Shopping Warriors: My Very Long Shopping Trip

My hubby agreed to watch the kids so I could get in a lot of shopping yesterday. When he asked me where I was going, I said, “Everywhere!” There were quite a few deals to be snagged at several stores and since I had been sick for over two weeks, I wasn’t able to do a lot of other shopping this month. I haven’t posted one of these in awhile but I probably won’t get back to doing this weekly as they take for-ev-er to type up and I don’t always get pictures of my trips. Here’s what this trip looked like though:


Pack of Sweet Basil seeds
Pack of Shasta Daisy seeds
2 ct Crayola Poster Markers
36 Cell Greenhouse Kit
Canvas Drop Cloth for Painting (not pictured)
20lbs of Bird Seed
Chicago Tribune (full of coupons!!)
5 bags of Brach’s Jelly Beans
Perfect Mop
Wide Angle Broom (Both of those free after rebate!)
4 gallons of Deck Wash
1 Bag of Gummi Bears

Total out-of-pocket = $45.35 after tax. I have $31.50 in merchandise credits coming back to me from rebates. I have to do some painting in our kitchen so it was nice to get some supplies on a good deal.

Walgreens – (not pictured)
Dove Shampoo/Conditioner $4
*Used $1.50 off coupon from 3/28/10 Red Plum Insert
Total out-of-pocket = $2.78 and  I earned $4 in Register Rewards.

2 Packs of Huggies Pull-ups
4 cans of Lindsay Olives
Total Out-of-Pocket: $10.70 and I earned $5 in ECBs. (I used 2 – $3 off Huggies coupons and $4 in ECBs from a prior order and a $2/$10 baby purchase coupon I got from the CVS Coupon Machine.)

Ore-Ida Fries Varieties – 3 bags @ $2.50 each
Total Out-of-Pocket: $2.68. (I got one bag free and I used 2 coupons)

Dominick’s (only 6 of the 10 are pictured here)
5- 12 Packs of Pepsi Products $9.98
Total out-of-pocket: $9.67. (I found a $1/2 Peelie on the Sierra Mist)

I did this transaction twice as they said there wasn’t a limit. I wasn’t sure as the ad didn’t state a limit, but when in doubt: Ask!
Final Total: $19.34.

Jumbo Cooked Shrimp
Large Eggs
Granny Smith Apples
2 Bags of Pretzels
English Muffins
Hamburger Buns
Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
2 Gallons of Milk
5lb. Bag of Flour
1 Orchid (a present for my MIL for Easter)
Total out-of-pocket: $32.45

Check out the beautiful orchid: (It was on clearance for $5.99 and is going to make a nice gift!)

Local Grocery Store
6.6 lbs of Hamburger
2 Package of Kraft Cheese Singles
2 Containers of Strawberries
2 Containers of Cool Whip (both free w/ strawberry purchase!)
2 Packages of Oscar Mayer Bacon
1 Package of Healthy Ones Lunch Meat
1 Package of Organic Basil Leaves

Total out-of-pocket: $24.53. (I used 2 – $1.50 off OM Bacon coupons stacked with $1/2 off store coupon on OM Bacon, store coupon for $1/2 Kraft Cheese Slices and 2- $1 off Strawberries w/ Cool whip purchase coupons)

What was my grand total for the trip? $137.83. I also earned $31.50 in rebates for Menards, $4 in Register Rewards for Walgreens and $5 in ECBs for CVS. Not too bad of a deal for groceries, household items, diapers, a gift, coupons and some hardware and gardening items. Not to mention, we are stocked up on pop for a very, very long time! That’s such a relief. I always worry about running out and I refuse to pay full-price! I tease my hubby that if he lets that happen, he’ll just have to drink water! :) (I’m not much of a pop drinker so it wouldn’t bother me!)

Now I don’t pay full price but here’s what my “savings” totals were for the stores if I didn’t use coupons and shop sales: $154.21. Pretty crazy, isn’t it?

Were you able to find any deals for this week yet? Feel free to share a linky to your posting and not your homepage. Thanks!

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  1. Lisa Fischer says

    I am the same way with pop….get it as cheap as I can & then STOCK up. However, it is mainly my husband that drinks it & yesterday he told me NOT to buy it for him anymore…he’s gonna try to break that habit! Yeah!!

  2. coupongeek says

    You are so lucky to possibly be cutting that expense! My hubby gave up pop for Lent so it stretched ours farther. I think he misses his caffeine too much, though. :)


  3. Regina says

    I wish I had that many stores that were close together so I could shop like that. That is awesome how much you saved!

  4. says

    It sounds like we had the same weekend. I went to Giant, Harris Teeter (can’t miss the triples), and Safeway. I got lots of good deals but I felt like I spent a ton but then I looked at the savings and thought $77 isn’t bad when the savings were over $200. My husbands habit is Ocean Spray Cran Grape which I stocked up last year at Target…. he just made fun of me tonight and I made him count. We were down to 13 left!!! I hope that we get some good deals on that going forward since I bought like 50 of them under $1. Thanks for all the great deals. I was hoping to make it to target for that deal because it sounds like a great stock up price! Thanks for the reminder.

  5. coupongeek says

    I know. I just cringed when I totaled everything. But I saved a bunch by not shopping much when I was sick so I suppose it all equals out eventually. But I don’t mind the end cost of my bill as long as I got a lot of necessities, just like you said. I think my grocery bill is going to need to be a little higher as both my kids are eating a lot now and I am allowing myself to spend more on fresh fruit and veggies.

    I’ll keep my eye out for deals on the Ocean Spray Cran Grape now. :)

    Thank you for sharing your savings trips, Alison! I love hearing how others did with their trips, too!


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