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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%!

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | 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

Meijer Trip

Ahhh…I love having a stocked pantry & freezer.

This is all I bought at Meijers this week:

3 boxes of Kelloggs cereal, on sale 5/$10 – (3) $1/1Q = $1.00 each
11 boxes of Green Giant veggies – on sale 10/$10 + 11th free – (4) $0.50/2Q = $0.73 each
3 jars of Ragu, on sale 4/$5 – (3) $0.30/1Q = $0.95 each

Total regular price – $38.77
Total sale price – $19.75
Less coupons – $5.90
Total OOP – $13.85
Savings – 64%!

April 14, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

Meijer Trip

Today’s Meijer trip was small. I’m fairly well stocked minus meat and there weren’t a lot of super sales.

On sale, with coupon:
Loaf of sourdough – $2.99 – $1 meijer coupon from last trip = $1.99
26 lb Turkey – $44.96 – $15 meijer promo = $29.96
vanilla extract – $2.79 – $0.75/1Q = $2.04
1 johnsonville breakfast links – 2/$4 – $1/1Q = $1
2 uncle bens rice – 3/$5 – (2) $0.75/1Q = $0.92 each

On sale, no coupons:
3 dz. Eggs – $0.88 each
2 dole salad bags – 2/$5

Plus a box of sour cream donuts on the day old rack for $1.53.

Total value – $62.85
Total sale price – $50.25
Less Coupons used – $4.25
Total OOP – $46.00
Savings – 27%

April 7, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

Meijer Trip

As I write this, I am sitting in the van because Lil’ Bit fell asleep and I don’t want to wake her.

I did pretty well at Meijers this week and was even close to budget–after buying some of my sale + coupon extras!

On sale + coupons
2 Cinnamon rolls – 2/$3 – $0.35/1 IP and $0.30/1Q – $1.525 each 🙂
1 Activia yogurt – 2/$4 -$1/1Q – $1
4 hormel compleats – 2/$4 – four $0.75Q – $1.25 each
2 Velveeta (BIG one…a pound?)- $4.49 each – $1/1Q – $3.49
8 rice-a-ronis – 9/$10 – two $1/4Q – $0.86 each

Not on sale but I needed & had a coupon
3 Campbells tomato soups – $0.82 each – $0.40/3Q – $0.72 each
2 light n fluffy egg noodles – $1.79 each – $0.50/2Q – $1.54 each
Marjoram – $3.35 – $1/1Q – $2.35
Basil – $2.89 – $0.25/1Q – $2.64
kings bounty rolls $3.19 – $0.55/1Q – $2.64 (fume…they still had the 2/$4 signs up…I thought I was getting them for $1.45 😦 it’s hard to pay attention with little ones and I always seem to miss something)

On sale , no coupons
6 lbs. Butter – 2/$3
4 Hunts tomato paste – 4/$5
2 hot Italian sausage – 2/$5
6 Krusteaz waffle mix – 3/$5
3 dole salads – 3/$5
Clearance Vienna bread – $1.13 (for bread pudding or French toast)

Not on Sale, no coupons
Bananas – $0.59/lb.
Coke – $0.99
Pepperoni – $1.89
eggs (2 dzn) – $2.89

Total value – $110.76
Total sale price – $99.41
Less coupns – $11.35
Total OOP – $77.61
Savings – 23%

Not quite as impressive as my receipt would indicate…I impulse-bought a sweater for DD for church and it was on sale from $12.99 to $4.99. And I was prepared to pay full price…in fact I was contemplating returning it but for $5, I’ll keep it!

March 31, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

Meijer’s Trip

Today I stocked up on some stuff on which I NEVER find coupons and needed some household stuff as well.   For a change, I brought all my coupons in and got to use three of them that I hadn’t planned on.

I bought:

ON SALE:

12 Minute Maid oj turds – 3/$5 = 1.67 each

6 Kraft Cheeses – 1/2 off ($1.69 each) – ONE $1/2 Q (wish I had picked up more!) – 4 at $1.69 and 2 at $1.19 🙂

2 Jay’s Potato Chips – $2.89 each

CLEARANCE w/coupon

2 Trident Gum 3pks – $1.18 – $1/1Q = $0.18 each!!!   Yeehaw!

No Sale, No coupons, just needed

Country Crock Margarine – $1.49

Sour Cream – $1.49

Flour – 5lbs. – $2.39

Edge Shave Gel – $2.37

65w lightbulb (recessed light) – $5.59!!

Dawn (big one!) – $1.90 on clearance

TREAT – $0.99 – Fountain Coke–YUM!!

Total Value – $81.46

Total Sale Price – $57.15

Less Coupons – $3.00

Total OOP – $54.15

Savings – 33%

March 24, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , , | 1 Comment