Saturday, October 31, 2009
Our day is going well so far, everyone but the baby is already in costume and there were significantly less tears about it than last year- the promise of candy and other goodies does not seem to be working for the 2 year old, who would've thought? Neither did the fact that his costume matches the one the husband and I are wearing (we're all pirates- it's the theme until toddler speaks up for himself as to what he wants to be). However, with our Starbucks run this morning getting comped (due to what they called a "long wait")- we're all in pretty great moods!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
THEN I went shopping, and I left the coupon binder at home. That's right, I actually left my coupons behind. Of course, I'm not a total crazy- I looked for coupons in store and used $4 worth of coupons in addition to a number of ecoupons I already had loaded to my Club Card. The results of this crazy trip? I ended up buying a lot of the items on my "want" list, because they were tagged with new low prices and/or great Club Card prices! It was kind of interesting to shop like a normal (but somewhat budget conscious) person might and my savings were still very good. These new low prices really do make saving money easy.
You might be wondering how good? You'll just have to wait....because it's time for a game and a giveaway! See this photo below of my shopping trip? Good! Now imagine a bunch of bananas right there in front next to the hamburger meat (kind of what it might look like if my 2 year old hadn't helped himself to an entire bunch of bananas) and guess what I paid AND what I saved...
That's right! YOU get to guess, and you have two chances at this. I'll be selecting two winners and each one will receive a $50 Safeway Gift card. Here are the rules for this giveaway:
- Winner 1: the person with the closest guess as to how much I spent on the items pictured without going over (we're playing this game Price Is Right style)
- Winner 2: the person with the closest guess as to how much I saved without going over
- You can submit a guess for both categories (total spent and total saved), but should do so in one comment
- You may want to read through the comments to be sure your guess is not the same as someone else's. In the case that 2 people guess correctly, the first guess submitted will be the "winner".
- You have until 12 pm PST on Saturday October 31st to submit your guesses. I'll announce the winner on Monday November 2nd.
- Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you!
- Want a clue? I kept track of the items I purchased with "new low prices" and they saved me an additional $8.15! That's more than the paper coupons I used in this trip!!
Here's how you can get FREE Kleenex:
- buy 3 boxes of Kleenex (110 ct) for $.99 each with Club Card
- Use $.50 off 3 blinkie or insert coupon or buy 3 get one free tearpad coupons (if you can find them)- or any other Kleenex coupon you have obviously
- Pay $2.97 (minus any coupons, plus tax) and get back a $3 catalina
- From then on, you can use that catalina to buy more kleenex (provided you buy something else in the deal, single veggies make great fillers!)
I do want to warn you that the $3 Kleenex catalina is programmed to beep every single time you use it. They just want the store to verify/enter the price, but it can get frustrating with the wrong cashier. Also, the bottom of the catalina does say "limit one per transaction per day" so keep that in mind if you don't want to get in trouble for trying to do a ton of transactions at once! I suggest doing this deal as soon as you can because it could end tomorrow.
EDITED to say that today is most likely the last day for this deal according to reports from a few different people. hope it works for you!!
I spent a ton of money. Seriously, about $61.98 in just a one week span! I saved $51.04 or so (I'm missing my FM receipt, so I'm not adding any savings from that trip). I do have $5.50 in RR for Walgreen's. I guess it's not that bad, I got tons of chicken, a 9lb turkey breast, a 16 lb. turkey and quite a few things I needed- but it's at least $11.98 more than I like to spend in one week!
On the plus side, my freezer, fridge, and pantry are all very well stocked so barring any amazing deals I think I'm going to take a shopping break (with the exception of dairy and fresh produce as we need it). Don't worry though, I'll still be here to share any awesome deals I find with you!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here's the very best part, in my opinion- some of these new everyday prices are what I've come to expect of sale prices! When you figure in the club card price, it's great to see how much you save even without coupons. I spent a little bit of time there this afternoon so I could really check things out and can say without a doubt that Safeway is going to be my go-to store for my regular shopping trips. A few of these new prices even fell into my "stock up" price range- and that in itself is really amazing.
You might be wondering how widespread this price reduction program is and if it simply reflects a price drop on store brand items. While I did notice a lot of reductions on store brand items (hooray for that!), I also spotted tags in every single aisle of the store. From bread and wine to pet foods, salad dressing, and canned goods those cute little tags are everywhere!
Ready for the fun part? I was recently given 6 safeway giftcards- one for myself so I could check out the awesome new low prices in store and FIVE $50 giftcards to give away to my readers!! Amazing, right? I'll be giving them away all this week, and you can enter now for your chance to win one! Want to know how? Simply leave me a comment in this post telling me your favorite thing about shopping at Safeway.
Rules? You want rules? Okay!
- This giveaway will close at midnight pst on Monday, November 2nd
- One $50 gift card winner will be selected using random.org and announced by 12pm pst on November 3rd
- You must leave a way for me to get ahold of you in your entry (email address is best!)
- You can leave a second comment for a second entry if you blog about this giveaway and Safeway's new low price program
- Gift cards are good at Safeway and all affiliate stores (including Vons, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Randalls, Tob Thumb, Pavillions, and Carrs)
- Note: I have turned on comment moderation for a short time as this post was getting spammed. I also deleted all comments about shoes and advertisements for other blogs.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I was excited to see this freebie, because I love this lip gloss! Trust me, this stuff is awesome- it smells yummy, goes on smooth, and doesn't get sticky!
Monday, October 26, 2009
- purchased 4 Oatmeal (marked at $3.19 or 2/$5 depending on your store. look for the smaller tub pictured above)
- used the Buy one get one free coupon from Walgreen's ad (takes off $3.62)*
- if you have any "$1.25 off 2 oatmeal" coupons- use them here!
- pay $6.38, get back $5 in RR**
- Trident Layers 2/$2
- Super Poligrip, $2 (the small box, 0.75 oz)
- Fiber choice tablets $2.49 (10 ct tube)
- Used a "buy one get one free Trident Layers" coupon and my $5 RR from transaction 1
- Paid $0.88 ($.49 of it in tax!) and got back a $1 RR (for the 2 packs Layers gum), a $2.50 RR (for Fiber Choice), and a $2 RR (from the Poligrip).***
*I realize that $3.62 looks wrong, but the oatmeal is actually supposed to be at $3.19 for the buy on get one free coupon to work. Four at that price would be $12.76 and half of that is $6.38, so it's right even though it looks wrong.
**If you're new to Walgreen's, it's important to remember that you cannot use RR to buy items from the same company because you will not get more RR. That's why the second transaction is made up of different items that produce RR.
***That adds up to $5.50 that I can use to buy more oatmeal later this week. I'll do transaction #1 again, this time using my $5.50 in RR to pay $0.88 out of pocket and will end up with another $5 RR.
That looks so much more confusing than it is, I promise! If you have any questions, feel free to comment with them below or email me. You can visit MoneySavingMom for more matchups this week!
Sunday: beef stew out of the freezer
Monday: broccoli & chicken in the crock pot, served with rice
Tuesday: Stuffing casserole (using Monday's leftover chicken), salad, crescent rolls
Wednesday: Beef and broccoli stir fry
Friday: veggie tray, creamed tuna on toast (I know it sounds weird, but it's really yummy- a perfect Friday comfort food!)
Saturday: depending on the weather, the husband might grill something or else maybe I'll do a chicken pot pie soup with rolls?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Of course, their hours are limited to Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. You can click your way over to their website to see what other services they offer.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tag & Save starts today! We listened all morning and didn't hear any clues, just lots of announcements that it starts today. The husband is currently watching football, so the radio is off at the moment, so please let me know if you hear any clues!!
Not sure what's going on with this? Read my original post to find out, and be sure to come back all this week for more information!
- Click here to see how you can get whole pineapple for $1.23 today only. Thanks Rachael!
- Visit Queen Bee Coupons to see how you could score a 1/2 gallon of organic milk and some free cereal to go with it.
- The Coupon Project also has an extensive list of matchups and great deals listed here that are good through the end of the day today.
I'm hoping to find some $.98/lb chicken breast, some Tillamook butter @ $1.25, and maybe some caramel apple fixings for our Halloween get together.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- Nalley Chili $1
- Cascade Dish powder $4.49 (minus $.50 ecoupon) $3.99
- Precious String Cheese $3.49 (minus $2 peelie) $1.49
- Halls Refresh Sample (found by the water bottles) FREE
- 2 whole chickens ($3.13 and $3.02) $6.15
- Broccoli $1.35
- my 10% discount took off $1.65
If you do head down that way for cheap chicken, be sure to pick up your car decal so you can play Tag & Save starting on Saturday!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Besides this awesome chance to win $1000 for groceries (and honestly, who couldn't use that?!?) I was pleased to see that these "new lower prices" are in fact lower. I'm a Safeway shopper by default, having done the majority of grocery shopping throughout my life there. I've always thought they had lower prices on day to day items and the price reductions only help! Make sure you wander around and keep your eyes peeled for the new bright yellow tags while you're there grabbing your decal!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
- Click here to see how you can get a free 6 piece box of chocolate dipped fruit for Edible Arrangements on facebook. (The locations are not super local, so you might want to check before you sign up. do that here). Thanks KrazyCouponLady!
- The Coupon Project has details on how you can get a free sandwich at Jack in the Box today only (10/20).
- Visit MoneySavingMom to see how you can get $15 to use at the Kodak Gallery. This is awesome if you're looking to do photo gifts for the holidays!
- Seatle Mom's Deal Finder posted details on how you can get a free 8x8 shutterfly photo book, another great holiday gift idea!
- While it's not entirely free, Dominos is offering cheap pizza this week. To Save a Penny has the scoop on how to add free cinnastix to your order. $6 for a large pizza and some free cinnastix is a great price on takeout pizza!
Besides the three Albertsons trips I made on Sunday and Monday, I also spent $8.80 at Safeway on milk, stir-fry sauce, pepperidge farm cookies, and some fresh veggies plus $1.49 on grapes at QFC. I also got in a quick stop at Walgreens and paid $.88 for 4 boxes of instant oatmeal and a pack of stickers. I did not do any other shopping between Wednesday of last week and now, nor will I do any more today. That brings my total spent on groceries last week to $42.03 and my savings total to $256.82 (87% savings), plus I have $13 in catalinas good for future purchases at Albertsons. I was trying to keep my spedning right around $40 a week so I am happy with where I ended up, especially since I was able to stock up on so many things we needed (plus a few things that are just nice to have on hand).
Monday, October 19, 2009
- 10 cans of GG veggies $7.50
- 3 bags of Gardettos $5
- Cheerios $2 (used $1 coupon)
- 2 Cinnamon Rolls $3.34 (used two $1 printables)
- 3 Simply cookie dough (not pictured) $7.50 (used three $1 printables)
- used 3 doublers and the remaining $3 catalina from yesterday. Paid $12.59 and earned $13 in catalinas. My receipt shows a savings of 35.43!
- Zatarans Beans and Rice $2.69 (used free item q- took off $2)
- BC Brownie Mix $1
- BC muffin mix $2
- 6 boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch $12 (used three $1 off 2 boxes printables)
- 3 Cinnamon Rolls $5 (used $1/3 blinkie)*
- 2 Pie Crusts $5 (used $1/2 peelie)*
- used 3 doublers and the $13 in catalinas I had earned earlier and paid $4.69. My receipt shows a savings of $45.37!
*I had planned to buy 5 more packages of Simply cookie dough using a combination of $1 and $1.25 printable coupons but neither store I visited today had enough in stock. I don't mind too much because the pie crust and cinnamon rolls will be nice to have, but my planned total on the second transaction would have been about $4 less if the cookies had been in-stock. bummer!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Transaction 1: $2.17 spent, $46.30 saved
- Progresso Broth $2 (used $1 q)
- 6 Cinnamon Toast Crunch $12 (used three $1 off 2 printables)
- Cheerios $2 (used $1 printable)
- Simply Cookies $2.50 (used $1 q)
- 4 Crescent Rolls $6.67 (used four $1 printables)
- plus 3 doublers and the $10 catalina from earlier today brought my total down to $2.17
- I should have received $13 in catalinas, but they didn't print for some reason and the manager came over and credited my next transaction the $13 I should have earned.
I still have one $3 catalina left over today, and am debating going back for more of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. It's my husbands absolute favorite and he can eat it like you would not believe. The second store was out of the 5lb. bags of sugar for the promo (wish I had thought to get a raincheck!) and I didn't even look at the first store today. Think I just might have to head back!
I took my sister in with me and did a total of 3 transactions this morning (I did two, she did one). I spent a total of $11.25 out of pocket and ended with $13 in catalinas (the $10 GM and a $3 Pillsbury)- that's a small money making trip with somethings that I used to consider "splurges" (the pre-made broth and refrigerator cookie dough). Keep reading for the breakdown on how we did this!
- 13 cartons Progresso Broth @ $2= $26.00
- used 13 $1 progresso broth coupons
- used 3 doublers
- paid $10 and earned a $10 catalina (for spending $25 on GM items)
- 6 cartons of Progresso Broth= $12.00
- 5 Simply Cookies (Pillsbury)= $12.50
- 1 can Green Giant peas= $0.75
- used six $1 progresso broth coupons, five $1 simply cookies coupons, and 3 doublers
- I used my $10 catalina (from trans #1) and $1.25 cash to pay, but received back the $13 in catalinas
- 2 Wild Harvest Rice milks (one vanilla, one chocolate)= $4
- 2 six packs Arrowhead water= $2
- use two $1 WH coupons, a $1 off 2 multipack Arrowhead peelies, and 3 doublers to make this transaction FREE (my favorite!)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Just a couple of note: be sure to sign up with your real name as some stores require ID's to claim your free panty! While you're over there, remember to play the Panty Jackpot. You can spin the wheel once a day to try to win more free panties (you're looking for the dog symbol to line up). Good luck!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday: Chicken Fried Rice, veggies with dip, and Lumpia (wish me luck with that one!)
Tuesday: Leftovers- chili baked potatoes, salmon, and anything else in the fridge
Wednesday: we're doing breakfast- waffles, fruit, and bacon
Thursday: Taco and vegan chimichangas (and Beatles rockband) night. We're having some friends over and this is an easy way to feed a group.
Friday: Fish, rice, and veggies?
Saturday: Teriyaki Chicken drummettes
Sunday: (I'm leaving this one blank, if the weather is better the husband might grill or we might do pizza or stew from the freezer)
I did run back to Safeway to get 3 cans of refried beans and a big bag of tortillas. I used my catalina from the kleenex deal (it's over now) to help pay, so my total was only $2.21- not bad!
Friday, October 9, 2009
- 3 Kleenex- (used $.50/3 coupon) paid $2.47, earned a $3 catalina
- 2 gallons milk $3.98
- 2 lb. Tillamook Cheddar $3.99
- Daisy Sour Cream (used a $.45 coupon) $1.94
- String Cheese- markdown to $2.65 each (used $2 peelies) $1.30
- Ovenjoy bread $1.19
- Chicken Drummettes $4.34
- bunch green onions $.99
- head of broccoli $.35
- celery $.47
- garlic $.50
- spring roll wrappers $2.99
That's a pretty nifty coupon! I just signed up and was able to get one!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We also hit McDonalds for some sweet tea and "dessert" french fries because the church's school was doing a McTakeover. I got a coupon book as well even though we don't do McDonalds often...but it was for a good cause!
I has a nutty cashier who refused to double two of my coupons for reasons I've never heard, so I spent a little bit more than anticipated but I did get a $2 survey receipt (probably because it took her so long to ring up my order) and I qualify for a $5 rebate (for buying the three Glade products). We also hit another store where I bought (all for free) 3 packs of Nestle Cookie dough, 3 king-sized Reese's (for the husband), and 4 packs of Tree Top (pictured below) saving a total of $25 or so (not calcualted above).
gah! I just realized she didn't even scan my Prego coupon in all that mess. So I should have paid about $3 less. I knew my total was off, but she was so rude and I was so frustrated I couldn't think clearly.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- Today ONLY: Print this $1 Nestle Cookie dough coupon twice.
- Use it with 2 doublers to get two for FREE
- Buy 3 Pillsbury rolls, on sale 3 for $5
- You'll need to print two $1 crescent roll coupons and one $1 sweet roll coupon (or vice versa)
- You'll pay $2 after coupons but will get back a $2 catalina coupon (good on your next purchase). That makes them FREE.
- Note: You can also print the $1 Bumblebee tuna pouch coupon here and use it to buy the small light tuna pouches for free this week.
- Through Saturday: Buy 3 boxes of Kleenex @ $0.99 each
- Use a $.50 off 3 blinkie or insert coupon from last weekend, if you have it
- pay $2.98 (or $2.48) plus tax and get a $3 catalina good on your next order
Target: Cheap Pop Secret (from For The Mommas)
- Buy 2 boxes of Pop Secret (3 count) @ $2.29 on sale for Buy One, Get One Free
- Use this coupon for $1 off 2
- Pay $1.29 for both boxes (or 65 cents each)
Monday, October 5, 2009
- Bottle of Safeway Refresh water (not pictured) @ $0.50
- 3 boxes Kleenex @ $.99 each
- 1 lb. carrots @ $1.99
- 2 packs Trident Layers@ $1.59 (buy one get one free)
and I used:
- $0.50 when you buy 3 Kleenex
- Buy one Trident Layers, get one free tearpad from Fred Meyers (max. value $1.49)
- my 10% discount was $.71
- and a $3 catalina from buying Kleenex the other night
However a little shopping around pays off, I went online today to double check the prices at some stores near me. These $0.99 bottles are the 32 ounce size, you can find that same sized bottle at Albertsons for $0.75 after coupon. True, it's only a $0.24 difference unless you're stocking up- then that difference really adds up. If that doesn't interest you, consider that the 64oz. bottles of Snuggle are on sale this week for $3.99 as well. That's twice as much as you'd be getting at Safeway or Target for the same $0.99 after coupon! I know where I'll be using my coupons.
EDIT: I didn't see the larger bottle at my usual store today, but saw the price listed clearly online- so it may not be in all stores. Also, I'm hearing Kmart has the best deal on it as it's participating in a catalina deal over there (buy $50 worth, get $10/ buy $25 worth get $5). So, if you're planning a major stock up that seems to be the place to go.
Herbal Essences will be trying their Gorgeous Giveaway again starting today and going through Friday the 9th. Visit my original post for details or check their Facebook event page. I hope it goes more smoothly today, good luck to anyone planning to try!!!
P.S. It says 2pm is the start time, but they're operating on EST- so local readers will want to be there at 11am PST.
Monday: Spaghetti with meatballs, salad, and garlic bread
Tuesday: Pulled pork sandwiches (leftovers from the freezer) with veggies
Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts
Thursday: Taco night (the husband complained about the combination of taco shells and flour tortillas I put out last week, so I promised him another taco night with homemade shells)
Friday: Smoked Salmon Alfredo and a salad
Saturday: BBQ- lamb for the husband, steak for the toddler and me (I haven't settled on a side dish yet. Maybe cheesy broccoli?)
Sunday: Beef, Broccoli, and Carrot Stir-Fry
I won't need to buy much besides produce, to get the menu done- I've been re-organizing the freezer and am well stocked on meats for a little bit but may need to stock up on chicken if we get a good price.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
- 2 gallons of milk (not pictured) $1.99 each
- Bounty Big Roll, $9.99
- Charmin (24 big rolls), $9.99
- 2 Kraft Singles, $1.49 each
- 2 packages Smithfield Bacon, $3.00 each
- Star Balsamic Vinegar, $3.02
- appx. 12 lbs of ground beef $17.12
- 1.26 lbs. bananas, $0.21
and I used:
- $1 Charmin coupon (a $1 ecoupon also came off, but I don't remember loading it onto my card??)
- $.25 Bounty coupon (with another $.25 ecoupon?)
- $1 off ground beef when you buy 2 Kraft singles peelie
- two $3 Smithfield Bacon printables (no longer available)
- Star free product coupon (took off $3.02)
- and I got my 10% discount for another $4.93 saved
If you're in town, you should be warned that our local stores do not carry this product although the bulk of Washington State Safeway's do carry it. You might choose to skip this freebie if you don't feel like driving out of your way (or picking it up while you're out of town). Be sure to check the product locater, no sense in signing up for a freebie you'll never use!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
edit: Safeway has the gum priced at $1.39 and the coupon is only supposed to be good up to $1.29...what that means for you? You should be charged $0.10 for every 2 packs you buy. Still, not a bad price!