Thursday, May 14, 2009

Confession: I have an addiction

Any parent knows that upon welcoming a baby into your home, household expenses increase exponentially, just from diapers alone. Lucky for us, we didn't have to learn this until just a few months ago, thanks to a generous Grandpa Barker.

Upon arriving at Jacob's blessing, Grandpa arrived with a truck full of diapers, pictured below. THAT IS 734 DIAPERS. Yeah, BIG deal.

So when we finally exhausted our supply and had to actually start purchasing diapers ourselves... OUCH. We quickly learned we didn't want to increase our food/household items budget to compensate for the cost of diapers. Why not try to make the diapers fit into our current budget?

Bringing me to the real purpose of this post. :) $25 stretches much farther in our household these days. For example:

10 yogurts
7 bbq sauces
6 fuze drinks
4 apple juices
4 velveeta shells & cheese
4 ritz crackers
3 ritz chips
3 salad dressings
2 big mayo
2 small squeeze mayo
1 box capri sun
1 box granola bars
1 loaf of bread

All for $23.13, a total savings of $102.31. I may not be a coupon queen, (seeing as I'm not advanced enough where I get it all free and only pay tax) but hey, works for me!


Brad & Kate said...

Nice job!! My wife has been doing the coupon thing as well and boy oh boy does it help out around our house. Good to catch up with you Vaka. Thanks again for all your help. Here is our Keep in touch.

Jake, Heather, and Jadin said...

We are all glad you are back! And your new town home is beautiful!!!!!! Way to go! I can't believe little Ben is going on a mission! Congrats to him. And I am so proud of you and your $23 purchases! Holy Cow!!!! Share some of your tips! love ya!

Kristen said...

Hey! We miss you guys! Trying to figure out the coupon thing right work in HI? dunno... I can't believe how big Jacob is!! And that is a lot of diapers!

JLPierce Ohana said...

Kristen, that's what I was going to say- someone needs to figure out how to work the coupon thing here in HI! None of the stores really match up to where everyone has all the great tips. Foodland and Tamura's are a little obscure, but at least we can do some of the manufacturer ones. Thanks for the inspiration! Great job!

Ashleigh said...

Hi Brooke & Vaka!

Ashleigh here, just wanted to stop by and say hey. We heard from Line that my husband is in for a good slap when Vaka sees him LOL. Sorry we didn't get invites out until about...a week or two before our wedding and it was kind of all last minute. Anyways, email us your email so we can be blog buddies!

Ashleigh & Suliasi

Brooke said...

You guys need couponing in HI more than anyone! :) I've seen lists for Safeway on some blogs I follow... maybe you guys should look into trying it out there.