WFM Wednesday 7/11/12

Today’s Works For Me Wednesday is all about grocery shopping. I took the time and made a pre-filled out list and broke it into sections. I have a space to mark down the amount of each item we need and I put a C next to the item if I have a coupon. I keep a highligher in the kitchen so the kids and husband can just highlight what we need or what they want. I also have a  blank space to write in items that I may need just on occasion or if I am trying a new recipe and need a rare item. I like having this already pre-printed….it makes it easier to read rather than my kids horrible spelling. (Or my husband’s…lol) And I can update the list as needed too. Below is my master grocery list. I put mine in excel form. Do you use a pre-made form or write it down or do you have it in your smart phone or ipad?

Master Grocery List
Produce Snacks Ethnic Food Condiments Cereal
Potatoes Cookies Refried Beans BBQ Sauce Oatmeal
Onions Graham crackers Taco Shells Mustard Cherrios
Lettuce Popcorn Enchilada Sauce Mayo Fruit loops
Carrots Chips Salsa Relish Grits
Bananas Gum Soy Sauce Ketchup
Apples Rice Salad Dressing
Grapes Taco Seasoning Vinegar
Tomatoes Canned Goods Pizza Sauce Syrup
Strawberries Sp. Sauce Pepperoni Honey
Corn
Baked Beans
Tom Sauce Meat
Tom paste Ground Beef PB Aisle
Tom soup Chicken Peanut Butter
Breads Green Beans Stew meat Nutella
Breads Canned Beans Lunch meat Jelly
Flat Bread Mushrooms Pork Chops
Rolls Rotel Pork Loin
Hotdog buns Cranberry Sauce Bacon
Burger buns Tomatoes Hotdogs Frozen Food
Tortillas Smokies Ice Cream
Dairy Sausage Veg
Milk Waffles
Butter Pizza
Beverages Eggs
Juice Yogurt Baking Aisle
Soda Am Cheese Flour
Lemonade Cheddar Sugar Household Goods
Coffee Mozzarella Brown Sugar P Towels
Tea Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar T. Paper
Wine Velveeta Yeast Tissue
Coffee Mate Pudding Mix Bleach
Cake Mix Dish detergent
Canned fruits Choc. Chips Foil
Applesauce Pasta Fluff Baggies
Peaches Spaghetti Pam Dish soap
Raisins Mac & cheese Oil Trash bags
Olive Oil
Brownie Mix
Garlic

WFM Wednesday

My Works For Me Wednesday post today is about my snackbox in my vehicle. I briefly mentioned it in my last WFM post so I thought I would go a little more into it today.

Its not much really but I get so many comments on it (positive and not so positive) in real life I thought I would blog about it. (Because that’s what bloggers do right?)

Anyway all that it is, is a plastic shoebox sized tub with a lid that I got at the dollar tree. Yes folks, I shop at the dollar tree. Anyway in it I store snacks like granola bars, cereal bars, individual chip bags, and other non melting snacks (today it was 115 degrees in the truck at 6pm) and I also have some juice boxes in there. Its under the front seat and pretty much stays there. At least once a week I refill and rotate drinks as needed. But usually come Friday its in need of refilling.

The reasons I have this are plentiful but mainly I am cheap and my kids are ALWAYS hungry. They both have fast metabolisms and so they constantly snack. I want them to have healthyish options that don’t break my budget. Also I have been known to dip into it when running around and hungry.

Another reason is you never know what might happen. Recently there was a very bad accident on a bridge and cars were trapped for seven hours. HELLO?! You on a bridge for seven hours? What if you have kids? People laugh at my snack box and laugh at my anal retentiveness and OCD but trust me, you want to be in the car with me when you are stuck on a bridge for 7 hours. I know you won’t starve to death but you won’t kill your kids because they are crying because they are hungry.

I urge you to make a snack box and keep it filled and put it in your vehicle. Its to cheap not to do.

What works for you?

Coupon Preview for 5/15/11

There will be 2 inserts this week. One Smart Source & 1 Red Plum. Remember inserts vary by region & these are not guaranteed. Happy Couponing!

These SHOULD be available to you in your Smart Source.
Atkins Day Break Square 5 pack or Shake 4 pack Save $1/1 (7/31)
Atkins Bar 5 pack or Shake 4 pack Save $1/1 (7/31)
Bausch + Lomb Alaway Eye Drops Save $4/1 (7/31)
Bausch + Lomb Opcon-A Eye Drops Save $1/1 (7/31)
Claritin any Non-Drowsy 4 oz or 10-ct or larger Save $2/1 (6/12)
Claritin any Non-Drowsy 24-ct or larger Save $5/1 (6/12)
9Lives Dry Cat Food bag 3.15 lbs or larger Save $1/1 (7/16)
9Lives Wet Cat Food bag ONE 12-can variety pack, 12 individual cans, or THREE 4-packs Save $1 (7/16)
OFF! Area product: powerpad lamp, outdoor fogger, citronella candle or mosquito coil Save $1/1 (6/25)
OFF! Area product: powerpad lamp, outdoor fogger, citronella candle or mosquito coil Save $2/2 (6/25)
JELL-O refrigerated snacks Save $1/1 (6/15)
CHI-CHI’s Salsa jars or SNACKERS Salsa and Cheese cups 12 oz or greater Save $1/2 (7/31)
CHI-CHI’s tortillas Save $1/2 (7/31)
BAILEYS Coffee Creamer Save $1/1 DND (6/12)
Bausch+Lomb Alaway antihistamine eye drops Save $4/1 (7/31)
Bausch+Lomb Opcon-A eye drops Save $1/1 (7/31)
GM Cereal Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Wheaties Save $1/2 (6/25)
Colgate ProClinical 4 oz or larger Save $1/1 (6/4)
MidNite, MidNIte PM / MidNite for Menopause Save $1/1 (11/30)
LAND O LAKES Fresh Buttery Taste Spread Products Save $.50/1 (7/9)
LAND O LAKES 1 lb Deli Cheese Save $1.00 (7/31)
LAND O LAKES packages of Deli Cheese Products Save $1/2 (7/31)
Pepperirdge Farm Bread or rolls Save $1/2 (7/31)
Juicefuls juice filled fruit snacks Save $1/1 (8/21)
Pepperidge Farm Cookies Save $1/2 (7/10)
LUNCHABLES lunch combos with fruit Save $1/1 (7/10)
OSCAR MEYER Sub or Flatbread Sandwiches, Cracker Combos or New Sandwich Combos Save $1/1 (7/10)
OSCAR MEYER Lower Sodium Turkey Bacon Save $1/2 (7/10)
OSCAR MEYER Hot Dogs Save $1/2 (7/10)
OSCAR MEYER Deli Fresh or 1 lb shaved lunchmeats Save $1/2 (7/10)
OSCAR MEYER Sandwich Combos Save $1/1 (7/10)
Ziploc brand bags Save $1/2 (7/9)
Ziploc containers Save $1.50/2 (7/9)
Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Bruch 2-in-1 kit or refill pack Save $3/1 (6/25)
Shout laundry products Save $1/2 (6/26) DND
STRIDE gum Save $1/3 single packs (7/9)
COTTENELLE Flushable Moist Wipes Save $1/2 36- count or larger tubs, 42 count refills or 1 72-count or larger refill (6/26)
Lysol Clean-Flip Starter Kit or Floor Cloths Save $1/1 (8/31)
Woolite Oxy Deep, Pet + Oxygen and Pet Urine Eliminator Save $.75/1 (5/31)
People magazine Save $1/1 (7/5)
HeluvaGood Sour Cream Dips Save $1/2 (6/30)
KOTEX linters 33 ct or higher Save $1.50/2 (6/25)
KOTEX pads Save $2/2 (6/25)
KOTEX Security Tampons Save $1.50/2 (6.25)
KRAFT Mayo or Miracle Whip Save $1/1 (6/12)
DOLE Fruit in Gel Save $.75/2 (7/31)
DOLE Parfaits Save $.75/2 (7/31)
Joint Juice product Save $1/1 (7/15)
Reynolds Wrap Non-stick foil Save $1/1 (6/30)
Reynolds Wrap Foil (excluding 20, 25,& 30 sq ft) Save $1/1 (6/30)
Kikkoman Products Save $1/2 (12/31)
PLANTERS Nutrition Bars (5ct box) or Big Nut Bars (5 ct box) Save $1/1 (7/31)
TEEKANNE Herbal Wellness tea Save $1.50/1 (6/30)
Method Laundry Detergent 25 or 50 load Save $1/1 (6/30)
Nylabone non edible chew Save $1.50/1 (6/21)
Nylabone edible chew or treat Save $1.50/1 (6/21)

Red Plum SHOULD include the following:
Aquafresh iso-active Foaming gel Save $1.00/1 (6/26)
Aveeno sun protection product Save $1.50/1 (7/31)
Aveeno sun protection products Save $3.00/2 (7/31)
Benadryl topical product Save $1.00/1 (7/31)
Black Box rebate offer Save $5.00 (7/31)
Brawny Paper Towels 6- roll or larger Save $1.00/2 ((8/11)
Caltrate Save $2.00/1 (8/22)
Caltrate larger size 155ct or larger Save $3.00/1 (8/22)
Carbona color & dirt grabber Save $1.00/1 (8/13)
Carbona stain devils Save $1.00/1 (8/13)
Centrum Silver Women’s, Centrum Silver Men’s, Centrum Women’s or Centrum Men’s 100 ct Save $2.00/1 (8/7)
Centrum Silver Women’s, Centrum Silver Men’s, Centrum Women’s or Men’s 100ct Save $5.00/2 (8/7)
Centrum Silver women’s , Centrum Silver Men’s, Centrum Women’s or Men’s 200 ct Save $10.00/2 (8/7)
Cesar entrees Buy THREE get ONE FREE up to Save $1.19 (8/6)
Cortaid product Save $3.00/1 (7/31)
FiberChoice product Save $3.00/1 (7/9)
Gillette Body Wash no trial Save $2.00/1 (6/30)
Gillette Deodorant Buy ONE GET ONE FREE up to Save $4.00 (6/30)
Goya Olive oil 17oz or larger Save $.75/1 (8/15) DND5
Goya Adobo 16.5 oz or larger Save $.55/1 (8/15) DND5
Grain Berry Antioxidant Cereals Save $1.00/1 (7/31)
Grain Berry pancake or muffin mix Save $1.00/1 (7/31)
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand product Save $1.00/2 (7/31)
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats and/or Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereals 14oz or larger Save $1.00/2 (6/26)
Kellogg’s Cereals 8.7oz or larger Save $1.00/3 (6/26)
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 8 ct or larger Save $1.00/3 (7/10)
Kraft dressing 14 oz or larger Save $1.50/2 (6/12)
Land O’Frost Premium One Pound Save $.55/1 (7/31) DND5
Lawry’s Marinade Save $.50/1 (6/19)
Lawry’s Spice Blend Save $.50/1 (6/19)
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze product Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal Paris skincare Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, Ever Strong shampoo or conditioner Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, Ever Strong treatment Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal Vive Pro Shampoo Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal Studio Line Styling Product or L’Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Style product Save $1.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal haircolor product any Save $2.00/1 (7/10)
L’Oreal haircolor products any Save $5.00/2 (7/10)
Milo’s kitchen brand 100% real dog treats 3.3oz or smaller Save $1.50/1 (7/9)
Milo’s Kitchen brand 100 real dog treats 10oz or larger Save $2.00/1 (7/9)
Neosporin Lip Health product Save $1.00/1 (7/31)
Neosporin and Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages product Save $1.50 on BOTH (7/31)
Nivea Body Lotion 8.4 fl. oz – 13.5 fl. oz. Save $2.00/1 (6/26)
Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite product 2.5oz-6.7oz Save $3.00/1 (6/26)
Osteo Bi-Flex caplets, softgels or powder no liquids Save $5.00/1 (6/26)
Polident products Save $1.00/1 (6/26)
Super Poligrip Products Save $1.00/1 (6/26)
Pup-Peroni dog snacks 4/8oz or larger Save $1.50/2 (7/15)
Scotties facial tissues 5 boxes or 2 multipacks Save $1.00 (6/18/`11)
Sensodyne ProNamel toothpaste Save $1.00/1 (8/14)
Sensodyne Toothpaste or iso-active foaming gel .75/1 (8/14)
Silver Palate thick & Rough oatmeal Save $1.00/1 (7/31)
Smuckers toppings product Save $1.00/2 (8/31)
Snausages or Snow Somes! dog snacks 9.75 oz or larger Save $1.50/2 (7/15)
Sundown vitamins or supplements product Save $1.00/1 (6/28)
Turkey Hill half gallons or larger Drinks Save $1.00/2 (8/15)
Uncle Ben’s original converted brand rice products Save $1.00/2 (7/10)
Venus Razor or Venus Disposables Razor Save $2.00/1 (6/30)
Venus Refill Save $2.00/1 (6/30)
Whiskas dry food for cats bag Save $1.00/1 (7/9)
Whiskas tray Buy One Get One FREE up to .69 (7/9)
Wisk Laundry detergent 50 oz or larger Save $2.00/1 (6/26)

Coupon Preview 5/8/11

This week there will be only 1 Smart source insert due to Mothers Day. Here is a sample of the coupons that should be included.

Air Wick Scented Oil twin refill pack Save $1/1 or single refills Save $1/2 (6/19)
Air Wick Get Double Fresh warmer unit free wyb any Scented Oil refill up to Save $2.50 (6/19)
Allegra 24hr 5ct & 15ct, 12hr 12ct, Allegra-D 12hr 10ct, 24hr 5ct, or children’s 12hr Save $2/1 (7/9)
Allegra 24hr 30ct+, Allegra-D 12hr 20ct or 24hr 10ct Save $4/1 (7/9)
Arm & Hammer toothpaste, whitening booster or mentadent product 2.5oz+ Save $.75/1 (8/31)
Carefree Free 18-22ct Save $1/1 (6/30)
Clear Care twin pack cleaning and disinfecting solution Save $3/1 (7/15)
Clear Care 12oz+ bottle of cleaning and disinfecting solution Save $1/1 (7/15)
GenTeal any Save $1.50/1(9/30)
Neutrogena naturals cleanser Save $1/1 (9/30)
Neutrogena suncare item Save $1/1 (9/30)
New York Style Save $.55 off eggs wyb 2 bagel crisps (9/30)
Newtons any 10-14oz Save $1/1 (6/8)
o.b. Save $1/1 (6/30)
Purina can Chef Michael’s canine creations Save $2/6 (6/4)
Purina 4.5lb bag Chef Michael’s canine creations dry dinners Save $2/1 (6/4)
Purina 11.5lb bag Chef Michael’s canine creations dry dinners Save $4/1 (6/4)
Purina B1G1F 6oz Beggin up to Save $3.99 (8/8)
Precious 10oz+ string cheese Save $1/1 (7/31)
Raid Max bug barrier starter Save $3/1 (6/11)
Raid Max bug barrier refill Save $1/1 (6/11/11
Reach single toothbrushes Save $2/2 or multi-pack toothbrushes Save $2/1 (8/8)
Schick slim twin or slim triple disposable razor pack excludes 2ct Save $1/1 (6/19)
Schick slim twin or slim triple disposable razor packs excludes 2ct Save $3/2 (6/19)
Scott Save $1/12 or more rolls of 1000ct bath tissue (6/19)
Smart Balance cooking oil or cooking spray Save $.75/1 (6/22)
Smart Balance Omega Plus light mayonnaise dressing Save $.75/1 (6/22)
Smart Balance popcorn Save $.75/1 (6/22)
Smart Balance rich roast peanut butter Save $.75/1 (6/22)
Smart Balance milk Save $1/1 (6/22)
Smart Balance buttery spreads or sticks Save $1/2 (6/22)
Stayfree Save $1/1 (6/30)
Tide laundry detergent Target coupon Save $.75/1 (6/18) ETS
Tide stain release Target coupon Save $1/1 (6/18) ETS
Viactiv soft chews dietary supplement Save $2/1 (9/30)
Wacky Mac Save $.40/1 (12/31)
Yoplait any variety yogurt Save $1/10 (7/2)
Zantac 24ct+ Save $1/1 (7/31)
Hanes apparel item Target coupon Save $.75/1 (6/18)
Hormel Natural Choice Save $.50/1 (7/11)
Hormel cans of chili Save $.55/2 (7/11)
Hormel Always Tender flavored meat Save $1/1 (7/11)
Hormel pepperoni pack Save $.35/1 (7/11)
Hormel Compleats kids Save $1/1 (7/11)
Hormel Compleats Save $.55/1 (7/11)
Jack Daniel’s product Save $.55/1 (7/31)
Jack Daniel’s 28 or 40oz barbecue sauce Save $.75/1 (7/31)
Ken’s 16oz dressing Save $1/1 (6/30)
Litehouse products Save $1/2 (8/31)
L’Oreal Sublime Mousse Save $3/1 (7/3)
Mitchum advanced control Save $1/1 (6/13)
Mountain High 64oz yogurt Save $1/1 (6/30)
Mountain High 32oz yogurt Save $.50/1 (6/30)
Mrs. Dash seasoning blend Save $.50/1 (6/30)
Mrs. Dash Save $1 off fresh beef wyb one seasoning blend (6/30)

Have a happy Mother’s Day & happy Couponing!

Coupon Preview for April 17, 2011

I am so sorry I did not post this yesterday. It was CRAZY yesterday. But anyway….there are FOUR yes FOUR inserts in today’s paper. There are 2 Redplum & 2 Smartsource inserts. For a full list please click here. Below are some that I am looking forward to. Don’t forget if there are a bunch that you plan to use try to get 1 or 2 extra papers & build your stockpile. Good luck. BTW even though I don’t need them I wanted to make sure you know there are HUGGIES coupons available in the paper.

OxiClean $2/3 (6/30)

Scott Naturals Paper Towels $1/6 (5/29)

Scott Naturals Bath Tissue 4 rolls+ $1 (5/29)
U by Kotex Pads $1 (5/28)

U by Kotex Liners $1 (5/28)
U by Kotex Tampons $1 (5/28)
Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables 19oz-240z .40 (6/11)
Neosporin or one Band-Aid product .50 (6/30)

Neosporin AND one Band-Aid product $1.50 (6/30)
Schick Hydro 5 refill $2 (5/28)

Schick Hydro 3 refill $2 (5/28)
Head & Shoulders Shampoo buy One Get One Head & Shoulder 13.5oz Conditioner FREE

Good luck couponing!

Resolutions

As December winds down and Christmas draws to a close I like most of you I am sure find myself thinking of how to make next year better than the one that is ending. 2010 was an interesting year to say the least. I watched my children become a year older, my oldest went from elementary into junior high school, my baby not only started school but thrives there, and my husband became temporarily (thank God) unemployed. He is back to work now which is good but timing as always has a way of biting me in the rear & he will miss Christmas again this year. I have done good on some of my goals. We have whittled down our debt by paying off 2 credit cards & paying down another. But this still seems to be taking a toll so we have decided to make bigger changes. We stopped paying Child support in April so now we have some extra room in the budget to start snowballing things. We’ve also decided to give up tv beginning in January. Next will be our landline in Feb & reducing our cell phones in Feb too. I also have my van up for sale and if all that goes as planned we can put close to $700 more a month to our debt. I know the mortgages won’t get paid off sooner but I am not concerned with those. I just really want to pay the credit cards off completely.
Also, I’m coming up with a new business venture which may allow me to keep the van & to have it pay for itself. In the new year I will be a personal grocery shopper. I even have my first client lined up. I think this will be a great idea. I am really excited. I think there are people who will pay a reasonable fee to have someone do their grocery shopping for them.
I don’t really have any resolutions….I am not saying I am resolved to be/do this that or the other but I do have goals which I will be writing up for another post & I will be printing them & posting them in my home to help hold myself accountable. I look forward to announcing wheneve a step has been accomplished towards my goals.

Do you have goals or resolutions for 2011?

When to stock up

Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for this comprehensive list of products. This is a great reference to use for when you want to know when to stock up or when something is going to go on sale. Now….some things vary by region. (Example we have Mardi Gras so there are usually sales that time for things like red beans, rice, zatarins mixes, etc) When these things are about to go on sale you MUST get your paper for your coupons. If its full of things your family uses regularly & you have room for it AND it won’t go bad consider buying multiple papers & stockpiling. I have room for a few things but not everything so I pick what I can store. I will not be one of these people whose house looks like Wal-mart threw up in their home. Hope this list helps.

January: Oatmeal, diet foods, Superbowl Sunday items (chips, drinks, snacks), oranges, pears, carrots, spinach, Christmas items, cold medicine & vitamins

February: National Canned food month, national hot breakfast month, valentines candy, Chinese new year, potatoes, carrots, spinach.

March: Frozen food month, lemons, limes

April: Easter items, ham, eggs, some baking supplies, chocolate, Earth day, organic foods, energy saver items, beets, cabbages, mushrooms. Stock up after Easter on clearance items.

May: Memorial Day, BBQ Items, paper products, insect repellent, sunscreen, Cinco De Mayo, salsa

June: National Dairy Month, (sometime a free milk catalina wyb 3 or 4 cereals), end of June is gearing up for 4th of July, blackberries

July- 4th of July items, national ice cream month, blueberries, 4th of July clearance items

Aug. Back to school items, school lunch items, office supplies, apples, plums

September: Back to School sales, Labor Day items, BBQ & summer clearance, diabetes awareness, oranges, grapes

October: Halloween candy, start of baking supplies, adopt a shelter dog month, dog food, Halloween clearance

November: Baking items, canned foods, pears, end of the month Thanksgiving decorations

December: holiday dinner food, baking supplies, canned food.

This is just a guide….not a complete list. Good luck.