DRUM ROLL................ The winner of Let's Play a Game was Natalie! She said "At Albertsons a few weeks ago I thought I got some Awesome deals! Total Spent $40.97 Total Saved $79.04 PLUS I got three Catalinas for three free gallons of milk! I was proud of my purchases!
Awesome job Natalie. E-mail me with your address so I can get those FREE coupon inserts to you!
I couldn't believe only 12 people commented! Maybe next time I need to try and give something else away. I thought coupon inserts were like gold. Especially ones from a while ago? What else do you guys want to win??? Give me ideas.
you check for the Albertson's Preview Monday morning you yell at your kids when they try and help you cut out coupons you are eating out and wonder if the restaurant offers coupons you get up at 6am to hit the first day of a sale you dream about grocery shopping (yes, this has really happened to me) you refuse to pay more than a quarter for toothpaste you are cleaning out shelves to make room for more you are buying a second freezer (next on my list) you are buying MORE pantry shelves (trying to convince my hubby) you call Albertson's to figure out when the restock their shelves you don't buy it unless there is a coupon for it you wake up early on Sunday mornings to get your papers you don't want your neighbors to know why you get multiple Sunday papers you have a game plan before you get to the store (always head to the GM or cosmetics first) you get excited to grocery shop you are proud of your food storage and 72 hour kits
This is way late, but I am cannot believe how crazy this week has been with this sale.
Breakfast Omelets with ham and onions Pancakes and bacon Cereal and strawberries Granola bar and yogurt Pop-tarts, OJ and fruit Oatmeal and toast
Lunch BLT sandwiches and graham crackers Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit cocktail Bagel Pizza Bites and strawberries Macaroni and cheese and crackers Sandwich warps (turkey, bacon, lettuce and cream cheese) Top Ramen with chips and salsa
Dinner Bertolli's Lasagna Oven Bake with French Bread and green bean steam fresher Marinated Steaks, Knorr Rice sides and asparagus Spaghetti with side salad Chicken and stuffing bake (this is the best recipe, you cook it all in a crock pot! e-mail if you want it) Tacos Chicken Cesar Salad Ham, potatoes, corn and cheese bread
Dessert Jello with cool whip Popsicles Cupcakes Ben and Jerry's ice cream cups
Snacks Planters Peanut Bars Fig Newtons Wheat Thins and cheese ball Peaches and Crackers
Okay, I was in bed last night and quickly sat up and remembered that O.N was giving away a $75 off of $100 coupon this morning. My husband heard me and grabbed me and said "NO! You are not getting up in the middle of the night to COUPON!" I said "Yes, I am". Anyway I ended up missing the coupon. It was gone so fast. I was dissappointed and decided to skip Old Navy this week. There are still some awesome deals left on their site, so HAPPY HUNTING!
I had so many e-mails from you guys with all your awesome savings this week. Here are a few of the e-mails I recieved so far, Keep em coming too!
Brooke and I were shopping together at 6 am this morning. It looked like she was stealing when she left. Check out her loot!
I spent $134 and I saved $293 (plus I get a $20 rebate)
Here's what I purchased: 4 boxes of Pop Tarts
10 cans of fruit
4 blocks of cheese
10 cans of green beans
5 boxes of Betty Crocker Potatoes
5 things of laundry detergent
5 Axe Shower Gels
2 Bertolli Oven Bakes
6 canisters of Crystal Light
5 I Can't Believe it's Not Butter sprays
2 Kraft Singles
10 Lipton soup mixes
2 packages of Q-tips
5 jars of Skippy peanut butter
2 Snuggle Fabric Softeners
10 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
2Taco Bell Dinner Kits
3 Vaseline Men's lotion
6 boxes Macaroni & Cheese
5 Betty Crocker frostings
5 Bettery Crocker muffin mix
8 Bisquick Shake 'n Pour Pancake Mix
2 boxes Bisquick Mix
1 package of pork chops
4 things of ground beef
1 package of steaks
2 packages of ground turkey
2 packages of brats
2 gallons of milk
receipt says 133 items
I attended one of your Levan classes with my sister-in-law. It was a great class, your enthusiasm is very contagious!
Until I took your class, I knew there were coupons in my paper, but I didn't know how to use them, thanks so much for helping me. I am coming out of my stock-up phase, and I can't believe how quickly it built up.
Today was my first 'Vegas Day', and I am so pleased with how it turned out! When the totals came in, my total out of pocket was $125, and I saved $223...I got free milk, free eggs, two free hams, a free roast, and 2# of free boneless chicken; and I have yet to count the mail in rebate for $10 of free ham (I looked for a $20 one, but they didn't have any, and I'll tell ya, that $10 lost savings is killing me!).
I hit Albertson's at 7:00 a.m. and ran into a couple of other 'couponers'...it was like a little party at the register, but I did feel bad for the cashier.
The only glitch in the trip was that I read on PYP that Albertson's was allowing multiple meat deals per transaction, but that wasn't the case at the Albertson's I went to, we had to split up our Kraft deals into $25 transactions. I am a fangirl of your blog, thanks for all the tips!
PS SHELLEY-THE $20 REBATE WAS IN THE UNILEVER INSERT IN SUNDAY'S PAPER
(LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ONE)
This is from Abbie! 3 qts Bryer Ice Cream
4 Country Crock Spreads
8 pkgs Knorr rice sides
2 bottles Vasaline lotion
2 boxes graham crackers
6 boxes popsicles2 boxes Qtips
4 bottles Ragu sauce
2 cool whip
8 boxes lipton dry soup mix
4 boxes Stove Top
2 boxes Capri Sun
2 bottles Mayo
6 boxes Jello
4 Betty Crocker Frosting
4 Dunkin Heins cake mixes
4 boxes Betty Crocker potatoes
2 bottles Pantene shampoo and conditioner
1 bottle Pantene hairspray
1 loaf of bread
4 pkgs Halls cough drops
TOTAL SPENT $59.72TOTAL SAVED $160.13!!!!!!!!!!!!!That is an average of .79 an item.
Don't Forget to make a comment on LETS PLAY A GAME for a chance to win those free inserts! Today is the last day! You get FREE coupons just for telling how much your saving! Click here to go to the post! Even if your only saving 30% don't be discouraged. It's 30% more than you were saving and your building that food storage!
I am so proud of you guys for saving so much money!
Questions: Hi Tori! When do the new coupons come out on grocery smarts? Is it tomorrow? The first of the month? Thanks for all your help. Ronda Answer: The online coupons reset themselves the first of the month
Question: I find myself paying more attention to "a good deal" than before I started using grocery smarts. However I have been using GS for just about a month now and I am not seeing much difference in my pantry. Am I buying the wrong stuff? Oh don’t get me wrong, I have 8 tubes of toothpaste in the bathroom that I only paid $2 total for and I think that is great! But it seems like as soon as I buy the sale items they are gone. What am I doing wrong? Abbie Answer: You’re not doing anything wrong. In a few weeks we will have what we like to call Vegas weeks and you'll end up with tons!!!! Then your pantry will be stocked. I think it also depends how large your family is and how much you are consuming. Be patient. I promise it will work out!
Question: I am not sure I understand the catalina offers. On the albertsons ad, if I buy $10 worth of the items that are greyed out I get $3 off my next trip? So I have to do multiple transactions right? Is the $10 before or after my coupons?
Abbie Answer: The Catalina machine can be intimidating, but after you get use to it you’ll love it! The $10 is before coupons, so essentially you’ll figure out how much you’ll spend before coupons or the sale prices. As far as multiple transactions go you’ll need to read the weekly ads to figure out how much you can have off per transaction. So with this $3 off sale the ad will tell you up to $12. Then you’ll know you won’t want to spend more than$40 per transaction and then receive $12 off your purchase. If you have more than $40 you’ll want to do another transaction to continue get $3 off for every $10.
Question: Is there a place where I can put an item in and see where it is on sale for the best price? Answer: Wow, that would be awesome, but prices change so often that would be impossible to keep track of. My suggestion is to just buy as much as what your looking for when the item goes on sale, so you aren’t constantly looking for the best price on an item. This also eliminates having to run from store to store to get the best prices. Question: Ok so I have started doing this but I have been hearing that you can get me an awesome deal on papers? I would like to get at least four papers every Sunday. Can you help me out? Natalie Answer: Yes, I can get you a deal on multiple Sunday papers. The cost depends on what Utah paper delivers to your area. Just e-mail me your location and will get your papers ordered ASAP!
Question: I attended one of your grocery smart meetings here and I recently received my papers on Sunday and organized my ads as you have said. I also used the link from your web site to see the grocery lists for the different stores. When I looked up Albertsons a lot of the deals require the "in-ad store coupon." What exactly is it meaning by this? Do they just come in their store ads in the Sunday paper (is it from previous Albertsons ads) or where else are these located? I didn't see that many "coupons" (there was the Mac and Cheese + three others on the front of the Albertsons ad on the right side.) in the Albertsons paper this Sunday, and they expire3/31/09. I didn't see any other ads or "coupons" for Albertsons. Did I miss them? I am excited to start this new program and see the expenses decrease. Whitney
Answer: Yes, those Albertsons coupons are the "in-store coupons" that are located on the weekly ads themselves. Those coupons are only good for that week. Some of them end up being good deals and some don't 9the list on Grocery Smarts will rate them by the price with coupon), but remember that you can combine a store coupon with a manufactures coupon.