Organizing for 2012…

As I’ve been working on my goal of getting more organized this year, here are a couple of things I’ve put into place this week…we’ll see how they work out…

1.  Countertop file box with file folders for mail to read & file, bills to pay, weekly ads, coupons to be clipped…these photos from Pinterest were my inspiration:

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Mrs Rojas Teaches

2.  Large Family Calendar that sits next to the file box on a Cookbook stand…and a notepad & pen.

4.  Monthly Cleaning & Organizing Calendar Sheet – clipped to outside of file box…Clean Mama’s Clean & Organized 2012 January Calendar is free here…along with many other great ideas!

5.  Coupon Binder – I’ve tried many methods over the years for couponing, the most recent being filing the coupon sheets by date & clipping them when I am making my weekly shopping list using the Grocery Game.  This year I wanted to try something new…I’ve been following the Krazy Coupon Lady on Facebook for awhile now and happened to see her book – “Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey” while in Barnes & Noble.  After glancing through it I came home ready to check out her website and dive in!  Here’s a link to her ideas for organizing a coupon binder, including free downloadable binder category tabs & a video tutorial on setting up your binder.

The Krazy Coupon Lady

It took some time to set up my binder but if I cut out coupons each week when they come in the Sunday newspaper it shouldn’t take me longer than 30-45 mins to stay organized.  I have several blogs that I follow for the best deals at my favorite stores (Ralph’s, Albertson’s, Stater’s, Target & CVS) so I will use those to compile my weekly shopping lists.  Here are a few of my favorites:

*Save at Home

*The Krazy Coupon

*Deal Seeking



Here’s how I did with this week’s shopping:

*Ralph’s – spent $50.62 & saved $61.25 ~ a savings of 55%!

*Albertson’s – spent $88.01 & saved $65.98 ~ a savings of 43%!

*Total – came home with $265.86 worth of groceries that I only paid $138.63 for!

Grocery Game Results

Grocery Game Results…10-12-10

Rite Aide

My first stop was at Rite Aid…and boy did I score!

Six bags of Halloween candy, 2 bags of cough drops, a 3 pk of Tums, a box of haircolor,

a box of toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo, a tube of hand cream and eyeshadow!



Did you see my total out-of-pocket???  $10.54!!!  Woot Woot!

My total savings was $22.50 ($14.50 in coupons/wellness savings & $8.00 in UP Rewards)

I also earned another $5 in UP Rewards to use on my next shopping trip!


















I almost saved as much as I spent!

My total out-of-pocket at Ralphs was $130.32…

My total savings (Ralph’s card, coupons & digital coupons) was $127.30!!

I am so excited that I stayed under my grocery budget this week!!!

It’s not easy feeding a family of five (that includes 2 teens & one pre-teen) on $150 a week!

The Grocery Game Rocks!

I have been quite sporadic lately with my couponing but today I scored!

I have subscribed to the Grocery Game for a few years now and

have always saved money when I take the time to “play” the game…

Right now I subscribe to the Ralph’s and Rite Aid lists and

here’s how I scored today:

Can I get a drumroll please????

With my Ralph’s club card, E-coupons & paper coupons my verified total

savings came to a grand total of $150.11!!!

My total out-of pocket was $123.10  – woo hoo!!!

You gotta love it when you save more than you spend!!

Here’s my loot from Rite Aid:

With my Rite Aid Wellness Card I saved $22.20 &

my coupon savings were $9.75. My total savings were $31.95

My total out-of-pocket was $16.88 but, on the bottom of my receipt was

$6 in UP rewards that can be used like cash on my next visit!

So that brings my total down to $10.88 – yippeee!!!