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Yes! My quest for inexpensive food continues with a successful shopping trip!

With my husband being laid off of work and me working from home, it has definitely put a huge strain on our finances. We have had to look at ways to cut our spending and our first thought was getting back on track with couponing and finding those amazing ‘hidden’ deals at the grocery stores. With the help of an online email group, readers are kept up to date and well informed of the current and upcoming deals. It is with their help that I am able to slowly grasp the idea of shopping the savvy way! I don’t like to say frugal, I like to say it is smart shopping.

When you start coupon shopping, you want to make sure that you understand your stores coupon policies. My store allows for expired coupons. This makes a good deal even better. We are allowed internet coupons (IPC) at our store as well and there is no limit to how many coupons are allowed as long as you have equal coupons for equal products.

Try to go shopping in an organized fashion. I lack in this department, but I am slowly getting better. I try to only go in with the coupons I need and make sure I have everything written down so I don’t forget what I am doing there and how many products I need to buy to satisfy the deal.

And the last thing I have to mention is you have to be flexible with your brands. You simply take the deals that you are dealt and learn to deal with it! 😛

With that said, today when I went to Jewel, I did two transactions. The first one was for 10 boxes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate. They were on sale for 10/$10 making them each $1.00, but were $2.39 each before the sale. You needed to spend $20.00 and if you do, you will get $10.00 in a catalina or “CAT” back. I scanned all my boxes of Swiss Miss, hit total and it was $24.00 (something like that), then I scanned my preferred card and the discount came off so my total then became $10.00ish. I scanned all my coupons, which brought my total down to $6.00ish. I paid my total and out came my CAT for $10.00 off my next purchase. I just made $4.00 on that deal. Sweetness!

On to my second deal, which really wasn’t a ‘deal’ per say, but what I did was only bought things that I needed or had a coupon for. The photo below shows all I got in the two transactions. I used coupons and CATs (from previous deals which totaled $32.00), so when I calculated everything up, out of my pocket (or OOP) I spent between the two deals less than $24.00 for all that is shown and in addition, I got another CAT for $2.00 off my next shopping order.

Jewel Shopping 11-13-2008

Jewel Shopping 11-13-2008


What can you buy for $20.00 or less?

Today I took advantage of the double coupon day at our local Kmart.  My bill prior to all my coupons was $74.00 and I paid out of my pocket after all my coupons, a mere $19.43, can’t beat that can ya!  I have instructed everyone in my family that I was going to make them each up a basket of products that they use but hate buying.  My family is not as ‘coupon savvy’ as myself, so I am going to put my coupon knowledge to good use.  We have a cat, so obviously all the cat food will be for our furry friend.  We have a dog too so all the doggie treats will satisfy him too.  The Twix, well, that will satisfy me, and I am sure I will need some pantiliners at some point!! 🙂  Then we have razors, nail polish and shampoo that will go towards the family gift baskets of goodies, and Resolve that will be used to clean our dirty carpet after the holidays.  So you see, it was all stuff that will get used by some member of my family and it cost less than $20.00.  This is what it is like when you are shopping on a budget.



What can you buy for less than $20.00 - this is what I got.

What can you buy for less than $20.00 - this is what I got.


Did a little CVS shopping…I mean, saving!

Man it’s been so long since I have been inside a CVS that going today got my blood pumping up all over the place! I am trying to master the grocery shopping game and have been doing pretty good with getting the deals worked out and tackled with the help of some other groups out there. So today after our doctors appointment I ran quickly through the aisles of CVS and this is what I scored…

3 bottles of Suave Body Wash (thanks to our reviewers views, I had to give these a shot!)
1 bottle of Children’s Advil
1 Revlon Mascara
1 CVS Baby Powder

This is how the transaction went down:

Suave 3/$5.00
Revlon Mascara $6.49
Advil $5.79
CVS Baby Powder $1.49
——total 18.77 plus tax

Minus Coupons:
.75 Suave coupon
B1G1 Free Suave coupon (scanned at -$2.00)
1.00 off Revlon
2.00 off 10
2.00 off CVS Skincare
10.00 ECB
total due $1.12 including tax
used gift card for balance–oop -0-

Got back in ECB’s $10.79 and free CVS Ibuprofen

Total paid for all products show above after ECB’s and giftcards, etc… 33 CENTS!!!
Damn that’s good! OH, I could have done better by using an advil coupon but I left those at home!!! When I go again, I will be bringing that with as long as they are not expired!!

I can now go back and get more of the childrens advil and keep rolling my ECB’s!!!

My trip to Jewel/Osco today resulted in a great saving!

I am going to list everything I bought because I just have to see it to believe it.

Charmin Ultra Soft 48
Dawn Foam 13.5 oz
Cascade 100 oz
Kelloggs Mini Wheats
Kelloggs Frosted Flakes
Kelloggs Apple Jacks
Kelloggs Corn Pops
2- Kelloggs Fruit Loops
2- Kelloggs Rice Krispy’s
2- Kelloggs 22 oz Pop Tarts
5 -Hunts Snack Pack Puddings
Hunts Ketchup
3 cans Beefaroni
2 microwaveable beefaroni
3 cans Redi Whipped Cream
4- Aquafresh toothpastes
4 packs of bic pens
2 15oz tubs Country Crock butter
2 packages of strawberries
2 bottles Fish Oil Vitamins
1 gallon milk

Total out of pocket…. $37.00

Excellent deals! I could have done better, but I was still very pleased with my transactions!

Oh what a deal

That was sung in my best “Oh what a night” voice. Yeah, so I went shopping this weekend! I had so much fun too doing it. I got a lot of deals and I wanted to share them with someone, so lets make that someone you!

First I went to Jewel to get The Dark Knight movie tickets. See, when you purchase 10 General Mills products you get a coupon code that allows you to get two free movie tickets. Well due to cashier error, I ended up with more codes than I was supposed to get. Faulty cash register I am assuming. In any event, I was supposed to get 6 free tickets and I ended up with 10. I gave one pair to my brother, so I had 4 codes good for 8 tickets. Still a good deal for me. With all my coupons and such I ended up spending about $10.00 for 32 products and 10 movie tickets. (10 bags of chex mix, 10 bags of cheerio mix, 10 boxes of yoplait yogurt-gogurt and 2 loaves of bread.)

Then on to CVS. I ended up getting 10 bottles of Sally Hansen nail polish for free. Ended up spending more there than I wanted to, but that is ok, it doesn’t happen that often. I thought I was going to get overage but that didn’t happen. I could return the b1g1 free lipsticks! LOL

Walgreens, buy one Loreal Vive get one free, used the coupon in today’s paper for B1G1 Loreal Vive for free shampoo! 🙂 YAY!!!

Better yet, I get home to enter in all my movie codes expecting to get 8 tickets to print out and instead I find out that there are no participating theaters in my area so I was given the option to search for another zip code or get a prepaid visa/debit card valued at $25.50…well, heck yeah, don’t have to ask me twice, I am snatching up that visa/debit card! I will have mailed to me $102.00 worth of Visa/Debit cards (in 7-10 days)! Not sure what they can and cannot be used for, but what ever it is, I’ll take it! 🙂

It was all in all a great shopping day for me.

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