Monday, June 2, 2014

Sensibly Extreme Couponing: grocery trip for the week of 6/1/14

I decided to go shopping yesterday -- a Sunday -- to get it out of the way for the coming week.  Never again!  The good sale items were entirely wiped out.  I had everything carefully calculated to get over $50 before coupons so I could use my $10 off deal, and had to do all kinds of reconfiguration in the store to make sure I'd still be able to use it.

Then, just to make things even worse, the Catalina coupon machine at the register I chose was broken!  I didn't realize it until the cashier was handing me my receipt.  Thankfully I hadn't redeemed any deals that earned me a Catalina, but that means I didn't get next week's $10 off $50 coupon.  I probably could have asked them at customer service but I just wanted to get home.  I may stop by mid-week to see if I can grab the couple of freebie deals I wanted but couldn't get and see if the coupon prints then.  If not, I may be cutting back on shopping for a couple of weeks and living off of our stockpile.

So this week didn't save quite as much as I was hoping, but I made the most of it.  I ended up getting more ground beef than I was planning, and grabbed a couple of items I was going to hold off on but will be useful in a few weeks.  I needed less than $10 of extra items to reach $50 so it was worth the hassle.

My tip of the week: if you're planning to try to spend a certain amount to take advantage of a deal, come prepared with backup deals (and corresponding coupons)!  I ended up getting more ground beef than I was planning, and grabbed a couple of items I was going to hold off on but will use eventually (Coffee-Mate and Silk Almond Milk -- the expiration dates on both aren't for several months so they'll just hang out in my fridge for a bit!).

$75 worth of groceries for around $15 after rebates!
Here's the breakdown:

  • 6x Red Pack Diced Tomatoes, large cans, on sale for $1 each
    • 2x $.55/3 printable MCs, doubled
    • Total: $3.80 ($.63 each)
  • Mott's for Tots juice, on sale for $2.79
    • $1 eCoupon loaded to card
    • $1 printable MC
    • Total: $.79
  • 4x Horizon Macaroni and Cheese, $1.49 each
    • 4x $.55 printable MCs, doubled
    • Total: $1.56 ($.39/each)
  • 2x ShopRite Organic Pasta, on sale for $1.19 each
    • $1 eCoupon loaded to card
    • Total: $1.38 ($.69/each)
  • Tabasco Sauce, on sale for $.99
    • $.50 eCoupon loaded to card
    • $.55 printable MC, doubled to $.99
    • Total: -$.50
  • Haribo Gummy Bears, $1
    • $.30 eCoupon loaded to card
    • $.30 printable MC, doubled
    • Total: $.10
  • Hunt Tomato Paste, $.75
  • 6x Vintage Seltzer, $.50 each
    • $2/6 printable MC
    • Total: $1 ($.17 each)
  • 2x Green Giant Veggie Chips, on sale for $2.50 each
    • $.50/2 eCoupon loaded to card
    • 2x $.50 printable MCs, doubled
    • Total: $2.50 ($1.25 each)
  • Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread, on sale for $2
    • $.55 MC from paper (5/4/14 SmartSource insert), doubled
    • Total: $.90
  • Ground beef, 4 pounds, on sale for $3.49/lb: $14.90
    • $1/lb store coupon
    • Total: $10.63
  • Russet Potatoes, 5 pounds, on sale for $1.99
    • $1 store coupon
    • Total: $.99
  • Silk Almond Milk, on sale for $2.99
    • $1 printable MC
    • Total: $1.99
  • Coffee-Mate, on sale for $1.66
    • $.50 printable MC, doubled
    • Total: $.66
  • ShopRite 18-pack large eggs, on sale for $1.99
    • $1 store coupon
    • Total: $.99
  • Blue Bunny Strawberry Crunch bars, on sale for $1.88
    • $1 printable MC
    • Total: $.88
Other deals:
  • $10 off $50+ that printed at checkout last week
  • $2 Catalina coupon from last week
Total Out of Pocket: $16.66 (including tax, deposits)

Cash Back:
  • $.25 Checkout 51 rebate on sliced bread
    • (Total cost of bread after rebate: $.65)
  • $.50 SavingStar rebate on Green Giant Veggie Chips
    • (Total cost after rebate: $1 each)
  • Friday Freebie SavingStar rebate on Hunts Tomato Paste ($.75)
Total After Cash Back: $15.16

It's not as great as what I was hoping for, but it's still right around $15, so I'm happy.  

I also went to Aldi to pick up some whole milk, mushrooms, and a watermelon.  They have watermelon for $3.99 right now -- ShopRite wanted nearly twice that much!  It definitely pays to shop around when it's not too inconvenient.

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