Friday, April 11, 2008

Super Savings Saturday

It's Super Savings Saturday again over at Check out all the other Mommy-bloggers who saved BIG TIME this week and join us next week with your fab savings!

Last Saturday, I hit a few garage sales and came up with this:

The Cars book is brand-new and still in the plastic wrap ($1). My father-in-law will love it! I think I'm going to tuck it away until Christmas.

My history-lovin' hubby will love the John Adams audio book on CD (also $1). He wanted the book when it first came out but it's well over 800 pages and he just doesn't have the time or patience for such a lengthy read. He can enjoy this in the car on his way to work.

I spent $3 on the blocks for the kiddos. They love them! Not bad considering I've seen similiar ones retail for roughly $30 elsewhere.

I did some major grocery shopping which I haven't done in a long time because: 1) I was pretty well stocked up and 2) We just aren't big "Every night of the week" eaters. Last week, the grocery stores seemed to have some pretty good deals that I felt were worth taking advantage of. I'm not well stocked in the grocery coupon department but I took what I had. All total I spent $109 for approx. $248 worth of stuff. Not bad, not bad. I'm not complaining but here's the thing: I went to three different grocery stores plus Walgreen's (Walgreen's items not pictured) taking 3 1/2 hours out of my day.

Now, I admit, I went with a half-baked plan and a 4 yr old, so maybe the time spent wasn't necessarily all due to grocery shopping. But still, that seemed like A LOT of time to get some groceries. Do you think a savings of $139 was worth it or am I just being a baby? Educate me, please. While pretty well versed in CVS 101, I'm still quite the newbie when it comes to saving big-time in the grocery stores.

What this picture doesn't show is:

  • 2 gallons of milk
  • 4 Morning Star Farms Vegetarian items
  • 1 box of garlic bread
  • 2 bags of Kraft cheese
  • 1 package of Bartouli pasta
  • 3 Jumbo pkgs Pampers diapers
  • 2 Zone Energy bars
  • 2 jugs of Welch's grape juice
At CVS this week:

Here's my "WOW!" shopping trip of the week. I couldn't beleive this was happening! I went to CVS to fix something from a previous purchase and found a bunch of Easter stuff at 90% off in a shopping cart up front. Not that I needed any of it right now but I like to buy ahead at great discounts for the following year. Anyhoo, I thought I'd check out the clearance endcap in the back corner of the store to see if they had more. There I found several Essence of Beauty items for .30 cents a piece. I took my items up to the register and upon payment received TWENTY DOLLARS IN ECB'S!!! CVS is currently offering a deal that if you buy 3 Essence of Beauty items you'll receive $5 in Extra Bucks back. I had NO IDEA that the clearance items would get me the Extra Bucks!

Can I get a WHOO-HOO? Man, I *heart* CVS! It's better than Vegas!

Oh, and see those clippers up there? I had been thinking that I'll save myself $10 every other month and give my son (who can't talk yet and therefore has no say) haircuts myself. Lo and behold, CVS had those salon clippers marked down to $1.50! Yay!

All-in-all, I think I had a great week. Please, go check out Crystal's site to learn more about how to make your hard earned money s-t-r-e-t-c-h! You won't be sorry!


The Nest Egg said...

Wow! You did better than great this week! Great job!


Kristie said...

You did an awesome job. I love CVS Clearance don't you.


Lisa said...

I am so going to CVS Now!

mother of seven said...

amazing!!!!!! You have saved me a lot of money... Thanks for all of your advice:)

Miranda said...

Amazing!! We don't have a CVS around here. I just can't believe the deals you find!

kim said...

Hey Amanda,

Thanks for your comment. I would love to learn more about the CVS program. You will have to tell me next Monday at MOMS. Have a great weekend.

Timothy said...

I love saving money!!! This part is fascinating to me! You go girl!! I wish I had your patience to go to all of those stores!