Couponing this week was still frustrating, but less so than last week. My information about what is sale at my local Kroger is always wrong now, so that really throws a wrench into things. I also discovered at the register today that Meijer now only doubles the first two manufacturers coupons, which really foiled my plan on scoring a lot of mustard and cream cheese.
1. Meijer had a sale today on corn, with 6/$1.00, for a price of $.16 a piece. This was a savings of 67%. No coupons were used for this, just a store sale advertised in the weekly ad. Just a reminder to always check those things as well as coupons. :)
2. Also at Meijer, I purchased 5 bottles of mustard (I don't like mustard but my mom does and it never expires, so I wanted to jump on the good deal)! This was one of the instances where I discovered I could only double 2 coupons. I used 5 manufacturers coupons from last week that gave me $.50/1 bottle (2 of these coupons doubled to $1/1 bottle). I paid $3.95 for 5 bottles, for a savings percentage of 62%. I did get frustrated though when I saw the same mustard for cheaper at Kroger... : (
3. I had a similar situation with Philadelphia cream cheese at Meijer. Used 5 manufacturers coupons for $.50/1, two of which doubled to $1/1, meaning I paid only $4.84/5 packages. Thankfully you can freeze cream cheese, so I won't be needing to purchase any for a long time! I scored a saving percentage of 58%.
4. Country Time Lemonade mix was the biggest score of the day! The large powder containers were on sale at Meijer for 1/$1.00 and I had a manufacturers coupon for $1/2. So, I purchased 2 and paid on $.50 each! This was a savings of 82%!!!!
5. I also purchased 4 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts from Kroger for $9.34. It's so challenging to ever get coupons on meat or produce, so I always keep an eye out for prices in weekly advertisements. This was a savings of 40%, which isn't bad for meat!
I should also point out one good thing about shopping in Kentucky... no sales tax on food!!!
I still need to plan out my Walgreens trip for this week, that shall happen later today. :)
This week was not as successful when it comes to couponing as I had hoped! Most of my information about what items were going to be on sale at various stores was incorrect, meaning I got a lot less then I was expecting.
1. I got a couple good deals from Walmart today. First, Bengay pain reliever was on sale for $4.27/tube and I had a $3.00 off manufacturers coupon on the purchase of one, meaning I paid only $1.24 for each tube for a savings of 70.26%. I also got some styling products from got2b, including dry shampoo and curling mousse. Both retailed for $3.94/bottle and I had a manufacturers coupon for $2.00 off each bottle. I paid only $3.88 for two, a 50.76% saving.
2. At Walgreens today, we were able to use $8 in register rewards that we had earned last week by purchasing Breathe Right strips. First, the store was having a sale on Revlon beauty tools at buy one get one 50% off. The best way to take advantage of these sales is to buy the cheapest items possible. I also had multiple coupons for $1.00 off the purchase of a single Revlon beauty tool. Therefore, I purchased a pumice stone (originally for $4.49) and paid $3.49 for a savings of only 22.27% and I also purchased a nail buffer (originally $3.49) for only $0.74 for a saving of 78.80%! The highlight, however, came from using the register rewards. Since these cannot be stacked with manufacturers or in-store coupons, we used them to buy items on sale that we need or did not have a coupon for. Therefore, we purchased Walgreens brand Pepto-Bismol (our bottle had recently busted in the medicine drawer and had to be thrown out). The medication retailed for $4.19 and by using $4 in RR, we paid on $0.19 + tax, for a saving of 95.47%! Additionally, we purchased 4 two-liters of soda (mostly Dr. Pepper, I think) at $1.00 a two liter and used our final $4.00 in RR, meaning these drinks were COMPLETELY FREE!
3. At Kroger, we scored a massive deal on Keebler cookies. The saving percentage was not fantastic, but we bought enough to last us for a few weeks I think. We purchased 8 boxes of cookies, retailing at a total of $24.34. Kroger had the cookies on sale for $2.00 each (putting our total at $16.00). Additionally, I had a $.50/2 manufacturers coupon which my store doubled to to $1.00/2, bringing our amount paid to $12.00 for 8 boxes, or $1.50/box. This was equal to approximately 50% savings, which wasn't as great as I was hoping.
Successful day of couponing today!
I managed to score the pet food deal I mentioned earlier (3.5 lb. for FREE thanks to mail-in rebate)!
1. 2 12.5 oz. bottles of Suave Professionals shampoo ($.50/bottle). From Meijer, store sale at 2/$3.00 + manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of two. This is equal to 74.5% savings!!
2. My weakest performance of the day was on Nexxus salon brand shampoo. From Meijer, store sale at BOGO 50% off + manufacturer's coupon for $3.00 off. Equal to a measly 34% savings.
3. 2 items of Revlon makeup (including Photo finish Primer and waterproof volumizing mascara). Walgreens sale of BOGO 50% + manufacturer's coupon for $2.00 off + $7.00 register rewards from previous purchase. Equal to 56% savings on the primer and 75% on the mascara. I could have done better if I didn't need/want the primer!
Total daily savings: $35.80!
Where did I get my manufacturer's coupons? From Sunday paper inserts!
I'm a college graduate!
Summa cum laude with two BA's.
Yeah, I'm impressive!
I start my Masters in August and I'm pretty excited! :)
Back with another paid account. Why? I never use this journal but I just can't let it go.
I got the job at Macy's! Interview went great!
I'll be making my own schedule, as I am an on-call associate.
I'll be working in jewelry, handbags, intimates and shoes!
Yay. Starting at $8.00/hour isn't bad either!
I wish I was more reliable with this journal. I've been here since this time in 2005 and I bet I haven't stayed active for more than two months at a time. It makes this whole thing seem kind of useless, actually. I just don't think about coming on here that often, and then I completely forget that I have a Livejournal at all. And suddenly, bam, I remember about this and feel terrible for never using it. I wanted to keep a fairly accurate account of my teenage years but that has obviously failed, seeing as how I am 20 and barely remember a thing about my life before age 18. Ah well, at least I can try and fix it now.
So here I am, hopefully trying to fix this dreadful trend of mine. But we will see how that goes.