Yes, I did!

I needed to pick up some fresh food, we crave salads with our dinner, lettuce and tomatoes on our sandwiches, and fruit for snacks, so even though I didn’t need groceries this week, I decided to see what I could do to get some produce really cheap. There were some good opportunities for combination deals and overages at both Publix and Bi-Lo, so here’s what made it in my cart today:

Publix:

  • Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, BOGO at $1.93 each, with a printable coupon for 50 cents that doubles to $1 off each box, 2 boxes for 93 cents each
  • Aunt Jemima 10-pack of waffles, BOGO at $1.20 each, with a coupon for $1 each, box of waffles for 20 cents
  • Honest Organics fruit punch, regularly $1.59 each, bought 4 of them with the following coupons – 2 Publix coupons for BOGO, 2 manufacturer’s coupons for $1 off of 2, and 2 manufacturer’s coupons for $1 off produce with the purchase of 2 bottles, so I got 2 bags of carrots for $1.29 each … that all adds up to 29 cents each for 2 one-pound bags of carrots, and 9 cents each for four bottles of fruit punch
  • Mueller Hidden Veggie pasta, four boxes, sale priced at $1 each. Used two BOGO coupons, and four coupons for 55 cents off each, for an overage of 20 cents
  • Velveeta Cheesy Casseroles, BOGO at $1.70 each, used printable coupons for $1 off each
  • Kraft Fresh Takes, BOGO at $1.49 each, with printable coupons for $1 off each
  • Bird’s Eye Voila meals, on sale for $3.49 each, with a printable coupon for $1 off each, and a Publix coupon for $2 off each
  • Sheba cat food cans at 50 cents each, with BOGO coupons, at 50 cents each they double to make both cans free, bought 12 cans
  • Kraft dressing on clearance for $1.47 for a 16-ounce bottle, had a Publix coupon for $1 off

Total before coupons was $57.46, total spent was $11.35

Bi-Lo:

  • Mahatma rice mixes, BOGO at 45 cents each, with coupons for 75 cents off of 2, total of 15 cents for 2 packages
  • Knorr pasta side dishes, $1 each, with manufacturer’s coupons for 50 cents off of 2 that double, and a competitor’s coupon for $1 off of 2, to make both free
  • Yoplait Simplait yogurt, regular price 99 cents, had a “hot price” sticker discounting it 50 cents off, and had a printable manufacturer’s coupon for 40 cents that doubled, for a 31 cent overage
  • Hillshire Farms Turkey Smoked Sausage, on sale for $3 each, with printable Hillshire Farms coupon for 55 cents that doubled, for a total of $1.90 each
  • Hillshire Farms deli meat, on sale for $3 each, with printable Hillshire Farms coupon for 55 cents each that doubled, for a total of $1.90 each
  • Ball Park Franks hot dogs, on sale for $1.99 each, with coupons for $1 off of 2, for a total of $1.49 per package
  • Bakery bread with “hot price” stickers on them for half off
  • Bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers all on sale, plus had the same Honest Organics fruit punch offer mentioned above in Publix list – BOGO, $1 off two bottles, and $1 off produce
  • Tabasco sauce on sale for $1.25, manufacturer’s coupons for 60 cents that doubles to $1.20, for a total of 5 cents each
  • Smuckers Ice Cream Toppings, regular price of $2.69 each, with manufacturer’s coupons for $1 off each and competitor’s coupons for $1 off each, for a total of 69 cents each
  • Meow Mix canned cat food, on sale for 60 cents each, with printable coupons for $1 off of 6 cans. Not a great sale but this particular kind is my cat’s favorite, so I’m going ahead and getting it.
  • Large bag of dry cat food marked down from $14 to $8.99 with no coupon – again, not a great sale, but it’s my cat’s favorite brand so I’m getting it anyway.
  • Alexia frozen potatoes on sale for $3, with manufacturer’s coupon for 55 cents that will double, plus a competitor’s coupon for $1 off each, for a total of 90 cents each

Total saved $92.42, total spent $43.37. It’s more than I usually spend, but looking at the details, there’s a lot I don’t always get. I usually get better deals on cat food, but these were the kinds my cat likes the best so they went in the cart. Also, the deals on meat were pretty good, but certainly not close to free, so getting four of each really added up. The produce was pretty good with the $1 off deal, but it doesn’t totally wipe out the price, so that boosted it up too. The bakery bread wasn’t free, but it was half off, which is about as good as it gets for that sort of thing.

New circular, new prices tomorrow for Bi-Lo and Publix! If you are missing any printable coupons, check the links below and print while they are available:

The major coupon sites that will list an aggregate of manufacturer’s coupons are:

Some stores also use e-coupons, loaded by your loyalty card or using your phone number. Go to the website and sign up, that way you don’t even have to print these coupons, you will automatically have them deducted at the checkout line.

Some stores also have their own printable coupons, or they may take competitors coupons. It’s worth it to print these out to match with the manufacturers coupons for double or better on the discount!

Don’t forget that just by walking in the door at Food Lion and CVS, you can get extra coupons printed at their automated machines. You scan the card in the machine’s reader, and it will print out coupons just for you. Some have very short expiration dates (several of the Food Lion ones are meant to be used that day!) so pay attention, but these may be very useful on your trip.

If you do not already do this, I would recommend trying SavingStar. This is a program separate from coupons, you can shop as you normally shop, with or without coupons, and when you use your store loyalty card, savings are automatically posted to your account and you can claim the money online with Paypal. It won’t change anything about your checkout process.

Link to sign up for SavingStar

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