Albertson’s Shopping Trip

This trip felt very blessed.  God was good to me in many ways.  As always, Coupon Connections was the site I used to organize my trip and find my printable coupons.  I’ll donate probably about half of what I bought to food banks and other organizations.

The Twice the Value coupons come out about every other week and are found on the back bottom of the Albertson’s ads.  They double (up to $1) any coupon you use.  You can only use 3 per transaction though, so to make a big trip of it – you have to do several transactions (please go to the back of the line after 3 transactions in a row).  This trip took me about 2 hours (at 8pm).

The references to Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), and P&G are all coupon booklets that are in the Sunday papers.  Every week has different combinations of these booklets and holiday weekends don’t have any coupon booklets.

$7.13 for everything in the picture

Transaction #1

  • 2 Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce $1.89
  • Buy One, Get $1 Catalina (CAT)
  • Used (2) $1/1 printable coupons (links found on coupon connections)
  • Used (2) twice the value (TTV) coupons from Albertson’s Sunday ads (these expire on Tuesday)
  • Out of pocket (OOP) = +.22 Overage
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 1 Welch’s Juice $2.69
  • Used $1/1 coupon from the 6/3 Red Plum in Sunday’s paper
  • Used 1 TTV
  • OOP = .69

Total OOP for #1 = .47 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #2

  • 2 Nabisco Cheese Nips $2.49
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • Used $1/2 printable coupon
  • Used 1 TTV
  • OOP = 2.98
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 1 Alberto V05 Styling Product $1.79
  • $1/1 coupon from 5/13 SS
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = +.21 Overage
  • So 2.98-.21(overage) + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the CAT (from #1)

Total OOP for #2 = $.77 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #3

  • 2 Welches Natural Spread Jam (grape only) $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) $.75/1 coupon from 4/01 RP
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP= $1
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 2 Bumblebee Albacore $1
  • $1/2 coupon (printable)
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = $0
  • Total OOP for #3 = Somehow this transaction ended up with $1 overage; I still don’t know how (if I had been prepared for that I would have added in some bananas).  And because Albertson’s doesn’t pay out overages (they won’t give cash) my

Total OOP for #3 = $0 and Received $1 CAT

Transaction #4

  • Precious Mozzarella $3.99
  • $1/1 coupon from 5/6 RP
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = 1.99
  • L’Oreal Kid’s Shampoo $2
  • .75/1 coupon 6/3 RP
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = .50
  • So 1.99 +.50 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #2) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #4 = $.49

Transaction #5

  • 2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce $1.59
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) .55/1 coupons 6/3 SS
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP=$.38
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 2 Kraft Dressing $1.99
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • $1/2 coupon 5/20 SS
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP= +$.01 overage

Total OOP for #5 = $.97 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #6

  • 2 Tribe Hummus $3.29
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (2) $1/1 coupon (printable)
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP = +.71 overage
  • Old Orchard Juice $2.50
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • 1 Free Coupon (from a special deal)
  • OOP = $2.50
  • 3 Bananas (guesstimate to cover the overage) $.71
  • So -.71 overage +2.50 + .71 I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #3) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #6 = $.50 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #7

  • 2 Kraft Mayo $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) coupon 5/13 SS
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP $1.81
  • 6  Gillette Disposable Razors 9.59 -9.99
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (3) Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupons (P&G)
  • OOP = $0
  • 3 Bananas (guesstimate to cover the overage) $.22
  • So 1.81 + 0 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #5) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #7 = $.02 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #8

  • Essential Ketchup $1.25
  • .50/1 coupon from (Albertson’s Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaway)
  • OOP = .75
  • 2 Smart Balance Butter $2.89
  • (2) $1/1 coupons (5/6 SS)
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP = 1.78
  • So .75 +1.78 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #6) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #8 = $.53

Transaction #9 and #10

  • 2 Welches Natural Spread Jam (grape only) $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) $.75/1 coupon from 4/01 RP
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP= $1
  • Received $1 CAT

Total OOP for #9, 10 = $1 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #11

  • 1 1% milk $2.29
  • 1 Whole milk $3.09
  • (2) $1 CAT (from transaction #9 and #10)
  • (2) TTV

Total OOP for #11 = 1.38

TOTAL SHOPPING TRIP = $7.13

My Coupon Box

This is what I’ve settled on for my coupons.  It is about the size a shoe box.  I categorize the coupons by aisle*, more-or-less alphabetically (listed below).  In the way back I have a few cardboard tabs for store coupons (Albertson’s, Fred Meyers, Walgreens, etc).  In the very back I keep restaurant coupons.  I made the cardboard dividers using leftover cardboard boxes.  I traced an index card onto the cardboard and then added the title tab and cut one out.  I checked the size and then using the finished product I checked where I would want the middle title tab and estimated.  It took about a half hour from start to finish.  It cost nothing (I had the clear tub) and the cardboard was stuff we had laying around.

Categories: baby/kid, baking, beverages, breakfast, health & body, hair, tooth, med/vitamin, soap/lotion, shaving, eye, make-up, house cleaning, house misc, paper products, laundry, condiments/foreign, dairy, frozen, meat, snacks, pasta/rice/beans, produce/fruit/veg

*The aisles I used were Winco’s, but I’ve found things things are generally laid out the same in most grocery stores

Savings Cents II

I wanted to show what it looked like week to week at Walgreens.  This week I spent $13.27 on everything in the picture.

The 2 boxes of crackers were from Fred Meyer and cost $2.34, therefore my out of pocket (OOP) expense at Walgreens was $10.93 (for 5 mayos, 2 milks, 2 boxes of tampons, 3 aluminum foil, and 1 box of sleep melt-in-mouth meds).  I also walked out of the store with a total of $8 in Register Rewards.

I did 3 transactions at Walgreens.

Transaction #1 – I bought 1 box of tampons (used a $1 off coupon from last Sunday’s ads) and the sleep sheets (far right).  I also used (from last week a $5RR (Register Reward from Mid-Nite Meds).  My out of pocket (OOP) cost was $2.98.  I received a $3RR for the tampons (making them free) and a $5RR for the sleep sheets (a $.01 money maker/MM).  In summary, I spent $2.98 and received a total of $8 in RRs.

Transaction #2 – I bought 2 milks (on sale for $2.29) and another box of tampons (used $1 off coupon from Sunday’s ad).  I also used the $5RR from the previous transaction (#1).  My OOP was 2.57.  I again received the $3RR for the tampons.  In summary, I spent $2.57 and received $3RR.

Transaction #3 – I bought 5 mayonnaise (in Walgreens’ ad there was a buy $15 worth, receive $5RR).  I used (5) $1 off coupons (from last Sunday’s paper).  I also had to add 3 aluminum foil (in Walgreens’ ad coupon for .79/each) to be able to use the RRs from the previous transactions.  I then used the $3RR (tampons) from transaction #1, the $3RR (tampons) from last week, and the the $.99RR (Starbucks Refresher) from last week.  In summary I spent $5.38 and received $5RR (for the mayo).

So, overall I left the store with a $5RR from transaction #3 and a $3RR from transaction #2.

I hope this is helping with the lingo and the inspiration.  I’d like to post my Albertson’s doublers shopping picture for inspiration, but I don’t yet have time to write the post for it.

Total OOP = $16.07 not included the sunscreen or the smores makings (got those elsewhere).

 

Saving Cents

Thanks to some encouraging ladies (thanks ladies!) I met at a park today I decided to share an experience with couponing.  I started late last summer while trying to save for the adoption.  I struggled at first to be effective.  I tried following a couple different blogs and felt overwhelmed.  I eventually found Coupon Connections, which explained (in the FAQs) the common terms and laid out specific transactions that I could replicate.  If you are trying to save money and are willing to spend time learning, shopping, and cutting coupons then this is a good method to cut your grocery bill.  Today (as promised to the lovely ladies) I did a really minor shopping trip at Walgreens.

This is what I got (minus a Starbucks Refresher that I forgot to include in the photo).

I spent $1.99 (I used 3 $1 off coupons for the toothpaste which made them free and $1 off coupon for the the Mid-Nite), but I had $8 in Register Rewards from last week (like you see at the bottom of the photo).  So total spent was $9.99 and I got $8.99 (a $5 for the Midnite meds, $3 for the tampons, and $.99 for the Starbucks Refresher in Register Rewards).  I will use the rewards next week on a Sunday newspaper and any other deals that look good.

A few suggestions if you are just starting.  Start with one store.  Go slow and learn the lingo (i.e. RR/register rewards  – these can be used like cash at Walgreens and some Fred Meyers – not the one in Newberg, Oregon). If you are going to start with Walgreens here are some helpful tips.  One, you usually can’t use the RR to buy the same item you got it for (called “rolling”).  For example, you can’t buy a Starbucks Refresher, and then use the $.99 RR to turn around and buy another one.  Also at Walgreens you can’t have more coupons than items.  So you can always buy a filler item (like a can of tomato sauce) if needed.  I hope this helps, now go and save!!