Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shopping Trip 3/29: Albertson's and Kroger

I didn't shop last week, and now I'm trying to make up for it at the last minute.  I knew I wanted to make one more trip to Kroger before the Mega Sale ended (it may be going on a third week, but I wasn't certain), and there were also a few things that I wanted to pick up from Albertson's which is on the way and 2 blocks from Kroger, so that is what we did this morning.

First stop, Albertson's for some cheap detergent and Nature Valley bars:

Shelf Price:  $20.94
Sale Price:   $9.98  (Saved $4 instantly when I bought 4 participating items)
Price Paid After Coupons:  $3.98 + tax =$4.14    80% Savings

From there I went to Kroger.  I wanted to grab a few more of the Mega Items that I had wasn't able to use all my coupons for last trip.  I also had those Kool-Aid coupons I wanted to use.  I also found some bell peppers marked down to $0.99 for 4 on the way in.  The Cuties clementine oranges were on sale for $2.99 for a 3 lb bag, and I was going to grab on for that price, but when I did I noticed a coupon inside the package for $0.35/1 3lb bag.  That tripled to make it less $1.94.  Best I've even seen them for and they are SOOOO good.

Here is all I got (sorry, it's a little scrunched up and hard to see everything--there are actually 8 more boxes of Ronzoni in there.  I had 10, but I ended up with 22 items instead of 20, so I put 2 back):
Shelf Price:  $58.36
Sale Price:   $34.07
Price Paid After Coupons:  $13.32      77% Savings

Now, I'm about to go slice up those peppers into strips and throw them in the freezer to cook with. =)  Half of the time, finding the best deals requires so planning at all, it is just being in the right place at the right time.

Oh, and when I was checking out at Kroger, there was an elderly man behind me in line.  He was watching the cashier scan all my coupons and he commented that he supposed he should start saving coupons too, he's just always been too lazy.  I told him that was kind of my job at the moment.  He glanced over at my girls and said it looked like I had a much harder job than just clipping coupons, and that they sure were cute.  He made me smile.

I may not be done with my shopping for the week, since new ads will come out tomorrow.  I may even make a trip to Wal-Mart (I shudder at the thought!) to use some of my really good coupons that are about to expire on 3/31 and I haven't found a sale to use them with yet.  Maybe some of that overage they are now allowing can absorb some of the cost of a new wiper blade for my van!  I'm getting tired of staring at pollen smudges.


Kim March 29, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

Sounds like the exact same thing I am doing tomorrow...shopping at Walmart to use coupons that expire on 3/31. Also to get a price match for the clean & clear because they are sold out at 2 local CVS's and use those coupons as well! I guess I could wait to see if they restock but I figured I would be at Walmart anyway, so why not?!

Amanda March 30, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

That is a great idea. I haven't made it to CVS yet either, but I wanted to get some of those clean and clear too. I was kinda hoping they would email me one of those $5/$25 coupons though. ;)

I never think to price match at Wal-Mart. I've only done it one time on two items. But its been a really long time since I have been in there since they opened the Aldi across the street. I just still have three of the $3/1 Gain fabric softener to use. I would hate to see those go to waste.

Good luck on your trip!

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