and coupons being difficult to find right now, but I have been printing internet coupons and reading online boards to see what everyone else is buying in case there are things that I missed yesterday when I went shopping there.
I look forward to going to Harris Teeter today and hopefully will have enough coupons on hand (only 20 double a day) to make it worth the gas it takes to get there. I will stop at another store nearby after searching their sales flyer online so as to take advantage of all great deals in one swoop that I can.
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