I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’m having a heck of a time getting settled into this new school-centric-drop-of-pick-up schedule of mine. On the one hand it has been great to have a few hours to myself each day, but between the morning rush of getting ready, then picking up one child at noon and another at 3, I feel like my day has suddenly been chopped into bite-size pieces, none of which I’m managing very well. Change is hard.
Needless to say, I was a little crunched for time this morning and decided to try & “wing-it” at the grocery store. I wanted to first swing by Walmart to take advantage of the $5 Ben-Gay coupons and the $2 Glidden paint sample coupons I printed earlier this week, but when I couldn’t find the $4.23 Ben-Gay cream anywhere, I finally just gave up and left without buying anything. First stop: fail. I’m just not a wing-it kinda gal, which I think is why I don’t shop at Wal-Mart very often.
There were luckily were only a few items I wanted to get at Publix this week and that trip went much smoother, even if I was a bit of a disaster at the checkout line. Thankfully it was early so the store was slow AND I had my favorite cashier, Alex, to check me out (who you may remember from his famous words of advice in this video). He didn’t even mind that I was actually clipping coupons as I was checking out. (Yes, pretty much everything I tell people NOT to do, I did today.) Oh my, what a dork I am sometimes!
But, despite my chaotic checkout I did manage to stock up on two things that are ALWAYS needed in this house: Morningstar products and kids yogurt. Here is what I got:
At Publix I spent $5.34 for $50.56 worth of groceries, as savings of 90%.
The Freschetta coupon was a freebie coupon I got in the mail a few months ago. It came in handy today when I needed to bump my pre-coupon total over $25 so that I could use the $5 Save-A-Lot coupon.
$5/$25 Save-a-Lot Competitor’s Coupon 4 Yoplait Trix Multipack Yogurt, assorted varieties, BOGO @ – $2.87 (2) $0.75/2 Yoplait Go-GURT, Kids Cup Yogurt or Trix printable Final price: $1.06 each 8 Morningstar Farms Frozen Entrees, BOGO @ – $4.19 (4) $1/2 Morningstar Farms Frozen Products Target printable (8) $1/1 Morningstar Farms Product printable or $1/1 MorningStar Farms printable Final price: $0.52 each 1 Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese – $2.50 (1) $1.00/1 Sargento Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese Publix Store Q (Coupons.com, NLA) Final price: $1.50 1 Freschetta Singles, Regular price @ $2.19 (1) FREE Freschetta Singles (Received in mail) Final price: FREE
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Altogether, this week I spent a whopping grand total of $13.22 for $95.62 worth of groceries & supplies, an average savings of 86% for the week.
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