Another week, another shopping challenge. This time I dropped off Princess at preschool at 8:30am and needed to make it to both Walgreens & Publix before picking up my mother-in-law for her hearing aid appointment at 10. Luckily both trips were smooth sailing all the way, with friendly cashiers and few coupon issues, and I made my deadline with 5 whole minutes to spare!
Here is what I got:
At Walgreens I spent $5.79 for $46.61 worth of groceries and drugstore merchandise, a savings of 88%. I actually feel like I could’ve done a little better with my OOP expenses. I was in a hurry and I forgot/lost a couple of coupons, and I didn’t plan my transactions very well. If you are planning to give any gift cards or money as gifts this year, there is a great little money maker deal on Hallmark gift card holders. Use the in-ad coupon to purchase 6 of them for $4.00, then get a $5 Register Reward back! Just a heads up, though: for some reason the coupon didn’t scan correctly (even though I had grabbed the right cards) & the cashier had to manually do the discount. The RRs still printed just fine.
Bought: 6 Hallmark gift card/money holder cards
(1) 3 for $2 Hallmark gift/money holder cards (Walgreens in-ad coupon, will automatically double)
Total OOP: $4.28
Got back: $5 RRs
Bought: Active-On, Goody Bobby Pins, (2) $0.29 filler candy
$5 Super Jingle Cash (from last week)
$5 RR from Transaction #1
Total OOP: $0.60
Got back: $8, $2 RRs
Bought: Bread, (3) Manderin oranges, (3) Scotch Mailers, (2) Hershey Kisses, (4) $0.29 filler candy
(1) $0.39 Manderin Oranges (Walgreens in-ad coupon)
(1) $0.39 Scotch Mailers (Walgreens in-ad coupon)
$5 RR (leftover from a purchase for my mother-in-law)
$8 RR from Transaction #2
Total OOP: $0.92
Got back: $2 RRs (and had $2 RRs leftover from Transaction #2)
At Publix I spent $31.09 for $130.71 worth of groceries, a savings of 76%. There were some great coupon match-ups on the cream cheese, peanuts, & crackers in particular, where I was able to stack a manufacturer’s coupon, store coupon, AND competitor’s coupon on each item, making them all free or money makers. It worked out great because I got a lot of food that will be used for our upcoming Christmas party this weekend.
(2) $1 off 2 Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables (Publix All the Trimmings Booklet)
(2) $1 off 2 Birds Eye Steam Fresh Vegetables (Publix All the Trimmings Booklet)
(1) $1 off a gallon of milk WYB 2 Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough (attached to milk 2 weeks ago)
(2) $1 off Philadelphia Cream Cheese (no more prints available)
(1) $1 off 2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (no more prints available)
(hint: at some Publix stores there is a tearpad with a $1 off coupon)
(2) $1 off 2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Publix coupon, printable here)
(2) $0.50 off 2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Target Coupon, printable here)
UPDATE: It turns out I was mistaken about the coupons from Cooking with Kraft. Although they say “Retailer’s Coupon,” they are in fact manufacturer’s coupons and shouldn’t be stacked with another manufacturer’s coupon. I apologize for the misinformation!
I spent a total of $36.88 for $177.32 worth of groceries and drugstore merchandise, an average savings of 80% for the day and the week.
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