Thursday, July 31, 2008

Publix and Stocking Up on Kid Food!

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 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.


Maria said...

Awesome Shop! At least you had one employee cheering for you.

Michelle said...


Stephanie said...

I have a question regarding the JCP Gift Card. Are the purchases in groceries based on actual amount paid or on total before coupons? I guess I always thought it was on the amount OOP. Do you have the scoop on this?? I'd love to know! Thanks!


dreamer3j said...

Concerning the Betty Crocker mixes what are the bonus coupons?

Dr. Mom said...

I read that the JCP Gift Card is based on the total before coupons. Since this is the first time I have request the gift cards, I am not 100% sure how it will turn out. However the form asks for the total amount spent, I put the oop plus the savings and noted that on the receipt as well.

The bonus coupons on the Betty Crocker are the doubling by Publix of my coupons up to .50. I understand that not all Publix Stores double coupons.