Shoppers Food Shopping Trip 11/7/2009

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Wow!  I did it.  I went to Shoppers this evening.  I can’t believe it is 8:33 PM as I start writing this.  I treated the family to Ci-Ci’s pizza for dinner.  What a treat!  I know it is high calories but it sure is good.  Afterward, the three of us went to Shoppers.  My hubby is a trooper so is my little girl.

I’m definitely not a pro like MoneyWiseMoms, Redemption Unlimited Girls and FrugalFriends!  They know exactly what they are doing.

Now a couple things I learned!  Going with my family was good because it was a family affair but it did take longer then I expected.   As I always say, make sure you have a game plan before going.   I was so excited that I could get to Shoppers tonight that I collected all of my coupons and started shopping.   I added up the $30+ for the Catalina and went over it a little bit.  Of course I can use all of the items that I got but it would have made much more sense if I just did the Catalina deal first and then went back to get the rest.  I’m not sure if I can get back to Shoppers before the end of triples so I went ahead and bought what I could.  Plus, the shelves were getting low and it’s only Saturday.

The best part about this Catalina deal is most of the items you can get coupons from online!  I only used a few coupons from inserts.

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Thanks to MoneyWiseMoms for the information about this great Catalina deal.  Buy $30 qualifying products and get $15 worth of Catalina coupons to use for your next trip.

2- Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $2.15.
Used $.40 from SS 10/25 – There are online coupons too.
Final Cost = $0.95 each

4 – Chex Mix or Chex Select $2.69.
There’s a .50 off printable.
Final Cost = $1.19 each

1 – Cheerios 8.9oz box $2.99.
There’s a .55 printable coupon.
Final Cost = $1.34

2 – Gold Medal Flour 5lb bag – All Purpose, Whole Wheat, Bread Flour, All Unbleached versions too! $2.79.
There’s a .50 printable coupon.
Final Cost = $1.29 each (Great price for Whole Wheat and Bread Flour!)

4 – Progresso Broth 32oz $2.39.
There’s a .50 printable coupon. There is a .50 off from the 10/4 paper.
Final Cost = $.89 each

6 – Kleenex Facial Tissue 110-ct $1.29.
There was a $1.00/4 coupon in the 11/1 paper.
I used 2 – printable 3/$.50 coupons.
Final Cost using the 3/$.50= $4.74 or $.79 each

1 – Shedd’s Country Crock Spread 45oz $2.99.
There was a .40 off coupon way back in the 9/20 paper, or you can print this .50 off coupon.
I wasn’t planning on getting this and forgot to get the coupon. Oops! We are need of butter/spread.
Final Cost for me = $2.99
Final Cost with $.50 coupon = $1.49

1 – Yoplait Delights Yogurt 4-pk $2.89.
$1.00 off in the 10/4 paper and a $1.00 off printable.
Final Cost = $1.89

1 – Yoplait Yo-Plus Yogurt 4-pk $2.49.
$1.00 off from the 10/4 paper.
Final Cost = $2.49

Total = $49.30 Before Catalina and Coupons
After Coupons = $26.75 (If I added it up right!)
Got $15 (3 – $5 Catalinas) to use on next purchase(s).

They didn’t print at the cashier because the machine wasn’t on. Oops, but I learned something new! The cashier and manager explained this to me. If this happens to you the cashier or manager can get it for you but takes them to void a transaction. Take 1 item that goes with the deal and they will scan it over and over to reach the amount of the required purchase then have the Catalina print out and void the transaction. Yes, it takes a manager to void the transaction but it worked.

Other items:

2 – No Yolks Noodles (12 oz.) @ $2.19
– $0.75 Internet Printable (you have to provide name, email and state in order to print this Bricks Coupon) TRIPLED
Final Cost = FREE

2 – Domino Sugar, white, 2 lb. box, $1.99
$0.40/1, 08/30 RP, or $0.30/1, 10/18 RP
Final Cost : $0.79 each

4 – Breakfast Lean Pockets, $2.95 per two-pack
$0.75/1, 09/27 RP
Final cost: $0.70/two-pack each

2 – Welch’s Juice (64 fl. oz.) @ $2.79
– $0.75 SS 9/13 TRIPLED
Final Cost = $0.54 each

1 – Del Monte Gold Pineapple (full pineapple in produce section) @ $2.99
– $0.75 Internet Printable (currently on page 1 of Coupons.com) TRIPLED
Final Cost = $0.74

1 – Wonder Bread Sandwich White = $1.99
Used $.55 (All You magazine?) Not sure exactly where I found it.
Final Cost = $0.34

1 – JV Smoked Bratwurst $2.99
Used $.55 SS 11/08 TRIPLED
Final Cost = $1.34

1- Curad Tape $1.89
Used $.50 printable
Final Cost = $0.24

1 – Scotties tissue 200 ct. $1.99 (Could have gotten the one for $1.00 – 100 ct. but wasn’t sure about overage.)
Used $.50 printable 60 -264 ct.
Final Cost = $0.49

1- Red Star Yeast 4 oz jar $6.99 (This was a little pricey and I could have bought the small packets which I already have several of but under $5 is a pretty good deal.)
Used $.75 printable for 4 oz jar
Final Cost = $4.74

1 – Dole Strawberries frozen $3.45
Used $.75 any package 11/1 SS
Final Cost = $1.20

1 – Tetley Decaf Tea Bags $3.18 (Much better price then at Harris Teeter which I think was $3.4X something. I wouldn’t have normally bought this because I have a LOT of tea but I don’t have any regular flavored decaf tea and lately I want tea at night.)
Used $.55 any package 9/20 SS
Final Cost = $1.50

1 – Honey $3.49 (Husband picked that one out.)

Bananas $1.88

1 – Bottle of Wine $6.99 (Husband picked that one out too.)

6 Reusable bags = – $0.30!!!  Every penny counts!

Saved 51%
Saved $57.71
Cost = $58.68

4 thoughts on “Shoppers Food Shopping Trip 11/7/2009

  • Hi Laura! You are a pro in my book!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. Yes, my husband was very patient and even helped get some things I forgot. He knew I was on a mission and goes for the ride.

    Holly

  • Hi Holly,
    You had a great shopping trip for triple coupons! And that’s impressive that you had the whole family there together with you; I think my hubby would get impatient with me, because I can take a long time, especially on my first trip during a triples event.
    By the way, you are too kind to say that I’m a pro… but you know me, I’m just a regular coupon-crazed mom who likes to stock up on free/cheap items whenever the stores have these wonderful triple coupons events. Not a pro, still a lot to learn, and it’s so nice to find other like-minded savers/couponers like yourself.
    Talk to you soon!
    Laura
    .-= Laura – Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia´s last blog ..My Shoppers Triples Run 11-06-09 =-.

  • Hi Eric,

    That is fantastic! I’m impressed. Well, my cashier was excited and started asking me how to find the internet coupons. I told her. She told me that she has a guy customer who comes every week and basically only pays TAX! Plus, she has a customer that buys 20 papers each week! Now, those are pros. hahaha!

    Holly

  • Eric

    That’s awesome. I made out with 48% savings at Shoppers yesterday. $97 dropped down to $51. (Here’s my haul: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallenposters/4083776455/)

    The cashier told me that they didn’t take internet coupons despite the sign posted next to her that said they took them up to $1. I argued with her until she asked another cashier that corrected her.

    I didn’t do the catalina deals, but next time I’ll have to shoot for those.

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