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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day After Christmas Deals?

How many of you went shopping the day after Christmas? Where did you go and what scores did you find? Unfortunately I wasn't able to. I am hoping to get out at some point today to hit some sales if I can find any, but I'm not really sure how much I'll find. My goal is to stock up on at least some wrapping paper, bows, tape, etc. for next year!

Tell me about your trip!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shaw's Trip for 12/13 With Pics

We ventured out into the nasty snow last night to head to Shaw's in Rockland. The first 15 or so minutes of the trip were awful with the snow. We almost got into two accidents, but once we got out of the hills around Belfast it turned to rain and the roads were much easier to deal with. We got dinner for all of us at Subway because we knew we would be out late and Subway is about the cheapest/healthiest place we can find to feed all 6 of us!

We got to Rockland Shaw's a little after 7pm and had our shopping DONE about 8:30. Not bad if I do say so myself. It was nice having hubby with me, we doubled up and got the shopping done twice as fast as I would have if I had done it alone.

I planned my trips through the checkout lines before we left the house, I knew how many of what item I wanted to get in each transaction, wrote the details on an envelope and put the coupons for that transaction IN the envelope and numbered each envelope in order. I also brought extra coupons because we wanted to try and get more veggies than I had planned for but weren't sure we would find enough available to complete any transaction I would create, so I left room between my planned 2nd and 3rd transactions for an extra trip if it were possible.

Here's the rundown:
First of all ROCKLAND SHAW'S DOUBLED COUPONS! Just thought I'd throw that out there since I know this has been an issue at some stores :)

Trip One:
12 Boxes of Chex Cereal (Cinnamon was all that was left)
8 cans of Pillsbury Grands
4 Green Giant Boxed Veggies

I wasn't sure the pre sale price of the Chex so I estimated $3 and since they were $1.50 when you buy 3, I got them in multiples of 3 and made sure to get enough so I would exceed $45 PSP in the end. Hubby actually did this transaction and the Asparagus didn't ring up at sale price.

Pre-Sale Price: $68.64
Price With Sales: $38.98
Total After Coupons: $28.68


Trip Two:

8 Bags of Chex Mix
8 Cans of Progresso Bread Crumbs
4 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers

Unfortunately either something didn't ring up right to trigger the Catalina's or I did something wrong in this transaction because I only got one $5 Catalina back with my receipt.

Total Pre-Sale Price: $52.49
Price With Sales: $24.90
Price After Coupons: $14.40


Trip Three:
9 Cans Progresso Soup
8 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
12 Green Giant Boxed Veggies

Pre Sale Price: $49.62
Price With Sales: $40.60
Price After Coupons: $29.30

Trip Four:
I did this transaction separate because I like to be able to easily separate my food purchases and non food purchases when figuring the budget. And these were all Free!

2 Bottles of Homelife Dye/Fragrance Free Laundry Detergent
1 Cascade Dishwashing Detergent
1 Jet Dry
2 Huggies Natural Care Refill Packs
1 Bottle Glass Plus Glass Cleaner

Pre Sale Price: $46.20
Price With Sales: $26.83
Price After Coupons: $ -$1.71 - Yep, they paid me :)

Trip Five:
Saved the big trip for last, so we could roll over any coupons from the previous trips, I don't do the Catalina deals on my final trip through because most Catalina's are only good for 2 weeks and I really only shop once a month unless there's a deal I absolutely would be stupid to miss out on. I use the last trip through to fill in wherever we may need to with things that are on sale or that I have coupons for, and make sure to make it a large enough transaction to trigger Gas rewards! Everything in this picture except the Gravy and Juice was purchased using coupons.

2 Bottles Shaw's Brand cranberry juice
2 Bags Sargento Shredded Cheese
4 Skippy Naturals Peanut Butter
10 Earth's Best Baby food jars
4 Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayo
4 Boxes Taquito's
5 Boxes Duncan Hine's Whole Grain Muffin Mix
1 Sorrento Mozzarella Cheese
1 Sorrento Ricotta Cheese
4 Boxes Texas Toast Garlic Bread
2 Boxes Texas Toast Pizzeria Dip n Sticks
2 Boxes Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins
3 Boxes El Monterey Tornados

Price Before Sales: $168.23
Price With Sales: $139.48
Price After Coupons: $106.93

For a GRAND Total of $177.60 spent on $385.18 worth of groceries!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Shaws General Mills Catalina Deal 12/11-12/17

Here are some items I'm getting that are part of this deal:

  • Chex Mix Snack - $1.69 [I have two $1 Off Two Coupons from the paper]
  • Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers - $1.99 [Unfortunately I used all my GG Q's last week - Will check Coupons.com and Smartsource.com for printable ones]
  • Green Giant Frozen Veggies - .99
  • Pillsbury Grands - $1.69 [I have three $1 Off Two Peelies I found last month plus two $1 off 3 Smart Source Q's we picked up at Hannaford I believe]
  • Old El Paso Taco Kits - $2.49 []
  • Nature Valley granola bars - 2/$5 [Hoping to find some printable ones!]
For more details on what's involved check out this link

Shaw's Trip for 12/13

My plan for Shaw's this weekend:

Just found out about a great General Mills Catalina deal on A Full Cup! Get $5 back when you buy $15 of participating products! I'll be sure to take that into consideration when I plan out my detailed trip, but below are the things I know I will be picking up because they are on sale and/or I have coupons! I'll write another post with some items I'll grab that are part of the deal!

  • Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayo - $2.49 [Two coupons for $1 off 2 from the paper]
  • Land O Lakes Butter - $1.99
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese - $1.99 [One coupon for $1 off 2 bags of shredded cheese]
  • Kellogg's Cereal - B1G1
  • New York Texas Toast or breadsticks AND Mrs. T's Pierogies - 2/$5 [Two coupons for $1 off 2 Texas Toast Garlic Bread, and a peelie for 55 cents off Dip N Sticks]
  • El Monterey's Tornados - $2.29 [3 Coupons for 50 cents off that I found on the inside of the last ones I bought!]
  • Nabisco Snack Crackers (Wheat Thins!) - 2/$5
  • Shaw's Granulated Sugar - $2.49 (Thank goodness cause we just ran out!)
  • Chex Cereals - $1.50! [4 Coupons for $1 off 2]
  • No Yolks Noodles - $1.49!
  • McCormick Gravy Mix - 10/$10
  • Prince Pasta - $1
  • Sorrento Mozzarella or Ricotta cheese - $3.49 [Two coupons for $1 off 1]
  • Curel Lotion - $5.99 (Getting two of these for my mom, and using a Rebate to get them free!)
  • Huggies Wipes refill - $5.99 [Three Coupons for 50 cents off one]
  • Always Infinity Maxi Pads - $4.79 []
  • Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets - $3.99 []
  • Halls Cough Drops - $1.79 [I have 4 Tear pad Q's I grabbed at Rite aid 50cents off one bag! Making 4 bags a total of $3.16]
  • Glass Plus Glass Cleaner - $1.29 [One coupon for 35 cents off 1]
  • Oxy Clean - 25% off! []
Some of these items may be part of the GM catalina deal, but I've tried to remove the ones that I know definitely are... and will post them later in a separate post.

Our Super Cheap Christmas

Ok, so this year, we got frugal for Christmas!

Here's a rundown of what the kids are getting:

Boy #1 - 8 years old... LOVES Rocks and Crystals, has been begging since his birthday for a Crystal growing kit. I looked and looked but didn't see anything that looked worth buying.

What he's getting:
Boy #2 is our Artist, so at Ocean State Job Lot in Belfast, I found him these:
All together was $10.59!

Girl #1 I started months ago when I found some things at Ocean State Job Lot that I knew she would love. She's the family Princess, and is all about princesses and Tinkerbell, so here is her list:
  • Tinkerbell room freshener (you put fragrance cartridges in it and it's like those Glade ones and sends out a puff of fragrance every now and then) for $1.99!
  • Large Magnetic "Paper doll" - Cinderella - $10 at Family Dollar
  • Disney Princess plastic cookware - Walmart.com on Cyber Monday for $14 (Down from $18.99 I believe)
  • Elefun game - $1.99 from Goodwill, brand new, in the package.
  • Disney Princess Lip Balms - $0.49 each from Avon
  • Disney Precious Princess Collectible - Belle - For $15.99 using Amazon.com gift cards from Swagbucks.com

Girl #2 is still little so she was easy!
  • Munchkin Fun Ice Chewy Teethers from Amazon.com for $1.99 using gift cards from Swagbucks.com
  • Sassy - Baby Toy Value Bundle, 6-Piece (Pictured Above) from Walmart.com on Cyber Monday. $20.00 HUGE deal since the Mirror alone costs $15, and the other pieces are similarly priced!

All of the kids are getting a package of Socks because they all seem to have worn holes into the ones they have or have outgrown or lost them at the same time over the past few weeks! They are also getting these Virtual Pet Keychain's They are like a generic "Giga Pet" that came out years ago. I remember having a few and LOVED them, and I thought these would be a good alternative for Boy #2 because he desperately wants a pet, but we just aren't ready for that yet as a family.

The BIG gift for the year...!

A Swinxs Game Console... This thing is AWESOME... Sells for nearly $200 - We paid: NOTHING! I won it on a blog giveaway, and the kids are going to be THRILLED when they open that on Christmas morning!

Christmas this year has a value of over $400

And we have paid out of pocket: $79.44 before tax.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Checks Unlimited Coupon Code

I just ordered 250 checks for my new bank account through Checks Unlimited. I have always used this company to order my checks, and love all the designs they offer.

I chose the In Full Bloom by Kathy Davis checks, regularly priced at 2 boxes for $21.90 and 4 boxes for $31.90 (before shipping).

When I used the coupon code: R5YV

I was able to get 2 boxes of checks, and free return address labels for $13.00.

I also received:
  • Free shipping
  • Free Caligraphy Font (regularly $2.50)

Full Disclosure: Yes, the link is an affiliate link, I will be compensated, but that in no way impacted my decision to post about this deal. I have always ordered checks from Checks Unlimited, for years now, and only looked into their affiliate program AFTER ordering these checks... So please, feel free to order and enjoy, they are great quality and I love the address labels that they come with!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Entenmann's $4 Coupon Offer

Saw this great offer on Facebook this morning!

Just over 18 hours left for you to enter to win a $4 coupon for Entenmann's products. We love their baked goods, all of them that we have tried, and considering their prices are already awesome, a $4 coupon could make some super cheap or even free goodies!
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