Stocking Up Again in January

After not shopping last week, I ventured out for some deals this week. I am still eating mainly from my pantry and freezer, especially since Andy has been working hard at school on preparing for a basketball tournament all week. I made one pan of enchilada casserole that he’s been eating all week. I’ve eaten a bit of that, a pasta & tomato combination, and chili from the freezer as a couple of my meals. I’ve also been enjoying the apples and clementines I bought this week. Here’s what else I bought.

I started my shopping by stopping by Target to stock up on their $1 baby wipes. I used the cartwheel coupon that I mentioned which took the price down to $0.90 a container. I also picked up pasta sauce for $0.50 a container, after a sale and Target printable coupon. At Target, I spent $8.70 for 8 containers of wipes and 2 jars of pasta sauce. If I were buying wipes at regular price, this would have purchased me only 4 packages so I’m glad to have found this deal.

Target - $8.70 - 1/13/14

I stopped at CVS quickly to use some expired ECBs. I am very thankful that I discovered one CVS in town that accepts expired coupons! They were running their Scott toilet paper deal so I went ahead and restocked us on toilet paper. I also picked up a free Butterfingers (after ECBs) and chicken noodle soup for $0.50 (after a CVS coupon). At CVS, I spent $26.62 and received $10 in ECBs. For that reason, I’m going to add in only $16.62 for my grocery total. That is only $4 per 12 pack of toilet paper. That’s an excellent deal – and I didn’t even use coupons!

CVS - 1/13/14 - $16.62

My grocery shopping took place at Kroger this week. I went their to pick up Tide detergent. Yes, I already have detergent in my cupboard, but I am always watching for good deals on Tide. I’m willing to pay a bit more for Tide – and I know the powder variety will really last until I use it. Tide was on sale for $4.99, when I bought 5 items. The Duracell battery ($1.99), Clorox wipes ($1) and Old Spice deodorant ($0.49) rounded out the items. When I bought the Tide, I had a manufacturer’s coupon for $3/2 as well as a store coupon for $1.25 off a laundry purchase of $5 or more. I combined the coupons and bought Tide for $2.87 a box. That is a great deal for Tide!

My other exciting find at Kroger was the surprise deal on Old El Paso refried beans. These are my husband’s favorite variety and they are great for enchilada casserole, which I make regularly. The beans were on sale for $1 and I had printable coupons for $0.60/3. I was pleased with that deal until I got to the store. It was there that I discovered a blinkie for $1/2! That means I was now spending $0.50 for beans that normally are $1.69! That’s a great deal. I stood there and pulled out enough coupons to buy a case of refried beans. I think we are well stocked for nachos and enchilada casserole now. This is a great reminder to always look at blinkies and surprise deals! This Old El Paso deal is good through next week’s sale so check for a blinkie in your store.

I also picked up a free Jenos pizza and a free Activa yogurt, thanks to recent Friday freebies. The Kroger Tylenol was also free, thanks to a coupon I received in the mail. I also bought 5 pounds of apples for $3.99 and 3 pounds of clementines for $3.99. They are both delicious! Celery was on sale for $1 and milk was $1.25. Those are the highlights of my trip. At Kroger, I spent $35.63 for everything pictured.

Kroger - 1/13/14 - $35.63

In just over an hour, I picked up all these great deals. I spent $60.95 for fresh produce, canned goods, laundry detergent, paper products and baby wipes. This brings my total for January to $106.79. I am over half-way through the month with just under half my budget left ($74) to spend. Did you do any good stocking up this week?

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