Couponing Lite

Weekly $10 Publix Shopping List Using Only Printable Coupons

Publix Meal Plan and Diaper Deals! April 26, 2011

Filed under: Diaper Deals,Menu Plan — Angela @ 6:00 pm

Jennifer at Once Upon A Coupon has the new Publix Meal Plan up! The Pizza Margherita and the Taco Salad sounds especially yummy 🙂 Hurry over and check it out!

Also, Angie at Baby Cheapskate has posted the TDFDOW (Top Diaper and Formula Deals Of the Week LOL)  Looks like the best bet this week is at Target since they are doing the gift card deal.

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4/25: $47.26 at Publix for FREE!! April 23, 2011

Filed under: Publix $10 Shopping List — Angela @ 1:30 pm

$10 Publix Shopping ListDefinitely not a great shopping week this time…unless you count all the stuff you can get with the $5.46 overage you’ll be getting! If you’re budgeting $10/week, that will allow you $15 of “I can buy whatever I want” money 🙂  I’ll probably end up using mine on some good produce—red grapes are $1.69/lb, Vidalia onions (the only ones good enough for me to buy LOL) are $0.99/lb and FL sweet corn is on sale @ 12 for $3—and maybe a roast for dinner sometime this week.

Here’s the list this week. Like I said, nothing spectacular, but take advantage of the overage and donate what you don’t need! This week, Publix will be paying you $5.46 to buy $47.26 worth of food. You’re saving 112%.

Powerade Zero – 32 oz
BOGO @ $0.62 each – B1G1 Powerade Zero drink printable = $0.31 each ($0.62 for 2)

Voskos Greek Yogurt – 5.3 oz
@ $1 each – $1/1 Voskos Greek Yogurt printable = FREE!!

Dole Fruit, Fruit in Gel, or Parfait
@ $2 each – $0.50/1 Dole Fruit Bowls printable (dbls) = $1 each

Heluva Good! Dip – 12 oz
@ $2 each – B1G1 Heluva Good! Dip from Publix Yellow Advantage Flyer and $0.50/1 Heluva Good! Dip printable = FREE!!

Ex-Lax – 8 ct
@ $2.29 each – $5/2 coupon from Publix Green Advantage Flyer = FREE + $0.21 overage ($0.42 overage on 2)!

Sundown Naturals B6 – 150 ct
@ $3.59 each – $3/1 Sundown Naturals from Publix Green Advantage Flyer and $3/2 Sundown Naturals printable = FREE + $0.91 overage ($1.82 overage on two)!

Phazyme – 12 ct.
@ $3.49 each – $5/2 coupon from Publix Green Advantage Flyer and $2/1 Phazyme product printable = FREE + $1.01 overage ($2.02 overage on 2)!

Sominex – 16 ct
@ $3.19 each – $5/2 coupon from Publix Green Advantage Flyer and $2/1 Sominex product printable = FREE + $1.31 overage ($2.62 overage on 2)!

Item Quantity price pd ext price orig price ext. price savings
Powerade 4 $0.31 $1.24 $1.24 $4.96 75
Voskos Greek Yogurt 2 $ $ $1.00 $2.00 100
Dole Fruit 2 $1.00 $2.00 $2.00 $4.00 50
Heluva Good! Dip 2 $ $ $2.00 $4.00 100
Ex-Lax  2 $ (0.21) $ (0.42) $2.29 $4.58 109
Sundown Naturals B6 4 $ (0.91) $ (3.64) $3.59 $ 14.36 125
Phazyme  2 $ (1.01) $ (2.02) $3.49 $6.98 129
Sominex  2 $ (1.31) $ (2.62) $3.19 $6.38 141
20 $ (5.46) $ 47.26 112
 

Great Vtech Toy Deal at Babies R Us and Toys R Us (online, too!) April 21, 2011

Filed under: Other deals — Angela @ 6:00 pm

I have got to tell you about a GREAT deal that you need to take advantage of if you have kids under 5 that you’re shopping for.  I hinted at this on my facebook page earlier today: right now at Babies R Us and Toys R Us, they’re having a B1G1 sale on all their Vtech toys. There are also coupons out there right now for $5 off one $19.99+ Vtech toy. That means, you can buy 2 Vtech toys at $19.99 (total for 2 = $39.98) and then use one $5 coupon for each (new total = $29.98) and then Babies/Toys R Us will take off an additional $19.99 because of the B1G1 sale, making your grand total for two $19.99 toys only $9.99! FYI–they’re doing this same deal online, but you’ll have to pay shipping.  Use code vtech41711  at checkout to get $5 off a $19.99+ Vtech toy purchase.

There are a couple of ways to get these coupons–either from the 4/10 or 4/17 Smart Source Inserts that come with your Sunday paper or get the printables here and here. This sale is going until May 23rd (I believe).

Here’s what I bought:

Learning Fun Toolbox @ $19.99

Touch and Teach Turtle @ $19.99

Count and Learn School Bus @ $19.99

Alphabet Apple @ $19.99

Sing and Count Fish @ $9.99

Splash and Learn Duck @ $9.99

I spent $30 on $100 worth of toys! Now, the last two I didn’t have a coupon for, but we have a water play themed Easter basket that we’re putting together for my daughter so I went ahead and picked them up since it was such a great deal. I would have loved to have bought the Musical Bubbles Octopus instead of the Alphabet Apple, but they were out at both Toys R Us and Babies R Us near me. Oh well, at least the apple is something that I can save for her Christmas present 🙂

 

No list today… April 20, 2011

Filed under: Publix $10 Shopping List — Angela @ 9:17 pm

The current ad runs through Monday (after Easter), so I’ll have the weekly list up in a couple of days.

Thanks!

 

Baby Cheapskate: Weekly Diaper, Wipes and Formula Deals April 18, 2011

Filed under: Diaper Deals — Angela @ 6:30 pm

What a week! I’ve found another wonderful website to share with you!  Baby Cheapskate is one of my favorites mainly because of Angie’s “Top Diaper and Formula Deals of the Week” post. She finds the best deals from both online and brick and mortar stores for diapers, wipes and formula. I wish I had found this site while we were still on formula because I know I would have saved a ton!  Angie also posts deals for other  baby- and kid-related items, as well. It’s definitely a blog to keep an eye on in case she posts a great deal that is too good to pass up!

This week it looks like the best deals on diapers are still on Amazon with the online coupon for Pampers. Use Amazon Mom with Subscribe and Save and you’ll be saving more than you could at any store, even without the 20% and $10 Amazon coupons that we last saw in the baby magazines a month ago!

 

Spent $1.43 on $21.96 at Publix (gift card run#2)

Filed under: Gift Card Project — Angela @ 1:51 pm

I had to run some errands today during my lunchbreak, so I decided to do a quick Publix run while I was out. There were a few freebies and overages that I needed to take advantage of.

Here’s what I bought:

  • 1 Ritz Crackerfuls BOGO @ $1.50 each
    used $1.50/1 manuf. coupon from Sunday’s paper
    Made it FREE!!
  • 1 Publix white bread @ $.89 (My husband somehow managed to eat an entire loaf of bread in one weekend, so I had to restock)
  • 2 Heluva Good! Dip (french onion–my fav) @ $2.09
    used B1G1 from the advantage flyer and 2 manuf coupons for $0.50/1 (dbls)
    Made it $0.09 for 2!
  • 2 Advil Caplets, 24 + 50% more free (36 caplets) @ $2.99 each
    used $5/2 from advantage buy flyer and $3/2 manufacturer coupon
    Made it FREE!! + $2 overage!
  • 1 Treasure Cave Blue Cheese Crumbles @ 2/$5  (I already bought some from Kroger this week, but used it all in a yummy pasta dish, so I needed more!)
    used a $0.50/1 manuf. coupon (dbls)
    Made it  $1.50 each
  • Dixie Crystals Sugar, 12 oz. It’s the one in the little shake canister @ $1.59
    used a $0.50/1 manuf. coupon (dbls)
    Made it $0.59

I spent $1.05 before tax, $1.43 after and saved $20.53.  That’s 93%! And I still have $121.42 left on my gift card 🙂

 

Gift Card Project: 1st shopping trip! April 15, 2011

Filed under: Gift Card Project — Angela @ 11:20 pm

Yesterday I came home to a note on my door from FedEx–my gift card had arrived (I just had to go pick it up)! I thought it was a bit odd that ConAgra (the sponsor of the recipe contest I entered) hadn’t sent the gift card in the mail like every other gift card I have ever received, but whatever, no biggie.  I headed over to the FedEx place to pick it up and I was handed a large shipping envelope that was both too big and too heavy to be holding just one gift card. Sure enough, I opened it up and found this inside:

15 $10 Publix gift cards. Very funny, ConAgra.  Thankfully, the wonderful Courtney at my Publix’s Customer Service was able to put them all onto one card for me 🙂

I’ll be going out again to pick up the Helluva Good! Dip that’s B1G1 in the Yellow Advantage Buy flyer that starts tomorrow, but I stocked up on the chips for it today with the coupon out of the current Advantage Buy flyer. Also, I usually compare prices between my Kroger and Publix, but I wanted to utilize Publix as much as I could with my gift card project so you’ll see a couple of non-sale items on my list. And let me tell you, it hurt to buy them without a coupon!! I just had to rationalize it by telling myself that the overages on other things counted as discounts for the non-sale items. I did end up buying a couple of containers of a certain brand of feta cheese that I can only get at Kroger and I picked up a loaf of French bread for $0.79. I spent a total of $5 at Kroger and got the rest of the ingredients I needed to make my (now award-winning) Warm Tomato and Feta Bruschetta!

In this list I bought a few veggies and milk, but you’ll notice there’s no meat. There just wasn’t anything that I needed that was on a great sale. Especially since I’ve got about 10 lbs of ground beef and another 10 of chicken in my freezer, along with various Morningstar Farms and Boca Burgers, chicken nuggets/tenders/strips and about 5 sausage links. Maybe next week I’ll pick up some seafood to put in the freezer 🙂

Without further ado, here’s how I did:

2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bar @ $1.50 (on sale from $2.99)

  • $0.75/2 manufacturer coupon
  • $1/1 Publix coupon
  • Total: $1.24

2 Yoplait YoPlus @ $1.00 (on sale from $2.00)

  • (2) $1/1 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $0

2 Wise Cheez Doodles @ $1.50 (on sale from $2.99)

  • (2) $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon (dbls)
  • Total: $0.99

6 Idahoan Potatoes @ $0.63 (on sale from $1.25)

  • (2) $1/3 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $1.75

2 Scotties Facial Tissue @ $0.99

  • (2) $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon (dbls)
  • Total: -$0.02

4 Wheat Thins Stix @ $1.50 (on sale from $2.99)

  • (4) $1/1 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $1.98

4 Triscuits @ $1.50 (on sale from $2.99)

  • (4) $1/1 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $1.98

4 Breakstone’s Sour Cream @ $1.13 (on sale from $ 2.25)

  • (4) $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon (dbls)
  • Total: $0.50

1 Pam Cooking Spray @ $1.60 (on sale from $3.29)

  • $0.35/1 manufacturer coupon (dbls)
  • $1/1 Publix coupon
  • Total: -$0.10

3 Pop Tarts @ $1.05 (on sale from $2.59)

  • $1/3 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $2.14

2 Maruchan Yakisoba @ $0.89

  • (2) $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon (dbls)
  • Total: -$0.22

3 Lay’s Potato Chips @ $2.00 (on sale from $3.99)

  • (3) $0.55/1 manufacturer coupon
  • (3) $1/1 Publix coupon
  • Total: $1.35

1 Gallon Milk @ $3.19

1 Mott’s Apple Sauce @ $1.37 (on sale from $2.73)

1 Lemon Juice @ $0.99

2 Kraft Cheddar w/ Philly @ $1.67 (on sale from $3.79)

  • (2) $1/1 manufacturer coupon
  • Total: $1.34

.97 lb Sweet Onion @ $1.29/lb

  • Total: $1.25

1.26 lb Green Bell Pepper @ $1.49/lb (on sale from $1.99/lb)

  • Total: $1.88

1 Avocado @ $2.49

  • 2 $1 off produce Coupon
  • Total: $0.49

1 Romaine Lettuce @ $1.99

1 Publix Bread @ $0.89 (on sale from $1.25)

Subtotal before sales/coupons: $105.94

Subtotal after: $25.97 (saved $79.97 or 75%)

Tax: $1.18

Grand total: $27.15

Left on gift card: $122.85

After the first day of this little project, just looking at these numbers makes me realize how much I’m saving my family by couponing. It’s definitely great motivation to keep doing this. I was looking at our budget the other day and remember telling my husband about the extra money we have in our account compared to this same time last year. I was working very part-time without any prospects for a new job when the summer started and although my husband had a full-time job, he had just learned that he was victim to a “Reduction in Force” and would be without a job starting in the summer, as well. It was a very scary time for us when we were already struggling to make ends meet with our newborn baby girl. Thankfully, I picked up a wonderful job just as my current one ended, and my husband wasn’t but a week behind me. We still struggled for a bit, but then I discovered couponing. We went from buying generics and just the necessities (milk, bread, rice, beans, formula, diapers) on a $100 budget to buying all name brands and stuffing the cabinets on a $50 budget.  I am so thankful that I had a few friends “show me the light” and I have never looked back. I look in my cabinets now and spend 15 minutes trying to decide what I want to make for dinner instead of spending 15 minutes trying to figure out what I can make using just tuna and red beans.  I hope this helps inspire you to begin or continue couponing.  Think of what your family could do with the extra $100/week that you are saving at the grocery store–that’s $5,200 a year!

Happy couponing, everyone!

 

 
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