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Friday, January 16, 2009

Working the grocery sales

So, if you've been reading my blog very long, you may remember that last January I decided to join the Grocery Game in order to cut spending at the supermarket. Since we live on the salary of a high school teacher in Utah and all.

After a few months of doing it with the help of the website, I figured I knew the rules well enough to go it alone. So, I started going to pinchingyourpennies.com instead for the lists, and it's been wonderful.

I admit, I slacked off a lot around the holidays. Couponing was just one more thing to have to deal with, and so I just didn't. But I'm back on the wagon.

Here's my haul from Albertson's the other day:



Had to do it in three orders, so here's what I did (you can stop reading now if this kind of stuff bores you to tears. I won't mind. But I won't apologize for the fact that finding a great deal at the grocery store makes me positively giddy these days!):

Order #1:

15 cans of Progresso Soup, on sale for $2.00 each. (I realize that's not the best price on this soup, but wait...)
Albertson's had two coupons in their ad and you could double up to three manufacturer's coupons with each one. I had 5 coupons for Progresso soup, and I doubled one for 50 cents and two for a dollar each and saved the other doubling coupon for my next order.
Total (with tax): $24.82
Total saved: $28.35
PLUS, the register spit out coupons for $15.00 of my next shopping order.

Order #2:

3 boxes Betty Crocker instant potatoes (great for food storage, even though we don't eat them much), on sale for 3/$5.00.
2 boxes Cheerios on sale for $2.00 each.
5 boxes Golden Grahams on sale for $2.00 each.
3 boxes fruit snacks on sale for $2.00 each.
2 bottles Dawn dish soap on sale for $2.50 each
I doubled three coupons that were a dollar off, plus had five more for the various items.
I used the $15.00 coupons I received just before.
Total (with tax): $8.36
Total saved: $45.85
Register spit out $15.00 more in savings.

Order #3:

20 Yoplait yogurts on sale for 50 cents each, with a special promotion at 40 cents each if you buy 20.
3.5 lb Roast, on sale for $1.99 per pound.
2 lb block of Montery Jack cheese on sale for $4.99 with in ad coupon.
2 lb block of Cheddar cheese, same deal.
2 5 lb bags of potatoes, on sale for $1.25 each with in ad coupon.
I had several coupons for the Yoplait.
I used my $15.00 coupons again.
Total (with tax): $12.57
Total saved: $44.73

So, I got all that food for a total of, well, um...excuse me while I quickly get my calculator up, I am no math genius....

A total of $45.75.

Total savings of $118.93.

And I am not even as good at this as many people out there who basically get everything for free.

41 comments :

  1. I wish I had more than one grocery store nearby so I could do this. I love a good deal!

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  2. Good lord! I try and do that coupon stuff but I'm just usually happy if I find a few cents off the peanut butter I get for my kids. YIKE, that's a LOT! Well done!!!!!!

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  3. Wow that is awesome. Maybe I will have to check it out.

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  4. Awesome! I think this is the coolest hobby. I have only heard of it a little before, and I LOVE reading it step by step like this. AMAZING! I really wish there was such thing as coupons in Poland. Even good sales are hard to come by!

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  5. Oh how I love a good grocery game. I've been doing it for a year now, and love it. GOOD JOB!

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  6. I love, love, love the grocery game--but I didn't realize it worked with the pinching pennies site. I might have to go look around. BIG congrats, that stuff gives me such a high! Do you ever do Rite Aid? They have some GREAT sales. I haven't paid more than .25 for a small thing of dish soap in over a year. Way to go.

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  7. When Adam and I first got married, I used to do this, because we were really poor. But now, since we're in a better financial situation, we eat out a lot. But, we're waiting to hear about budget cuts and what will be happening, so it may be back to the soup for us.

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  8. I'm pretty good about couponing but I'm going to have to buckle down. Gracery prices are OBVIOUSLY higher these days and it just makes me sick. Thanks for the little boost of motivation!

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  9. I do the Grocery Game and love it--but I don't know much about Pennie Pinchers. Tell us more!

    And how do you know how to split up your orders? I've never bothered to do that, but I'm guessing I could save a lot more if I did.

    (I got $35 of coupons off my next order last time, but it didn't occur to me to use them THAT DAY!)

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  10. Wow I'm just starting to do this again and don't have any coupons where do I gat them? are you just getting them from the internet are the newspaper? Help me And where are the best sites to go to, to help me with this?

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  11. A few girls in my bunco group are REALLY into it. They even buy coupons off Ebay. I feel overwhelmed thinking about it. But, this year we have decided to spend only $100 a week on groceries and things we need. For a family of five that much does not go far and it is much harder than I thought. I may just have to pick up this new hobbie.

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  12. I think I'll just hire you to come and do this for me! You are soooo good at it!

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  13. Goodness! I knew nothing about this gold. I will need to get more information!

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  14. that is an outstanding haul! I had been doing the GG for a while last year but when I went back to work I didn't have the 3 hours it was taking me to get my lists ready, plus the 3 hours a week to hop from store to store to do myshopping. so I gave up. and now everytime I go to walgreens and pay 4.00 for body wash, I'm pissed at myself.
    I'll have to check out pinch my pennies, that sounds good.

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  15. awesome, did ya link up with the grocery cart challange blog?

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  16. Lara,
    That is awesome ! Great job ! I wish we still had an Albertson's here !

    I am an avid couponer at the grocery store and at Walgreen's and CVS...I have quite a stockpile in my storage of food, personal care items and medicines. Most of it 60% off, all the way up to FREE, my favorite word ! LOL

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  17. My comment is exactly Annette's! I used to do the grocery game - loved it but quit because I didn't do it every single week and I felt like it was wasting $. I've never heard of the other one... and why 3 orders? To get the register coupons?

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  18. Great job, Lara!

    I miss my Coupon Sense days... One time, I brought home 12 bags of groceries (veggies and meat, too) and only paid $19!

    I'll be visiting that site you used!

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  19. Grocery store savings get me giddy, too! It's completely lost on my dear husband, though, so it's nice to meet someone who is just as excited about it as I am. :)

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  20. Very impressive. I wish I thought I had the patience for this. Right now it would really benefit us.

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  21. I think that this is such a great idea but have such a hard time doing it and figuring it out. I know...I'm lame.

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  22. "Thank you for shopping at Smiths" is all I hear, because that's the only store in Los Alamos. I don't even bother looking at the Albertsons ad they tease us with every week in the mail.

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  23. Good for you! I really should look into that stuff more carefully.

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  24. Hey cool! I've actually been looking at this lately because of the economy and joined The Grocery Game this week. I'm glad to see that it really does work. Now I have to work on it.

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  25. Very VERY impressive! I love stuff like that (which is why I continued reading avidly on. . )

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  26. Hi Lara! I don't mean to start a panic, but your post "True to Me" isn't coming up. At least not right now. Blogger tells me it doesn't exist. But there are the words of the first paragraph right there on my dashboard, taunting me! Anyway, probably won't be a problem by the time you read this, but I thought I'd mention it anyway!

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  27. DeNae...no panic. I accidentally published without meaning to. It's not finished, it's a draft. Oops! Those feeds are fast, because I deleted it in about 30 seconds. :) Now everyone has a sneak peek though, so I will finish and post sometime soon.

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  28. That is fantastic! I need to take lessons or something. Good job!

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  29. hey come by and pick up a blog award I have left you! You are one of my favorite reads!

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  30. GREAT deals!! Have you ever checked out Becky's Basics? She gives some good info. too!!

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  31. Wowee! Do you think that's something I could do? I know some people mentioned going to different stores. I generally avoid that because of the load of kiddos. We have been doing all of our shopping at the Super WalMart and Aldi. The walmart is the only place really close to us. Sad, huh?

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  32. One of the things I miss most about Salt Lake is the great Albertson's deals, like when you buy 15 boxes of cereal they are only a dollar.

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  33. that honestly blows my mind how that works. I am trying to get on the bus with it, will have to keep playing around. how long does it take for them to scan all the coupons?

    and I hope you feel better soon, ( it's late, I thought I read you had been sick)

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  34. WOW You did great! And good for you for getting some storage too! I need to start doing this!

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  35. Lara, I must learn from you! I shop the sales, but I'm not much of a couponer (is that a word?) yet. I would like to be.

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  36. Wow. That is amazing. I have gone to pinching your pennies & it is a great site.

    I'm just not good with the couponing. I should be.

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  37. I joine the grocery game too!! I love it.

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  38. Way to go, Lara! I love Pinching Your Pennies, so I'm glad you decided to try the site. No need to pay money when you can do it yourself for free, eh?

    You did a great job on your shopping trip! Some of the stores weren't letting people use the $15 coupons on P&G stuff - so that definitely helped you out with the savings! Don't worry about it though - it was in teeny tiny print on the coupon - and I think stores didn't know it was wrong until a couple days into the sale. I also think I used a couple incorrectly during my shopping trip too! I just know a few people who got really mad when it got restricted around here! No worries for me, I used most of mine on the QUAKER sale this week!

    Anyway, I thought you did a great job. My shopping update will be publishing on my blog at midnight tonight!

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  39. Yea! That's awesome! I get really excited too!

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  40. {worshipping you}
    {missing my Albertsons}

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  41. I really need to learn how to do that . . .

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