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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weekly Shopping- $180 for $54

I started the week going to Aldi to pick up milk, shredded cheese, and a few other things. We are going through milk like water again. My total at Aldi was $16.92.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store for double coupon day and did 5 transactions so I could double 25 coupons. The 16 boxes of Kellogg's cereal, cereal bars, and Nutri-Grain bars were all free after sale and doubled coupons. The Yoplait Delights x 3 and Bar S smoked sausage x 4 were all free after rainchecks and doubled coupons.

The Pillsbury crescent rolls, biscuits, and cinnamon rolls were the best deal of all. I paid $0.71 for all 7 after doubled coupons and I got a $4 ONYO catalina making them better than free! This is a deal that is going on until November 1, so if you have any Pillsbury coupons, save them up. Buy any Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods (crescents, cookies, sweet rolls, biscuits, pie crusts, dinner rolls, breadsticks, or pizza crust), buy 4 get $2, buy 5 get $3, buy 6 or more, get $4 ONYO. For the best deal, wait for a sale and double coupon day.The Steamers x 2, Country Crock, eggs x 4, bread x 5 and Kraft Cheese x 2, carrots, enchilada sauce, bananas, ice cream, butter sticks, and pasta were all $1 or less. That leaves 8 items that were more than $1: Broccoli, grapes, lettuce, strawberries, flour, sugar, brown sugar, and chicken breast x 2. Bottom line: I got all this stuff, 63 items, for only $46.10!

How can you NOT get excited about this?!? :-)

That makes my grocery total for the week $63.02. My average weekly grocery spending over the last 7 weeks has been $49 for our family of 6. To see my weekly grocery trips, click here. To see why you can save more money by splitting up your transactions, click here.

But wait. . . There's more!

The Kellogg's deal was so insane that I decided to go back and do two more transactions to donate to the food pantry. I got all this stuff, 28 items, for only $8.74! Part of the reason I was able to go back was because in my earlier transactions I had bought 2 boxes of Rice Krispies that each had $5 worth of coupons in them. I also found $1/1 Apple Jacks blinkies, which is why there are so many boxes of those. I could have gotten all Apple Jacks and gotten an even better deal, but I wanted to give some variety. :-) There are so many people struggling with job loss, so the food pantries are struggling, too. I can use my couponing talents and passion to help, and this is one way to do that. I doubt the food pantries or a wholesale program can get this much food (16 boxes of cereal and Nutri-Grain bars, 10 boxes of pasta, a box of rice and a can of beans) for less than $9. After I took this picture, it was all bagged up to take to the local food pantry.

How did you do this week? Did you take advantage of the Kellogg's deal, and if so, how many times?


mva.gehrke said...

Great job on your shopping trips Jessica! I got talked into the Kellogg's deal after seeing so many posts about how easy it was. It wasn't originally in my plan. I got 8 Kellogg's items, a bag of Hershey Kisses and a yogurt for $2. My transaction earlier in the day netted $16 for $31 worth of groceries. My totals for the week with my WAGS shopping, Aldis, and PNS were $105 spent with $65 saved.

cookiesandmilk said...

It is so great that you went back to get items for the food pantry. Wouldn't it be great if everyone did this? Sometimes when I can get free or less than $1 items that I already have with coupons I will do the same thing (though I have to admit I have never scored so much for so little during a shopping trip for donation).

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