Okay, so this MAY seem a little extreme, however those who live in the country can relate to making your trips to town count - which is what I did here.
Remember that box of Hamburger Helper in Shopping Trip - Part 1? You may have noticed it had a coupon on the packaging for $3.00 off hamburger WUB your next Hamburger Helper.
Yup, I did what you're thinking! :D I always have a baggie or two on me if not in the vehicle (habit from days when the kids were smaller I think.) So we proceeded to take my first shopping items out to the vehicle where I promptly took out my handy-dandy little scissors - tip: it is a good idea to keep a small set in with your coupons as you never know when they might come in handy! - cut out the $3 coupon from the Hamburger Helper packaging & poured the noodles in a baggie.
Returning to the cashier I had just left who was holding another box of Hamburger Helper and a package of lean ground beef for me, completed my grocery shopping for the evening!
Total Retail Price: $7.85, Total Sale Price: $6.85,
OOP: $3.85, Total Savings: $ 4.00 or about 51%!
I could have done a little better by choosing a Tuna Helper with a coupon on the packaging for a free can of tuna with my next purchase of Tuna Helper however I wanted to try this particular Hamburger Helper and I make my own tuna casserole.
I proceeded on to have a nice dinner out in the company of a lovely young lady, spending some of the monies I saved grocery shopping. (This last paragraph is not endorsing spending money eating out simply because one had a good shopping trip as that rather defeats the purpose!)
SHOPPING TRIP SUMMARY - PART 1:
Total Retail Cost: $80.35, Total Sale Cost: $60.15, OOP: $10.13, Total Savings: $70.22 or 87%
For those of you unaware of this change.....You may now only view the previous 6 weeks of transactions on your Shopper's Optimum account when you sign in online. If you require transaction information prior to that you need to call Customer Service at 1-800-746-7737 where the customer service agent is able to access your entire history.
2 - cases Kraft Dinner @ $6.88 ea (saved $14.88)
1 - Piller's Sliced Ham, 250 g @ $2.88 less $.75 cpn (saved $3.66)
1 - 5lb bag navel oranges @ $2.88 (saved about $2)
2 - green onions @ 2/$.88 (saved $.90)
1 - Stagg Chile can @ $1.88 less $.50 cpn (saved $1.30)
1 - Kraft Cheese Whiz, 500 g @ $2.88 less $1.50 cpn from http://www.save.ca/ (saved $2.59)
1 - Refrigerated Jello desserts @ $1.88 less $1.00 cpn from http://www.save.ca/ (saved $3.87)
Retail - $60.50, OOP - $30.05, Savings of $30.45 or 50% !!
The G$5WUB5 (get $5 off when you buy 5) Kraft promotion at Sobeys is a great opportunity to stock up if you're careful and calculating in your purchases. The selling prices on promotions such as these are usually too high to be considered for adding to your stockpile even when using coupons.
I think I did okay with choosing a combination of the lower priced items and matching them with coupons which enabled me to save 72% on my purchase.
1 - Philiadelphia Cream Cheese Roasted Garlic @ $2.99 less $1 cpn;
1 - Philiadelphia Dill Pickle Dip @ $1.99 less $1 cpn;
1 - Kraft Cool Whip topping can @ $2.99;
1 - Kraft Cool Whip tub 1 L @ 2.99 less $1 cpn;
1 - Kraft Miracle Whip @ $4.29 less $1 cpn;
Total of 5 participating products computing to $15.25 before coupons of $4.00 and the $5.00 promotional discount
Retail $22.35, OOP - $6.25 or 72% SAVINGS!
This was a bit of a fly-by-shop as we no longer receive SDM's flyers in Sundre (waiting on a call back from HO as to why!!). I picked up their flyer when I dropped off a prescription to be filled and quickly went through it and my coupon binder out in my vehicle!!
Back in I went starting with the purchase of a $100 Shopper's Gift Card to pay for my shopping AND earning 1000 Shopper's Optimum Points! Then proceeded to shop SAVING A WHOPPING 48%!!!!
Took a trip to Olds yesterday, hit 3 stores and 1 gas station. Saved from 16% (fuel) on the low end to 72% on the high end!!
Watch for pics and details soon!