Monday, August 25, 2008

Great coupon from Purina

You can download a $4.00 coupon from Purina for cat or dog food here. Plus once you redeem your coupon, Purina donates $1.00 worth of Purina® brand pet food coupons to a participating animal welfare organization that you get to choose. You should be able to print the coupon twice by using your back browser button.

Thanks for the tip, Cathy!!

Publix


What a great day at Publix! Coupons and blogging have allowed me to meet so many people! I was shopping with my coupon book out and a really sweet girl started a conversation with me about it. She just started using coupons, but gave me the best tip - my Publix is now accepting competitor coupons! I'm so grateful that she stopped to talk to me, otherwise I never would have known about it and would have missed out on some great deals (I'll go see Sarah at fiddledeedeeblog, she knows all about using competitor coupons).
I think this was my best trip yet in terms of what I saved. I listed the price I paid, then in ( ) are the coupons I used and the final price.

Mott's Apple Juice BOGO $2.89 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $ .95 each)
Mott's Apple Juice
Mott's Apple Juice BOGO $2.89 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $ .95 each)
Mott's Apple Juice
Ken's Marinade BOGO $2.79 (used 2 $1 off - final cost $ .39 each)
Ken's Marinade
Ken's Marinade BOGO $2.79 (used 2 $1 off - final cost $ .39 each)
Ken's Marinade
Cheese it's BOGO $4.19 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $1.60 each)
Cheese it's
V8 Splash juice BOGO$2.99 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $1.00 each)
V8 Splash juice
Hillshire Farms deli ham - sale 2 for $6.00 (used $1 off 2 publix coupon - final cost $2.50 each)
Hillshire Farms deli turkey
Duncan Hines cake mix BOGO $1.97 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $.48 each)
Duncan Hines cake mix
Smart Balance butter - sale $2.99 ($1 off 1 & publix coup for $1 off 1 - final cost $.99)
Ken's dressing BOGO $2.97 ($1 off 2 - final cost $.98 each)
Ken's dressing

Plus I had $5.00 off my Publix order of $30.00, which was mailed to me.
My total was $14.67 for $63.73 worth of products. I saved $49.06 ( 77 %)!

Sam's Club

Cheese Mozzarella 5 lbs. $12.84
Gallon of milk $3.52
3 cans Contadina Tomatoes - 6lbs, 9 oz each $2.08 ($6.24 total)
2 lbs. cheddar cheese $5.88
12 jumbo rolls paper towels $13.37
Large chop meat $9.46
Large chop meat $9.93

Grand total $61.24


  • 3 cans of tomatoes (along with a few other ingredients) will allow me to make 3 huge batches of sauce.
  • I took some of the meat and put it aside (then made a huge batch of meatballs from it!).
  • I divided the remaining meat into 4 bags and froze them, each big enough to be the big part of a meal for the 5 of us. For instance, a batch of Sloppy Joe's (or sloppy Joe DiMaggio's one of Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals), tacos or burgers.
  • The milk will last the week.
  • The paper towels should last 3-4 weeks, hopefully more as I've been using washable rags/towels whenever possible.
  • I know, I bought a lot of cheese. But there is a method to my madness. Five pounds of part skim milk shredded mozzarella cost me $12.84. I'm usually paying about $4.89 for 16 oz., but if I buy bulk it's only $2.57 for 16 oz. I figured I could freeze it and it would last longer. They do it on frozen pizza so why not? So I did it. I tried one medium sized batch and it worked!! I will save a ton of money on cheese this way, I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner. Next I'll try shredding the cheddar and freezing it. My expectations are not as high, but I'm hopeful.

A fun weekend



I love being off on the weekends and will never work a job that requires weekends again! The kids and I made banana bread and brownies, and it was so much fun, not to mention delicious! We were able to swim, have play dates, do arts & crafts and my husband was free to get some projects done. It was a wonderful weekend.