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PUBLIX: 39 Meals – 47 Snacks – 16 Cups Milk & Juice – More – $59.33

(ending 4/18/12 in Florida)
Publix did not accept Winn-Dixie $5 off $30 coupons toward the two $50 gas cards because I had the two Publix $10 off coupons from current ad. There were lots of posts and comments here and there about how Publix accepted both coupons stacked, but my Publix said it would be too many “store” coupons per their policy.  I knew that and was fine with it, but thought I’d ask anyway.

Groceries Purchased
1 Odwalla organic carrot juice, 1/2 gal.
1 Simply OJ, large

1 Romaine lettuce hearts, 3 ct.1 Organic milk, 1 gal

2 Kraft Milkbites, 5 ct.
1 Kraft large size Swiss cheese slices
2 Kraft Fresh Taste cheese mixes
1 turkey cobb salad from deli, just made (enough four 2 meals)

1 fountain drink, 32 oz
1 Boar’s Head deli turkey, 4+ oz.
1 Hormel Natural deli turkey, 8 oz.
2 Mrs. Paul’s Parchment Tilapia, 2 ct.
2 Birdseye steam veg, 4 servings per bag
2 Birdseye Voila, 3 servings per bag
6 Red Baron Pizza, full size
1 Lenders bagels, NY Style
2 chocolate bunnies, hollow, med.
2 Mazaretti salad dressing, refrigerated (and one didn’t 777777777777777
1 Sunmaid raisins, largest
1 Badia garlic powder, largest
1 Organic Publix black beans, can
1 La Tortilla, large
4 Snackwell snack bars
$150.54 Value
$59.33 spent out of pocket
$91.21 saved, over 60%
Now lets see how many meals I expect to get from my $59.33 expenditure.  We don’t eat much meat or poultry 
39 Meals
4 parchment tilapa w/steamed veggies
18 pizza and simple salad
4 deli wraps – turkey or chicken, cheese, lettuce, (slices of onion from pantry)
5 bagels for breakfast (butter, spread or jam from fridge)
2 Cobb salad
6 Voila by Birdseye
47 Snack and Treats
20 Snackwell bars*
10 Milkbites*
14 servings raisins
1 bagel
2 chocolate bunnies
*The bars can also be a quick breakfast along with a glass of OJ or fresh fruit
Remainder for fridge and pantry
8 cups organic juice
8 cups organic milk
and a few more things
Gas Cards Purchased
2 Shell gas cards, $50 ea
I used printable and clipped coupons, plus three of the $5 off from the Enjoy the City book.  I also forgot to give cashier two coupons totaling $1.25.  Next time…

REMINDER: No Coupon Inserts Scheduled April 8, 2012 – Holiday Schedule

Hi There.


We Don’t Expect To See Any Coupon Inserts in This Sunday’s Newspapers.  So don’t fret if you can’t find Red Plum and SmartSource inserts on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.


Want some coupons?  Check out the printable and eCoupons available this week.


Coupons Are Not My Life – But I Sure Do Like Them!

“The” Original Coupon


  • Do I enjoy legitimately free and deeply discounted groceries from my local supermarket, also known as extreme saving.  Yes!
  • Do I spend a good deal of time reading a mixed bag of emails each week, scouring websites, blogs and more in search of great deals?  Yes!
  • Do I have a life beyond coupons and groceries?  Yes!

I recognize that it may seem to some that “all” I spend my time on is couponing.  It could be an easy conclusion or stereotype they might consider since  READ MORE





PUBLIX: Stocking Spree Booklet Has Arrived !!! March 2012 Deja Vu

Look What Arrived From Publix 
$57+ In Savings

(actually, it’s from a marketing company in Connecticut)
The “Savings Are Stocking Up At Publix” coupon booklets arrived today in my mailbox (and 2 neighbors).  The booklet and coupons are a larger size than in the past.  When yours arrives, you’ll find  READ MORE

THINGS TO KNOW: Where (& What) Are Swag Codes (aka FREE Amazon Gift Cards).


I know it is can be hard to believe that you can GET TOTALLY (100%) FREE AMAZON GIFT CARDS, but it is completely legitimate, well-known and too easy to pass on if you are all for saving and buying at a discount. 
I’ve accumulated a goodly number of free gift cards for absolutely no money or financial commitment of any sort from me — all thanks to Swag Bucks.  Basically, I do my internet searches online and spontaneously earn Swag Bucks, which I accumulate and turn in for gift cards (there are so many other items to choose – gift cards, electronics, jewelry, magazines, office supplies, edibles, music, and 

ALDI’S Newbie — Liberating!!

I’ve been a die-hard Publix shopper for a while now, with a very occasional Target trip.  I’ve nearly mastered the most efficient methods for saving an average of 70% savings.  And I’m very satisfied with that at this time.  But I was lured in to the nearly new Aldi’s by the weekly ad that started today.  How could I resist 89¢ per pound for split boneless chicken breasts.  The fun began when we parked and found “free” shopping cart, already saving me 25¢ before I walked in the door.  I felt like I was in a cartoon, as I looked at every product on the deep shelves filled with boxes of neatly packed boxes and bags of popular items with packaging and names that often sound like and look like the “name” brand, but are being offerred at a deep discount, also known as Aldi’s everday low prices.

I spent $30.06 and feel like I got a great bang for my buck.  At first I had an unusual, sort of creepy feeling like I was missing some obvious deal to be made by stacking coupons and BOGOs.  It was becuse my brain was not in BOGO-coupon-stacking mode as it usually is in Publix.  It was absolutely a liberating shopping experience to shop with nothing but cash in my pocket.  During this trip, I did not miss my aisle by aisle list from Publix’s website, nor my coupon organizer filled with coupons harvested from blinkie machines, magazines, peelies, mail requests, displays, booklets, packaging, and of course Sunday newspaper inserts.  The only disappointment was that there were no more 89¢ boneless chicken breasts, as they they were all gone within two hours of opening the store.  Obviously they don’t receive enough.  I spoke to one of the staff and she explained that each store gets an amount determined by management outside the store.

For $30.08, I bought:
3 lb boneless chicken breast, frozen, 5.99
16″ deli pizza, (this is very large) 4.99
1 giant pineapple 1.39
2 lb pears 1.19
2 lb green grapes 1.79
3 lb onions .99
32 oz Lite & Fit nonfat plain yogurt 1.99

1 garlic lovers hummus 1.69

1 bag shrimp lo mein, frozen (serves 4) 3.99
12″ frozen cheese pizza .99
12″ frozen combo pizza 1.99
1 raisins 1.79
1 sweet pickle relish 1.29

I count about 24 lunches or dinners, plus snacks out of this shop.  I’ll just need to supplement the chicken, lo mein and pizzas with a salad or some freebie Birdseye veggies alrady stockpiled at home.  I defiitely would have done better at Publix mostly because I have a Winn-Dixie coupon for $5 off $30.  Beyond that, I probably could have save a couple of dollars on the lo mein.  We ate the $1.99 pizza with some homemade roasted veggies for dinner tonight.   It was full of flavor, had a perfectly crispy crust and a nice covering of gooey melted cheeze.  So dinner tonight cost 1.99 (as I got the veggies for free last month in Publix during the great Birdseye deal where some turned in to moneymakers.

If you haven’t been to Aldi’s, which is part of a successful international supermarket company with stores throughout the world,  I would recommend giving it a try if for nothing other than the incredible produce prices that Publix doesn’t come close to.  You’ll also get to witness the incredibly thoughtful and respectful way that the cashiers are provided with cushioned seats with backs so they can remain comfortable and off their feet throught much of their work day.  I applaud that practice.

Happy Shopping

Organic & Natural Savings: Pacific Natural Foods – $1.50 Off and $1.00 Off Coupons

Pacific Natural Foods Coupons
Organic – Free Range – Natural

A variety of coupons that change from time to time.  The promotion coupon is for $1.50 off Pacific Natural Foods Soup Starter Pho Soup Base.
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