Monday, August 11, 2008


Target didn't have a whole lot of great bargains this week, but they had a lot of new markdowns that I will be keeping my eye on. I try to wait until the markdowns are 75% or more and most were 15-30% with an occasional 50% thrown in.

Red dot $1.00 items are 50% off so I did get a treat for my girls with high school musical post its and 2 pack kung fu panda folder. My son needed colored pencils (.88) and t-shirts ($4.79 for 6) for school. The champion shirt was only $3.74, the same shirt in different colors was almost $15.00. Then I bought 2 pairs of fancy flip flops for me and my Mom, $3.74 each. I'll put mine away and let my husband have the kids wrap them for a Christmas gift and I'll surprise my Mom this afternoon with hers.

Sam's Club

I know they don't take coupons, but my three kids are huge eaters and I find what I get there goes a long way. My total was $39.60. We'll have the chicken ($4.97) tonight with salad ($3.34), then I'll make soup out of the leftovers. The chop meat ($10.55 & is chuck) will be enough for 3 meals, I'll section it off and freeze it until I'm ready to use it so we don't have it 3 days in a row and get sick of it. The huge container of smart balance ($4.52) will last a month. The grapes ($4.87) and bananas ($1.32) will be snacked on and will last almost the week. We will use the turkey($6.48 for 1 & 1/2 lbs) for sandwiches (2 loaves bread $3.22) & in salad for lunches and if there is any left over we'll have open hot turkey sandwich's & gravy.


I did make a stop at Walmart because I wasn't sure how Publix was going to turn out. I discovered Cheese has really gone up in price. Thanks to Rachel Ray (I love watching her 30 minute meals and she had a great calzone recipe that I really want to try) I needed lots of cheese so that was a budget breaker this week. I will try to organize a whole shopping trip based on coupons to see how well I can do here because they really do have good prices on a lot of things.

My total was $23.24. I got ham & pepperoni, 2 loaves of french bread & smart balance butter blend. Also one large and one medium shredded cheese. The nice deals were Tropicana fruit punch for $1.00 and Blue Bunny ice cream that was $2.98 and I had $1.00 off each coupons. I'm glad that I am learning to cut and/or print every coupon, even when I don't think I'll use them. Those are the coupons I'm finding I use the most!

Office Max

The shopping route that I took today is a little loop. I'm really fortunate, there are quite a few stores that are close to each other so I'm not running all over wasting gas.

This was my least expensive stop of the day.
4 Wide ruled filler paper $ .15 each
3 wood rulers $.01 each

My grand total with tax was $ .67 !!

I'm so excited

I have so much to blog about that I'm not sure where to start! I got a response from Publix. It took almost a week but an e-mail was in my box when I got home today from shopping. Here is a portion of it:

Thank you for your email. We appreciate our customers taking the time to contact us. We would like to make sure that the problem you experienced is address at your store, but unfortunately you did not include which store this happened at. I will include the current coupon policies, however we would appreciate it if you could call or email us with the store information and your phone number so that the store manager may address the issue and contact you personally. You will not be able to reply to this email, so you would need to start a new email to us. Below is the coupon information you are looking for:

We will always comply with all rules and regulations that are printed on a coupon.

***If a product is on a Buy One and Get One Free promotion you can use one manufacturer's coupon on each item.

If a product is purchased with a Buy One and Get One Free manufacturer coupon no other manufacturer's coupon can be used on the same item.

There is a limit of one Manufacturer's coupon and one Publix coupon per item if no limit is mentioned.

Publix will accept "cents off" Internet Coupons.

We will not accept "free product" Internet coupons.

We also reserve the right to reject any Internet coupon that does not appear to be legitimate or does not scan properly.

Internet coupons valued over $5.00 should be approved by a Manager or Customer Service Team Leader.

O.K., me again. I did not include the store, clerk or manager information because even though I had such a bad experience I still did not feel it would be very Christian of me to get someone in trouble or worse, so I'll really have to think about what to do next. I do want the problem addressed at my Publix so I can shop there freely with out worrying about how my check out experience will be. Which brings me to this weeks Publix trip.

As I had not heard from Publix when I left this morning I brought a copy of the email I had (which states the same facts as the email I received today) and asked to speak to the Manager. I explained the situation and my problems from last week and at first he was agreeing with the Manager last week. Then I pulled out my e-mail (thanks again Kim B.!) and showed him the rules straight from corporate and his tune changed. He was very nice and I'd like to believe that he just didn't understand what I was asking, but I doubt that was the case. He told me to please go do my shopping and if the cashier had any issues with my coupons they would call him over. At that point I did feel very confident that there wouldn't be some issues at check out, but since he assured me I could use my coupons according to corporates email I did my shopping. And guess what happened - I had the nicest cashier who did not give me one bit of trouble. Go figure.
This weeks bargains
milk $3.79
Hershey bliss BOGO $3.99 (after $1.00 coup. for each they were about $ .99 each)
Hershey bliss
Lays chips BOGO $3.79
Lays chips
Old El Paso dinner kits BOGO $2.59 (after $1.00 off 2 coup. they were about $ .80 each)
Old El Paso
Old El Paso BOGO $2.59
Old El Paso
Old El Paso BOGO $2.59
Old El Paso
Nature Valley bars BOGO $2.89 (after .50 coup. for each they were about $ .95 each)
Nature Valley bars
Parmesan cheese $3.19
baby cut carrots BOGO $1.69
baby cut carrots
Yo plait yogurt 6 pk BOGO $2.79 (after $ .75 off 2 coup. they were $1.02 each)
Yo plait yogurt 6 pk
Betty Crocker fruit snacks BOGO $2.75 (after 2 $ .50 coup. they were about $ .87 each)
Betty Crocker fruit snacks
Polly-o ricotta $3.39
My total after tax was $29.05 for over $62.77 worth of groceries. Plus, I didn't even buy everything on sale.