Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I've decided....

The hubby is paid every two weeks so I've decided that on the day's that he's paid I will go to Albertsons and WinCo and put $75 on each store's "gift" card. My budget will be $150 for two weeks to feed a family of eight. I may not like WinCo too much but I do like their bulk food section. No money left on the card = no grocery shopping. No more cash or using my debit/credit cards at the store - it'll strictly be a "gift" card purchase only.

$150 / 14 days = $10.71 per day

That's roughly $10 per day to feed a family of eight.

If I did my math right that's $3,900 a year to feed a family of eight. Summer will be the challenge since the kids are home for 12 weeks but if I stock up on stuff over the winter and spring I should be able to keep within my budget.

So that's my challenge - to keep within my $75 per week grocery budget. So far I've spent almost $20 since yesterday but I have enough tortillas and veggies for tacitos, burritos and other inexpensive faux-Mexican dinners. Least the kids like Mexican food even if the hubby and I don't (except I love enchiladas).

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Couponing Acronyms

$1.50 SS 10/18 - $1.50 coupon from the October 18 Smart Source insert
$1.50/3 - $1.50 of when you buy 3 items
B1G1/BOGO - Buy One, Get One
CC - Competitor Coupon
FAR - Free After Rebate
MFC or MFR - Manufacturer Coupon
MIR - Mail in Rebate
OOP - Out of Pocket
P&G - Procter & Gamble Insert
RP - Red Plum Insert
RR - Register Reward (Wags)
SC - Store Coupon
SS - Smart Source Insert
WAGS - Walgreens
WFC - Weekly Flyer Coupon
WYB - When You Buy

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In stores:

Blinkies – Found on various store aisles these little machines spit out coupons as you pull them out. Most blinkies have little lights that blink hence the name.

Catalinas – Receipt-like coupons printed at the register. Not all stores have Catalinas (such as WinCo). These are typically NOT printed on the back of the register receipt.

Hang/Wine Tags – Found around the neck of a bottle with a little piece of string or rubber band.

Peelies – Coupons found on certain products that peel away from the product.

Tearpads – Coupons on a tear away pad. Typically found in a display and not directly on the product.

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Internet coupons - There are many places online that you can print coupons from. See links below for printable online coupons.

Magazines – Pretty much all magazines will have coupons in it. Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Parenting, Working Mother are a few. The BEST magazine with coupons is All You magazine.

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