Most people that I talk with about this challenge assume that it is the couponing and shopping that takes a huge amount of time and if I added that into the equation, it wouldn’t be worthwhile even with the amount I save. The truth is that while couponing does take a bit longer than if I didn’t coupon, the place that I find is by far the most time consuming is the time trying to figure out what to cook and the time spent cooking it. I have had to spend far more time on those aspects than the couponing which has caused some issues because I do have all my other work to do as well. I definitely need to come up with a way to better utilize my time in the kitchen and preparing foods since it looks like I will be doing this a bit longer.
There is a money making scenario this week at Safeway (along with some possible freebies) that could mean that I will have a chance to stock up on some more basics. The problem is that I had a very busy weekend ahead of me and wouldn’t have much time to take advantage of this until Monday of next week. I know from experience that these money makers and freebies don’t always work, so I wanted to at least test it out to make sure it worked. The result was that it was a partial success.
This is part of a continuing challenge to eat well while spending an average of only $1 a day on food. You can find the beginning and the rules of this challenge here
These are the three purchases I wanted to test:
Rolaids – $1.49 each (when 8 mix and match purchased)
** $4.00 off 2 any Rolaids from the 6/6 RedPlum Sunday coupon insert
Final Pirce: $1 moneymaker when you buy 2
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce, 17.5-18 oz – $0.99 each (when 8 mix and match purchased)
** $1.00 off 1 Bull’s Eye Regional BBQ Sauce: Carolina, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City Bricks printable coupon (also another one that can be printed — both can be printed 2 times)
Final Price: Free
Smart Balance Milk – $3.99
There were reports that if you bought Smart Balance Milk, Smart Balance Buttery Spread or Smart Balance Sour Cream, you would get a catalina coupon for a free 1/2 gallon of Smart Balance milk that you could roll again and again (use the catalina coupon for free milk and then another catalina coupon would come out — wash, rinse, repeat).
This is what I ended up buying:
1 package of Smart Balance Sour Cream
2 Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce (Memphis style)
2 Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce (Carolina style)
4 Rolaids Soft Chews (will be donated)
2 Rolaids (will be donated)
The Rolaids and BBQ sauce scenarios worked perfectly and I was able to buy all the above for $0.20
The only part that didn’t work was that I didn’t receive a catalina coupon for a free Smart Balance milk (it has now been confirmed that it is no longer working — it seems I was a day too late). I would have liked to have purchased something other than the sour cream with the Rolaids overage, but it was worth the risk as I would have had a lot of free milk if it had worked.
I do have more of the Rolaids coupons (been hitting all my coupon insert spots hard looking for more), so hopefully I can get some more free / nearly free food on Monday.
I also had to stop by CVS to use a Extra bucks coupon that was expiring. There weren’t any great food deals, so I went with getting a some brown sugar and cinnamon that would be useful for cooking:
This purchase cost me $0.18
I had run out of fruit and didn’t go on my normal morning walk to do some foraging, so I needed to figure out a way to make my pancakes sweet. I decided to try and mix in Honey Nut Cheerios into the pancakes. I was afraid that mixing them directly into the pancake batter would make them soggy, so I sprinkled them on top once I put the pancakes in the frying pan. I then also had a glass of milk (I thought I would have a lot of free milk at that time):
They Honey Nut Cheerio pancakes were actually surprisingly good so I decided to cook up the rest of the batter, but mixing the Honey Nut Cheerios into it. I then placed them into the freezer and I will try them as a snack later on:
For lunch, I basically threw the kitchen sink together (and why I need help with my cooking). I fried up some potatoes, threw in some onions and some corn I had cut off the cob. I added a bit of salt and pepper and placed them into lettuce as a wrap to eat:
Things got extremely hectic in the afternoon with work and other unexpected issues that needed to be resolved. There was just no time to cook dinner and I simply ended up having a couple of bowls of cereal (and unfortunately stayed up into the wee hours of the morning trying to resolve everything). In staying up late, I also snacked a bit on the tortilla chips and the ice cream in the freezer that kept calling to me.
Money Spent $34.65
Money left to spend: $26.35 ($1.33 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of everything bought: $793.22