deals and steals

I had lots of blessings with my shopping trips to Kroger and Walgreens on Thursday.  It definitely took me a little bit of time to plan out my shopping trips (probably about one hour).  However, overall, I saved $19.74 in coupons.  I like to look at this as money I have made to supplement our income....if you're not spending it, you're making/saving it.  If you make $20 an hour and work a 40 hour a week job...that would be a $41,600 salary.  (Plus I get to save this money...and it's tax-free...even better!) I think that's definitely worth the one hour a week of clipping coupons, printing coupons, meal planning, and list making.  To add to that, because I had my trips completely planned out...down to a sticky note with the list for each store and coupons already pulled for each store and separated, I was finished with Kroger, Walgreens, and a bank stop all in less than an hour.

Total spent: $30.94
Total saved: $16.74
35% savings

Best deals:

*Kroger is running a summer savings special where you get $4/4 items on their designated list (which includes a lot of items...you can find the entire list in the store or part of the list in their weekly ad.) Remember that at Kroger you can use an ecoupon loaded onto your Kroger card and a MC from coupon inserts.

For this deal I purchased the following four items:

Charmin 12 pack- $6.99
-use $3/1 Kroger ecoupon
-use $.25/1 coupon that will double from 8/1 P&G
-Summer Savings bonus $1 off

Downy Fabric Softener- $4.99
-use $2/1 Kroger ecoupon
-$1/1 coupon from 8/1 P&G
-Summer Savings bonus $1 off

Two Old Spice Body Washes- $2.99 each
-use $2/2 Kroger ecoupon
-Summer Savings bonus $1 off each
$0.99 each

Other Kroger deals:

Cascadian Farms Organic French Fries- $2.49 on sale
-use $.75/1 from coupons.com

Private Selection Organic Natural black beans- on sale for $0.89

Right Guard Total Defense Deodorant- $2.49 each
-use BOGO coupon from 7/25 RP
-use $1/2 coupon from in-store coupon generator
$.75 each


Total spent: $1.67
Total saved: $3.00
64% savings

First Transaction:

Crayola crayons 24 pack- on sale for $1
Get $1 in Register Rewards
Pay $1 plus tax out of pocket

Second Transaction:

Two 10 pack Penway #2 Pencils-$0.09 each
Cottonelle Fresh Wipes 42 count-$1.99 with in-ad coupon
-use $0.50/1 coupon from July All You
 *Use $1 RR from previous transaction
Pay $0.67 plus tax out of pocket

There are many opportunities to give away school supplies right now.  My church is collecting supplies for kiddos in need of supplies, many stores allow you to purchase and leave supplies right there in the store, and you can even call your local school district and/or specific schools around you to ask for specific supply needs.  These are all great options for some of the deals and freebies you can find right now in the school supply sections.

Found any of your own great deals lately? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

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  1. Hello my Fellow Frugal Friend! My BEST deals this were a part of that $4 off 4 sale at Kroger. If that sale continues (sometimes it does) let me know if you're interested, and I'll mail you some coupons.- K, so the Febreze Set and Refresh was on sale for $2.50ea. Buy 4 get $4 off, so they were down to $1.50, and I happened to have like 50 coupons for them that were for $1.50 off, so I got them for FREE!!! Well, I did have to pay .50 tax. But I'll take it! Got enough good smelling yumminess to last for a year :-) I love weeks like this! - Way to go on your shopping...I think whenever you save 33% or more (i.e. half of what you spend), you're doing GREAT!

  2. Wow!
    Now do you just hand the cashier the pile of coupons and she figures it out or do you have to figure it out yourself first?

  3. that is amazing. i can't get into couponing-i don't save enough for it to be worth it because the stores around here are NOT coupon friendly! it's sad : (

  4. Once again I am in awe, I've tried and I think the most I've saved is 32%, and that is with a lot of work beforehand. So impressed girl!

  5. Wonderful! What's the Summer Savings?

  6. i love krogers but have yet to venture into walgreens quite yet---although i know if i did i'd save so much more! i always plan out exactly what we are getting and stick to that although my husband is always amazed that i went in for certain items but when you get them free, why not?? :)


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