Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip---Savings $142.38

Well I had good intentions of not getting much in the way of groceries this week, however, I went into the stores to get what I needed and found that there was several unadvertised specials that I needed to take advantage of to save me money in the weeks to come.

I normally watch the screen as the cashier rings up my items but I went into a lane at Meijer where I did not have all my things on the belt yet when the cashier started my order and now looking at my receipt, the cashier typed in the wrong produce code for the yellow squash I purchased and best I can figure they owe me 56¢!! The cashier charged me for leaf lettuce rather than yellow squash---hello! they don't even look the same!! So now the dilemma, go back to the store and explain or just make it a lesson learned once again! I am going to take it as a lesson learned to get back in the habit of reading my receipt no matter how hurried I am before I leave the store because it would cost me more than 56¢ to go back to the store and explain the story to get my 56¢!

I got a few Catalina/store coupons at Meijer this week with my order that I was surprised to see and hopefully will make use of them before they expire! I got $5 off $20 on my next meat or seafood purchase, $1.50 off $7 or more on my next bath tissue purchase, and $1.00 off $4 or more on my next paper towel purchase. I got those coupons for shopping this week or something because I did not purchase any of these items this week!

NO manufacturer's coupons were used with my shopping this week!!

Here is the breakdown of my shopping trip:

  • 2 bottles Advanced Multi-Vitamins $12.99
  • 2 bottles Children's Multi-Vitamins $16.94
  • .92 lbs yellow squash aka "leaf lettuce" $1.37
  • 2.43 lbs zucchini $2.14
  • 1.94 lbs red grapes $1.92
  • 2 pints blueberries $1.98
  • 3 lbs strawberries $2.97 ---99¢/lb!!!
  • 2 boxes Meijer pasta $1.00
  • 4 boxes Meijer fruit snacks $4.00
  • 2 bags Meijer frozen corn $2.00
  • 2.53 lbs cherries $4.48
  • 2 gallons milk $3.96
  • 3 jars Meijer applesauce $5.00
  • 1 bag Meijer chicken fries $4.00
  • 4 bags Meijer hash browns $8.00
Total OOP: $72.75
Total Savings $61.34
Total without sales: $134.09

Aunt Millie's Bread Outlet---I love this place!
  • 6 loaves sandwich bread $5.34 (89¢ each)
  • 2 bags hamburger buns $1.58 (79¢ each)
  • 2 bags donuts $1.29(buy one get one free=65¢ each)
  • 2 packs brown & serve rolls $1.29 (buy one get one free=65¢ each)
Total OOP:$9.50
Total Savings: $24.38
Total if I purchased at full price in grocery store: $33.88

Family Fare:
  • 6-64oz bottles Indian Summer Apple Juice $10.00
  • 2 gallons milk $3.96
  • 1 cantaloupe 99¢
  • 4.34 lbs pork loin $6.47
  • 8.21 lbs whole smoked ham $10.59
Total OOP: $32.01
Total Savings: $33.27
Total without sales: $65.28

Duthler's(my corner grocery store)
  • 4 dozen eggs $2.28 (57¢/dz!)
Total OOP: $2.28
Total Savings: $2.08
Total without sales: $4.36

Save A Lot: (I went here to take advantage of my $5 off $20 or more coupon! Sign up here for yours!)
  • 4.84 lbs bananas $1.61
  • 6lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts $9.98
  • 4 cans cream of chicken soup $2.36
  • 2 boxes fudgesicles $2.00
  • 1 box creamsicles $1.00
  • 1 box onion soup mix 69¢
  • 20 lbs potatoes $5.00
  • 2 bags egg noodles $1.98
Total before $5 off $20 coupon: $24.62
Total OOP: $19.62
Total Savings with my $5 off $20 cpn: $21.31
Total without sales and coupon: $40.93

Grand Total OOP: $136.16
Grand Total Savings: $142.38
Grand Total without sales: $278.54

Oh My!! I actually saved more than I spent with only using the one $ off $$ purchase coupon! Now if I had just stayed out of the stores like I was thinking about doing this week, I would have saved a lot more! However, I am set with fresh veggies and fruit for the next week. Hopefully next week there is some good deals on meats as my meat selection in the freezer is a bit limited.

Now to get that fresh fruit washed and either eaten or frozen for later use.

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