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My Trip. Week of 1/31

This week I got some pretty good deals. (I had some helps with my pictures)

Rite Aid:

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste: $2.99

Complete MPS: $7.99

– $1.00 Colgate coupon

– $2.00 Complete coupon

$8.53 (remember what I said about Rite Aid and the change. This purchase will only count as $8.00 in my book)

Will receive $2.00  and $7.99 via SCR

CVS:

2 Dove Men + Care Bodywash: $5.49 ea.

Colgate Maxfresh Toothpaste: $2.99

Playtex 2 pk sippy cups: $4.99 (typically $7.99)

– (2) $1.25 Dove coupons

– $1.00 Colgate coupon

– $10 ecbs

– $2 ecbs

$4.31

Received $12.98 ecbs

Shaws:

4 Ronzoni Pasta: $1.00 ea.

Package boneless chicken breasts: $5.21

Orville Redenbacher 3 pk popcorn: $2.99

– (4) $0.75/1 Ronzoni coupons (doubled)

– store coupon to get another popcorn and 2 sodas for free

$6.30 (and no tax, how did that happen?)

I saved $18.20 and got $0.50 overage on every box of pasta I bought!

My next project is to get ready for an exciting Money-making week at Rite Aid! More details next week!

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A quick recap

I realized today that since I started this blog up again I failed to post about my goals and progress for 2010. I celebrated my 1 year couponing anniversary in November and while 2009 was an amazing year full of hot deals and incredible growth, I can’t help but think 2010 will be even better! Couponing has become more than just a hobby for me, it’s a way of life! And so here are my goals for 2010:

  • Stock up on condiments. Although I felt I did an effective job stocking ketchup, dressing, BBQ sauce, etc when the sales were hot, I am sad to report that I ran out of certain flavors of dressing and ketchup a few months ago.  I have had to buy things at full price or with low value coupons and that makes me unhappy! So this year I must stock stock stock when it comes to the condiments!
  • Donate items we end up with too much of or items we can’t use. Sometimes I can get things for free that aren’t always useful in our house. I will look for places to donate these things and make life a little better for others.
  • Make a profit by shopping at Rite Aid. This is by far the biggest thing I am looking forward to doing this year. I am starting with $26.00 earned via SCR in 2009. Each month I will try to get back more money than I spend. So far for January I have earned $2.00 extra! So what will I do with the extra money? I’m not sure yet but I will definitely be putting it away for something. I hope to make at least $20.00 this way, but this will depend on sales and moneymaking opportunities.

I am also excited to announce how much I have saved thus far. In 2009 I did not keep track of my savings and have no real idea how much I actually saved which is a little depressing. So this year in an attempt to be organized, I am keeping track of my savings on AFC (A Full Cup). The following number is my year to date savings from all stores I shop at (grocery, retail, drugstore, etc): $368.35 and $80.93 of that is from this week alone!

Getting ready…

Here I am on a Friday night at home (like usual) laying in bed with my laptop sitting beside me scouring the internet. Whats the reason for the late night session? Well I am getting ready for a very fun filled week of couponing! True this week hasn’t even ended yet but if I say it once I’ll say it again over and over…you have to plan ahead! They say the early bird catches the worm and the same stands true for couponers, although we typically aren’t after any worms (unless we can get them for free, right?) I love to find out about a deal as far ahead of time as I can so I can do all my prep work.  This coming week I see a few good deals at CVS plus the bonus packs are still active and as of yet I still havn’t purchased any. This week also marks a new SCR month for Rite Aid and I am thrilled to see February will be bringing much better deals.  I see the potential to make quite a bit of money at Rite Aid this month. But my biggest focus this week is definitely Target. I saw an ad preview today that said there would be a giftcard deal. Buy 3 Jumbo packs of Huggies or Pampers (both priced at $8.99 this week) and get a $5.00 giftcard. Simple enough deal and it gets better since I already have a $5 Target giftcard to roll and there are some very nice $2.00 Huggies coupons on Coupons. My son wears size 3 and when the transaction is done it comes down to about $0.18 a diaper which I like the sounds of. Some people can get diapers for cheaper than that but up in my neck of the woods there aren’t too many good diaper deals. I plan to roll this deal a few times. The diapers from this deal combined with the diapers I got during the great Shaws P&G deal a couple weeks back will mean my diaper stockpile will be set for a few months. Look for a post this coming week with a break-down of how I did.

On a side note, does anyone like the new direction I am taking with this blog? I am trying to get a little more personal and a little less repetitive. I won’t be having a contest with myself anymore to see how many free samples I can post a day because, well I just don’t have the time anymore. But I still want to share my deals, triumphs, and failures.

And on a final side note, you know you are addicted to couponing when you write a process paper for your college writing class titled: “How to effectively save money by shopping with coupons”. My class is surely in for a treat!

Hello World, I am back!

I didn’t think I would be back here again, but here I am. I am happy to say that I will be coming back to the blogging scene after a very long but much needed break. My life became very hectic during the fall into the winter and I sadly had to abandon this blog.  A lot has happened and I am still busy, but for other reasons now. I returned to college last week after a two year break. I was very nervous at first but it felt so good to go back to school and I am really loving it! I have been accepted into the Nursing program but because of the demand for the program, I am on the waiting list for who knows how long. They say the average wait time is about two years. So in the meantime I am doing all my general education classes and getting those out of the way so when its time to do my nursing stuff I can focus all my attention on that. I know I have chosen a pretty rigorous program and its going to be hard work but it will so pay off in the end and I am so excited to have a wonderful career (and hopefully not struggle so much!).

Despite being busy with school I have learned how to manage my time and so far I am doing great. I am definitely ready to start going full force into the deals again and I have really started focusing on gathering my coupons and looking for the hot deals. I see some awesome things coming up at the end of this month and into February.

So the real question is, why am I back? Well, because I love bragging about my deals. No, but really I am back because I missed it all. I missed sharing my good deals and helping others get good deals too. I can’t promise that I will be posting as much as I once did but I will try to keep up as best I can. I am no longer a full time SAHM so I can’t devote my whole day to blogging but I will surely do my best.

And another reason why I’m back? I looked at my stats and despite me being MIA for months people have still been checking this place out. That right there is good enough for me!

Taking a break

I am very sad to say that I will be taking a blogging leave of absence for about a month or so. My life is suddenly chaotic and complicated. I need time to sort things out and get important things accomplished. Unfortunately that means blogging has to take a backseat. My posts will be sporadic at best and I appreciate the readers who have stuck by me. I also want to thank everyone who made my first ever giveaway a huge success! I promise I will be back, sooner than later I hope!

-Brittanie on a Budget

Sorry readers

I would like to apologize for my lack of posts this week. I had to take a sudden and unexpected bloggy break due to being busier than I expected. With that said I am pleased to say that the CVS and Rite Aid deals for next week will be up soon and I have a giveaway coming up within the next few days! If you have abandoned me this week due to a lack of deals I hope you will come back and see what I have to offer. We all know life can be busy and unexpected things can happen.

Just wondering

Do I have any readers in New England? I feel there is a lack of resources for New England shoppers and would like to help everyone out. We have quite a few stores that other places in the country do not have. I would be more than happy to begin posting deals for various grocery stores, however I would like some feedback. Please leave me a comment letting me know what store(s) you would like featured. I will try to do my best at fulfilling everyone’s requests!