Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Groceries for this week

Ahh, don't you just love it when you get free stuff? I walked in the door of my house this afternoon with FIVE FREE items! The prices I list are after coupon prices.
Dun-dun, Duh-DUN!! (drum roll)

Hershey's Cocoa - 2.69
AP Flour - 2.08
7 Cream Cheese - 1.25 ea.
2 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Veg - FREE
2 Redi-Whip - FREE
7 lbs. Sweet Potatoes - 2.75 (.39/lb)
4 Kiwi - 1.34
Lettuce - 1.38
Cornmeal - 1.29
2 Clabber Girl Baking Powder - 1.29 ea.
Kroger Tortilla Chips - 2.50
Kroger Nacho Chips - 1.99
Toilet Paper - FREE
Coupons used:
Green Giant, $1/2 Q, (2) $.50 Shortcuts
Redi-Whip, (2) $.50 Q (doubles to $1 ea), (2) $1.00/2 Shortcuts (it took both?)
Baking Powder, $1/2 Q
Toilet Paper, $.25 Q (doubles to $.50), $.50 Shortcuts
Total Before Coupons/Kroger Plus Discount: $64.50
Total OOP: $30.78
Total Savings (coupons and Kroger Plus Discount): $33.72 (52%)
Edited to correct my math. Somehow it was totally, completely off! My total OOP turned out to be a little more, but my savings was more, too!!

Next stop, Target:
3 boxes Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - $.29/ea.
3 Boxes Au Gratin Potatoes - $.29/ea.
Coupons used:
(3) $1/2 Coupons from the Nov & Dec All You magazine
Total Before Coupons: $4.85
Total OOP: $1.78
Total Savings: $3.07 (63%)

Total for the whole trip before all savings: $69.35
Total trip OOP: $32.56
Total trip Savings: $36.79 (53%)

I know you're wondering "why" on the cream cheese... my sources said that if you bought 7 or more of these you got a $4 Catalina at checkout (basically $4 you can use on another purchase). My checkout didn't yield a Catalina :( I didn't feel like going right over to the CS desk and returning it all, so I kept it. It is something that I do use, and will use eventually.

And some of you might be wondering "how much of this did you really need?" The items that I NEEDED are the butter, cornmeal, baking powder, flour, cocoa, chips and lettuce. The potatoes I bought because they are on such a HUGE sale (not to mention they are quite HUGE themselves!!!), and I was going to get some fresh fruit anyway (thus the kiwi).

I'm really glad that my whole trip OOP was less this week, but I was still hoping to see the % saved be more :( If I didn't HAVE to buy the things I NEED, I know it would be a LOT more. See, that's the whole purpose behind "stocking up" when you can get stuff for free or almost free by combining good sales with good coupons. That way the more you have stocked up, the less of a chance you'll have need to buy it at full or marked up price.

Ok, that's enough for now. I gotta go finish supper and eat so we can go to choir practice. Toodles!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What are the shortcuts? I also LOVE FREE STUFF! Thanks!

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

"Shortcuts" are coupons that you "load" onto your store card (my Kroger Plus Card), and as the item scans, the coupon comes "off" the card (once the card is scanned). Check out to see if they have your store!

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like you got some great stuff. I guess I don't know the thrill of shopping and getting something free. I'll just have to take your word for it.