Since this is my blog, I have the choice to tell you guys what I want/feel you need to know. Alot of times, I think that you think that I am the perfect "Coupon Queen" because I share my deals with you and, I'll admit - they are usually pretty good. However, I do screw up and don't always tell you. This week, I'm putting it out there. Here goes.....
So....I was at the 24 hour store at 6:15 on Thursday morning. I will not be able to shop on Friday/Saturday (say it isn't so!!!), so I had to get a good shopping trip in.
I did two transactions - which I don't normally do, but I had reached my 20 coupon limit by Isle #6. There was no one in the store AND the U-Scan cashier was extreeeemely nice - especially considering that he had been there ALL night.
I used my card for the first transaction and my Mom's card for the 2nd transaction. Paid exactly what I thought I should've paid and picked up a couple of treats things for co-workers who bring me their Sunday inserts.
Life is good - I even had time to drop the cold stuff off at the house.
My BFF co-worker/couponer and I did a run at lunch. She has not had a chance to go and I did not need an excuse. BUT - I had a terrible headache. STILL, that didn't stop me. She drove - which made it do-able.
We get there and she quickly reaches her 20 coupon limit. I picked up a few thing and filled the remainer 20 with her items.
Her checkout is very smooth, her total is just as expected. My turn next. My original is $35.58. The cashier scanned my coupons and I'm down to 9.98. OMG - how could this be???? It should only be about $3 something??? I double check the coupons, double check the prices and everything looks fine. Some of the coupons did not fully triple, but they will only triple up the amount of the item and there were plenty of things that I purchased that were under the amount of the items. I suck it up, pay and we leave. Also, let me say that the cashier was VERY patient and scrolled up and down on the screen several times for me and even apoligized. It certainly was not her fault. She was VERY helpful.
Sitting in Chick Fil A, the light bulb goes off. I used my Mom's card this morning to get a few items AND I used it today at lunch. Not all of the coupons tripled. OMG - my head STILL hurts, I'm in a fog and I paid $7 more than I should've. OMG I think I will die (as I enjoy my Chick Fil A $6 meal - which my friend paid for because she felt so bad for me. She also tried to pay for my groceries but I wouldn't let her).
It's actually quite comical now. My headache is gone and my mind is clear (as clear as it can get). It's $7 for goodness sake. BUT - good thing I don't do this type of thing often - that could get really expensive!!!
How have your trips been? Had any troubles/funny things happen to you? I would love to hear about them!!!
New York Strips: $5.99/lb
Chicken Leg Quarters: .49/lb., sold in 10 lb. bags (not really a stockpile price - during summer, they will be .39/lb.)
Gala Apples: .99/lb.
Avacados: .69 ea.
Peter Pan is still on sale for $1.66, use the $1.50/4 printable, Link: Peter Pan
Final Price: $1.29 ea.
Triples, of course.....as a result, I am only going to highlight the meats/fruits/veges and items that do not have coupons associated with them, but are still a good deal.
Ribeye Steaks: $5.99/lb
Whole Boston Butt: .99/lb
HT Large White Eggs: .99/doz.
Rotisserie Chicken: $4.99 ea
Ben and Jerry's Icecream: $2.50
Starbucks Icecream: $2.50
(Maybe with all the $ you are saving on triples, you can splurge and get yourself a treat - make sure to pack a spoon so that you can eat it in the car in the parking lot and get rid of the evidence before you get home!!!)
Lowes Foods is having a three day sale:
Fresh Express Garden Salad: .89, limit 2
Lowes Foods Canned veges, .47 ea
6 Ct. Cinnamon Rolls from the bakery BOGO ($1.49) hummm - something to think about!!!
Hass Avacados: .99 ea.
Pineapple: $2.99 ea.
Sanderson Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast: $1.97/lb.
Sanderson Farms Bonless Chicken Thighs: $2.79/lb. (I LOVE these!!!)
6 Farm Rich Cheese Sticks (better known as "we don't need these in our house/make your butt bigger cheese sticks")
6 Green Giant Steamers (balances out the cheese sticks)
5 Sargento Cheese - shredded
4 Carnation Evaporated Milk
4 Taster's Choice Coffee
6 McCormick Grill Mates
5 Planters Nut-trition Bars
4 Old El Paso Green Chilis
2 Coffeemate Creamers
Total Out of Pocket: $1.78
A few notes......
Supplies were good at the Robinhood Village location. They were low on the Planters nut bars and did not have the organic cream cheese/half and half. Maybe Whitaker will have these items.
In my opinion, the hottest items for this round of triples are going to be the "Make your butt bigger" Farm Rich Cheese sticks, Sargento Shredded Cheese and the Planters Nut Bars. Palmolive dish detergent is also going to be free, and I think that is about the only "free" cleaning item. Also, there is a good deal on the Ziploc bags......they will probably get gone fast.
A reminder of the rules: There is a limit of 20 coupons that can be tripled per card per day. If you have a bogo coupon or a $1 coupon, have them scan them last if you have 20 coupons that need tripling. They will accept three of the exact same coupons for three items and two internet printables for two like items.
I also want to remind everyone why I shop at Robinhood Village. The customer service is phenomenal. OUT OF THIS WORLD. You couldn't ask for a nicer, more accomodating group. They are always friendly and you will NEVER get a bad attitude/eye roll like happens so many other times at other stores.
Have a great week and let me know if you have any questions. PLEASE let me know if/what deals I have missed and I will add it to the list.
Use $2 coupon from 2/7 Red Plum
Final Price: $1.50 each
Schick Quatrro or Intuition Razors or 3-4 ct. cartridges: $8.99, get $4 Extra Care Bucks, limit 1
$4/1 Schick Quattro Womens razor SS 4/25 (not confirmed)
$4/1 Schick Intuition Razor SS 4/25 (not confirmed)
Final Price: .99
Fig Newtons (4 to 8 oz.): $1.
Print this $1 coupon from Facebook: Link: Fig Newton
Final Price: FREE!
I am going to attempt to do the Pantene deal this week, depending on availability of stock.
Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner is $4.99 BOGO. There are $3.00/2 coupons in the 3/7 Proctor and Gamble inserts. Here's the scenario:
8 Pantene BOGO at $4.99 ea: 19.96
Use: $5/$20 from the Rite Aid Video Values
Use: 4 $3/2 Pantene coupons
Subtotal: 2.96 plus tax
Dove Shampoo, Conditioner, Stylers – 2 for $6.00
Use 2 $1.50 coupons from 3/28 Red Plum
Get a Single Check Rebate of $3.00 when you buy 2 (limit 1)
Final Price: FREE
Stayfree Pads: $1.99
Use $2 coupon from 3/28 Red Plum
Final Price: FREE
Stayfree Maxi Pads $2.99, get $3 Register Rewards
Use: $2 Stayfree product, any from the 03/28 Red Plum or the
$1 Stayfree product, any from the 04/25 Smart Sourse
Final Price: MONEY MAKER!!!
Plackers Dental Flossers 90ct $2, get $2 Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE
Tone Body Wash $3.99, get $3 Register Rewards Use:$1 Tone Body Wash printable, Link: ToneOut of prints Final Price: FREE.99
Scotch Packing Tape is .99 with in-ad coupon. Use the $1 printable, Link: Scotch Final Price: FREE
Dove Deoderant: $2.49, use $2.00 coupon from coupons.com
Final Price: .49 ea.
Gas X Prevention – $4.99
Use $2 coupon from the 4/25 SmartSource
AND use $2 coupon from the Walgreens May Instant Value Coupon booklet, located with the sales flyers
Final Price: .99 after coupon
Buy 2 Off Clip On Misquito Protection at $8.99 ea.
Use $2.00 Walgreens May Instant Value Coupon Booklet (will deduct $4)
Use BOGO Off Clip On Starter, Link: BOGO Off – (off.com)
Also use $2.00 Off Clip On Starter Link: Off
Final Price: $1.49 each
I'm going out on a limb here, but here goes. I have heard from a non-confirmed source that TRIPLES will be April 28 - May 4. I usually don't publish this information unless I hear from MY store, but I want to give you time to get ready. It falls in line with the last couple of month's timing of Super Doubles/Triples. If I hear anything different, I will update this post.
As usual, I will post a list of free/great deal items as the time approaches.
This is an interesting week. Only one free item (or at least that I see yet), but there are some good deals. Good......not great. There are only a couple of stockpile items (chix and Coffeemate at FL and possibly shrimp at HT).
93% ground beef: $2.79lb. (Great Price - have seen it as low as $2.49/lb, but we will definately having burgers this week!!!)
Whole Chickens: .57 lb. STOCKPILE PRICE!!! (have seen them as low as .49/lb, but this is really close)
5 lb. bag russet potatoes: BOGO at $1.44 ea. (sale price)
Peter Pan Peanut Butter: $1.66 ea., use the printable $1.50/4 and it makes them $1.29 ea., Link:Peter Pan . Have seen it at a better price, but this is my DD's favorite, so I will get four.
Coffeemate Creamer is $1.66, use the .75 q from coffeemate.com and it is only .91. There is also a FLIP for .75 off, Link: Coffeemate FLIP
Are you signed up for E-Vic? Check your email if so. I got an offer added to my card for a free box of "It's Berry Special" cereal. Yipee!!!
HT Traders E-Z Peel White Shrimp, 21/30 count: Buy 1 get 2 free. You don't have to purchase all three bags. One bag is $8.65 and they are sold in 2 lb bags = $4.33/lb. This is a great price for this count - there are 21-30 shrimp in a lb.
Tilapia Filets: $3.99/lb.
93% Ground Beef: $2.99/lb.
Smart Chicken Ground Chicken: $2.99/lb., use the $1.00 off any Smart Chicken from coupons.com (zip code: 64123).
Driscoll's 2 lb pkg strawberries: BOGO (not sure of the price)
Classico Pasta Sauce is Buy 2 get 3 free at $2.79 ea. Use the $1.00 off 2 printable: Classico
You could also purchase "fresh beef" and get $1.50 off when you buy 2 Classico Pasta Sauces. The coupon is from the 3/14 Smart Source. Makes it .92 each and you get $1.50 worth of free beef. Not a stockpile price, but I will do a round of it - I'm getting VERY low on pasta sauce.
Scott Bath Tissue is $2.99 for a 4 roll (1000 sheets per roll). Use the $1.00 printable, Link: Scott
Fresh Rewards Deal:
Buy 2 Sun Chips ($3.00 ea), get $2 in Fresh Rewards. Did you "friend" Sun Chips on Facebook? If so, you could use your FREE coupon for this. Great deal!!
Buy 1 of each, earn $1: Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn 2/$4, Coke 2 liters $1.25. Not a bad deal if you have any of the .75 popcorn coupons from the 3/28 Smart Source. Would make it .75 for both after Fresh Rewards.
Buy 4 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (2/$5.00), earn $4. Use the .50/2 Select Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks from the 03/07 SS OR $0.50/2 Select Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks printable, Link: BC Fruit, ends up being $1 per box.
Land O’ Frost Bistro (6 oz): $1.65, use the $1.00 printable: Land o' Frost
If you have not purchased your Green Bag Tag, now is the time....CVS is giving you .99 Extra Care Bucks when you purchase one for .99. They way this works is that you take your own bag into CVS when shopping, the cashier will scan your Green Bag Tag and every fourth time you scan it, you will get $1.00 in Extra Care Bucks. I keep it with my CVS card. You are not required to attach it to a bag. You are only allowed to get one "scan" per day.
Rimmel Cosmetics are bogo this week. Use the bogo coupon from the April 2010 All You Magazine......FREE!!!
Advil caplets or tablets, 50 ct.= $3.99
Get $1 in Extra Care Bucks, Limit 1
Use $2 off from 1/31/10 Red Plum
Final Price: .99
U by Kotex: $3.49, get $3.49 Single Check Rebate (limit 1)
Use $1.00 off printable coupon, Link: Kotex or
Use $1.00 off coupon from April All You Magazine
Final Price: $1 Money Maker
GE Reveal Lightbulbs: 2/$6, get $4 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2
Use the $1.00 off printable coupon, Link: GE
Final Price: 2 FREE after coupon and rebate!
TGI Friday’s Potato Skin Chips: .99
Use the $1.50 printable coupon from coupons.com
Final Price: FREE
Oral B Cross Action Toothbrush: $2.99
Use the buy one get one free Oral-B Product from the 3/7/2010 Proctor & Gamble AND
$2 Toothbrush or $2/2 Indicators 4/4/2010 Proctor &Gamble
Final Price: $.99 for two
Hershey’s Single Bars .50
Use the .55 Reese’s Dark Chocolate from 3/14 Smart Sourse
Final Price: FREE
Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D: $5, Get $5 Register Reward
Use the $2 Nature's Bounty Product, Link: NB
Final Price: $2 Money Maker!!!!
Black Forest Gummy Bears: .39 after in-ad coupon
Use the .55 off 2 Black Forest Gummy Bears printable, Link: Gummy Bears
Final Price: .12 each when you buy 2
Bic Hybrid Advanced Disposable Razor System $4.99
Use the $1.00 Wags Coupon from the April Booklet
and the $3.00 Bic Hybrid Advanced shaver from 4/18 Smart Source
Final Price: .99 each
Printer Cartridge Refill: $1 after in-ad coupon (Good 4/22 ONLY)
Good Fillers this week:
Walgreens Reusable Shopping Bags: 3 for $1.00 after in-ad coupon
Ajax: 2/$1.00 after in-ad coupon
Dove Shampoo or Conditioner,12 oz is $4.49, get $4.49 in ECBs, Limit 1. There were some IPs a while back that could possible make it a money maker!?!? Worse Case: FREE after ECBs
Dial Nutriskin Body Wash, 16 oz. is $5.49, get $4.50 ECBs, Limit 1. Use the $1 IP, Link: Dial
Final Cost: FREE
Cascade Gel or Powder 45 oz, Action Pacs 15 ct, Dawn 19-24 oz $2.99
Use the $1 in-ad coupon
.50 Cascade Complete from the 3/07/10 Proctor and Gamble coupon
.50 Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty 3/7/10 Proctor and Gamble coupon
.25 Dawn any size 3/7/10 Proctor and Gamble coupon
Cold or Allergy Relief: Benadryl, Sudafed and Tylenol is $4.99, get $5 RR when you buy 2 (Monthly Register Reward deal, 3/28-4/24)
Use the $5 off 2 from the 4/11/10 Red Plum:
Final Price: FREE after Register Rewards
Also, there are several Internet Printable Sudafed coupons, Link: Sudafed
Schick Hydro Shave Gel, 8.4 oz., $2.99 get $3 RR
Final Price: FREE after Register Rewards
Arizona Tea is .59 with in-ad coupons (I love this stuff!)
I usually don't do the Target rundown, but they've got a great deal on the Scrubbing Bubbles this week (and I love the bathroom cleaner!!!)
Purchase 3 Scrubbing Bubbles Products (price is around $2.49), use the $5 Gift Card coupon from the 4/11 Smart Source, plus use 3 x .75 coupons from the 3/21 Smart Source. Net, after giftcard, your total is less than $1.00 (when you factor in tax). There is also a Johnson and Johnson rebate out there, limit 4 rebates per household....Link: SC Johnson Rebate
It's Hip to Save's blog has several more scenarios....check her out here: It's Hip to Save
Also, keep in mind that you can roll the giftcards...aka, make your first purchase, receive the giftcard, get another giftcard and use it again to do the same deal.
Rebecca, my new BFF coupon supplier (yourcouponcafe.com) has started a recipe blog. It's not your average run of the mill recipe blog (not that the others aren't good....), but she focuses on items that we have gotten for dirt cheap/free and creates recipes with them. YES - not the same ole stuff.
My friend Vanessa told me about this deal at Target (her sister Shelly told her) - don't you just love coupon friends/family!?!?!?:
Schick Razors: Selected Intuition Plus, Quattro for Women or Quattro Titanium
On sale: $6.99, ends 04/10/2010
Get a $5 gift card when you buy 2 (razor or refill blades)
Use the $4.00 coupon from the 2/28 Smart Source and it makes them .98 for two.
Keep in mind that these roll, meaning you can do one transaction , do a second transaction, use the $5 gift card that you just got and get another $5 gift card.
Gosh, can you believe it's already April - and warm weather.....Summer will be here before you know it!!
Iceberg Lettuce: .79 ea.
Gala Apples: $1.29/lb
Green Peppers: .99 ea.
If you are interested in Special K Cereal/items, FL has a promo this week...if you purchase 5 items, you will get $5 instantly on your order. If you have multiple computers to print out the coupons, it is as low as .50 for each box of cereal. My absolute best price for this was .25 at HT, but .50 is still a great price!!! Check out couponmom.com's Food Lion deals for NC. She has the matchups there.
Harris Teeter Split Chicken Breast is .99/lb. This is not a stockpile price, but not bad if you need it now.
Milk is $1.99/gallon (excludes organic)
Nestle Pure Life Flavored Water 6 packs are $1.00, regularly $3.99, use the $1/2 coupon and it makes them .50 for a 6 pack. Link: Nestle Water
Betty Crocker Warm Delights: $1.66, use the .75 q from the 3/28 Smart Source, final price: .16 ea.
Orville Redenbacher's Microwave Popcorn 4.9-9.9 oz, BOGO at $1.57 ea, .75 3/28 Smart Sourch coupon is for Cheese flavored, final cost: .07
Sanderson Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are $1.89/lb. This is a good price, but not fantastic. Sometimes the IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) will be on sale for $1.69/lb.
All Detergent: $3.49, use $2 coupon from 2/7 Red Plum
Final Price: $1.49
Also, if you buy Clorox (at $1.69) in addition to the All, you'll get $2 in Fresh Rewards
Net cost for both after Fresh Rewards: $1.18
Old Orchard Juice is buy 2 get 3 free (at 2.85 each). Use two of the .50 Internet Printable, Link: Old Orchard and your final price is $3.70 for 5 bottles or .74 ea. YMMV (your mileage may vary) for using more coupons. I have not had success in this, but doesn't mean you won't!
Fiber One Yogurt: $1.50, use .50 from 3/21 Smart Source or the $1 Internet Printable, Link: Fiber One, Final Price is .50 for a four pack.
This was a fantastic month. My goal was to shop less and purchase items that were free/absolute necessity. My percentage of savings is extremely high and out of pocket was extremely low. One thing that helped facilitate this was that I was on mini-vaca and didn't shop for 3 days - (and I lived to tell about it - wow!). With that being said, I am starting to get low on a few things such as meat, pasta sauce and frozen bread. And, as a reminder....these totals include ONLY groceries/health and beauty aids....Not gas, clothing, shoes, or eating out.
Here are my totals:
Total Shelf Cost: $712.95
Total Coupon Savings: $320.48
Total Sale Savings: $274.40
Amount Paid Out of Pocket: $118.07
Rebates Owed: $34.99
Amount Paid (after rebates): $83.08
Savings Rate: 88.35%
I also spent about $22 on coupons in March. I lead a team of couponers that purchase items for "Bridging the Gap" food pantry at Bridges Church and about half of those coupons were used for them. I could get reimbursed from the church for this, but my goal each month is to spend about $5 per week on donation items. I think this could be considered a "donation" item, especially since I use these coupons to purchase items for the food pantry.
Pantene Shampoo/conditioner(12-13.5oz) or styler $2.99, get $1 ECB limit 3
Use the $3/2 Pantene, any P&G 3/7
Final Price = 2 for .98 - Really good price for Pantene!!!
Complete 12oz Multi-purpose so1ution $8.99, get $8.99 ECB limit 1
Final Price = FREE
Gillette Fusion Power or Manual Razor $8.00
Use $4.00 coupon from 4/4 P&G insert
Single Check Rebate: $4.00 (limit 1)
Total Out of Pocket: $4.00 plus tax
Final Price: FREE
Crest Toothpaste or Oral-B Toothbrush - $2.29
Use $1.00 off Crest coupon from 4/4 P&G
Single Check Rebate: $1.50 (limit 1)
Final Price: .21 Money Maker
Allergy Relief Gift Cards:
Purchase $25 worth of select allergy relief items, get a $10 Rite Aid gift card. Spend $50, and get a $25 Rite Aid gift card.
This scenario below may sound complicated but if you print it out and pull all of your coupons before you get to the store - it will make it a lot manageable.
1 Claritin at $19.99
2 Sudafed PE at $3.99 each
1 Crest Toothpaste at $2.29
Use $5 off $20 Rite Aid Video Values coupon
Use 2 $1.00 Sudafed Internet Printable
Use $5.00 Claritin in-ad coupon
Use $4.00 Claritin coupon from 3/28 SmartSource insert
Use $1.00 off Crest coupon from 4/4 P&G
Out-of-Pocket Cost: $13.26
Gift Card Earned: $10.00
Final Price: $3.26
Scrubbing Bubbles Aerosol $1.99
Use the .75 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner from SS 3/21
Final Price: $1.24.... Not a stockpile price, but if you need it now, it's a good price.
Starbucks Frappuccino 4/$5.00 with in ad coupon
Use $1.00 Starbucks Internet Printable, Link: Starbucks
Final Price: $0.25
Quaker Quick Oats 18 oz. 2 for $3, use 2 $1 Internet Printable Coupons, Link: Oatmeal
Final Price: .50 cents each
U by Kotex $3.49, get $2.50 Register Rewards
Use the $1.00 coupon from All You Magazine, April or
$1 internet printable, Link: Kotex
Final Price: FREE
Pilot Erasable Frixion 3 pack Highlighters or 2 pack Gel Pens are $1.19
Use the $1 coupon from the Walgreens April Coupon Booklet
Final Price: .19
BOLO (be on the lookout for) a rebate form on the package.
Purchase One Pack and receive a $1.25 refund
Purchase Two Packs and receive a $2.75 refund
Purchase Three Packs and receive a $4.50 refund
Possible Money Maker!!!
Easter is almost here - know what that means......great sales on HAM!!!
Sorry for the "quick" post.....we are on the road......to the Beach - THERE - I said it.....We have been extra busy the last month so that makes me feel less guilty.....maybe.....
This week I am only going to focus on the meat/vege sales. I did not bring my entire file box of coupons, so I can't accurately do the coupon matchups.
Taste of Inspirations Spiral Ham, Brown Sugar or Apple Cinnamon 1.37 lb (reg 2.99)
Shank Portion Smoked Ham 0.99 lb (reg 1.69)
Turkeys, frozen, basted grade A 10lb+ 0.89 lb (reg 1.49)
Frozen Turkey Breast 1.29 lb (reg 2.19)
Leg of Lamb, half or whole semi boneless 3.99 lb