Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Market Basket & Stop and Shop

The whole kit 'n caboodle.
That's a whole lot of groceries, right? My arms sure think so - lots of trips back and forth to the car to haul it all in. I got the basics like OJ and water, but I also scored some great deals. Here are the highlights:

Below, you'll see everything I got at Stop and Shop today. I got two V8 Fusion Bottles that were originally $3.49 each, but on sale for $2.50.  I used a $0.50/2 coupon which doubled to $1.00, making them only $2.00 each! Welch's Light Grape Juice was originally $2.99, on sale for $2.50. With a $0.75/1 coupon that I printed online that doubled to $1.50, it was only $1.00. I also snagged Campbell's Skillet
(I haven't tried it before, but at this price, I couldn't resist!). It is usually $2.59 per bag, but was on sale for $2.00. With a $0.75 printable coupon, it was only $0.50! Slam dunk. 
Stop & Shop Scores

Can't forget my cat, Chloe (see her in the back eye-balling the food?). Purina Cat Chow, usually $5.49, was on sale for $4.50. I had a rare $0.99/1 coupon which doubled to $1.98 making it only $2.52! And last but not least, Lysol Wipes. Not an outrageous deal, but a good one nonetheless. Typically $3.15, on sale for $2.00 each. With a $0.50/2, which doubles to $1.00, they were only $1.50 each. 

The damage? $24.35. But I only paid $11.02!

Next: Market Basket.

It's tough to get a total break down because Market Basket doesn't list the regular price on the receipt like Shaws and Stop and Shop do. But here goes. Healthy Choice Soup was on sale for $1.00 a can. I believe they are at least $2.00 or more on any given week. I bought six cans and used two $1.00/3 coupons making them 6/$4 or $0.66 each. Next, I grabbed chips for Eric. They were on sale for $2.00 a bag and the said "Save $4.98!" Wow. Those are pricey chips. They must be good, right? I grabbed two. No coupon, but still a great deal. Country Kitchen is on sale this week for $2.00 each. I printed a $1.00/2 coupon from the Country Kitchen website, which made these two loaves only $1.50 each. Freeze one, use the other!
Market Basket Deals + Free Bowling!

Ken's 9 oz. salad dressings are also on sale for $0.99 each. They are typically $1.99, I believe. With a $1.00/2 coupon from the Sunday Paper, you get two for $0.98! It's like stealing... ;)

I had to get Hellmann's Mayo for Eric, which was $3.99 a tub. But it came with free dip! Plus, Market Basket had coupons hanging: Buy any Hellmann's and get $1.00 of chicken. I grabbed drumsticks which are on sale for $0.99/lb. and paid only $0.90 for the whole pack. Baby carrots are on sale for $0.99 each, FYI (hence, their appearance in the photo.) Reynold's Pan Liner is on sale for $2.50 this week. A $1.00/1 coupon makes 30 sq. ft. only $1.50. And lastly, Musselmann Apple Sauce is two for $4.00 at Market Basket ($2.79 at Stop and Shop, so I'm glad I didn't buy them there!) I bought two, used a $0.75/2 coupon and paid only $3.25 for both. But get this - I also got two free games of bowling! (See the package and the ad in the paper this past week.) Date night this week, for sure!

Out of pocket, I only paid $22.61. Success! How did you score this week?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Coupon Bliss!

This Sunday's paper has FIVE coupon inserts! The coupons are valued at over $244!! I lucked out and got SIX coupon inserts in my paper (someone accidently slipped in two SmartSource pamphlets.) Pick up a couple of papers and clip, clip, clip away. 

I usually clip all of them and make two piles: one for the coupons I'll use and file away and another for coupons I'll bring to work. Monday morning, I'll bring in the coupons that I'll never use (like Pampers coupons, for example), and I'll hand them to my coworker and she'll hand her unused coupons to me. We both snag the coupons we want and then circulate them through our department for other Couponers to pick through

Don't have people to trade with? Find some! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for anyone at work or at school who enjoy couponing. Or perhaps you can swap your unused coupons with your mom's unused coupons. It's a win, win!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Shaws Overhaul

Who says Couponers can't eat healthy? Take a look at free carrots, five pounds of clementines and a bag of fresh lettuce! 

This overhaul is a little tricky, but I'll try to break it down step by step:

This week, Shaws is having special "DEAL$". There are several DEAL$, but some are "Limited Time DEAL$". The Limited Time DEAL$ are special price cuts that are applicable with $10 minimum qualifying purchase using your Shaw's Rewards Card (not including the DEAL$ items, of course). For instance, General Mills Cereal is on sale this week with your Shaws Card for 2 for $5.00. But if you purchase $10 in other products throughout the store, that sale price drops to $1.88. You can check out all the deals at Shaws.com and in the weekly circular.You can also print out $8.00 in Web exclusive coupons at Shaws.com. These include $1.50 off Everyday Essential products (Shaws brand). That's a great coupon given that there are many items that are $1.00 or less so you could get up to two items for free! 

Also, for the entire winter season Shaws will be offering free vegetables with your purchase of the "meat of the week." This week, it's beef shoulder roast or eye round roast.

So, to get to my $10 minimum to see the special deals to be in effect, I purchased:

Four Simplait Yoplait Yogurts that were on sale for $0.50 each (regularly $0.75). I used two $0.30/1 coupons and two $0.40/1 coupons which double to $0.60 and $0.80 respectively. These made the yogurts FREE, plus, I got overage since the coupons more than covered the yogurt. So I started my $10 total at -$0.80 since that additional amount is "overage" that will be applied to other items. (Remember, you must purchase $10 using your Shaws Rewards Card AFTER coupons, discounts etc.)

I then bought eight more Yoplait Whips! (on sale for $0.50, regularly $0.75) and used $0.50/8 which doubled to $1.00. That's $3.00 total.

Dole Salad Blends were 50% off and I had a Shaws Coupon for $1.00/1 Dole Salad Blends (if you sign up for weekly emails, you would have received this coupon as well). They are regularly $2.79, but at 50% the bag was only $1.39. With coupon? Only $0.39!

I also purchased Eye Round Roast which is the "meat of the week." It's usually $5.19/lb. but was on sale for $2.99/lb. I bought a three pound roast and paid only $9.24. Plus, a FREE 3 lb. bag of carrots!

And last but not least, Green Giant Steamers were on sale for B2G1 Free. At $1.69 each and $1.00/3 coupon, I paid $2.38 for three boxes.

Now I have plenty for the even better deals:

General Mills Cereal is only $1.88 per box with $10 minimum purchase. I used two $0.50/1 box of Cookie Crisp and a $1.00/2 coupon. Since the two $0.50 coupons double, I got four boxes (two Cookie Crisp, regularly $3.99, and two Reeses Puffs, regularly $4.79) for only $4.52! And to sweeten the deal, two of the boxes have codes for FREE movie tickets. I've redeemed them before and they really work! Two boxes = 1 free movie ticket valued up to $12. I essentially made money off this deal :)

A 12 pack of Scott toilet paper, regularly $10.99, for only $5.88 (price effective with $10 purchase)

With a $10 minimum purchase, there's a 5 lb. box of clementines for only $3.99. If you got your weekly Shaws email, you probably noticed the $1.00/1 box of clementines. Score! Five pounds of fresh fruit for only $2.99.

Lastly, because I purchased at least five of the DEAL$, I could use the Web exclusive coupons mentioned above. I purchased a Culinary Circle Pizza, regulalry $5.49" on sale for $4.99, and used a $2.50/1 Culinary Circle product. Delicious, cheesy pizza for only $2.49. I also snagged some oatmeal for Eric. They were BOGO at $2.99 each. Used the $1.50/1 Everyday Essentials products I mentioned above and got two boxes for only $1.49!

TOTAL PAID: $32.58

That's a savings of 61%!

If you purchase exactly what I did, you'll receive a number of catalinas (coupons that print out at the register) - some are store coupons, some are manufacturer coupons - good on your next purchase. I already know what I'm picking up on Monday. Fiber One granola bars are on sale for $1.88 with $10 purchase and I received two 1.00/1 granola purchase store coupon. Combine that with a manufacturers coupon and it's better than FREE!

New Year, new deals. 2013 is already shaping up to be a winner :)

High Value Coupons!

Good morning, Couponers. There are a few sites I recommend that you check out that have some pretty high-value coupons available to print. Some of the sites require you to register, which can be frustrating, I know. But I highly recommend it. I have an email account set up just for things like this, so that my personal email doesn't get flooded with ads, recipes and other promotional material. So sign up and print away!

www.coupons.com (this goes without saying ;] )

www.Pillsbury.com and www.BettyCrocker.com
Both sites have some really great coupons (most of them are the same, so you can print them more than once!). They may not seem like a lot, but they double at Shaws and Stop and Shop. Shaws is having a phenomenal deal this week on cereal, which I'll get into with my next post, so be sure to print these out!

Here are a few that stood out to me:


Get clippin'! :)

Market Basket Sour Cream

Hey there! I completely spaced posting this, but if you have time today, swing into Market Basket as their new circular comes out tomorrow and this deal may no longer be active.

Breakstone Sour Cream is on sale for $0.99. If you were lucky enough to snag $1.00/2 coupons, you can get them for $0.48 each! What a steal :) I got four and paid only $1.96.