Great Sites for Deals

>> Friday, April 3, 2009

My kids are on Spring Break this week and I'm concentrating on spending quality family time with them. As a result, I will not be posting the Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid deals this week. I thought I'd share my favorite sites for hunting out deals with you in the mean time.


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>> Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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2009 Financial Goals: March Update

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Well, I must say I'm glad to put this month behind us. We got the bulk of our medical bills from a February ER trip and follow-up drs. appts. during March. This all went on our independent health insurance that had a high deductible which meant a lot of out of pocket expenses for us. There was absolutely no savings and we had to dip into our emergency fund to cover some of the medical expenses. There were also a couple of unexpected bills including a tax bill. Clearly I need to start paying closer attention to local government so I know when they create new taxes. It would've helped to have been prepared. I am so thankful for our emergency fund. I'm just ready for it to start going back up instead of down. Thankfully we will be able to replace the money we had to take out as soon as our tax refund comes in. I have listed our goals but the only thing we accomplished was a little extra on the mortgage. I am hopeful that April will prove to be a much better month for us financially.

And as frustrating as this month was, I feel really blessed that we have no debt aside from our mortgage. We've come a long way in the last year which made this month a lot easier to manage. Our new insurance went into effect which has a much lower deductible as well as costing us less per month which really helped.

1) Pay off my husband's car.
Completed in January. Yay!

2)Make monthly "car payments" into a car savings account each month.

3)Build our emergency fund up to six months of living expenses.

4) Continue our normal contributions to retirement savings.

5) Paying extra on our mortgage.

6)Save $1000 to cover all expenses for next Christmas.

7)Finally, by the end of the year, we plan to evaluate our savings plan and find a way to begin saving for college expenses.
Not there yet.


Deals of the Week 3/29/09-4/4/09

Well, I'm back after a couple of weeks of no deals. The last couple of weeks we've just bought the basics due to illness, busy schedules and a tight budget. My girls are on Spring Break so they got to go along for the ride on one of my marathon shopping trips yesterday.

I started with Target. I had 2 $2 Kashi Cereal Bar Qs expiring and didn't want to lose them. Target is the only place I can find the Kashi bars so we made a trip there. I was hoping to find some Spring/Summer shoes for the girls while there but they were out of the sizes I needed in the styles I like.

I bought:
2 Kashi Cereal Bars $6.58
Q's Used
2 $2 Kashi Cereal Bars
Total OOP: $2.58

Next was Walgreens where I bought:
Quaker Life Cereal $2.50
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars $2.50
One a Day Womens Multivitamin Drink Mix $1.49
Chapstick Lip Butter $1.99
Arm & Hammer Deoderant $3.29
Necco Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs .99
Peeps 5 ct. .69
Skintimate Shave Gel $2.79
WG In Ad Arm & Hammer Deoderant $2.30
WG In Ad Necco CM Eggs .20
WG In AD Peeps .30
Total OOP: $13.95

Received: $2 RR for Quaker, $2 RR for Chapstick, $3 RR for Skintimate Shave Gel and will receive $1.49 ESR for OAD Multivitamin drink

Off to CVS where I bought:
2 12.6 oz bags M&Ms $3.00(2 day sale)
Clean & Clear Cleanser $5.19
Clean & Clear Astringent $6.49
Clean & Clear Make-up remover $6.99
Qs Used:
2 $2/1 Clean & Clear
$9 ECBs
Total OOP: $9.43
Received: $5 ECBs

There wasn't much I needed at Kroger. I picked up a few basics and did a little stockpiling as well as picking up some items for a little treat. I paid $17.52 for $25.18 worth of groceries. Not phenomenal savings but there weren't a lot of stockpiling deals this week.

Weekly Summary: I paid $43.48 for $73.65 worth of groceries for a savings percentage of 41%.
Be sure to check out Money Saving Mom and The Centsible Sawyer for more great deals.


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