Hello 2012!

I’m a little late, but Happy New Year!!! With Baby Chase’s arrival coming soon, 2012 is the year of the Baby Budget for us! Fortunately, our AdvoCare business is taking off like wildfire and has proven to be a huge supplement to our current income. To keep the momentum going, my resolution this year was to stick to meal planning and couponing. It’s proven to be a huge help in the past and I have a feeling we’re going to need it once June rolls around!

So, without further ado here’s our meal plan for next week. We’ll be shopping on Sunday with coupons in hand to add to the $40 we saved last week.

Monday: King Ranch Chicken Casserole & Salad (Thanks to Ashleigh, a college friend of mine, for posting the recipe on her blog!)

Tuesday: Weight Watchers Baked Potato Soup & Salad

Wednesday: Chili & Salad

Thursday: Jambalaya for the Crock Pot & Salad

Friday: Leftovers or Date Night

I always have whole wheat spaghetti on hand for backup just in case we need to squeeze in an extra meal or I don’t have the time to try one of the recipes above.

Are you up for the couponing challenge? Let me know how your family is saving money this year. I’ll do my best to post all of our thrifty finds and shopping tips along the way.

Also, if you’re looking for a great way to get healthy and fill your bank account check out our AdvoCare website! We’ve already helped so many of our friends look and feel great and we’d love for you to join us!

XOXO,

Bri

Bri’s Buys

With the wedding, honeymoon and a new house all happening at the same time I decided to take on a new budget adventure! I had read on many blogs how people were cutting down their weekly grocery bills drastically by matching coupons and the weekly sales ads. I decided to try it and in two weeks saved over $120 in groceries!!!! I was completely shocked! It’s now become a game each week and I feel guilty for spending over $1 or 2 for any item on my list! haha! Below are my previous shopping trips and links to the blogs I read for reference. If you’re looking for a way to cut down your grocery bills and save a ton of money, give it a shot!

Target 3.36.2010

Total Products: 38
Total Out of Pocket Cost: $77.78

Total Savings: $46.29

Plus, I received $10 in Target gift cards!

Target 4.2.2010

Total Products: 52
Total Out of Pocket Cost: $74.04 + $10 in gift cards from previous purchase

Total Savings: $72.24 (almost 50%)

Check out these links if you are interested in learning more about coupon match-ups:

Totally Target

I Heart Wags

Moms By Heart

XOXO,

Bri