Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Walgreens, County Market, Target, etc

Today my friend and I went shopping in Urbana. We take turns driving. Not only do we save on gas but, we have a great time together. Our kiddos are best buds too!

First stop was Meijer. I didn't need anything there but, I received my coupon in the mail for a FREE Suave Professional Coupon valued at $3.00! So, I bought the new Suave Dry Shampoo. It was $2.79 on sale and I only paid $0.24 for tax! The cashier's response was, "Well, I guess you can't beat free." I just smiled and said, "You are so right about that."

Second, was County Market.
Kraft BBQ Sauce on sale for $0.79 x2 plus it had a peelie for $2.00 off of Kool-Aid or Country Time Lemonade

Johnsonville Brats $2.88 x2 with Penny Pincher Coupon

Strawberries 4lb on sale for $3.96 or $0.99/lb    Freezer jam time!

Prairie Farms Lowfat Yogurt on sale for $0.33  I had 2 coupons for buy 2 get 1 free so I bought 6 yogurts

Country Time Lemonade $3.19- $2MC

Milk x2 gallons   On Wed milk is $2.19 per gallon. County Market also tracks the number of gallons you purchase with your Max Card. After you buy 9 gallons you get the 10th free. Today was my lucky day as I got 1 for free! Another note about milk is I read a great article on the site; The family was saving a few hundred dollars a year by buying whole milk and diluting it with water by themselves. I had never thought of doing this before. Plus they stock up and freeze it when they find it at the lowest price. So, we are giving it a try. No complaints so far!

Total Spent: $16.39 Total Saved: $22.96 or 59%

Transaction 1: Cottonelle 12 roll Toilet Paper on sale 2/$10 get $3RR 
                      $10- $2 SC - $1 MC= $7oop
                      Hershey's Chocolate Bar on sale $0.49 (This was a filler so I could use 3 coupons)
                      Total Spent: $8.41  Total Saved: $3.40     got $3RR

Transaction 2: GUM Eez Thru Flossers $2.00 get $2RR
                      Hershey's Chocolate Bar $0.49 x 2 (We make smores when we have bonfires)
                      I used the $3RR from transaction 1 and spent $0.77 and saved: $5.00

Transaction 3: Colgate Toothbrushes 2/$5 get $1RR  I had 2MC for $1 off each
                      Reese's PB Cup $0.49
                      Total Spent: $1.97 Total Saved: $7.38
In hindsight I should have switched Transaction 1 and 2. If I would have bought the flossers first I would have spent $2 +tax and got the $2RR. I wouldn't have had to have any fillers. Then, I would have bought the TP + 2 fillers and would've spent: $7 and got $3RR back. Last the toothbrushes and Reese's and would have spent: $0.49 + tax and got the $1RR. I am still learning!!!

I spent $11.15 and could have spent: $10ish   Still, I essentially only paid for the toilet paper and got the rest of it for free. That's another way to look at it. $11.15 is still way better than paying $26.93.

My husband has a sensitive face and can only use Mach 3 razors. Thank goodness there are always good coupons for the expensive little boogers! Target had 3 packs on sale for $6.49. I happened to have 2 MC for buy 1 get 1 FREE. So, he bought 4 packs.
Aquafresh kid's training toothbrush with coupons for $0.49
We had a $5 gift card from buying Huggies there last week.
He spent a total of: $10.83 He saved: $19.48

So, the end result is I got $102.13 worth of essentials for $38.37. Coupons and sales fliers really do pay off!

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