Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stretching My Diaper Budget At Giant

It's the end of the month. Oh, it isn't for you? Well, it is for me! I've used up my monthly budget of $400. Hard to believe I even spent that much but I did. Actually my total stands right now at $407.98 - fortunately that's after my Giant runs which included diapers and right now diapers are a seperate budget. Until this month we were spending at least $20 a week on diapers but now we are down to 2 in diapers which helps. I had bought a few boxes before January so I haven't had to purchase any more this month until now.

Sooo, it was a great excuse to head to Giant and check out their P&G sale/Catalina promotion (a Catalina is a coupon that prints out at the register for $ off your next purchase).

In 4 trips (2 each day in 2 days) here's what I got:

In total I spent: $54.51 (I also have another $10 off coupon so it brings me down to $44.51)
And saved: $73.05 (I used 4 $10.00 off coupons that printed - add the other $10 back and it's $83.05 in savings)

I am debating whether or not to go back for some paper towels. As it stands now probably not - I will use my other $10 to pick up milk or bread or butter that I'll need this week. $7.00 is far enough over budget! Of course, since it includes diapers (normally an $80/month line item) I am actually $72 under budget.

Transaction #1:

- 2 packs Jumbo Pampers Diapers $11.49 retail price
- sale price $10
- used 2 $2.00/off coupons from PG 12/27

- Tide HE Detergent $8.49 retail price
- sale price $5.00 (no coupon)

- spent $22.25
- saved $10.47
- earned $10 coupon back

Transaction #2:

- 1 Charmin toilet paper pack $15.49 retail price
- sale price $10
- used $1.00 off/1 coupon from Pampers pack I had

- 1 Pampers Pull-up pack $10.99 retail price
- sale price $10
- used 1 $2.00 off coupon from PG 12/27

- Herbal Essences Shampoo $3.99 retail price
- sale price $3.34 (shelf said $1.99 but I was at self check-out and decided not to argue over the $1.00 - no coupon used)

- spent: $11.01
- saved: $20.13
- earned: $10 coupon back

Transaction #3 (same as Transaction #1)

- spent: $11.75
- saved: $20.47
- earned: $10 coupon back

Transaction #4

- 2 Charmin Mega Packs $15.49 retail price
- sale price $10/each
- used $1.00/2 coupon from PG 12/27

- spent: $9.50
- saved: $21.98
- earned: $10 coupon back

Hopefully this will give you a few ideas as to how to try it yourself if you wish to. It's a great way to stock up on toilet paper and diapers if you need to! Thanks again to Moneywise Moms for the heads up!

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