Saturday, May 2, 2009

CVS, Shaw's, S&S, BJ's!

Last night, I convinced the husband to spring me loose to do one big shopping excursion! I haven't done this in forever. I always have my kids with me in the morning. So I hit up CVS, BJ's, Stop & Shop and Shaw's. Here's how I did:


CVS
Total Before Savings: $40.56
Total Coupons Used: $10.48
Total ECBs Used: $14.00
Cash OOP: $3.78
ECBs Earned: $7.00


4 Zooth toothbrushes - $1.99 ea (2 BOGO FREE MFCs)- $1 ea! ($1 ECBs Earned)
1 Crest - $1.99 ($1/1 MFC) .99 cents! ($1 ECB Earned)
1 Garnier Fructis - $2.99 ($1/1 MFC) 1.99 ($2 ECB Earned)
Spend $15, Get $5 Deal
3 Palmolives - .88 ea ($1/2 MFC)
1 Windex - $2.50 ($1/1 MFC)
2 Scrubbing Bubbles Auto Shower Cleaner Refill - $5 ea ($1.50/2 MFC)

I actually did a trip earlier in the week and got the Windex Canister. It didn't ring up on sale and didn't count towards my ECBs so I returned it and bought real Windex.


Shaw's
Total Before Savings: $126.94
Total Coupons Used: $22.34
Cash OOP: $61.93
OYNP Earned: $3

1.99 lbs of Grapes @ .99/lbs - $1.97
2.23 lbs of Asparagus @ $1.99/lbs - $4.44 ($1/2lbs Shaw's Coupon) $3.44
1 Fresh Express Lettuce - $2
.68 lbs of Plum Tomatoes @ $1.49/lbs - $1.01
2.55 lbs Ground Beef - $6.35 ($1/3lbs of Ground Beef coupon) $5.35
3.49 lbs Pork Loin - $6.25
1 2 lt Mt. Dew - $1.67 (.79 cent coupon)
1 Shaw's Cooking Spray - $3.19 ($1/1 Shaw's Coupon)
1 Marshmallow Fluff - $2.29
2 Wise Cheese Puffs - $1 ea (2 .50/1 MFCs DOUBLE) FREE!
1 Taco Bell Taco Shells - .99 cents
6 Old El Paso Taco Seasoning - 6/$4 (Earned $3 OYNP)
2 Hunts Ketchup - $1.25 ea
1 Cains Relish -$1.25
3 Quaker Quakes - $1 (3 $1/1 MFCs) FREE!
1 Nissen Cup O' Noodle - .25 cents (.19 cent coupon)
1 Kellogg's Corn Pops - $1.77 ($1.49 coupon, $1/1 MFC) .49 cents!
1 Poland Springs Water - $3.99 ($2.77 coupon)
2 Dunkin Donuts Coffees - $6.99 ea ($1.50/2) $6.24 ea
1 Stone Ridge Ice Cream - $2.48 ($1.99 coupon - took $1 off!) $1.48
2 Smart Balance Spreads - $3.19 ea ($1/2 MFC) $2.69 ea
1 Smart Balance Butter Sticks - $2.99 (Free with Spread Purchase) FREE!
1 Smart Balance Milk - $3.49 (Free with Spread Purchase) FREE!
2 Tropicana OJ's - $3 ea ($1/2 MFC) $2.50 ea

- The only thing that put me over the top was the Dunkin Donuts coffee - $12.48 for both 12 oz bags. My husband needed it to bring into work. Usually he brings in the creamer and sugar but he felt like "being nice" (what's that!?! ha ha!) and wanted me to pick those up for him. The guy he works with is "too good for Folgers". So as my husband is working away drinking DD coffee, I'm apparently slumming it over here in the house with the best part of waking up.

- The pork loin seemed like an awesome deal. On sale for $1.79/lbs and usually these suckers go for $4.89/lbs.

- I couldn't find a 3 lbs pack of ground beef. I asked the cashier if I could still use the Shaw's coupon and she said "of course!"

- I was recently mailed 3 $20 off $120 purchases. I will never get to $120. But I had it with me. I found a lady with a little girl who had a full cart. I gave it to her and went in the next line. So she rung up and her total was $118. She said something like "Oh schucks! So I can't use this?" So the nice TEENAGER cashier said "Well let me see it! So she scanned it and it took off $20. She told the customer that if she ever has these type of coupons, as long as you come within a dollar or two, the register will take it. Good info to know.


Stop & Shop
Total Before Savings: $40.17
Total Coupons Used: $10.00
Cash OOP: $15.28

10 Dannon Yogurts - $4 ($1/10 MFC + DOUBLER) $2 for 10 (.20 cents a yogurt!)
1 Sorrento 16 oz Mozz. Cheese - $3.49 ($1/1 MFC + DOUBLER) $1.49
3 Dole Pineapple Cups - $2 ea ($1/3 MFC + DOUBLER) $1.33 ea!
2 Ballpark Franks - BOGO @ $4.49 ea ($1/2 MFC + DOUBLER) $1.25 a pack!
2 Rice Works Snacks - $2 ea (BOGO MFC) $1 ea!
Some chicken (Filler to get to $15) - $3.30


BJ's
Total Before Savings: $42.10
Coupons Used: $6.55
Cash OOP: $35.55

2 loaves Wonder Kids - $3.19
2 gallons of Milk - $2.15 ea
2 quarts of Half & Half - $1.79 ea
2 lbs of Strawberries - $3.99
1 Pineapple - $2.89
3 lbs of Banana - $1.39
1 pack Hamburger Buns - $1.99
1 4 pack of Glad Storage Bags - $7.99 (2 $1/2 MFCs) $5.99
1 2 pack of Adam & Eve Orange Carrot Juice - $6.79 ($1.50 BJ's Coupon) $4.29
1 2 pack of V8 Fusion - $5.99 ($1.25 BJ's coupon, 2 $1/1 MFCs) $2.74


Overall
Total Before Savings: $249.77
Total Coupons Used: $63.37
Cash OOP: $116.54
ECBs & OYNP Earned: $10.00
Things I've learned:

- It feels refreshing to do one huge trip and knowing I don't have to go back for another week +.

- Sure, I spent more than I wish to in a week. But after looking over my purchases, those DD coffees put a dent in my spending. Plus, now that the warmer weather is here, I'm buying a ton of fruit. It's just what we do in the summer.

- Those Rice Work things taste like organic Doritos.

- Thanks to The Grocery Cart Challenge, I've been trying to really see how much we spend per week on groceries.

6 comments:

The Sensible Organizer said...

I love the little hands in the Shaw's picture going for the grapes.

BOGOfetcher.com said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Marilyn's Money said...

Becky, we tried the rice works ( I used the illegal free coupon before anyone knew it was fake!) they were awful, and would have costed $2.69 a bag!

Eden C. said...

ooooh good job! was wondering where you got the wise coupons? i have printables for 50 cents off 2 but not off just one. thanks!

BECKY! said...

Ha ha about the Rice Works! Yeah, they aren't spectacular, but not the worst thing I've had (those SoyJoy bars were pretty nasty!).

Eden - the .50/1 Cheetos coupon is on WWW.wisesnacks.com. They put up a new coupon every month. Usually .50/1 of something. Print limit is 2.

Heidi said...

Ditto what SO said: LOVE the little hands!

Also this:
"So as my husband is working away drinking DD coffee, I'm apparently slumming it over here in the house with the best part of waking up."

was HYSTERICAL. I'm slumming it, too. Haha! You crack me up.