I did something last night that you may be doing too . . . I stocked up on TOO MANY GROCERIES, because there were some great deals, but they're just TOO MUCH! My cupboards are full, my freezer is bursting at the seams (you should see me trying to close the door), and even my refrigerator is overflowing!
So I decided to skip a major grocery run next week, and use what's in my kitchen before I buy anything else. (Are any of you all with me on this?) I will grab some donation deals, as well as milk and fresh fruit, but this is ridiculous!
After couponing as long as I have, I know that the sales rotate in and out, and I know that I don't need this much stuff, but lately there have been quite a few deals that I haven't seen in a long time (like $2 DiGiorno, free garlic powder, and really cheap tortillas.) What frustrated me this week though is that as I looked over the ad, I knew I didn't need any of it, and yet I spent $44.91. It wasn't that I spent that much, but we don't need it – UGHHHHHH! Well, next week I'm going to settle down – REALLY!
Enough rambling (sorry!) here's what I bought this week for $44.91 (including $6.23 in sales tax)…
These would have cost me $133.38 before sales and coupons. Do you see all those Lunchables? I picked up loads of great coupons at a grocery store in Kentucky recently that had $1/2 Lunchable Combination coupons, so I was able to grab those for $.50 each! We spent the last four nights at the baseball fields, and while I hate to hand that out for dinner, I really need an easy option for my kids when we're at the ballpark (I spent $10 on hot dogs and pizza this week for just my little girls at those concession stands!)
Here's what we're donating this week…
I was so silly standing at Publix last night debating grabbing the Cottonelle. Our church's food pantry is in need of toilet paper, and it was going to cost me $5.49 (and I knew I was already spending more than I'd planned!) While I budget about $5 each week for donations, I hate to spend it on ONE ITEM, but that's what they need! So, after much debate (over $5, how crazy is that?) I grabbed the toilet paper, and the rest of the items were free (I actually made a little money on the Right Guard and Garlic Powder – WOOHOO!)
My penny-pinching-self often struggles to spend money even when we have enough, but I'm thankful the reasonable side of my conscience (does she pop in your head every once in awhile?) finally told the penny-pinchin'-side to be quiet and just GRAB THE TOILET PAPER!!! (If you didn't think I was a little nuts before I'm sure you've figured it out now!) But next week, that penny pinching side has got to win (at least on groceries for our own family!)
How'd you all do this week? I'd love to hear about it, and check out how other folks are doing at out Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom, Weekly Totals at I Heart Publix, Friday Finals at Southern Savers, and Fiddledeedee's Super Savers.
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