Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We shouldn't be allowed to carve.

I know that's what people are thinking as they drive by and see this.

Italian sweet cream coffeemate is a little bit of heaven.

I am eating a Gardenburger right now. yum!

Emily went to bed at 7:30 two nights in a row. She's a tired girl.

We have been watching our pennies lately so I have been cutting coupons, watching ads and going to several different stores to shop. I thought it wouldn't pay off but check out how much I saved just this week:

9 items
spent $5.64
saved $12.92
got free almay mascara

44 items
spent $27.10
saved $58.36
got 10 free 2 liters of pop

Fred Meyer
spent $35
saved $12.11
got a free furnace filter. i feel like this one should say I saved more because everything I bought was on sale then I had a coupon for it. If I added it up that way my savings would be closer to $20.

That's $83.39 I saved this week alone! I think that's pretty great. I watched the Coupon Mom on Oprah a few weeks ago and she got my interest piqued. I have since found sites like and $5 dinners that I am excited to explore. I don't pay full price for anything else, why should I pay full price for groceries? The secret, I'm learning, is don't buy things when you need them, buy when they are on sale. It's only taken me 13 years to figure that out.

At this moment I have 22 boxes of cereal in my pantry

I am thinking about doing a Christmas album like this one from Ali.

We bought a new dining room table. Well actually we put a down payment on it and put it on layaway. I took Rob to look at it and although he didn't think it was as great as I did he liked it. It is 9 inches wider than our current table, has two leaves so we can finally have company over and all sit at the table, has fabulous legs, and, this is my favorite part, it's old. It was owned by someone before us and maybe even someone before them. If it could talk it would have numerous stories to tell. Oh how I wish it could talk. We have 90 days to get it but with all these pennies I'm saving I'm hoping we can have it home sooner than later. It doesn't come with chairs but I saw this idea and love it. Guess I will be on the hunt for cheap chairs soon.


Kimberly said...

Wow Jen. Your savings inspire me! I actually have been wanting to do the coupon thing for a while now but . . . you know how it goes. :)

SPARKY said...

pefect idea with the chairs. love the difference oneach, but the color bringing them all together. who knew?
also, where'd you get your albertson and freddy coupons? are they theirs or just ones from internet/paper?

Dionna said...

Your pumpkins crack me up! What a sight.

Alisha Beverly said...

I really want to try that coupon thing. There is no way I have time to do that all now but hopefully once the baby is born and I quite work I can start coupon shopping. Do you use just that website or do you get a paper and look through the ads too?

Kelly said...

Isn't it amazing how much you can save if you put a little effort into it? It's like a game for me! My friend Andrea and I share good deals that we find. I know there are a lot of money saving blogs around but maybe we should start a message board for local deals.

I've always wanted all different chairs at my kitchen table. Kind of like on Friends. Long story why we don't have them but I did make sure all the chairs in the playroom were different and I painted them all different colors. I can't wait to see your table!

chrisanna said...

Your pumpkins crack me up! Seriously, that is so funny. Thanks for the coupon tips. I need to be more consistent about using them. It is amazing what you can save. I can't wait to see your table and chairs. How exciting.

Quiltermama said...

your are right about the pumpkins...course i saw them before you took them home and they were great...but no one else knows that!

Erin Boyle said...

That is amazing Jen! Way to go on saving so much $!! Also, the photo of your families pumpkins...HILARIOUS!

jen k said...

I've been doing the coupon/watching the ads thing for the past couple of months. At first I didn't save much because I was stocking up but now I can notice the savings. It's a little bit of work but I don't mind if saving money!!