Friday was a BIG errands day and between me and my husband, we got a lot accomplished.
I hit up both Walgreens and CVS, which fortunately are right across the street from each other. At Wags, I had a $6 register reward in my pocket, and used that, plus $13.83 in cash (including tax), to walk away with:
- 4 12-packs of Cottonelle
- 8 boxes of granola bars
- 1 bottle of Finesse shampoo
- the $6.99 homeopathic cold medicine
- and a handful of pencils (they have these on a clearance shelf at $.05/piece – making them a perfect “filler” when I need one.) Oh, and I’ve still got $3 in Register Rewards for the next time!
Retail value: $63 + tax!
Next stop was CVS, where I got two Reach toothbrushes and 2 bottles of Sauve children’s shampoo – our go-to-brand for the kids. My out of pocket was $1.53 including tax + I paid with a $4 ECBs – and earned another $4 ECB. Retail value: $8.
I also went to Walmart and got a bunch of stuff for our Sukkot meals and DS’ birthday party. I still need to get more fresh produce (I like to do that closer to yomtov), but otherwise we should be set… famous last words. My total was $80.59, including tax.
BTW, I promise that I don’t routinely buy Kool-Aid and popsicles! DS turns 6 TODAY, so those are for his bday party at school.
I only used two coupons, but I relied on my price book to get the best non-sale price on our Sukkot essentials.
Plus, I used price matching to save us another $15 – and spare me from having to run around to four more stores. The peppers, for example, were $.50 each, the bag lettuce was $1.50 and I had a $.75 off coupon making it just $.75, and the apples were $1.49 for a 3-lb bag (matched to Aldi). Once again, price matching at Walmart was very simple – I definitely recommend it!
One of my favorite finds were these little spice pouches, for just $.56 each! I needed whole cloves, allspice and star anise for my crockpot apple cider. The traditional brands were $4 and up – but just across the aisle, I spied these guys. HUGE savings!
Last but not least, my hubby did the Costco run, which was the costliest of all our stops (isn’t that always the case?!). We needed a ton of chicken breasts and ground beef, plus both of our kinds of cheese (Mexican blend and mozzarella). I don’t have a picture, but his total was $129.13, including tax (ouch). Fortunately, he paid with that $72.27 rebate check I mentioned earlier, so our out of pocket total was just $56.86.
Friday Total: $152.81
Retail Value: Approximately $298.00 ~ Savings = 49.5%
Monthly total to date: $206.14 / $500
How’s your chag shopping going this month? Are you on target to stay within your budget? Or do you need to tighten things up a bit and make some mid-month course corrections?