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Two Great and Common Questions February 18, 2009

Filed under: Couponing Primer — frugalinfranklin @ 9:25 pm
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genericI received a great question from Michelle and thought everyone might like to read my thoughts.  Here is her question:

I’ve enjoyed learning about couponing from your site. One of the questions I haven’t seen addressed in my review of your site is: “Why should I coupon if I always buy generic store brands?” This is something I’m very interested in hearing about, since I try to buy generic and also work to limit the convenience foods we buy. Have you already posted about this elsewhere on your site? Thanks!

Michelle

I want to start by saying that there is not one right way to buy groceries.  Everyone’s situation is different.  We have different amounts of time and talent.  Some of us shop with small kids in tow or only have one family car.  I love couponing and believe it’s the best way (used in conjunction with lots of other strategies) to lower your food bill.  However, when I can’t find something with a coupon (like Parmesan cheese), I don’t hesitate to buy generic.  My favorite source for generics is Aldi.  You can read my thoughts about Aldi here.

A few weeks ago, I was shopping at Kroger when I saw a young mom pick a dented can of Kroger brand Manwich off the clearance shelf.  It was marked down to .49.  She was studying it carefully to determine whether or not to buy it.  I accosted her (please forgive me if I do this to you in the store, it pains me to see you pay a penny more than you have to), and asked her if she couponed.  She was clearly taken aback and told me that she always shopped generics and she felt this was the cheaper option.  I told her that Manwich was on sale that week and that with the coupon she could buy it for .20.  I apologized for bothering her and scurried away to purchase my 8 cans.  I would have shared a coupon with her, but needed all that I had with me to work the Mega deal.

This is a great example of why couponers and generic only shoppers have trouble seeing eye to eye.  Generic only shoppers look at the regular price of name brand items, subtract the value of the coupon, and it is clear that the generic is cheaper.  They are right.  What they don’t understand is that couponers “only use a coupon in conjunction with a sale”  (even my 11yr. old can repeat this mantra).  So the Publix bread crumbs are $1.69 a container, the Progresso are 2.69, and I have a .35 coupon.  Seems like an easy choice.  But the Progresso bread crumbs will go on sale B1G1 free and then I will use my coupon.   Voila!  I pay only .65 for my bread crumbs. 

The reason this method of using coupons seems unrealistic to some is that it requires a shift in the way you shop and meal plan.  After all what if bread crumbs and Manwich are not on your menu plan for the week.  I have already addressed this issue here.

The other item that Michelle hinted at in her post is the common question that drives at the idea of eating less processed foods.  I think it is a misconception that you need to eat lots of processed foods in order to save money with coupons.  As an example, I’m going to pull some items off of this weeks Publix list that could fit into a diet of home cooking and minimal processing:

Buy One Get One

Progresso 100% Natural Broth, save up to $2.59
-.50/1 any Progresso broth printable
-$1.25 off any Progresso broth printable (IE) or printable (FF)

Juicy Juice 100% Premium Juice, 64 oz bottle, save up to $3.49
-$1/2 off any Juicy Juice Products SS 1/04, 2/01 or printable (makes it $1.24 ea)

Progresso Bread Crumbs, 15 oz canister, save up to $1.93
-$1/2 any Progresso product except soups printable (makes it .46¢ ea)

Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16.9 oz bottle, save up to $6.49
-$1 off any Crisco Olive Oil RP 2/08 (makes it $2.25 ea)

Kashi Instant Oatmeal, 11.28 or 12.1 oz box, save up to $3.59
-$1 off Kashi Hot Cereal or Oatmeal Mambo Sprouts Booklet (makes it .80¢ ea)

Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food, 6 months and up, 4 oz jar, save up to $1.09
-$1/8 Earth’s Best Foods Mambo Sprouts Booklet
-$1/10 Earth’s Best Foods printable
-$1/6 Earth’s Best printable (Food Lion)

(use FL printable with manufacturer makes it .29-.34¢ ea)

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables $1 ea
-.50/2 or $1/2 GG Boxed Veges SS 01/04 (makes it .50¢ ea)
-.60/2 GG Boxed Veges
printable
**Qualifies for Publix Rebate in SS 2/08, buy 15 items get $10 back- buy 15 make $2.50 after rebate**

 

Other

Progresso Tomatoes $1.25 ea
-$1/2 any Progresso product except soups printable

Sargento Shredded Cheese $2 ea
-$1/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 1/25 (makes it $1.50 ea – stock up price)

It may take more time to build up your stockpile if you have a lot of perameters on what you will purchase and what you will not.  But clearly, it’s possible to save money and eat a healthy, less processed diet and coupon at the same time.  In addition, saving money on toiletries and cleaning supplies may free up money in your budget for more expensive items.

I hope this answers Michelle’s question, as I know it’s one that lots of people are wondering about.  Please contact me at frankmomof3@yahoo.com.  I may not be able to answer you right away, but I will tuck your question away and try to address it in a later post.

 

Publix Deals for 2/18-2/24

Filed under: Publix — frugalinfranklin @ 3:20 pm
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Here are my favorite deals at Publix this week.  It’s looking good.  Be sure to take note of the Green Giant rebate.  I’ve been waiting for that one.  For a complete list of deals, be sure to check out Jenny at Southern Savers.  If you would like a list of printable matchups only you can visit Sarah here.

 

Buy One Get One Deals

 

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16 to 26.3 oz jar, or 13.5 oz pouch, save up to $2.19
-.75/2 any Ragu Sauces RP 1/18 (makes it .72¢ ea)

 

Progresso 100% Natural Broth, save up to $2.59
-.50/1 any Progresso broth printable
-$1.25 off any Progresso broth printable (IE) or printable (FF)

 

Juicy Juice 100% Premium Juice, 64 oz bottle, save up to $3.49
-$1/2 off any Juicy Juice Products SS 1/04, 2/01 or printable (makes it $1.24 ea)

 

Progresso Bread Crumbs, 15 oz canister, save up to $1.93
-$1/2 any Progresso product except soups printable (makes it .46¢ ea)

 

Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16.9 oz bottle, save up to $6.49
-$1 off any Crisco Olive Oil RP 2/08 (makes it $2.25 ea)

 

Kashi Instant Oatmeal, 11.28 or 12.1 oz box, save up to $3.59
-$1 off Kashi Hot Cereal or Oatmeal Mambo Sprouts Booklet (makes it .80¢ ea)

 

Glass Plus Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner, 32 oz bottle, save up to $2.49
-.50/1 off any Glass Plus SS 2/08 (makes it .25¢ ea)

 

Ronzoni Pasta, 12 or 16 oz box, save up to $1.39

 

Other Deals

 

Cantaloupes $2 ea
Red or Golden Delicious Apples 3lb bag $2.50 ea

 

 

Progresso Soup $1.25 ea
-$1.10 off any Progresso
printable (IE) or printable (FF)
-.25/1 off Progresso Light SS 2/08
-$1/4 Progresso Soups SS 01/04
-$1/2 Progresso Soups
<printable or
printable(IE) or printable (FF)
-$2/4 Progresso Soups
printable

 

Smart Balance Oil 24oz bottle $2.50 ea
-$1 off Smart Balance Oil RP 2/01

 

Sargento Shredded Cheese $2 ea
-$1/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 1/25 (makes it $1.50 )

 

DiGiornio Pizza $5.50 ea
-$1 off DiGiornio Ultimate SS 2/01 (if included)
-$1 off DiGiornio printable (Food Lion)

 

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables $1 ea
-.50/2 or $1/2 GG Boxed Veges SS 01/04 (makes it .50¢ ea)
-.60/2 GG Boxed Veges
printable
**Qualifies for Publix Rebate in SS 2/08, buy 15 items get $10 back- buy 15 make $2.50 after rebate**

Pillsbury Rolls* (Or Crescents, Squares, Twists, Breadsticks, Pizza Crust, Or Loaf, 8 to 13.9-oz can): $1.66
– $.60/2 Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads:
HERE, HERE and HERE
Price after (1) Coupon: $2.72 for 2
($1.36/each – save 41%)
*Qualifying product for Pillsbury Bake-Off Publix Gift Card Offer – see 2/8 Smartsource for details!

 

Aleve 20-24ct $2.99 ea
-$4/2 Aleve, Bayer, Aspirin etc. Green Advantage Buy Flyer
-$1 off Aleve 20ct or larger
printableor printable or SS 01/04
(Buy 2, use 2 man. coupons and 1 store coupon makes both FREE)

 

Bayer 36-count Tablets, $2.69 ea
-$1 off any Bayer Aspirin 20ct. or larger SS 01/04
-$4 off 2 on any Aleve, Bayer Aspirin, Aleve-D etc. Green Advantage Flyer at Publix exp 1/30
(Use store coupon with 2 Manufacturer coupons and get 2 items FREE)

 

Cover Girl reg. price
-$2.50 off any 2 Cover Girl items PG 01/18
-$2 off any Cover Girl Green Advantage Buy Flyer

(use 2 store coupons and one manufacturer coupon save $6.50 off any 2 items will make some lip and eye items free)

 

Revlon Beauty Tools or Cosmetics reg. price
-$2.50 off any Revlon Beauty Tool or Cosmetic Green Advantage Buy Flyer
-$1 off any Revlon Beauty Tool SS 2/08
-$2 off any Revlon Color Cosmetic product SS 02/08

(just using store coupon makes nail files and clippers free, add in man. coupon for overage or to make other products FREE)

 

Rite Aid Picture February 17, 2009

Filed under: Drugstores,Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 3:05 pm
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I thought you might like seeing my Rite Aid picture from yesterday.  I still can’t believe that Rite Aid paid me $2.36 to buy all this great stuff for Graceworks♥.  I won’t list out the deal for each, but the basic scenario is that all of the deoderant was on sale ranging from .82-$1.07 and I used $10.50 in coupons ranging in value from .75/1 to 1.00/1.  The shampoo was on clearance for 2.49 and I used a 2.00/1 Q.  Finally, there was a $5 SCR on 4 Speed Stick deoderants.

 

Kroger Matchups 2/15 to 2/22 February 15, 2009

Filed under: Kroger — frugalinfranklin @ 9:30 pm
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26_krogerHere are some Kroger coupon matches and deals for this week.  I don’t see much to stock up on with the exception of the Budding Lunchmeat.  You might want to pick up some juice for Graceworks♥.   Many of these matchups and more can be found at Southern Savers.

 

 T. Marzetti DressingAssorted Varieties 12-15 oz Bottles2 For $7
                Any Marzetti Dressing, Dip, Hummus or Crouton $0.50/1 3/18/2009 Printable
                Marzetti Dressing, Any (Located In The Grocery Product Section) $1/2
 
Budding Lunchmeat12 oz Ham, Turkey or ChickenBUY ONE * GET ONE FREE
                Buddig Deli Cuts,
01-18-09 RP $1.00/1 4/30/2009 Insert (makes them $1.19)
 
Buitoni Pasta or Sauces9-15 oz, Refrigerated2 For $6
                Buitoni Pasta Or Sauce, Any –
12-07-08 SS $1.00/1 3/7/2009 Insert
                Buitoni any product $1.00/1 Rolling Printable
 

Simply Orange Juice $3.19 ea
             -$1 off Simply Orange printable

General Mills CerealHoney Nut Cheerios 12.25 oz, Trix 10.7 oz or Cheerios Multi Grain Cereal 9 oz
-.50/1 Multigrain Cheerios SS 1/18
                         -.75/1 Multigrain Cherrios Cellfire e coupon (use with paper coupon makes FREE plus overage)
                          -$1/3 General Mills Cereals SS 01/04
                         -.55/1 Honey Nut Cheerios
printable
                          -.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios Cellfire e coupon (use with printable makes it .62¢ ea)               
Green Giant Frozen VegetablesSelected 12-24 oz Bags or Valley Fresh Steamers 12 oz2 For $4
                Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables, Any 19 Oz. To 24 Oz. –
01-04-09 GM $1.00/1 2/28/2009
               
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, Any – 01-04-09 GM $0.50/1 2/28/2009 Insert
 
Kellogg’s or Quaker CerealsSelected Varieties Including Rice Krispies 18 oz, Life Cereal 21 oz or Cap’n Crunch 22 oz2.69
                Kellogg’s Smart Start, Rice Krispies, Crispix, Raisin Bran Crunch, Corn Flakes And/Or Raisin Bran               
                Cereals, 11.2 Oz. + – 01-18-09 RP $1.50/2 3/1/2009 Insert
Kroger Cottage Cheese16 oz2 For $3
                Kroger Cottage Cheese, Any 16 Oz. $1.00/1 3/8/2009 Home Mailer

 
♥Ocean Spray Cocktail Juice64 oz or 4 Pack/12 oz1.98
                Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Juice Drinks, Any 64 Oz. $1.00/2 3/8/2009 Home Mailer
                Ocean Spray Cranberry Drink, any product –
12-07-08 RP $0.55/1 2/28/2009 Insert
                Ocean Spray Light, Diet or Grapefuit  $1.00/1
 
Knorr Side Dishes
                .60/2  ecp.4/12/09  makes them .70 each
 
Progresso Light Soups18.5 oz2 for $3
                Progresso Soup, Any$1.10/1 3/31/2009 Printable (makes them .40)
                Progresso Light Soup .25/1 (makes them $1)
                Progresso Soup .50/2 (makes them $1)
 
Red Baron Pizza12 Inch Frozen3 For $10
                Red Baron Pizza, Any –
01-11-09 SS $1.00/2 4/9/2009 Insert

 

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels11.5 oz Frozen2.29
                Save $1 when you buy any Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries$1.00/1 Rolling Printable

 

                .35/1 exp.3/28/09
 
Smart Balance Margarine Spread8-16 oz, Peanut Butter 16 oz or Canola Omega Oil 24 oz25% Off
                Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend, Any – 02-01-09 RP $1.00/1 4/30/2009 Insert
                Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Any – 02-01-09 RP $1.00/1 4/30/2009 Insert
                Smart Balance Cooking Oil or Pan Spray, Any – 02-01-09 RP $1.00/1 4/30/2009 Insert

Tide Laundry DetergentLiquid 20-32 Loads or Powder Laundry Detergent 31-40 oz6.49
                Tide Liquid, Any $0.35/1 3/31/2009 P&G eSAVER
                Tide Detergent, Any – 02-08-09 PG $0.35/1 3/31/2009 Insert

Totino’s Pizza Rolls40 ct Frozen2 For $7
                Totino’s Pizza Rolls $1.00/2 3/4/2009 Printable
                Totino’s Pizza Rolls $0.50/1 Cell Fire ecoupon
 

Yopliat Trix, or FiberOne Multipacks $2 ea
-$1/2 Yoplait Kids printable or printable
-$1/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt or Trix printable or SS 01/04
-$1 off Fiber One Yogurt SS 2/08
-.75/1 Fiber One Yogurt shortcuts e coupon (use together makes it .25¢ ea)

Dial Liquid Soap .88¢ ea
               -.35/1 Dial Soap (will not double) SS 01/04 (makes it .53¢ ea)
               -$1/3 Dial Soaps SS 01/04
(makes it .55¢ ea)
 
 
Thanks to Kelly at Faithful Provisions  for these local deals.
 
Bone-In Ribeye $4.99/lb
Red Seedless Grapes $.99/lb
Red or Golden Delicious Apples $1/lb
Dole Mushrooms, whole or sliced 8 oz pkg, $1.68
Organic Carrots, 1lb bag, $1
Organic Russet Potatoes, 3lb bag, $1.99
Perdue Whole Fryers $0.69 per lb
Kroger Yogurt Cups, 6 oz $0.33
Fischers Lunchmeat 5-6 oz or Bologna or Hot Dogs 12 oz $0.99

 

 

 

Our $50 Grocery Budget ($38.94 this week) February 13, 2009

Filed under: Grocery Deals — frugalinfranklin @ 10:21 pm
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Here is my finished shopping for this week.  I went to Kroger 28.98, Publix .20 (Free Icing), Aldi 8.24, and Food Lion 1.72.  My total for the week was $39.14.  So what will I do with the other $10?  Save it for a week when $50 is just not enough!

 

CVS for the Week of 2/15-2/21

Filed under: Drugstores — frugalinfranklin @ 9:32 pm
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These are just the highlights that I like.  For a complete listing, you can try Jenny at Southern Savers.  Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for Graceworks needs♥.

 

 

Monthly Free ECB Deals

♥$3 ECB wyb Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner 4.99 Limit 5
-$2 Gillette Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product, PG 1/18
(makes it FREE after ECB)

 

$2 ECB wyb (2) CVS Cotton Balls (reg. $1.99), Makeup Remover Pads ($2.99) or Nail Polish Remover ($1.99) Limit 5
-$1 CVS Brand Skin Care Product Beauty Book Coupon exp 3/31

**Deal Idea**
Buy (2) CVS Cotton Circles (rings up .99¢ ea)
Use: (1) -$1 off CVS Beauty Item
Total Due: $1
Get Back: $2 ECB, you make $1 profit
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$2 ECB wyb Stayfree pads 14-24 ct or Carefree liners 38-60 ct (reg. $3.99) Limit 5
B1G1 any Stayfree Product, RP 1/04 (regional)
-$1 or -$1/2 Carefree Product, any 34 ct.+ RP 1/04
-.50/1 Carefree product
printable

**Deal Idea**
Buy (2) Stayfree Pads $3.99 ea
Use: (1) B1G1 coupon
Total Due: $2.99
Get Back: $4 ECB
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$3 ECB wyb any Mylanta starting at $5.99 Limit 5
-$1 Pepcid, Mylanta, Lactaid, Rolaids, or Imodium Product, RP 1/04
-$4/2 Pepcid, Mylanta, Lactaid, Rolaids, or Imodium Product, any RP 1/04
-$3 off any Mylanta product RP 12/14 (makes it FREE after ECB)

**Deal Idea**
Buy (2) Cherry Mylanta 12oz (ringing up $3.65)
Use: (2) -$3
Total Due: $1.30
Get Back: $6 ECB, you make $4.70 profit
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Weekly ECB Deals

$2.99 ECB wyb Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 4 oz FREE after ECB Limit 2
-$1 Colgate Total printable or SS 2/01

**Deal Idea**
Buy (2) Total Toothpastes
Use: (2) -$1 off printable
Total Due: $3.98
Get Back: $5.98 ECB, you make $2
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♥$4 ECB wyb Gillette Fusion Gamer, Venus Embrace or Spa Breeze razor 1 ct $7.99 Limit 1 (Month long deal)
-$4 any Fusion Razor, PG 2/08 (makes it FREE after ECB)
-$2 any Venus Razor, PG 2/08

♥$1 ECB wyb Aussie or Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $2.99 Limit 5
-$3/2 Herbal Essences Hair products PG 2/08

**Deal Idea**
Buy: (2) Aussie Products
Use: -$3/2 Aussie coupon
Total Due: $2.98
Get Back: $2 ECB, makes it .49¢ ea

 

Other Deals

 

Chex Mix Buy 1 Get 1 for 1¢
-.50/1
Cheerios Snack Mix, Chex Mix, 4.5 oz.+ SS 1/25
-$1 off Chex Mix printable (FF) or printable (IE)

 

 

Kroger 2/12 Final

Filed under: Kroger — frugalinfranklin @ 3:04 am
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Here is my Kroger shop for this week.  The total cost was $28.98 on a retail value of 77.27.  For a savings of 67%.  If you were worried about all the pizza rolls and Manwich I bought last week, please take note of the fish, dried beans, and produce 😉