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Another Couponing Adventure to Walmart

My husband said today that I was addicted to couponing. I asked him why he said that and it was because of my trip Monday night. I guess maybe he is right. LOL O’well the more money we save the more things we can do and that’s what counts.

We went grocery shopping Sunday afternoon and we saved $135 this time. Needless to say I was completely shocked when I added it up. Last time we went we saved $61 so I set a goal of saving $75 this time. Well, I have surpassed that. Our budget every two weeks is $250 and that’s what we’ve hit for the past two times we’ve gone. That feels great. Makes everything just a little bit easier. :)

So here is what I got at Walmart Monday evening.

3 boxes of bandaids – free
4 packages of floss – $1
2 rolls of tape – $1
3 packages of Zyrtec – $0.81
2 packages of Tums – free
2 tubes of Dial Lotion – free

My total bill including tax came to $2.95 this time. My total savings was $34.71 this trip. That’s an awesome feeling.

Here is a picture of what we got.

I’m not sure what others would consider extreme couponing, but others have told me I’m pretty close to it, if not already there. The thing I see is important to know here is that I only buy things my family will use. That’s one thing I didn’t do the first time I tried couponing a few years ago. I would buy things that were on sale or that I had a coupon for and then it would go to waste and that meant my money did too. I have a different look at it this time and I only buy things I need or want. That’s it. Period!

Looking forward to the next trip to see if I can save even more. Maybe one of these days I’ll get everything for free. We’ll see. LOL

A Routine That Needs to Change

Routines are good for families, but what do you do when the routine you have becomes a problem in your life? That’s what we’re going through right now.

You see, every other Friday we go grocery shopping. Now that’s not the routine we need to break. LOL The problem is dinner on that Friday. We general go grocery shopping as soon as Kevin gets off work and then we catch something out after we’re done.

Since Weight Watcher’s changed their plans, we need to cut back on the carbs we take in each day. So this means it’s almost impossible to go out to eat anymore. So we need to figure out what to do to make it work for dinner on those days when we go grocery shopping.

So what are the options we have? Well we could eat before we go shopping, but that puts us getting a late start on the shopping that already takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete. Another option is to eat after we’re done, but that puts us eating late and that’s not good either. So what other option do we have? Well we could change the day we shop to Saturday and then we wouldn’t be affected any longer.

So the thinking begins. Tomorrow is the big day so we must decide before the evening arrives so we know what the plan is for the evening and the weekend. I know we can make it work no matter what route we decide to take.

Grocery Shopping with Your Children

Depending on how often you go grocery shopping, it’s possible you could be there for a while. Part of it depends on how organized you are and the other part depends on if you do comparison shopping and use other store ads and coupons. None the less, it’s possible you could be in the grocery store for an hour or two at any given time.

When you have children that can seem like an eternity and it’s possible after a short while, they’re going to get bored and not want to be there anymore. When this happens they get antsy and may cause you problems. Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through your grocery shopping time.

1. The best way to handle grocery shopping with your children is to find a babysitter for them. Most of the time this option will not work or you may not want to always find a sitter for your children so you’ll want to consider the other suggestions.

2. Rewarding your children if they are good is an option that may work more times than you think. You can reward them with a toy, a treat, or whatever works for you. You can change this each time or keep it the same every time you go. You’ll need to remind them each time you go that the reward is there if they behave and don’t cause problems.

3. If your children are old enough and have a cell phone, you could allow them to go to the toy department for a short amount of time while you do your shopping. While you may not be done when you require them to come back, it will keep them occupied for the time being and that may be just enough to get them through the rest of your time there without hassle.

4. Allowing your children to help you with your shopping may be better than you’ll ever think. Let them pick out the things specific to them such as breakfast and lunch meals. Also allowing them to grab things off the shelves as you go by will make them feel important.

Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a terrible thing when you have children. When you plan accordingly you’ll get through it with fewer problems and you won’t dread going each time. When you use one of the four suggestions in this article grocery shopping will be a breeze and you’ll teach your children that you’re serious about their behavior.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she is a wife and mother of two boys. She loves helping her clients with their day to day work, but most importantly she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Click here to find out what she has going on with her family.

Grocery Shopping and a savings

I have tried to do the coupon thing and checking ad prices from other stores, but the problem I run into is time. It takes a lot of time to go through and print coupons for everything I’m going to purchase. It also takes a lot of time to put the items that are priced differently into another cart and then deal with it at the check out lane. In Casper Walmart requires you to show them the item in each ad before they give you the lower price.

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While I know this is the way to go, it’s very difficult. I decided to try something a little different two weeks ago. It worked really well and I figure I saved approximately $35. I was so happy with it, that I decided to try it again. This time I figure I saved $44.

So here is my little secret. I’m hoping to continue this streak and make it even bigger each time.

My secret is a little one, but when you save between $35 and $44 at the store, it’s huge.

My secret was the meals I planned. I looked at the items we had left over and planned my meals around that food. Out of the 13 meals I planned, six meals we completely had the stuff needed and four of the meals only needed one or two things.

I was so proud of myself over this. It’s something I had heard of people doing, but never thought to try and do myself. I really got the idea from Jenn’s blog. You can check it out here. I’m wondering how it will go in two weeks when we go again. I already have one meal that will be complete with nothing needed and one meal that will only require cubed steaks. We’re off to a great start so we’ll see if I can work on more. I’m wondering if at some point my food bill will go up a little so I can stock pile on things so I can do this again. I guess the coming weeks will tell.

If you need to save money on your grocery bill using coupons, store ads, and planning meals around food you already have are the three ways I suggest. You can work all three together or try them separately. Once you find something that works, stick to it.

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My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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