Ok, here is how I did today. I really bought more than I usually do. However, it was that time when things have run out in the pantry. I did very well all considering.
I went to Kroger first. My receipt says that I saved 41%. That was including my Kroger Plus Card, my coupons, and "bonus" coupons--doubling. That really isn't too bad. They had 15 oz. cans of Chef Boyardee Pasta Meals on sale for $.59 a can. I had a coupon for $.35 off of three cans. Doesn't seem like much. However, this is how it worked out:$.59 x 3 = $1.77; $.35 x 2 (doubled) = $.70; Cans are normally $1.39; Actually, 3 would be $4.17; $4.17- 2.40 (sale difference) - .70 = $1.07 for three cans. Not too bad!
Marsh is where I went next. I got the Brummels & Brown Creamy Fruit Spread free. Also, I had a few coupons. First, the cashier didn't want to take two of my coupons for the dishwashing liquid I was getting. Tried to tell me they had expired. The expiration date was 6/15/02. Hello???? She ACTUALLY went to look at a newspaper to see what the date was!
Then, she said, "I can't take both of these. Well, I can double one. But I can't double the other." I said, "That is fine. I understand your policy." I wasn't too happy by that point. She just wasn't friendly in the first place. Then, when I got home, you know what? Hehehe Silly girl! She doubled on of the coupons twice and actually took it twice. Then she took the second one twice and doubled it once!!!!
I couldn't believe it! Normally, I would have taken it back. However, the store is about 1/2 hour away. Also, she was SO rude. So, my total there ended up being $2.05. Not too bad for 4 items.
The dishwashing liquid alone was going to cost me about $2 each for a huge bottle.
I went to the Dollar General. I picked up a lot of needed items there and a few extras. Their canned veggies are 3 for $1. I can't usually get that elsewhere. Maybe Aldi's. Quick Oats were $1. I ran out last night making cookies.
Needed more! The kids love this store since they can get a 20 oz bottle of soda for $.50 and a small package of chips for $.25. That is usually a treat for them for being such great children in the stores. (Should have skipped it today!
) Also, they have greeting cards there for $.50. I had already picked up all the cards for the month last week. However, I forgot one birthday. So, I needed to pick up another one. They also have instant pudding mixes 3 for $1. So, I picked up 3 chocolate and 3 vanilla. I have had them before. They are REALLY good. Also, cereal is less expensive there. I normally buy a $2.50 box, with coupons. However, today the kids BEGGED and PLEADED for the $3 boxes that I didn't have coupons for. I caved. They also have cream of mushrom and cream of chicken soups 2 for $1. So, I picked up a few more cans. Never know when you need those on hand.
Then, I went to Buehler's. That is the one that took over the IGA and decided NOT to double there coupons. I went because milk was on sale there. I only needed one gallon. Also, they had Hamburger Helper for $.99 a box. My coupons were for $.75 off of three. Normally, I wouldn't do this. However, we only have one box in the house. (Thad's favorite food.) There was no limit on boxes. And I haven't seen them on sale here that low in QUITE awhile. So, I bought 6 boxes. Purex with Bleach Alternative (100 oz) was on sale for $1.99. VERY good price for here. Too bad I didn't have a coupon. However, good nonetheless. I even picked up a magazine. The cover promoted an article on how to get practically everything for less. Decided it was a good deal.
Then, I had to get gas. It was $1.40/gal for what I needed. The VERY cheapest was $1.27/gal. However, our van can't use that kind. The next up was $1.38/gal. I would have used that. However, we are trying to get the best grade possible. (Don't ask me why. I just do what he says. If it were up to me and the van could take it, I would be buying the $1.27/gal!)
So, that was my shopping and, hopefully, saving day.