Sunday Sales:

Kroger is having the second week of the mega event sale, so almost all of the sales will be the same as they were last week. This could be good if you missed out on anything you wanted last week, or bad if you (like me) didn’t find much appealing in the sale! Go HERE to check out the full match-ups!

CVS has one great freebie (Crest toothbrushes!) and a few cheapies. One that I wasn’t planning on getting, but was glad to see was a small bottle of Gilette Fusion shave cream for $2.19. You’ll get $2 in ECB back, making it only $.19! Go HERE for the best deals!

Walgreens has one GREAT deal that I was super-pumped to get! My husband is picky about what kind of soap he uses (he’s not a bodywash guy unfortunately because bodywash is easy to get for free!!!), and he was getting low, so I’m excited to get some Dove Men+Care soap for FREE!!!! They also have a pretty nice deal on diapers if you need some, so check that out!

Rite Aid has a few nice money-makers that I’m tempted to jump on! My problem has been keeping up with all of the different stores’ reward papers, but I’ve read that you can turn around and buy a Rite Aid gift card with their UP+ rewards! I may have to try it!

Publix and Kroger shopping and transferring prescriptions to get FREE money!

My goal for the next month is to spend only $25 out-of-pocket per week in groceries/household/etc. Earlier this week, I hit up CVS and Walgreens and spent a total of $1 out of pocket.

I made a quick trip to Kroger yesterday, hoping to pick up a prescription (but it wasn’t ready), and got milk, 2 dozen eggs (for the zucchini breads!), a bag of fresh peaches, and grape jelly, spending a total of $12 and using no coupons!

When I went back to Kroger to pick up the prescription today, using a coupon for $25 in groceries when you transfer any prescription, I realized that I didn’t have my Kroger card. My Kroger card doesn’t have a phone number attached to it (or at least I can’t figure out what number it IS!), so when I forget my card, I enter my grandparents’ phone number to use their card. I don’t usually spend enough at Kroger to get much gas benefits anyway, and I don’t forget my card too often, so using their card once in a while isn’t a big deal. However, this coupon automatically credits your Kroger card with the $25 instead of giving you a physical gift card, which I DID NOT know. So… I needed to use that $25 immediately before anyone else used that Kroger card!!!

After formulating a last-minute plan, I stocked up on a few essentials that don’t have coupons. They’re the kind of items that we consume a lot of, and they’re the cheapest I’ve found, even without coupons!

I got two 12-packs of Kroger-brand cola (for my husband’s office), two big containers of non-dairy creamer, a huge bag of carrots for the guinea pig, a bag of marked-down bread for french toast, some baking powder, a bag of tater tots and 5 lbs of hamburger meat for my son’s birthday party this weekend. I spent a total of $7 out-of-pocket after the $25 credit for the transferred prescription. I was hoping to have a gift card to use later in the month, but I’m going with the flow!

I did the same prescription transfer at Publix, using the same Kroger coupon. Publix’ new coupon policy states that their pharmacy accepts competitor’s prescription coupons (which I double-checked with the store manager) and DID get a gift card this time!!! It pays to take the extra time to make some money with these prescription transfer coupons!!!

I used it to get:
4 bottles of V8 Splash juice
1 Publix greenwise double roll toilet paper (penny item!!!!)
1 bunch of bananas
1 12-pack of Miller Lite (my husband’s been wanting some!)

The cost before sales/coupons (I only had a few) was $28 and the cost after was $15, so I saved 40%, but since I paid for it with a FREE giftcard, I saved 100%!

I still have $10 left on the giftcard, so I’ll use some of it with my $25 next week for a big deal I’m putting together on a couple of stock-up items.

So…

My out-of-pocket total for the week is up to $8!

Transferring prescriptions to ‘make’ money can be a great tool! They do have restrictions, so read the coupons carefully. Transferring prescriptions has two possible downsides: One is that, unless you’re transferring all your prescriptions at a time, your prescriptions aren’t all at the same pharmacy to check for possible drug interactions. This is very important, because even if you always go to the same doctor, they can miss a possible drug interaction when they prescribe a new medication. I only do this because my husand’s been on the same medications, all of which were at the same pharmacy, for a few months now, so I know that he’s not having any problems.

The second downfall to transferring prescriptions is that it can be a hassle. It takes some time to transfer them and usually some time at the counter to get the coupons all figured out. It also apparently annoys some of the pharmacy employees. I’ve had times when the cashiers were rude and obviously annoyed at me for doing it. I’ve even had a manager make some rude comments to me once. Most of them don’t like doing the extra work that it takes to transfer a prescription, and I’ve heard one pharmacy tech say that they look down on people who do this. The way I look at it is this:

With my husband’s monthly prescriptions, the pharmacies are getting about $1200 worth of business from me each month. We pay nowhere near that (thank you Jesus for giving us good health insurance), but we pay for the insurance, the co-insurance, and the co-pays, as well as our insurance paying the remainder. The pharmacy is making a LOT of money off of my family. Drugs are a HUGE business and they want my business, so much so that corporate is willing to put out these coupons and/or accept competitor’s coupons to get that business. Even if they only get that business for a few months out of the year, they’re making thousands, and giving me a fraction of that in gift cards. They know that the money they’re making is worth the coupon.

So, if I can spend a little extra time every couple of months to save a little extra, it’s worth it to me! I can handle the cashier’s annoyances, smile, thank them, and continue on with my day, happy to have made a little money for my effort.

Changes to Kroger Fuel program!

Kroger is FINALLY doing something to try to bring in more customers! They’re changing their fuel program. Now, for every 100 points earned (through groceries, prescriptions, etc) you get $.10 off per gallon, UP TO $1.00 OFF PER GALLON!

Now, you’d have to buy $1,000 worth of groceries to accumulate enough points to get $1 off, but you could also get your prescriptions at Kroger or you could buy Shell giftcards (100 points for every $50 you spend) and use both the giftcard AND the points.

Now, this is still not nearly as good as the instant 20% savings when you buy a $50 gift card for $40 at Publix (not currently running, but I’m crossing my fingers to get one more in before summer starts!). It’s still much better than their current program, and I’m glad to see Kroger reaching out to try to get some more business. I still love Publix more, but I may consider warming up to Kroger.

My not-so-great Kroger trip

I hit Kroger last night after the kids went to bed to get a few things, especially to get the Silk Almond milk before my $2/1 coupons expired. I was reminded that I really don’t like Kroger that much.

The cashier took a very long time to do the few coupons I had, she had to call someone to get me my $5 gift card as part of the GM promotion, she had to call someone again to ask about two coupons and they tried to adjust down some of my coupons instead of letting me get the full value of the coupon.

I decided that I’d rather get my overage at Publix or Walmart (who has published that they WILL allow overage!) and asked them to take the items off. In general, I’d rather give my business to a store like Publix. It sounds silly, because I’m not actually ‘spending’ money, but whichever store I choose is making money from the manufacturer via the coupons, and I’d rather a coupon-friendly store get the money.

Anyway, I did get a few good deals!

Tortilla chips $2 (my hubby really wanted them!)
Jumbo salted peanuts $1 (see above)
Kix cereal $3.29
– $.50/1 coupon
Total Raisin Bran $4.39 (x3) (husband’s favorite!)
– $1/1 peelie (x3)
– $.75/1 ecoupon (using a paper coupon AND an ecoupon is against Kroger’s new policy, but I didn’t realize that this was still on my card until I left with my receipt, so there wasn’t anything I could do about it!)
M&M Eggs $.99 (x4)
– $2/2 coupon (x4)
Skittles $.79 (wow, I got a lot of things for my husband on this trip!) (x2)
– $.50/2 coupon (doubled)
Suave deodorant $.88 (x2)
– $.50/1 coupon (doubled to sale price x2)
Silk Almond Milk $2.50 (x2)
– $2/1 coupon (x2)
Kroger Milk $2.98

– $5 gift card for buying 4 General Mills cereal

Total before coupons/sales/giftcard = $36.28
TOTAL AFTER = $19.30 or 47% savings

Not my best trip, especially with the cereal I chose for the GM deal, but they were all things that we wanted! I live in reality, even when it’s not the prettiest, and this happened to be our reality for the moment! I could have made the numbers look better if I had gotten the Gerber yogurt for free with the coupon I had, but, again, I wanted to support another more coupon-friendly store with that coupon instead of this one. If I hadn’t needed the milk and promised the chips and peanuts to my husband already, I would have done the same thing with those.

Kroger and Publix (again!)


I went to Publix again (one more time before the sale ended!!!) with a friend this time, and so that I could use a $5 off of a $30 purchase that my mother-in-law gave me. It was about to expire, and I am so glad that I was able to take advantage of it! Then I hit Kroger yesterday to pick up a few deals there.

Publix:

Progresso soup BOGO $2.29 x4
– $1/4
Golden Grahams Cereal Bars on sale for $2 x2
– $.50/1 coupon (doubled x2)
Muellers pasta BOGO $1.25 x20
– $1/1 coupon (x20)
Publix great north dried beans $2.29
Sundown B6 vitamins $3.59 x4
– $3/1 Publix coupon x4
– $2/1 coupon x1
– $1/1 coupon x3
Kelloggs Frosted Flakes (for my post-surgery husband!) $4.79
Talenti Gelato BOGO $4.69 x5
– $1/1 x5
Skittles king size $1.39 (again for my husband!)

– $5/$30 coupon

Total before coupons/sales = $86.08
Total after coupons/sales = $.64 or 99.3% savings!!!

I even threw in the Skittles at the last minute because I would have gone negative if I hadn’t, and you can’t go negative! It was the Holy Spirit telling me it’s ok to buy my diabetic husband Skittles just this once because he just had surgery!

Not all stores allow overage, but I’ve spoken with a few managers at three of our local stores, and they all said that they DO allow overage, as long as it doesn’t go negative (as would have been the case here if I hadn’t gotten that pack of Skittles.) I’ve written before about using overage to save on other items, and this is a really good example right here. I used the overage from the pasta and vitamins to pay for the soup, gelato, cereal, beans, cereal bars, and candy.

Publix was the really amazing one this week, but Kroger wasn’t too bad. Here’s that trip:

Kroger:

Kroger graham crackers on sale for $1.99
Hormel Pepperoni on sale for $1 x6
– $1/2 coupon x3
Butterfinger Snackers on sale for $.50 x2
– $1/2 E coupon
Old Spice Deodorant on sale for $1.99
-$1 e coupon
Old Spice body wash on sale for $3
-$1 e coupon
-Buy deodorant, get body wash free coupon
Straws on sale for $1
Tide Stain Release on sale for $53.99
– $3 e coupon
– $3/1 coupon
Vicks Sinex $7.49
– $4/1 coupon
– $4 e coupon
General mills fruit snacks on sale for $1.99 x5
– BOGO coupon x2
– $.50/2 e coupon
– $.50/2 e coupon
– $3 on your next purchase catalina
Lemon muffin cookies (so good!) marked down to $1.49

Total before coupons/sales = $67.27
Total after coupons/sales = $8.92 or 87%

Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart, and Bi-Lo = AWESOME!


Oh man, this was one of those awesome weeks that I love to have. I went to Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo this week (WOW!) and it was awesome! I only remembered to take a picture of today’s Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo trips (minus the turkeys, which are in my big freezer). Here’s what I got this week:

Kroger:

Kroger milk $1.98
Pillsbury Pie Crusts (x8) $2.50
-$1/2 coupon (x4)
-$4/4 instant savings (x2)
Pork loin $1.79/lb (about $6.50)
Eggplant $1
Suave deodorant $.88 (x2)
-$0.50/1 coupon (doubled, so free plus profit x2)

Total before coupons/sales= $43.49
Total after coupons/sales= $17.24 or 61% savings (plus they were out of the pork loin and the chicken the first time I went, so I got rain checks for those!)

Publix:

Marvel Disney vitamins $5.99 (x4)
Sundown Vitamin D $2.99 (x4)
-$6/2 Publix coupon (x4)
-$1/1 Marvel coupon (x4)
-$1/1 Sundown coupon (x4)
Animal crackers $1.49
-FREE item Publix baby club coupon
Smart Balance BOGO $2.89 (x2)
Publix butter (gotta have it!)on sale for $2.50

Total before coupons/sales = $46.78
Total after sales/coupons = $9.35 or 80% savings

Wal-Mart:

Cottonelle Fresh Wipes $2.48
-FREE item coupon
Turkey 19.73 lb @ $1.09/lb = $21.31
-Price comp from Food Lion’s ad for $.39/lb (total after price comp $7.69)
-$1/1 Honeysuckle turkey coupon
Sweet potatoes 12 lbs @ $.28/lb (I always get a ton of these, mash them, freeze them, and use it for the next few months!) (total $3.36)

Total before sales/coupons = $39.27
Total after sales/coupons = $10.05 or 74% savings

Bi-Lo:

Mt Olive banana peppers BOGO $2.39
-$.50/1 coupon
Barilla lasagna nooles BOGO $2.19 (x4)
Fuze drinks $1.25 (x8)
-2 free wyb 4 Bi-Lo instant promo
-2 free wyb 4 coupon
Onion soup packets BOGO $1.35 (x1)
Armour meatballs BOGO $3.99
-$.55/1 coupon (doubled, x3)
Honeysuckle 13.65 lb turkey orig $17.62, on sale for $.49/lb
-Price comp to Food Lion turkeys @ $.39/lb (total after price comp $6.69)
-$1/1 coupon
5 lb bag of pears marked down to $1.49
Sugar $1.98 (from $3.15, this is why I stock up at this time of year! x4)
-$.50/1 coupon (doubled, x4)
Total before coupons/sales = $73.64
Total after coupons/sales = $24.03 or 67% off

Weekly total before coupons/sales = $203.18
Weekly total after coupons/sales = $60.67 or 70%

I am planning on grocery shopping VERY little through December, and not at all next week. That’s my soft, non-committal plan anyway. I’m sure you’ll see how well I do at it!

In the meantime, hurry out and get those super-cheap turkeys and sweet potatoes at least! I was able to price comp the $.39/lb turkeys from Food Lion’s ad at Wal-Mart AND at Bi-Lo with no problem at all!

My record so far: Kroger!

Let me start by saying that I GOT ALL OF THIS FOR $.18!!!!!!!

Kroger had a P & G Mega event this week: buy 4 participating items, get $4 off instantly (the items with a star next to them qualified for that promo.) I made two trips (because I was rushed getting ready the first time and missed a TON of coupons, so I went back!) and here’s what I got:

Big K 12 pack $1.99
Milk $2.08
Bananas $.70
Peaches $1.30
Eggs $1.00
Kroger brand squeeze yogurt $2.59
Powdered donuts (bribe for kids and me!) $2.00
Kit Kat Dark chocolate (YUM!) $.50 (x2)
Rolo $.50
Crasins $1.00
Crest toothpaste $1.00 (x9)
-$.50/1 coupon (which doubled) (x9) FREE
Ivory 3 pack soap $1.00 (x3)
-$.50/1 coupon (doubled) (x3) FREE
Suave deodorant $1.00 (x3)
-$.50/1 coupon (doubled) (x3) FREE
Oral B toothbrushes $1.00 (x6)
-$2/2 coupon (x3) FREE
Olay Total Effects body wash $5.99
-$4/1 coupon
$1.50/1 E coupon
*Ivory 10 pk soap $3.50
-FREE wyb Olay Total Effects body wash coupon (-$3.50)
-$.50/1 E coupon
*Old Spice body wash $2.99
-$2.00/1 E coupon
*Old Spice Fresh Collection deodorant $3.99
-FREE wyb Old Spice body wash (-$3.99)
-$1/1 Fresh Collection E Coupon
*Gilette Body Wash $2.99 (x8)
-BOGO free coupon (x4)
-$2/1 coupon (x4)
*Olay Regenerist cleanser $5.60 (x2)
-BOGO coupon
-$3/1 coupon
*Bounty Paper Towels 2 pk $2.99 (x2)
-$.25/1 coupon (doubled)
*Charmin Mega Rolls $6.99
-$3/1 E Coupon
-$1/1 coupon

-$16 (4 x $4) due to P&G promotion
-$5 on any purchase (from last week)
-$5 on any purchase (from last week)

Total before sales/coupons= $146.64
Total AFTER sales/coupons= $.18

AND they Olay stuff I got will put me over the top to send in for a $10 rebate check!!