Friday, August 29, 2008

Albertsons


Yes, Publix, I strayed. Frankly, with deals like I got today, I will probably stray again. I posted on Wednesday that you should get a newspaper with the fliers, and I hope you listened! Albertsons isn't where I usually shop, it's a little out of the way, but they had good deals this weekend so I thought I'd give it a shot. Here's what I got:

2 - KRAFT MAC & CHEESE $ .77 EACH
2 - DOZEN EGGS $ 1.00 EACH
ALBERTSONS FROZEN PEAS $ .77
2 - ALBERTSONS FROZEN CORN $ .77
BREAD $ .97
HOT DOG BUNS $ .79
DOVE ICE CREAM $2.44
4 - 12 PACKS COKE (VARIETY) $3.89 EACH
SMUCKERS JELLY $1.00
4 - TOMBSTONE PIZZAS $3.99 EACH
BREYERS ICE CREAM $2.44
2 - SOUTH BEACH PIZZA $2.00 EACH
4 - PURE NUTRITION BARS $1.00 EACH
2 - HORMEL BACON BOGO $4.99
2 - OSCAR MEYER FRANKS BOGO $4.39
RED GRAPES 2.28LBS. $2.23
ROMA TOMATOES .57LBS. $1.13
PEACHES 1.64LBS. $1.44
3 - MUSHROOM PACKS BUY 1 GET 2 $3.99
VIRGINIA BAKED HAM $4.39
KAISER ROLLS $1.00
HORMEL LITTLE SIZZLE SAUSAGE $2.99 (not pictured due to little helpers moving faster then I realized)

Once the cashier totaled me, the register took off $6.08 for the tombstone pizza deal (buy 4 for $9.98) and $6.68 off for the Coke deal (buy 4 for $8.88). You must buy 4 - no more no less - for those deals to work. Then I used the coupons from the flier in Wednesday's paper (the really good coupons were not available at the store, I asked). The coupons were:
  1. Buy one bacon get another bacon and the sausage free
  2. Buy 1 portabella 2pk get 2 free
  3. $5.00 off $50.00 purchase.

My manufacturer coupons were $1.50 off 2 pure bars (I had 2 coupons so they were $ .25 each), $1.00 off South Beach Pizza ( I used 2 of those so the pizza's were $1.00 each and I got $1.00 back for my next purchase). I had $1.00 off the Dove ice cream, making it $1.88 and $ .55 off the Hormel.

My total was $52.68 for over $133.63 worth of groceries. I saved 80.95!!
They also have a great deal going on for short ribs of buy 1 get 2 free. They average around $17.00 each and you pay the highest price and get the other 2 free. This would have been a budget breaker for us so I passed.

How I'll use it (ingredients not bought today are posted in previous shopping trips):
  • The pizza I'll combine with a salad for a quick dinner on gymnastic nights. That's 4 separate meals right there.
  • We'll have breakfast for dinner with the eggs and bacon (can do this twice).
  • I'll use frozen chicken and the mushrooms, with a little spinach thrown in, over pasta. I make it in a brown gravy and the kids love it.
  • Hot dogs and Mac & cheese with corn ( I'll freeze one pack of hot dogs and can make the same meal again a different time).

Start CVSing

I've had quite a few people ask me how to get started on CVS, what's the best way. Here are some easy ways to get you started this weekend. First sign up for your Extra Care Card at CVS. Carry this with you at all times. Scan it when you walk into the store at the price checker, coupons will print out of the side of it (if you don't coupons may print out at the register, but they aren't always the same).
Out of pocket, better known as OOP, is the amount of money you actually spend on each transaction. The goal is to have very little OOP and to get back as many Extra Care Bucks, ECBs, as you can. When starting out you can pay for each item or a few items at a time, usually referred to as a scenario. This can be a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not so bad.
CVS has two fliers out at all times. One is their weekly flier and one is their monthly one. It's very frustrating following some scenarios when you first start because you don't have the coupons that you need. You haven't started to collect them yet. It may take a few months to get on track, but once you do you'll get even better bargains.
For August the only deal we are going to talk about is the one for Children's or infant's Advil (grab a monthly book and weekly flier on your way in the store). In my area they still had the Advil on the shelf, but you will find that the good deals do go fast. The price with your CVS Card (ALWAYS hand your card to the cashier first or it will be much harder to check your transaction) is $5.79 click here to get a $1.00 off coupon. You can hit the back button on your browser to get a second coupon to print. This deal says limit one, but it really is limit 2.
To have the smallest OOP pay for 1 Advil first.
$5.79 -$1.00 coupon = $4.49 OOP. You will get back $5.79 in ECBs. You did it!! On your first transaction, CVS paid you $1.00 to take home Children's Advil. Pretty easy right? Now you'd think you could just do the same with the second bottle, but that won't work. You now have too many ECBs to do that and you would lose money. So here are your options.

1. If you go Friday or Saturday get the Zipfizz energy mix. The cost is $5.99 and you get $5.99 back in ECBs. The limit is 2, so get 2. You can pay for 1 zipfizz & use your $5.79 in ECBs and have a low OOP, $ .20. Then do it again and use the $5.99 you just got and the 2nd zipfizz will be free. Now you have $5.99 in ECBs. Get a box of Playtex gentle glide tampons and pay for that and the 2nd bottle of Children's Advil. That will be $4.79 + $4.99 = $9.78. If you happen to have the Playtex coupon use it and your total will be even less. Now use your $5.99 ECB. $9.78-$5.99 = $3.79 (+ tax). You will get $5.79 for the Advil and $3.00 for the Playtex in ECBs.
So for ($4.49 + $3.79 + $ .20) $8.48 (+tax) you got:
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Zipfizz drink mix
Zipfizz drink mix
Playtex tampons
and $8.79 in ECBs for next week.

2. If you go Sunday get the Cover Girl wet slicks. If you get the paper there should be a $1.00 off coupon, so based on that your transaction will be $5.99 -$1.00 = $4.99. Get the Colgate Total Advanced or Max Fresh for $2.99 (if you have a coupon for this use it for a better deal).
So $4.99 + $2.99 = $7.98. Use $5.79 in ECBs and pay $2.19 (+tax) OOP. You'll get $5.99 + $2.00 in ECBs. Now pay for your 2nd Advil (don't forget your coupon) and another toothpaste. $4.79 + $2.99 = $7.78. Use your $5.99 ECB. $7.78 - $5.99 = $1.79 (+tax). You'll get $5.79 + $2.00 in ECBs. I know I'm exhausted too, but here is what you got for $ 8.47 (+tax):
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Cover Girl wet slicks
Colgate toothpaste
Colgate toothpaste
and $9.79 in ECBs for next week.
If they don't have the Advil just start with the weekly deal and go from there. If you have any questions e-mail me!