Thursday, March 13, 2014
Running some errands
Early morning PT today; since I was already in the city, I decided to run some errands:
-CVS: picked up RX for DD: $0 as we've maxed our deductible + $15.97 in OTC meds + Easter candy (couldn't find solid chocolate bunnies at another store) $16.93. Saved $3 in coupons
I also purchased some personal care items for special needs kidlet, for which I have resources to cover that, so no out of pocket for me. I was able to get 2 items on sale @ $5 off, PLUS I added/used a CVS extra care print out coupon, saving an additional $2 more. Nice. $19.12-again no cost to me.
-Xpect Discounts/Marc's of Ohio: Mazola butter "pam spray"-had a $1 cpn so 99 cents out the door-cheaper than Aldi's and I'll be running out, Johnsonville kielbasa $1.98 after cpn, 2 40 oz All Good p butter, 2 lbs lentils (had a hard time finding some @ 99/lb, but did in the end. Jack rabbit brand), 4 8 oz pkgs shredded 5 blend Italian cheese (my preference for baked pasta dishes, pizza @ $1.67 sale), President pub cheese $2.99 sale, 2 blocks neufchatel @ 99, hair mouse, granola, 2 "rice krispies", a lb container of orange blossom honey (really hard to find 100% USA produced but was finally able to: McLure's of New England.), 8 pack soap. $39.30 on groceries, saved $2 in coupons + $16.11 for Easter candy. I also purchased 3 personal care items for aforementioned kidlet, same resources applied. Cost $16.07, but I was out $0.00.
-Dollar Tree: 4 200 yes 200 count boxes of Scotties-awesome! a brand we prefer, which we normally get 120 count boxes of; 2 pkgs flour tortillas (noted Aldi's charges $1.19 now, previously were 99), 1 50 ct pkg of small wastebasket bags (since not shopping for several months, plus our normal toting of our own shopping bags, we actually ran out of plastic shopping bags to line the trash baskets.), 1 3 ct pkg nite lite bulbs, 2 8 ct pkgs AA batteries, 2 20 oz bottles Silkience hair conditioner, 2 16 oz bottles VO5 shampoo, 3 6 oz tubes Aim toothpaste, 4 8 oz pkgs Farmer John pork breakfast links (I tried these before, and while fattier than I prefer, they are an all pork, no mystery chemical ingredient sausage. @ $2/equivalent a LB (vs the $4 price cut off I give myself) if precooked and drained for a bfst casserole, sandwich, quiche, this is perfectly acceptable. Spent $21.95
-Aldi's: 3 doz eggs (though charged for 4, so I have to bring my slip back for a credit. Store is good about this, it's happened before. I didnt' catch it when I reviewed my receipt), 2- 1.5 lb pkgs of BSCB tenders marked down so $1.77/lb. I've made up 3, 1 lb pkgs for homemade chicken fingers or stirfry), bologna, 4 marked down lemon and garlic seasoned pork tenderloins @ $2.35/lb after reduction. Great deal. Cooked one for tonight, 3 are frozen. gallon milk, 2 lbs stick margarine, 1 lb butter, 1 tub soft margarine, 1 18 ct double roll TP, 2 8 oz pkgs fresh mushrooms @ 79, 2 3 lb bags of onions @ 89, 2 3 ct pkgs gum, 2 8 oz blocks Colby Jack cheese, 2 "honey nut cheeris", 2 "raisin bran", qt half & half, 2 tubs organic baby salad greens, 1 pkg 100% beef franks, canola oil, 2 'regular cheerios", pickles.
Good to replenish for the upcoming month; some of the things purchased are needed for next week, or we are simply out of: hair mousse, hair conditoner, night lite bulbs etc. come to mind. Purse strings sewn shut now. I need to do a tally, but expect that I've spent what I had remaining for March.
$152.50 groceries/OTC meds
Saved $5 with coupons
I came home, put stuff away, promptly took a 3 hour nap!
BUDGET UPDATE: yes, I overspent (consider I had $200 for the month with $132.86 remaining when I walked into the shops. $100 cash from me + DD's "rent" of $100) so I am allocating $19.64 into April's austere grocery budget. Many of the items purchased will be consumed in April, so no issues there.