I have two pickups in the afternoon after work, my dd from preschool and my two ds at their elementary. In between I have about 30-45 minutes to get any errands that I have out of the way. Unfortunately, I had coupons for Publix that were expiring today. So I decided to make a super quick, well executed, trip to Publix in my brief gap of time. Thanks to Homeschooling Four and Frugonomics 101 for their details on the sales and matching coupons I was able to make a good plan quickly. All went smoothly even with my dd with me, who is three. We even got to give away one of the coupons to someone purchasing the same product as us.
When we got to the cashier, however, things started to go south. The annoying teen took my coupons and flipped through them and had to go and ask another teen cashier if he could take coupons on sale items...it was not looking well. I assured him he could, but he was not convinced. He then had to check to see if I purchased the items for the coupons before scanning them. By this time there were three people behind me. On a good note, the bagger next to me was watching the screen as the amount saved increased and exclaimed, "I want to go shopping with you!" So ultimately, all my coupons were taken and even though I had a sour cashier, the bag boy was excited about my savings! It was fun after all. I even made it on time to pick up my two ds. Most of what I purchased was kid food that my picky eaters would actually eat so my dd was very happy.
Here is what I got:
4 Bertolli Pasta Sauce 2.59 each BOGO - 4 IP Qs $1/1 Final Cost: .30 each
5 Muir Glen Tomato Sauce .79 each - 5 IP Q $1/1 Final Cost: (.21) overage each
6 Entenmann's Little Bites 4.29 each BOGO - 6 IP Qs .55/1 Final Cost: 1.60 each
6 Chef Boyardee 1.33 each BOGO Final Cost: .67 each
7 Dole Fruit, Gel or Parfait Bowls 2.07 BOGO (each rang up at half price) - 1 MF Q .75/1 - 2 MF Qs $1/3 Final Price: .64 each
6 V8 Splash Juice 3.25 each BOGO - MF Qs $1/2 Final Cost: 1.13 each
24 Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix 2.59 BOGO - 10 MF & 2 IP Qs .50/2 -12 Bonus Qs .50/2 Final Cost: .80 each
24 Lg Kraft Mac & Cheese Dinners 2.19 BOGO - 9 MF Qs $1/3 Final Cost: .89 each
2 Red Onions 2.02 lb @ .99 lb Sale Final Cost: 2.00
Purina Puppy Chow 10.99 each Sale $3/1 Final Cost: 7.99
Also used $5/50 coupon from Piggly Wiggly found in the Entertainment book.
Tax 8.18 Total Cost of Groceries: $226.28 Saved by shopping sales and coupons: $146.68 Final Cost OOP: $79.40
And, I can fill out the rebate form mentioned here, and get $30 in gift cards from JC Penney's.
So ultimately, my final cost is $49.40, savings of 78%. For other great savers at Publix, check out Fiddledeedee.