Wednesday, March 30, 2011

King Soopers Mega Event - Saved over 75%

One of the big things to make me a believer when I first started couponing was the Mega Events at King Soopers.  The current $5 off wyb 10 participating items Mega Event did not disappoint.  I made four different trips to get all the groceries shown here:

Here's a quick listing of how I did it.  The prices listed are after the $5.00 deduction off 10 or $.50 per item.
  • 40 boxes pasta/noodles $.49  used (20) $1/2
  • 3 Wholly Queso(1not shown) $3  used (3) $1.50/1
  • 6 Wholly Salsa (2 not shown) BOGOF $2.99 used (3) free salsa wyb queso and (3) $1.50/1
  • 9 Classico Sauces $2.49 used (3) free Red sauce wyb 2 White sauces
  • 3 1-lb rolls of hamburger $2.68 used (3) $1 off wyb 2 Classico sauces
  • 10 Michelina Lean Gourmet entrees $.88 used (2) $1/5
  • Smucker Snak'n Waffles $2.99 used $1/1 & $1/1 e-cpn
  • Tropicana OJ $2.49 used $1/1
  • Eggo breakfast pizza $2.24 used $.50/1
  • Kroger sour cream $1.25-we were out
  • Revlon emery boards $1.49 used $2/1
  • 3 Oscar Mayer hot dogs $1.49-only kind my kids will eat, my fault
  • 2 Bumble Bee tuna pouches $.49
  • 1 Bumble Bee Albacore pouch $3.49-grabbed by mistake
  • Sandwich buns $1.29
  • Wonder bread $2.19
  • M&M's $.50 treat for good behavior
  • Donut $.59 bribe
Total before coupons and discounts $214.18 final total with tax = $51.44

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The "Is she serious?!?!?" Look

If you have been couponing for any amount of time, you know what look I'm talking about.  If you're getting started, you will get to know this look.  This is the look the cashier gives you after she tells you you've saved $80 and the new total is $40 and you argue that it should be $37 not $40.  My husband loves this look and has to walk away to keep from laughing.  I get that most people would be thrilled to save 66% off their grocery bill, I think it's pretty darn good myself.  The problem is I gave you $83 in coupons not $80.  Lord knows, the store will turn them all in and get reimbursed for the $83 so why shouldn't I want that $3 difference!  My advice to all of you, keep a running total of your bill.  It is a lot easier to correct the error before paying than trying to prove your case to Customer Service later.  You may decide the $3 isn't worth the hassle and that's okay.  If I have a cashier that is usually great and never misses a coupon or argues with me, I don't bring up the one $1 off coupon she missed.  At that point, my rapport with her is worth more to me than a dollar.  Good cashiers are hard to find.  If you find one you like, keep track of them.  Try and find out their schedule (in a non-stalking way), let the manager know how wonderful they are, and fill out one of those mail-in comment cards if available.  This is a really nice touch because these go straight to corporate headquarters.  Make sure these people keep their jobs and keep ringing you up.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Did I mention I love Target?

Okay, so I managed to stay away from Target for one whole day.  Actually, my Target is just a regular Target but there is a SuperTarget in the neighboring town and I wanted to do some grocery deals.  I also had 10 more of the $1.50/1 Goodlife Recipe cat food coupons that I needed to use.  Here's what I got:
  • 6 Lean Cuisine entrees
  • Edy's Fruit Bars 
  • Van De Kamp's Fish Sticks
  • 2 Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen veggies
  • 4 Healthy Choice entrees
  • Breyers Ice Cream Bars

  • 2 Dean's dips
  • 4 boxes Fruit Rollups 4-count
  • Philly Creme for Cooking
  • Frank's Hot Sauce
  • Shake 'n Bake
  • Celestial Seasonings Tea bags
  • 2 Pedigree dry dog food 3.5 lb bags
  • 10 Goodlife Recipe cat food singles
  • Soft Scrub spray
  • Up & Up All-purpose cleaner
  • 3 Seventh Generation dishwashing soap
  • Insulated Frozen Food Bag
  • Up & Up Plastic Forks
  • Up & Up Plastic Spoons
  • 3 Jumbo Gift Bags
  • 1 Roll Wrapping Paper
  • 4 Bug Nets

My subtotal was $25.96.  It would have been a lot less but I really needed a good insulated freezer bag ($4.00) and the 4 Bug nets ($1 each) will be used when we go to Lambert's restaurant, Home of the "Throwed Rolls".

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Target + Me = 4EVER

Let me start by saying "I Love Target!"  Now Target and I have not always been on the best of terms.  We had a definite love-hate relationship.  I loved shopping there but hated dropping $100+ every time I set foot in a store.  Since I started couponing, our relationship has become a source of joy for me.  This is definitely one of the best trips I've ever made to Target. 

Here's what I got:
  • 10 Goodlife Recipe cat food singles
  • 4 HappyTot organic superfoods
  • 4 Nature Made Vitamins
  • Excederin
  • Sally Hansen nail polish
  • 3 Circo toddler's shirts
  • 2 Revlon nail clippers
  • Revlon emory boards pack
  • Up & Up cotton face pads
  • Big clear tote that everything is sitting on
And what did I spend on all of this?

$2.85 for tax! 
As you can see from my receipt, my subtotal was $0.00 before tax.  How is that possible?  The Goodlife Recipe cat food singles are on clearance at Target for $.38 and I had 10 coupons for $1.50 off any Goodlife Recipe cat food.  This gave me an overage of $11.20 to use towards the rest of my purchases.  I did spend $2.00 on ebay to get the coupons but it was worth it.  Now, we don't have a cat (my son is allergic) but my sister's cats will be very happy. 

So you want to be a blogger?

Okay, so I never thought I would be a blogger.  It's not that I don't have anything to say.  Trust me, most people can't get me to shut up!  But until I started searching for deals on different sites, I guess I didn't realize how therapeutic it can be.  It's nice to connect with other people who are a)hooked on couponing, b)dealing with a house, job, husband & kids, and c)don't take life too seriously.  So, I hope I can help you save some money while giving you a few laughs.