Shopping Warriors: My Very Long Shopping Trip

March 29, 2010

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:


Menards

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.


CVS
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.)


Target
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.


Aldi
Jumbo Cooked Shrimp
Grapefruit
Avocados
Large Eggs
Granny Smith Apples
2 Bags of Pretzels
English Muffins
Bananas
Hamburger Buns
Celery
Carrots
Jalapeno Peppers
Oranges
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!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Fischer March 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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 March 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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. :)

Jaycie

3 Regina March 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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 Alison March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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 March 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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!

Jaycie

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