Friday, December 31, 2010

Would you like to be a guest blogger for Frugal Newbie?

Hi friends!
Several of you have emailed me in response to this blog and have told me of your amazing food budget per week or 2 weeks.
If you would like to send me your best tips and tricks for me to post here, please let me know.


Totinos Deal

Totinos are on sale this week at No Frills for .98 each (they were $1.25 at Walmart just last week)....use the coupon HERE to print a coupon for $1 off 5, making them $.78 each!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Coupon Box

My Coupon Box! I just decided yesterday that I needed one after digging thru my coupon drawer to see if I had a coupon for toilet paper. =)

Its just a simple index card box that I had laying around here. I saw several cute ones on Etsy HERE BUT this is all about saving money, so going out and spending $14 on a cute little coupon organizer would kind of defeat that purpose when this plain, ol' boring black box will do.....sigh.... =) Maybe I can bedazzle it....

I made the little dividers and tabs out of spare cardstock I had here that my mom gave me leftover from her work. Aren't they fancy? I would be willing to make you some for the small fee of $10. Or a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
I cant decide if I should take this to the store with me JUST incase I see an unadvertised deal, or if I should just take the coup's that I know I will need for that trip.
I have NEVER seen anyone walk around Wal-Mart with a coupon box/binder or bag, so I fear that I will stick out like a weirdo
Actually, it IS Wal-Mart, so I suppose I'll blend right in...

First post!

Ok, I think I must be somewhat of a blog-owning junkie as this is my THIRD blog! Feel free to check out my others as well at and
Hubby and I took a long look at our budget last month and decided that we have some adjusting to do. Up til now, he has done ALL the grocery shopping. I didnt do a good job of meal planning or pantry checking and routinely sent him to the store 4-5 times a week.
For the months of October and November, we averaged $330 a week at the store! This DOES include non-food items such as paper towels, batteries, cat food....and we ARE a family of 7 with allergies, but still, I was SURE I could do a better job.

I have, this last month learned more about price matching and 'couponing'. I have gotten our average, for the month of December down to $230ish a week. VERY pleased with that. I do however think I could go lower. I am aiming for $200 or under as a soft goal and $175 or under as my hard goal.

I hope to post tips here, coupon deals, giveaways (and links to giveaways), menu plans, etc etc etc....

Please remember that I am a newbie at this so I can use all the help I can get! I have a few (or 10) favorites sites that I have been visiting and I hope to share those here.

Thanks for stopping by!