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Back in the game!

Woohoo, I am back in the couponing game! I got out of it while in Tallahassee, but started up again this week. Aaand, my deals were small, at least it gave me the incentive again to go back to using coupons and pairing them up with current store deals.

At Pick and Save this week, I got 28 oz. Red Gold tomatoes for 50 cents each, McCormick seasoning pack for free (would not have bought it otherwise) and Jim’s little Sugar Free snack cones for 99 cents each! That is an awesome price for those – they were $2.99 and I had 2 $1 coupons doubled..

At Pig, just picked up a few produce items, but bought the Creamette for only 14 cents. I used a Pig coupon to make it 69 cents and used a manufacturer’s coupon for 55 cents – bringing it to 14 cents.

I figure between the 50 cent tomatoes, free seasoning for Chicken Cacciatori and 14 cent pasta – I will be making a pretty inexpensive meal soon!!

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Been a while…

Wow, I came to my blog and realized how long it has been since I’ve posted.  I was totally into blogging and getting my blog ‘just right’, that I took a hiatus from all the time I’d spent on it.  4 months is a bit too long, though!

I’ve just updated my 2010 Savings total – $1862.64!  That was since March, and while it is no where near as high as some others, it was pretty amazing to me.  How can I NOT coupon?  If I am willing to put in the effort, it will truly benefit my family.

We are currently vacationing in Florida, and I cannot coupon like I did in back home.  I feel the urge to go buy things at a great price, but have to be careful to not add too much weight to our trailer.  So, I will stick with the needs, and see how that goes!

I have returned, once again, to Weight Watchers, and will try to focus my shopping on those items that will help me be successful – rather than all the low cost candy bars I’d been buying!  If I buy them, I will try and maintain my willpower to give them to others!!  Since we will be vacationing several months, this will be a great time for me to organize my shopping needs, so that I can hit it hard when I get home.

Looking forward to a great year…

CVS Shopping: Week of 9/5/10

Look at all the great stuff I purchased at CVS this week. 

I purchased $48.96 worth of product (after sales/before taxes) and paid $3.28…a savings of 93% overall!  (Note: I forgot the 3 snacks I bought – guess I had already put them away before the pic!)

As I write this post, I am embarassed to see I made 5 trips to CVS; but between the B1G1 free Sobe deal (I can only purchase 6 at a time) and the $3 off $10 grocery coupon that was printing this week there was just too many good deals to pass up!

Transaction #1:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
2 Trident – 2x.99 – used $1 off 2 coupon = .98
2 Raisin Bran – 2×1.77 – used $1 coupon = 2.54

Total = $3.52

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = .52

Threw in 1 CVS Peanut Butter filled pretzel – $1 (not pictured): did this so I could use my $1 ECB and not lose any value…total = $1.52

Used $1 ECB

Total: .52 + tax = .89

Received a .99 ECB from Trident

Transaction #2:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 Airwick imotion – 4.99 – used $3 coupon = .99

Total = .99

Used .99 ECB – Total: 0 + tax = .70

Received $1 ECB for Green Bag tag

Transaction #3:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 Snickers – $1 – used .75 coupon = .25
1 Raisin – $1.77 – used .60 coupon = $1.17
1 Corn Flake/1 Raisin Bran – 2x$1.77 – used $1 coupon = $2.54

Total = $3.96

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = .96

Threw in 1 CVS pretzel – .79 (not pictured): did this so I could use my $1 ECB and use the full $1 value (yep, I’m cheap!)…total = $1.75

Used $1 ECB

Total: .75 + tax = $1.11

Transaction #4:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 CVS Snack – $1 (not pictured)
2 Brownie Mixes – 2x$1 = $2

Total = $3.00

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = 0 + tax

Total = .23

(This transaction is confusing, since I normally pay 35 cents tax just for the Sobe; I am guessing that the $3 off coupon does something to affect what is taxed, just haven’t figured it out yet).

Transaction #5:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax

Total = .35
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Thanks to Simply CVS for the great deal ideas!

Pick and Save Shopping Trip

Every time I shop at Pick and Save now, I am always amazed at how much cheaper I get groceries since couponing with the Double Daze.  It has become my favorite grocery store – I get such great deals!

The really good deals were:

Free Milk (plus overage) -Milk was $1.98 w/ coupon and I had a ‘get one free’ milk coupon valued up to $3.25 – it rang up for the full amount so I had $1.27 overage

Free Eggs (plus overage) – same thing, with 20 cents overage

Uncle Ben’s Rice – $2.19 – $2 ($1 doubled coupon) = 19 cents!
Digorno Pizza – $2.20 – $2 ($1 doubled coupon) = 20 cents!
Ritz Pretzel – $2.75 – $2 ($1 doubled coupon) = 75 cents!

Now, I always wonder how to treat overage…do I take the total overage ($1.47) and split it across all items, or do I just ‘take it off’ certain items?  (I know, I know, I overthink waaaay too much!) 

Well, I decided to take it off the 3 items above and consider them free – and I will take the remaining 34 cents off something else!!  Love getting free stuff and this makes me feel like I did REALLY well (5 free items)!!

The whole trip cost me $16.79 after using $15.51 in coupons; almost saved half the price of the groceries!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/29/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased by paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money or free gift cards and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/29/10…

Overall, I received $28.82 (pre-tax) of product and only paid 97 cents out of pocket – that’s a 97% savings!

CVS Deals:

Transaction#1: (95% savings!)

1 Snickers – 1.00  (used .75 coupon)
2 Wheat Thins – 1.00 ea (used 2 – 1.00 coupons)
1 Dawn – .97  (used .25 coupon)
1 Ear Bud – 6.99

Total: 10.96 – 3.00 = 7.96
Minus 7.96 ECB (was 7.99 & adjusted down)

Paid 50 cents tax out of pocket!
Received a 6.99 ECB from the Ear Buds

Transaction#2: (97% savings!)

1 M&M – 1.00 (used .75 coupon)
2 Wheat Thins – 1.00 ea (used 2-1.00 coupons)
1 Dawn – .97 (used .25 coupon)

Total: 3.97 – 3.00 = .97
Minus $.97 ECB (was $1 & adjusted down)

Paid 11 cents tax out of pocket!
Received a 1.00 ECB for using my Green Tag

Transaction#3: (95% savings!)

1 Peanuts – 1.00 (used 1.00 coupon)
1 Dawn – .97 (used 1.00 coupon/adjusted to .97)
1 Always – 2.96 (used FREE Always coupon)

Total: 4.93 – 4.93 = 0!

Paid 22 cents tax out of pocket!

Walmart (96% savings!)

I bought the Gain along with my other groceries.

It was 97 cents and I had a $1 coupon (and I got the full $1 on the coupon)

Paid 4 cents tax for this (was 7 cents, but I got a 3 cent “credit” because of the coupon overage!)

Kmart (100% savings!)

Pedometer – $7.99

Used a FREE Pedometer coupon and paid NOTHING (not even tax!!)

Thanks to Simply CVS and A Full Cup for their deal ideas!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/22/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/22/10…

This was another great week, only spent $2.00 of my ‘real’ money and received $50.22 worth of pre-tax items…96% savings!

My items were from Pick and Save (cereal and Mentos), CVS (Glade, Herbal Essence, Listerine and Glide) and Target (more free soup!)  Aaaand, I actually figured out the Pick and Save deals all by myself, without using any ‘blog’ help! 

General Mills had an awesome deal, buy 6 and get an automatic $10 off and I had 3 $1 coupons that were doubled, so I paid only $2.34 for 6 boxes of cereal which gave me my 5 boxes free. I paid only $2.34 for the sixth (which was less than the sale price).  Also, they gave coupons for a free gallon of milk and free dozen eggs!!

Thanks again to Totally Target and Simply CVS for the deal ideas!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/15/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/15/10…

The total I paid for the following items is $2.28!  The total sale price of these items was $50.59 before tax, so I paid a little under 5% of the cost…95% savings!!

Everything except the soup was purchased at CVS.  The soup was from Target and was TOTALLY free!

Thanks to A Full Cup, Totally Target, and Simply CVS for all the help on their blog(s) to find these deals!

Pick and Save; A New Way to Shop!

So today, I shopped completely different at Pick and Save. I really had nothing in particular that I was looking to get since I was preoccupied with leaving town. But, it was double 10 coupons and I hated to miss out on the reduced groceries.

I went in with my coupons and just walked the aisles, looking for sales that matched my coupons. Surprisingly, it did not really take me much longer to do that, then when I have a list!

I did pretty well, bought $29.04 worth of groceries (after sales) and ended up paying $13.64!! Yep, I was pretty excited…  $15.40 worth of coupons after doubing!!

My really good deals were:

Uncle Ben’s rice – $2.19 minus $1/doubled = .19!
Oreo cookies – $2.69 minus $1/doubled = .69
Chex cereal – $2.79 minus $1/doubled = .79
Sara Lee Key Lime Pie (ready to serve) –
        Clearance for $1.64 minus $.75 doubled = .14!!

Who would have known couponing could be such a rush?!?

Love Pick and Save Double Daze!

Pick and Save was one of those grocery stores that I seldom shopped at before I became a “couponer”.  I look back in amazement, once again, at all the good deals I missed before my couponing days began.  Combining sales at P&S with the double coupons almost always gets me something for free that week!

This week, I bought my $25 worth of groceries ($25.73 to be exact) and paid only $14.73 OOP.

Again, the yogurt and Kraft 100 calorie cheese were free (plus got .34 overage on the Kraft cheese)!  I so seldom pay anymore for yogurt, it will be hard to start paying again if they ever stop the double days!

My “OK” deals (good sale at PS):
1 Popsicle – $1
2 Lunchables – .98 each

My great deals:
1 Activia yogurt – $2
(minus $1 coupon/doubled) = free
1 Kraft 100 Calorie cheese – $1.66
(minus $1 coupon/doubled) = free +.34
2 Skinny Cow Truffles – 2/$7.00
(minus 2 $1 coupons/doubled) = $1.50 each!! 
This was great since it is normally 4.89 a box here.
2 Lean Cuisine meals – 2/$4.00
(minus $1 coupon/doubled) = $1.00 each!

For all of the following, it cost me $14.73. 

Not bad when you consider that the Bologna was $5.99 (this is my ‘filler’ to get my total to $25 when I need it…only Bologna my hubby eats) and the bananas were $1.10.

That means $7.64 for everything else!!

KMART Double coupons!

This week (7/4-7/10) is double coupon week at Kmart.  I read some blogs and some people thought it wasn’t quite worth going since it was only 5 coupons that were being doubled.  Sooo, I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out but decided to give it a try anyway.  They are doubling up to $2 coupons (giving me $4 off), so it sounded like it could be some pretty good trips.

I did have a bit of a scare after my first trip on Monday…my hubby put away the cart with my coupon binder still in it (he thought I was going to grab it, and I did not even know it was there!).  Innocent mistake, but we did not realize it until we were several blocks away.  When I got back to Kmart, I could not find the binder at all, but, thank God, it was at Customer service and the girl that worked there had found it!  

Back to my transactions!

#1) Bought:

Gillette Clear Gel Deodorant for $4.29
1 Bic Soleil 6 pack for $5.79
1 Tampax 20 ct for $4.49
1 Dove Deodorant for $4.00
1 Dove Body Mist for $4.00 (which smells awesome by the way!)

Total: $22.57 before tax ($23.81 after tax)

Minus:

-$4.00 ($2.00 Gillette)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Bic)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Tampax)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Dove)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Dove)

Coupon total: $20.00 !!

Final Total: $22.57-$20.00 = $2.57 + .69 (Tax) = $3.26 OOP

For #1, I received $23.81 worth of product for $3.26…savings around 86%!!

#2) Bought:

2 Broadway Nails for $5.49 each
1 Poise Pantiliner for $3.49 (Charity)
1 Tampax 20 ct for $4.49

Total: $18.96 before tax ($20.00 after tax)

Minus:

-$4.00 ($2.00 Broadway Nails)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Broadway Nails)
-$4.00 ($2.00 Tampax)
-$3.49 ($2.00 Poise) – only will double up to the value of the item

Coupon total: $15.49

Final total: $18.96-$15.49 = $3.47+.80 (tax) = $4.07 OOP

For #2, I received $20.00 of product for $4.07…savings around 80%

And with both transactions around a 83% savings! 

I know it is not the best deal in the world, but for a new couponer, it is pretty good!  Managed to get the Dove and Poise for free (other than tax) and the the Tampax for only around .50 each box!

The Broadway Nails are what cost me, but $1.68 for each is an awesome price for what I have found in my area!

$7.33 for all of this!!