Once again, my friend Susan and I loaded up our preschool aged children and trekked out to Albertsons (25 min). We were excited about the cereal/milk Catalina deal, and had several transactions all ready to go. Unfortunately, it was extremely slim pickin’s when we arrived. I was kind of disappointed at first, but then I got over it and looked around for other deals I could snag. Thankfully, I had some back up plans.
This is what I ended up with:
They had 5 boxes of Cocoa Krispies (gag) and NO Crispix or Corn Flakes, which were the cereals I was planning to buy. Fortunately, Susan had a coupon for $1/2 ANY Kelloggs, so I grabbed some Frosted Flakes. The key was to buy the cereal in groups of 6, because the available coupons were $1/2, and a free milk Catalina would print or every 3 that you buy. PLUS you could use one set of 3 doublers.
To sweeten the deal, I had 3 peelies for $1 off of a fruit purchase WYB 2 boxes of select cereals (pretty much all sugar cereals). I grabbed the bananas ($1.34) and a bag of oranges ($2.67). The oranges had a $1 off store coupon on it! Yay!
So, it looked like this:
6 boxes of selected cereal = $10
Fruit = $4.01
Before Coupons = $14.01
– $1 off bagged produce
– (3) $1 off fruit WYB 2 boxes sugar cereal MCs
– (3) $1/1 Cereal MC
– $3.00 (doubler)
= $4.01 OOP, plus 2 free gallons of milk Catalinas printed at the register. NICE!
4 boxes of pasta @ $1 each
2 cans of tomatoes @ $1 each
2 gallons of milk @ $3.49 each (this is the good, local stuff!)
Before Coupons = $12.98
– 2 free milk Catalinas
– $1/1 Hunts MC (came in an Albertsons mailer)
– $1/2 pasta IP
– $3 in doublers
= $0 OOP + a random Catalina for $1 off my next purchase printed at the register. We think it might have been for the pasta, since I bought 4 and received one and Susan bought 8 and received 2.
Cabbage @ 99¢/lb = $1.04
– doubler (the checker doubled it for another 4¢ off)
= $0 OOP
So, essentially all of the produce you see in that picture cost me one penny.
Kinda cool, huh?
Next, I’m going to save my UPCs until I have 10 and I will submit it for the $10 in gas cards rebate! 🙂
By the way, the manager at Albertsons said that the milk Catalina is going to be printing next week, too. I don’t know if that is true, so don’t quote me, but Susan and I got rainchecks, just in case. I would love some PLAIN Rice Krispies and some Crispix! In the meantime, my husband might roll his eyes at me for buying sugar cereal, but my kids will love it!