I like to think I know a thing or two about grocery shopping. I used to HATE grocery shopping with an extreme passion, but these days I don’t dread it so much. It is a bit insane when I have to take both boys with me, though. Why is it that I can take the 4 year old with absolutely NO problems, but if I add the 7 year old to the mix the trip turns into a nightmare? Mommy fail. That kid is giving me a run for my money. (Another time, another post, right?)
Anywho! That dreaded $10 off a $50 purchase coupon came out this week, as it does the first week of every month. THIS month, though, I was prepared!! I’ve been participating in Thoughtful Thursdays over at Coupon Connections and writing to various companies that she links up for us. I’ve been enjoying seeing how many great coupons and FREE coupons those companies are sending me. As I receive a free coupon, I add it to my stack of freebie coupons, so when it came time to plan this trip, I probably spent about 20 minutes scanning the coupon blogs and printing additional coupons and cutting coupons from my inserts. By the way, I don’t clip coupons until I’m ready to use them. (Another post, another time!)
So, after 20 minutes of planning, and then waiting for the Benadryl to wear off so I could drive to the store (I have a hive/poison oak/freak of nature thing going on all over my face. It’s great.) I grabbed my list and my coupons and was off!
See that tahini paste there in the middle? That cost me $6.99. (I’m making hummus today.)
That means that the rest of this stuff cost me $7.99.
The KEY to using the $10/$50 coupon is to get your total up to $50 before manufacturer’s coupons, but after club card savings, then hand them the $10/$50 coupon, then give ’em all the rest. Use your FREE coupons in this transaction to get your total way, way down. Because, let’s face it. It is VERY hard for strategic/extreme couponers to get their total all the way up to $50. It seriously is. We are used to doing little $5-$10 transactions that we end up paying 25¢ for. The show isn’t reality, people.
Want the price breakdown? (click the links to see the deal)
Hershey’s bars: I bought 20 for free. I have more coupons, so I’ll be going back for more! After a little over a year of couponing, I have come to realize that I will always be able to get my Hershey’s bars for free. Think camping season, people. I’m stocked UP.
The 4 jugs of Welches Essentials were FREE. Perfect for our upcoming summer birthdays or any time someone asks you to bring drinks to a get together!
There are peelie/hangtag coupons at Safeway for 1 free bottle of grape jam when you buy 2 jugs of juice, so that grape jam was free. (I don’t know if my kids have ever had store bought jam, so I might end up donating this if they don’t like it.)
The toilet bowl cleaner was 24¢.
International Delights creamer was FREE (Vocalpoint coupon).
The Suave shampoo was free (I can’t remember where I got the coupon. Facebook, I think.).
The Uncle Ben’s was free (and I can’t remember where that one came from either. Perhaps Walmart.com??).
The Bar S sausages were actually $6.99, but I had a “gift certificate” $5 off coupon that they sent me as a result of Thoughtful Thursdays, so I actually paid $1.99. Mitch and I used to buy these when we went camping in our pre-kid days, so they are bringing back memories. They are already in the freezer awaiting our first camping trip.
Milk – $2.49
Bread – $1.49 each
Cheese – $5.99
Apples – 78¢/lb (my Azure apples didn’t come in this month. Boo Hoo!)
Oranges – $2.99 with in-ad coupon (and I used the $1/$5 produce coupon that I received by liking Safeway on Facebook)
Don’t forget that expensive tahini paste!!
I used the $10/$50 coupon, plus the doubler, which took off an additional $2.
I actually didn’t have this trip so planned out that I knew how much my total was going to be before heading the checkstand, and I didn’t know how much I would end up paying out of pocket, but I was prepared to grab a couple of packs of gum at the register if I didn’t meet the $50 minimum. Actually, my total came to $90.71 before he hit the button and my club card prices started showing up. Pre-coupons (but after club card savings) it was up around $70, and I knocked it down to less than $15!
So, yeah. I’m feeling pretty okay about this trip! Since I have a good stockpile of food in my freezer and pantry, I really only needed the essentials this week (fruit, milk, cheese), so I’m well within my $50/wk budget!
In other news: I’m taking a cheese making class tomorrow as my mother’s day gift to me!!! I’m so excited! I’ll be learning how to make Feta cheese! Eeek!! Just had to mention that!
How did your Safeway trip go? Any great deals?