Thursday, January 21, 2010

Not Chasing The Deals

It has really been a slow couple of weeks for deals. We have been mostly living off our stockpile this month. I have only been purchasing meat, produce, milk and bread. There have been a few deals that have been worth picking up on my regular shopping trips.

Oikos Greek individual yogurts are on sale for $1 at Kroger. The sale ends 01-27-10. There is a $1 off coupon in the 01-03-10 SS insert. My daughter loves this yogurt and it cost a lot more than $1 normally. With the coupon they are free. When you buy one or more a $1 off catalina prints for your next purchase of this yogurt. I don't know what the end date is for the catalina. I purchased these individually at self checkout and used the coupon on the next one. 8 free yogurts later, I have a very happy daughter. We like the honey flavored one with a little cinnamon mixed in over top of sliced strawberries and sliced bananas. Yummmm.

Today I stayed home to catch up on some housework. I also put a whole chicken in the crock pot on top of a bed of onions, garlic, and celery. I didn't add any water. I will pull the breast and thigh meat off the bone and chop up to use this weekend. We will be having chicken and dumplings Saturday and pizza on Sunday. After I remove the meat, I will add water, carrots and a bay leaf to the crock and cook overnight. This makes really good stock and it freezes well.

My son's birthday is Sunday and he would like a new pair of tennis shoes. He is going to be 13 and wears a size 10. So today, I looked in the Entertainment Guide for a Shoe store coupon. I found one for Finish Line, $10 off $60 purchase. I won a $50 Visa gift card from a radio station. Those two items will help make what is usually an expensive purchase much cheaper. I love being able to give my kids what they want at a greatly reduced out of pocket cost. I will also be using coupons from the guide for Main Event USA for him and two friends to bowl and play laser tag for his birthday. That will be another $30+ savings from this book.

When I picked my daughter up from school, I stopped at Kroger to get gas. I got 10 cents off per gallon for a total savings of $2.20.

I also did my usual searches using SwagBucks. I use the swagbucks that I earn to purchase my e-gift cards. There are many rewards to choose from but my favorite is the e-gift cards. For every 45 swagbucks you earn you can purchase a $5 e-gift card. I let my husband use $25 worth to reduce the price of new running shoes that he needed. He just ran a marathon this past Sunday and those shoes are ready to be retired. They have over 400 miles on them. SwagBucks is just one more way that we are able to reduce our families expenses. I am now saving my gift cards to help with the purchase of a new faucet for our kitchen sink. I have $65 dollars saved so far. If you are interested in earning free rewards, for doing your normal searches, you can sign up for SwagBucks by clicking on the banner to the right in my sidebar. You will receive 3 swagbucks just for signing up. We will both receive swagbucks for your first 100 swagbucks earned from your searches. If you have any questions about SwagBucks leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.

So even when I'm not chasing deals at the stores, I am saving my family money in other ways.

What are some of the ways that you save money for your family?

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