It’s been awhile since I posted the results of my couponing adventures. I haven’t been couponing too much for our family lately because I’ve been too busy blogging about couponing. Let’s be honest, working the deals takes time and there are seasons in our life (or times of year) that does not allow for hard core couponing. Or sometimes we just need a break. There is no shame in ditching your coupon box for a few weeks and rediscovering your love for WinCo.
This morning I realized that I hadn’t actually done the hot General Mills promotion at Safeway. And from your comments, it looked like I should check it out. So, I spent the morning preparing for the trip — collecting coupons, changing diapers, breaking up fights, packing snacks (because you must have snacks to go to the grocery store…), buckling car seats, running back into the house for blankets and binkys, apologizing for yelling. You know the drill.
I felt adventurous, so I went to two grocery stores (can you believe how gutsy I am?). First, New Seasons for supplies to make yogurt.
Since Safeway raised the price of their milk to $2.49/gallon, New Seasons is my new milk store at $1.99/gallon.
In addition, I picked up Nancy’s Whole Milk Organic Plain Yogurt for my yogurt starter and a lot of organic yellow potatoes. Goodness gracious, organic potatoes are expensive — over $9 for the bag. But it will be worth it. I’m planning to make the most delicious potatoes this weekend. So good that the last time I made them I was yelling, “These are so delicious” between every bite. Not joking.
I also purchased three sausage links at $2.99/lb (sale price), which came to about $2.70. I was a stinker to my husband this morning, so it’s part of my big apology plan.
Next, we went to Safeway. With the promise of cookies from the bakery for the kids and intense focus from me, we were able to get out with minimal crying and no one got in trouble when be returned to the car. Success!
I paid $9 and some change for all of this and got a $1.50 catalina. Here’s what I learned about the promo:
- The granola bars did not deduct for me, so I think you really need to buy the green box to be safe. I didn’t try to fix it with customer service because I didn’t want to deal with how they may react to all my eCoupons.
- I think the Apple Cinnamon Cheerios are still triggering the $1.50 catalina.
- Tons of eCoupons came off the granola bars, so make sure you have extra items in your transaction to absorb potential overage.
I think it’s funny that I spent double at New Seasons on five items over the 22+ items at Safeway. This is a perfect example of how I coupon to get non-perishable food items for free or nearly free to free up money to spend on “real” food.
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