Friday, March 24, 2017

Frugal Finds: February 2017 Edition

We were able to swing into the thrift store twice this month and found a few nice things.  I have been on the hunt for skirts - I just find them so much more comfortable than jeans.  Joe has been in need of khaki pants, so I was very excited to find not only one, but two pairs for him.  I am also SUPER excited about the First Words book I found for Howard.  It has magnetic letters to use to spell out words within the book; he is gonna love it!!  Our second stop in, I was so pleased to find Howard a snowsuit for this winter.  It's a bit large, but I am hoping that we can use for the next couple of winters as well.  I also picked up the Mickey mouse look-and-find book to put away for his birthday.  Below you can see the price break-down - thank God for half-price day at the Thrift store!


1 Heavy Black Skirt for Me $4.99 - 50% off Sale = $2.49
1 Lightweight Beige Skirt for Me $3.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.99
 1 Black and Blue Plaid Hooded 3/4 Sleeve Shirt for Me $4.99 - 50% off Sale = $2.49
1 5T Hooded Sweatshirt for Howard $4.99 - 50% off Sale = $2.49
1 pair of Khaki Dress Pants for Joe (new with tags!) $14.99 - 50% off Sale = $7.49
4 Ceramic Bunnies $2.99 - 50% off Sale = $1.49
3 DVD's for Howard $2.99 each - 50% off Sale = $1.49 each or 3/$4.47
4 Kids Books for Howard $0.49 each - 50% off Sale = 4/$0.98
+ $0.42 Tax
Total OOP: $24.31
Saved $13.14 or 54%!!!


1 Snowsuit for Howard size 5/6 $12.99 - 50% off sale = $6.49
1 pair Khaki Pants (New with Tags!) for Joe $12.99 - 50% off sale = $6.49
1 Henley-style Short-sleeved Shirt for Me $3.99 - 50% off sale = $1.99
1 pair 4T Monster PJ Pants for Howard $2.99 - 50% off sale = $1.49
1 pair size 4/5 Plaid PJ Pants for Howard $1.99 - 50% off sale = $0.99
1 Polar Express DVD $2.99 - 50% off sale = $1.49
3 Books for Howard $0.99 each  - 50% off sale = 3/$1.48
+ $0.18 Tax
Total OOP: $20.60

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weekly Spending: 03/05-11/2017


This week was another super easy shopping week.  We stopped into ALDI on Sunday for all the things.  Like literally a cartfull, which I normally don't do, but sometimes you just need everything at once.  I also found some cool things at the Dollar Tree on Saturday when I stopped in for my newspapers.  Below you can see the spending breakdown and what I purchased...
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $65.83 oop (included but not pictured are 8 gallons), Earned $0.10 Mobisave Rebate (Pasta)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $13.78 oop

Total OOP: $79.61
Total Earned: $0.10
Total Remaining for March: $387.82

Budget Update: February 2017

February was a great month budget-wise - we ended the month over $100 under budget!  I LOVE it when that happens.  And, I was actually kinda surprised that we were able to do that, because I bought a lot of fresh produce, frozen foods, meat, and great Dollar Tree deals.  And sometimes it can really add up, but this month it just didn't.  Below you can see how my spending panned out over the course of the month.  Each link will take you to the weekly breakdown with pictures. 

Take a gander through and then let me know what your favorite deal was from February.
Total OOP: $399.59
Total Earned: $1.30
Total Remaining from February: $117.43!!!!!!!
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Weekly Spending Report: 02/26-03/04/2015


 This week I kept my shopping super simple - like I only went to 1 store simple.  But it was the end of the month, I knew that I was ahead budget-wise, and we really didn't need a ton.  So I made a quick swing by ALDI while we were out doing something else on Sunday, and that was that. 
  •  Sunday's ALDI Trip: $35.07 (included but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)

Total OOP: $35.07
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining from February: $117.43!!!!

Weekly Spending Report: 02/19-25/2017


This week I was lucky enough to find some marked-down grass-fed beef this week at Giant.  It was something called Meatloaf/Meatball mix, which from the ingredients list included things like onion, bell pepper, spices, gluten-free bread crumbs, and what seemed to read as organic tomato sauce.  I brought those home and made three cheese stuffed meatloaves for the freezer.  It's going to be so nice in the busy weeks ahead to pop one in the crock-pot and enjoy it for dinner after a long day at work!  I also stopped into the Dollar Tree on Saturday to pick up my newspapers and a few other odds and ends.  Overall it was a light shopping week, which was also easy on the budget...
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $45.38 oop, Earned $0.10 Mobisave Rebate (Frozen Pizza), and $0.50 Ibotta Rebates* ($0.25 Frozen Pizza, and $0.25 Cookies)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $10.48 oop
Total OOP: $55.86
Total Earned: $0.60
Total Remaining for February: $152.50
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekly Spending Report: 02/12-18/2017


This past week was a HEAVY shopping week.  There were great deals to be had at Giant (Lean Cuisine meals and $0.99 Eggo Waffles) and CVS (much needed vitamins).  We also stopped into ALDI really quick for just the essential gallons of H2O and snacks, and a cake mix.  And, lastly, we found some really cool things at the Dollar Tree this week.  The 'Home Sweet Home' decal is already on the back of my front door, and Howard is loving his workbooks and stickers.  He also LOVED the huge traffic cone, so we got it for him to use with his large tractors, and trucks.  Overall it was good week, I feel like even though I did a lot of shopping, and got a lot, I really don't think I spent too much!  Below you can see how my spending broke down...
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $27.15 oop
  • Wednesday's Dollar Tree Trip: $14.66 oop
  • Friday's ALDI Trip: $23.02 oop (included, but not pictured are 8 gallons H2O)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $8 oop
  • Saturday's CVS Trip: $10.98 oop 

Total OOP: $83.81
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining for February: $208.36

Weekly Spending Report: 02/05-11/2016


This week we are finally getting back into a groove of shopping on Sundays.  I do prefer to get it over with before the work week starts, but things have been so crazy around here with meetings, and work, and Howard, and Joe's grandfather being in the hospital, that I sometimes just send Joe and Howard out to ALDI while I'm at work.  It's actually been working for about two months now, but I'm ready to get back in the shopping action.  We stopped into ALDI on Sunday for the usually stuff - snacks, veggies, fruit, and just misc things.  We also made our way to Giant on Sunday.  They were having an amazing deal on our favorite brand of pizzas, so I got us stocked up for a while.  I also picked up a few things that we can't get at ALDI, like real Doritos and my tea biscuits.  Joe and Howard made a Petco (not shown because it's a different budget) and ALDI run on Friday for some more fruit and snacks to get us through the weekend.  Last weekend we had teas here at the museum, so I knew I'd be too busy to go shopping, and I was right.  I did manage to stop into the Dollar Tree and pick up my newspapers and a few other random items before I had to be back for work.  Below you can see how my spending broke down.  Overall the month is shaping up really well budget-wise...
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $60.57 oop, Earned $0.20 Mobisave Rebates ($0.10 Clementines, and $0.10 Bread), and $0.50 Find and Save Rebate (for spending over $50)
  • Sunday's Giant Trip: $63.60 oop
  • Friday's ALDI Trip: $24.34 oop
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $8.48 oop

Total OOP: $156.99
Total Earned: $0.70
Total Remaining for February: $291.67

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weekly Spending Report: 01/29-02/04/2017


Since this was the last week in January's budget, and I really didn't need anything at the store, I decided to just go out and do a little deal shopping.  I was able to get some great crafting and rainy-day activity items for Howard and I at the Dollar Tree, and Michael's, as well as a great deal on vitamins at CVS.  Giant had Howard's sausages on sale, so I stocked up.  He loves them, but they can get a little pricey.  Overall, it was just a week of purchasing treats and fun things that I normally don't splurge on, like stickers and ice cream.  Below you can see my spending breakdown.  Next week it's back to the grocery store grindstone...
  • Wednesday's Dollar Tree Trip: $19.78 oop (included, but not pictured are 2 bottles of white vinegar for cleaning)
  • Wednesday's Michael's Trip: $5.50 oop
  • Wednesday's CVS Trip: $3.83 oop
  • Wednesday's Giant Trip: $26.62 oop
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $12.13 oop

Total OOP: $67.86
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining for February: $448.66!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Budget Update: January 2017

I decided to keep my budget at $350 a month for 2017, as it seems to be the perfect amount for stocking up on deals, buying the occasional treat, and covering the basics.  I was pleasantly surprised to have ended 2016 on such a high note budget-wise, and at over hundred dollars under budget for the year!  We have been super busy with our work here at the museum, so I have kept my shopping to a minimum, which has helped to save some serious cash.  I am hoping to get back into my CVS deal shopping in February - the break was nice, but I've missed it.  Below you can see how my spending panned-out over January, and what deals I was able to snag.

How is your shopping and budget going so far this year?
Total OOP for January: $316.31
Total Earned in January: $0.50
Total Remaining from January: $166.52!!!

Weekly Spending Report: 01/22-28/2017


This week I only ventured out to 2 stores.  Since it's a new year, work has been super busy, so I've had a heavier workload than usual.  Plus we had a very full weekend planned, so I had Joe stop into ALDI on Friday so I wouldn't have to go on Sunday like usual.  We didn't really need much this week - we are still eating down the freezers and pantries - mostly just snacks, breakfasts, and odds and ends to round things out.  I was excited to find some Easter/Spring craft items for Howard at the Dollar Tree.  He has thoroughly enjoyed decorating the foam hearts I bought there with glitter heart stickers, as well as some robot and truck stickers I found there too.  I am also loving how I am SO under budget for the month!  Below you can see how I wrapped up my spending for January...
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip: $53.86 oop (Included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)
  • Friday's ALDI Trip: $23.58 oop (Included, but not pictured are 8 gallons of H2O)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip: $6.36 oop

Total OOP: $83.80
Total Earned: Zero
Total Remaining from January: $166.52!