Thursday, June 23, 2011

Harris Teeter Super Doubles, Trip #2

Wow! I'm feeling pretty wore out from trying to work and keep up with all these great deals! Seems like I am always wore out on the week of a Super Doubles or Triples event!

As usual, on day 2 a lot of the free items are gone! The key to success is to make sure you find other deals to take the place of those! Lots of empty shelves but they should restock tonight!

Here is my trip from Day 2 of Harris Teeter Super Doubles for the week of 6/22:

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Here is the breakdown:

2 Reynolds Foil - $3.99 BOGO
- (2) $1/1 from 5/15 SS = FREE
4 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - $2.50 BOGO
- (2) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
2 Kraft Dressings - $2.99 BOGO
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.49 each
2 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats - $3.99 BOGO
- $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
1 Clorox 2 Stain Fighter Pen - $2.99
- $1.50 Printable = FREE
3 Hungry Jack Syrup - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
2 Resolve In Wash Stain Remover (22 oz.) - $4.29 BOGO
- (2) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = $.14 each
1 MILKA Milk Chocolate Bar - $1.99
- $1/1 Printable = FREE
1 HT Trader Croutons - $1.79
- Buy 2 Kraft Dressings get Croutons free promotion = FREE
1 Snuggle Dryer Sheets (80 ct.) - $2.99
- $1/1 Printable = $.99
3 Philadelphia Cooking Creme - $2.00 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = FREE
3 Johnsonville Chicken Sausage - $2.99
- (3) $1/1 from 6/19 SS = $.99 each

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.68
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.42

Total for all = $51.95
- coupons savings of $41.66
Out of Pocket = $10.92

That's a savings of 80%! Kewl!!!

I am looking forward to some more stocked shelves tomorrow, hopefully! 

Have a great day everyone!

Jessica's Trip To Harris Teeter - Day 1

OK, I know some may say that there is a limit of one card per household but Jessica is a college student, staying with us and has her own job and buys her own things. I don't see why she can't have a card and help out also!

Anyways, Jess went to Harris Teeter tonight and this is what she came home with. I did help her out a lot but she paid for it all! :-)

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Here is the breakdown:

6 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - $1.25 each
- (3) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners - $$1.50 each
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.50 each
2 Miracle Whip - $4.95 for 2
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $1.48 each
2 Kraft Salad Dressings - $1.50 each
- $1/2 from 6/12 SS = $.50 each
1 Soft Scrub Total Cleanser - $3.99
- $1.50/1 Internet Printable = $.99
1 Soft Scrub with Bleach - $3.79
FREE Soft Scrub Cream Cleanser or Gel wyb Soft Scrub Total or Bleach Clean Product from 6/12 RP = FREE
1 Skinny Cow Clusters (6 pk.) - $2.99
- $1/1 from June All You! magazine = $.99
4 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats - $1.99 each
- (2) $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
1 Hungry Jack Butter Syrup - $1.99 each
- $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
2 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix - $1.49 each
- (2) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
1 MILKA Milk Chocolate Bar - $1.99
- $1/1 Printable = FREE
1 Cutter Skinsations Pocket Size - $2.99
- $1.50/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
1 HT Trader Croutons - $1.79
- Buy 2 Kraft Dressings get Croutons free promotion = FREE
6 Kotex Panti-Liners - $1.45 each
- (3) $1.50/2 from 5/15 SS = FREE
2 Bailey's Coffee Creamers - $2.19 each
- (2) $1/1 Printable = $.19 each

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.1.26
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.49

Total for all = $63.75
- coupons savings of $51.76
Out of Pocket = $11.99

I'll make Jessica into a Coupon Queen yet! :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Harris Teeter Super Doubles, Trip #1

Yee Haw! My favorite grocery store around here is having Super Double Coupons this week! That means they will double up to $1.98! Should make for some really great deals!


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3 Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from  5/15 SS = FREE
2 Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce (18 oz.) - $1.25 each
- (1) $1/2 from 5/22 SS = $.25 each
3 Bounty Napkins - $1.99 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 P&G = FREE
4 Kellogg's Mini Wheats (Assorted Varieties) - $1.99 each
- (2) $1/2 from 5/15 RP = $.99 each
3 Hungry Jack Complete Pancake Mix (32 oz.) - $1.68 each
- (3) $1/1 from 5/22 RP = FREE
3 Cutter Insect Repellent (Pocket Size) - $2.99 each
- (3) $1.50/1 = FREE
3 Philadelphia Cooking Creme - $2 each
- (3) $1/1 from 6/5 SS = FREE
2 International Delight Coffee Creamers - $1.87 each
- $1/2 found laying around dairy case! = $.87 each
3 Jacksonville Chicken Sausage - $2.99 each
- (3) $2 Reduced savings because they go out of date tomorrow
- (3) $1/1 from 6/19 SS (gave ate end of order so it would save me more doubles!) = FREE
4 Pkgs. of Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops on sale for $2.97 a lb. - $20.94
($5.67, $5.05, $5.26, and $4.96)
- (1) $10/$50 Harris Teeter Coupon from Recyclebank = $10.94

7.75% NC Sales Tax = $.81
2% NC Sales Tax (Food) = $.62

Total for all = $77.52
- coupons savings of $59.97
Out of Pocket = $17.55

Now that is one cool deal! I'm looking forward to doing some more super doubles later! I am glad there is a limit of 20 coupons double per day so that I can be sure that there might still be some more left tomorrow! :-)

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wal-Mart Trip, 6/21/11

OK, I don't go to Wal-Mart everyday. I really don't like to! Today I was going there anyway to look for the new edition of All You! magazine and to get a bottle of STP fuel treatment for when I gassed up. So, I took advantage of a couple of coupon deals. Here they are:

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The All You! magazine was $1.88 on Rollback
The Dial lotion was $1.97 - $2 coupon from 6/12 RP ($.03 moneymaker!)
The Zyrtec 5 ct. was $5.27 and I used a $5 Internet printable so the two were $.54
The Advil Pocket Packs were $1.84 each and I used a $4/2 from 5/22 SS ($.32 moneymaker!)
Not pictured is the Gas Treatment I bought that was $1.42. 

I paid $5 for all of this after coupons and tax! I think that was a pretty good deal! 

Have a great day everyone! 

Another Rite Aid Trip, 6-21-11

I made another trip to Rite Aid today, just to get a couple more of the Zantac that they have on sale. Here is what I got:

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The Zantac (24 ct.) is normally $9.99 but it is on sale for $7.99 with a $2 +UP reward when you purchase (Limit of 4). I purchased one on Sunday with a $5 manufacturer's coupon and a $2 Rite Aid coupon so it was like a moneymaker for me! Today I just had the 2 $5 coupons but I used a $3 off $15 survey reward from Rite Aid. The popcorn is some coupons I am trying to use up before they expire on 6/30. It's $.69 with a $.50 coupon, so only $.19 a piece. The Stride Gum was an impulse buy because I had figured the tax in with my $5 +UP I was using to make my purchase. I needed to purchase another $.74 to use it. It was 2 for $2 with a $1 +UP reward. 

Anyways, to make a long story short, this deal cost me $5 +UP and $2.48 OOP and I got back another $5 +UP. Basically, $2.48 out of pocket for all this! That is not a bad deal at all!

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rite Aid Trip 6/19/11

Here is my trip to Rite Aid for 6/19. I took a departure from the norm so that I could stock up on some Pantene shampoo! Trina said that was all we needed to stock up on now was shampoo.

Rite Aid has a deal this week where if you buy $25 of P&G products (certain ones) then you will get a $5 +UP reward also. I decided to do the Pantene items!

Here is my results:

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I pondered the best way to do this and finally came up with a two-transaction scenario. Here is what I did:

TRANSACTION #1
2 St. Joseph's Aspirin - $3
1 Zantac Maximum Strength 24 count - $7.99
- $5/1 Internet Printable
- $2/1 RiteAid Video Value coupon
1 Cortaid 2 oz. - $4.99
- $3/1 from 5-15 RP
2 Stride Gum - $2
- $.50/1 RiteAid Video Value coupon
2 Amp Energy Drink - $3.30 (Not pictured because Julia and Joseph sucked them down!)
- $1.65 RiteAid BOGO Video Value Coupon 
- $3/$15 Survey Reward
Total = $8.22 (including tax) 
Get back $7 +UP rewards ($1.50, $1.50, $2, $1, $1)

TRANSACTION #3
8 Pantene Shampoo (2 in 1) - $29.92
- (4) $3/2 Pantene products from 6-19 SS
1 Necklace and Earring set for Julia - $4.99
4 Jiffy Pop Butter Lover's Singles - $2.76
- (4) $.50/1 Jiffy Pop from 5-1 SS
- $3/$15 Survey Reward
- $7 +UP from transaction #1
Total = $15.98 (including tax)
Got back $5 +UP for next week! 

Taking in to consideration that there was a $5.37 addition I had not figured (Julia found a nice little necklace and earring set) then my total would have been $10.61 for all of it! 

So, the grand totals are $62.70 (including tax) for $24.20 OOP and I still have $5 +UP for next week! You could say it was a pretty good deal! Not the greatest I've ever done but I did manage to stock up on shampoo and I got me some more 81mg Aspirin and the Zantac was a sweet deal. Take away the Amp energy drinks and the necklace set (unplanned purchases) and it would have been more like $54 for $18 or a 66% savings! 

That just about wraps up this week because I am not doing Walgreen's. They don't seem to have much of a sale this week. I did go buy a Gillette Fusion ProGlide for $.89 but that was something that has become a norm! :-)

Have a great week everyone! 

CVS Trip - 6/19/11

Today was a laid-back day! I got up early and went to get some newspapers for my coupons. I then came home and crashed until 11:00. I didn't actually make it to CVS until 3:30 this afternoon! I was surprised to find most of what I wanted still in stock!

Here is my deal for this week:


Although this is a small amount, I did 4 transactions in order to make the most of my ECBs. I am starting with $6 ECB from last week. Here's the breakdown:

TRANSACTION #1
I bag of Hershey's Bliss - $5.99
- $1/1 from 5-1 SS
1 CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine - $.99
Total = $5.98 and paid with $6ECB ($.52 Out of Pocket after sales tax!)
Get back $5.99 ECB

TRANSACTION #2
2 Pantene Shampoo (2 in 1)
- $3/2 from 6-19 SS
1 L.A. Looks Hair Gel
- $1/1 from 5-15 SS
Total = $5.96 and paid with $5.99ECB ($.74 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $4ECB ($2 from Pantene and $2 from L.A. Looks)

TRANSACTION #3
5 bottles of Powerade - $5
- $1/5 Internet Printable
Total = $4 and paid with $4ECB ($.39 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $2ECB

TRANSACTION #4
1 Irish Spring Deodorant
- $1/1 Peelie
Total = $1.99 and paid with $2ECB ($.22 OOP after sales tax!)
Get back $2ECB

All total that is $26.86 (including sales tax) for $4ECB + $1.87 OOP. Not bad at all!

Feel free to share your savings in the comments, if you'd like! :-)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick Trip to HT on 6/18

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted anything because life has been pretty hectic lately! I'm still saving as much as I can but I haven't taken the time to post it because I have been very busy.

Tonight, I wanted to take advantage of some deals at Harris Teeter so I came home from work and made a quick trip of it! Here is what I got:

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This is just my way of showing that you can save on stuff besides toiletries! :-)

So, for all of this I only paid $13.03! That's not bad at all! Here's the breakdown (quickly):

2 Gals. of milk - $5.94 (2 x $2.97) - $1 each for buying cookies = $3.94
2 Chips Ahoy - $4.98 (2 x $2.49) - (2) $1 off when you buy cookies and milk = $2.98
2 Planters Nutrition Bars - $5.00 - (2) $.75 coupons = $2
2 Ritz Crackerfuls - $3.99 BOGO - (2) $.75 coupons = $.99
1 Domino 5# Sugar - $2.99 - $.50 coupon = $1.99
3 Kellogg's Corn Pops - $1.64 ($3.29 BOGO) - (3) $.70 coupons = $.73
Sales tax = $.40

So, I managed to get 3 boxes of cereal, 2 gals. of milk, 5# of sugar, 2 bags of Chips Ahoy, 2 boxes of Crackerfuls and 2 boxes of Planters Nutrition Bars for only $13.03! That's 12 items for a total of about $1.08 each! I think I did pretty good! 

Now it's time for some cookies and milk! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone! 


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Morning Savings, 6-5!

Hey everyone. I just wanted to share my savings from my trips this morning. They could have been a little better but I still think I did pretty good. I was just too tired to do 3 more transactions at the Walgreen's so I ended up spending about $6 more than I wanted too! :-)

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This is a combination of my trips to Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid and a quick trip to Harris Teeter on the way home! There is a little food stuff in here! :-)

At Walgreens I bought the following:

6 Nivea for Men Body Wash
3 Gillette Body Wash
2 Gillette Deodorant
2 Bic Hybrid Advance Razor Systems
1 Gillette ProGlide Fusion Razor
4 Butterball Chicken Broth (fillers)
1 Morton Salt (filler)
1 Baking Soda (filler)

At CVS I bought the following:

2 Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrushes
4 Colgate Toothpastes
2 Crest Pro-Health Mouth Rinse

At Rite-Aid I bought the following:

2 Crest Toothpaste
4 Oral-B CrossAction Power Toothbrushes
1 JiffyPop Blast O Butter Popcorn

At Harris Teeter I bought the following:

3 Colgate Toothpastes
3 Kraft BBQ Sauce
1 Franks Red Hot Sauce

All of this would have cost me $202.58 before coupons. After coupons (and RR, ECB, and +UP rewards) I ended up paying a total of $30.48. That's a savings of $172.10 or 85%! I still have $23 RR, $7.50 ECB and $2.99 +UP left! 

So, what do you think? Did I do good? 

I'm sorry I am not posting the scenarios but I am just very tired right now! I really need to just relax a little! 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Ken

Friday, June 3, 2011

For Sissy & Kim, And Anyone Else Who's Interested

This is a public message to my sister and sis-in-law. It's just a few suggestions and such. I thought of writing a letter to them but decided it would be better to write as a blog post so that others could have this info also.

I just wanted to write and give you guys some advice on how to get started using coupons. Kim, I see you saved over $53 yesterday so you have made an initial start and that is great. Sissy, you have one advantage in that Robert has done this before so he should be able to help you out some!

My first advice to you is to make sure that you get a Sunday paper this weekend. There is always 3 inserts in the paper on the first Sunday of the month. There should be a Smart Source, Red Plum and a Proctor & Gamble. You want to make sure you get this so you can get started off good.

Some people have a rule of buying a Sunday paper for every adult in the household, or every person who would be considered an adult, such as a 13 year old who eats well and needs personal care items also! You will have to make your own decisions about how many papers to buy. I myself try to get at least 5 or 6 per week but this weekend I will probably try to get about 10! Remember, I have 4 adults in my household and if you figure Joseph likes getting stuff then that would be 5! I'm just doubling it for the P&G insert.

When you are going through your coupons please be sure to not throw any of them away! I know you may be brand loyal to some items but if you could get a similar brand for FREE or next to nothing wouldn't you want to try it? Also, don't think that you would never use it  and throw it away. I thought I would never use most of the P&G coupons because it is always so high! I always threw them away. Since I started doing this seriously I have found that I used most ALL of the coupons from that insert. For example, I would have never thought of using the Fusion ProGlide razor but I have been able to get them at Walgreens all month for basically $.89! It's just a razor with 2 blades but for $.89 that is super great!

I would suggest saving all the coupons that you think you won't use and putting them to the side. Find a place to put them such as an accordion type of binder or maybe a place in your filing cabinet. I had some coupons from 5/1 that I didn't think I would use but I used them this past week to get some great deals. I'm glad I saved them.

Be sure to buy the paper for the largest city around you. For instance, Sissy would try to buy the Dallas newspaper if it is available. The reason for this is because they will have the most coupons! Where I live the New Bern Sun Journal has inserts but the Raleigh News & Observer has more coupons! I will buy one of each, compare and then decide which one I want to buy the most of!

Be careful when printing out Internet coupons. They are great and I use them quite often also but you do need to use a little wisdom when doing so. A lot of times the coupons that you see online will also be in your Sunday inserts. Also, make sure it is something that you will use or that your store carries. You may save a lot of money but you will also have to buy ink which costs a bit!

Use some match-up sites to help you get the most out of your coupons! I have several that I have bookmarked and check quite frequently. One of my favorite sites for Walgreens and CVS is Southern Savers and just recently I discovered Amit19's Deals World. I like Amit19's site because he has previews up to almost 2 weeks in advance. You can do a search for your local store and someone who does price matches by just typing in that stores info into the Google search engine. For example, "Brookshire's match-ups" or "Kroger match-ups".

You can get a preview of Sunday's coupon inserts by checking out this site, Sunday Coupon Previews. There are a lot of sites that show these but this one is pretty cool. Be aware that some coupons are regional so they may not be in your paper but it will give you a general idea. Also, depending on your region, you may get a $1 off Heniz ketchup while I may get a $.75 off. I'm not sure how it works but it will depend on how many stores in your area double and triple or not. If there are a lot of stores that double then you will most likely get the $.50 instead of a $1, or something like that!

Dont' be discouraged if you don't save that much the first couple of weeks. You have to get a stockpile of coupons together before you can do the HUGE savings. It took me a couple of weeks before I started to see my "stockpile" grow.

I still have so much to share with you guys but I have to get ready for work now. If you have any questions, please message me on Facebook or email me. I'd be glad to help in any way I can!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Quick Trip 6/2

I just wanted to stop in and share my savings for today. I just woke up and grabbed my coupons and did a quick trip to Harris Teeter and Rite-Aid. For those who are just starting out, I wanted to show you that just because you spent over $7 doesn't mean you didn't do well!

Here's my deal:

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Here's a quick rundown:

Raisin Bran - $2.09 - .70 Printable = .69
Ragu - 1.39 each - $1.25/3 - = .97 each
Sunsweet Prunes (yep!) $1.50 - .75 q = FREE
Twizzlers - $1 each - $1/2 Rite-Aid q - .50 each
Raspberries - $1.99 - $1 q = .99
Franks Hot Sauce - .72 - .50 q = FREE
Reese's - 2/$1 - .50/2 Rite-Aid q = .25 each
Blast O' Butter - .50 each - .50 coupon = FREE
Starburst - .50 - .25 Rite-Aid q = .25
Zone Bars - $1.25 each - .55 q = .15 each

That's a total of 20 items for $7.63 or .38 each (cheap even figuring it that way)

Total without coupons would have been $31.21 so my savings was $23.58 or 75%

Not bad for being half asleep! Now it's time for a cup of coffee! :-)