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Today at Giant

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Total OOP: $5.68  Total savings: $10.67

Breakstone’s sour cream: Price $2.29 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1. I bought 2.  Total: $0.65 each

Ken’s salad dressings: On sale for $1.00 each.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total: $0.50 each

Seventh Generation dish soap: On sale for $2.99. I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 and was pleasantly surprised buy another manufacturer’s coupon worth $2.00 off 2 attached to the package.  I bought 2.  Total: $1.49 each

Savings!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Today I headed out to 3 different stores.  I went to CVS, Walgreens, and Giant.  I know, I know… I made a rule to limit myself to only 3 stores… and CVS and Walgreens were not on that list… but good deals were to be had at those stores… so they are now officially added to “my list.”

Here are today’s deals and savings:

CVS: total OOP: $12.62; total savings: $17.18

Scott Toilet Paper: on sale for $6.88.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00.  Total= $5.88 (that is $0.49 a roll)

Raisin Bran: on sale for $1.66.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.70.  Total= $0.96

Colgate toothpaste: Price $2.57 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale. I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each.  I bought 4. Total= $0.79 each

Duncan Hines Brownie Mix: On sale for $1.00 each.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each.  I bought 4.  Total= $0.50 each


Walgreens: total OOP: $36.89; total savings: $62.17

Carnation evaporated milk: on sale for $0.99 each.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $.50 off 2.  I bought 2. Total=$0.74 each

Lysol Kitchen spray: Price $4.19 with buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total= $1.60 each

Blue Diamond Almonds: Price $3.49  with buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.60 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total= $1.45 each

Crest white strips: Price $29.99.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $10.  I also had a Walgreens coupon worth $10.  Total= $9.99

M&M’s: Price 2 for $1.59.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon for buy 2 get 1 free. I bought 3. Total= $0.53 each

Hefty One Zip freezer bags: Price $3.29 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had 3 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 6.  Total= $1.15 each

Playtex tampons: On sale for $3.99.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $2.50 off 2 boxes.  I also had a Walgreens coupon worth $1.00 off 1.  I bought 2.  Total= $2.24 each

Bic Razors: Price $6.99 with a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $3.00 each.  I bought 2.  Total= $2.24 each

Giant: total OOP: $30; total savings: $32.38

Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts: on sale for buy 1 get 1 free. The total for the chicken prior to coupons was $11.93.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $0.75 each.  Giant doubles coupons under $1, so my coupons were worth $3.00. I bought 4. Total= $2.23 each

Dole Frozen Blueberries: On sale for $3.29.  I had 3 manufacturer’s coupons worth $0.75 each.  Since the coupons were doubled, they were worth $4.50.  I bought 3.  Total= $1.79 each

Turkey Hill Ice cream (not pictured): On sale for 2 for $5.00.  I bought 2.  Total: $2.50 each

Betty Crocker frosting: On sale for $1.67. I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.75 (worth $1.50 after doubling). I bought 2.  Total= $0.92 each

Betty Crocker cake mix: On sale for $1.50.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $.50 (worth $1 after doubling). I bought 2. Total= $1.00 each

All laundry soap: on sale for $3.99.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each .  I bought 2.  Total= $2.99 each

I am well aware that boxed cake mixes and brownies are not healthy and might be considered to go against one of my rules… but I make an exception for them because they are handy in an emergency situation, such as: needing something for dessert for last minute dinner guests, bringing something to a church function, making something to go with a meal for a family in need… etc.  As far as the M&Ms and ice cream… well, everything in moderation! 😉

Couponing day one: A success

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Today was day one of our couponing adventure.  Our biggest deal was at Staples.

We got 2 reams of HP printer paper and a plastic chair mat for a grand total of $2.61.

Here’s how we did it:

The paper was on sale (which ended today) for $5.99 each- limit 2.  A mail in rebate for $4.99 for each ream printed off with the receipt.  In the weekly ad online we found a coupon (that expired today) for $10 off any chair mat.  We chose the cheapest one… which was $29.99.  To top it off we had $19.98 in Staples rewards.

So, the mat ($19.99 plus 0.60 sales tax) + the paper ($11.98)= $32.57- the reward points ($19.98)=$12.59- the mail in rebate refund ($9.98)= $2.61

Or you can look at it this way- we got 2 reams of paper for free, paid $12.59 for a chair mat and will recieve a check in the mail for $9.98.  Either way, it was an AWESOME deal!

Adventures in Couponing

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Well, the couponing bug bit me!  I have been using coupons for a while now… but apparently not to their full potential.  TLC’s EXTREME Couponing has inspired me (and I actually haven’t seen a full episode… just the clips on their website!).  Now, don’t worry… I’m not going to get (too) crazy about it!  I am setting rules for myself.

My rules:

1- only use coupons for things I would normally use

2- steer clear of coupons for things that are super processed or unhealthy (since I wouldn’t buy them anyway)

3- limit myself to the following stores: Target, Giant, and Wegmans (at least initially) to reduce anxiety!

4- try to combine coupons with rock bottom prices whenever possible to get the BEST deal (this one is most exciting to me!)

5- don’t freak out if I miss a good deal… there will be another!

6- do not, I repeat, DO NOT dumpster dive for coupons! =)

I have spent about 3 days pondering this idea and about 4 hours already organizing myself and becoming familiar with the coupon policies of the stores I am focusing on.  Already I have learned a lot!  Even if this doesn’t pan out to be a success, at least I will be a wiser shopper in the end.

So, I ask, if any of you are just tossing your coupons in the trash, consider sending them my way instead!

I enjoyed this post from the Krazy Coupon Lady for “beginners”.