Sunday, February 28, 2010

March Groceries - Week 1

I am back to just using the Grocery Game. I may look into other couponing match-ups such as blogs later in the month but this week I just went with the Grocery Game.

I did use the Coupon Mom a lot this (last) month and there are a few pros - one is the list is up much earlier than the Grocery Game - it's up by noon the day of the new sales which is great for shopping early. Also, when you print your list the list automatically puts the items in order of those without coupons down to ones that do have coupons and items are grouped together by coupon date. Meaning all the items that have a coupon match-up from say 1/24 will be grouped together making it much easier to match your coupons quickly. The list itself is free and there is a grocery database to look up coupons for yourself - I recommend this no matter what coupon match-up method you use!

The cons: the list is not as extensive as the Grocery Game list - so far I haven't found one that is. The coupons are listed a bit oddly - even though HT doubled dollar coupons for a week the Coupon Mom doesn't list her items with the higher doubled amount so you have to figure it out for yourself.

Here's what I got with the Grocery Game this week:

I spent: $69.56
And saved: $103.82
And earned: $3.50 off my next order

There were a few deals this week:

Buy 15 select General Mills products and get $5.00 off your order (or $0.33/each item)

Buy 12 select Pillsbury products and get $4.00 off your order (or $0.33/each item)

I did do the General Mills promotion but not the Pillsbury one - just didn't want to spend the money and didn't need that many cookies/cooking products.

For the GM promotion I got:

4 boxes of Fruity Cheerios
- original price: $3.95/each
- sale price: 2/$5.00
- used 2 $1.00/1 coupons from S 2/21
- another $0.33/off each with promotion
- final price: $1.67/each

2 boxes of Trix
- original price: $3.55/each
- sale price: 3/$6.00
- used 1 $1.00/2 printable coupon (not sure if it's still available)
- another $0.33/off each with promotion
- final price: $1.17/each

6 boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
- original price: $2.99
- sale price: 2/$4.00
- used 3 $0.50/2 printable coupon (no longer available)
- another $0.33/off each with promotion
- final price: $1.17/each
- got back $3.50 for buying 6 boxes making them $3.52 for 6 or $0.59/each

3 Tubs of Betty Crocker Frosting
- original price: $1.99/each
- sale price 2/$3.00
- used 3 $0.50/1 coupon from G 2/7
- another $0.33/off each with promotion
- final price: $0.17/each

This is how I hit my 15 but using the Grocery Game you can make any number of combinations to make this promotion work for you.

Other deals:

Lunchables Ham/Cheese Sub
- original price: $1.99
- sale price: $1.00
- used 2 $0.75/1 printable coupon from HERE
- final price: FREE

Ziploc Sandwich or Snack Bags
- original price: $2.49
- sale price: $1.79
- used 1 $0.55/1 coupon from S 1/10
- final price: $0.69/each

For more deals head over to the Grocery Game.

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