Thursday, September 30, 2010

Publix trip 9/24

This was last week's Publix trip. I paid $40.23 for everything and saved $95.67!

CVS trip 9/23

Last week I decided I needed more Starbucks Frappuccino drinks which just happened to be on sale at CVS for $4.99 each. I had a $5 off CVS coupon, but I can't remember what it was from. So I worked out a deal to use it and get my frap drinks cheaper than $9.98.

Bayer Contour Monitor $14.99 each
- $10/1 MQ
$4.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs = Free!
(There was a rebate form inside so I was really excited about this being a money maker! Then I noticed the form had expired already. It had a number to call so I'm still deciding if it's worth it or not.)

2 Revlon lipstick $6.99 each
- $2/1 peelies
$4.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs = Free!

2 Starbucks Fraps $4.99 each

Used $5 coupon

Total paid $15 ECBs, paid $5.76 OOP
Earned $15 ECBs

By buying the Bayer monitor (that I will donate) and the lipsticks, I was able to work out a better deal than if I had just went in and purchased what I wanted!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Walgreens trip 9/20

So I decided to try my hand at Walgreens again. This time I only went in for deals that used coupons, but didn't include any RR. And I'm glad I did! I did very well and even *gasp* got overage from my coupons!! Shocker. Two of my coupons beeped, but the cashier looked at them and said I got the item, so she put them through.

2 Air Wick i-Motion compact $3.99 each
- $4/1 coupon
$.01 overage on each

6 Cream of Chicken soup $.79 (with in-ad Q)
- $1.50/3 IP
$.29 each!
(the rest were already in the pantry and I didn't feel like pulling them out for the picture.)

2 Reach toothbrush $.99 (with in-ad Q)
- $1/1 IP
$.01 overage on each

6 Trident gum $.79 each (with in-ad Q)
- $1/3 MQ
- $1/2 SQ from monthly book
$.26 overage on all 6

Paid $2.47 OOP for everything!

CVS trip 9/18

Awesome, awesome trip to CVS!!! Lots of freebies and a few money makers this week!

Transaction #1
Right Guard deodorant $2.99 each
- $1.50/1 IP
$1.49 each
Earned $2 ECBs ~ made $.51 on each one or $1.53 total!

Schick Hydro shave gel $2.79
- $1/1 MQ
$1.79 each
Earned $1.80 ECBs ~ made $.01!

Quaker Instant Oatmeal 2/$5
- $1/1 IP
$1.50 each
Earned $2 ECBs ~ $.50 each

Huggies Jumbo diapers $8.99 each
- $2.50/1 IP
$6.49 each
Earned $3 ECBs ~ $4.99 each

Since I shopped Saturday night and the previous week had a sale on Revlon, the lipsticks didn't ring up as the new ad prices, but instead rang up for the previous sale. So I paid the previous sale prices, but the cashier printed out my ECBs. I ended up making $1 more in ECBs than I would have.

Revlon Lip Gloss $7.99 each
- $2/1 IP from facebook
$5.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs ~ $.99 each

Revlon Lipstick $3.99 each (B1G1 50% sale from previous week)
- $2/1 IP from facebook
$1.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs ~ $3.01 money maker (this washed out with the other 2)

Revlon Lipstick $7.99 each
- $2/1 IP from facebook
$5.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs ~ $.99 each

Beauty Charm $2.49
- $2.49 free beauty charm wyb $15 of beauty products

Used a $10/$50 coupon from the kiosk.

Paid $26.97 ECBs, subtotal after ECBs was negative $.76!! Paid $2.04 OOP after the negative was applied to my tax. Earned $27.80 ECBs. Net cost for all was $1.21!!!

Transaction #2 - different store
Revlon Lipstick $6.99 each
- $2/1 IP from facebook
$4.99 each
Earned $5 ECBs ~ Free

Paid $5 ECBs (for some reason she adjusted it down to $4.99 instead of letting the balance go into the negative like the other store did.)
Paid $.14 OOP. Earned $5 ECBs.

This was my first real big trip where I successfully rolled my ECBs and kept my OOP very, very low. I only paid $2.18 OOP and left with $.83 ECBs than I started with!

Net Cost for everything pictured above was $1.35!!! I saved approx. 98%!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Publix trip 9/18

2 All Free and Clear Detergent BOGO @ $5.99 each
- $1/1 MQ
- $1/1 Target SQ
$1.99 or $1.00 each!

2 Publix Black Beans $.79 each

Glory Black Beans $1.25 each
- $.90/1 IP
$.35 each

Publix Yellow Rice $1.29

12 Emerald Trail Mix $.99 each
- $1.50/2 MQ
$.24 each!

4 Lactaid Milk qt. size $2.19 each (not pictured)
- $2/1 blinkie
$.19 or $.76 for a gallon!

1 Huggies Box diapers $19.99
- $5/1 Publix SQ Great Savings Inside booklet
- $3/1 IP
$11.99 each

2 Huggies Wipes $2.99 each
- $2.99 free wipes WYB diapers Publix SQ (don't remember where I got this one from)
- $.50/1 MQ (I used one for each item)
$1.99 for both

I also spent over $25 in Kimberly-Clark brands so I can send off for a $5 Publix gift card. Rebate form is also in the Great Savings Inside booklet.

Total paid $24.93 OOP, saved $52.12. Not my best trip, but I still saved about 68% on stuff we need and use! I'm really enjoying couponing and so is my family. I would never buy trail mix before because of the cost. I just didn't know I could get it for a quarter a bag! Now we always have trail mix or Chex mix to munch on. I love it!

Publix trip 9/16

Awesome trip at Publix last Thursday!! I accidentally saved more than I should have though. My list showed me buying 4 bottles of the BBQ sauce so I had 4 coupons clipped, but for some reason I only grabbed 2 bottles. I forgot to take out the extra coupons, they scanned without beeping, therefore I saved $1.50 extra on my purchase.

10 Quaker Oatmeal 18 oz. BOGO @ $2.75 each
- $1/1 MQ 9/12 RP
$.75 or $.38 each!

2 Ronzoni pasta BOGO @ $1.17 each
- $.55/1 IP
$.07 or $.04 each!

2 Shake n' Bake $1.99 each
- $.75/1 IP
$1.24 each

2 Bull's Eye BBQ sauce BOGO @ $1.89 each
- $.75/1 MQ
$.39 or $.20 each!

1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments $2.50 each (not pictured)
- $1.50/1 IP
$1.00 each (they were good, but the package is tiny and I wouldn't pay $1 for them again.)

4 Eggo Waffles BOGO @ $2.19 each (not pictured, I forgot them in the freezer.)
- $1/2 MQ
$1.19 or $.60 each

Campbell's Select Harvest Soup BOGO @ $2.39 each
- $1/1 IP
$.39 or $.20 each!

Publix Bread $1.09 each (also not pictured)

4 Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash Potatoes BOGO @ $3.99 each
- $1/1 IP (four)
- $3.99 Get one free WYB 2 - Toss 4 Cash Publix SQ
- $1 Toss 4 Cash Publix SQ ($2 off WYB Steam n' Mash AND Heinz Gravy)
$7.98 for 4 bags @ BOGO price
- $10.99 in Qs
$3.01 money maker!

3 Heinz Gravy $1.57 each
- $1/3 IP
- $1 Toss 4 Cash Publix SQ ($2 off WYB Steam n' Mash AND Heinz Gravy)
$4.71 for 3 jars @ BOGO price
- $4 in Qs
$.71 or $.24 each!
I normally wouldn't buy gravy, but I had to in order to use the right Qs to get my overage on the potatoes. It'll make a nice donation item with Thanksgiving coming.

Less the $1.50 in rogue coupons that I had slip by me.

Total paid OOP $7.75 for $76.81 worth of groceries!!

90% savings!!!

Walgreens trip 9/15

I found some great deals for Christmas on clearance so I decided to get some more free toothpaste also.

Transaction #1
Colgate $2.99 each
- $1/1 coupon
$1.99 each

Paid $2.20 OOP
Earned $2 RR

Transaction #2
Colgate $2.99 each
- $1/1 coupon
$1.99 each

Paid $2.20 OOP
Earned $2 RR

Transaction #3
Tech Deck ramp and skateboard $2.99 each

Disney Fairies game $1.24 each

Checkers/Chess set $1.24 each

Paid $4 RR, paid $1.86 OOP

Friday, September 17, 2010

Walgreens trip 9/12

This was a crazy Walgreens trip. Two stores and seven transactions! I had things all planned out, but then I got off plan and went crazy. I ended up spending a total of $2 RR and $16.12 OOP. I earned RR on the toothpaste and Impruv lotion, but spent them all before I left the store. I think my *cost* for everything was $17.14, but 'm having trouble figuring it all out.

Since these deals are from last week anyways, I'm just going to give a summary of what I bought.

17 bags of chex mix $.99 each
- $.50/1 MQ on each
$.49 each or $8.33 total

10 Trident gum $1.00 each
- $1/2 SQ monthly coupon booklet
$.50 each or $5.00 total

Children's Tylenol $1.74 (this was a filler I found on clearance)

Hasbro card game $1.62 (another filler I found on clearance)

3 Colgate $2.99 each
- $1/1 MQ
$1.99 each
Earned $2 RR each

2 Impruv Lotion $4.99 each
- $2/1 MQ
$2.99 each
Earned $4.99 RR each

Again, everything may not add up right. It was very confusing so I'm just looking at the bottom line. $16.12 came out of my wallet for all of the above stuff and my receipt total savings is $88.31. One of the problems which confuses the whole thing is that I forgot to give one of my $2/1 coupons. The manager was very nice about it and refunded it to me, but instead of $2 I got $2.14, so I got back the tax on the coupon. Strange, but I'll take it.

CVS trip 9/11

Finally found time to blog! Well, I should be doing something else, but it's about time I get caught up here. I had an awesome CVS trip last Saturday night! I got everything pictured at two different stores and three transactions. I had two $/$$ coupons from the coupon kiosk to use!

Transaction #1
Milano cookies 10/$10
- $.60 MQ
$.40 each
This is a tiny package, with only 7 cookies! But I needed the extra $1 on my subtotal so I could use my $3/$10 grocery SQ from the kiosk.

3 Cinnamon Toast Crunch $1.88 each
- $1/1 when you buy any one box from the Better at Home booklet (found at Publix)
$.88 each

2 Total $1.88 each
- $1/1 when you buy any one box Total Cereal from the Better at Home booklet (found at Publix)
$.88 each

- $3/$10 grocery coupon from kiosk

Paid $1.80 OOP!!

Transaction #2
4 Air Wick Aqua Mist 4/$10
- three $1/1 Air Wick Aqua Mist Printable (see explanation below to see why there are 3 coupons used here)
- two B1G1 Air Wick Aqua Mist 8/8/10 SS
$.75 each
Earn $5 ECBs when you spend $10

Nivea Men's Body Wash $4.99 each
- $1/1 Nivea for Men Body wash 8/29/10 RP
$3.99 each
Earn $4.99 ECBs

Tylenol Precise $5.99 each
- $2/1 Tylenol Precise CVS printable (try zip code 66336)
- $2/1 Tylenol Precise tear pad (there was also one in the 9/12/10 SS)
$1.99 each
Earn $2 ECBs

Alive Vitamins $9.99
- $1/1 Printable
$8.99 each
Earn $9.99 ECBs

Taster's Choice instant coffee $6.00 each (for my iced coffees!)
- $.75/1 MQ - I can't remember which paper right now

Skintimate Shave Gel $3.99 each
- $.75/1 Skintimate Shave Gel 8/1/10 SS
Earn $3 ECBs

Almay Eye Shadow $7.49 each
- $2/1 any Almay Cosmetic 8/15/10 SS
$5.49 each

Almay Bronzer $10.29 each
- $2/1 any Almay Cosmetic 8/15/10 SS
$8.29 each
Earn $4 ECBs when you spend $10 on Almay

- $10/$50 coupon from kiosk.

Paid $23.99 ECBs, paid $7.03 OOP.
Earned $28.98 ECBs
Net cost $2.04!!!

I noticed there was an extra $1 coupon deducted that I couldn't account for. Now looking at Trans. #3, I noticed that one of the $1/1 Air Wick coupons is missing. I'm guessing I accidentally handed it over with Trans. #2 instead. Overall, it washes out.

Transaction #3
4 Air Wick Aqua Mist 4/$10
- one $1/1 Air Wick Aqua Mist Printable
- two B1G1 Air Wick Aqua Mist 8/8/10 SS
$.75 each
Earn $5 ECBs when you spend $10

1 Total $1.88 each
- $1/1 when you buy any one box Total Cereal from the Better at Home booklet (found at Publix)
$.88 each

High Octane Energy Chews $1.99 each
Earn $1.99 ECBs

Paid $7 ECBs, paid $1.71 OOP
Earned $6.99 ECBs
Net cost $1.72!

I got everything in the above picture for $5.56!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Walgreens Deals for 9/12 - 9/18

Yes, I know I said I don't like Walgreens very much. Yes, it's a hassle to figure out the RRs. Yes, I should probably just stay away. But who can resist free toothpaste and $.49 Chex Mix?! So since I'm already planning out my trip for next week, I thought I would post ahead of time what I'm getting and how I'm getting it. That way, you can also get these same deals.

Special thanks to Wild for Wags and Amit19 Deals World for the sneak preview of next week's ad.

Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste 4 oz. $2.99 each
- $1/1 Colgate Total Advanced White, Enamel Strength, Clean, Fresh, 4oz+ 9/12 SS
Pay $1.99 OOP
Earn $2 RR wyb (1) Colgate = Free!!

Impruv Lotion $4.99 each
- $2/1 any one Impriv Dry Skin Care Solution - Click to Print
Pay $2.99 OOP
Earn $4 RR wyb (1) Impruv Lotion 6.8 oz. = $1.01 Money Maker!

Chex Mix 8.75 oz. $.99 each
- $.50/1 any 4.5 oz. or larger Sweet 'n Salty Chex Mix 8/8 GM (General Mills insert)
- $.50/2 any 4.5 oz. or larger Chex Mix or Chex Mix 100 Calorie Snack 8/8 GM
$.49 each or $.75 each depending on which coupon you use

Bugles 7.5 oz. $.99 each
- $.50/1 any 6 oz. or larger Caramel OR Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles Snack 8/8 GM (General Mills insert)
$.49 each

Since I plan on paying with RRs and I have coupons for every item I'm buying, I plan on using Kraft Mac-n-Cheese as my filler. It will be $.69 each with the in-ad coupon.

I am planning my trip out completely beforehand this time so I don't get to the store and mess up. I'm not completely sure how I'm going to do everything yet. I printed 2 of the lotion coupons so I can do that deal twice and use the $4 RR to pay for some of my Chex Mix and Bugles. With the $2.02 overage, I'll get some free food!

CVS trips 9/9

Leanna had her first dance class this afternoon and we just so happened to pass 2 CVS stores that I haven't been to yet. We probably passed 3 stores total, without going out of the way, isn't that sad?? LOL So I made good use of our time and got the rest of my SoBes. I am now out of coupons. And since everyone should know what they look like by now, I left them in the garage instead of lugging them inside for a pic.

Store #1
12 SoBe BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon

Total paid OOP $.67 in tax.

Store #2
12 SoBe BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon

Air Wick i-Motion Freshmatic Compact kit $4.99 each
- $4/1 MQ
$.99 each

Revlon Mascara $7.99 each
- $1/1 MQ
$6.99 each

Revlon Eye Shadow $4.99 each
- $1/1 MQ
$3.99 each

Earn $5 ECBs WYB 2 Revlon eye/lip products.

I did the happy dance when I got another $3/$10 in groceries from the coupon kiosk! My 12 SoBes counted as my $10+ in grocery items and I was able to use the $3 off towards my make-up.

Paid $6 ECBs, paid $4.62 OOP.
Earned $5 ECBs.

I "rolled" the $5 ECBs and the extra $1 ECB was from my green bag tag. I used that to pay for the Air Wick, making it free.

To show how shopping at CVS is saving me money compared to how I used to shop, consider this example. I needed new mascara because mine needs to be replaced. Normally, I would head over to Target and buy Maybelline (because it's cheapest) for $3.99 with a $1/1 coupon, making it $2.99 or $3.27 after tax. Today I paid $1.35 more than I would have normally spent, but I also got a higher quality mascara, eye shadow, an air freshener and 12 bottled drinks! Without the free SoBes, I couldn't have used the $3/$10 coupon. So by buying free drinks, I saved $3 that I could apply towards the cost of my make-up. Now you can see why CVS is my new favorite store!!

Walgreens trip 9/7

Have I mentioned that shopping Walgreens can be tricky? Well, it can be and I messed up. I "lost" $2 RR on the Quaker oats and was mad at myself. The cashier got me flustered because she gave me a hassle about my $2 coupon for the $1.99 pet food. The last coupon made the register beep so she just handed me back the coupon and said she couldn't take it. I said, no, it just needs to be adjusted. Oh but she can't do that. Well, I have your coupon policy printed out that says you have to. So she had to call a manager who took care of it with no problem. But it left me flustered, irritated and I was thinking right so I paid for the second transaction of oatmeal with the $2 RR I had earned on the first. She snapped at me that it didn't print because I had done that and I wanted to cry. Oh well, live and learn.

Transaction #1
8 Purina One pet food (4 cat, 4 dog) $1.99 each
- $2/1 MQ
$.07 overage because only the last coupon was adjusted, the others came off at $2

Quaker Oats 2/$5
- $1/1 tearpad coupon
$1.50 each
Earned $2 RR

Pencil (filler item) $.09

Paid $2 RR, paid $2.14 OOP
Earned $2 RR

Transaction #2
Quaker Oats 2/$5
- $1/1 tearpad coupon
$1.50 each
Didn't earn my $2 RR because of my mess-up *cry*

Pencil (filler item) $.09

Paid $2 RR, paid $1.09 OOP

Transaction #3
St. Ives body wash $2.99 each
Earned $2 RR

Pencil (filler item) $.09

Paid $2 RR, paid $1.29 OOP
Earned $2 RR

I have $2 RR left from the body wash, but I should have had $4 RR left. Oh well. I really want to just spend them all and not have to worry about finding something else to spend them on. Next week is free toothpaste though so I'm sure I'll be back.

Three CVS trips in one night! Craziness! 9/7

Yes, we hit 3 different CVS stores in one night in an attempt to get as much free SoBe as possible. I know, it's sad. But that stuff is good! And I ended up getting some really great deals!!

Store #1

King-sized 3 Muskteers 2/$2
- $.75 off a king sized candy from the coupon kiosk
$.25 each (it's not in the picture because I ate it that night. I needed my energy!)

2 Raisin Bran 15 oz. $1.77 each
- $1/2 MQ
$1.27 each

8 SoBe BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon

I used a $3/$10 grocery coupon that I got from the coupon kiosk! Always, give this type ($/$$) coupon FIRST when your subtotal is highest. If I had given my other coupons first, my total wouldn't have been above $10 and I wouldn't have been able to use it.

My subtotal after the $3/$10 coupon was -$.21!! ($1.27 + $1.27 + $.25 - $3) Tax was $.38 so I only paid the difference.

OOP was $.17 for 11 items!! The best part? This didn't include any ECBs so the $.17 was a true OOP! I saved $21.60 on this trip when my merchandise value was only $21.39! 101% savings!

Store #2

10 SoBe BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon

Wisk detergent BOGO @ $8.99 each (one rang up $8.49 so I'm guessing the blue one was the higher price and I got the lower priced one free)
- $3/1 MQ
$1.50 each

Total paid OOP $4.18. Total saved $30.39! 91% (pre-tax) savings!

Store #3

I got another one of those $10/$50 coupons from the kiosk so I figured if I could get my total up to $40 (pre-coupon), I could get $10 of free stuff. I hit the jackpot at the 75% clearance! My total should have been $1 more because she accidentally scanned my milk coupon twice and I only had one. I didn't realize this until we were in the car driving home.

2 TG Lee $2.99 each
- $1/1 MQ
$1.99 each (not pictured because I put it away already)

10 SoBe BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon

Noxema face stuff $2.99 each (for my sister, she still owes me $3 for it!)

Disney Princess dress-up shoes $1.50 each

LPS Lamb set $2.49 each

3 Lil' Kinz Webkinz $1.75 each

Less $10/$50 coupon from the kiosk.

Total paid OOP $7.57. Total saved $75.81! 92% (pre-tax) savings!

In all three trips, I got $136.79 in merchandise (pre-tax) and only paid $11.92 OOP (including tax)!!! This is all stuff we definitely use and I got some Christmas shopping done for my kids!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Walmart trip 9/4

Yes, I did the unimaginable. I went to Walmart. The need for free dish soap drove me there. And I have to admit, it was the best Walmart experience I've had in probably 4 years. But no, I won't be going back any time soon.

9 Gain 11 oz. dish soap $.97
- $1/1 any size Gain 8/29 P&G
Free + $.03 overage!

Juicy Fruit gum $.88 each
(I had $.27 overage to "eat up", I have enough chocolate, so I grabbed a pack of gum.)

Total paid $1.29 and $.68 of that was tax. I paid more in sales tax than I did for 9 bottles of soap and a pack of gum!

CVS 9/4 trip #2

I am sure I took a picture of the stuff from this trip, but it wasn't on the camera. Oh well, the stuff is already out in our garage and I'm not dragging it back in.

8 SoBe drinks BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon from Heads or Tails game

2 Wisk BOGO @ $8.49 each
- $3/1 coupons
$1.25 each

Total Paid OOP $3.53!

CVS trip 9/4


I had an awesome CVS trip Saturday night. I still can't believe how great I did! I've finally accumulated enough ECBs that I can roll them successfully and keep my OOP low.

Stride Gum $.99 each
Earned $.99 ECBs
Free after ECBs

12 SoBe drinks BOGO @ $1.59 each
- BOGO coupon from Heads or Tails game

Huggies diapers $20.00 each
- $3/1 IP

Johnson & Johnson baby lotion 2/$5
- $1/1 coupon
$1.50 each

Johnson & Johnson baby wash & bubble bath 2/$5
- $1/1 IP
$1.50 each

Earned $10 ECBs for buying $25 of selected items

5 Garnier Fructis conditioner 3/$10
- $1/1 coupon
$2.33 each or $1.33 each after ECBs
Earned $5 ECBs

Used $10/$50 store coupon from the coupon kiosk. Love these!!

Paid $14 ECBs, paid $11.62 OOP (including tax)
Earned $16.99 ECBs ($1 ECB for my green bag tag)

I have $25 ECBs for next week!

Walgreens trip 9/4

This Walgreens trip was quite the experience. The manager was rude and a cashier were both pretty rude. And I'm pretty sure the manager lied to me. I used a $2/1 coupon for a $1.50 item and she adjusted the coupon down to not give the overage. I was completely fine with that, but I wasn't fine with her telling me that the store doesn't get the overage. I'm pretty sure that's not true. But whatever. Walgreens is not my favorite store and unless the deal is great, I usually avoid it.

7 Purina One Dog food 6 oz. 2/$3 (these rang up $1.99 each which is what started the whole fiasco)
- $2/1 coupon adjusted down to $1.50/1

7 Purina One Cat food 6 oz. 2/$3 (these rang up $1.99 each also)
- $2/1 coupon adjusted down to $1.50/1

Playtex Princess sippy cup clearanced to $1.99 each (for Liberty for Christmas)

2 Tylenol Precise Cream $7.99 each
- $5/1 in-ad coupon
- $2/1 tearpad coupon
$.99 each

Carmex lip balm $2 each
Earned $2 RR

Paid $4 RR, paid $3.58 OOP
Earned $2 RR

Receipt says I saved $39.99!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

*NEW* coupons

Here are a few new coupons you might want to print.

The Target $1 off produce coupon is back!! Use it at Target or at Publix if your store considers them a competitor. There are also a few other new Target ones so be sure to click through all of them. I printed the $.50 off Market Pantry bread since my family goes through bread so fast.

Target Coupons

Then head over to the Classico website.
There is a $1/1 Classico spaghetti sauce (44 oz jar).
Print it twice and hold on to it for a BOGO sale at Publix!

$1/1 Classico Pasta Sauce

Thanks to
Saving My Family Money
Saving My Family Money
for the heads up on the sauce coupon.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Publix trip 9/2 - Change for a Change

I didn't do a separate transaction for my donation items this week so these were a part of the Publix trip 9/2.

2 Mueller's Pasta BOGO @ $1.19 each
- $2/5 IP from their website
$.26 each

2 Newman's Own Pasa Sauce BOGO @ $2.69
- $1.50/2 IP from their website
$.60 each

2 Uncle Ben's Ready Rice 3/$4
- $.75/2 MQ
$.96 each

Total paid was $2.73 for $10.44 worth of groceries! I had $.91 overage from one item so I applied that to the donation items, otherwise I would have been over $3 at $3.64.

Zeal for a Deal

Publix trip 9/2

I like shopping Publix on Thursday, the day the new ad starts, and getting it out of the way for the week. I had another great trip today. Well, other than the fact that my 4 kids drove me nuts pretty much the entire time we were in the store! Leanna is now obsessed with collecting tickets/coupons/blinkies for her "game." Yes, my daughter plays with coupons. The boys were just mischievous as usual. And I was tired, having just come from 2 hours at the dentist with all of them. But we survived, although the "I hafta go pooooootty" when we were just getting to the check-out nearly sent me over the edge. I got some great deals, a couple free things, a little overage, and plenty of meat and fresh produce! Not pictured are the two Boston butt roasts (for pulled pork!) and the two pork spareribs. I added up just the produce and meat (not counting the hotdogs - are those meat!? LOL) and the total was about $38. It brings my savings percentage down, but Tim won't have to say that I'm buying all snack type food and nothing to cook with. I also got a few things for our donation pile.

A few of the best deals:

Wisk 50oz - 32 loads $4.49 each
- $3/1 MQ from Sunday's paper
$1.49 each

Ball Park Beef Franks BOGO @ $3.99 each
- $2/1 IP from Facebook page - no longer available

Yoplait Yo-plus BOGO @ $2.50 each
- $1/1 IP - thanks to my wonderful sister for the heads up on this one!
$.25 each!

Mueller's Pasta BOGO @ $1.19 each
- $2/5 IP from their website
$.26 each

Newman's Own Pasa Sauce BOGO @ $2.69
- $1.50/2 IP from their website
$.60 each

Cheez-its BOGO @ $3.99
- $1/2 MQ
$1.50 each - not the best price for crackers, but the best I can usually get for Cheez-its and my family loves them

Foohys erasers $1.09 each
- $2 off school supplies WYB 2 Cheez-its - Kelloggs Fuel for School flyer
$.91 overage!

I used a $5/5 Kraft IP on the following 5 items to save $1 off each item

2 Breakstones 16 oz. sour cream $2/2
- $2

2 Kraft 8 oz. shredded cheese $2/2
- two $.55/1 Publix SQ
- $2
$.45 each

Kraft cheese singles $2/2
- $1
$1 each

I also used a $10/$50 Publix SQ from the weekly flyer that I got in the mail yesterday.

Total spent OOP $60.43, total saved $113.57!
65% savings!

I had $49.10 in coupon savings and $64.47 in special price savings. Not bad!!

If you want to score some of these same deals, check out Southern Savers - Publix Weekly Ad.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CVS trip 8/31

Yes, I realize I was just at two different CVS stores yesterday. So why did I go back again tonight? Well, last night the wonderful coupon kiosk gave me a $6 off any Prevacid SQ!! And I remembered from the ad that there is an ECB deal this week. And I knew that there was a $4/1 MQ out there. But unfortunately, I didn't have the $4/1 coupon with me. Then there was the fact that my printer was completely out of black ink and wouldn't print any more coupons. And I remembered that CVS had a HP ink cartridge deal (buy 2, save $10) and that by buying those high price items, I could use one of the many $10/$50 SQs I've been getting from the kiosk. Score! And I wanted to do the cereal/milk ECB deal and the stores last night didn't have the cereal I wanted. Besides, since learning that you can get so much stuff at CVS for so little, it's become one of my favorite stores. I was a little disappointed tonight though when the kiosk didn't spit out even one coupon for me. Bummer.

Transaction #1
2 HP 94 Black ink cartridges $27.99 each
- $10 instant savings WYB 2 HP cartridges
$22.99 each

I just checked a Sam's Club receipt to do a price comparison. I bought a 3-pack of HP cartridges, 2 black and 1 color, for $68.32, or $22.77 each. I wouldn't have been able to use my $10/$50 SQ if I didn't buy the cartridges, so I'm applying that $10 savings towards these, making them $17.99 each. That beats Sam's Club price!

Prevacid 42 ct. $24.99
- $6 SQ from kiosk
- $4/1 MQ
Earned $7 ECBs

Paid $6.99 ECBs, paid $46.75 OOP
Earned $7 ECB

I didn't want to use more of my ECBs for this because I didn't want to waste them on a normal household expense like printer ink. Selfish? Maybe, but I'm stingy with my ECBs.

Transaction #2
TG Lee milk $3.19
- $1/1 MQ from their website (you can print 2 every 2 months)

Raisin Bran Crunch 2/$6
- $1/2 MQ
$2.50 each
Earned $3 ECBs for buying 2 cereals and milk

Paid $7 ECBs, paid $.19 OOP
Earned $3 ECBs

$4.19 for 2 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk is really great in my book! This deal has a limit of 2 so I plan on going back for more before the end of the week. I started out with $25.99 ECBs and ended with $22 ECBs. For $4 ECBs and $50.94 OOP, I got all of the above items. Somewhere else, the ink cartridges alone would have cost about $45 or a little higher. See why I love CVS?
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