2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down: Monthly Check-in

January is now almost half over! Hard to believe. I wanted to let you know how I am doing on my Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan.

1. My monthly budget for groceries (food only) I loosely set at $300 for the month of January. So far this month I have spent $161.95 on groceries, and that includes $16.50 for my Bountiful Basket this week. Not to bad. Considering I still have half the month left I am pretty much on track. I am really feeling like I will spend LESS than my goal!

2. We haven’t gone out to eat! YAY! When I have caught myself too tired for dinner and just wanting to buy a pizza…I don’t! Because I have this FAB monthly menu plan I made so I have been prepared so far. My kids like it too because they always know what is for dinner. I have LOVED having my month planned out in advance. If I need to switch around a day or two here or there I can, as I have all the ingredients already. I have been buying fresh foods twice a week.

3. I am couponing again, a little. Only on things I am buying anyway. I am planning on doing doubles at Albertson’s next week to help with a few items I need. I also saved $8 at Walmart last week on items I was already buying. Love that.

4. So far I have been better about making everything from scratch and being creative. When the kids want a treat I don’t go out and buy special ingredients. We use what we have and make it do. The other day we made no-bake cookies. We haven’t had those in forever!

So far I have been very pleased at how things are going in our house. What about you? How has your grocery budget been shrinking?

Previous posts in this series:
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Menu Planning
2012 Grocery Budget Crack-Down Plan: Menu Planning Binder

My 70% Target Toy Clearance Finds 2012!

Here is what I bought….

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Did you score any great Target Toy finds?  Remember you can keep checking for misplaced toys or returns!!

90% off Christmas Clearance at Shopko.com

Christmas Clearance, like…

Berries/Pinecone/Pine Spray
was $7.99
now $0.79

Monogram Fabric Stockings R *other letters avialable*
was $9.99
now $0.99

75mm Memory Ball Asst.
was $2.99
now $0.29

Trimmerry Let It Snow Plaque
was $15.99
now $1.59

Trimmerry Santa/Ho Ho Ho Metal Yard Stake
was $25.99
now $2.59

Santa Plant Stand
was $49.99
now $4.99

Free Shipping on $75. No code required.

Shopko.com LINK

Eddie Bauer – Additional 30% off Clearance + FREE Shipping on Outerwear! Great deals!

Eddie Bauer LINK

Additional 30% off clearance will automatically be added in your cart!

Use code: OUTERFS for FREE shipping w/any outerwear purchase!

Check out all the deals we found HERE!

*HOT* Valentine Candy Printable Coupons!

There are some great coupons available to print on Coupon Network.  These coupons will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Hurry and print them before they dissapear!  Remember, you can print each coupon twice.

Nestle Crunch or Butterfinger Hearts 8 to 10 oz $1/2

Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, Laffy Taffy or Nerds Card and Candy Kit, any 5.17 to 12 oz  $1/1

Nap-N-Go Nap Roll $9.99

Nap-N-Go Nap Roll


+ $5 shipping (For up to 3)

Nap-N-Go All in One Child’s Nap Roll w/ Built-In Pillow & Soft Fleece Blanket

Kids.Woot! LINK

Philips – Android Connect 16GB* MP3 Player $110 shipped! List $220

Philips – Android Connect 16GB* MP3 Player – Black

Model: SA3CNT16K/37| SKU: 3505126


Reg. Price: $219.99

You Save: $110.00

*Free Shipping!

BestBuy.com LINK

Personalized Vinyl Banner (18×54-inch) $7.95 shipped @ Shindigz.com

Reg: $14.99
Now: $1.00 with code

Code: Order a 18×54-inch personalized vinyl banner for $1 FS34D6 – exp 1/14/12

Shipping is $6.95

Shindigz.com LINK

Today’s Freebie Roundup 1/13

CVS Trips!



I love little money making freebies like the clearance hair color above!


1st trip

2 Clairol Natural Instincts $2.37 and $2.24 – $1 MQ (1/1 P&G) = $1.37 and $1.24 each.

2 snickers $0.44 each

Total $3.91 on a gift card

Earned $4 ECB ($2 for each hair color)!!


2nd Trip

2 Coke Zero 12 packs $3.34 each- $0.99 IP (facebook Q) = $2.35 each

Milk $2.49

Snickers Peanut Butter Candy Bar $0.75

Earned $0.75 ECB (snickers) + $10 gift card….


I finished up my Spend $30, earn $10 gift card deal purchases over several trips… here is a summary of what I bought.


4 Electrasol $3.50 – $2.15 MQs = $1.35 each

4 12-packs of Coke Zero $3/10 – $0.99 (facebook Qs) = $9.38 for all 4

1 12 pack of Diet Coke $3.34

Total $18.12 OOP

Earned $10 CVS gift card


5 cases of soda and 4 boxes of dishwasher detergent for $8.12 isn’t a bad deal!

Cruise! 4 Night Baja Mexico from $229 – Catalina Island, Ensenada! Departs from CA!

Jet Blue LINK

4 Night Baja Mexico
Brochure price $849. Save up to 73% !
Departs Long Beach (Los Angeles) aboard Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Inspiration

Interior: $229 (Sailing: January, 2013)
Interior: $279 (Sailing: Apr 16, 2012; Apr 23, 2012; Dec 17, 2012)
Oceanview: $279 (Sailing: January, 2013)

SUITE: $499 (Sailing: January, 2013)

Enter the info for the exact one you’re looking for (port, departure date, etc.)

Jet Blue LINK

Here’s another great cruise from Jet Blue!

Target Toys 70% Toy Clearance January 2012!

And it’s here!! Target Toys 70% Toy Clearance!! (At least for most stores)

Woo Hoo! Here are a few of things that caught  my eye…




Remember 70% is the new 75%. Most store will have the clearance toys corralled together in a few aisles/endcaps but don’t hesitate to scan things out of place in the regular aisles! And Legos were only marked down to 50% in my stores!

Kohls clearance + 20% off code!

St. Nicholas Square Plaid Napkin
was $4.99
now $1.00
*$.80 after code

St. Nicholas Square Sea Horse Kitchen Towel
was $7.99
now $1.60
*$1.28 after code

Ghirardelli Favorites Gift Basket
was $39.99

now $19.99
*$15.99 after code

Ghirardelli Chocolate Tower of SQUARES Gift Basket
was $39.99
now $19.99

*$15.99 after code

Madelaine 12-pc. Chocolate Roses
was $49.99
sale $24.99
*$19.99 after code

Ghirardelli Chocolate Sampler Gift Basket

was $49.99
now $24.99
*$19.99 after code

St. Nicholas Square 4-ft. Noble Pine Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

was $44.99
now $9.00
*$7.20 after code

*several other St. Nicholas items & gift baskets available*

Extra 20% off SMS9999

.99 shipping or Free Shipping on $50

Kohls.com LINK

$2 off select Philips AVENT Item

Save $2 on any Philips AVENT Item listed
(Discount at checkout. Only valid on 1 item.)

Items like…

Philips 2 Pack AVENT Soothie Pacifier, Pink/Purple, 0-3 Months
Was $3.99
Now $3.39
*$1.39 at checkout

Philips AVENT Fast Flow BPA-Free Nipple, 6 Months

Was $4.99
Now $4.02
*$2.02 at checkout

Philips AVENT BPA-Free Bottle Brush
Was $5.49
Now $4.67
*$2.67 at checkout

Avent Magic Trainer Cup Twin Pack, 7 Ounce, Colors May Vary
Was $8.00
Now $7.11
*$5.11 at checkout

Free Shipping with Prime Shipping, otherwise Free Super Saver Shipping on $25

Link to Promotion on Amazon.com

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