Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Almost $400 in groceries for $118!!

Wow! I just had to share what I think is a great haul...

Total Value $370.88 for $135 Out of Pocket, Plus I Ended with $7 in Rewards & $10 Gift Card! True Cost = $118 which is a 68% savings on real, honest-to-goodness groceries!!

For those who don’t care to know the details, the abreviated list included a 6 month supply of paper towels, a 3 month supply of laundry detergent, 2 full size pizzas, 13 cans of soup, 3 boxes of cereal, 6 free 2-liters of soda, the most perfect pumpkin ever, and a bunch of other stuff we needed for this week and to build our stockpile!

For those who are curious to know how I did this, here’s what I bought and where....

CVS: (Value $88.73 , Out of Pocket $36.77, Gift Cards/Reward Earned $13 , Adjusted Total $23.77)

  • Transaction #1 (Total after using coupons and previously earned ECBs= $1.67, earned $4 new ECBs)

Buy 2 CoverGirl Blushes $4.99
Use $8.00/2 Covergirl Face Products, Limit 4 Like coupons per transaction from PG 10/2 (exp 10/31)
Pay $1.98, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $1.02 Moneymaker

Progresso Soup, 18.5-19 oz $1.66
Buy 4, Receive $1.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Use $1.00/4 Progresso Soups any flavor from GM 10/2 (exp 11/26)
or $1.00/4 Progresso Soups any flavor from GM 9/11 (exp 11/5)
Pay $4.00, Receive $1.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 4

Gold Emblem Candy Corn, Autumn Mix, or Pumpkins, 8 oz $0.10
Limit 2

  • Transaction #2 (Total after tax and applying $4 ECBs fm Trans #1= $35.10, but earned $3 new ECBs plus a $10 Amex Gift Card)

Starbursts, Singles $0.50
Buy 4, Receive $1.00 Extra Buck, Limit 1
Use 2 B1G1 Free – Starbursts, Singles, CVS Coupon – (cvs.com)
Pay $1.00, Receive $1.00 Extra Buck
Final Price: Free when you buy 4

CVS Jumbo Pack Supreme Diapers or Training Pants, $6.99
Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $4/2 coupon from the coupon machine last week, Pay $10, get $2 ECBs back

Buy 5 Scott Choose – A – Size Mega Rolls, 6 Pack $6.00
Use 5 $1.00/4 Scott Towels, 4 or more rolls from SS 9/11 (exp 10/23)
Pay $25.00, Receive $10.00 Gift Card
Final Price: $3.00 each when you buy 5

Albertsons (Value $138.10, OOP $50.85)

Coffee-Mate, 16 oz, Sale $2.00, bought 2, Used 2 $0.55/1 printable coupons, Final Price $1.45 each

La Victoria Sals 16oz & La Victoria Enchilada Sauce 28oz $1.50/each, bought 4 of each Used 4 $1/2 coupons fm 8/14 SS Final Price $1/each

Smart Ones, included in buy 10/save $5 promotion, $1.79 after discount, bought 10 Used $3/10 coupon fm 8/7 SS Final Price $1.49 each

2 Fiber Plus Cereals, included in buy 10/save $5 promotion, $2.29 after discount Used 2 $1/1 printable coupons Final Price $1.29 each

Campbells Select Harvest Soups, included in buy 10/save $5 promotion, $1.29 after dis bought 9, used 3 $1.00/3 printable coupons Final Price $0.95 each

Best Life Spread, $2.89 sale price Used $0.50 catalina coupon fm last visit Final Price $2.39

Dr Pepper 10, $1.69 sale price (they only had one, so that’s what I got) Used Free Coupon fm SS 10/9 Final Price Free!!

Idahoan Loaded Potatoes $1.69 Used Free coupon fm October All You Magazine Final Price Free!!

Maxwell House Coffee, $8.99 sale price (not a great price, but needed and got me free cereal!)

Honey Nut Cheerios- Free with Coffee purchase!

Starbucks canned coffee- $2 (very much needed since I couldn’t go home to brew the Maxwell house above)

Walgreens: (Value $24.11, Out of Pocket $11.38)

Now, here I got a little messed up because the Infant Care Booklet and November Booklet did not arrive in my Walgreens on time. Below are the deals you could do, but above is the total I actually paid. :(

Huggies Baby Wipes, Refill Pack, 184 to 216 ct $4.99, On Sale Starting 10/23
Use $0.50/1 Huggies Wipes, 64 ct+ from SS 10/23
And Use $2.00/1 Huggies Big Pack or Wipes, 184 ct or 216 ct from Walgreens Infant Care Booklet (4 digit code #5519)
Final Price: $2.49

DiGiorno Pizza, 12 in $5.00
When you buy 2
Use 2 $2.00/1 – Digiorno Pizza – (facebook.com)
And Use $1.00/2 DiGiorno Pizza, 12 in from Walgreens November Booklet
Final Price: $2.50 each when you buy 2/

Foods Co: (Value $40 at least , OOP $20.53)

I lost my receipt, so I can’t give you exactly how much I got on the produce, but my total above should be pretty accurate. The perfect pumpkin was my deal of the day!!!

Hass Avocados- $0.79/each (a staple for the baby)

Granny Smith Apples- $.49/lb

Italian Squash- $.78/lb

Yellow Onions- $.25/lb

Kroger Pancake Mix 32oz, or Syrup 24oz- $1.68, got 3 of each

Amazing Perfect Pumpkins- $2.98 each!!

Rite-Aid: (Value $45.56, OOP $2.91 after Up Rewards, earned $4 new Up Rewards)

Xtra Laundry Detergent or Nice ‘n Fluffy Softener $2.00
Buy 3, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward
Pay $6.00, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $1.33 each when you buy 3

Always, Carefree, or Kotex Liners $1.00
Use 2 $0.50/1 Carefree product, any from SS 8/21
Or $1.00/2 – Carefree, 18-22ct – (adperk.com)
Final Price: 2 for FREE

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste, Orajel Toddler Toothpaste, Baby Tooth and Gum Cleaner $3.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward
$1.00/1 Orajel Kids MY WAY toothpaste from SS 10/26
Pay $2.99, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $0.99

Can of Sliced Pineapple $1.79 (not a great deal, but I needed them and had Rewards to spend)

Cover Girl Eyeliner $5.99, Sale BOGO 50% off, Use $8/2 coupon fm PG 10/2= Free, so I picked up 4!! (I now have all the makeup I’ll need for 2012!!!

Save-Mart: (Value $29.68, OOP after tax and coupons $7.16)

Dr. Pepper Ten 2-liters, $1.49 each (on sale fm $1.99), bought 5, Used Free coupons fm SS 10/9 = Free for all 5!!!

Pillsbury Cake Mix, $0.88 with in store coupon, limit 4, bought 4= $3.52

Black Plums, $0.47/lb, bought 1.78 lbs= $0.84

Sunrype Fruit leather (just a little snack to pick me up after shopping). $1.00

Roma Tomatoes, $0.47/lb, bought 1.54 lbs= $0.72

Dollar Tree: (OOP after tax $4.70)

Diet Pepsi- $1 (much needed as this was my last stop)

Black Licorice- $1

Canned Vegetables, sale $0.79, bought 2 (not a great price, but I needed them)

Whipped Topping- $1

Now, if I had packed my own snacks and coffee, and gotten the discounts I was expecting at Walgreens, my savings would have been much higher. But! I am not striving to show you perfection, I aim only to encourage you to do the work to get your family all the things you need for less!

Check out www.saveathomemommy.com for local grocery deals. You can even click and print a shopping list right from the site listing all the coupons you'll need to get the best prices! Happy Hunting!

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