Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours. We hope that you feel of the peace and hope that the Savior brings into the world, we certainly do. It has been a wonderful year for our family. It has been full of challenges and trials, for sure. But, overcoming those trials has made us closer as a family and to the Lord. We are all healthy and well, which is huge considering this time last year, we weren't sure how Grant's heart was doing. And we are so grateful that he's doing well. Fred's applying to Law School and we're anxious to see where we end up next fall. Amber's loves being a coupon-clipping, deal-seeking, stay-at-home-mom. Hunter is learning to read and Grant is perfecting his demolition abilities. All in all, we feel so very blessed and grateful for everything the Lord has blessed us with, material and immaterial.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Albertson's Doubles and Rite Aid deals

It has been forever since I've posted pictures of my grocery deals. It's not that I haven't been shopping, or that I haven't been getting deals, or even that I haven't taken pictures - I've done all these things, I just haven't posted them. But, I was so jazzed about the Albertson's double coupons in this Sunday's paper and the deals that I got with them, that I just had to share:
(4 cans corn, 4 cans green beans, 5lbs oranges, 2 lbs cheese, 2 packages of sausage, 1 package of salami, 1 tub of butter)

I paid: $7.20

Original cost: $61.41

Savings: $54.21

Keep in mind that Albertson's prices are inflated, but no matter where you're from, $7 for all that is a steal! Now if you're looking at this, and wondering if we're all going to have heart attacks in the next week (with the butter, sausage, cheese, salami), don't worry. Most of this stuff will be consumed over the next couple of months. I don't shop like most people - most people go to the store and buy what they need for that week (or so). I mostly buy things that are on sale at rock bottom prices and stock up on those things. That way I have enough to last until the next time they go on sale. Then I essentially shop and meal plan from my food storage and I rarely have to pay full price for anything. It really is a beautiful system.

I also went to Rite Aid this morning too:

(24 double rolls of toilet paper, 1 pack of Huggies, 1 box Triaminic, 1 bottle of Tylenol, 1 pack of gum, 1 bottle of water, 1 reusable shopping bag and 1 pack of gum)

I paid: $12.42

Original cost: $50.22

I saved: $37.88

It's kind of weird walking away from Rite Aid actually having to pay for things - usually everything I get is free. But, it's hard to get toilet paper and diapers for free. So, I just had to settle for a really great deal. We now have about a 9month supply of Toilet paper. I really need to just stop buying it - but it's hard to pass up such good deals on great quality TP (it ended up being $.16 / roll, which is right about my target price). I had free coupons for the gum, water bottle, and bag - I received them in the mail from Rite Aid. And what's great is that this is my 5th pack of Huggies from Rite Aid this quarter, so I now qualify for a voucher for a free pack! I love buying diapers at Rite Aid. Most weeks they have several free after rebate items (sometimes even money makers) and when I buy a pack of diapers too, I can usually get my total up to $25 to use my $5 / $25 coupon. Since everything else I'm getting is free, the $5 is essentially goes toward the diapers, which makes them a great deal. And then when you buy 5, you get the 6th free. So, I end up spending about $15 for 6 packs of Huggies, which is pretty darn awesome!

Things have been very quite around here lately...

We've been busy and I've thrown most of my blogging energy into keeping up my kids' blog (since it doubles as their journal). So, if you want to know what we've been up to and you don't have access to my kids blog (it's private), just send me your e-mail address and I'll get ya on the list. I don't mind sharing the blog with people I know, I just don't want everyone to be able to see it. So, please let me know if you want to be able to access it. :o)