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[16 Sep 2011 | 35 Comments | 61,540 views]
Cash Envelope Categories – What works for us

As you know, I have a great little Etsy store where I peddle my handmade cash envelopes for your cash budgeting system.  I create custom labels for my customers, and it is really fun to see all of the different budgeting categories people use.  It is VERY common for a customer to purchase a set of envelopes and then wonder what they should have for their categories. Well, now, that’s an interesting blog topic, isn’t it?
Cash budgeting is catching on all over the country, but it can sometimes be uncomfortable …

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[23 Aug 2011 | 6 Comments | 5,175 views]
Major Shopping at Safeway!

Taking two little boys to the grocery store is torture for this mama.  TORTURE.  You know how I sometimes complain about the two of them loving on one another a little too much in the store resulting in falling down in the aisles or chasing one another around the produce?  This was not a “love” trip.  This was a, “Mom, why did you decide to have another kid?  I wish you didn’t have another kid. Why didn’t you stop at me? I don’t want my brother.” trip. True story.
{Sigh}  So, …

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[4 Aug 2011 | 11 Comments | 6,618 views]
Unbelievable Safeway Score!

Can you believe I paid just $7.92 for all this!?!  My cashier congratulated me on some awesome savings when we were all done.  Hee, hee!

Some of the things you see here are just items we needed, even though I didn’t have any coupons: cheese, eggs, milk, potato bread (for French toast while camping!), chips (for camping – BOGO), hot dog buns (yep, camping), bananas, onions.  Nothing much to say about any of that.  Just basic stuff!
The grapes were a great deal @ 99¢/lb.
The mushrooms are stock-up priced at 99¢ each!  …

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[14 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 3,501 views]
Totally Free Cereal . . . and other great deals!

Let me start by saying that Safeway is just not floating my boat lately.  There really haven’t been many good sales.  Oh, SURE I do just fine, but you don’t see me running out the door to the store at the first sight of the circular, that’s for sure.
My game plan for the last couple of months has been to just buy what my family eats, stockpile when I can, and sit back and relax.  And, do it all under $50 a week, of course.
This is another one of those …

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[30 Jun 2011 | 11 Comments | 5,514 views]
Another Great Safeway Trip!

I’ve had a headache all day long, so I really didn’t want to leave the house, and yet ground beef was the daily special at Safeway today.  Not that the ground beef is the end-all.  At 80% lean, it wasn’t even great ground beef.  Still, I thought about hamburgers this weekend and taco meat, etc, and then I factored in the loved/hated $10/$50 coupon that came out this week and decided to brave it.  With 2 obnoxious boys.  At the dinner hour (although we had already eaten). Insane. Don’t do …

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[20 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,175 views]
Using Catalina Promos to My Advantage!

I went shopping on Friday, but I’m just now getting around to posting about my trip!  Thankfully, if you head out tonight you should be able to pick up all of these same deals.  This is what I bought:

Of course, this is not a freakishly incredible extreme couponing trip, right? However I have had several friends ask me to explain to them how I am able to feed my family of 4 on just $200 a month, so I figured that I should just show you and give you a …

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[2 Jun 2011 | 14 Comments | 7,506 views]
Extreme Savings on Meat

It’s time for another grocery store blog post! Wahoo! Yeah, I know. I’m a freak.  But then, you are reading this, so . . .  
The loved/hated $10/$50 coupon came out this week, as it does the first week of every month at Safeway.  Quick tip: In my local area, it comes in the Tuesday Statesman Journal (although I heard a rumor that it was in the Wednesday one, too), however I get mine from the free Polk County edition of the Statesman that is wrapped in pink plastic and …

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[27 May 2011 | 3 Comments | 3,281 views]
My Groceries!

Howdy ya’ll!
Forgive me.  I just got back from a trip to Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Not that anyone said Ya’ll. See, these days Texans are actually transplanted Californians.  Like my family.  Hee, hee!  For the record, I did graduate from a Texas high school (which is why I’m so brilliant).  I never said Ya’ll (too much of a valley girl, I suppose), however I was tempted a few times.  Why is it that when you get around people with accents your own accent comes out?  It’s kind of embarrassing how …