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Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday Coupon Preview!

This site should help you prepare your shopping lists ahead of time... Check Sunday Coupon Preview for exactly what it says! A preview of what coupons you can expect in the Sunday paper!

Use this knowledge, along with your favorite store's weekly circular (I typically compare prices and sales of multiple stores and decide what to buy and where from depending on what's cheap, what I've got coupons for, current store promotions, etc.)

Printable Coupon: $1 Off Any 5 BumbleBee Tuna Products

Click the image above to visit their site, register and you'll gain access to a printable Bricks coupon for $1 off any FIVE bumble bee tuna products... You should be able to hit back or refresh and print this coupon twice (although my computer messed up and shut down so I only got one *sad*). Along with your coupon will print a free recipe... I got Tuna Farfalle alla Puttanesca, it sounds yummy!

Freebie! Hottest Moms In America: Hot Mom Driving Car Magnet

Click the picture above to register to get your FREE Hot Mom Driving Car Magnet! No surveys or offers to complete, just put in your name, email and mailing address!

Earth's Best Baby Food Promotions

My husband and I prefer to feed our children Organic food, right from the start, so Earth's Best is our first choice!

Click the image above to visit their website, where you will find coupons for Earth's Best Baby Formula, Toddler Snacks, Jar Baby Food, Baby Cereal and other great deals as well!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Shaw's Scenarios - $80 worth of groceries for $7

Ok, so I was up ALL last night couldn't sleep because I was running scenarios through my head trying to figure out the best way to make this trip to Shaw's to get the most amount of food for the least amount of money, and I think I've figured it out!

So to start with I've got $27 in Catalina's (Coupons that print at the register with your receipt)

There is a deal on General Mills products, spend $25 on selected products and get a $10 catalina at the register (List of participating products can be found here).

This will require multiple trips through the checkout.


Trip #1:
4 Bags of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Pre Sale Price: $2.39 each Sale Price: $1.79 each
4 Bags Chex Mix Total: $10.76
2 Boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars Pre Sale Price: $3.50 each Sale Price: 2 for $4

Pre Sale Total: $27.32
Price With Sales: $16.55
Price After Product Coupons: $12.75
Price With Tax: $14.12
Minus $14 in Catalina's = $0.12 Out of Pocket


Trip #2:
$13 leftover Catalina's + $10 Catalina from Trip #1

8 Boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pre Sale Price: $2.79 each Sale Price: 2 for $4
2 Boxes Nature Valley Granola Bars Pre Sale Price: $3.50 each Sale Price: 2 For $4

Pre Sale Total: $29.32
Price With Sales: $20.00
Price After Product Coupons: $15.60
Price With Tax: $17.07
Minus $13 in Catalina's = $4.07 Out of Pocket


Trip #3
$10 Catalina from Trip #2

9 Jars Prego Spaghetti Sauce Pre Sale Price: $2.49 (Approx.) Sale Price: $1.49 each

Pre Sale Total: $22.41
Price With Sale: $13.41
Price after Product Coupons: $11.16
Price With Tax: $12.28
Minus $10 Catalina = $2.28


Total Value Of Trip To Shaws: $79.05 (Before Tax)
Total I'll Spend Out Of Pocket: $6.4
7 (Including Tax)


Keep in mind that SOME of the prices above may NOT be correct, I could not find a price anywhere for Prego pasta sauce so I was trying to remember what it was Monday and Estimated. Some prices I used were from stores in New Hampshire and Mass. because that's what I had available... But it's a good estimate and I will be sure to bring extra money in case my figuring is a little off, but even if prices in Rockland are lower than I figured, each transaction SHOULD still come to more than $25 Pre Sale Price, and should trigger the $10 Catalina to print if I am correct!

Note: I purposely plan to leave a balance on the end of the transaction instead of just paying completely in Catalinas because this would result in the store owing ME money (called Overage) and some stores will not honor "overage".

Note 2: Prego is NOT part of the Spend $25 get $10 deal... It's just really cheap and I have coupons so thought I'd take advantage of that!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shaw's Trip Week of 10/15-10/21

I didn't post my trip from Monday night but it was great, I bought about $300 worth of groceries, and only paid about $250 after Shaw's rewards and coupons... Plus scored myself 50 cents per gallon Gass savings on my next fill up at Irvings... That will come to about $10 on gas alone!

I also scored $27 worth of coupons for money off my next shopping trip. These aren't product specific, I can use them for any item at Shaw's basically.

Money will be tight this week for bills that need to be sent out, so that $27 worth of coupons will come in VERY handy for refreshing my stockpile! Free groceries!

I plan to double those coupons up along with regular coupons for specific products to maximize my savings and take advantage of some deals that will get me more coupons for money off at the register!

After viewing the Shaw's circular online (http://www.shaws.com - you can view it there, print store coupons and also register for a FREE Shaws rewards card!) and reading the Shaw's forum at http://afullcup.com I found a number of items that we use that are on sale and that would generate some good money saving coupons at the register!

Here is what I'm planning:

Nature Valley Granola Bars - 2/$4 sale - paired with 2 coupons for 40 cents off from http://coupons.com
Refrigerated Pillsbury Grands Biscuits - 3/$5 sale - Paired with coupons for 75cents off 2 from Coupons.com - Also Part of a current Catalina deal (buy so many get coupons for so much off your next order)
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers - On sale for $1.79 each - Coupons.com has a coupon for .50 off one.
Skippy Naturals - Multiples of 2 will generate a Catalina for money off your next purchase
Fleischmann's Yeast strips or jar - will generate Catalina for money off - Last weeks paper had coupons for 40 cents off one
Prego Pasta Sauce - On sale for $1.49 a jar - Coupons from last weeks paper for 75 cents off 3 jars.
Shaw's brand butter on sale for $1.88 for 4 sticks
Silk Soymilk - On sale for $2.99 per half gallon
Green Giant Boxed Veggies - 3/$5 plus coupons.com printable for 50 cents off 2
BumbleBee Tuna cans - on sale 2/$3 - I know there are coupons out there for BumbleBee tuna any product, believe they were on a tear pad at a store, email me if you have details or know where to get some.
Kelloggs Cereal - Store circular has store coupon for $5/3 - can be paired with Manufacturer coupon for even more savings.
General Mills cereal - on sale for 2/$4 - Multiple coupons available on coupons.com, http://smartsource.com and from recent newspaper inserts

PLUS: A current promotion - Spend $25 get $10 off your next purchase.

So if this is worked right, I can buy $25 worth of products, the other $2 will cover tax with overage (meaning the store owes YOU money - some stores don't honor Overage, so you may want to throw in a cheap "filler" item so that it doesn't cause issues), get the $10 coupon, take care of your groceries, go back in, and get some more goodies!

I'll post an update on this after I have done it and tell you how it works out for me!


I am starting this blog because I have been learning all kinds of different ways to save money over the last year, and I enjoy being able to share my finds with other people who are as excited about saving money as I am!

This blog will be a place for me to post places to get coupons, freebies, to tell about my successful and not so successful shopping trips, and also to showcase deals found in stores found in Maine!

The stores I shop most frequently are Shaw's, Target, Rite Aid, Hannaford and occasionally Walmart, Home Depot and miscellaneous other stores!

If you know of a current sale or money saving deal online or offline, that isn't already posted here, PLEASE feel free to email me at moneysavingmainers (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know!
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