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I recently started couponing on January 1, 2011 as a New Year's Resolution. I had never really couponed before because it always seemed time consuming- "how could a 25 cent coupon REALLY save you money?" I thought. Plus, I have never really stuck to a New Year's Resolution. So this year I decided to make a change- I would stick to both! And I have. So far I have cut our weekly grocery budget 70%! We used to spend $150 a week on little things that we could not even make a meal out of AND then we would eat out on top of that! Thousands wasted over a year. Now I spend on average $58 a week on groceries and personal items (toilet paper, body wash) AND I stock up on many of these items so I won't need them again for another 6-12 months! These number keeps going down as we begin to live off our stockpile. If you follow my blog, I will teach you some of the ways this newbie couponer has saved lots of money!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Freebies and Cheapies: Utilizing Qs to Stack

This was a fun week at Publix to get some necessities I have needed- but not a huge stock up trip since only a few items were free.

I was pretty pumped about my FREE reusable Publix bag. If you got the Sunday paper last week there is a "Green Flyer" from Publix filled with Publix coupons. If you did not get one, check with customer service or the circular plastic ad thing in the front when you walk in. In the Green Flyer there is a "free reusable Publix bag when you buy two of the following..." well two of the following were CoverGirl products...and they were on sale for $2.99...and I had a $1.50 off Publix Q and a $1 off manufacturer's Q...so 2 eye shadows for 50 cents each plus a free 99 cent bag I will use when I shop. :) More information on this and other deals below.

TIP: Publix coupons are wonderful since you can *stack* Publix coupons with manufacturer's coupons- literally you can use two coupons for ONE item. This was the first week that a manager had to come over and override the machine because I had more COUPONS than PRODUCT! Ha! And it is because I stacked my Publix coupons with the manufacturer's coupons.

Below is how I did my deal:

(1)Vanilla Wafers: (Reg. $1.85) FREE! The penny item was Mac N'Chesse but they sold out so these became the penny item. Saved $1.85. 

(2) Low Carb Pita Bread: (Reg. $3.49) This was kind of confusing. I bought 2 of these since they were BOGO (50% off each) and I figured I would use one and freeze one. Well, I came home and looked at my receipt and they rang up $3.49 EACH. $7.50 for 8 pita breads? No way...so I went back to double check they were BOGO and they were. Apparently when this happens at Publix you get the item for free! So I returned one and got one FREE! I went from spending $7.50 to get $7.50 back and a FREE PITA!

TIP: ALWAYS check your receipt when you leave, or at least when you get home. I have a hard time checking in the store, but I usually check in the car or when I get home later. If you were charged incorrectly, go to customer service and see if they have a "you get the product free since it's our mistake policy." I had NO clue Publix even did that!

(2) CoverGirl Eye Shadows: On sale for $2.99 each. Used (2) $1.50 off Publix coupon and $1 CoverGirl from this weeks newspaper. Paid 50 cents each, saved $5. And because I did this deal...I got a FREE Publix bag!

(1) Reusable Publix Bag: Reg. 99 cents. FREE! In the Green Flyer there is a Publix coupon for a free bag when you buy 2 of any product, and CoverGirl was on there!

(1) Glass Plus Cleaner: (Reg $2.49) BOGO for $1.24,used (1) 50 cents off 1 coupon which Publix doubled so paid 24 cents, saved $2.25

(4) Beggin Strips: (Reg $3.50) BOGO for $1.75. Used (4) $1 off Purina coupon printable Publix coupon from their website and (2) $1/2 coupons from SS 3.20. Paid 25 cents each, saved $13!

(2)Silk Almond Milk: (Reg. $3) Used (2) $2 off coupons. Paid 50 cents each! Saved $4. Note: There are a lot of printables or blinkie coupons for this...the $2 one is on Silk's website. If you take their survey they will give you (2) $2 off coupons.

What's a blinkie? Blinkie's are those red boxes that blink in front of product.

(1)Post Cranberry Almond Cereal: (Reg. $3.45) BOGO for $1.73. Used $1 off from SS 04.03 this past week and paid 73 cents! Saved $2.72

(1) FiberOne Bars 10 pak: (Reg. $5.49) BOGO for $2.75. Used SS 03.06 40 cent off coupon which my store doubled for 80 cents off. Saved $3.70.

(1) Coppertone Sunscreen (Reg. $8.50) on sale for $6.99. Used $2 off Publix coupon from Green Flyer. paid $4.99, saved $4.51.

(2) 3 Packs Trident Vitality Gum (Reg. $2.49): This was I messed up on. I had (2) buy one get one coupons which I used, so theoretically they should both be *free.* But I did not read the fine print and it was only for the individual packs...so this was a mess up on my part, but now I have lots of gum at least. :) 
(2) Wishbone Dressings: (Reg. $2.89) BOGO for $1.44, used (2) 40 cent printable coupons from Wishbone's website which Publix doubled for 80 cents off each. 64 cents a piece, saved $4.50.

TOTAL: $14.98
PRICE PER ITEM: 71 cents

Happy couponing!

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