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


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!!!

I saved $90.00, spent $130.00 for two weeks of food

I am getting better with the coupon shopping.  Tonight I went to two stores to work the deals and I think I did fairly well.  First went to Strack and Van Til where my bill was about $100.00 and I paid after coupons, $64.00.  I got things like cases of pop, water, liters of pop, ground beef, round steak, cheese, salami, 2 loaves of bread, two dozen eggs, cleaning products, deodorant, laundry soap (4 of them) and so much more!  I was more than thrilled to have saved close to $45.00.  Then on to Jewel where again, total bill was around $100.00 and I spent $65.00, saved $49.00!  I got a Stouffers meal, 2 gallons of milk, 3 packs of refridge pudding by Jello, a loaf of french bread, honey ham, 2 12 packs of beer, toothpaste, OJ, lemonade, grape juices, shampoo, fabric softener, chocolate milk powder mix, cheese, taco stuff, and more and more.

I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am to have saved almost 100.00, or better yet 50% of my bill.  I shopped with coupons in hand and knowing what I wanted.  I do have to go back to the store because they rang up the Stouffers meals wrong and I need to get a raincheck for strawberries!  They had those at $1.48 each!!!

I love coupon shopping!  I don’t know why it took me so long to get back into the habit.  That $90.00 we saved can now happily go into my gas tank! 😛

You just gotta LUV CVS!

The deals haven’t been all that exciting lately but I was still able to snag up some good deals yesterday. When you have a shopping addiction and a coupon addiction, it has now become a challenge for me to see exactly what I can get for the least amount of money! My best was a grocery shopping trip that totaled over $160.00 and I paid $14.00 out of my pocket! It was a proud moment for me. This trip to CVS wasn’t so bad, not the greatest I have done, but good all the same.

Here is how it went down….

This is what I got yesterday at CVS………

Covergirl eyeshadow @ 1.69
Covergirl lipstick 3 @ 2.99
Revlon 12hour eyeshadow @ 2.25
Dial soap @ 1.99
Almay powder eyeshadow @ 6.99
Aquafresh 2 @ 2.99
CVS version of Claritin 3 @ 3.79
Hershey’s Nugget 2 @ 1.60
Crest Toothpaste 2 @ 2.99

Total bill was 48.42 plus tax

Used .60 off dial from Sunday’s paper
used 5 / $1.00 off Covergirl
used 2 / $1.00 off Aquafresh
used 1 $2.00 off Almay
used another $2.00 off something
used a $5.00 off $25 CVS coupon and $18.96 in ECB’s

Total due was $12.86 plus tax for a grand total of $13.95
Used a gift card for the balance and got back….

$23.35 in ECB’s

That means I spent a total of $9.56 on my gift card.

Got lots of makeup, toothpaste and candy! LOL for less than $10.00!!! Where else can you get deals like that? Don’t you just LOVE CVS!!!

My trip to CVS

Well, today I was very proud of myself. I have been trying to learn the ways of saving money and benefiting from the rewards that CVS provides and today I think I did it! 🙂

This is what I did…you tell me what you think!

First I did three separate transactions, one right after the other. The cashier didn’t mind. She was very nice.

Transaction #1

4 – 12 pk of Sprite, Coke & Diet Coke 4/$12.00

1 Tums Smoothie 60 ct – $4.79

1 Pk AA batteries – $4.99

1 J&J Baby Shampoo – $1.99

Used Coupons

$1.00 off Tums (from the pharmacy book)

1 – $2.oo $10.00 purchase

1 -$3.oo ECB

1 -$5.oo off Energizer – printable coupon

1 – $11.98 ECB

Total with Tax $1.63

Paid balance from $25.oo gift card from new perscription

(I also have a mail in rebate for the Tums so I will get that back in full)


Next Transaction:

1 – CVS Facial Tissue .99

1 – Bottle Robitussin Cough – $4.49

1 Gillette Fusion Razor Blade 4 pk – $12.99

1 Fusion Shaving Cream – FREE

1 pk AA Batteries – $4.99

1 J&J Bar Soap – $1.59

Coupons Used:

$1.00 off Fusion Shaving Cream

$1.15 off CVS Tissue (ECB Coupon)

1 – J&J coupon for $2.00 baby soap

1 – $2.00 off $10.00

1 – $3.00 off Fusion Razor Blades (ECB Coupon)

1- $3.oo off Robitussin

1 $4.00 off $20.00

1 $5.00 off Batteries


Total plus Tax: .99

Paid using Gift Card balance


And my final transaction:

1 Always pad $5.99

1 Always liner $5.99

1 CVS Tissue .99

1 Robitussin $4.49

5 bags of Cherry Cough Drops CVS Brand .99 each

1 pk AA batteries $4.99

1 J&J Baby bar soap $1.59


Coupons Used:

.99 off Tissue

1.00 off Always pad

1.00 off something (lol, not sure what)

$2.00 J&J baby soap

$2.00 ECB

$3.00 Robitussin

$4.00 off $20.00

$4.oo off $20.00

$5.00 off Energizer Batteries

$5.99 B1G1 free coupon for Always


Total plus tax:


paid using Gift Card balance


Bottom Line:

total merchandise total: $89.81

Paid out of pocket – 0-

**Received about $18.00 back in ECB’s (some I used on the above purchases) and about 4 $4.00 off $20.00’s and some misc. new CVS coupons, I still have about $11.oo in ECB’s from before and I have $22.00 on my gift card!

Then I have to mail in my Tums rebate and I will get $4.79 back.