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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

My Best Buys This Weekend

I enjoyed having three days to shop this past weekend, and I picked up some really great deals. Here are a few of them:

Pavilions/Vons (possibly all Safeway family of stores)
As I tweeted on Saturday, I got a lot of stuff that was free or cheap after coupon at Pavilions. I was a bit nervous when I saw the $30+ subtotal, which was before coupons but after sale prices. But I needn't have worried, because once the coupons were scanned, my total was only $17. (Pavilion and Vons will double coupons up to $1, one like coupon per transaction.) My purchases included the following:

Best Foods mayo - It's $1.99 with the in-ad coupon, and I used a 75 cents/1 printable coupon (no longer available) to make it just 99 cents.

Wacky Mac pasta - It's still on sale for $1, so it's free after the 50 cents/1 coupon from the 5/16 SS.

Mentos gum - It's on sale for 99 cents, so it's free after the 55 cents/1 coupon from the 4/25 SS.

Ziploc containers - They are on sale for $1.99 each when you buy 4, and when you buy 4, you also get 2 $2 catalina coupons for your next purchase. I had an assortment of coupons, but the readily available ones are the 55 cents/1 or $1.50/2 from the 5/16 SS. Some of the packages I bought also had $1.50/2 coupons inside, so I'll be able to keep rolling the deal, which I believe ends on 6/13.

Zone Perfect bars - They are on sale for $1, so it's free after the 55 cents/1 coupon from the 5/16 SS.

Odwalla bars - These are still on sale for $1, so it's free after the 50 cents/1 coupon from the current Optimum magazine that's available at Ralphs (although I haven't seen it in a couple of weeks now).

Motrin PM - The 20-count bottle is on sale for $2.99, so it's free after the $3/1 coupon from the 4/18 RP. Just be aware that the coupon will beep, and will need to be pushed through or adjusted down.

Like Pavilions/Vons, Ralphs doubles one like coupon per transaction, up to $1. The best deals at Ralphs this week are continuations of last week's sale:

Yo Crunch 100 calorie 4-packs - These are still on sale for $2, so they were $1 after the 75 cents/1 coupon from the 3/28 or 5/23 SS.

All & Surf detergent - These are still on sale for $2.99, including All Oxi. There were separate $2/1 coupons in the 5/16 RP, and a printable coupon for $1/1 All Oxi. If you don't have the $2/1 coupons, $1.99 for a bottle of All Oxi is still a pretty good price for laundry detergent.

Athenos Hummus - These are also still on sale for $1.50 each, so if you use the Buy One, Get One Free printable coupon, you'll pay $1.50 for 2. I found some containers with an expiration date in October, so they last a long time too.

I haven't been shopping much at Rite Aid lately, but I've been doing multiple transactions each week at Walgreens. I did most of this week's hot deals:

Ecotrin - It's on sale for $2, yields a $2 RR, and you can use the $2/1 coupon from the 5/16 RP, which makes it a $2 moneymaker. I'm seeing reports that there are $2/1 coupons inside the box, so you may be able to keep this deal going.

Walgreens A-Z Select Vitamins - These are also on sale for $2, and yield a $2 RR. You want the ones that are for adults age 50+, in case you're having trouble figuring out which one qualifies for the deal.

Aquafresh Kids Bubblemint Toothpaste - There's a coupon in the ad that makes these 99 cents, and a $1/1 printable coupon that makes them free. But you want to have the printable coupon scanned first, because if the in-ad coupon is scanned first, then the printable will beep because it's a penny over the cost of the toothpaste.

U by Kotex - These are on sale for $3.49, and giving a $2.50 RR. Use a $1/1 coupon and they'll be free. There's a $1/1 printable coupon, and a $1/1 coupon in the April All You. Even better, the U by Kotex products are producing free competitor's product coupons - for instance, I bought a box of pads, and got a coupon for a free package of Always pads. I Heart Wags reports that buying liners will produce a coupon for free Always liners. So this is better than free!

I plan on hitting Target and CVS sometime this week, because there are some good deals that have popped up there. (Details at Common Sense with Money here and here.) But I'm skipping Rite Aid this week because I just can't do it all (Common Sense with Money has a great diaper scenario if you have young ones). And that's okay - I've learned over the last two years of couponing that it's no big deal to miss a deal or two or three. The deals will come around again, and if they don't, my family still manages to get by just fine.

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