Friday, October 25, 2013

How to Play for Less, revisited!

Hey, party people!  Sorry for my long absence....we had a sick kiddo, and like good parents, we've taught him to share, so the whole clan's been out of commission this week.  Yikes.  I rarely get sick, but I think the combo of little sleep, baby caring, and a crazy work week that included a 15 hour day in Albany....well, there ya go.  We're not 100% yet, but we're all on the mend.  And I'm thinking of taking stock in Kleenex.  So it goes.
Other than chicken soup and sniffles, we've had a pretty epic couponing week.  I've recently had a decent amount of requests for this so called "frugal living" I try to espouse.  Ever since having a kiddo, I'm working doubly hard at it with less time- on maternity leave, I stockpiled health and beaty aids and canned good like sno one's business.  Oh yeah, and diapers.  Righ now, diapers happen to be my obsession - I have a stockpile of....um.....2500 diapers.  I know, I know.  We played around a bit in the beginning, and found that our little 'bear can use mostly anything, so we have a fine mix of huggies, luvs, pampers, and store brand.  I mostly shop at CVS with double coupons and reward dollars, though sometimes at target with double coups and cartwheel.  My hard rule?  Never pay more than a dime a diaper.
Well.  Wegmans threw me a bone last week - they had a coupon for $5 off any pack of wegmans diapers (you can use on any size).  The small packs?  6.79 for 31-23 diapers (size 3-5).  We bought one size 2 to road test, and it passed the poop-splosion.....so.....for 6.79 - $5 a pop, you can get diapers for $1.86, with tax!  That's six or seven cents a diaper!  The only catch - one per customer.  No big thing. Greg, my mom, my uncle and I have been hitting up wegs multiple times a day to get dipes- our grand total so far is 40 bags, or, roughly 1000 diapers....for $70, all together.  Basically, kiddo has enough 'deeps to hold him for the next year.....all for about $200.  And 2000 wipes.  For roughly $25 for the wipes.  Boo.  Ya.
I'm not an expert.  I follow a few websites (Living Rich with Coupons, Krazy Coupon Lady) and a few kiddo facebook sites (Mommy Swap, Garage Sale Days, Rochester Pass it on), and think outside the box.  For kiddo.  For house expenses.  For food shopping.  For clothes, accessories, vacations, races, anything.
I've done a few recaps on "how to play for less"....
The Coupon Game and How to Play
How To Play for Less : Ironman
How to Play for Less: Owning a Home
How to Play for Less:  The Weekend
How to Play for Less:  Valentine's Day
Dipes n Wipes...How to Save with Baby!

But  certainly could do some more!  What are you guys interested in?  More grocery shopping tips?  Clothes?  Holidays?  Craigslist?  Baby Stuff?  Vacation?  Healthy Living on a Budget?

Let me know!  I'm not updating the blog as regularly as I would like, but I still love hearing from you and putting my thoughts on "paper".  And now, because I can't do a freakin post without my kiddo....here is the obligatory Rob pics of the day....


It's punkin time!  What are you up to this weekend?  We're doing the Halloween thing - costumes ready, a little get together, and some punkin carving!  Have a great weekend!!

1 comment:

  1. How about a Christmas post? Thank you!!

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