Mid-week CVS jaunts

After weeks of drinking Sobe, I’m officially addicted. Thankfully Sobes are BOGO this week and free with the BOGO coupon on Sobe’s site, so I made a couple of trips to two area CVSs today to keep my stockpile high.

The first trip:

The store restocked the Crest Pro Health toothpaste, so I took advantage of the deal for a second and final time. After ExtraCare bucks and coupons, this order cost 20 cents.

My second trip:

The Emerald nuts are BOGO this week, but if you take advantage of that and use two $1 coupons from Sunday’s coupon books, it will be much cheaper. This transaction was $1.40.

My mom is coming to visit this weekend, so I don’t anticipate looking at another coupon until Monday. That is, unless I think I need more Sobe. We all need more Sobe, don’t you think?

Mega haul

I made up for going out of town and not using coupons by spending my socks off today.

I began the day at Target:

I ran to Target during lunch, so I didn’t peruse the frozen food section. The pillow was on sale for $3, but I got it for $2 with a Target coupon. I got the soup for free by combining two coupons. Everything normally would have cost $7.40; I paid $3.12. I can’t link to individual Target coupons, so follow your nose.

There are some great CVS deals this week, but my attempts to take advantage of the nearly free toothpaste didn’t work out at two stores. I ended up making two CVS runs and picking up some great stuff, though. My first run:

Sobe Lifewater is a BOGO again this week, which means they are free if you have a BOGO coupon from the Sobe game. I had a BOGO coupon for the BOGO Right Guard deodorants from the 7/25 Red Plum insert, so they were free, too. If you need Right Guard coupon, the Krazy Coupon Lady’s CVS post linked above has lots of suggestions in case you don’t have the BOGO. The sparkling water, normally 99 cents each, were BOGO, too. I ended up paying $1.30 on a $15.45 order.

My second CVS run:

I planned this one out so I could use one of my $3 off $15 CVS coupons. I used another BOGO coupon for the deodorants. Although this CVS didn’t have the Crest toothpaste that is on sale, I got the floss. Using a $1 coupon and factoring in the $2.50 in Extra Bucks that I got back, the floss was free. I had a $1 coupon for the Bounty and another BOGO coupon for the Sobes. The olive oil was a good deal when I used a $1 off coupon, plus there is a hangtag for $1 off on a box of pasta.  I paid $9.18 for this $35.66 order.

My final stop of the night was Kroger, where I had planned to take advantage of the Mega Event. Although I only planned to buy 8 items for $4, I ended up finding some good coupon deals and bought 16 items for $8 off instead!

I got all of those Chex Mixes for free, thanks to some great coupons. I got the Country Crock for 20 cents. The Raisin Bran, which I won last week, didn’t come off my receipt. I’m on hold right now to ask Kroger what’s up.  But really, I saved a lot during this run. I spent $17.83 on this $54.29 order.

ETA: I just got a $4 credit put on my card for my next purchase! The Kroger representative said that they know they are having trouble with their ecoupons and are working to get them working consistently again. If you have a high-value ecoupon that doesn’t come off, give Kroger a call. They’ll sort it out for you.

As I was looking at my shopping cart today, I realized that it must look like I only eat junk! Don’t worry, this week’s dinners are a mushroom-bean-rice dish and a tomato chickpea curry. Some of the snacks are likely bound for a reunion I’m having next month, but the rest will live on the top of my fridge to be opened occasionally.

The downside of free

Today I got a free cherry limeade from Taco Bell using a coupon from the Sunday paper. It was…not good. After sucking up the cherry syrup, the lime seltzer wasn’t enough for me. It was not worth 160 calories.

I got some free candy in the mail, too — a banana-flavored Turkish Taffy. Not only do I hate artificial banana flavor, but I can’t eat taffy due to dental work. I guess someone in the office will benefit from that treat tomorrow.

Winner

I regularly load ecoupons onto my Kroger card, but I completely forgot about the Summer of Savings online game that the store has.  You can spin once a day. Today, I won a box of Raisin Bran! The ecoupon was loaded to my card, so I’ll pick it up on my next shopping trip.

If you’re a Safeway customer, Jeff at Grocery Coupon Guide has a hot tip on a coupon booklet.

I will be going out of town this weekend and will have a guest the following weekend, so my shopping trips likely will take place on Monday for the next two weeks. Try not to snap up all of the deals before I get them!

Could have been better

I was all prepared for some great deals at Kroger and a few little deals at CVS, but it was a disappointing trip to both stores. CVS didn’t have anything that I wanted and the sales I thought were running weren’t. Kroger is supposed to be having a Mega Event sale, but my Kroger didn’t have the sales that I had read about. I had thought about going to another Kroger, but I’m going away this weekend and next and don’t really need the additional food.

That said, I still did pretty well at Kroger:

I had coupons for almost everything. An e-coupon for the buns didn’t get activated, but I’m not complaining because they still were 49 cents. The M&M Pretzel bags ended up being $1.19 per bag because they were on sale for $2.19 each and I had $1 off coupons. The Pepsi Max was already $1 a bottle, but the way that the cashier rung up my BOGO coupon meant I only paid 11 cents for them. The Total was a great deal. The price was marked down as a Mega Event item and then remarked as the same $1.98 price without the sale, and I had a $1 off coupon. The box features Suze Orman. I think she’d be proud!

My Target trip went well:

The Bic pens were free thanks to a coupon deal. The ravioli also was free, but that’s going directly into my food bank donation bag. After coupons, the quick-dry NYC nail polish was 72 cents, the Sobes were 25  cents each, the Easy Mac cups were 50 cents each, the boxes of mac-and-cheese were 41 cents each and the veggie burgers were $2. I had a high-value coupon for a different frozen pizza, but it didn’t seem like a good deal. I love California Pizza Kitchen, and this pizza was on sale for $4.50. I decided to splurge.

I spent $20.87 at Kroger and saved $16.59 with coupons and sales. At Target, I spent $10.70 and saved $9.96. I saved just about half of my bill at each store, which is my goal.

On the way home, I took advantage of the A&W coupon and bought myself onion rings to get a free Diet A&W float. Ahh, refreshing.

Lazy Saturday

In an unusual turn of events for this generally antisocial butterfly, I spent the last two weekends partying. Since I don’t have to work this weekend and my presence wasn’t requested at a party, I was able to revert to my usual Saturday habit of running errands.

I started the day at Walmart, where I normally don’t go anymore. However, they’re the only place that has All You magazine, this amazing $2.49 publication with more coupons that you can shake another coupon at. Once I get paid, I’m definitely buying a subscription. I also picked up a 20-ounce Diet Coke with a free coupon that I earned from the My Coke Rewards program.

I took my soda and magazine to Chick-fil-a, where I redeemed a free chicken sandwich coupon that I got in the mail earlier this year. I had planned to eat in the car, but it was so hot, and all of the outdoor tables were taken. I ended up sitting in a little alcove away from others. I know you’re technically not supposed to consume outside food in a restaurant, but I was able to get away with drinking my Diet Coke until the too-friendly Chick-fil-a employee came in to check on me.

After lunch, I rolled on over to  CVS to use one of the BOGO coupons I won from the Sobe game. Combined with the CVS BOGO sale already in progress, the drinks were free.  I also bought a tin of Altoids for $1.49 and got $1 Extra Care Buck back. I commandeered the end of a bench in the shopping center and read the rest of All You before heading into Barnes and Noble to window shop. At this point, I only buy books there when they’re in the discount section. I wrote down a few new titles that I’d like to read at some point and sat down to look at a book I’ve heard about recently but am too embarrassed to admit that I want to read. I skimmed a few pages, and it wouldn’t have been worth buying, so I put it back.

Then I strolled over to McDonald’s, where I got a free wild berry smoothie using a coupon that was in the USA Weekend magazine a few weeks ago. I was planning to window shop on my way back, but I decided to stop in at Bed Bath and Beyond to check out the clearance rack. I scored 3 plastic plates for 48 cents each because they had been removed from a package. I also got a new travel toothbrush for my purse for $1 and 3 Johnson-and-Johnson travel first aid kits for free with a $3/3 coupon. I didn’t realize that the local BB&B had a personal products section, but it’s great. There are lots of travel items there for relatively cheap. There are also lots of signs up encouraging people to use coupons!

I ended the afternoon at  CVS, where I scored two more free drinks and two packs of M&M Pretzel. With the $1 ECB I earned earlier in the day, I only had to pay 6  cents. Not bad.

The take-home haul: