Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spent $34.29, Saved $47.63 & Got $12 back!!!

If you've talked to me recently about couponing, you know that I have been attempting to focus my energies on the grocery stores rather than simply the drugstores. Here's why- toothpaste, shampoo and body wash pretty much all go on sale every couple of months so it's not difficult to create a stockpile of these items. It's not, however, going to feed my family. I have to focus my grocery budget on food! So, since I now have a 2-3 months supply of most health and beauty items from my first couple of months doing this coupon thing, I'm waging war on Albertsons!! (And Vons and Winco and any other store I can get good deals at.) Here's my adventure today.....

  • 4 Crest Toothpastes, Regularly $3.79 each, Sale 2 for $3
Used 4 $0.75/1 coupons
Paid $3 for all three, got 2 $1 catalinas from Albertsons and 1 $2 from Crest
(Since I paid $3 and got $4 back, this was actually a moneymaker!!!)
  • 2 4-packs of Dannon Light and Fit yogurt, Regularly $2.99 each, Sale 2 for $4
Used 2 $1/1 coupons
Paid $ 2, got $1 catalina back from Albertsons
  • 1 Gallon of Fat Free Milk, Regular Price $3.89
Used "Free Milk" Catalina from previous General Mills purchase
Since the value of the coupon is for $4.50, the cashier gave me the overage of $0.61!!!
  • 1 Pkg of Johnsonville Italian Sausage, Regularly $5.99, Sale $4.29
Used $1/1 coupon
Paid $3.29, Got 1 $1 Catalina from Albertsons
  • 2 Lucky Charms, Regularly $3.99, Sale 4/$10
(Ok, so I went in with Honey Nut Cheerios coupons, but the participating size was sold out. I only got the Lucky Charms because they went with the General Mills deal for free milk fm GM and $ Catalinas fm Albertsons. I will probably make some marshmallowy treat with them.)
Paid $5, Got Free Milk Catalina from GM and $2 Catalina fm Albertsons
  • 2 Boxes of Nature Vally Granola Bars, Regularly $4.19, Sale 4/$10
Used 1 $0.75/2 coupon
Paid $4.25, got the Catalinas already listed above (this was one deal with GM cereals)
  • 2 Boxes Emerald Breakfast-on-the-Go, Regularly $3.59, Sale 2/$5
Used 2 $1/1 coupons
Paid $3, got $1 Catalina from Albertsons
  • 1 12-pack of Quilted Northern Toilet paper, Regularly $ 10.49, Sale $6.49
Paid $6.49, got $1 Catalina from Albertsons
  • 1 tub of Cottage Cheese $2.70
No coupons, just needed it
  • 1 bunch of bananas $1.51
  • 1 lb of Strawberries $3.99,
(Ok here I got robbed because the price listed on the shelf was $1.99, but when I got home and checked the ad, they are supposed to be BOGO at $3.99 and the cashier simply didn't say anything. Good reason to keep the weekly ad with you when you shop! Either way, they are much cheaper at Vons this week. I just didn't have any other deals I liked at Vons this week.)

Also pictured are 3 items from Target....

  • 2 10-packs Papermate pens, Sale $1 each
Used $1/1 Target coupon
Paid: $0 - 2 pack for Free!!!
  • 1 5ct pack of Zyrtec, Sale $5.29
Used $5/1 coupon from Walmart website
Paid: $0.29

....So that's how I spent $34.29, Saved $47.63, and came away with $12 in Catalinas that can be used toward my next Albertsons purchase...oooh! and a Catalina for another free milk! Life is good!

There are a lot of great deals listed in the weekly ads. For coupon match ups, check or use her Coupon Database to search for coupons that you can use. I hope this helps/encourages you to go and get great saving for yourself this week!

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