Monthly Archives: March 2009

New Coupons Up!

Hot Coupon World has new Target coupons up. These coupons usually lead to some great deals either at Target or Publix (as Publix accepts competitor coupons)! The great thing about these coupons is that you can print as many times as you want!

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Publix (and Target) – 57% Savings

Things got confusing for me this week at Publix. First of all, I made way too many trips to the grocery store this week. This happened for several reasons. I didn’t make a complete organized list (and we all know how important I think lists are!). Because I didn’t have an organized list, I kept forgetting things that we needed. Throw in going to Publix twice on Sunday for the penny item, and that definitely leads to too many trips to the grocery store!

On top of having too many trips to the grocery store. I also had a lot of confusion with pricing this week…I will not go into the details, because, as I said, it was very confusing! However, as a result of all the pricing confusion, I learned that at Publix if your product does not ring up the correct price, you get it for free! So, as I have mentioned before, always pay attention while they are ringing you up!

Here are some (not all) of the products that I bought:

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(Items not pictured: 3 Sunday newspapers, 1 strip Fleishman yeast, and Publix hamburger buns)

I am not going to list each item individually today; however, here are some highlights:

  • The toothpaste was free plus overage!
  • The Sargento Potato Finishers was free (after mail-in rebate).
  • The penny item this week was Publix dressing.
  • The Glass Plus cleaner was $0.50 after B1G1 and $0.50 MC (doubled).
  • The Publix barbeque sauce was free. Occasionally, Publix runs a special that allows you to get a Publix product free with the purchase of the name brand counterpart. There were 3 items eligible for this deal this week: Ragu, Kraft BBQ sauce, and Gulden’s mustard.
  • The Mentos gum was free after $0.99 sale price and $1.00 MC.
  • The 10 lbs of potatoes (from Target) cost $2.17 (after tax)! The 5 pound bags were on sale for $1.99 (I’m not sure for how long) and I used 2 $1.00 TC

All in all, I paid $24.91. I saved $33.21. That’s a total savings of 57%!

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How to Find Coupons

When you are first getting started using coupons, it can be difficult to find the coupons that you need. Learning how to find and use coupons is a continuous learning process that can be frustrating at first. It takes awhile to get a good stash of coupons going, but after a few months you will have plenty of coupons to use towards maximizing your savings. I have compiled a list of ways to accumulate coupons. This list is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it will definitely help you get started.

  1. Sunday newspaper inserts. This is where I get most of my coupons. My rule for cutting out coupons is this…if I think that I will ever use this product or if I think that the coupon could lead to a money making situation, then I will cut it out and file it. Some people are more selective and that is okay too. Do what works best for you!
  2. Grocery store sale papers. Many times the store sale papers will have a couple of coupons inside. Since I shop at Publix (and they accept competitor coupons), I look at the sale papers for all grocery stores in my area. Once I cut the coupons out, I look at my other coupons to see if I have a manufacturer coupon that matches the store coupon…if I do, I can use both of these coupons for 1 product. Here’s an example: If I have a $2.00 off Cover Girl store coupon from Publix and a 1.00 off Cover Girl manufacturer coupon, I can use both of these towards the purchase of 1 Cover Girl Product…therefore, taking $3.00 off the product.
  3. Coupon booklets. Coupon booklets can be found in several locations; you just have to keep your eyes open for them. I often find these at my grocery store near the pharmacy…it looks like a magazine. Occasionally, there will be online offers for coupon booklets. I will let you know when I hear about these.
  4. Internet printable coupons. These are coupons that are only available online. Sometimes the coupons are located on the product’s website and sometimes they are located at a coupon generator website such as coupons.com and hotcouponworld.com.
  5. Grocery store “blinkies.” These are the little “Try me” boxes that you can find throughout grocery stores. Always pull a few of these as you find them. Oftentimes, these coupons are for products that are going on sale in the near future.
  6. Requesting samples. Many times, when you sign-up to receive a sample, a coupon is included with the sample. Here is one location to sign-up to receive samples; however, I usually do not receive coupons with samples requested from Wal-Mart…the coupons usually come with samples that were requested from the product’s website. I will post these opportunities as I learn about them.
  7. All You magazine. This magazine is packed with great coupons! It also has a lot of great recipes and articles. You can only purchase this magazine at Wal-Mart…it costs about $2.24. You can also subscribe to this magazine. Go here for a free trial issue.
  8. Purchase coupons online. I personally have never done this, but I have heard about others doing this with positive results. I think that this might be helpful for the beginning couponer (however, as I stated before, I have never gone this route before…if you have purchased coupons online, please leave a comment about your experience). Ebay and The Coupon Clippers are the 2 sites that I have heard of from others. Let me know if you know of others that might be helpful to other readers.
  9. School coupon books. Be sure to purchase the coupon books that schools sell. These often have great coupons for grocery stores, restaurants, and local attractions. You can also order these online. Enjoy the City is one of my favorite coupon books!

I think that is about it! Always have your eyes open for coupons…oftentimes, you will be surprised at what you might find!

I’d love to hear if you have other ways to accumulate coupons!

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Publix and Wal-Mart Deals – Spent $33.24, Saved $69.25

Although today was a yucky rainy day, I decided Logan and I would still run some errands. It ended up being a very successful shopping day! Also, one of the great things about Publix is that they almost always offer (and sometimes insist) to help you to your car with your groceries. I usually say no, but when it is raining I accept the help, so that I can get Logan in the car as quickly as possible (they are usually more insistent on rainy days! – Don’t worry, they have umbrellas and big, hooded raincoats!).

Today, I went to Wal-Mart and Publix. I actually made 2 trips to Publix today – this wasn’t planned, but it ended up leading to some awesome deals! Here is what I bought:

1st Transaction – Wal-Mart

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Iams dog food @ $5.00
Used $5.00 MC
Price = Free

Kotex pantyliners @ $1.00
Used $0.75 MC
Price = $0.25

Chopped walnuts (10 oz) @ $3.28
Price = $3.28

Knox unflavored gelatin @ $1.32
Used $4.00 MC coupon
Price = They paid me $2.68!

McCormick garlic salt @ $1.78
Used $1.00 MC
Price = $0.78

Subtotal before coupons: $12.38
Total after coupons: $2.62 – That’s a total savings of 79%!

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2nd Transaction – Publix

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Sale Items

2 Gorton’s frozen fish @ $6.67 (Reg. $7.98)
Used 2 $0.40 MC (doubled)
Used $1.00/2 Publix coupon
Price = $4.07

Huggies Mega pack (88 diapers) @ $19.99
Used $3.00 MC (Internet printable coupon – no longer available)
Price = $16.99

Regular Priced Items

Tostitos tortilla chips @ $3.99
Used buy 2 Tostitos dips, get 1 Tostitos tortilla chips free MC (found at grocery store near the Tostitos)
Price = Free

Tostitos queso dip @ $3.69
Price = $3.69

Tostitos salsa @ $3.19
Used buy 1 Tostitos tortilla chips, get 1 salsa free Rite Aid coupon
Price = Free

Subtotal before coupons: $37.53
*I used a $5/$25 Piggly Wiggly coupon.
Total after coupons: $22.03 – That’s a total savings of 46%!

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3rd Transaction – Publix

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B1G1 Items

Dial bar soap 3 pk @ $1.14 (Reg. $2.27)
Used $0.35 MC (should have doubled, but it didn’t for some reason)
Price = $0.79

Sale Items

Publix ice cream @ $2.50 (Reg. $2.79)
Price = $2.50

Diet Cherry Pepsi @ $2.75 (Reg. $4.39)
Used buy 2 Diet Pepsi 12 pks, get 1 flavored Diet Pepsi 12 pk free
Price = Free

2 Diet Pepsi 12 pks @ $5.50 (Reg. $8.78)
Used buy 3 Pepsi 12pks, get 1 Diet Pepsi 12 pk free – Bruno’s coupon
Used buy 3 Pepsi 12 pks, get 1 Diet Pepsi 12 pk free – Food World coupon
Price = Free

Diet Mountain Dew 12 pk @ $2.75
Price = $2.75

2 Colgate Total Advanced Clean toothpaste @ $5.00 (Reg. $7.10)
Used $1.00 TC
Used 2 $1.00 MC
Used 2 $2.50 Walgreen’s coupons
Price = They paid me $3.00!

Strawberries @ $1.67 (Reg. $4.99)
Price = $1.67

Cantaloupe @ $0.97 (Reg. $3.49)
Price = $0.97

Green peppers (2 lb bag) @ $1.99 (Reg. $2.99)
Price = $1.99

Regular Priced Items

Fleishmann’s dry yeast @ $1.49
Used $0.45 MC (doubled)
Price = $0.59

Bananas (2.01 lbs) @ $1.39
Price = $1.39

Milk @ $2.89
Price = $2.89

Subtotal before coupons: $30.04
*I used a $5/$25 Piggly Wiggly coupon.
Total after coupons: $8.59 – That’s a total savings of 82%!!! I could not believe this deal – especially considering the products I bought were predominantly Pepsi products and produce which are items that rarely have coupons!

To see how others did this week, check out Money Saving Mom’s Super Savings Saturday!

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New Look!

I am trying a new look because the former style had some glitches that were starting to work my nerves! Let me know what you think!

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CVS Deal – 3/24/09

Today I quickly ran out and purchased a coupon of items at CVS that I posted about earlier this week. Go here for details. Here is what I bought:

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2 Post Trail Mix cereal @ $4.59 (on sale B1G1 – Reg. price = $4.59 for 1 box) (This cereal is so yummy!)
Used 2 $2.00/1 MC

2 Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup @ $1.69 (on sale B1G1 – Reg. price = $1.69 for 1 can)
Used $1.00/2 MC

Subtotal before coupons: $6.28
Total after coupons: $2.06 (I decided not to use any ECB’s today – I just put it on a CVS gift card that I had; therefore, total OOP = nothing!)

*By the way, CVS sale prices are not applicable unless you have your CVS card swiped.

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Razors for 98 cents at Target!!!

This week Target is running a sale on Schick Quattro razors. The razors are on sale for $6.99. If you buy 2, you can get a $5 gift card. Use 2 $4/1 coupons from the 3/22 insert. You will pay $5.98 OOP and get a $5 gift card essentially making the 2 razors $0.98 or $0.49 each!!!

Here are several other awesome Target deals:

Petite Artisan bread @ $0.99
Use $1.00 off TC
Total = Free

Sutton and Dodge Angus beef steak or roast
Use $2.00 off TC
Try to find small packages and get these for under a $1.00!

Mott’s applesauce 6 pk @ $1.77
Use $1.00 off TC and $0.55 off MC
Total = $0.22

Green Giant Russet Potatoes 5 lb bag @ $1.99
Use $1.00 off TC
Total = $0.99

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