Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday Savings, 5/8

Monster shopping trip today. After our tradition of breakfast at Chick-fil-a, we went to Target, Publix, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart (in that order).

Target was a disappointment. I went in looking for the 8 oz. version of Gillette body wash, reported on some of my favorite blogs to be less than $2. With the $4/2 coupon from a recent paper, this would have made 2 for free. I was also looking for the budget pack of Venus razors, reported (again on some favorite blogs) to be $4.99. With the $2 off coupon, plus the $5 Target gift card wyb 2 coupon I received in the mail, I was looking at spending $12 oop for 2 body washes and 4 razors. Then I would receive back $10 in Target gift cards. The 8 oz. Gillette does not exist at my Target, apparently, and the only razors I found were not budget friendly. I left Target without spending a thing.

Publix gave me a better experience. Since learning that Publix (at least the one I most like to shop at) accepts Register Rewards and Extra Care Bucks, I've been very eager to try using more of those there. I used a Register Reward there recently with success, so today I had a $5 off $40 CVS coupon and $8 in Register Rewards to try. I didn't take a picture, but here's the rundown:

6 boxes of Ziploc bags -- 2 for $4
Used 3 B1G1 Free coupons from 4/11 SS
Paid: $1 each, or $6 for all 6 boxes!

2 Betty Crocker cake mixes -- 2 for $1.95
AND 2 Betty Crocker frostings -- 2 for $3
Used 2 $.75 wyb both mix and frosting from 3/28 SS (also from 5/2 SS)
Paid: $.86 each, or $3.45 for all 4 items!

1 small carton Egg Beaters -- $1.67
Used $1 coupon from April All You
Paid: $.67!

2 Eight O'Clock coffees -- 2 for $5.09
Used 2 $.75 coupons from April All You
Paid: $1.80 each, or $3.59 for both!

2 Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake cookies -- 2 for $3.09
Used $1/2 from 3/28 SS
Paid: $1.05 each, or $2.09 for both!

2 General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereals -- 2 for $3.59
Used $1/2 coupon from 5/2 SS
Paid: $1.30 each, or $2.59 for both!

4 lb. Boston Butt roast -- $8.68
no coupon

American Express $50 card -- $50, plus $4.95 activation fee
Paid: $54.95
Got back $10 Publix card for free!

BP $50 gas card -- $50
Used $10 coupon from the ad
Paid: $40

Used my $5/$40 CVS coupon, and $8 in Register Rewards.

Total after store sales, but before coupons: $155.31
Total after coupons: $110.04
Total savings: $62.99
Percent savings: 36% (eh, not good)

I love that I spent $110 and received all those groceries PLUS $50 in gas, $50 on American Express gift card, and $10 in Publix gift card. It's like buying those 3 cards, then getting all the grocery stuff for FREE!!


Good visit here, too.

4 Nivea Men's body washes -- $3.99 (not included in the 20% off sale, apparently)
Used 4 $3 coupons from the 5/2 RP (I think?)
Paid: $1 each, or $4 for all 4!
Received: $5 RR

1 Ramen noodles -- $.39
no coupon

Used $2 Register Rewards

Total oop: $3.55
Received back $5!

CVS was another bust. All out of stock of Nivea. That's what I get for waiting until Saturday to shop.

I was a little nervous about this stop after my rough couponing experiences lately. All went well, though.

6 Benadryl anti-itch sticks -- $2.28 each
Used 3 $5/2 coupons from 4/11 RP
FREE! plus slight overage!

Mango nectar -- $.98
no coupon

Agave Nectar -- $3.48

Thanks to the slight overage on the Benadryl, I only paid $3.14 for all this!

Total oop today: $119.87
Total saved: $95.99
Percent savings: 44%

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