I broke up my shopping trip yesterday into two separate trips. I first ran to Publix to fill a prescription and to pick up a few things. I stopped at home to drop off the groceries, planning to head right back out, but was hoodwinked by a very sweet-talking Princess into bringing the girls along.
Oh will I never learn?
We first stopped at the local farmer’s market (more about that later this week), then hit CVS, Jo-Ann’s (I had promised Princess she could pick out fabric for a dress), & Walgreens. By the third stop they were fighting and by the last checkout they were both crying hysterically.
It is at those moments that all I can do is take a deep cleansing breath, count to 10, and visualize the ice-cold Appletini that will greet me when I get home.
But on a brighter note, it was a great shopping day with lots of freebies!
Here is what I got:
At Publix I spent $3.98 for $84.10 worth of groceries, a savings of 95%.
I was especially happy about the Advil deal in the new Green Advantage Flyer. We go through a lot of that in our house!
Coupons Used: (4) $1.00 off 2 Bertolli Pasta Sauce (Target coupon, printable here) (4) $1.50 off 2 Bertolli Pasta Sauce (Red Plum, 2/20) (3) $5.00 off 2 Advil or Thermacare products (Publix Green Advantage Flyer) (2) $2 off Advil (Advil flyer found at my pediatrician’s office) (4) $1 off Advil (2) $1 off any Athenos product (printable here) (4) $1 off Sundown Naturals Vitamins (printable here or Red Plum 2/20) (2) $1 off Reach Floss (printable here) (4) $3 off Sundown Naturals (Publix Green Advantage Flyer)
At CVS I spent $3.69 for $45.79 worth of drugstore merchandise, a savings of 92%.
Coupons Used (only did 1 transaction): (1) $4 off $20 purchase (CVS coupon received via email) (1) $4 ECB (from last week) (2) $0.75 off Colgate Toothpaste (4) $3.00 off Purex 3-in-1 sheets (Red Plum 2/20) Got back: $4, $1, $1 ECBs (Note: the ECB for the Cadburys didn’t print so she had to manually force it, which gave me a $1 ECB instead of $0.75 that was advertised.)
At Walgreens I spent $2.83 for $21.63 worth of drugstore merchandise, a savings of 87%.
The store was completely out of the “free” (after Register Rewards) RePhresh tampons, so I only ended up doing one transaction. For the free deodorant and free dish soap, I handed the cashier the manufacturer’s coupons first and then the Walgreens coupons. If you are planning to do those deals, make sure you have something else in your purchase to make your total more than zero, otherwise it won’t work!
Coupons Used: (4) $2 off any Dove deodorant (Red Plum 1/30) (1) $1.99 Dove Deodorant (Walgreens weekly flyer, automatically applies to all 4) (2) $1 off Gain Dish Soap (Proctor & Gamble $110 coupon booklet) (1) $0.99 Gain Dish Soap (Walgreens weekly flyer) $2 RRs (from 2 weeks ago) Got back: $2 RRs
Overall, yesterday I spent a total of $10.50 for $151.52 worth of groceries and merchandise, an average savings of 93% for the day.
I spent just under an hour making my 3 lists and gathering my coupons, and then spent just under 3 hours shopping. (Including the farmer’s market and fabric store.)
I then spent the rest of the afternoon sewing, something I haven’t done in far too long and had forgotten how much I enjoyed.
It was glorious!
(Check back tomorrow for more on my weekend sewing project1)
How was your weekend?
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