Nothing feeds the center so much as creative work, even humble kinds like cooking and sewing...Baking bread, weaving cloth, putting up preserves, teaching and singing to children...
~~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~~
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Earning My Keep
Today I did get my coupons cut and sorted, I was also able to make a list of the things that were on sale at CVS and Shaws that we use and were a good deal. Shaws has a "card" that allows you to get things at the sale price, no card no sale price! I only shop there for the sale items as most everything is marked up and in the past when I have done my weekly shopping there it costs me $10-20 more than at Hannaford or Walmart. Here is what I use to organize my coupons, it is sturdy and large enough to hold what I have and much smaller than the plastic shoebox tote I use to bring!! Normally, I put the coupons that I plan to use in the front section then when I place the item in my cart I slide the coupon under the paperclip, this save time and confusion at checkout :0)
So at Shaws ... I was happy to get cereal that we eat regularly for Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) and I had a coupon to boot so that made it a very nice price. I like to compare prices by the unit price so I know if I am really getting a good deal, I used to keep a price book like Amy Dacyczyn author of The Tightwad Gazette Series. I got out of that habit too, I'm not sure if I will get that detailed again or check as I go along??? I also got eggs on sale and will check on some egg recipes for the coming weeks and lastly bologna, I did well to only get the sale items.
At CVS...I splurged and got a Thomas' English Muffins 12 pk for 1.99 on sale it's even a savings over the store brand I usually purchase. I might go back and buy one more pack for the freezer, if I get over there again this week. I also stocked up on hand dishwashing liquid, personal products BOGO w/coupon, and paper towels. I missed out on the VO5 shampoo but that comes on sale regularly and I still have some for now.
At Hannaford I bought a few items that I had coupons for(that would expire today) and were a great deal. I was happy to see that I had a total of 9.25 in coupon savings for my small order today. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen every time but it's a REstart on my couponing!
Here are photos of my two "pantry" closets, one is a shelf in the linen closet in our bathroom and the other is a hall closet that I "repurposed" into a pantry a couple of years ago for food items and overflow kitchen stuff. You can even see the corn that I got by the "pallet" lol :0) I know it is very full so I need to start planning the menu, but for me having a full pantry allows me to sale shop better, but I still need to use more of what I have!! I'm also stocked for plenty of baking when the temps outside are cool. Sorry this post is so long but I got carried away sharing. Gail, Rose, and Granny J I guess I have repurposed before, still not as nice or creative as what you have done. Have a great evening.