Friday, March 27, 2009

Back In The Swing Of Things

I have been SOOO behind on clipping coupons and getting them organized, so I haven't been frugal shopping the past few weeks. After throwing down around $100 at Target for groceries a couple times I was motivated to get back in the game. Here's how I did:

I spent $5.08 on the items to the left with $9.99 ECBs. Not bad.

My Grand Total was $26.89 with a Savings of $49.63!!! I was very excited to find that $5 off $30 coupon in the Wed. paper that comes in the mail. I also got some rainchecks for the deals they were out of.

CVS (again)
Bounty 8 roll and some Crest Pro Health toothpaste for a Total of $1.69 and left with $3.49 ECBs earned in that trip and I still have $2.99 ECBs from the earlier trip.

Which leads me to the topic of paper towels. Not all paper towels are created equal. I really love Bounty. I've tried others, they just don't do it for me. I know the Strategic Shopping Lady from church says to NEVER buy paper towels, but I just can't quit them. I've cut back, though, by using the cloth napkins we received as wedding presents and have yet to use. My mother in law bought me some recently, also. (Thank You, Kathy!) But I have this thing against sponges and dish rags. They just scream germs to me, and Bounty is tough enough to use when you need to hand wash dishes. Select-a-size basic white is my preference. I also am blessed with a glass kitchen table which gets Windexed and Bountied at least 3 times a day. I'm just not ready to part from it. I tried using newspaper once to clean the table off with; that lasted one day, not for lack of efficiency, just mainly convenience. As for Windex, I saw that Glass Plus is BOGO this week at Publix. We'll see if it measures up.

What are some thing that are just not worth being frugal over for you?


annieck said...

I love paper towels too. I don't always buy them, but I really really love them.
I can't skimp on garbage bags. We got the cheap kind for a while, but they always ripped. We're back to Glad Forceflex. Gotta have 'em! :)

Rachael said...

Good for you for getting back in the game. I am STILL trying to get it together. I have not shopped frugally since I got pregnant. It's awful! Anyway, we still buy organic milk (for me and Siah) and organic apples. Those are just 2 things that we don't want to be frugal about. I am with you on the paper towels. We don't buy them anymore but when/if we do I have to have bounty. No other paper towel measures up!

shlane said...

Annie - I'm with you on the Forceflex, but I started recycling more trash so we're not using as many bags. I use to shamefully throw a milk jug in the garbage can.

Rachael - I feel a little better going cheap at Publix on their milk since its hormone free.