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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

Grocery Trips

Nothing huge for me this week as far as groceries were concerned.  I bought some meat and a few things that were on sale for a good price, but I only used one coupon.   I went over $75 this week, but I think I was WAAY under last week, so we are okay.   I think.

At Meijers:

  • Spanish Rice – $1.46
  • Italian Bread – $1.89
  • Pepperoni – $1.89 (6oz)
  • Kool-aid (24 pkts) – $0.20 each
  • 1/2 Gal. milk – $2.59
  • Olives – $2.99
  • Kashi Crackers – $3.19
  • Something labeled Rice on the receipt that I can’t recall right now – $3.79
  • Mini-Sub Buns – 2/$4
  • 9 Goldfish Crackers – $1.09 each!
  • Tortillas – 2/$3.00
  • 2 Meijer Organic Graham Crackers – $3.79 each
  • 4.4 lbs Ground Beef – $9.96
  • Cheese Crumbles on clearance – $2.03

Total Regular Price – $74.72

Total Sale Price – $60.18

Less Bottle Returns – $0.70

Total OOP – $59.48

Savings – 20%

Not bad considering I didn’t really have much on my list that was on sale.

At Glen’s I got

  • Johnsonville Brats – $3.99 – $0.55/1 Q = $3.44
  • 8 cans DelMonte Veggies – 4/$3  = $6.00
  • 2 Purex Detergent – $2.99 each

Total Regular Price – $23.17

Total Sale Price – $19.33

Less Coupons – $0.55

Total OOP – $15.78

Savings – 32%

I noticed some Cascade on clearance.  I might have to go back if I find my cascade coupons.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

Coupon Craziness 9

I didn’t bother to post last week, but I got in on the Huggies diaper deal at Walgreens and also picked up some freebies (colgate & some shampoo, I think) for our church’s food pantry.

This week, I had high hopes.  I need to quit doing that!    I want to know where Deal Seeking Mom and Centsible Sawyer live to have the prices they have on stuff at Walmart.   Up here (and Florida, too), the deals were typically twice what those sites said could be gotten.    Made some of the freebies not so free.   So I only did so-so.

(I just got a replacement iPhone & haven’t fixed all my settings yet so no pic, sorry)

40 ct Gallon Ziplock storage bags – $3.00 – $0.75/1 Q = $2.25

30 ct Gallon Ziplock Freezer Bag – $3.00 – $0.75/1Q = $2.25

2 – 50 ct Quart Ziplock storage bags – $3.00 each – $1.50/2Q = $2.25 each

2 – 16 ct Kotex Pantyliners – $1.00 – $0.75/1Q = $0.25 each

3 – mentos gum – $1.28 – $1/1Q = $0.28 each (I had a 4th and bought it but she only scanned 3 of the coupons so I have to take one back.)

2 – Extra Gum – $0.96 – BOGO Q = $0.48 each

3 – Wrigleys Gum – $0.96 – FREE Q = FREE

Total Price – $22.64

Less Coupons – $11.34

Total OOP – $11.30

Savings – 50%!!

I also went to Walgreens to try to get in on the Dove Deal, but someone beat me to it.  Plus, here the bars are $1.39 not $1.04 which doesn’t make them as good of a deal anyway.   What I DID get was:

2 – Trident Extra Care – 2/$2 – (2) $0.75 = $0.25 each.

Since I’ve pretty well stocked the pantry in 2 huge Meijer’s trips (and blown the budget out of the water!), I just picked up some deals this week.   I bought (at Meijer)

8 seed packets (buy 3, get 1) – $0.92 each (reg. 1.19-1.29)

Lysol 4-in-1 Bathroom Cleaner – $1.74 – $0.75/1Q – $1MIR = $0.01 MM!!

Lysol Toilet Cleaner – $1.42 – $0.75/1Q – $1MIR = $0.30 MM!!!

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes – $2.59 – $1/1Q – $1MIR = $0.59

Part of 10/$10 + 1 free

3 boxes of Betty Crocker Potatoes- $1.00 each – $0.40/1 and $1/2 Q’s = $0.53 each

3 boxes of Green Giant Frozen veggies – $1.00 each – $1/3Q = $0.66 each

5 bags (1 lb.) baby carrots – $1.00 each – 1 free = $0.80 each

Total Regular Price – $41.16

Total Sale Price – $36.26

Less Coupons – $4.90

Total OOP – $18.19

Less MIR – $3.00

Total Trip Cost – $15.19

Savings – 63%!!

March 19, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness, grocery shopping | , , , , | Leave a comment

Glen’s Deals & Coupon Matchups – 3/15 thru 3/21

Here are some of the deals and coupon match-ups for Glens Markets (and Tom’s and Oleson’s) in Traverse City.   To see the full weekly ad, go to their website.

7-Up, A&W, Diet Rite, Dr. Pepper, RC Cola or Sunkist – 20 oz. bottle (plus deposit) – 39¢ (Limit 12)

Spartan Large Eggs – dozen – 99¢

Spartan or Miller Amish Whole Fryers – 99¢ lb.

Spartan or Miller Amish Whole Cut Up Fryers – $1.09 lb.

Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto Salami (or Louis Rich Turkey Bologna or Cotto Salami, Assorted Varieties, 16 oz. (excludes beef) – 2/$4

Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Entrees- 5.25-11.5 oz. (excludes panini & flatbread)- 5/$11

$1/2 IP here http://www.everydayeating.com/

$2/5 IP here http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rlssehh99789690&bt=wi&o=54729&c=LC&p=9x7EuTDV

$1/1 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rkugdvk43978778&bt=wi&o=54404&c=LC&p=muiWltTC

Totino’s Pizza Rolls – 17-19.8 oz. – 2/$6

$1/2 – Totino’s Rolls Snacks, Any – 02-08-09 GM

Freschetta PizzAmore – 12-inch; 23.37-28.1 oz. – 2/$11

$1/1 – Freschetta Pizza Products, Any – 03-01-09 SS

$1.25/2 – Freschetta Pizzas, Any – 02-08-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Freschetta Pizza, Any – 02-08-09 SS

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls – (7-8 oz.) or Omelets (8.6 oz.) – 2/$5

$0.55/1 – Jimmy Dean D-Lights Breakfast Bowl, Any (DND or DNT 5) – 02-22-09 RP

Bob Evans Fresh Pork Roll Sausage- Assorted Varieties, 16 oz.- 2/$6

$0.35/1 – Bob Evans Sausage, Any – 01-25-09 SS

$0.35/1 – IP http://coupons.smartsource.com/web/index.aspx?Link=YV7377HU4WYS2

Johnsonville Breakfast Links or Patties- Assorted Varieties 12 oz. – 2/$5

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Patties, Any – Ladies Home Journal, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links, Any – Ladies Home Journal, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Patties. Any flavor. – Good Housekeeping, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links. Any flavor. – Good Housekeeping, April 2009

Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer – 16 oz. – $1.79

$1.50/1 IP – http://www.coffee-mate.com/getyourcoupon/default.aspx?source=10078462

$1/2 – Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer, Any Liquid or Powder – 01-04-09 SS

$0.50/1 – Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer, Any Liquid or Powder – 01-04-09 SS

$1/1 IP – http://www.coffee-mate.com/coupons.aspx

Country Crock Spread- 15 oz. or 2 ct.; 7.5 oz.- $1.79

$1/2 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

$0.25/1 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

$0.35/1 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

Nabisco Ritz Crackers- (14.5-16.5 oz.), Toasted Chips (6-8.1 oz.) or Garden Harvest Chips (6 oz.)- $2.79

$2/2 – Nabisco Ritz, Wheat Thins or Triscuit Crackers, Any – 01-25-09 SS

Kellogg’s Cereal- Raisin Bran (25.5 oz.), Rice Krispies (18 oz.), Bite Size Frosted Mini-Wheats (24 oz.), Froot Loops or Apple Jacks (17 oz.)- 2/$6

$1/2 – Kellogg’s Cereal, Any 10 Oz. + – 02-22-09 RP

$0.70/1 – Kellogg’s Cereal, Any 10 Oz. + – 02-22-09 RP

$1/1 ip – http://www.coupons.com/

$1/1 ip – http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rktvcun78918453&bt=vi&o=54148&c=KC&p=uU1wzMHO


General Mills Cereal- Wheaties (15.6 oz.), Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat (15.1 oz.) or Cheerios: Oat Cluster Crunch (11.3 oz.), Fruity (12 oz.) or Frosted (17.2 oz.)- 2/$6

$0.75/1 IP – http://www.bettycrocker.com/coupons-promotions/coupons/

Charmin Ultra Bath Tissue- Big Roll (12 ct. pkg.), Mega Roll (6 ct. pkg.) or Regular Roll (24 ct. pkg.)- $6.49

$1/2 – Charmin, Any – 03-01-09 PG

$0.25/1 – Charmin, Any – 03-01-09 PG

Brawny Paper Towels- 6-8 roll pkg. (excludes giant roll)- $6.99

$1.50/1 – Brawny Paper Towels, Any (2) 6-Roll + or (1) 12-Roll – 02-22-09 RP

Kleenex Facial Tissue- Regular, Upright Box, with Lotion or Ultra 3 pack, 100-200 ct.- $3.99

$1/4 – Kleenex Facial Tissue, Any Excluding Pocket Packs & Juniors – 02-08-09 RP

Huggies Mega Pack Diapers- Pull-Ups Training Pants (33-44 ct.), GoodNites (21-27 ct.), Supreme Natural Fit (40-52 ct.) or Snug & Dry (Steps 3-6; 40-60 ct.)- $14.99

$1.50/1 – Huggies Diapers, Any Package – 03-01-09 SS

$3/1 – IP http://print.coupons.com/alink.asp?go=12926ta3310

Kotex Maxi Pads- (14-24 ct.), Tampons (18 ct.) or Lightdays Pantiliners (34-64 ct.)- $2.99

$1/2 – Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$1/2 – Kotex Security Tampons, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Kotex Security Tampons, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$1/1 – Kotex Pads, Any – 02-22-09 SS

Huggies Baby Wipes- 184-216 ct.- $5.99

$1/2 – Huggies Baby Wipes, Any 64 Ct. + – 03-01-09 SS

$0.50/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, Any 64 Ct. + – 03-01-09 SS

Mueller’s Pasta- Elbows or Regular or Thin Spaghetti, 32 oz.- 2/$4

$0.55/2 – Mueller’s Noodles, Any – 03-01-09 SS

Newman’s Own Dressing- 16 oz.- 2/$6

$1/2 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qbvlevt1863600&bt=wi&o=54940&c=NO&p=D0LVal69

$1/2 IP http://newmansown.com/coupons.aspx

Hormel Chili with Beans- (15 oz.) or No Beans (10.5 oz.)- 2/$3

$0.55/2 – Hormel Chili products, 2 – 03-15-09 SS

$1/2 – Hormel Chili Products, Any – 01-18-09 SS

Crystal Light Drink Mix- Makes 8 quarts (1.36-2.1 oz.) or On-the-Go (7-10 ct.) – 2/$5

$1/2 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qabffcq44193244&bt=wi&o=54652&c=CL&p=mi1jGNgh

March 15, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness, grocery shopping | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Frugal Friday – Link Love – Coupons + Sales

This is the coupon and cooking link love edition of Frugal Friday.

My favorite websites for deal searching.

These blogs are my favorites for finding all the best deals, coupon + sale matchups, freebies, and coupons.

Cooking and meal planning makes quite an impact on your budget so I’m also going to share my favorite meal planning and menu blogs.

These sites will give you great information about being frugal.   Enjoy!!

February 27, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness, Frugal Friday, grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment