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Coupon Craziness – Wags Edition

I didn’t take pics because I didn’t plan on blogging my trips until I got a Fab diaper deal at K-Mart this week.

Trip #1 –

  • 4 Dove Candy Bars – 2/$1.69 – (2) B1G1 Q’s valued by cashier at $0.89 each = $0.40 each
  • 2 Snickers Bars – 2/$1.69 – (1) B1G1 Q valued by cashier at $0.89 = $0.40 each
  • 2 M&M’s – $0.69 on sales – (1) B1G1 Q valued by cashier at $0.89 = $0.26 each
  • AND I scored a Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara with a coveted pink TMF sticker!    $9.99 – $9.95 MIR = $0.04!!!   I didn’t even bother going home for the coupon.   Risking $10 to save $1 just didn’t make sense to me!

Total Regular Price – $17.35

Total Sale Price – $17.04

Less Coupons – $3.56

Total OOP – $14.77

Less MIR – $9.95

Total Trip Cost – $4.82

Savings – 72%!!

On my first trip, I scouted some Physicians Formula Organic Wear products on clearance and I knew I had a few coupons at home so I ran home to get them.   I bought:

  • 1 Physicians Formula Organic Wear Eye Shadow Duo for Hazel Eyes – $4.79 clearance – $1/1 Q = $3.79!
  • 1 Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer + Free Mascara – $11.99 – $5/1Q = $6.99!

I had a $1/1 Q but when I paid in cosmetics and made friendly with the clerk, she traded my $1/1 Q from the paper for a $5/1Q she had in her secret stash.   Thanks, Donna!!!

Total Regular Price – $20.99

Total Sale Price – $17.79

Less Coupons – $6.00

Total OOP – $11.79

Savings – 44%    Would have only been 25% without her.   Moral of the story:  Pay in cosmetics and make friends with the clerk!

June 12, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | Leave a comment

Coupon Craziness – K-Mart $2 Super Doubles Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a coupon craziness post. I’ve been contemplating ceasing couponing…or at least purchasing coupons in the Sunday paper. The Detroit papers have quit carrying at least the P&G inserts up here and the Record-Eagle (AKA the Retch) doesn’t have squat in them. Add to that the cessation of the EasySaver program and I’m just not using as many as I was. The two nearest Wags are both so out of my way and expire in a week and a half (or so), that I don’t find enough good deals to perpetuate them. I keep losing money and it’s just really not worth it to me. Many of the coupons I’ve used lately have been IP’s or mailed by a manufacturer. Anyway, I did get some awesome deals this week and wanted to share.

First, K-mart $2 double coupon trip #1:

  • 2 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 1.25 c containers – $2.24 – $1/1 (X2) = $0.24 each!
  • 2 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 5 c containers – $3.14 – $1/1 (X2) = $1.14 each
  • 3 packages of Pampers – $9.99 – $2/1 (x2) = $5.99 each
  • 3 packages of Bliss chocolates – $3.00 – $1/1 (x2) = $1.00 each!

I also bought a TON of summer clothes for DD for next summer and a few pants for this summer/fall as it’s really cold and she is short on them. I got 4 pr shorts, 2 pr pants, a 3-pc bikini set (I hate one-pieces–I get FULL COVERAGE bikinis for both of us), and 4 shirts for $37.75 or approximately $3-$3.50 each, which is my low end price point for NEW clothes (i.e. anything except carters and special occasion/church)

Total Regular Price – $126.84

Total Sale Price – $100.84

Less Coupons Redeemed – $13.00

Less Coupons Doubled – $13.00

Total Spent – $65.59

Savings – 48%

Then I went to the K-mart across town since they instituted a 10/txn limit this time.  I got:

  • 2 Pringles – 2/$3.00 – (2) $1/1 (x2) = FREE!
  • 1 Glad Trash Bags – $10 — no coupons…In fact, I’ve NEVER seen any for these!

I also found 2 pr pants on the clearance rack for $2.50 each and a 2 pk of shirts that I wanted but the other store didn’t have the right size, for $6.00.   Average price per piece = $2.75.

Total Regular Price – $34.02

Total Sale Price – $25.26

Less Coupons – $2.00

Less Doubling – $1.00 (they wouldn’t go lower than price, remember)

Total Paid – $22.26

Savings – 35%    They must not take into account the non-clearance regular price.  I think they were like $5.99 each originally.

And my last and most marvelous K-mart trip for diapers this AM.    I didn’t even really plan it either and it’s the only one to deserve a pic.

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I bought:

  • 2 Huggies Little Movers diapers – $9.99 – $2/1 IP (x2) = $5.99 each – $0.75 CGM rebate = $5.24 – $2.80 catalina* = $2.44 EACH!!!!!
  • 3 Pure & Natural diapers – $9.99 – (2) $1.50/1 Q (x2) and (1) $3.00/1 Q = $6.99 – $0.75 CGM rebate = $6.24 each – $2.80 = $3.44 EACH!!!!!
  • 1 Huggies shampoo – 3/$10 – $1/1Q = $1.34 each

**AND because I bought $50 of participating products, I got a $14 ONYO catalina for K-Mart ($14/5 pkg of diapers = $2.80 each)

I also bought some Bordeaux’s Butt-Paste b/c DD has been getting diaper rash lately and Desitin’s causes her major pain!

Total Regular Price – $65.28

Total Sale Price – $61.83

Less Coupons – $11.00

Less Doubled Coupons – $8.00

Total OOP – $42.83

Less Catalina – $14.00

Total Trip Cost – $28.83

Savings – 56%!!

    June 10, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | 2 Comments

    Meijer Trip

    I feel like I’ve been doing fairly well with getting spending under control now that I’ve got a FULL pantry.   I can almost always cook something good and I’ve gotten really good deals on nearly all of it!

    Today, I had a pretty good haul at Meijer.

    No coupon, no sale

    • 9 lb bag of Kingsford charcoal – $4.99
    • 1 can of Rotel – $1.19 (thought ad said part of 4/$5 sale…hmmm)
    • 5 lbs White Lily Bread Flour – $2.99

    On Sale, No coupons

    • 2 8-pks of hot dog buns – $0.79 each
    • 2 8-pks of hamburger buns – $0.79 each
    • 8 ears of corn – 8/$2 = $0.25 each
    • 4 cans Hunts Diced Tomatoes – 5/$5 = $1.00 each
    • TREAT – Cheese ball – $3.50

    On Sale, With Coupons

    • 2 Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce – $0.99 each – $1/2 Q = $0.50 each!
    • 1 Kraft Dressing – $1.58 – $1.50/1 Q = $0.08!!
    • 1 Eckrich sausage – $1.69 – $0.55/1 Q = $1.14 each!
    • 3 McCormick Grill Mates Seasonings – 3/$5 – $1/3 Meijer Mealbox Q – (3) $0.50/1 Q = $0.83!!!
    • 1 A-1 Steak Sauce – $2.50 – $2/1 Q = $0.50!!
    • 1 KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce – $1.67 – FREE item Q (with purchase of Kingsford charcoal) = FREE!!
    • 1 Johnsonville Brat – 2/$7 – $0.55 Q = $2.95

    Total Regular Price – $56.71

    Total Sale Price – $45.95

    Less Coupons used – $10.76

    Less Catalina used – $2.00

    Less Bottle Return – $0.80

    Total OOP – $27.47

    Savings – 54%!

    May 20, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

    Coupon Craziness

    I only did one coupon stop this week as my in-laws are in town and we are going away this weekend for a graduation and a baptism.    No pics, sorry.

    I just got 3 boxes of cereal.

    3/$10 – a $1.50/2 IP and a $1/1 IP = $7.50 – $3 RR = $4.50/3 or $1.50 each.   Not NEAR as cool as my $0.80/box from Meijers!   But better cereal so it’s a tradeoff.

    How did you do?

    May 14, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , | Leave a comment

    Grocery Trip – Meijers

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    I normally don’t take pics of my grocery store trips but I did pretty good on this one thanks to all the Kraft and Kellogg high value IP’s!   I also bought some plants to fix up the yard and some PJ’s for DD so I had to find out my totals without the extra non-grocery stuff.

    I bought:

    No sale, no Q’s

    3 dz eggs @ $0.98 / dozen

    On Sale, No Q’s

    • Bananas – 9.71 lbs. @ $0.39/lb!
    • 10 Boxes of Mac & Cheese – $0.50 each
    • 20 Del Monte canned fruit – $1.25 each

    Sale + Q’s

    • 4 Softsoap Dispensers – $0.99 minus (3) $0.35/1 Q’s and (1) $0.40/1 IP. = 3 at $0.64 and one at $0.59
    • 3 Kraft Chunk Cheeses – $1.99 minus $0.99 for buying 2 crackers – $1/2 IP = $0.67 each
    • 2 boxes of wheat thins – 2/$5 – (2) $1/1 IP = $1.50 each!
    • 2 jars of Miracle Whip – 2/$4 – (2) $1/1 IP = $1.00 each!!
    • 1 (32 oz.) Velveeta – $4.49 – $1/1 IP = $3.49 each
    • 5 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal – 5/$9 – (5) $1/1 IP = $0.80 each!!!
    • 2 Ritz Crackers – 2/$5 – (2) 1/1 IP = $1.50 each!

    Regular Price – $107.87

    Sale Price – $74.28

    Less MFG Q & Meijer Promos of – $17.42

    Total OOP – $56.86

    Less Catalinas – $2.00 onyo from kraft AND a free jar of crystal light

    Total Trip cost – $54.86

    Savings – 50%

    May 12, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness, grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

    Coupon Craziness 13.5

    I did do a little bargain hunting beyond my K-mart trips this week, but didn’t get a ton.

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    At Walgreens on Monday, I bought:

    • 3  12-pks of 7-up/sunkist – 3/$11 – (2) $1.00 IP – $5 RR = 3/$4!!
    • 3 Reach toothbrushes – $1.79 – $0.80 WAG Q – $1/1 MFQ = FREE!!!
    • Dawn Dish Soap – $1.99 – $1.00 WAG Q – $0.50/1 MFQ from Year of Savings booklet = $0.49

    Total Regular Price – $22.33

    Sale Price w/WAG Q – $14.96

    Less MFQ – $5.50

    Total OOP – $9.46

    Less RR earned – $5.00

    Total Trip Cost – $4.46

    ** note– I removed the bottle deposit from this transaction as I will get it back when they are returned.

    I also made a quick stop at Rite Aid for diapers.

    Huggies jumbo pack – $8.99 – $1.50/1 IP – $3 SCR = $4.49 – $0.75 Caregivers Marketplace rebate – $3.74!!  I think this is an all time record!

    Tota

    April 23, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , | Leave a comment

    Coupon Craziness 13 – The $2 Super Doubles Edition

    Whooo boy was this a week for deals!

    My first stop was a K-mart on Sunday for $2.00 super doubles.  Traverse City NEVER does super doubles.  I was soooo excited.

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    I bought:

    • 1 Dove Body Wash – $4.79 – $2/1 = $0.79
    • 1 Kotex Pantyliner – $1.29 – $0.75/1 doubled to price = FREE!
    • 2 Aveeno Baby Wash – $4.79 – $2/1 IP = $0.79 each
    • 2 Secret Flawless Deodorants – $4.49 – $2/1 = $0.49 each
    • 2 Hershey Cacao truffles – $2.69 – $1/1 = $0.69 each
    • 1 Energizer Battery (CR2032) for scale in bathroom – $7.19 – $1/1 = $5.19
    • 4 Soleil Razors – 4pk – $5.29 – $2/1 = $1.29 each
    • 2 Huggies Jumbo packs – $9.99 – $1.50/1 = $6.99 each – $0.75 Caregivers Marketplace Rebate.
    • 1 Dove Deodorant – $2.50 – $1/1 – $0.50
    • 2 Vaseline Lotions – $2.50 – $1/1 = $0.50 each
    • 1 Vaseline Lotions – $2.50 – $0.75/1 = $1.00 each
    • 6 Suave Shampoos – $1.25 – $1/2 (only doubled to $1.25 –the price of one) – $0.63 each
    • 1 Suave Deodorant – $1.67 – $1.50/1 (didn’t double, not sure why) – $0.17 each

    Total Regular Price -$116.50

    Total Sale Price – $104.10

    Total Coupons – $32.75

    Total Match – $28.79

    Total OOP – $42.55

    Savings – 63%

    Not my best but the batteries were an expensive (but necessary) addition.   AND I got enough of a good deal on Unilever stuff to meet the $40 minimum for $20 back on my turkey for Easter.   Yippee!!!

    I went back on Monday because I hit my 25 coupon limit halfway through my pile on Sunday.   I had to go out to Acme for my Monday Mommy Group and left early to stop there and hit the last half of my list.   It’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I was surprised at how much nicer an experience I had there.   It was clean, well-lit and it helped that my checkout lady was a couponer herself 🙂

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    I bought:

    • 2 Rubbermaid LidFinder containers – on clearance for $2.00 each – $1/1 MFQ = FREE!!!  And they are the size I ALWAYS need more of even though I bought the giant set.
    • All 2x Free – $4.79 on sale – $1/1 MFQ = $2.79
    • All Small & Mighty – $4.79 on sale – $0.40/1 MFQ = $3.99
    • 4 jumbo packs of Huggies Supreme/Gentle Care diapers = $9.99 – $1.50/1 MFQ = $6.99 – Caregivers Marketplace rebate = $6.24
    • 4 packs of Huggies wipes (various) – $2.50 – $0.75/1 MGQ = $1.00 each!
    • 4 Marcel toilet paper 4 packs – $2.89 – $1/1 MFQ = Free!!!   Apparently the coupon came up with the whole package being free instead of $1.00 off and the lady couldn’t change it if she wanted to 🙂
    • 1 Jet Dry rinse Agent – $4.99 – $0.40/1 MFQ = $4.19
    • 2 Ziplock Quart Freezer bags – $2.50 – $1/2 MFQ = $1.50 each

    I also bought 4 packs of Kotex Lightdays and I had 2 $1.50/2 coupons which don’t appear to be on there and a Ziplock baggie coupon for $0.55/1 that isn’t on there either.  Huh.   Arggg.   Airhead alert.  I never GAVE her the lightdays coupons.    I guess I’m going to return them and see if the other k-mart still has some, but I doubt it.  I think I bought the last ones Sunday.

    April 22, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | 1 Comment