Saturday, February 28, 2009

Consignment/Antique Shops

I am now officially in love with consignment/antique shops. My husband just randomly decided that we should go check out this little consignment shop out in Eagle. We really weren't expecting to find anything. However, we found 2 awesome items. We found a dining room table 30% off, $245 after discount. We have spent a lot of time shopping around for dining room tables and have been floored by the cost. So, we were excited to get this for such an amazing price. We now have the fun task of hunting for chairs to match. We like the hunt!

We also bought a refinished antique black dresser. It is fabulous!!! We have also been shopping around for a bedroom set but were not willing to pay the insane prices that the furniture stores are asking. Well, we bought this amazing dresser for $189. The dressers in the sets we were looking at were always around $500-$600 so I really do feel like we go this dresser for a great price. We also have the task of finding a bed and nightstands to match. Again, we like the hunt!

In addition, both pieces are unique. They aren't something you are going to find in other people's homes.

Yay for inexpensive and unique furniture!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pinching Your Pennies

I use this awesome site (thanks Kimber for the referral) to look up my Albertsons deals. You can find out about deals at other stores as well. They always have the weekly Albertsons deals in a spread sheet format. It tells you the item, item price, and any coupons that are out there (including links to online coupons). It's a great site and has helped me immensely to figure out this bargain grocery shopping. The site is:

I still feel like I have a lot to learn to get really proficient at this. I think the main way I can save more is with more manufacturers coupons but I frequently can't get my hands on enough of them. Hmmmm.............

My husband and I spend around $175 a month on groceries (including toiletries) and my goal is to get this down to $150.00. Still haven't been able to get this down. However, I have a fairly awesome food storage now! Plus, about $50-60 of this is fresh fruits and vegetables which will decrease significantly once we have a garden this summer.

I have decided that I am going to use what I save in groceries to buy an extra freezer for the garage. I frequently can't buy as much as I'd like due to lack of freezer space. So, buying in bulk and freezing more will also bring down my grocery budget in the long run.

I also figure I save more as well because of Albertsons' gas bonus. For every $50 you spend (before coupons) you get $0.05 off per gallon of gas that you purchase there. They acculumate. So, last time I went in I saved $0.60 per gallon, paying only $1.13 per gallon of gas that day!!!

I already have $0.20 off per gallon now after this last week of shopping!

This week at Albertsons

Well, this week was confusing. I told people I would do a step by step guide about what I did for this sale, but I feel it would be too confusing. But, here are the highlights.

If you buy 10 qualifying items you get a $10 catalina (coupon) at the end to use on your next purchase. So, your first purchase ends up being more expensive. After that, you buy 10 qualifying items again, use the first $10 coupon that you got and the machine spits out another. You can keep doing this until your little heart is content.

My first transactions was:

10 progresso soups @ $1.50 each. However, I had coupons that gave me $0.50 off of each can making my progresso soups $1.00 each. That in itself is a good deal! So, I spent about $10 and got my $10.00 catalina.

I did several other different purchases after that all in groups of 10, all using manufacturers coupons. For example, after all coupons, I got boxes of Chex granola bars for $0.90 a box, bags of chex for free, boxes of cereal for $1.16 a box, etc.

I went back last night and bought 10 packages of cake mix (for my mother). The total was $12.50 (plus tax) and I had a $10.00 coupon from above purchases, making the total $3.25. And, of course I got my $10.00 catalina again.

I then turned around and bought 10 packages of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits which were on sale for $1.25 (good price as is). I had coupons (on the can) that gave me $0.30 off of 3 (there were better coupons out there but I couldn't get my hands on many) and another one that gave me $0.50 on 2. So, total price $12.50 (plus tax) minus $1.10 in coupons and minus the $10.00 catalina = about $2.00 for 10 cans of grands biscuits!!!! Part of me wants to go get more because they are such a good deal, but what would I do with them all!!! Rumor has it these freeze just fine.

Albertsons also had store coupons in their ad that made chips $0.97 cents a bag. I have gone back several times to buy more because the coupon limits you to 2. I now have 6 bags of chips hanging out in my pantry. They also had coupons in their ad for $1.99 blackberries. I have been craving good fruit and these were amazing!!

So, all in all, I spent $44.16 and saved $130.48. I also bought several extra items that weren't couponed or part of the catalina sale.

If anyone wants to buy any biscuits or cake mixes (or anything else), just let me know. I can do it for you and save you from having to make that initial purchase to get your $10.00 catalina.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Making money off of Verizon

I decided I wanted to upgrade my phone to one of those "cool" smartphones. I ended up getting a Palm Centro since it's the only Smartphone with Verizon that doesn't make you get the monthly internet plan. I got a company discount and ended up getting it for $50. Totally excited!!!! Well, when the package arrived there was an insert about getting a $70 rebate--glad I read through all the inserts. I assumed they would only give me my rebate for the $50 that I paid for the phone but, NO, they processed it for $70!! WAHOO!! I sold my old phone for $55. So, all said and done, I made $75 off of upgrading my phone.
Okay, so I've always been a bargain hunter and a sucker for deals and my friends often say if there's a good deal to be found, I will be the one to find it. So, I've decided to blog about it (inspired by Kimber) starting with my Albertson's trips (there's been 2 of them) this week. Ha! Here's the details:

Quaker Granola Bar= $2.50 - $1.00 Manuf. coupon- $1.00 Albies doubler coupon= $0.50 (I did this one twice)

Juicy Juice = $2.00 - $1.00 Manuf. coupon - $1.00 Albies doubler coupon= FREE

Lean Gourmet Meals= 5 for $5 - $1.00 Manuf. coupon - Albies doubler coupon= 5 for $3.00

Suave Body Wash= 2 for $3 - $1.00 Manuf. coupon - Albies doubler coupon = 2 for $1.00

Healthy Choice Frozen Meal= $2.00 -$1.oo Manuf coupon - Albies doubler coupon = FREE (I did this one twice)

Coffee mate creamer= 3 for $5 - $1.50 Manuf. coupon- $0.50 Manuf. coupon- $1.00 Albies doubler - $0.50 Albies doubler= 3 for $1.50 plus free coffee with purchase of 3 creamers

My husband shook his head in amazement as we walked out the door. I do love it when Albertson's does doubler coupons in their ads. I sure hope they do it more often!!