Thursday, May 20, 2010

Coupon Savings Week of 5/16 - Meijer

This week was interesting for me at Meijer.  My Sunday paper subscription had expired a few weeks ago and I have been so off the radar with couponing that I didn't even miss it!  I am back on track and was going to call tomorrow to renew the subscription.  As I was heading to the check out in Meijer today a representative from the Dispatch was signing up people for subscriptions for $9.90 a month (cheaper than what I had it for before) and he was giving $10 Meijer gift cards if you signed up. 

I didn't have coupons for everything I purchased this week. Tomato soup was on sale 2 for $1 so that made my purchase bearable but I know if I had coupons for it I would have gotten a better deal.  Oh well, it is the only thing Liam wants to pack in his lunch so I picked up 8 cans.

Check out summary:
Total spent:  $50.40
Total savings: $65.07 (includes my $10 gift card)

Order summary:
8 cans Tomato soup
2 gallons 2% milk
2 Meijer little puffs
10 Lean Cuisine
2 boxes of Crystal Light single packs
2 Kraft salad dressings
2 bottles Bull's Eye BBQ sauce
2 Del Monte fruit chillers
1 pack of DanActive smoothies
1 pack of Danimals smoothies
1 bag Bird's Eye steam fresh veggies
1 box of Super Pretzels
1 pack of Sandwich Thins
2 jumbo packs of Huggies
4 12 packs of Diet Coke
2 Nerds ropes (for the boys)

Coupon Savings Week of 5/16 - CVS

I had a horrible experience at CVS this week.  It was so bad that I ended up calling the number on my receipt and completed the survey.  The cashier was completely rude and snippy with me.  I tried to take advantage of the B1G1 on Cover Girl lip gloss by using the CVS sale along with the B1G1 coupon to end up getting them for free.  She wouldn't ring them up for me.  She then took all of my coupons and organized them in some funky order before scanning.  It ended up that my $4 off a $20 order was at the end,  I specifically put the coupon first because I wasn't sure if after all my other coupons the order would still be over $20.  It wasn't but she took the $4 off anyway. This was when she got really nasty with me.  Once it got below $20, I told her that I gave her the coupons in a certain order so I could use my $4 off.  She basically yelled at me and said she would go ahead and take it off.

Check out summary:
Total spent:  $14.58
Total savings: $17.00

Order Summary:
1 jumbo pack Huggies diaper jeans
1 jumbo pack Pampers
1 Listerine Smart Rinse

I couldn't resist the diaper jeans. I think they are so stupid but CVS had sent me a $2 CVS coupon so I was able to stack that with the $3 Huggies coupon, so I figured what the hell might as well see what the fuss is about. 

I also had a $3 CVS coupon for the Pampers and I stacked that with a $1.50 off coupon so the diapers were pretty reasonable.

I bought the Smart Rinse for $5.99 and used a $2 coupon I got from the dentist.  Liam had some major tooth issues and he is almost out of his mouthwash so I couldn't wait for an advertised sale. I was able to find a bottle that included a free travel size so it wasn't too bad of a deal for $3.99.

Coupon Savings Week of 5/16 - Kroger

I was able to stock up on juice and water at Kroger this week.  My kids go through cycles where they will want juice all the time, to not really wanting it at all. We are at a juice all the time point in their drinking cycle so having this on hand for such a cheap price is great.  I am dieting so I bought the Tropicana 50 juice which has less fat and calories, so if the kids don't drink it, I will.

Checkout Summary:
Total spent:  $38.92
Total savings:  $49.42
Earned: $5.00 toward next order

Order Summary:
10 Beechnut baby food jars
4 24 packs of Nestle water
1 2 liter of Diet Mt. Dew
2 Jumbo packs of huggies
2 packs Oscar Meyer light bologna
1 bag Dole salad
6 cartons Tropicana 50
1 box Kelloggs Blueberry mini-wheats
4 packs of blackberries
1 cucumber
1 bunch of green onions

Kroger sometimes sends me special coupons, I was able to get the salad and 1 pack of bologna for free.  I had a coupon for $1.00 off of two Oscar Meyer meats and they were on sale for $0.98 each so I ended up getting both for free.  I got the mini-wheats for free because I emailed a complaint to Kelloggs when one of the boxes of their mini-wheats was seriously lacking in frosting.  They sent me the coupon as a thank you for my feedback.

Blackberries were $1 each, the cucumber was $0.55 and the green onions were $0.50.  The baby food was 10 for $4.00.  I didn't have coupons for any of these items but the prices were good and we will use them so I went ahead and picked them up.

I had 6 coupons for $1.00 off of Tropicana 50 juice.  It was on sale this week for $2.38, using the $1.00 off made each carton $1.38 which is a pretty good price for juice. 

The water was a pretty good deal.  It was on sale for $3.34 a pack and I had coupons that were $1.00 off of 2 packs.  There was also a Catalina deal which is how I got $5.00 toward my next order.  That made the 4 packs of water $6.34 or $1.59 each.  We usually don't buy bottled water but at those prices it is nice to have when we are on the go or when we have company.

Diapers and baby products make it difficult to keep a really low grocery bill.  I know some of the bargain hunters are able to get all of their products for less than $40 a week.  I have certainly lowered my grocery bill by using coupons and stock piling but I don't think I am that low. 

I was able to get a good deal on diapers at Kroger this week.  Huggies were on sale for $8.99 and I had 2 $3.00 coupons.  This took the price for each pack to $5.99 which is a good price.  Kroger was also running a promotion that gave you and instant $3.00 off your order if you purchase $15.00 in Huggies products.  This made the diapers $4.49 a pack.

Coupon Girl Returns

I'm back!  I have been so busy since my husband left to work in Atlanta that I have barely even been grocery shopping.  The prior weeks spent stocking up meant I was able to just pick up the necessities and not really anything else. It was nice, but I missed out on some good deals.  There were a few times that I had to go to the store and buy items without coupons and I started to get twitchy.