I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.
I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!
September 30, 2008
Quaker Simple Harvest Granola Bar
Coupon Organizer - from Dollar General
Crest Whitening Expression toothpaste
Calvin Klein - Secret Obsession perfume
Redken Fresh Curls - calms frizz, helps detangle hair
Gain with Baking Soda
I always like getting a little surprise in my mailbox from time to time. It's even better when they send coupons with the freebie.
September 29, 2008
Here's my latest shopping trip.
7 pkgs of Angel Soft TP
2, 2 liters of Coke
6, 5 lb bags of C&H sugar
1 bag of Santitas chips
1 box of Wheat Thins (free)
4 Ken's Spray dressings (free)
2 loaves of Sara Lee white bread
1 bunch of bananas
1 bag of broccoli
5 Yoplait Yogurts
1 dozen eggs
1 pkg Trident gum
3 bags of Goldfish
Total = $47.33
Savings = $65.17
Average price per item $1.31I also earned 5% off of one of my upcoming shopping trips. I hope they have some really good sales coming up - I think this next one (starting Wednesday) will be their case lot sale.
I hope to be posting a follow up to my "before" pictures soon. I finally organized my food storage (I'm just in the process of labeling things now and making sure it's FIFO'd - first in-first out).
I probably will never see a grocery receipt where my savings is less than I spent. I have the variety in my pantry that I need and I'm relying on that supply rather than running to the grocery store for odds and ends.
September 25, 2008
Ordering newspapers is not always a top priority, but it should be if you really plan to cash in on the savings. Let me help you get started. I can sell any paper in the state and would be glad to help you sign up. If you're interested in the Salt Lake papers, I can also offer you a discount on that subscription (assuming you are within their delivery area).
Grocery Smarts recommends one paper, per person in the household. The reasoning behind this is to allow you not only to consume what you buy, but to also allow you to fill your pantry with the "extra's" you pick up. Time is money, gas is money - so make your shopping trip count and stock up on the items your family will use. Watch your pantry grow and what you pull out of your wallet shrink. It is the best natural "high" you will ever get, knowing you saved more than you spent! It happens week after week after week.
If you've attended one of my classes you can call me using the number on the bottom of the grocery smarts guide you received. If not, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details.
The best part to subscribing to the newspaper is knowing that within 2-3 shopping trips you will have already paid for the cost of your subscription!
September 24, 2008
September 23, 2008
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September 19, 2008
- Russet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Seasoned Potatoes
- Three Cheese Potatoes
September 18, 2008
They had a lot of "kid" type backpacks but they also had a lot that had wheels so you could pull, and there were plain ones as well.
So as I said above - RUN DON'T WALK - these won't last long!
September 17, 2008
So here's what I got and I'm really glad I showed up when I did because I was notified that there would NOT be any rainchecks on this sale. I did not read the fine print, so if any of you were waiting to pick up some of these items, it may be hit or miss when you get there.
I spent $44.81 and saved $86.39. I also got a bunch of Campbells bonus labels to send with my daugther to school.
Here's my run down.
1 bunch of banana's (the one year old has decided he really likes banana's)
1 pkg Chips Ahoy (the cookies were part of an in-ad coupon)
1 pkg of Oreo's (look for the packages for $1.00 of a gallon of milk)
8 microwaveable tomato soups (love these with grilled cheese!)
20 cans tomato soup
4 cans cream of mushroom
6 cans of spaghettios
8 bottles of Pace Salsa
1 bottle of Tree top apple juice (free with $25 purchase - in ad coupon)
4 bottles of V8 splash (mmmm....these are pretty tasty)
8 bags of Malt-o-meal cereal
Not to bad for a shopping trip with a 1 year old (in and out). Hopefully you'll be able to find the items you're looking for as well. Check out the Macey's case lot as well!
September 16, 2008
Update: Try these links for Malt-o-Meal coupons Link #1, Link #2, Link #3, Link #4, Link #5, Link #6, Link #7. I've already printed my coupons (I printed them several weeks ago), so I don't know if these are still active or that these specific items are on the sale. If you run across problems, leave me a comment so I can go in and delete any links that aren't working.
September 15, 2008
September 13, 2008
My total was $79.07 and I saved $136.10. I purchased 69 items, making each item about $1.15 per item. For not thinking I was going to do well - I was more than pleasantly surprised.
Here's a rundown of what I got.
2 Gerber Graduates
3 Gerber baby food jars
1 Albertson's sour cream
6 Yoplait yogurts
3 bags of Nestly candybars (they were 3/$5 and I had 2, $1.00 off coupons - making each bag $1.00 - not bad)
2 Ore Ida steam mash (I had 2 coupons that would allow me to get each of them free. I will be blogging about this new campaign after I try them)
1 bag pizza rolls - Yea for box tops
2 Aunt Jemima pancake mixes
2 Aunt Jemima syrups
3, 8 pk Juicy Juice drinks (I had 2 coupons for $1.00 off each, along with the Albertson's promotion, it made each drink about $.20 for 100% juice)
1 bunch of bananas
2 canisters of regular Quaker quick oats
2 boxes of Quaker breakfast cookies (these are really good microwaved for a few seconds)
2 boxes of Quaker granola bites
3 boxes of Quaker granola bars
5 boxes of instant Quaker oats (Fruit & Cream)
1 bag of Albertson's chips
1 bag of Albertson's hot dog buns
1 head of cauliflower
6 bottles of spices (Albertson's and McCormick brands - basil, oregano, chili powder, garlic salt, onion powder, season salt)
5 bottles of soft soap (we go through a lot of soap)
3 boxes of Electrasol detergent (These came up at $.09 each - can't beat that!)
2 bags of Nestle chocolate chips
2 boxes of Albertson's Honey Oat flakes with strawberries
6 pkgs of Albertson's napkins (they even had some cute Halloween ones)
1 dozen eggs
1 4pk Scott's toilet paper (free)
These are the best buy's I came across. I got a raincheck for some of those Scrubbing bubbles action scrubbers. Along with the Albertson's promotion, I have some additional coupons to add to them.
September 12, 2008
As I've searched some blogs I came across some prices for Macey's caselot that will start next Wednesday the 17th.
WF Granulated Sugar, 25lb bag $8.99
WF Tomatoes 14.5-15oz asst. $.49 (Case of 24 $11.76)
WF Soup Chick Noodle & Tomato 10.75 oz. $.49 (Case of 24 $11.76)
WF Instant Oatmeal $.99 (Case of 12 $11.88)
WF Fruit 30oz. Cocktail, Peaches or Pears $.99 (Case of 12 $11.88)
WF Corn Flakes 18 oz. $.99 (Case or 12 $11.88)
Campbell's Cream Soup 10oz Asst. $.69 (Case of 24 $16.56)
WF Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.39 (Case of 12 $11.88)
WF Tuna 6 oz. $.69 (Case of 48 $33.12)
WF Tomato Juice or Vegatable Cocktail 46 oz. $.99 (Case of 12 $11.88)
WF Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.19 (Case of 48 $9.12)
WF Ketchup 24 oz. upright or 20 oz. upside down $.88, (Case of 12 $10.56, Case of 16 $14.08)
WF Powdered or Brown Sugar 32 oz. $1.09 (Case of 12 $13.08)
WF Pancake Syrup 128 oz. $4.79 (Case of 4 $19.16)
Harvest King Gold Medal Flour 50 lb. $16.99
WF Brownie Mix 20oz. $.99 (Case of 12 $11.88)
WF Clover Honey 80 oz. $7.99 (Case of 6 $47.94)
Suave or VO5 Shampoo or Conditoner 15 oz. $.79
WF 24pk Half Liter Drinking Water $2.99
WF Toilet Paper 36 Roll or Paper Towel 15 Rolls $6.99
According to Savvy Shopper Deals the items in red are supposed to be pretty good deals. Good luck as you case lot shop.
September 11, 2008
I also came across another list on Google that is a reference list. I'm not sure who the original publisher of the list was, but as far as I can tell these prices are pretty consistent with what I've been seeing.
5 star - stock up
4 star - still a pretty good deal (stock up with a few if you absolutely need it)
3 star - average price
September 10, 2008
If you come across something great that you'd like to share - I'd love to pass it along....
September 9, 2008
So take advantage of your At Home Rewards+ benefits during your 7-day trial membership period. We invite you to use our services for the full 7-day trial period. If within 7 days you don't feel that our services and benefits are everything we say they are, simply call us toll-free at 877-636-6858 to cancel your membership. At Home Rewards+ will automatically charge the membership fee to your card at the end of your 7-day trial period and, unless you call to cancel, at the then-current fee each new membership month.
I called the number and the automated system took me through the cancellation process - I never spoke to a live person. I guess we'll just wait and see if I get my free bags or not.
Sometimes offers like these are a little frustrating because either the stuff you have to read is a mile long or they pretend to be something they are not by offering you something for free.
Once again - I'll keep you posted! I guess if I get the free items, it may not be so bad after all.
September 8, 2008
This was a copy of the "fine print" that showed below after I ordered.
If you accepted the Passport to Fun+ / At Home Rewards+ / Simply You offer, you will receive a welcome email shortly with instructions on how to begin accessing your members-only benefits with trial membership. After your 7-day FREE trial period, $14.95 per month will be automatically charged to your credit/debit card as per the offer details.
I honestly have no idea if I accepted the things above. I did get a copy of my receipt after ordering, but I don't remember reading anything about the offers above. The website did have a phone number that I will call tomorrow to make sure I don't get charged the above rate. Hopefully I will still get my free item.
phone: 1-800-509-0176 email: email@example.com business hours: mon-fri 9am to 4pm est
I wanted to post this info so you knew what you were getting into. I will keep you posted on the automatic charge.
Tracie - thanks a ton! Several people have requested that I put the dates on and I could never get it to work right. Duh......I guess it's a user problem.
I'm pushing the publish button......let's see what happens!!!
September 6, 2008
September 5, 2008
Anyway - I wanted to see if this would actually post the date in the header. I know that would be very helpful for me as well as others. So here's to a new beginning (Cheers!)
Note: As you can see - by changing templates this still did not solve my problem. So I'm still on a quest to resolve this issue. Anyone? Anyone?
September 4, 2008
So I'm calling on any of you that are more savvy than me to help me figure this out. If any of you are super smart and know the answer, I would be greatly appreciative. I have even posted this question out there to google, but did not get a response.
I know there is someone out there that is really smart with this stuff and will have the answer (I hope!!!).
If so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks so much!!!
September 3, 2008
2 boxes of cinnamon rolls
2 boxes of Bisquick
2 Pillsbury orange rolls
3 Pillsbury cresent rolls
6 boxes of Gogurt
2 Betty crocker cookie bags
8 boxes of Toaster Strudel
3 boxes of Cheerios
3 boxes of Reese's Puffs
9 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
6 boxes of Cookie Crisp
11 boxes of fruit snacks
I spent a total of $67.11 and saved $158.96!!!! I bought a total of 62 items making each item an average of $1.08. I think this is one of the best shopping trips I've ever had. The store was pretty well stocked as I was leaving, I think Albertson's is prepared for this sale. Good luck to those of you heading out to take advantage of some pretty good deals.
September 2, 2008
As you can see I bought a lot of stuff (we had a birthday party on Labor day - my baby turned 1 a few days prior).
Sometimes these pictures don't show as much detail as I would like so I'll run down most of it.
1 Kraft cheese slices
3 French's mustard (Yea!!! I got some for food storage)
2 containers of muffins (8 total -great sale, $1.99 each at Kaysville Albertson's during their grand re-opening)
4 Sara Lee bread loaves (again great deal $1.00 each)
3 cans Del Monte pineapple
1 container of grape tomatoes
1 box popsicles
2 1/2 gallon ice creams
1 pkg pepperoni
1 pkg canadian bacon
2 bags of candy corn (I have to buy at least one each Fall season)
1 bag of variety chocolate candy (Hershey's)
1 box corn dogs
4 single serve Kraft mac-n-cheese
4 boxes Honey Bunches of Oats
1 box saltines
2 bags of fritos
1 bag of cheetos
1 gallon oj
2, 6 pk Dove bar soap
6 Dove shampoo/conditioner
2 Dove body wash
1 can of cheese
Okay now that I think I got everything - I paid $128.72 and saved $93.39. I also got $7.00 off my next shopping trip.
Now I think I'll wrap things up - cut a few coupons and show up at the crack of dawn like everyone else to get the best items at the General Mills sale starting tomorrow at Albertsons! See you there :)
Also, Smiths is having their caselot sale. This is a great time to start stocking your pantry. Looks like they have lots of things to choose from.
Hopefully you all received your ads in the mail today. If not - you can click on the links to the right (scroll down a little - Favorite websites) to check out their online ads.
TIP: I read a variety of different blogs and some of the advice that was posted out there was to write down all the ingredients to 10-15 of your families favorite meals. Next, always keep those key ingredients on hand so you will always have those wonderful meals that your family enjoys the most!
Regardless of where you decide to shop this week - I would love to hear about the great deals you come by! I will probably end up shopping both Albertson's and Smiths. Don't forget that Macey's caselot will be coming up 9/17.
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