Sunday, May 29, 2011

Couponing and more!!

I haven't posted in a while but I am here to say that I have kept up with my photo a day or "PAD" so far~even though I haven't had the time to post the photos on my blog every day they are in a folder on my computer and it's nice to go back and see what I've done so far this year!!

So I am happy to say that I have been getting back into my couponing...I was really into it a few years back but with mom getting sick and then coming to live with us I just didn't have the time or the energy to put into it. Yesterday was a great shopping day for me at 2 of my local grocery stores and today I set out to hit both CVS and RiteAid as well as Stop&Shop because I didn't realize what great matchups there were until I checked out Coupon Diva's website last night!! Thanks so much Kitty!!

Off to CVS I go with coupons in hand and $4 in ECB's (Extra care bucks)

So...CVS transaction #1 as pictured:

2 bags of M&M's at $1-$1 ECB (makes it free)
Preparation H wipes $3.99-$3.99 ECB (makes it free)
2 Speedstick Deodorants $5.50-$3 ECB
5 drinks for $5-2 ECB's.

I was going to get 5 Powerades but I noticed a pad of tear off coupons for the vitamin waters ($1 on 2!! So I took 2 coupons and got 4 vitamin water and one powerade)

Used: $2 off on vitamin water
$2 off on Preparation H which was a printable!!
.50 off Speedstick ( I had 2 of these) both printables
$4 ECB I had from buying the nail polish last

Total out of pocket for transaction #1= $7.48
Total ECB's that printed out: $9.99
Which gives me a credit of $2.51

(I got paid $2 to take that Preparation H home...hahaha!)

Transaction #2 at CVS

I bought 2 packages of the Scott 12 pack on sale for $6.99 each.

Used 2 X $1 off coupon I had for each 12 pack
Used $9.99 in ECB's that printed on transaction #1
Total out of pocket: $3.20

Total spent at CVS today out of pocket: $10.68
Total in savings: $38.30!!

So after CVS I headed on over to RiteAid for my first experience at actually using the UP+ rewards program that they have with their wellness card. Riteaid has a cool thing where you can watch videos on their website and then after you watch it you can print out a coupon!! So yesterday I watched a video and got a $1 off anything in the store print out! My first purchase was one shampoo and one conditioner by Renpure, both of these were $4.99 but then you got $4.99 in UP+ rewards on your receipt so I bought them and used the $1 off coupon. Total out of pocket for these 2 items today: $9.75 Total saved: $5.00

Transaction #2 was totally fun and even my cashier was excited for me and asked me if I watch that show Extreme Couponing on TLC!! HAHA! Maybe. ;)

2 boxes of Raisin bran
2 boxes of Rice Krispies
2 boxes of Frosted Flakes

3 packages of Pop Tarts

I used the $9.98 in UP+ rewards
2 X .70 off a box of Raisin Bran (printable)
$1 off on 3 packages of Pop Tarts
$1 off on 2 boxes of Rice Krispies
$1 off on 2 boxes of Frosted Flakes

Total for this order out of pocket: $2.54!!
Total savings: $32.97

My final stop today was to the Stop&Shop to pick up a few items that were great matchup savings with my coupons and these would be good stockpiling items for our family.

2 boxes of Ronzoni Garden Delights
2 mustard dipping sauces
4 BBQ sauces
3 pringles super stacks
4 Knorr's Rice sides
2 Planter's Nutrition Bars

Total out of pocket: $12.98
Total saved: $24.49

So my grand total for today at 3 stores is:

Total for all of my items: $136.71
Out of pocket: $35.95
Savings: $100.76

I hope this helps others to save, let me know if you find any other great deals!!


Chelle said...

Dumb question what does ECB stand for?

Great job on the savings.

Linda said...

Chelle, it's Extra Care Bucks, it prints out on your receipt when you buy certain items. :)

Kitty | Coupon Divas said...

Awesome Job Linda!! You had a HUGE score :)

Thanks for the shout out!


Scrappy Gal said...

That is amazing!! I used to do this all the time, but stopped because I found I was buying items that we were never using. Doesn't really work if I have to throw the stuff out ;)

I follow my stores for the lowest prices and use coupons, but I don't shop at every store anymore. Walgreens is a great store for finding those deals too!!

malilangl1228 said...

I need you to teach me how to coupon. I watch that TV show all the time and it makes me feel bad whenever I go food shopping