Coupon Crissy Stocks Up For Holiday Entertaining
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Coupon Crissy Stocks Up For Holiday Entertaining

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:48 am
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Hello Couponers!This is my favorite time of year! I love to entertain and I LOVE the holidays.  I used to stress about the financial burden of the holidays until I started couponing and planning my budget.  Now the holidays are fun and stress free!  I shop all year long for my gifts and start stocking up on food early so that the costs of both don’t hit me at the same time.

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on stocking up for holiday entertaining.  Once the holidays roll around, I know that I’ll be taking dishes to other people’s houses and hosting friends and family for a weekend here and there.

All of the holiday essentials usually go on sale right about now so I grab them while the deals are hot.  As always, I make sure to buy my fresh produce as well!

On a side note, it is my family’s tradition to make a weekend out of Christmas. One night we’ll make the traditional Christmas dinner and the other night we’ll cook a cultural meal.  We choose a different culture every year, and this year we’re celebrating with a Greek feast (which explains all of the Tabouli).  I love Greek food!

Here you can take a peek at my latest score!  I always like to show you guys the items I pick up, some of which I nab for free and some for 30% off. Either way, you can get the big picture of my savings by checking out my balanced holiday shopping list:

  • 12 Top Ramen
  • 20 Eggs
  • Jicama
  • 4 Avocados
  • 2 Bunches of Parsley
  • 4 Cucumbers
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 2 Bottles of Martinellis
  • 9 Boxes Tabouli
  • 3 Kikomon Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 2 Boxes Tampaxs Pearl
  • Lee Kum Kee black bean sauce
  • 2 Lipton Onion Soup
  • 2 Zatarains Spanish rice
  • Celery
  • Cuties
  • 2 Tofu
  • 2 Lawry’s seasoning packs
  • 1 Emeril’s Chicken Rub
  • 8 Idahoan Potatoes
  • 2 Betty Crocker Potatoes
  • 2 Sunbird Lemon Chicken seasoning
  • 6 Bags Kettle Chips
  • 2 Boxes Stovetop Stuffing
  • 2 Boxes Milton’s Crackers
  • 1 Can of Soup
  • 4 BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Hidden Valley Dressing
  • 4 jars Peanut butter
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 3 packs of tortillas
  • 1 Milano Cookies

 

Spent: $62.05

Saved: $151.26

That is a 71% savings!

I hope this inspires all of you to stock up early so that you can be stress free and enjoy your holidays!  Happy couponing!  😀

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