Diaper(ish) Deal

The CVS get $10 wyb $30 of certain products at CVS is on again this week, and Pampers boxes are included. I wanted a box of size 3’s and needed some other items. I did the deal in two transactions and made out well. Here was my scenario:

Transaction 1:

1 Pampers size 3 box (80 diapers) @ $18.99
2 CVS prenatal vitamins, 100 count BOGO free @ $10. 99
1 CVS pocket tissues, 8 pk @ $2.49

Subtotal – $32.47
– (1) $1.50/1 pampers coupon from back of cheerios cereal sometime last year
Total w/out tax – $30.97
Get 1 $10 CVS cash card

Transaction 2

3 Special K Red Berries (my favorite, this is the time of year to stock up) @ 3/$10.00
3 cans of Bumble Bee tuna @ $.59 each

Subtotal – $11.77
– (1) $1/3 Kellogg’s cereal in 1/1 inserts
– $10 CVS cash card from first transaction
Total for transaction 2: $.77
Get $4 ECB for Special K

So, the Special K was like 3/$5 after coupon and ECB, and the diapers after the CVS cash card and coupon cost $7.49 for 80 diapers (9 cents a diaper).




Today’s finds

Hi all,

I wrote these deals I found today in an email to a more famous *ahem* blogger and thought I’d post them with pics here.

1) I found a mail-in-rebate for P&G (including Pampers) in the aisle at Weis (see attached picture). No mention that it needs to be purchased at Weis. It seems like this would make the Giant Pampers deal this week even better.

2) I found Huggies wipes with shea butter (64 ct) on clearance for $.87 each at CVS after a tip that they were on clearance but unmarked from a Hip2Save reader. I used the .50/1 coupons from the 8/14 SS and got 4 packs for $1.48 after using 4 coupons.

3) The Pampers Splashers are in the 90% CVS summer clearance. I got 2 boxes which each rang up at $1.24 then used the $1.50/2 from the latest PG insert and got two boxes for $.98 ($.49 for one pack of 24 diapers).

4) I found Waverly plates at Weis on the paper plates shelf but with no tag. I had the cashier scan them and they rang up at $1.49 – really cheap with the recent $.75/1 coupons.com coupon and free depending on how your store doubles.

5) Edy’s ice cream at Weis is CHEAP even without coupons. Ours our shelf priced at $6.99 (but Weis prices and ads vary greatly depending on your location). If your shelf price is $6.99, you only need to buy two at the $3.33 price to get you over the $12 and to get the $4 OYNO coupon. I used a $1/2 coupon I had from the 6/12 SS. So $6.66 for two, -1 MFR = 5.66 for two, get $4 OYNO = 1.66 for two with coupon or 2.66 for 2 without coupon if your self price is like mine.

I attached a pic of my receipt for the ice cream deal with the $4 OYNO that printed. Important: works once in transactions. I did the deal twice with two separate transactions.

Did you ever leave the store smiling so hard your face hurt?

My dilemma(s) about blogging my good deals…

Hi everyone. Remember me? I used to post good deals.

I still get good deals. I just have a hard time finding the time to post about them. Plus, I’ve found out that the deals I get at the grocery stores in Hagerstown, MD are really different than those elsewhere because the Maryland coupon policies are different (read: often much more friendly) than the stores in PA. I drive 20 minutes to get groceries now…almost all the time.

Here’s an example of today’s grocery trip and how “personalized” it is…or, how me posting it doesn’t help the average Josephine Shmoe.

Today’s trip to Martin’s

  • 1 YoBaby Stonyfield Farms Yogurt – $2.39 shelf price
  • 2 Giant Shredded Cheeses, on sale $2 each
  • Turkey Hill Light Ice Cream, on sale $2.50 each
  • 5 jars of Smuckers grape jelly, on sale for $1.99 each, buy 5 and get $5 off instantly
  • 1 lb. bag of Giant brand baby carrots
  • 2 Chobani Yogurt
  • 5 boxes of Smucker’s Snack ‘n Waffles, on sale for $2.50 each, buy 5 and get $5 off instantly
  • 1 half gallon of skim milk, $1.70 shelf price
  • 1 Better ‘n Eggs egg substitute, on sale for $3.99
  • 1 Pompeian Extra Light Olive Oil, on sale for $3.49
  • 3 Beech Nut 100% juices, on sale for $2.19 each
  • 1 KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, on sale for $2.50

I paid $16.14 for this trip and got 200 gas points. And now I have some jelly to donate, because holy cow, that’s a lot of jelly.

So now you ask…why don’t I bother posting? I’ve been wondering the same thing. On my trip home from the store, I came up with some of the reasons (other than finding the time) that I hesitate to post deals like this:

  • DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STATES: The Giant/Martin’s stores in MD double four like coupons. The stores in PA only double the first coupon and only take up to 4 like coupons in one transaction. So, I used four $.75/1 Smuckers coupons from coupons.com (zip 90210), which all doubled. So the jelly (after the $5 instant savings) cost me $4.95 and I had $6 off in coupons. So I made $1.05 buying the jelly. If I did this in the PA store 5 minutes from my house, the jelly would have cost me $1.20. In this instance, driving to MD saved me $2.25 just on this item, I could purchase all my items in one transaction, and the store is larger and has better stock for sales.
  • STORE-ISSUED COUPONS ARE NOT CONSISTENT ACROSS GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS. My mom lives in a town that just built a new Giant and she is getting great coupons in the mail. The most recent coupon book came with 3 coupons for each of the next four weeks. This week’s coupons were: 1 Free Turkey Hill Ice Cream wyb $15 worth of product, 1 Free bag of carrots wyb $15 worth of product, and a $5 off $30 coupon. We did not get these coupons, but since my mom doesn’t shop at Giant she gives me those coupons. Win!
  • STORE ISSUED COUPONS ARE NOT CONSISTENT PERIOD. I take advantage of the Giant/Martin’s eCoupons that you can “get” on their website. You create an account and enter your Bonuscard #, and then you can “add” eCoupons to your card. Right now there is a $.75/2 chobani yogurt coupon in my account…but not in everyone’s account. I paired that $.75/2 store coupon with the Chobani $10/10 sale and used two $.30/1 coupons from the Chobani website (which doubled). So I paid $.05 for two Greek yogurts. If you didn’t get that coupon in your account, the deal isn’t nearly as good.
  • DID YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DEALS I DID? I happened to have picked up 5 of the Giant Summer Savings coupon books at the store in early June (I think), which is where I was able to get 5 of the $1/1 coupons for the Snack ‘n Waffles. So the 5 boxes of waffles after instant savings and coupons cost me $2.50. However, I doubt you happened to also pick up 5 of these, so your deal without the coupons would have been $7.50…not great. And, for what it’s worth, I had one of these waffles for breakfast and they are not that good tasting or good for you. Deal fail.

So…that’s life here. Spending about $20 a week on groceries unless it’s a stock-up week on fruits, veggies, or meat…in which case it’s usually more like $40. Although the garden sure has kept our veggie purchases to a minimum this year. We made stuffed peppers, lettuce wraps, bread, and kielbasa for 8 people on Friday night and it cost us less than $10. Go me.

My Crazy Cereal Deal

Ok, so coupons.com just released a $5/5 Kellogg’s Cereal coupon. Use zip code 84711 and find the coupon on page 2 or 3. Print it fast if you’re interested – the coupons have been going very quickly.

Anyway, I plan to go to Giant today and use these coupons with their Kellogg’s Promotion.

Here’s the plan:

Buy 20 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal that are specially marked for the Cars2 Promotion at $3.49 or less each = about $70
Use (4) $5/5 coupons = -$20
Get (5) $6 instant savings = -$30
Turn in codes for Cars for Cash gas cards (4 boxes with codes = $5) = $25 in gas cards
Get (5) catalinas for free milk.

So, when this deal is all over I make $5 buying 20 boxes of cereal and get 4 gallons of free milk. Don’t worry – I’m donating the cereal. 🙂

Cheap Ice Cream at Giant

This week Breyers ice cream is on sale 2/$5 at Giant. You can print a $.75/1 Breyer’s Blasts coupon twice per computer from their facebook page. The ice cream is also part of the gas promotion (buy 6 get 20 cents off per gallon), so you could combine this deal with a few other products to earn cheap(er) gas.

If you don’t want or need the other products (like me), print two coupons, pay in separate transactions (so both coupons double), and you will get each tub of ice cream for $1.

Giant Food Cereal Promo

This week the General Mills cereal promo returned to Giant. Buy any 4 General Mills cereals, get $6 off instantly and a catalina coupon for free milk (up to $4.50) on your next order.

Although it says the promo is not good on discontinued cereals, the deal is working with discontinued cereals.

Today I bought 4 boxes of Wheaties Fuel that were marked discontinued and priced at $2.67 each. I then used (4) $1/1 coupons from the Wheaties website (you will need 2 computers to print 4 coupons) which brought each box to $1.67 and my total to $6.68. Then, $6 instant savings and the milk catalina meant I paid $.68 for a gallon of milk and 4 boxes of cereal. Try this deal out for cheap cereal.

Cheap Coffee and Card Moneymaker at Martin’s/Giant

The Eight O’Clock Coffee is priced $5.99 and is BOGO this week. Use the $2/2 coupon available here or in the inserts from last Sunday (6/5) to get two bags of coffee for $3.99!

There is also a promotion on Hallmark Cards – buy 3 and get $5 off instantly. I bought three sets of 3 cards that were $1.49 each (so my total was $4.47 for the cards) and got $5 off instantly, making each set of cards a $.53 money maker. I separated the sets of cards into separate transactions so I’m not sure if it will work in one or not. If you try it, leave a comment.

EDIT: I just checked my receipt and forgot that Giant bonuscard saves me an additional 10% on all cards. So, each card cost me $1.34, making each set of 3 cards a $.98 moneymaker.