Saturday, July 30, 2011

Publix: Free Pens, Cheap Almonds, Saved 59%

Spent: $37.25
Saved: $54.02
Total Value: $91.21
Percent Saved: 59%

So, this is the first time I've actually "stockpiled" on something. I eat a lot of nuts in my diet, so it was a good idea to stock up on the BOGO Emerald Nuts products so I don't have to worry about them for a while. I also got 2 packs of pens for free. Given that I am so prone to lose them at work, it's great to have ample replacements, especially if they are free!

$5 off $30 Purchase Publix Coupon

(8) Emerald Nuts, $5.79
Buy One Get One Free Sale
(8) $1.00 off Emerald Nuts Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.90 each)

Fresh Express Salad, $3.99
Buy One Get One Free Sale
(2) $0.50 off Fresh Express Salad Manufacturer Coupon 
(Made it $1.50 each)

(2) Papermate Pens, 10 count, $0.50 Sale
$1.00 off Papermate Pens Target Coupon
(Made it FREE!)

Hillshire Farms Sausge, $3.00 Sale
$1.00 off two Hillshire Farms Sausage Publix Coupon
(Made it $2.50 each)

Mentos Gum, 15 count, $1.00 Sale
$1.00 off three Mentos 15 Count Gum Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.67 each)

Weber Seasoning, $1.50 Sale
$1.00 off Weber Seasoning Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.50)

Organic Valley Half & Half, $2.19
$0.75 off Organic Valley H&H Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.44)

Dannon Light & Fit Carb Control, 4 count, $2.79
$1.00 off Dannon Manufacturer Coupon 
(Made it $1.79)

Publix Cooked Bacon, $2.50 Sale

Green Cabbage, $0.69/lb

Sweet Onion, $1.49/lb

Plum Tomato, $1.29/lb

Green Bell Pepper, $0.99/lb

Zucchini Squash, $1.49/lb

Publix Frozen Mushrooms, $1.49

Publix Diced Tomatoes, $0.89

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pizza w/ Cauliflower Crust

So, a while back, I discovered a recipe for a pizza with a cauliflower crust.  It actually turned out pretty good. As you can see, I made it a combination pizza with pepperoni, bacon, onion, green bell peppers, and mushrooms. The crust consists of cauliflower, mozzarella, and an egg. Check it out!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winn-Dixie: Buy 1 Get 3 Free!

Spent: $6.84
Saved: $6.48
Total Value: $13.32
Percent Saved: 49%

So, Lysol has a rebate for free Lysol Wipes (up to $3.00) when you purchase two other Lysol products. Winn-Dixie has these wipes on BOGO this week. Today is the last day to get them! I got four, which means that two were free at the store. With the rebate, I will get another one of them for free!

(4) Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, 35 count, $2.99
Buy One Get One Free
$0.50 off two Lysol Wipes Manufacturer Coupon

My browser was giving me issues with the coupon printing, which I believe is the result of the Safari update that was released today, so I was only able to print out one coupon instead of the usual two. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

CVS: Cheap Vitamins!

Spent: $9.34
Saved: $27.39
Total Value: $36.73
Percent Saved: 75%

So, it was time to purchase some vitamins. It was as if the coupon machine at CVS new that I was going to purchase Nature Made because it gave me a $2 off coupon for it!. Awesome! I also came in with a $3 off $15 coupon that expires on tomorrow, and the machine gave me another $3 off $15 that expires in early August! If I remember correctly, the price on the shelf was actually $2.00 higher than what the register gave me. This was done in two transactions.

Transaction #1:

Spent: $4.87
Saved: $3.90
Total Value: $8.77
Percent Saved: 44%

ECBs Earned: $4.00
ECBs Used: $0.00

(2) Oral B Floss, $2.99 Sale
$2.00 in ECBs wyb one Oral B Floss
(2) $0.75 off Oral B Floss Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.24 each not including ECBs)

Transaction #2:

Spent: $4.47
Saved: $23.49
Total Value: $27.96
Percent Saved: 84%

Nature Made Vitamins, $4.99
Buy One Get One Free
$2.00 of one Nature Made Vitamins CVS Coupon
(2) $1.00 off one Nature Made Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.50 each)

One A Day Vitamins, 100 count, $8.99
Buy One Get One 50% off
$2.00 off One A Day Manufacturer Coupon
$1.00 off One A Day Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $5.24 each) 

$3.00 off $15.00 Purchase CVS Coupon

$4.00 Extra Care Bucks from Transaction #1

Publix Trip

Spent: $12.17
Saved: $10.99
Total Value: $23.16
Percent Saved: 47%

This wasn't a big week for me at Publix. However, there were a few items that I needed to purchase. Here are the highlights. 

Glade Candles, $3.49
Buy One Get One Free
$0.75 off two Glade Candles Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.37 each)
Emerald Peanuts, $3.59
Buy One Get One Free
$1.50 off two Emerald Nuts Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.05 each)
Eat Smart Vegetables, $1.67 Sale

Friday, July 22, 2011

Winn-Dixie Trip


Spent: $18.46
Saved: $15.17
Total Value: $33.63
Percent Saved: 45%

Here's this week's trip to Winn-Dixie.

(2) Dole Spinach, $2.99
Buy One Get One Free
 (2) $0.75 off Dole Salad Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.75 each)

(2) Crystal Light Mix, $3.99
Buy One Get One Free
(2) $1 off Crystal Light Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.00 each)

Chicken Leg Quarters, $0.79/lb Sale

Winn-Dixie Butter, $3.00 Sale

Winn-Dixie Shredded Cheese, $2.00 Sale

Fresh Snap Green Beans, $1.49/lb Sale

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sedano's: Always Cheap Meat and Produce


Spent: $19.81

Sedano's is a South Florida based supermarket. They carry all of the traditional grocery store items, but they also carry a lot of popular Latin American foods. They also have a cool cafe/restaurant, which is typical of Latin American food stores. Sedano's tends to have very good meat and produce prices, even when they aren't "on sale." You can check out their weekly ad (July 20 - July 26) for all the details on their sales this week. 

If you eat boneless, skinless chicken breasts, this is the week to check out this store. They are $0.99/lb. However, you must purchase $10 in groceries not including the chicken breasts in order to get the deal. You can get a lot of other cheap produce and meat to meet that threshold.

I see other people put this on their blogs, so I guess I will say it too. I was not approached nor was I compensated for that plug. Totally free advertising from me! :-)

Here's what I got: 

73/27 Ground Chuck, $1.99/lb
Other Supermarket Price: $2.49 to $3.69/lb
Getting ground beef for that price or lower is becoming more difficult, so I bought 3 packs.

Beef Chuck Ribs, $2.49/lb - $2.99/lb
Other Supermarket Price: $2.49 - $3.99/lb

Cabbage, $0.33/lb
Other Supermarket Price: $1.49/lb

Plum Tomatoes, $0.99/lb
Other Supermarket Price: $1.29/lb
They had "salad tomatoes" for $0.59/lb, but I didn't care too much for them.

Yellow Onion, $0.69/lb
Other Supermarket Price: $0.99/lb - $1.29/lb
They had a 2lb bag of small yellow onions for $0.89/lb, but I didn't want to pick through and through until I found a perfect bag.

Green Bell Pepper, $1.99/lb 
Other Supermarket Price: $2.49/lb

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Publix: Round Three


Spent: $2.58
Saved: $5.49
Total Value: $8.07
Percent Saved: 68%

So, yesterday, I discovered that I needed new batteries. It probably wasn't the best price, but you have to do what you have to do when you need something. I had to remove two batteries from the package in order to take the picture. :-) I decided to take advantage of the free scissors deal too.

Scotch Kid Scissors, $1.99
Buy One Get One Free
(2) $1 off Scotch Scissors Product Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it free!)

Energizer AA Batteries, 4 pack, $4.09
$1.50 off Energizer Batteries Publix Coupon
(Made it $2.59)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Publix: Round Two


Spent: $9.54
Saved: $10.35
Total Value: $19.89
Percent Saved: 52%

This was from yesterday. The batteries in my camera died, so I don't have a picture. (UPDATE 7/20: I have batteries now!)

 I had to go back to Publix today to pick up some BBQ sauce for the pot roast I'm making and to get that hazelnut coffee that was not in stock on yesterday. I decided to take advantage of the free Scotch 3M brand scissors deal this week, but this Publix didn't have them in stock. They seemed to be substituting Fiskers brand scissors. There's no coupon for that making it free, so I took a pass!

8 O'Clock Coffee, $6.60
Buy One Get One Free
$2.00 off two 8 O'Clock Coffee Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.30 each)
Kraft Barbecue Sauce, $1.75
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $0.88 each)
Coffeemaker Cleaner, $2.99

Monday, July 18, 2011

Could You Help Save a Job?

With so many people struggling out there, it may be difficult to support someone or something monetarily if you are struggling financially yourself. However, you still may have a desire to help others. I think there is a way to help without spending too much time and too much money, which could actually result in them achieving financially!

How many times have we looked up a product or service (especially apartments and auto insurance) only to see a bunch of negative reviews. All of the apartment complexes I've lived in since I was in college have gotten trashed on those review sites, but I've had great experiences in all of them. Well, minus the apartment where I stayed during my internship with the roach infestation (in the kitchen!!!!) that I finally conquered with roach bait stations.

I would say that in most instances, companies only hear from customers when things go wrong. Well, what if we could change that and highlight those employees who made our consumer experiences so positive? When it comes to layoffs, your positive letter/review could play a role in that employee keeping his job. That praise could also contribute to the employee possibly earning a raise and/or promotion!

Yeah, I know some people are thinking "my one letter is not going to do anything significant." If someone sent your boss a positive letter praising your performance, how would you feel? How many times do we forgo doing things because we think our "little" contribution won't have any impact? Doing something is better than doing nothing. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Publix: Very Cheap Splenda


Spent: $18.03
Saved: $16.03
Total Value: $34.06
Percent Saved: 47%

There were some good deals at Publix this week. The price on Splenda was amazing! I am planning on getting the Eight O'Clock Coffee that is BOGO, but they didn't have Hazelnut left. Boo. 

Splenda Essentials Sweetener, 80 count, $4.39
Buy One Get One Free 
(2) $2 off Splenda Essentials Coupon
(Made it $0.20 each)

Hormel Fully Cooked Bacon, $3.00 Sale
$0.55 off Hormel Fully Cooked Bacon Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.45 each)

Eckrich Smoked Sausage, $2.00 Sale
$1 off two Eckrich Sausage Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.50 each)

Broccoli Bunch, $2.00 Sale

Sweet Onion, $0.99/lb Sale

Zucchini Squash, $1.49/lb Sale

Winn-Dixie: Hot Meat Prices


Spent: $33.77
Saved: $30.44
Total Value: $64.21
Percent Saved: 47%

This was mainly a meat trip. I also had some salad coupons, which are a rarity.

(2) Dole Spring Mix, $1.99 Sale
(2) $0.75 off Dole Salad Coupon
(Made it $1.24 each)

Beef Chuck Roast, $4.99/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $2.50/lb)

Assorted Pork Chops, $1.99/lb Sale

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Publix: Total of $59.28 includes a $50.00 Gas Card


Groceries Only
Spent: $19.28
Saved: $23.55
Total Value: $42.83
Percent Saved: 55%
With $50 Gas Card
Spent: $59.28
Saved: $33.55
Total Value: $92.83
Percent Saved: 36%
 Publix had its $10 off $50 gas card deal going on, and thankfully there was enough to purchase to meet the $25 minimum purchase. However, as always, I forgot to include the gift card in the picture. I needed some green beans and zucchini that was $1.29/lb, but they didn't have any, so I will swing by another store later on to get some of that. 
$50.00 Gas Gift Card
$10.00 off $50.00 Gas card with $25 purchase
(Made it $40.00)
(4) Kraft Dressing, $2.89
Buy One Get One Free
Buy Two Get One Free Target Coupon
$1.00 off two Kraft Italian Dressing Target Coupon
$1.00 off two Kraft Dressing Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.45 each)
(2) Weber Seasoning, $1.50 Sale
(2) $0.55 Weber Seasoning Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.95 each)
Smoked Neckbones, $1.29
$1.00 off meat wyb twoWeber Seasonings
(Made it $0.29) 
(2) Kraft Shredded Cheese, 8 ou, $2.00 Sale
(2) $1.00 Kraft with a Touch of Philadelphia Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.00 each)
Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage, $3.50 Sale
$0.75 off Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.75)
Carolina Pride Bacon, $3.00 Sale
Premium Tomatoes, $1.69/lb Sale ($1.49)
Vidalia Sweet Onions, $0.79/lb Sale ($0.63)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese, $1.25 Sale
Publix Eggs, Dozen, $1.25 Sale
Green Onions, $0.60
Publix Frozen Mushrooms, $1.49
Publix Frozen Cauliflower, $1.49