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Grocery store deals
June 27, 2008, 6:58 pm
Filed under: Deals, Kroger

Earlier this week, Jake and I stopped in at Kroger and Ukrops (a local grocery chain in and around the Richmond area) to pick up some sale items.

Our first stop was Ukrops. In addition to all the things on our list, we got some impromptu crackers and cheese. After we picked up our yogurt, we turned around and saw a Nabisco cracker display. They were on sale for $1.88 and there was a tearpad for $1 off 1 box of Nabisco crackers. $.88 for Nabisco crackers? Yes, please! We picked up two boxes and came across a peelie coupon on one of the boxes: buy two boxes of Nabisco crackers and get one block of Kraft cheese for free. Hot dang, free cheese too? We bolted over to the cheese section and picked up a block. All in all, we got:

2 boxes of Nabisco crackers $3.76 minus 2 $1 coupons= $1.76
9 bottles of Powerade (on sale for $.69 each)= $6.21 minus 9 $.75 coupons= overage of $.54
1 block of Kraft cheese $3.55 minus Nabisco coupon= FREE
12 cups of Yoplait yogurt (on sale for $.50 each) $6 minus 2 buy 6 get 1 free coupons= $5
2 cucumbers $1.76
1 4lb bag of red potatoes $2.48
2 lbs of zucchini and yellow squash $1.86
Total with tax: $12.96

Kroger was just as good:
3 packages of chum salmon (I’ve never heard of this type of salmon before, but it was super cheap and it turns out it tastes okay) $3.77
1 pouch of Starkist Tuna $1.69 minus free coupon= FREE
3 bottles of Lawry’s marinade $3 minus 3 $.50 coupons doubled to $1= FREE
1 roll of Bounty basic paper towels $1 minus $.25 coupon doubled to $.50= $.50
1 gallon of orange juice $3.79
1 container of sherbet (I was really jonesing for some rainbow sherbet that night) $1.69
2 cartons of Tropicana Coastal Groves lemonade (on clearance for $1.50 each) $3 minus $1 coupon= $2
1 jar of Hellmann’s mayo with canola oil $2.49 minus $.50 paper coupon doubled to $1 and $.40 ecoupon=$1.09
1 jar of Hellmann’s mayo with olive oil $2.49 minus $1 paper coupon minus $1 ecoupon= $.49
Total with tax: $13.86



Kroger and CVS
June 13, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: CVS, Deals, Kroger
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A few small deals at Kroger and Walgreens
May 24, 2008, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Deals, Kroger, Walgreens

In addition to my success at Goodwill this week, I also managed to grab a few deals at Kroger and Walgreens.

Kroger:
Wisk detergent on sale for $3.49 minus $1.50 coupon from paper minus $1.50 electronic coupon= $.49
2 boxes of Tampax $6.10 minus $.50 coupon from paper doubled to $1 minus B1G1F electronic coupon= $2.05 (could have been even better if I had another $.50 coupon)

Walgreens:
I got a $5 off a $20 or more purchase coupon emailed to me that was only good on Friday. I’m quickly running out of contact solution, so I figured I’d get some so I could use the $5/$20 coupon (I wasn’t thrilled with anything else on sale/FAR this week).

Twin pack of Walgreens brand contact solution $9.49
Duracell rechargable batteries on sale for $10.99 minus $2 coupon= $8.99
Minus $5/$20
Minus $2 (the cashier rang up my battery coupon twice by accident)
Total= $12.25
I used my gift card, so nothing out of pocket.

Anyone else having a hard time finding deals lately? It’s like a wasteland out there.



Deals, deals, deals
April 25, 2008, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Deals, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens

This week, I discovered some awesome clearance deals at Kroger and snatched up the last of the April rebates at Rite Aid and Walgreens.

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We got the above for a mere $38.45. Some of the highlights include: 5 gourmet salad bowls for $1 a piece (these are normally about $6 or $7 each), 4 veggie snack packs for $1 a piece, 2 jars of organic papaya for $1 a piece (normally $4.60 each), a bag of prewashed, peeled shallots for $.50, and a package of fresh herbs for $.50. I love hunting for clearance items at Kroger!

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I think Rite Aid wanted to get on women’s good sides this week: free chocolate, makeup, and hair care products!

Hershey’s Bliss $2.99
Pure Shine Curls $3.99
Jane mineral eye shadow $4.99
Oral B Cross Action toothbrush $3.19 minus $1 coupon (I swear this coupon was for $.75, but it rang up as $1 off)= $2.19
Total out of pocket= $14.84
I’ll be getting $15.26 back in Single Check Rebates

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I finally went to Walgreens this afternoon to get the April EasySaver free after rebate items. I wanted to get the Duracell batteries that offered a $3 rebate as well, but they were all sold out. Maybe they’ll offer a Duracell deal next month too.

Aquafresh Advanced toothpaste $3.49 minus $2 coupon= $1.49
Soyjoy bar $1.39
Colgate toothbrush $3.99 minus $.75 coupon= $3.24
Jane mineral blush $4.99
Minus $10 Register Reward
Total= $1.76, paid by gift card
I’ll be getting $13.86 back in EasySaver rebates



Kroger, CVS & Rite Aid round out a great week of deals
April 4, 2008, 6:06 pm
Filed under: CVS, Deals, Kroger, Rite Aid

What a good week for some great deals on groceries! Kroger was having an amazing “buy 10 items get $5 back instantly” sale on specified items. I just so happened to have a nice stack of coupons to go along with the sale and went not once, but twice this week to cash in on the deals.

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Earlier this week, we got the above for $94.45. My receipt says that I saved 48% for a total of $85.79 off my bill.

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We were needing some orange juice and I remembered that Minute Maid OJ was included in the sale. I stopped in after work today and got the above for $20.28. I saved 54% for a total of $23.68 off my bill.

By the looks of it, we should be set with groceries for awhile and can give Kroger a rest. I hear that the sale is continuing next week though…

I got the two deodorants in the picture from CVS for $.31 after coupons and ECBs. I got $3 in ECBs back, plus $.50 in Extra Bucks Rewards. I was hoping to get the Softsoap Spa bodywash too, but they were all out. I’ll stick it on my list for next week.

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Rite Aid had some steals this week:
Neutrogena Triple Moisture $6 (free after double rebate)
Real Solutions shampoo $4.50 (free after double rebate)
2 packs of Stayfree pads $9 ($5 after double rebate)
Softsoap body wash $2.99 (free after rebate)
Lifestyles condoms $5 (free after double rebate)

Minus $3.50 in coupons
Total out of pocket: $25.36
Will be getting back $22.49 back from Single Check Rebates
 



The Cheap Toilet Paper Hunt
March 16, 2008, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Coupons, CVS, Deals, Frugality, Kroger, Money Basics, Rite Aid, Walgreens

Jake and I are getting low on toilet paper. I really don’t want to wait another week to buy more since I’m not sure if we have enough to get us through another full week. Luckily, every store I regularly patronize has a sale on TP this week.

I pulled out my coupons and found I have a coupon for every brand on sale- something that doesn’t happen often. When matching up sales with coupons, it’s important to remember (and include it in the calculations) which stores double coupons and where their cut offs are. Here’s my coupon line up:

$.25 off any Charmin
$.25 off 4pk or larger Cottonelle
$.50 off 6 pk or larger Angel Soft
$1 off any Scott Extra Soft 4pk or larger
$1 off any Scott 12pk, 2 6pks, 3 4pks, or 12 single rolls

I also broke out my calculator. In order to get the best deal when comparing prices, you have to configure what the price per unit is– in this case, it’s per roll. Usually for food, it’s per ounce. I crunched the numbers and here’s what I found:

Rite Aid has Charmin 8pk on sale for $4.99-$.25 coupon= $4.74/8 rolls= $.60/roll
Rite Aid also has Scott Extra Soft 4pk on sale for $2.99-$1 coupon= $1.99/4 rolls= $.50/roll
CVS has Scott 12pk on sale for $6.49-$1 coupon= $5.49/12 rolls= $.46/roll
Walgreen’s has Angel Soft 12pk on sale, with in-ad coupon, for $4.99-$.50 coupon= $4.49/12 rolls= $.37/roll
Kroger has Angel Soft 12pk on sale for $5.99-$1 ($.50 coupon doubled)= $4.99/12 rolls= $.42/roll
Food Lion has Cottonelle 12 pk on sale for $6.49-$.25 coupon= $6.24/12 rolls= $.52/roll
Food Lion also has Scott 12pk on sale for $6.49-$1 coupon= $5.49/12 rolls= $.46/roll
Ukrop’s (a local grocery store chain) has Charmin 12pk on sale for $6.59-$.25 coupon= $6.34/12 rolls= $.53/roll

Looks like Walgreen’s is our winner! $.37 a roll isn’t really a steal for TP, but it will do in a pinch. I have a $4 Register Reward from a few weeks ago that I will also use in my order to make the price even lower.

It can be tempting to just grab whatever appears to be the least expensive, in this case, the Scott 4 pack, but chances are, it isn’t the best deal you can get. It just goes to show that it always pays to crunch the numbers.



Friday night deals
March 14, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: CVS, Deals, Kroger

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Kroger had a deal on General Mills products this week and thank goodness they did! My fiance bought a gallon of milk a few days ago and we definitely needed some cereal to help us use it all up before it expires. The items were 4 for $6, which is a steal by itself, but of course I used some coupons and made it even better. I had to break it up into two transactions since they were only allowing the extra savings once per transaction. 

1 box of Cheerios
2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios
1 box of Curves cereal
1 box of Fiber One cereal
2 boxes of Nature Valley bars
1 box of Curves granola bars

Coupons: 
$1 off 3 General Mills cereals
$.70 off Fiber One cereal
$.75 off Curves cereal
$.75 off 2 Nature Valley bars
$.50 off Curves granola bars which was doubled.

I paid $8.29 total which figures out to $1.04 a box! My receipts tell me I saved $14.82.

CVS went pretty well. I guess I miscalculated though, since I wound up paying $2.59 out of pocket instead of a couple of cents. The reason was that I had a ECB for $2.99 and the cashier told me the register wouldn’t take it since it was more than the amount owed. I really wish I would have figured it out better before getting up to the register so I could have bought another little bag of mini eggs to bring my total up high enough. Oh well, I’ll just add it to the experience pile.

1 Garnier Fructis shampoo $2.99, minus $1 coupon
1 Colgate Total Advanced $2.99, minus $.75 coupon
1 Lypsyl lip balm $2.99
1 CVS Acetaminophen $3.69, minus my free CVS acetaminophen coupon (which the cashier rang up as $3.99)
1 bag of Cadbury mini eggs for filler, $.65

Minus $5 ECB

I got back a total of $7.98 in ECB PLUS I got my $10 ECB for taking a survey for CVS Advisor Panel. That $10 more than makes up for the fact that I paid a few dollars more than I wanted tonight 🙂 .