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Sunday, February 7, 2010

FREE Stuff and a Productive Shopping Day

I got some new freebies this weekend. The Nescafe free samples came in the mail Saturday. It's a pretty generous freebie. there are 6 different Taster's Choice flavors and a $1 coupon, with a 5/01 expiration date.

The Oreos came from Vons, with the free coupon on got from the Oreo fan page on Facebook. I got the tortillas free by using the VonsClub coupon for Mission Soft Taco Tortillas for .99 and a manufacturer's coupon for $1. I made a penny!

My entire trip to Vons was for sale/coupon combo items. My savings were 62%! The best deals were:
* Johnsonville Italian Sausage, 19.76 oz pkgs (5 sausages per pkg) on VonsClub Coupon sale for $2.49 minus manufacturer coupon of .55. So I got 3 packages for $1.94 each. The coupon was good for brats, too, but I already stocked up on those last month at Ralphs, and they were sold out anyway. By the way, Johnsonville brats are about $3.25 per pkg at Costco, where I used to buy them.
* Quaker Instant Oatmeal The Vons Club deal was buy 2 boxes, get 3 free. But the price for one box was $4.18! Very expensive. With the deal, the price came down to $1.67 a box, but I knew I had bought it last month for about half of that. I had 4 $1 coupons and so my final cost was $4.36 for all 5 boxes, just .87 each! That's only .085 per packet!
* Jimmy Dean Breakfast sausage. BOGO, but still not a good deal at $4.79 a pound! But I had 2-$1 coupons, which made my final price$1.39 per pound..that's .60 less per pound than the giant bulk chub at Costco.
* Gatorade Doug like to take Gatorade on the golfcourse. I can buy it by the case at Costco, but he only likes one flavor, so that doesn't work. Vons had a VonsClub coupon for 8-packs of 20 oz bottles for $3.99. I only wish I had manufacturer coupons! Still, .50 a bottle is not bad.

Before Vons, Treklet and I made a few other stops. We hit Walgreens first for a moneymaker. I got a 13.5 oz bottle of Dove Men+Care Bodywash, on sale for $5.99. I used a manufacturer coupon for $1.25 off. Total out of pocket was $5.25 with tax. I got $6 back in Register Rewards.

Next stop, Michaels. I have several coupons for Michaels. I got a 50% off one item for signing up online. I used it last week for a frame. I recieved a 40% off coupon good for next week. I used a 40% off coupon from the paper last week on my embossing powder, and got another 40% off coupon for next week. I got another 40% off coupon for signing up for Michaels "The Knack" and I used it today to buy a refill cartridge for my Xyron.

After that we went to Toys R Us. Treklet had allowance money burning a hole in her pocket. Her original intent was to buy Polly Pockets, but I didn't like the prices. Instead, we found Harumika was on sale Buy One Get One Half Off. So She got a doll with fabric and accessories and a package of fabric and accessories. She's been busy with it for about an hour so far, and I think it's a good toy for creative expression.

From there, we made another Walgreens stop, at the one near Vons. I used my $6 RR and coupons to get John Frieda products. The deal this week is buy 3 products for $5 each and receive $5 RR back. I had a $5/2 and a $2.50/1 coupon, so my out of pocket cost was $2.81.
But I'm not done. I'm planning at least one more trip to Walgreens this week. There were some very good RR deals, but I did not have the older coupons so I will just do what I can. At the end of the week I'll put up a photo of all my Wags purchases and a final OOP cost.

Oh...and one more freebie! Treklet earned a FREE Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut for reading at school. She has read over 4200 pages so far this year! So we ordered her pizza, ran into Wags, then picked up her pizza which she munched on while I shopped Vons. Even Treklet gets Freebies!

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