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Shopping Trip, May 19th: Paid to Buy Hand Lotion, Free Eggs & More

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Tonight I got $24.31 worth of groceries for $3.40 out of pocket and $3.43 on a gift card:

Shopping Trip, May 19th

As you may have noticed from this week’s posts, I’m a lot more mobile than I have been for a long time. Going to Portland and running all over the place would have been a near impossibility even a month ago. My knees have been improving in leaps and bounds – well, not LITERAL leaps, but you know what I mean! I feel a lot more “Normal” than I have ever since this happened. I’m overjoyed to be able to function more normally! So what better way to celebrate than to do multiple transactions at my local grocery stores? ;)

I needed to pick up a few things at the store today, and when I stopped by bloggy buddy and Just4U attendee Frugal Living NW‘s site, I noticed a couple of great catalina deals happening at Safeway and Rite Aid, so I added those scenarios to my list as well. First stop, Rite Aid -

Transaction #1:

Jergens Hand Lotion

Total spent: $1.18, and received $3 back in UP+ rewards
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Got:

2 travel-size bottles of Jergens hand lotion – these were on sale for “Buy one, get one half off”, so one bottle was .79 cents and the other was .39 cents. Rite Aid was running a promotion where you would receive a $3 UP+ reward (Rite Aid’s version of a catalina coupon) when you bought ANY two Jergens lotions. So, I paid $1.18 and received $3 back to spend on anything in the store; hence, I was “Paid” to buy them!

Transaction #2:

Simply Facial Tissue

Total spent: .52 cents
Total before coupons: $3.52
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Got:

4 boxes of tissue – regularly .88 cents each, used my $3 UP+ reward from the previous transaction to make the final cost for all 4 boxes .52 cents. I wanted to use my UP+ reward to stock up on something that would not only cost me little out of pocket, but be the best overall value. Prices on certain household items are higher at Rite Aid than other local stores, so I picked up this tissue because it had a good shelf price, was a great deal after the UP+ reward, and will save me money in the future as it is something we need/will use.

Transaction #3:

Jergens Hand Lotion

Total spent: $1.18, and received $3 back in UP+ rewards
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Got:

2 travel-size bottles of Jergens hand lotion – you’re allowed a limit of 2 identical UP+ transactions, so I bought two more lotions for $1.18 and received a $3 UP+ reward back.

Transaction #4:

Simply Facial Tissue

Total spent: .52 cents
Total before coupons: $3.52
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Got:

4 boxes of tissue – regularly .88 cents each, used my $3 UP+ reward from the previous transaction to make the final cost for all 4 boxes .52 cents.

Next, I headed over to Safeway.

Transaction #1:

Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat

Total spent: Nothing out of pocket, put $2.95 on the gift card I received for attending the Safeway Just4U event. I then received a $4 catalina back.
Total before coupons: $4.95
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Got:

5 packages of Oscar Mayer lunch meat – price: .99 cents each, and I had a $2.00 credit that was automatically deducted at the register because of the Just4U milk promo not coming off. (Just FYI, the credit didn’t show up in my account, it just came off automatically when I entered my club card info at checkout.) My final total was then $2.95, and I received a $4.00 catalina back.

Transaction #2:

Just4U Free Eggs & More!

Total spent: Nothing out of pocket, put .48 cents on the gift card I received for attending the Safeway Just4U event.
Total before coupons: $9.96
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Got:

1 dozen eggs – regularly $1.49, received them free through a Just4U offer. This offer is available to all new customers who register for Just4U.

1 can of Pam spray – regularly $3.99, used one free coupon that I received through a blog panel that I am signed up with through Contest Corner.

4 lb bag of sugar – regularly $2.89

1 bag of black beans – regularly $1.59

I then used the $4.00 catalina from my previous transaction to bring the final total down to .48 cents. As an aside, when I talk about these multiple transactions, I am literally walking out of the store, putting my bags in the car, then heading back into the store for round #2 (Or #3, or #4…). I think sometimes people have a mental image of me clogging up the line for hours with a bazillion transactions, but I assure you that’s not the case. ;)

Shopping Trip, January 8th

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Since I’m leaving for England on Tuesday, I wanted to use up some good coupons that were going to expire during my trip and also pick up some supplies that I will need while traveling. First stop, Rite Aid:

Rite Aid - January 8th 2011

Total spent: $15.92
Total before coupons & discounts: $23.47
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Got:

1 Almay eyeliner pencil – the Maybelline eyeliner I ordered from Soap.com isn’t bad, but it doesn’t wear well on the upper lid – so I bought my usual brand and will alternate between them! Regularly $7.49, and I used a coupon for 10% off my Rite Aid purchase that I earned last time I was in the store. Final price: $6.74
1 bag of Gardettos – I broke the cardinal rule and shopped while hungry! ;) Regularly $2.99, paid $2.69 after my 10% discount.
1 pair of slippers – Regularly $12.99, these were marked down on clearance to $6.49 (10% did not apply to sale items). I’m going to need a warm pair of slippers while I’m in England, so this should do the trick!

Next stop, Safeway:

Safeway - January 8th, 2011

Total spent: $17.61
Total before coupons: $57.58
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Got:

2-liter of Mountain Breeze soda – last time I was in Safeway, I received a catalina for a free 2-liter of Safeway soda, up to .69 cents. The soda was actually priced at .99 cents plus .05 cents deposit, so I paid a total of .35 cents for it.
1/2 gallon of half & half – price: $3.79
1 package of Dramamine – for the flight! Price: $4.59
1 bottle of Extra Strength Excedrin – regularly $3.99, and I used one free coupon that I received through one of Excedrin’s many recent offers – final price: Free!
2 bottles of Excedrin Migraine – regularly $4.29 each, used two free coupons. Final price: Free!
2 packages of Stayfree – regularly $2.99 each, used one “Buy One, Get One Free” printable coupon – the coupon deducted the full amount of $3.49, so I received .50 cents overage. Final price: $2.49 for both.
1 box of Garnier Herbashine haircolor – regularly $3.24, used one free coupon from a recent offer – final price: Free!
1 bottle of Alba shave gel – I bought this to take with me on my trip, because I need a non-aerosol bottle to pack in my suitcase and this is one of the few brands that I know I can use without an allergic reaction. Price: $6.39 (Ouch!)
2 bags of Tyson Any’Tizers (BBQ Wings & Chicken Fries) – normally $9.99 each, used two free coupons. Final price: Free! Tyson sent me these free coupons because we have a fun giveaway for Super Coupon Girl readers in the works. :)

Shopping Trip, July 28th: How I Got Paid to Fill a Prescription & Bought $51.88 Worth of Groceries For $7.09

Friday, July 30th, 2010

On Wednesday, I headed to Rite Aid & Safeway to pick up some groceries and refill a prescription. I refilled my prescription for $7.69, and subsequently made a gift card profit that I used to buy $51.88 worth of groceries for $7.09:

Shopping trip, July 28th

I mentioned recently that I’ve been having some knee troubles. My doctor has me on a high dose of Naproxen – which is prescription strength Aleve – to help reduce the pain and swelling. I had originally filled the prescription at the pharmacy in the hospital, and since it was time to refill it, I printed this coupon on Rite Aid’s website good for a free $25 Rite Aid gift card when you transfer a prescription. I’ve talked about these sort of deals before – the last time was when I made a profit filling a prescription at Walgreens. If your prescription is affordable, it can be very worthwhile to transfer your RX to a new pharmacy so that you can take advantage of such offers; the most important thing is to make sure you check the price first, as prices can vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy. The cost to refill my Naproxen came to $7.69 – and I got a $25 Rite Aid gift card back for transferring the prescription, earning me a profit of $17.31! Click here to view my receipt.

Gift card in hand, I proceeded to pick up some groceries and household items. Since I knew I would be using a $25 gift card, I made sure beforehand to print off a coupon from RedPlum for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. This way, I was able to buy $30 in groceries, use the coupon to bring it down to $25, then put the rest on my gift card!

Eggs, milk, coffee & more

Total spent: Zero out of pocket, put $24.98 on my gift card. And I got $4 in +UP Rewards back towards my next purchase!
Total before coupons: $31.98
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Got:

1 gallon of milk - price: $2.69
1 toilet brush & caddy – my free toilet brush from last year’s Target adventure broke, so it was time for a new one! Price: $8.49
4 pints of half & half – $1.29 each, final price: $5.16
1 shower cap – got this to use with a deep conditioning hair treatment to keep my hair healthy since I’m bleaching it! :D – price: $2.19
1 pair of rubber gloves – needed a new pair – price: $1.97
1 dozen eggs – price: $1.49
12 oz bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee – on sale for $6.99, used a $1/1 coupon from the 6/27 Red Plum newspaper insert, bringing the price down to $5.99; and I also received $1 in +UP Rewards back.
1 bottle of Colgate toothpaste – on sale for $3.00, used a $1/1 coupon from the 7/11 Smart Source newspaper insert to bring the price down to $2.00; and I received $3.00 in +UP Rewards back, making it free plus $1 profit!

You may be wondering what +UP Rewards are. This is essentially Rite Aid’s version of a catalina – when you purchase certain items, a reward prints out at the bottom of your receipt that can be used like cash towards your next purchase. Click here to read Deal Seeking Mom’s post for more info on this new program.

Since I had $4 in +UP Rewards, I took my purchases out to the car and went back in to do one more transaction:

Oatmeal, Ramen, garlic salt & chicken bouillon

Total spent: .75 cents out of pocket, and used the last .02 cents on my gift card
Total before coupons: $4.77
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1lb tub of oatmeal – price: $1.99
1 bottle of garlic salt – my new favorite thing to put on food! Price: .79 cents
1 bottle of chicken bouillon cubes – this container is full of bouillon cubes, and its .99 cent price tag made it a MUCH better deal than what I’ve bought at Safeway previously!
6-pack of Top Ramen – price: $1.00

I then used my $4 in +UP Rewards from the last transaction to bring my total down to .77 cents. I used the last .02 cents that remained on my gift card, and then paid .75 cents in cash.

Afterwards, I stopped by Safeway to pick up a few last supplies:

Produce, goat cheese, pizza

Total spent: $6.34
Total before coupons: $15.13
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Got:

1 Digiorno Deep Dish Pizza - originally $2.50, used one free coupon that I got through Facebook – final price: Free
2.26 lbs bananas – price: $1.56
1 cantaloupe – price: $2.00
4 ears of corn – price: $1.00
10 lbs of potatoes – price: $1.78
1 package of Chavrie Goat Cheese – regularly $6.29, used one free coupon from a recent offer – final price: Free

So I got $51.88 worth of groceries for $7.09 and one refilled prescription for $7.69, making my final expenditure for both groceries and RX $14.78.

Shopping Trip, April 3rd: Supplies for Hot Cross Buns

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I made a quick run to Safeway & Rite Aid last Saturday to pick up supplies to make hot cross buns for Easter, as well as a few other things we were out of:

Eggs, milk, raisins, and more

Total spent: $36.63
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Got:

12 double-roll pack of toilet paper – price: $6.49
2 dozen eggs - price: $3.58
2 lbs of cheese – on sale for $3.99
1 gallon of milk – $2.39
15 oz canister of raisins - price: $2.99
24-pack of PBR – price plus deposit: $17.19

Splat hair dye & Olay makeup removers
Total spent: $15.48
Total before coupons: $16.48
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Got:

1 box of hair dye - price: $9.99
1 box of Olay makeup removers – regularly $6.49, used a $1/1 coupon from the 3/14 Red Plum newspaper inserts to bring the price down to $5.49. I’ve mentioned before how this is one of the few brands that I don’t have an allergic reaction to, so it’s worth the cost!

Hot cross buns

I made hot cross buns in the breadmaker for Easter using this recipe, and they turned out great! I took most of them to a family Easter brunch, and had a few left over to toast for breakfast on Monday morning. Yum!

Shopping Trip – March 26th

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Made a quick stop by Rite Aid on Friday:

Renpure & envelopes

Total spent: $8.98, but will get $6.99 back in rebates
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Got:

1 box of envelopes – price: $1.99. I was all out!
1 bottle of Renpure conditioner – while I was walking through the store, I noticed that this had a “Try-me-free” rebate hangtag attached to it. I’m always looking to try new hair products, so it’s worth the cost of the stamp to me to mail the rebate in.

Shopping Trip – December 1st

Friday, December 4th, 2009

It’s certainly been a hectic year. Jai and I have both been working overtime, so there haven’t been much shopping trips to report recently because we’ve mainly been eating takeaway. I hate wasting money like that, but when I’m stressed out I think, “If I can just get X finished, then tomorrow I’ll have more time.” Except X turns into Y and Z, because there are never a shortage of projects in need of attention. When working overtime means that you have to order a pizza for dinner, any extra money you would have made is negated by ordering out (and then some). So as I get a better schedule established for myself, the first order of business is to pick up some groceries!

I had a bunch of free coupons that I wanted to use on Tuesday, as well as one or two necessities to pick up. You’ll notice that I didn’t buy any fresh food – that’s because Safeway is having a grand re-opening today, and there will be a bunch of great deals and special coupons available during tonight’s re-opening party, so I’ve been waiting until then to pick up produce, meat, etc.

So on Tuesday’s trip, I visited Rite Aid and Safeway and bought $76.65 worth of groceries for $11.24.

First stop, Rite Aid:


Total spent: .33 cents
Total before coupons: $5.33
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I wasn’t aware of this, but Rite Aid does a special sale on the first Tuesday of every month where you receive an additional 20% off everything – so this was good timing!

1 6-pack of toilet paper – on sale for $3.59 after 20% off discount
16 oz of Epsom salts – need these for my foot – bleh! On sale for $1.35 after 20% discount.
1 packet of Ramen noodles - needed a filler item to get my total to $5 or more, and Ramen is one of my favorites – it’s often the cheapest thing you’ll find at a store, as well as yummy! On sale for .39 cents after 20% off discount.

I then used a $5 gift certificate that I earned during the last “Gift of Savings” rebate promotion, bringing my total down to .33 cents.

Next stop, Safeway:

Total spent: $10.91
Total before coupons: $71.32
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Got:

1 Marie Callendar Pot Pie – remember how I mentioned that I entered the “Delicious Moments” contest because they were offering a free coupon booklet to the first 75 who uploaded videos? Well, this was one of the coupons from that most-generous booklet: bought one pot pie on sale for $3.00, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 Marie Callendar Shrimp & Pasta Frozen Dinner – on sale for $3.00, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 Marie Callendar Pasta Al Dente bowl – on sale for $3.49, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 Banquet frozen dinner – on sale for $1.00, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 bag of Banquet Honey Wings – on sale for $7.99, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

2 bottles of Coffee-Mate – on sale for $2.49 each, used two $1/1 printables, which doubled. Final price: .99 cents each.

1 Healthy Choice Natural Entree – on sale for $2.50, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 Healthy Choice Lemon Pepper Fish Frozen Dinner – on sale for $3.00, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 package of Smuckers Uncrustables – on sale for $3.00, used one free coupon that I got during a recent online promotion. Final price: Free

1 Healthy Choice Honey Ginger Chicken Frozen Dinner – on sale for $4.19, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 Healthy Choice Pumpkin Squash Ravioli Frozen Dinner – on sale for $2.50, used one free product coupon from the “Delicious Moments” booklet. Final price: Free

1 foil roasting pan – I actually bought this for my Christmas tree! You see, I have a potted pine tree outside that I pull in and decorate for Christmas. Since it’s a live tree that needs to be watered, I have to stick something underneath it so that my floor doesn’t get soaked. This was the best thing we could think of to use! Price: $3.79

1 box of Always pads – on sale for $5.49, used one free coupon that I got with my free “Being Girl” sample pack. Final Price: Free

1 box of Olay makeup removers – one of the few things that I’m brand loyal to. Frugality is all about getting the best value for your money, and since this is one of the only makeup removers that doesn’t give me a huge rash on my face, it’s the best value by far! Price: $7.19

1 bottle of Herbal Essences conditioner – on sale for $3.49, used one free coupon that I received during their Facebook “Free Coupon” promotion. Final price: Free

1 box of Little Debbie cupcakes – on sale for $2.84, used one free coupon that I won in the “One Million Cupcakes” sweepstakes. Final price: Free

3 boxes of Lunchables – on sale for $3.29 each, used three free coupons that I won in a blog giveaway from Cha-Ching on a ShoeString. Final price: Free

Two of my “Free product” coupons were doubled, saving me an extra $1.00. I’ve mentioned to cashiers before that I didn’t think that free coupons could be doubled, but at least two cashiers have said otherwise – I need to look into it further. There were also some additional savings because a few of the “Free” coupons automatically deducted the full value of the coupon, even if the sale price of the product was lower, resulting in overage. I’d love to interview a professional that works on the coding of coupons to learn more about why coupons scan the way they do – so if one of you is reading this, email me!

Safeway receipts can be hard to decipher at times, but there may also have been some additional overage because I noticed a .70 cent deduction at the bottom of the receipt under “Heatlhty Choice Club Savings Award”. This might have just been a deduction for the sale price, or it could have been some bonus for purchasing more than one frozen dinner.

I think this shopping trip is a good illustration of how entering contests goes hand-in-hand with my love for coupons and general frugality. I don’t spend a lot of time entering giveaways, but I do enter pretty consistently, and it’s been extremely worthwhile, as well as fun!

Shopping Trip – September 26th

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

I made a quick trip to Rite Aid last Saturday because I wanted to pick up a few things for a gift bag, which I was putting together for someone’s birthday. (Lots of September birthdays around here!) While I was there, I found another shampoo with a “Try-Me-Free” hangtag:

The total for this was $7.99, and since the full price will be refunded, it will only cost me the price of a stamp to mail the rebate. Click here to check out the receipt.
Since I’m always in need of special hair products, this is a good deal for me – for someone with a huge stockpile of Suave, it might not be worth it. (I still have a big stockpile of L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner, but I like to switch up the products that I use each time I wash my hair!) A good deal is all relative to what your needs are.

You’ll also notice that there are $8.16 worth of other purchases on my receipt – those were some fun lotions and body washes that I bought for the gift bag. There was no special deal there, so I didn’t bother taking a picture of them. However, all my Rite Aid purchases through October 17th qualify for the “Gift of Savings” program, and so far I have already earned a $5 rebate.

Shopping Trip – September 20th

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I hit up several stores on Sunday, and outlayed a total of $63.02 – however, I am getting $51.95 of that back in rebates, making my final total $11.07 spent for $108.48 worth of merchandise:

My first stop was Walgreens, where I did several different deals. Transaction #1:

Total spent: $1.49, and got $2.50 back in Register Rewards
Total before coupons: $2.49
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Got:

1 trial sized Thermacare Heatwrap – on sale for $2.49, used a $1/1 printable to bring the price down to $1.49 – and I received a $2.50 Register Reward back for the purchase. I love these things, so I was very happy to find out about this deal!

Transaction #2:

Total spent: .09 cents
Total before coupons: $2.59
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Got:

1 32 oz bottle of Coffee-Mate - we were all out, so I used the $2.50 Register Reward that I earned to make this $2.59 bottle of creamer only .09 cents.

Transaction #3:

Total spent: $1.49, and got $2.50 back in Register Rewards
Total before coupons: $2.49
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Got:

1 trial sized Thermacare Heatwrap – on sale for $2.49, used a $1/1 printable to bring the price down to $1.49 – and I received a $2.50 Register Reward back for the purchase.

Transaction #4:

Total spent: .09 cents
Total before coupons: $2.59
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Got:

1 32 oz bottle of Coffee-Mate – on sale for $2.59, used my $2.50 Register Reward from the previous transaction to make my final cost .09 cents. Always good to stock up on this!

Transaction #5:

Total spent: $5.00, and got $6.00 back in Register Rewards
Total before coupons: $6.00
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Got:

1 bottle of Roots of Nature hair treatment – on sale for $6.00, used a $1/1 printable to bring the cost down to $5.00, and received a $6.00 Register Reward back for the purchase.

Transaction #5:

Total spent: .48 cents
Total before coupons: $6.48
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Got:

1 30-count package of sponges – price: $4.00
4 Scotch-Brite scrubber sponges – on sale for .62 cents each, for a total of $2.48.

I then used my $6 register reward to bring the total down to .48 cents. The scrubber sponges were marked as $2.49 each, so I initially grabbed just one and expected my total after the Register Reward to be .49 cents. But it rang up on sale at only .62 cents, so my total was too low to use the Register Reward. I explained this to the cashier and said that I would have to go grab a few more since they were on sale. The cashier said to run back and grab them if I could do it quickly. I knew I’d have to re-think my math in order to get the total right, so I asked if she would void the transaction. She said no, she couldn’t do that because she’d half to call a manager – which I think would have been easier than having me run halfway through the store and leave her register tied up, but oh well. I quickly added up how many I would need, grabbed three more, and got back before any other customers showed up. So, I ended up spending a penny less and getting three more sponges!
I’m glad to stock up on these, because since I don’t have a dishwasher, we go through sponges at a rapid pace.

Transaction #6:

Total spent: $27.98, but I am getting $27.98 back in rebates, making it free (less the cost of two stamps!) – and I also received a $3.00 Register Reward for the purchase!
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Got:

1 Blood Glucose Monitor – cost: $19.99, but has a “Try Me Free” rebate attached to it, and I received a $3.00 Register Reward for the purchase – so I made a small profit, and have a great item to donate.
1 bottle of volumizing shampoo - cost: $7.99, and also has a “Try Me Free” rebate attached to it. I am a hair product junkie, so getting a nice bottle of shampoo for the cost of a stamp is a good buy in my book.

My only oversight here was that I got both items on the same receipt, but will have to send the receipt to two different places – oops. But what I will do is take these back to Walgreens the next time I go in and have them refund one of the items and then re-ring it, so I will have a receipt for both. Both rebates are valid past the end of the year, so there’s still time.

Final transaction:

Total spent: .29 cents
Total before coupons: $3.29
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Got:

One 5 lb. bag of flour – I always need flour! Regularly priced at $3.29, used the $3.00 Register Reward that I earned in the previous transaction to bring my total to .29 cents.

Next, I stopped by Rite Aid:

Total spent: $13.98, but I will get $13.98 back in rebates
View receipt #1
View receipt #2 (this time I was smart and got them on separate receipts!

Got:

1 bottle of Proantinox supplement - on sale for $6.99, and Rite Aid had this as a “Free After Single Check Rebate” item. Another great item to donate, plus everything I buy from now through October 17th will qualify for the “Gift of Savings” bonus rebate program.
1 bottle of conditioner - another item with a “Try Me Free” hangtag! I love getting nice hair products for a stamp!

Next, I headed to Fred Meyer:

Total spent: $10.73, but I am getting $9.99 back in rebates.
Total before coupons: $11.73
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Got:

1 box of Kashi Waffles - on sale for $1.79, found a coupon in the store for $1 off any Kashi frozen item. These looked good, so I thought I’d give them a try.
1 tube of mascara – yet another item with a “Try Me Free” rebate attached! I love makeup, and I love it even more when it’s free!

I also received a .05 cent credit for bringing my own bag, as well as a catalina for a free Air Wick warmer & refill – I don’t know what triggered that, so it was a nice surprise! So I went back through the line to collect on my fun freebie:

Total spent: .10 cents
Total before coupons: $4.13
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Got:

1 Air Wick Warmer & refill - normally $3.98 for both, free with my coupon!
1 packet of Ramen – since I brought my own bag, I knew I would be receiving a .05 cent bag credit. So I picked up this .15 cent packet of Ramen, and paid only .10 cents after the credit.

Last stop, Safeway:

Total spent: $1.30 out of pocket, put $4.53 on the Safeway gift card that I won from
Moomette’s Magnificents.
Total before coupons: $9.79
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Got:

4 cans of Chef Michael’s dog food – when I was in Fred Meyer, I found a display with a big stack of coupons good for one free can of this dog food. Fred Meyer was already sold out (as you can imagine!), so I took some of the coupons and used them at Safeway instead. The sale price at Safeway was .99 cents each, and I used four free product coupons – total cost, zero! (And while I took multiple copies of these coupons, I still left a stack for other customers to use.)
1 tub of Yoplait yogurt – need this for an article I’m writing. Cost: .70 cents
1 Sunday paper – more coupons! Price: $2.50
1.15 lbs of ground beef – need this for a meal I have planned this week. Price: $2.63

I then went through the line one more time:

Total spent: Zero!
Total before coupons: $14.89
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Got:

10 cans of Chef Michael’s dog food – on sale for .99 cents each, used ten of the aforementioned coupons. Final price: Free!
1 bottle of Cascade rinse agent – on sale for $4.99, noticed a free Cascade coupon in my binder that was close to expiring, so I thought I ought to use it! Once I get a dishwasher, this will come in handy.

And in case you’re wondering – I don’t have any pets, but I always pick up pet food when I can get it free with coupons. I have so many friends and relatives with dogs and cats, and they always welcome free pet food.

Shopping Trip – March 22nd

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Total spent: $4.27
Total before coupons: $14.27
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Got:

1 package of first aid gauze – price: $4.49
1 package of scrub pads – price: $1.79
1 drink pitcher – price: $7.99

I had a $10 Rite Aid gift certificate which I earned during the “Gift of Savings” promotion that I mentioned back in December, so I used it to buy a few things on my list. I’ve been in need of a new pitcher for a while, and this will be perfect to mix up batches of all that free Kool-Aid and Crystal Lite that I got last summer!

Shopping Trip – January 24th

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Safeway:

$26.21 worth of groceries for $2.87! Here’s the breakdown -

First transaction:

Total spent: $1.03
Total before coupons: $8.56
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Got:

1 tub of whipped butter - on sale for $1.99
3 trial sized packets of Airborne - on sale for $2.19, used three $2/1 coupons good on any Airborne, found in the January 4th Smart Source newspaper inserts. Final price: Free plus .31 cents overage each after coupon and doubles.

Second transaction:

Total spent: .07 cents
Total before coupons: $10.85
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Got:

2 bags of Purina cat chow - on sale for $2.00, used two $3/1 printables. Jai signed up for the same pet insurance quote that I did, so we were able to get two additional copies of this coupon. And, since it states that it is good on any size or variety, I was able to use it on a lower priced bag to receive overage. Final price: Free plus $1.50 overage each after coupon and doubles!
1 gallon of milk - on sale for $2.99.
1 trial sized packet of Airborne - on sale for $2.19, used one $2/1 coupon from the January 4th Smart Source newspaper inserts. Final price: Free plus .31 cents overage after coupon and doubles.
1 package of Hormel Pepperoni - on sale for $1.67, used one .75/1 coupon from the January 18th Smart Source newspaper inserts, which doubled. Final price: .42 cents.

I also earned my first Power Pump reward for this quarter, and racked up another 125 miles in the United Airlines GroceryMiles program – check out this post for more information.

Third transaction:

Total spent: $1.77
Total before coupons: $6.80
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View receipt #2 - the mushrooms didn’t get rung up the first time, and I had to go back through the line again so that I could pay for them.

Got:

1 Kashi Roll bar - on clearance for $1.15, used a coupon for $1 off any Kashi product that I found in Fred Meyer’s free “Naturally Preferred” magazine. Final cost: Free plus .35 cents overage after coupon and doubles.
3 cans of Hunt’s tomatoes – on sale for .77 cents each, used a $1/3 printable. Final price: .27 cents each after coupon and doubles.
2 cans of Chef Boyardee ravioli – on sale for .77 cents each, used two .50/1 coupons that I received in the mail. Final price: Free plus .23 cents overage each after coupon and doubles.
1.60 lbs of bananas – on sale for .39 cents a pound, final price: .62 cents.
.36 lbs of mushrooms – $3.29 per pound, final price: $1.18 for four mushrooms!!

Rite Aid:

Total spent: $12.98 – but I will get $6.00 back in rebates.
Total before coupons: $14.48
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Got:

1 80 count bottle of ibuprofen -the 50 count bottles were on sale for .99 cents each, but there were none on the shelf. I asked an employee if they had any more in the back, and she replied that they were out of stock, but that they could substitute an 80 count bottle for the same price. Works for me! I was glad to find a sale on this, since I just ran out of ibuprofen. Final price: .99 cents.
A two-pack of lightbulbs - free after rebate!
2 bottles of Dove body spray - on sale for $3.00 each, used a $1.50/2 coupon from the January 18th Red Plum newspaper inserts. I will also get $4.00 back in rebates, making their final price .25 cents each. I got a free sample of this body spray a while ago, and I really liked it!
2 boxes of trash bags – buy one, get one free sale. Final price: $5.49 for two. I was out of trash bags, and this seemed to be the best deal.