Tobins' Tastes: November 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

$10 Credit To RueLaLa for New Users

Never heard of RueLaLa? Now is the time to join! Sign up now until Dec. 8th and you will receive a $10 credit within 72 hours of joining.
RueLaLa is a daily discount website that features flash sales on brand names clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products, home decor, kids stuff, travel and more. Every day at 11am EST they have a number of new sales on a selection of brand names. 

I have used their site many times and find that they have great customer service and pretty easy returns too. It is also fun to dream/online window shop some of their high end designer sales : )  


Sign up here to receive the new Home Made Simple mailer from P&G. They put these out every month or so and the booklet contains coupons for products from Cascade, Dawn, Febreeze, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. The coupons usually have a really long expiration date and it's completely free so its worth signing up for.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Publix Trip 12/1: $125 Worth For $45


I was so happy with the final total of my shopping trip today. I was able to get some things we needed for our upcoming Christmas party, stock up on sale items, buy a decent amount of chicken and even purchased some non-sale/non-coupon items that we needed. I may even go back later this week to buy some more chicken.

My total cost out of pocket today was $45.93 for $123.01 worth of groceries. I was planning on using both a $5/50 Publix coupon and a $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupon but my total before coupons did not reach $80 so I just saved my Winn Dixie one for another day. As you can see alot of my savings came from special store prices so I didn't even actually use that many coupons (compared to normal)


Here is the breakdown:
Total Retail Value: $123.01
Total Spent: $45.93
Total Saved: $77.97
Saved 63%

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 2 liter bottles of Zephyhills Sparkling Water, retails for .99 cents each, on sale for .89 cents each
    • Used two $1 off coupons from coupons.com
    • Made them both FREE, plus I made .10 cents off each one
  • 2 packages of Diamond Kosher Sale, retails for .99 cents each
    • Used two .55 cents off store coupons from the Publix Winter Family Savings booklet
    • Stacked with two .40 cents of printables from coupons.com
    • Made them .04 cents each
  • 1 dozen Publix eggs, retails for $2.09
    • Used a coupon for FREE Publix eggs when you buy 2 bags of Sargento cheese
    • Made them FREE
  • 3 bags of Emerald Breakfast Blend Trail Mix, retails for $1.99 each, on sale for $1.50 each
    • Used three $1 off coupon from the 11/13 SS
    • Made them .50 cents each
  • 4 packages of Solo Cups, retails for $5.45 each, on sale BOGO ($2.64 each)
    • Used two $1/2 store coupons from the Publix Winter Family Savings Booklet
    • Stacked with two $1/2 target.com printables (side note: my Publix allow me to use a Publix store coupon and a Target coupon on the same item, many don't but mine do for whatever reason. I have asked multiple managers and they have all ok'd it)
    • Made them $1.64 each
  • 4 bottles of Northland 100% Blended Juice, retails for $4.15 each, on sale BOGO ($2.07 each)
    • Used two $1 off coupons from the 10/9 SS
    • Made them $1.57 each
  • 4 boxes of Krusteaz Cookie Mix, retails for $2.39 each, on sale BOGO ($1.19 each)
    • Used two $1/2 coupons from a store blinkie dispenser
    • Made them .69 cents each
  • 4 bags of Nestle Tollhouse Morsels, retails for $2.93 each, on sale BOGO ($1.46 each)
    • Used two .50/2 printables from the manufacturer's website
    • Made them $1.21 a bag
  • 2 boxes of Golden Grahams, retails for $3.99 each, on sale BOGO ($1.99 each)
  • 2 bags of Pepperidge Farms Stone Baked Artisan Rolls, retails for $3.69 each, on sale BOGO ($1.84 each)
    • Used two .75 cents off coupons from the 10/16 SS
    • Made them $1.09 each
  • 1 Publix whole chicken on sale for $1.19 a pound
  • 2 packages of Purdue Fit n Fresh chicken breasts on sale for $2.99 a pound
    • Saved $2.00 a pound
    • Note: chicken definitely goes on sale for cheaper than this but this is a decent price for Publix

Comment with any questions or if you found any amazing deals this week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

$64 Worth of Stuff At CVS For Less Than $11 Out Of Pocket

Today was the first time in a few weeks that I really felt like a CVS trip was worth the planning (it's right down the street from my house which makes it even more worth it). I really wanted to take advantage of the $10 gift card promotion where you earn a $10 gift card (I chose American Express) when you spend $30 (before coupons) on certain products.

I spent $10.54 out of pocket (after the $10 value of the gift card I earned) for a total of $63.62 worth of products in two transactions. That is like saving 83%! Here is how it broke down:


Transaction #1

Transaction #1:
  • Spent $8.99 out of pocket on a bottle of Complete Contact Solution
  • Earned $8.99 in ECB's
Transaction #2:
    
    Transaction #2
    
  • Spent $11.55 after ECB's earned in first transaction and coupons
  • Earned a $10 Gift Card
  • Made it like spending $1.55 on second transaction
Total for the day:
  • $8.99 spent in first transaction
  • $1.55 after gift card on second transaction
  • $10.54 Total after gift card!
Here are the coupon match ups for the second transaction. All of these items qualified for the spend $30 earn a $10 gift card. They were all also on sale and I had coupons for all of them. The transaction normally would retail for 54.63 without the sale prices or coupons.
  • 4 Glade Air Freshener Sprays, retails for $1.99 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
  • 6 boxes of Puffs Tissues, retails for $1.99 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
    • Used two .25 cents off of 3 coupons from the 10/30 P&G insert
    • Made them each .90 cents
  • 6 bottles of Dawn dish soap, retails for $1.67 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
    • Used four .50 cents off coupons from the 10/30 P&G insert
    • Used two .50 cents off coupons from P&G home mailers
    • Made them each .49 cents
  • 2 cans of Scrubbing Bubbles, retails for $4.19 each, on sale with CVS card for $3 each
    • Used a $2/2 coupon from the October Shape Magazine
    • Made them $2 each
  • 3 bottles of Windex, retails for $4.99 each, on sale for $3 each with CVS card
    • Used three $1 off coupons from various magazine coupon booklets
    • Made them each $2
I used this link to get my match ups and sale ideas. Comment if you have any questions! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free and Cheap Stuff At Target


Here are a few free and cheap things I got at Target today. We needed a few more strands of Christmas lights (also on really good sale) and so I decided to take advantage of a few coupons/deals I had been meaning to get.

Here is what I got:
  • 2 Baby Lips Maybelline Lip Glosses, retails for $2.99 each
    • Used two $2 off Target.com coupons
    • Stacked with two $1 off manufacturer coupons (no longer available)
    • Made them both FREE
  • 2 NYC Color Nail Polishes, retails for .94 cents each
    • Used two $1 off Target.com coupons
    • Made them both FREE
  • 3 Travel Sized Tide Detergents, retails for .97 cents each
    • Used two $1 off any Tide Product coupons from a P&G home mailer
    • Used one $2 off Tide coupon from Facebook
    • Made all three of them FREE, plus I made a $1 overage on one ( I donate these to the homeless shelter)
  • 1 Neutrogena Concealer, retails for $6.29
    • Used one $2 off manufacturer printable
    • Stacked with a $2 off Target.com printable
    • Made it $2.29 (and I was almost out too!)

Cheap (or free) make up makes me happy!

Diet Coke Coupons From CVS



CVS currently has a printable coupon for $1 off any two multipacks of Diet Coke. It looks like this coupon is good for the mini cans eight pack or the glass bottle six pack. If you are like me and love using your ECB's to get regular grocery items for free at CVS then you can use this coupon to get an even better deal. My computer let me print it out twice so make sure to take advantage of it now as it may not be available long.

Monday Meal Plan 11/28

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We really enjoyed hosting our first ever Thanksgiving at our house and I believe that all of our recipes were sucessful. Sadly, with all the activity going on I was not able to get any pictures of what we made but I do plan to recreate them in the near future so I can do a recipe post on them.

As you may have been able to tell by this week's shopping trip, I am planning on using what we have in the freezer, fridge and pantry this week. Hopefully the sales will be better this coming week so that I can stock up on some great stuff this Friday.

Here is what we are planning on making this week:
  • Homemade Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce (we got a food processor on Black Friday and Justin is dying to use it to make pasta from scratch)
  • Pesto and Boursin Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  • Homemade Pizza with Chicken and Pesto Sauce (using some of my frozen Honey Whole Wheat dough)
  • S'more Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our goal this week is to not go to the store for anything so these are all things we can make using what we have on hand. Not super exciting but it will do : )

Sunday, November 27, 2011

All The Trimmings Giveaway Winners!


Congratulations to Sylvia G. and Rachel M.! They are the lucky winners of the All The Trimmings Publix Booklet giveaway. Please check your emails or email me at couponingncooking@gmail.com so I can get your mailing address to send the booklets out to you asap. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mini Publix Trip 11/25


These are all the groceries we are buying this week. We really needed nothing but there were a few sale items I didn't want to pass up, and we needed vinegar to wash the floors : ) I also used a $5 off $30 (before coupons value) Walgreen's coupon from the Enjoy The City booklet.

We are planning on spending the week eating leftovers and cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry to make room for things I hope to stock up on during the Christmas sales.

Here is the breakdown of today's trip:

Total Retail Value: $53.05
Total Spent: $13.87
Total Saved: $39.18
Saved 75%

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 2 Schick Intuition razors: retails for $8.99 each, on sale BOGO ($4.49 each)
  • Made them $1.49 each
  • 2 boxes of Barilla Multigrain Plus Pasta, retails for $2.39 each, on sale BOGO ($1.19 each)
    • Used two .55 cents off coupons from the 10/23 SS
    • Made them .64 cents each
  • 2 packages of Boursin Cheese, retails for $5.99 each, on sale BOGO ($2.99 each)
    • Used two $1 off coupons from a newspaper insert (not sure which)
    • Made them $1.99 each
  • 1 family size Stouffer's Lasagna, retails for $8.11, on sale for $3.99
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the 9/25 SS
    • Made it $2.99
  • 1 McCormicks Spice Grinder, retails for $1.99, on sale for .99 cents
  • 1 McCormicks Black Pepper, retails for $4.59, on sale for $2.99
There were some other sales I was looking for but the Publix I went to did not carry the items. Make sure to check out my giveaway of two Publix All The Trimmings booklets!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Publix Trip 11/18



Here is today's shopping trip to Publix. I spent much more than usual but I did get everything we needed for Thanksgiving (except the turkey) and I was able to stock up on lots of holiday, baking and party stuff. I also got Thanksgiving items for donating to the school food drive and stocked up on Diet Coke ( four 12-packs). All in all, a very successful trip.

We really didn't need meat again this week since we are trying to clear out all we have in the freezer to make room for the Thanksgiving turkey we are buying on Monday and to make room for storage during the next week of holiday food.

Make sure you keep an eye out for all the various coupon booklets available in Publix right now, especially the Family Winter Savings Booklet (check out my giveaway of those too!) and the All The Trimmings Booklet.

Here is the break down of today's trip:

Total Retail Value: $170.58
Total Saved: $113.36
Total Spent: $57.22
Percent Saved: 66%

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 2 dozen Publix eggs, retails for $2.09 each
    • Used 2 coupons for FREE Publix eggs when you buy any 2 Sargento Cheese products from the All The Trimmings booklet
    • Made them both FREE
  • 4 boxes of Mullers Pasta, retails for $1.43 a box, on sale BOGO (.71 each)
    • No coupons just needed these pasta shapes
    • Made them .71 each
  • 4 bags of shredded Sargento cheese, retails for $3.99 each, on sale BOGO ($1.99 each)
  • 2 tubs of Cool Whip, retails for $1.95 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them .97 cents each
  • 2 bags of Fresh Express Salad, retails for $3.99 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them $1.99 each
  • 4 bags Publix Baby Carrots, retails for $1.69 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them $.84 cents each
  • 2 tubs of Rondale Cheese Spread, retails for $4.59 each, on sale BOGO ($2.29 each)
  • 2 tubs of Breakstone Sour Cream, retails for $2.69 each, on sale BOGO ($1.34 each)
    • Used a $1/2 printable coupon
    • Made them .84 cents each
  • 6 cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk, retails for $1.36 each, on sale BOGO (.68 each)
    • Used three .50/2 coupons from the 10/30 RP
    • Made them .43 cents each
  • 2 cans of PAM Cooking Spray, retails for $3.09 each, on sale BOGO ($1.55 each)
    • Used two .50 cents off printable coupons
    • Made them $1.05 each
  • 4 packages of Vanity Fair Plates, retails for $2.72 each, on sale for $1.97 each
  • 2 packages of Vanity Fair Napkins, retails for $2.29 each
    • Used two coupons for a FREE packages of napkins when you buy 2 Vanity Fair plates from the Yellow Advantage Flyer
    • Made them FREE
  • 2 bottles of Tums (136 count), retails for $4.89 each, on sale for $3.50 each
    • Used two $1.50 off coupons from the Winter Savings Booklet
    • Stacked with two $1 off printables
    • Made each bottle $1
  • 3 bars of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, retails for $2.67 each, on sale for $1.25 each
    • Used a $1.25/3 printable coupon
    • Stacked with a .50/2 coupon from Target.com
    • Made them .66 cents each
  • 4 twelve packs of Diet Coke, retails for about $5.75 a pack
    • On sale B3G1, and had a special price of $4 each
    • Used two $1.50/2 off Publix coupons from coupons.com
    • Made them $2.25 each
  • 2 packs of O-Cello sponges, retails for $2.49 a pack
    • On sale 50% off, made them $1.25 each
    • Used two .55 cents off coupons from the Winter Savings booklet
    • Made them .70 cents a pack
  • 2 bottles of Wesson Vegetable Oil, retails for $4.59 each, BOGO ($2.29 each)
    • Used two .30 off coupons from the 11/13 SS
    • Made them .99 cents each
  • 3 pans of Sister Shubert Rolls, retails for $3.69 each
    • On sale for $3.00 each
    • Used three .75 cents off coupons from AllYou.com
    • Made them $2.25 each
 There were lots of other great BOGOS and sales that I just did not take advantage of because we didn't need or eat the products. Comment if you have any questions or see any great deals!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cheap Thrill Thursday: Great Deals Currently Going On At Target


Here are some of the best deals going on at Target right now. These are combination of sales I have seen in store, seen in the weekly ad or read about on various blogs. Keep in mind that prices can vary from store to store and not all Targets will participate in price cuts and special sales. Also, know that if your Target is not a super Target it may not carry all the advertised products.
  • President Brie on sale for $3.49
    • Makes it .99 cents
    • Side note: my Target didn't carry this so I price matched at WalMart and it was surprisingly easy
  • Birdseye Steamed Veggies, price cut to $1 each for select varieties
    • Use a .50/2 coupon from the 11/13 SS
    • Makes them .75 cents each
  • Assorted Kashi Cereals, price cut to $2.99 each
    • Use a $2 off coupon from RecycleBank
    • Makes it .99 cents a box (really good price!)
  • Earn a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 2 Gillette Fusion razors or cartridge packs
    • There are a variety of coupons from the P&G inserts and home mailers
    • Not a great sale but if you love these razors (like Justin does) and you hate buying them full price the gift card could at least soften the blow
  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter, price cut to $1.86 for a 16oz jar
    • Combine with a $1.50/3 coupon
    • Makes it $1.36 a jar, pretty good price if you need to stock up
  • Land O Lakes Butter 1 lb. box, price cut to $2.99
    • Use a .50/2 coupon from the 10/23 SS
    • Makes it $2.49 a box
    • Usually runs anywhere from $3.99-$4.99 depending on where you buy it...
Make sure to check out the full weekly ad with coupon match ups and to visit Target.com for printable coupons before you shop!

What Is A Stockpile & Why Should You Have One?

You may have heard me refer to my stockpile in previous posts. If you are not familiar with couponing or you have never watched "Extreme Couponing" you may have no idea what a stockpile is.


A stockpile is a collection of pantry staples and personal care products that one buys at rock bottom prices (or gets free with coupons). Some crazy extreme couponers have stockpiles that take up entire rooms, basements garages and more. I, however, have my stockpile contained to my pantry, an upstairs closet and one shelf in the garage. The idea of a stockpile is that you should never have to go out to the store and buy something full price when you run out and absolutely need it.


What are some items to commonly stockpile? Here are my suggestions:


Pantry
Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Cereal
Granola Bars
Crackers
Soup
Flour
Sugar
Baking products
Spices
Condiments
nuts
salad dressing


Fridge
Milk (if it's super cheap and the exp date is long enough)
Cheese (shredded and block)
Butter (or spreads like Smart Balance, I freeze it)
Yogurts (check expiration dates)
Juices


Freezer
frozen veggies
frozen fruit
smoothie mix
frozen pizzas
meat/chicken
frozen meal/family size entrees


Household Items
toilet paper
tissues
paper towels
laundry detergent
cleaning products
dish soap
dish washer soap (cascade packets are always free)
napkins


Personal Care
toothpaste (should be free or close to it)
toothbrushes (should be free or close to it)
floss (should be free)
shampoo and conditioner
body wash
razors
mouth wash
contact solution
deodorant (should be free)


These are just my personal favorites. Some people might say, "Why buy all these things when you don't need them all right now?" My response would be that if you are still spending less than you use to on groceries and household items (for me it is significantly less), why not build up a supply of things?


There are weeks when I am too busy to go to the store and our stockpile has been invaluable. It is so nice to be able to make lunch or dinner without running out to the store for things. We are able to have people over last minute and not panic about needing some snacks. Best of all, I am spending way less than I use to on these things while buying way more. And if there ever comes a time that I can't coupon or couponing policies change, at least I will have a few months worth of stuff to live off of  : )

My Coke Rewards currently has its Holiday Rewards Catalog open. This has lots of great rewards available at half their normal point values.

You can get a coupon for a free 12 pack of any Coca Cola products for 120 points (half off) and they even have gift cards to restaurants and stores for discounted point values.

If you are new to My Coke Rewards, it is a website that you can join for free. You then enter codes from Coca Cola products and you can redeem those rewards for prizes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough




This is another recipe I adapted off of Pinterest. I had really been wanting to start making my own pizza dough since Justin and I make our own pizzas for dinner fairly often.  We had been buying whole wheat naan bread from Publix to put them on but it was hard to find and it was pretty expensive. This recipe originally calls for regular bread flour but I decided to sub it out for whole wheat flour and we love it. 

The recipe below actually makes enough dough for about four medium sized pizzas. I make the dough on the day we want to make a pizza and then divide it up into four portions. I freeze three and use one to make that night's pizza. That way I don't have to go through the mess of making dough whenever we want to make a pizza. All you have to do is put the dough in the fridge in the morning and it will be nice and de-thawed in time for dinner.

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast (I use pizza crust yeast, it works best)
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour (or any kind of flour you want to use)
  • 1-1/2 cup cool water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir the yeast into the warm water until dissolved. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the flour, the cool water, salt, olive oil, and honey into the yeast mixture. Knead with a dough hook for about 5 minutes, or by hand for 7. Dough should form up into a ball and loose its sticky texture. I sometimes find that in humid South Florida this takes longer and sometimes I have to add a little more flour to get it to firm up. 
It should pull away from the sides of the bowl like this.
   3.  Place the dough in a large greased bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 30 minutes or longer if you can.



Try to put the bowl in a warm spot.
4. Punch down dough and divide into 16 portions (for individual pizzas) or four portions (for 16 inch pizzas). Coat each ball of dough in olive oil, wrap in plastic wrap or place in resealable bags and freeze.

I use a serated knife to cut the dough into equal pieces.





Our favorite thing to do with the dough is make a pesto chicken pizza. We top the pizza with store bought pesto, shredded chicken and fresh motzarella. I also season the crust with basil and italian seasoning. The photos below are of our pizza from this week but in the past we have topped it with sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatos and Justin will put onions and other veggies on his too.






The finished product and Tuesday night's dinner.

Lilly Pulitzer On RueLaLa

RueLaLa will have Lilly Pulitzer on sale tomorrow (11/17)starting at 11am eastern time. Lilly is one of my favorite brands but I really only buy it when it is on sale : )

RueLaLa is a discount website that features "flash sales" on brand name clothes, shoes, beauty, home decor and more. Their sales feature a limited selection of deeply discounted items. Popular or majorly on sale items tend to go fast so I would log in right at 11am if you can to get the best deals.

White Chicken Lasagna


This is one of those recipes that I saw on Pinterest but was pretty sure I would never make. However, Justin loves lasagna and I hate red sauce so this seemed like a great compromise. I was expecting it to be way harder than it actually was.

 I made some changes to the original Pinterest recipe. I omitted the butternut squash puree mainly because I couldn't find it in my Publix but also because I am not sure how I felt about it in this recipe.  After making it we have decided that even though we loved it, we will definitely make some changes to it next time, like adding sun dried tomatoes. All in all, we did love it the way it was too.

White Chicken Lasagna
  • 1 box cooked lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. nonfat milk 
  • 4 c. mozzarella cheese, divided 
  • 1 c. shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 small box frozen spinach, thawed and drained; liquid squeezed out
1. Melt butter in a large saucepot.  Add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent.

2. Add flour, salt, and pepper.  Cook flour mixture 1-2 minutes.

3.  Add chicken broth and milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute.


4. Turn off heat and add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese.  Stir in dried spices.



5. Lightly spray a 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Ladle some cheese sauce onto the bottom to thinly cover.

6. Add a layer of lasagna noodles.  Layer with more cheese sauce, the chicken, and the ricotta cheese.



7.  Add a layer of lasagna noodles.  Layer with more cheese sauce, the chicken, and the ricotta cheese. 

8. Add another layer of pasta.  Top with cheese sauce, spinach, and 1 c. mozzarella cheese.  Add another layer of pasta. 

9. Top with cheese sauce, remaining ricotta and more shredded Parmesan. (this would be where I would add sun dried tomatoes next time)

10. Add final layer of lasagna.  Top with remaining cheese sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.




11. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on the edges.



Let is sit for around 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Stocking Up For Holiday Baking At Publix 11/11


Here is my weekly trip to Publix this week. I said last week that I was going to make the effort to shop on Thursdays from now on but with school and open house yesterday, I did not make it home until well after Publix had closed.

In case you can't tell from the photo, I stocked up for the holiday baking season today. Publix has some amazing BOGO sales going on with holiday/seasonal products and only took advantage of a few. I also did not need any meat/poultry since I did end up going back to Publix last week to stock up on chicken at $1.99 a pound. I also was able to use a $3 off $30 Publix coupon as well as a $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupon since my pre coupon total was over $60.

I spent a little more than usual (for me) today but I bake ALOT during the holidays and I couldn't resist the chance to stock up on some products that never go on sale. I also bought a few items for my new weekly recipe project. (see post on this on Monday) Here is the breakdown:

Total retail value of today's trip: $132.37
Total spent out of pocket: $36.77
Total saved: $95.60
Saved 72% in total

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 4 bags of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes: retails for $1.33 each, on sale BOGO (.64 each)
    • Used four $1 coupons from manufacturer's website
    • Made all 4 bags FREE plus .34 cents overage each bag
    • These will be donated to my school's food drive
  • 4 bottles of Sundown Naturals Vitamin A, retails for $3.29 each
    • Used two $6/2 Publix coupons from the Green Advantage Flyer
    • Paired with two $3/2 coupons from manufacturer's website
    • Made all 4 bottles free plus $1.21 overage each bottle
  • 1 box of Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal, retails for $4.05, on sale for $2.99
    • Used a $2 off any Kashi product from Recycle Bank
    • Made it .99
  • 2 half gallons of Smart Balance Milk, retails for $3.99 a carton, on sale for $2.50 each
    • Used two $1 off coupon from the 10/09 SS
    • Made each carton $1.50
  • 6 boxes of Domino sugar, retails for $1.29 each, on sale for .99 cents each
    • Used three .50/2 coupons from the 10/16 RP
    • Made each box .74 cents each
  • 3 jars of Campbell's Premium Kettle Style Soups, retails for $3.69 each
    • Used three $1 off manufacturer coupons from the paper (forget which day)
    • Paired with three $1.25 Publix coupons from the 11/06 SS
    • Made them $1.24 each
  • 4 boxes of Green Giant Veggies, retails for $1.99 each, on sale BOGO (.99 each)
    • Used one .60/3 coupon
    • Made them .84 cents each
    • these can be gotten for a lower price with better coupons and I usually would not have stocked up on these right now but I needed spinach for a recipe this week so I bought some
  • 3 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers, retails for $3.49 each, on sale for $2.50 each
    • Used two $1 off printable coupons from manufacturer's website
    • Paired with a buy 2 get 1 free Target.com printable
    • Made them $1 each
  • 2 tubs of Smart Balance Spread, retails for $3.59 each, BOGO ($1.79 each)
  • 4 bags of Nestle Morsels, retails for $2.93 each, BOGO ($1.46 each)
    • Used two $1/2 coupons from the 11/06 RP
    • Made them each .96 cents
  • 2 bags of family size Tostitos, retails for $4.99 each, BOGO ($2.49 each)
    • No coupons, but these are good to have around with holiday parties and they don't go BOGO very often
  • 2 boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa, retails for $2.49 each, BOGO ($1.24 each)
    • Used a .50/2 Target.com coupon
    • Made them .99 cents each
    • Probably could have waited for a better sale but the cooler weather today made me want hot chocolate
  • 2 boxes of Land O Lakes Butter, retails for $4.93 each, on sale for $3.00 each
    • Used a .50/2 coupon from the 10/23 SS
    • Made them $2.75 each
    • Could have waited for a better sale but we were out of butter!
Everything else was BOGO or an ingredient I don't have on hand for this week's recipe challenge (see more on Monday).

These sales are good through Wednesday so plan your shopping trips accordingly. Comment with any questions!
Everything else was BOGO with good coupons