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Friday, January 28, 2011

Shopping Day Roundup

I don't have pictures, but sburiel wanted to know more about my shopping trips, so I thought I would share yesterday's outing.

I started out at Walgreens, with no RR's. It was weird to me, but I lost my last $1.50 RR a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been back since, but I had $3/1 Glad Forceflex coupons that I'd printed a few weeks back (no longer available), and since my allergies are so bad, I've singlehandedly gone through boxes of tissue. In my first transaction, I bought 7 boxes of Kleenex at $0.46 per box after coupons and RR. I then used the RR and my $3/1 Glad coupons to buy 2 boxes of trash bags, which we had started to run low on. My target price for trash bags is less than 9 cents per bag, and these worked out to 6 cents per bag, so I'm quite pleased.

After Walgreens, I headed to Toys R Us, where I bought an 18-pack of Horizon Strawberry Singles for $12.99. That works out to $0.72 per carton, which is a good deal for these. It turns out that there is a $0.55/1 printable coupon that I could have used. Unfortunately, the Earth's Best snacks did not appear to be on sale, but the coupon I printed doesn't expire until April so I can wait for a sale (and the regular price at Target is less than $2, so I can always use it there).

From TRU, I went to Staples, where I picked up my free box of Coffee-Mate without any problems. I also used the 15% off printable coupon (pdf) to buy a pair of magazine holders priced at $8.99 to help organize some papers on my desk.

After Staples, I headed to Target, where I bought a canister of Quaker oats ($2.29 - $1/1 Target printable - $1/1 from 1/2 RP = $0.29); 2 boxes of Capri Sun ($2 each - $1/2 printable no longer available - $0.50/2 Target printable = $1.25 each); Target brand Claritin (no coupon), 2 canisters of Wet Wipes ($1.99 each - $1/1 printable no longer available), Finish Quantum ($2.99 - $1/1 from 1/2 SS - $1.50/1 Target printable = $0.49), and a GE Reveal light bulb (clearance price $1.08 - $1/1 from 1/9 SS - $1.50/1 previously available Target printable = $1.42 overage!). I do wish I'd known about the Planters Peanuts deal yesterday.

I was starting to feel rather tired, so I decided to go to Pavilions (our Safeway affiliate) and then head home. I picked up a gallon of organic milk, some Nabisco cookies (using the milk + cookies coupon that's available every month), and some clearanced meat. I can never find marked down meat at Ralphs but have had pretty good luck at Pavilions, and they have a new brand that's not organic but is hormone and antibiotic-free, which I love. I picked up a package of filet mignon for $10/lb and chicken breasts for $2.50/lb which is amazing around here.

My total spent was about $65, including tax. Although that's a little high, it's not bad considering half of it was on groceries - my grocery expenses are always on the high side because of the organic/hormone & antibiotic-free products that I buy. Since we can afford it, I think it's worth the extra money to minimize the amount of unnecessary chemicals that we eat.

I will definitely make it to Ralphs sometime this week for the Mega Sale. I have some random coupons that will go well with the sale, including some free Sobe coupons (from last year's instant win game) and a Catalina for Hot Pockets that should make it free. Thanks to Sophia and Rebecca for sharing even more deals in the comments!



  • At 1/28/11, 4:33 PM, Blogger sburiel said…

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing your trip. I feel special :)

  • At 1/28/11, 6:05 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this! Have a great weekend :)

  • At 1/28/11, 9:00 PM, Anonymous Kristin said…

    I don't know how you feel about shopping at Walmart but we always have great luck on their day-old rack in the bakery. They discount things 40% or more from the day before, and it's always still fresh (almost always!). Especially for toasted sandwiches, the bread is always great. I love finding their naan bread (love this flatbread!) and it's always 1/2 price. What we can't use we freeze since there's only 2 of us and some days we find more than others. It's really good! We seem to find better quality on that rack sometimes than the "fresh" stuff. We always find the rack in the back of our grocery section or in the very front near the deli. For that reason (and our tiny disability income) we go to the grocery store a few days each week to catch the markdowns.


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