Tuesday, January 31, 2012

my shopping brag bag [1]

each month, i will share a post to highlight some of my shopping trips. this is essentially to show everybody how i help our family save money.

an easy money-saving tip is clipping coupons. i started doing this last year. i print them from target.com, coupons.com, smartsource.com or redplum.com. also, most companies offer coupons in their websites or facebook pages. these coupons can either be printed or requested by mail. the sunday paper has a lot of coupon inserts as well. however, our region has very limited coupons so i don't bother buying it anymore.

in addition to coupons, i find good deals by reading blogs like thrifty & thriving, money saving mom, a thrifty mom, & couponing to disney. these are just some of my favorite blogs that have helped me immensely in my quest to be a frugal shopper.

so here's my brag bag at walmart:
3 packs huggies pull-ups - $7.47 each {after $2/1 mic*}
4 packs wet ones wipes - $0.23 each {after $0.75/1 mic}
2 bath sponges - $0.99 each {after $1/1 mic}
2 10-boxes minute maid juice - $1.98 each {after $1/1 mic}
1 huggies pull-ups wipes - $0.64 {after $1/1 mc**}

*mic - manufacturer's internet coupon
**mc - manufacturer's coupon

and for target:
2 3-pack up & up wipes - $3.99 each {after $1/1 tpc***}
2 6-roll up & up bath tissue - $2.79 each {after $1/1 tpc}
1 up & up disinfectant spray - $1.49 {after $1/1 tpc}
1 up & up bathroom cleaner - $0.97 {after $1/1 tpc}
2 kashi cereal - $1.75 each {after $1/1 mic}
4 reach floss - free {after $1/1 mic}

***tpc - target printable coupon

another way i save money is shopping for items on clearance. my rule of thumb has been - if it's 70% or more, then its definitely worth checking out.

these were my finds at target:
kid's snow bib - paid $4.48 {orig $14.99}
girl's slippers - paid $2.98 {orig $9.99}
girl's suede boots - paid $5.98 {orig $19.99}

and these were from macys:
junior's cardigan - paid $7.48 {orig $29.99}
2 girl's hoodie - paid $2.48 each {orig $17.99}

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