Wednesday, May 27, 2009
More fun with coupons
A few months ago, I put up a blog detailing a recent trip to Safeway and all of the mad crazy cash I saved using coupons. Admittedly, it wasn't all wholesome crunchy granola all organic fare. But here's the thing - I make a serious effort to put a healthy dinner on the table every night. There is always fruit in my house and the minions know that they can have a piece whenever they want without asking. If all else fails, we always have milk, bread, eggs, and cheese or I can toss together a PB&J. And being a novice Weight Watchers slave, I'm eating a lot of salad. Although we have our fair share of junk in the house, I really do make an effort to feed my family well.
The bottom line is this: I'm no chef. But I do what I can and I do my best. And kids are expensive and you have to feed them. Constantly. So when I can grab snacks on sale and sock them away for weekends, car rides, and summer break, you bet your sweet buns I do it. And if I can stockpile stuff that won't spoil and rest assured that when a jar of applesauce runs out, I know that I already have more on hand, well....that makes me happy. I'm easy to please like that.
Which brings me to my most recent Safeway Adventure: Last Night I Went to Safeway, And All I Spent Was a Dollar Twenty Four.
And I bought:
1 bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
1 bottle of Light Asian Sesame Salad Dressing
1 bottle of Catalina Salad Dressing (my kids love it)
All three bottles of salad dressing cost me about fifty cents, total.
THEN I bought a box of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins and a box of Reduced Fat Ritz Crackers for kids' snacks and for my Weight Watchers carb attacks. I had a BOGO coupon, plus the crackers were on sale.
After THAT, I got two bottles of Vitamin Water, because it's sweet crack that's almost as good as regular soda. They were on sale for eighty eight cents and I had coupons for a dollar off. So THOSE cost me negative 12 cents.
And finally, I bought my kids a box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies. They have gotten hooked on them through softball and I don't mind buying them because I don't eat them. They were a whopping ninety nine cents with a coupon.
So to sum it all up:
My total before savings was $23.90 and after my club card and my coupons, I spent $1.24 for a total savings of ninety five percent!!
My beloved coupon mentor Laura stood beside me while I completed my purchase and I swear that just for a second, I saw a lone tear of joy.
Were my purchases enough to make a six course meal for a twelve person dinner party? Of course not. But I stocked up on salad dressing, bought the kids some snacks, and got a happy Vitamin Water fix for next to nothing. And when you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, you have to find your fun wherever you can!