Make Your Cell Phone Pay … for Itself!

Looking for a new way to save dough on your groceries?
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Check out this story I wrote and produced for Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

http://fox4kc.com/2014/05/07/cell-phone-apps-can-help-consumers-cut-coupons-out-of-the-mix/

And check out other money-saving ideas. Just click on Cost Cutters at the bottom of the page.

Have an idea to share or have your heard of a new cost cutting idea that you’d like us to check out? Shoot me an email!!

My $100ish Grocery Haul

Can you even believe the price of groceries?! There’s a study out that found chicken, beef and bacon prices have jumped around 20-percent since 2011. Yikes!! Don’t even get met started about fresh fruits and veggies!

After this week’s haul I can’t believe we have any grocery money left for next week’s shopping trip. Before you take a look at the list, it’s going to take some work. Again, I look at this like it’s my second job and all the stores are close to my house. That mean’s I’m not running all over town. So here’s a look at what I picked up/will pick up this week …

Target
Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat — 3/$7
Use $1/2 from 1/12 SS
Plus use 20% off Targetwheel
Final Price: $1.65 each (I bought 6)

Lloyd’s BBQ Ribs — $7.99 each (Price cut, Usually $9.99)
Use $1/1 Target printable coupon
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $5.99 (I bought 2)

Pillsbury Grand’s Biscuits, $1.25 (Price Cut)
Use $2/3 Target printable coupon
Use $1/3 printable coupon
Final Price: $0.25 each

Florida Naturals Fruit Smoothies — $2.78
Use (2) $1/1 printable coupon
Use (1) $1.50/1 Target coupon
Final Price: $1.03 each

Trop50 OJ — $2.98
Use BOGO Printable (NLA)
Final Price: 1.49 each

Clementines, 3 lb. bag — $3.99
Use $1/1 fresh fruit purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
Final Price: $2.99

Baby Carrots — 2/$3
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
AND
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text Cheesy to 827438)
Final Price: $0.50 each

evol Frozen Meals, $6.99
Use $2/1 printable coupon
Submit for $1/1 Ibotta offer
Final Price: $3.99

Market Pantry Pasta, $1 (I bought whole wheat)
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Target Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.63 each WYB 3

Market Pantry Pasta Sauce, $1
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.48 each WYB 3

Zatarains Red Beans and Rice, $1.72
Use $0.50/2 printable coupon
Final Price: $1.52 each (Bought 2)

Funfetti Frosting, $0.56 each (Bought 3)
This was Valentine’s Day frosting that is now 90% off

Target Total: $47.68

Hy-Vee
Dole Pineapple, $1.98
Use Facebook coupon (Good 2/19 ONLY)
Final Price: $0.99

Lays Chips, $1.77 (bought 2)

Hy-Vee Fresh Brats, 5/$5 (bought 5)

Hy-Vee Cream Cheese, $1.19
Use In-ad coupon
Final Price: $0.99 (Limit 2)

Eggs, $1.38

Saltines, $0.99
Use In-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Midwest Frozen Veggies, $0.69
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Instant Oatmeal, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Ramen Noodles, 6 pkg, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Blue Bonnet Margarine Sticks, $0.59
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hunts Ketchup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Cream of Mushroom Soup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Mac & Cheese, 3/$1
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 3)

Hy-Vee Taco Shells, $0.79
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb
Spent $2.43 on the pkg I bought

Bananas, $0.59/lb.
Use 20% off Saving Star offer

Hy-Vee Final Total: $27.88)

Aldi
Boneless Chicken Thighs, $1.49/lb. (Price good 2/19 ONLY)
Spent $7.53 on 2 pkgs

Green Peppers, 3/$0.99
Bought 2

Celery, $1.19

Jalapeno Peppers, $1.29

Iceberg Lettuce, $0.99
Bought 2
Tip: Buy based on weight, not size. You’ll get more.

Cauliflower, $1.69

Mushrooms, $0.99

Crackers, $1.79

Cheese Melt, $3.99

Aldi Final Total: $23.49

Walmart
Pillsbury Orange Danish, $1.98
Use $0.40/2 from 12/08/13 SS
Final Price: $1.79 each WYB 2

Lloyd’s Pulled Pork, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Bridgford Frozen Monkey Bread, $2.98
Use $0.55/1 Printable Coupon
Final Price: $2.43

Walmart Final Total: $9.39

Grand Total: 108.44

I plan on hitting Price Chopper later this week to grab this:

Hormel Pork Tenderloin, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Farmland Bacon, $2.99

This will add $11.94 to my weekly total for a Grand Total of $120.38

Cost Cutters: Free Milk WYB Cereal!!

One of the questions I am asked the most is how to get healthy stuff and still save money.  This week is a GREAT example!!  Keep in mind that It’s not convenient and takes time.  But I look at it like it’s my second job.  (I save way more than I’d make actually working a second job.  I know because I’ve done it.  Plus my husband and I SOMEHOW bought a house where every single store I need is on my way home from work … so I don’t spend any extra cash on gas.  (Unless you count pulling in and out of a parking lot.)

2/16 Trip to CVS:

Transaction #1:

     Bought 2 Select Right Guard, Dry Idea antiperspirant/deodorant or Total Defense body wash 13.5 oz., 2/$8 — Earn $4 in ECB

     Used $1.50 off two Body Wash or Bar Soap CVS Coupon Printer (exp. 2/16/14)      STACK WITH $2/2 Right Guard Products

     Bought 1 Birthday Cake M&M’s Singles, $0.75 (I thought this was supposed to print a $0.75 ECB, but it didn’t.)

     Used $5 in ECB left over from last week

     Total:  $0.74 (Plus get $4 in ECB)

Transaction #2:

     Bought 2 Grape Nuts Fit, 2/$5

     Bought 1 Gallon of Milk, $4.49 (Use FREE Milk wyb (2) Post Cereals, exp. 3/2/14 (SS 01/19/14 R)

          Submit for $0.50 Ibotta

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51

     Bought 2 Scott TP Singles (Used $1/2 coupon from CVS Coupon Printer)

     Used $4 ECB from Transaction #1

     Total: $2.63

CVS Shopping Total:  $3.37 (Plus you’ll get $0.50 deposited into your Ibotta and Checkout 51 accounts … So $2.37 OOP)

 

2/16 Price Chopper Trip:

     Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb

     Gillette Mach3 Razor – $7.99 
     (Use $2/1 Gillette Mach3 Razor, exp. 2/28/14 (P&G 01/26/14)
    
     Tortillas — $1.99
 
     Taco Salad Shells — $2.69

Price Chopper Shopping Total — $18.69

 

2/16 Hyvee Shopping Trip:

     Dole Head Lettuce — $0.68 (bought 2)

     Diet Dr. Pepper 12 Pack — $1.50 with this Facebook coupon (good 2/16 only!!) P.S. — Not so healthy … but GREAT price!!

Hyvee Shopping Total — $3.00

 

2/16 Aldi Shopping Trip:

     Broccoli Crowns, $0.99

          Submit for $0.25 Checkout 51 deposit

     100% Wheat Bread

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51 deposit

Aldi Shopping Total:  $2.39 (Plus you’ll get $0.75 deposited into your Checkout 51 Account.  So, $1.64 OPP)

Grand Total:  $27.45 (Plus you’ll get $1.75 into savings apps … so $25.70 OPP)

Happy Shopping!!