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Simple Saving Savvy: My Weekly Shopping Trip ~

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Monday, October 12, 2009

My Weekly Shopping Trip ~

Ok, I'm gonna let you know straight up that this is not the best shopping I've ever done. My daughter has been home sick since Friday and when it became apparent that she would have to stay home on Monday (today) as well, I threw together a shopping trip at the last minute and went last night. I was really out of sorts. But I guess it turned out ok and I did come in under budget so that's always a good thing.

At Walgreens I did two transactions. One was for my family and the other for Coupons for Christ. They only had four Ragu left so I had to switch to plan B at the last minute. And while making my calculations, it suddenly hit me that I provided you all with a totally bogus scenario for this deal. So sorry! Please let me know if you catch it when I do this!!

First transaction was the Ragu, Hellman's, Robitussin and Chapstick. I spent $5.98 out of pocket and earned back $9.50 in Register Rewards.

I used:
$6 RR
$3.50 RR
(2) $1/2 Ragu
(1) $1/2 Hellman's

The second transaction was the Huggies and Johnsons Baby Powder. I spent $5.38 out of pocket and earned back $5 Register Rewards.

I used:
$10 RR
(2) $2/1 Huggies printable
$1/1 Huggies from Walgreens Activity Book (deducted $2)

You can check out more Walgreens deals here.

Walmart was probably my most successful stop. My total before coupons was around $101.XX. After coupons was $34.67.

Here are the deals I did:

Glade Fragrance Collection Multi-Wick Candle & Diffusers $4.50
Used $3.00/1 SS 10/4
Final Cost: $1.50**

**I did this deal 4x and will use it toward the SC Johnson $5 rebate.

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters $2.28
Used $1.60 printable and Pssst... coupons
Final Cost: $0.68 ea.

Old El Paso Refried Beans $0.99
Bought 2
Used $1.00/2 printable
Stacked with "buy two OE products, get seasoning free" peelie
Final Cost: $0.50 ea plus free seasoning

Kashi Go Lean $3.00
Used $3.00/1 vocalpoint coupons
Final Cost: FREE

Bare Naked Granola $3.50
Used $2.00/1 printable
Final Cost: $1.50

Splenda 100ct $3.92
Used $3.00/1 coupon received from feedback to manufacturer
Final Cost: $0.92

Hormel Chili Master $2.50
Used $2.00/1 October All You
Final Cost: $0.50

Pull Ups Wipes $1.64
Bought 2
Used $3.00/2 SS 7/19
Final Cost: two for $0.28

Rolaids 3-pack $1.86
Used $4.00/2 RP 10/4
Final Cost: FREE******

Rolaids 3-pack $1.32
Used $4.00/2 RP 10/4
Final Cost: FREE******

******Walmart has programmed a check into their system to reduce the amount of overage resulting when you use a coupon with an amount higher than the price of the product. If this occurs too often, at the end of your transaction, the system will require a manager override before allowing payment to go through.

I tried to get around this by buying more than (2) Rolaids per coupons. For example, I bought (3) Rolaids at $1.32 which equals $3.96 and then used the $4.00/2 coupon. This did not work. The system still called for an override and this process added 5-10 minutes onto my transaction time. Be warned to plan your shopping trip accordingly.

Much of this trip (Glade, wipes, Rolaids) will be donated.

I had to take the kids home this weekend so I decided to shop Homeland in Guthrie. I mostly picked up items from this week's Homeland Deals list but ran across a couple more.

Oroweat Dutch Kitchens on sale for $1.99
I used the $0.55/1 SS 10/4 DND
Final Cost: $1.44

Also, they had Healthy Harvest Lasagna noodles clearanced at $1.81 so I bought a box of these along with a box of the linguine sale priced at $1.25. I used the $1.00/2 printable and paid $0.53 ea. Not bad for lasagna noodles.

The best discoveries were tearpads for:

*Save $1.00 on Bananas when you buy any package of Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels. I grabbed a couple of these and saved them to use at Crest.

*Four coupons on one tearpad for MorningStar Farms products. Each Coupon is worth $0.75 off and says DND.

Last stop...Crest Foods. Here I found a tearpad for "Save $1.00 on 1/2lb or more of deli meat or cheese with the purchase of any Hearty & Delicious bread, bun or roll.

Other deals I bought were:

Snuggle Liquid $3.46
Used $3.00/1 RP 10/4
Final Cost: $0.46

Glade Lasting Impressions $2.99
Used $3.00/1
Final Cost: FREE

Gold Fish $0.99

Ronzoni Wheat Egg Noodles $1.28

Del Monte Fruit Naturals Apples & Oranges 2/$1

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter sticks 2/$5
Used $1.00/1 Parade Magazine 8/9
Final Cost: $1.50 ea.

Crest Shredded Cheese $1.78

Sara Lee Bagels $2.50
Used $1.00 off produce tearpad mentioned above

Hiland Sour Cream $0.99

That pretty much does it. I'd love to see or read about the deals you all found!



Blogger DeDe said...

Wow it looks like that you did really good to me! And I love the fact you give back. That is such a blessing. I hope your family is better.

October 12, 2009 at 3:37 PM  

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