Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meijer & Kroger Shopping Trips! See what I got FREE!

I know that I normally do not share too many of my shopping trips, but this week I just wanted to share! The picture above is my Meijer trip so here's how it went...

I spent: $27.59 for 56 items (all 4 transactions together, includes tax)
I saved: $73.72 (this includes all savings)

I split this up into 4 separate transactions to get the most bang out of my bucks!

Transaction #1
Purchased (5) Crystal Light @ $2 ea.
Purchased (2) Coffeemate creamer sticks for $.99 ea.
Used (2) $.50 off coupons for the creamer (doubled to $1 off) = Free
Paid with a $2 catalina coupon from a transaction last week.
Paid = $8.65, but got back a $4 oyno catalina coupon for purchasing the Crystal light

Transaction #2
Bought (5) boxes of Betty Crocker fruit snacks @ 3/$5
Used (2) $.50/2 MQs
Paid with $4 catalina from transaction #1
Paid = $2.35, but got back a catalina coupon for $3.50 oyno!

Transaction #3
Bought (5) boxes of Fiber One bars @ $1.99 ea.
Used (5) $.50 off coupons
Paid with $3.50 catalina coupon from transaction #2
Paid = $2.95, and got back a catalina coupon for $3.50 oyno

Transaction #4
Everything else pictured above- too much to write it all out. Some highlights- Free bagel bites, almost free juice, Easy Mac was $1 ea. and there was a tear pad coupon for $1/5 near the product on the shelf, Free chex mix, Free green giant steamers, and more.
Final price after coupons & catalina coupon from transaction #4 was $13.65!

You can see all of the coupon match-ups for Meijer Here!

I think that I did pretty well at Kroger too! Everything to the left side of the picture was FREE!

I did 2 Transaction at Kroger.
I spent : $16.94 for 72 items!
I saved: $100.66 (total savings)
That's 87% savings!
Here are some highlights from Transaction #1
Kroger is having a March to Savings event. Purchase any 8 participating products, get $4 off instantly. I did this deal for a total of 5 times, so I got $20 off my order.
I will start by listing the March to Savings deals...

*Scotch brite sponges $.50 after discount
Used $1/2 MQ from 3/7 SS = FREE

*Lady speed stick free after sale & coupon

*Scotch mini lint rollers $1 after discount
Used $1 MQs from 1/24SS = FREE

*Whisker lickins cat treats $.49 after discount
Used $1/2 MQs from 2/7 RP
Final price = FREE

*Pop tarts $2.19 after discount
Used $1/2 coupon
Final price = $3.38 for both

*Oscar Mayer Hot dogs $1.49 ea. after discount
Final price = $3, but I got back a catalina coupon for $2 oyno for buying 2!

*Birds eye veggies $1.68 ea. after discount
Used $.35 off coupon
Final price = $.98 ea.

*Planters peanuts $1.99 ea. after discount
Used $1.50 printable coupon from becoming a fan on Facebook Here
Final price = $.49 ea.

Other Freebies, not included in the March to Savings event...

*Reach dental floss $1 ea.
Used $1 MQ from 3/7 RP
Final price = FREE

*Kiwi shoe strings $1 ea. (regular price)
Used $1 MQ
Final price = FREE

*Snickers candy bars 2/$1
Used $1/2 coupons = FREE

*Reese's dark chocolate cups $.79 ea.
Used $.50 MQ (doubled) = FREE

*Johnson's buddies soaps $.99 ea. (regular price)
Used $1 MQ from 3/7 RP
Final price = FREE

Oh and I also got (2) Oscar Mayer Bacon's on sale for $2.77 ea.
Used (2) $1.50 printable coupons (no longer available)
Final price = $2.54 total, and I got back a $1 catalina coupon!

To see all of the Kroger deals & coupons go HERE!

Transaction #2 Purchased the baby toy pictured. It was on clearance for $3.I paid with the $3 catalina coupons that I earned in transaction #1,So I paid $.20 (tax) for the baby toy! I have a baby shower to attend soon, so I thought that this would be great as a gift basket filler, or as the base in a diaper cake.

Spent:$.20 for tax
Saved: $3, 100%savings

So for both of my grocery shopping trips combined:
I spent: $44.73 for 128 items! Not too bad!

Why do I share my shopping trips? Two main reasons & It's not to brag or boast!

#1 - I like to share so that you too can run out to the store to take advantage of the same deals that I was able to snag!

#2 - To show the non-couponers that using coupons is worth it. It might take a little extra time to coupon, but it is so worth it!

And the best part is that a lot of things that I purchased that were Free will be donated to help others out, to be used as gifts (the toy) and the candy will be great for the Easter baskets that need to be filled, and the goodies for my son's upcoming birthday party (peanuts, chex mix, fruit snacks for goody bags- ect) Couponing and being a better Steward feels great!

Please note:

I was disappointed because my local Kroger store didn't carry the Ronzoni smart taste pasta. But if you Enter the Ronzoni Taste challenge
HERE, at the end, you'll be able to print a coupon for $.75 off Ronzoni, to get it Free at Kroger after March to Savings sale, if your store carries it!

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