Alright. Enough is enough. I’ve got to come out of the closet and tell you that under no uncertain terms do I ever want to be called a “mommy blogger.” Have you heard the term?
It’s not a good one in my mind. I understand the term and understand the sites whom I would phrase “mommy blogger” sites, and I think they are wonderful sites! But to be frank….I don’t want to be associated with the term. I was trying to explain to Kevin the other day what a “mommy blogger” is and I off handed started talking about couponing and how mommy bloggers all coupon and talk all about it amongst lots of other things.
Which I of course do not do. I even went to a full on coupon class last year that I had to pay $10 for and still have never couponed.
Then this week as I was “food budgeting” I realized heck….it sure would be nice if I had some coupons.
And now I am going to show you with great exuberance my very exciting finds today. Because I am ironic like that.
This is my first ever non “just going to the store and shopping” shopping trip. I’ve always been a frugal shopper and shopped slowly enough for the most part to get good deals. But this time I actually looked before hand and got up at the crack of dawn to get the mark downs.
The result: I got all of this for $75, which with how much meat I got is really a great deal for us.
Now granted most of the deals were at Ingles because I didn’t have time to keep shopping at Walmart and try out my price matching skills but I feel pretty good about what I saved.
Here’s a breakdown of everything here:
English Muffins: Free from Bread Truck plus a bag I gave to a friend
Family Pack Ground Beef-morning Markdown
Pork Roast-marked down from over $3 a pound to $1.88
Pork Roast-$2 a lb
Country Style Ribs: 1.78 a pound!!
Tyson Whole Chicken: 98 cents a pound…..namebrand for same price as my mystery meat at Walmart
Grapes: 1.28 lb!
Apples: 1.40 lb
Milk: 3.89…..not great but a few cents cheaper than Walmart
Sweet Baby Rays (My Favorite!) BBQ sauce
Organic Cereal…..ask Kevin. I NEVER buy cereal. Too expensive.
My First Reign-Check ever! BOGO 48 oz Fancy Olive Oil
Banana’s: 54 cents lb
Creamer: Although no discount its way cheaper at Walmart than Ingles
Half and Half
Coffee: 6.00 I still can’t believe we get Seattle’s Best for $6 here.
All in all I am super happy…..that is a ton of meat for us and I still have like $45 left for the month which should be enough to get everything for Noah’s party. We also are picking up WIC vouchers tomorrow and Noah is turning 1 which means we get real food again! He hates jarred baby food and the cereals they have had him on so I am very excited to get him some things he’ll actually eat instead of just filling my pantry up with useless items.
All that being said I am happy to report that I didn’t actually have to clip a single coupon in this process! I used the website: www.allyou.com last night to go through and find all the deals and then shopped with it pulled up on my iPad…..AKA I pretty much felt like the coolest person ever. I also took a backup printed copy because I’m paranoid.
This list told me all the prices and the sales going on that I actually wanted to get in one single list. Praise the Lord!
I decided to just do Ingles today because I know they have great meat markdowns if you get in there early, and because I was still kind of not believing that Walmart would actually price match stores that aren’t in our town. To calm my nerves I asked a cashier there while I was doing a mad dash in for last minute items and she confirmed that they would match all the stores I rattled off.
After consulting with some friends who are also savvy shoppers I am feeling pretty good about this whole price matching gig. I may have just discovered a way to save money for a non-couponer like myself.
How bout you? Do you hate flipping through ads? Or are you a coupon master? Got any awesome tips?