Friday, April 2, 2010

10 Minutes = $50 in Savings!





I constantly hear from people who tell me they want to save money but that they don’t have time to check blog posts, clip coupons, make grocery lists, stockpile, watch for sales, etc. However, by doing these things each week, I have been able to shave thousands of dollars off our family’s grocery, household, and drug store purchases.

If you think you don’t have time to save money by clipping coupons, think about this:

By spending 10 minutes making a list and gathering a few coupons, I saved $50!

My husband needed a haircut today and, since our local barber was closed today in observance of Good Friday, he suggested we head to a barber in town and have lunch at one of my favorite pizza places, Christian’s Pizza. The scrumptious basil, feta cheese, roasted garlic, sundried tomato, mushroom, black olive and artichoke heart pizza shown on their web page was my choice for lunch. My husband calls their pizza “salad on a pizza.” Mike’s more a traditional sausage and pepperoni kind of guy but still caters to my love of eclectic pizza. It only took me a few seconds to say “yes” to his suggestion.

Before we left, I took a quick look at Madame Deals’ Giant Food deals post for the week. In less than ten minutes, I was able to pull coupons together for what I considered the “best” Giant Food deals this week.

Lunch was great, but Mike’s haircut didn’t happen due to a 45 minute wait. It wasn’t a wasted trip, however, as I managed to save 70% on these items:

2 - Land O Lakes Butter Quarters, $1.99 (Limit 3)
used (1) $0.50/2 Land O Lakes Butter, exp. 5-8-10 (SS 03/14/10)

7 - Wish-Bone Salad dressing, $1.00
used (1) $0.75/1 Wish-bone (RP 03/28) and (2) $1.25/2 Wish-bone (RB 03/28)

6 - Betty Crocker Flavored Mashed Potatoes, $1.00
used (2) $0.40/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes Printable or printable and
(4) $0.25/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes (SS 3/28)

4 - BOGO Oscar Mayer bacon, $5.68 Reg. price
used (4) $1.50 Oscar Mayer Bacon internet printables (printed a few weeks ago)
(use the $0.75/1 Oscar Mayer Bacon (SS 03/21) to get the same results after doubling)

8 -
Chef Boyardee, $1.00
used (2) $1.50/4 printable

7 - Wish-Bone Salad dressing, $1.00
used (1) $0.75/1 Wish-Bone (RP 03/28) and (3) $1.25/2 Wish-Bone (RP 03/28)

2 РBoston Cr̬me donuts and an apple fritter (dessert treat after great pizza for lunch!)

Retail: $70.65
Giant BonusCard & Coupon Savings: $49.87
Total Spent: $21.68 = 70% SAVINGS!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Harris Teeter TRIPLES 3/24 - $173.76 for $64.56 - 63% savings


ROUND #2 at Harris Teeter this week proved quite profitable. Harris Teeter boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale Buy 1/Get 2 FREE! enabling me to purchase 9.5 lbs. of chicken for $1.66/lb. My husband's comment was "looks like there's some grilling in my future." After unpacking my groceries, I separated and individually bagged meal size portions of the chicken adding various marinades. Check out Madame Deals' post here on how to do this.

Here's how I made out in Round #2:

9.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast BUY 1/GET 2 FREE @ $1.66/lb
3 - 1 lb. strawberries BUY 1/GET 2 FREE @ 3 for $4.95 ($1.65/lb)
3 - Reynolds Aluminum Foil 50ft. @ $3.00 ea
1 - Pepperidge Farm Milano Double Chocolate Cookies @ $2.50
2 - Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners BOGO @ $2.69
4 - Lay's Kettle Cooked Chips @ $2.50 ea (used 2 $1/2 Qs found near display)
1 - Mr. Clean Magic Eraser @ $3.29 ($.75/1 Home Made Simple mailer)
1 - Dole Mandarin Oranges @ $2.50 ($.75/1 All You magazine Q)
2 - Ortega Jalapeno Pepper slices @ $1.19 ea
2 - Ortega Refried Beans @ $1.29 ea
1 - Tidy Scoop Cat Litter 20 lb. BOGO @ $4.00
2 - Meow Mix Cat Food @ $5.35 ($.75/1 IP Q)
1 - Pepperidge Farm Raisin Cinnamon Bread @ $3.69 ($.75/1 IP Q)
2 - Kraft Singles 16 ct @ $2.00 ea ($1/2 blinkie)
3 - Oscar Mayer Thick Sliced Bacon 1lb. @ $4.00 ea ($1.50/1 IP Q)
1 - Mission Fajita Tortillas 20 ct. @ $1.50

As with my first deal, I used various manufacturer's coupons and Internet print coupons from my coupon stash to work these deals. Most of the coupon match ups can be found at Madame Deals and Southern Savers.

All totaled, I spent $64.56 for $173.76 in groceries, cat supplies and household goods. That's a 63% savings over regular retail.

Now the big question is ... will I head back again for more before "triples" end on Tuesday?

Harris Teeter TRIPLES 3/24 - $45.35 for $6.24 - 88% savings


Harris Teeter TRIPLE coupons week started TODAY! Get out your coupon organizers and start gathering up all your coupons valued at up to 99 cents because Harris Teeter will TRIPLE up to 20 of them each day for the next week.

Here's how I made out in Round #1:

2 - Tetley Family Size Tea Bags 24ct @2.29 ea
3 - Pepperidge Farm Milano Double Chocolate Cookies @ $2.50 ea
2 - Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice 10 oz. @ $1.00 ea
1 - Dawn Detergent @ $.99 ($.50/1 Save A Lot coupon)
2 - Joy Detergent @ $1.39 ea
2 - Wishbone Robusto Italian Dressings 8 oz. @ $1.95 ea ($.75/1 IP Q)
2 - French's Spicy Brown Mustard @ $1.50 ea
1 - Hellmann's Mayo @ $2.39 ($.75/1 Q mailed w/Hellmann's mayo samples)
2 - Texas Toast Croutons @ $1.85 ea
1 - Breakstone Sour Cream 16 oz. @ $1.99 ($.60/1 IP Q)
2 - Coffee Mate Hazelnut Creamers @ $2.00 ea

I used various manufacturer's coupons and Internet print coupons from my coupon stash to work this deal. Most of the coupon match ups can be found at Madame Deals and Southern Savers.

All totaled, I spent $6.24 for $45.35 in groceries and cleaning supplies. That's an 88% savings over regular retail.

Friday, March 12, 2010

CVS Trip 3/11 - $98.95 for $7.38



It's been a good week for the drug stores! My trip to CVS was profitable but the trip to Rite Aid was phenomenal. I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks of savings fun!

2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran @ $2.50 ea

-$1.50/2 internet Q

2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies @ $2.50 ea

- $1.50/2 internet Q

3 Pantene shampoo @ 2/$6.97 & 3 Pantene conditioner @ 2/$6.97

- (3) $3/2 P&G Qs

6 Stayfree maxi pad bonus packs @ $3.99 ea

- (2) $1.00 internet Qs and two $1 All You Qs

4 Gillette gel deodorants @ $3.99 ea

- (2) $4/2 P&G QS

4 Gillette body wash @ $4.99 ea

- (2) Buy two deodorants get one body wash FREE P&G Qs

2 CVS Green Earth paper towells $1.29 ea

- (2) CVS CRT Qs

1 Gold Emblem Starlite Mints @ .99 (filler)

2 Stacy’s Pita Chips @ $2.50 ea

- (2) $1 internet Qs

Merchandise value = $98.95

Used $48.96 in coupons, earned $25.00 in ECBS and spent $45.98 in ECBs

Total out-of-pocket = $7.38

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rite Aid Trip - $73 for the cost of sales tax


Today was the day I took the plunge and headed to Rite Aid to "do the coupon deals" for the first time! Last week, I received a $25 Rite Aid gift card for a transferred prescription. After seeing the awesome deals at Rite Aid this week, I enlisted the help of my friend, Renae, of Madame Deals, in putting together my first trip.

Fortunately, everything was in stock and my two transactions ran smoothly. Here's what I did:

Transaction #1
Buy (3) Biore Pore Strips $5 ea.
Buy (3) Biore Cleansers $5 ea.
Buy (2) Gillette Deodorant $4 ea.
Buy (1) Gillette Body Wash $4.99

Used $5/$25 Rite Aid Internet Q
Used (3) Buy One Biore Pore Strips get Biore Cleanser FREE Qs (SS 3/7)
Used (1) $2/2 Biore Skin Care Products Q (found on select Biore cleansers)
Used (1) $1 off Biore Rite Aid Video Values Q
Used (2) $1/1 Gillette Deodorant Qs (PG 2/21)
Used (1) Buy Gillette Deodorant, get a Free Body wash Q (PG 3/7)

$42.99 in merchandise - $28.99 in Qs
= $14.00 + $1.90 tax OOP
I’ve submitted my receipts for:
a $10 Single Check Rebate (SCR) for Biore and
a $2 SCR for Gillette

Transaction #2
Buy (1) Metamucil at $9.99
Buy (2) Oral-B Toothbrushes at $2.74 ea.
Buy (1) NyQuil or DayQuil at $4.99
Buy (1) Pampers jumbo pack diapers at $9.99

Used (1) $5/$25 Rite Aid Internet Q
Used $3/1 Metamucil (PG 3/7)
Used $2/1 Pampers coupons (PG 2/21)
Used (1) BOGO Oral-B coupon (PG 3/7)
Used $1.00 Oral-B coupon (PG 2/21)
Used $1.50/1 Nyquil (PG 2/7)

$30.45 in merchandise - $15.24 in Qs
= $15.21 + $1.02 tax OOP
I’ve submitted my receipts for:
a $8 SCR and
a $10 Rite Aid gift card for the $30 purchase of P&G products


BONUS: This transaction gives me $43 toward the purchases needed to submit my request for the $100 P&G coupon book with the purchase of $50 in P&G products.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nestle Toll House Morsels Coupon & Recipe


Pair this $0.75/1 Nestle Toll House Morsels coupon with this Food Lion store coupon for $1.00 off one bag of Nestle Tollhouse Morsels or Chocolate Chips for some inexpensive chocolate chips.

Here’s a recipe from Blissfully Domestic using the chips:


  • 1 box saltine crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 small bag chocolate chips
  • 1 bag chopped almonds


Directions:


1) Set oven temperature to 400 degrees.


2) Line a large bar pan with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.


3) Line up your crackers in the pan (8 rows of 5 crackers in each) with the salt side up.


4) On your stove top, melt 1 cup of butter then add 1 cup of light brown sugar.


5) Let the mixture come to a full roiling boil and then set your timer for 3 minutes.


6) Stir the mixture for the entire 3 minutes it is boiling.


7) Pour the mixture over the saltines and spread it around (it will be very thick.)


8) Put your pan in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.


9) After it is done baking, pour one bag of chocolate chips on top and spread around.


10) Sprinkle nuts on top.


11) Put in freezer to completely chill.


12) After treat is completely chilled, pull the tin foil off the back and then break into irregular chunks.


Your yummy treat is now ready to share!


Thanks to Money Saving Mom, Southern Savers and My Frugal Adventures!