Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Monthly Spending Total for the Month of December




Well, it’s the last day of the month and since I was keeping track of my shopping all month long, I decided to compile a final post that had all my totals!!  I started out the month thinking I was going to do a “freeze,” but because I couldn’t stand missing out on some of the deals, I decided to just shop minimally to get the deals and still keep track of all spending!  So, I probably spent more than I would have if it had been a true freeze! 

Anyway, I ended up buying two more newspapers today for $2.50 so I’m adding that to my total…..which, brings my monthly spending total to….$43.35 for $298.50 worth of products!! That’s a savings of 85%!

Below is a list of everything I bought this month…..remember I bought ALL of this for just $43.35!!

  • ·         1 Pizza Pan, FREE with 3 filled cards (you get one sticker per $10 spent before coupons)
  • ·         5 Homestyle Mac & Cheese, $.50 after coupon & FREE
  • ·         6 Bumble Bee Tuna, FREE after coupon from Recyclebank
  • ·         2 Big Slice Kraft Cheese, $1.19 each after coupon (not a great deal, but my girls LOVE cheese and this was cheaper than buying the other type).
  • ·         2 Musselman's applesauce packages, $.92 each after coupon
  • ·         2 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat, $1.49 after coupon & $.99
  • ·         1 Bar-S Deli Shaved Ham, $.99 after coupon
  • ·         1 Dozen Eggs, $1.29 (on sale)
  • ·         1 Crest Kids Toothbrush, $1.99 (on sale)
  • ·         1 Box Idahoan Scalloped Potatoes--FREE after coupon from All You Mag.
  • ·         1 Box Idahoan Hashbrown Potatoes--FREE after coupon from All You Mag.
  • ·         2 Pillsbury Cake Mixes
  • ·         1 Whipped Topping
  • ·         1 Hershey's Caramel Syrup
  • ·         2 Butterfinger mini packages
  • ·         1 packages M&M's
  • ·         1 Package of 10 Boxes to wrap presents
  • ·         2 Kraft BBQ Sauce, FREE after coupon
  • ·         2 Kraft Salad Dressing, FREE after coupon
  • ·         2 Reames Egg Noodles, $.50 after coupon
  • ·         2 Miracle Whip, $.99 after coupon
  • ·         4 cans Green Giant Corn, $.19 each after coupon
  • ·         1 Axe Body Spray (This was not on sale, nor was it a good price, but my husband loves it, so I went ahead and got it)
  • ·         2 Angel Soft 9 Big Rolls Packages
  • ·         7 Laffy Taffy Candies
  • ·         1 Country Crock Spread, $.99 after coupon
  • ·         1 Ranch Style Dips Mix, $.63 after coupon
  • ·         1 Chinet Napkins, $.50 after coupon
  • ·         6 Ada Newspapers 
  • ·         2 Goody's Bobby Slides ($2.00, get back $2 RR)
  • ·         6 Peeps, (FREE after coupons)
  • ·         6 Kashi Go Lean Bars, $7.50
  • ·         Hamburger Buns, $1.25
  • ·         Great Value 24 Sliced Cheese, $4.48
  • ·         Bananas, $.77
  • ·         Enchilada Sauce, $.92
  • ·         Great Value Canned Carrots, $.68
  • ·         Ranch Style Beans, $.88
  • ·         Ground Beef, $2.78
  • ·         4 Boxes Panko Bread Crumbs, MM after coupon
  • ·         Capri Sun, FREE after coupon
  • ·         Secret Deodorant, FREE after coupon
  • ·         1 Head of Lettuce
  • ·         1 Tomato
  • ·         2 Bell Peppers
  • ·          1 Bunch of Bananas
  • ·          4 Pack of Yoplait Yogurt,
  • ·         1 Package Great Value Shredded Cheese
  • ·         1 Package Mission Tortillas
  • ·         6 Jumbo Packs of Walgreens Diapers, $4 each after coupon and RR
  • ·         3 Reynolds Wrap foil, $.99 each with in-ad coupon
  • ·         1 John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Color, FREE with coupon from mail
  • ·         3 Revlon Finger Nail Polish, FREE after coupons and RR
  • ·         2 Dove Men+ Deodorant, FREE after coupons and RR
  • ·         2 Clabber Girl Baking Powder, FREE after coupons
  • ·         6 Snickers Candy, FREE after coupons
  • ·         3 Sharpie Markers, $.29 each after in-ad coupon


I’m thinking of keeping track of my shopping trips and spending every month from now on because it seemed as if this was an interesting topic to everyone based on my page stats.  Let me know if you’d like to continue to see this type of post on The Frugal Family Life.  Also, I would LOVE to be able to post some of your shopping trips!  Anytime you feel you have a great one, just let me know and send me a picture and I’ll be happy to post for everyone to see!


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Walgreens Deals 1/1/12-1/7/12


Here are the very best deals I see at Walgreens this week! I highly suggest you print off the Walgreens coupon policy and take it with you on your shopping trip. You can read up on How to Shop at Walgreens HERE.

FREE This Week ::

Muscletech Smart protein bar 2.2 oz $1.99 = $1.99 RR
Final cost FREE!

Select Triaminic cold, cough, fever or allergy relief 2/$10 = $5 RR
Buy 2 Triaminic fever reducer 2 or 4 oz 2/$10
Use 2 $3/1 coupons found in the 12/4 SS
Pay $4
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost FREE + a $1 Moneymaker!

Spend $15 on Participating Medications = $5 RR
(Alka-Seltzer Plus, select Phillips products, One A Day, Citracal, Bayer and Aleve)
Deal Scenario #1:
Buy 3 Alka-Seltzer Plus 20 ct $4.99
Buy 1 Phillips Milk of Magnesia 4 oz $3.49 each (based on online price)
On sale for 25% off this week = $2.62
Total = $17.59
Use 3 $2/1 Alka-Seltzer coupons found in the 10/23 RP, 12/4 RP or 1/1 SS
Plus, use the $2/1 Alka-Seltzer coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet (will deduct $6)
Use 1 $2/1 Phillips coupons found in the 1/1 SS 
Pay $3.59
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost FREE + $1.41 Moneymaker!
***IMPORTANT NOTE:THIS DEAL IS NOT WORKING!!! I tried it this morning and the January coupon booklet coupon is not valid on the Alka Seltzer Plus variety!  It still would end up being an okay deal without it, but you'd be paying about $4.59 even after RR.  It wasn't worth it to me!

Lichi Super Probiotic 30 ct $9.99 = $9.99 RR
Final cost FREE!

NutraLife SAMe Mood, Joint and Liver health 30 ct $10 = $10 RR
Final cost FREE!

Nature’s Bounty, Sundown, Osteo Bi-Flex or Ester-C vitamins and supplements Buy 1 get 1 Free
Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Sundown Naturals Melatonin 300 mcg Tablets $3.99 each (based on online price)
Use 2 $2/1 Sundown coupons found in the 1/1 RP
(or use the $1/1 coupons found in the 12/11 RP or 
here)
Final cost – both FREE!


Under $1 This Week ::

Spend $20 on Participating Grocery Products (found on page 3) = $5 RR
Deal Scenario #1:
Buy 2 Coffee-Mate liquid creamer 16 oz 2/$3
Buy 6 Nestle Skinny Cow Candy (6 pk) $2.99 each (hopefully they have lots of these in-stock)
Total = $20.94
Use 2 $0.75/1 Coffee-Mate coupons previously available
Or use 2 $0.50/1 coupons found in the 10/30 RP
Use 3 buy one get one free Skinny Cow candy coupons found 
here
Pay as low as $10.47
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost $5.47 total – $0.68 per item!

Aussie or Herbal Essences hair care 6-14 oz $2.99 = $1 RR
Use the $1/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Pay $1.99
Get back a $1 RR
Final cost $0.99!

EOS lip balm $2.99 = $2 RR
Final cost $0.99!

Spend $10 on Participating Dimetapp, Robitussin and Advil products = $3 RR
Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Advil Congestion Relief (10 ct) boxes $5 each
Total = $10
Use 2 $3/1 coupons found in the 12/11 RP (value varies by region)
Pay $4
Get back a $3 RR
Final cost as low as $0.50 each!

Tylenol 24 ct or liquid 8 oz, Children’s Sudafed PE 4 oz 2/$10 = $5 RR
Buy 2 Children’s Sudafed PE 4 oz 2/$10
Use 2 $2/1 coupons found 
here
Pay $6
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost $1 total – $0.50 each!

Morton iodized salt 26 oz, Nice! or Deerfield Farms baking soda 16 oz $0.59 with in ad coupon

Hunt’s tomatoes sauce 8 oz $0.39 with in ad coupon

Nabisco cookies or crackers 3.8-8 oz 3/$4
Buy 2 Nabisco Crackers (between 6 to 8 oz in size)
Use the $1/2 coupon found 
here (must “like” on Facebook)
Plus, use the $1/2 Walgreens coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet (valid on Nabisco crackers 6oz+)
Final cost $0.66 each!

Hershey’s candy 1.4-2.5 oz $0.59 with in ad coupon

Nivea skin or lip care Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy 2 Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Mineral refreshing lip care 0.17 oz $2.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $4.48 for both
Use the $3/2 coupon found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost $0.74 each!
** There is also a $1/1 Nivea Lip Care coupon available on 
Coupons.com.

Dawn dish liquid 9 oz or Joy 12.6 oz $0.99 with in ad coupon
Use the $0.25/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $0.74!


Other Nice Deals ::

General Mills select cereal 10.9-16.2 oz, Fiber One bars 5 or 6 pk or Nature Valley 6 or 10 pk 4/$10 = $3 RR
Deal Scenario:
Buy General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios or Cinnamon Toast Crunch 10.9-16.2 oz 4/$10
Use 2 $1.50/2 coupons found 
here
Pay $7
Get back a $3 RR
Final cost $1 each!
** There are various other General Mills coupons
 here or use the $1/2 coupon found in the 12/11 SS.

Kellogg’s Special K protein bars 6 pk or shakes 4 pk $4.99 = $1 RR
Final cost $3.99!

Buy 2 Participating Enfagrow or Enfamil Formula = $6 RR
Buy 2 Enfagrow 24 oz 2/$34
Use 2 $5/1 coupons found here (use zip 30303)
Pay $24
Get back a $6 RR
Final cost $9 each!

Spend $20 on Participating Boost Nutritional drinks = $5 RR
Buy Boost Plus or Glucose Control 6 pk $8.99
Buy 2 Boost original, high protein or Calorie Smart 17.7 oz 2/$12
Pay $20.99
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost $15.99 total!
*In the ad, it states there are $3 coupons coming out for Boost… so if that’s the case, this will make for an even sweeter deal!

Head & Shoulders shampoo or conditioner 13.5 or 14.2 oz 2/$9 = $2 RR
Use the $2/2 coupon found in the 12/11 RP
Pay $7
Get back a $2 RR
Final cost $2.50 each!

Clairol nice n’ easy foam hair color $7.99 = $1 RR
Use the $3/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Pay $4.99
Get back a $1 RR
Final cost $3.99!

Got2b hair styling products 0.35-12 oz $4.99 = $2 RR
Final cost $2.99!


Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide razor system $9.99 = $4 RR
Final cost $5.99!
* Receive and additional $3 RR for purchasing matching cartridges! And if you do decide to purchase the cartridge, you can use the $5/2 (razor & cartridge) coupon found in the 1/1 PG.

Nivea for Women or Nivea for Men body wash 16.9 oz 2/$7 = $2 RR
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found in the 1/1 RP (2 separate coupons for Men and Women)
Pay $5
Get back a $2 RR
Final cost $1.50 each!

Colgate Pro-relief or Total Advanced toothpaste 4 or 5.8 oz or 360 degree toothbrush 2/$8 = $4 RR
Use 2 $1/1 Total Advanced coupons found in the
 Dec’ issue of All You
Pay $6
Get back a $4 RR
Final cost $1 each!
*There is also a new $0.75/1 coupon found in the 1/1 SS.

Playtex Gentleglide or Sport tampons 18 pk 2/$8 = $2 RR
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found in the 11/20 SS or 1/1 SS or
 here or here (lower right corner)
Pay $6
Get back a $2 RR
Final cost $4 total – $2 each!

Spend $20 on Participating Neosporin Essentials = $5 RR
Buy 2 Neosporin Essentials Eczema anti-itch cream 10 oz $7.99
Buy 1 Neosporin Essentials daily body wash 10 oz $7.99
Pay $23.97
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost $18.97 total – $6.32 each!
** There is also a $2 off Neosporin AND Johnson & Johnson Red Cross brand coupon found
 here.

Spend $20 on Participating Mucinex or Lysol Products = $6 RR
Buy 2 Lysol No-Touch hand soap systems 8.5 oz $8
Buy 1 Lysol disinfectant spray 12.5 oz $4
Total = $20
Use the  2 $3/1 Lysol coupons found in the 1/1 SS
Use the $1/1 Lysol coupon found in the 1/1 SS
Pay $13
Get back a $6 RR
Final cost $7 for all 3!

Select Glade Air Fresheners 2/$6 = $1 RR
Buy Glade Scented Oil Candles refills 4 pk or Jar candles 4 oz 2/$6
Use the $1/2 coupon found
 here
Pay $5
Get back a $1 RR
Final cost $2 each!

7Up, A&W, Canada Dry, Sunkist or Hawaiian Punch 2 liter $1 with in ad coupon

Gatorade 4 pk 20 oz each or 6 pk 12 oz each $2.99 with in ad coupon

Maxwell House original 11.5 oz, lite or french roast 11 oz $2.99

V8 vegetable juice 64 oz or V-Fusion 46 oz 2/$5
Use the $1/2 coupon found 
here
Final cost $2 each!

Glucerna nutritional shakes HungerSmart 4 pk or original 6 pk $7.99
Use the $2.50/2 coupon found 
here
Final cost $6.74 each!

Ensure shakes 4 or 6 pk $6.99
Use the $1.50/1 coupon found 
here
Plus, use the $1/1 Walgreens coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet
Final cost $4.49!
*There is also a $3/2 coupon found in the 12/4 SS!

Dasani water 24 pk 16.9 oz bottles $3.99 with in ad coupon

Splenda No Calorie sweetener 100 packets $3.49
Use the $1/1 Splenda Essentials coupon found 
here (if included in sale)
Final cost as low as $2.49!

Oscar Meyer deli fresh shaved meat 9 oz or Kraft American singles 12 oz 2/$6
Use the $1/2 Walgreens coupon found in the
 January Coupon Booklet
Final cost $2.50 each!

Chicken of the Sea solid white tuna 5 oz 4/$5

Blue Diamond almonds 16 oz $5.49
Use the $1/1 Walgreens coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet
Final cost $4.49 each!
Slim Fast shakes 4 pk $4.99
Use the $1.50/1 coupon found 
here
Final cost $3.49!

Atkins shakes 4 pk, Endulge or Day Break bars 5 pk Buy 1 get 1 Free
Buy 2 Atkins Day Break bars 5 pk $7.99 (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $7.99 for both
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found in the 1/1 SS
Final cost $3 each!
* There is also a $1.50/2 coupon found here

The Biggest Loser shakes 4 pk or bars 5 pk Buy 1 at $5.99 get 1 Free
Final cost $3 each!

Sunsweet apricots 13 oz 2/$5
Use the $0.75/1 coupon found 
here
Final cost $1.75!

Progresso soup 18.5 or 19 oz 4/$5 with in ad coupon
Use the $1/4 coupon found in the 12/11 SS or 
here
Final cost $1 each! Not a bad price for Progresso soup.


Keebler crackers 11.5-16 oz 2/$5
Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 11/13 RP or 12/11 RP or found 
here (login or register)
Plus, use the $2/2 Walgreens coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet
Final cost $1 each!

Act II mini bags popcorn 1.4 or 1.6 oz $1

Nestle, Hershey’s or Mars 8 pk 3/$4

Hershey’s Pieces 10 or 10.5 oz, Drops or Reese’s Minis 8 oz $2.99
Use the $1/2 Walgreens coupon found in the 
January Coupon Booklet
Final cost $2.49 each!

Werther’s 6-7.2 oz 2/$3
Use the $0.75/2 coupon found in the 12/4 SS
Final cost $1.12 each!

L’oreal Healthy Look or Root Rescue hair color $5.99
Use the $2/1 coupon found in the 1/1 RP or 11/6 RP (Exp. 1/1!)
Final cost $3.99!

Pantene shampoo or conditioner 12.6 oz Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy Pantene shampoo and conditioner 12.6 oz $4.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $7.48 for both
Use the $3/2 coupon found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost $2.24 each!

L’oreal Excellence or Healthy Look Sublime Mousse hair color 2/$12 with in ad coupon
Use the $5/2 coupon found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost $3.50 each!

Clairol Natural Instincts hair color $5.99
Use the $1/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $4.99!

Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner 10.2 or 13 oz or select Stylers 3/$10
Use the $1/1 Garnier Styler coupon found in the 10/30 RP
Final cost $2.33!

Sensodyne toothpaste 4 oz or iso-active 4.3 oz Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy 2 Sensodyne Pronamel anti-activity fluoride toothpaste 4 oz $5.49 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $8.23 for both
Use the $2.50/2 coupon found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost $2.86 each!

Aquafresh training 1.5 oz, iso-active 4.3 oz, Advanced or Extreme Clean 5.6 or 6 oz Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy 2 Aquafresh Iso-active Whitening toothpaste 4.3 oz $4.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $7.48 for both
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found in the 1/1 RP or here
Final cost $2.74 each!

Oral-B floss picks 75 ct 3/$8
Use the $1/1 coupons found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $1.66 each!

Crest Whitening Plus Scope or Complete with Scope toothpaste 5.8 or 6.2 oz 3/$8
Use the $0.75/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $1.91 each!

Colgate Cavity Protection or Whitening toothpaste 8.2 oz, MaxWhite, Fresh or Clean toothpaste 6 oz 2/$5
Use the $0.75/1 coupons found in the 1/1 SS
Final cost $1.75 each!

Oral-B Indicator toothbrush 2/$5
Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 12/11 RP
Final cost $2 each!

Listerine Total Care, Advanced, Natural Citrus or Zero 1 liter on sale for $2 off with in ad coupon
Buy Listerine Total Care mouthwash 33.8 oz (1L) $6.49 (based on online price)
Use the $1/1 coupon found 
here
Plus, use the $2/1 coupon found in ad
Final cost $3.49!

Old Spice or Gillette body wash Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy Old Spice High Endurance body wash 18 oz $4.49 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $6.73 for both
Use 2 $2/1 coupons found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $$2.72 total – 1.36 each!

Select Old Spice, Secret or Gillette deodorant Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy 2 Gillette deodorant 4 oz $4.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $7.48 for both
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $5.48 total – $2.74 each!

Select Dove for Men or Axe personal care Buy 1 get 1 50% off
Buy 2 Axe shower gel 12 oz $5.49 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale = $8.23 for both
Use 2 $2/1 coupons found in the 12/11 RP
Final cost $2.11 each!


Nature’s Bounty, Sundown, Osteo Bi-Flex or Ester-C vitamins and supplements Buy 1 get 1 Free
Deal Scenario #1:
Buy 2 Nature’s Bounty vitamin B Complex 90 ct $5.49 (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $4.99 for both
Use 2 $2/1 Nature’s Bounty coupon found 
here (must “like” on Facebook)
Final cost only $1.49 total – $0.75 each!


Deal Scenario #2:
Buy 2 Osteo Bi-Flex Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Dietary Supplement Caplets (40 ct) $19.99
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 FREE Sale = $19.99 for both
Use 2 $7/1 coupons found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost only $5.99 total – $3 each!

Deal Scenario #3:
Buy 2 Ester-C 500 mg Per Serving Vitamin C Supplement Gummies Orange (60 ct) $6.99
Minus Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $6.99 for both
Use 2 $2/1 coupons found in the 1/1 or 12/4 RP
Final cost $2.99 total – $1.50 each!


Estroven 28 or 40 ct, Culturelle 30 ct, or Brainstrong 30 or 90 ct Buy 1 get 1 Free
Deal Scenario #1:
Buy 2 Brainstrong supplement 30 ct $12.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $12.99 for both
Use the $5/1 Walgreens coupon found in the January Coupon Booklet (will deduct $10)
Final cost $2.99 total – $1.49 each!
** There are also manufacturer’s coupons available in the Walgreens Vitamin & Supplement coupon booklet that will make these supplements FREE!


All detergent 28-40 loads $3.99
Use the $1/1 coupon found in the 1/1 RP or 12/4 RP (Exp. 1/1!)
Final cost $2.99! (I’m thinking this would be a super price match item to Nichols—final price $1.99!)

Snuggle fabric softener 80 sheets or 32 loads $3.99
Use the $0.50/1 coupon found in the 1/1 RP
Final cost $3.49!

Tide laundry detergent 18-32 loads $5.99
Use the $2/1 coupon found in the 1/1 PG
Final cost $3.99!

Lysol toilet bowl cleaner 16 oz $1.99
Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 1/1 SS
Final cost $1.49 each!

Pilot Precise grip V5 or G2 2 pk or G2 fine point 4 pk Buy 1 get 1 Free


Don't forget about fillers when you're choosing you're items. You have to have at least one item per coupon. So look for cheap items to use, such as the 15 cent Laffy Taffy by the checkout counter!


If you find any deals I didn't list, please let me know and I'll be happy to post!

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