Saturday, August 8, 2009

Finally! Up and running. (Thank you Hubby~)

My stepdad gave me a network card and Hub installed it this morning (while I took a nap- hey, what are you gonna do?) So I am back on my computer!! But I gotta tell ya, not having MY computer to get my Publix things together really screwed up my numbers, I could have done much better with better planning, but one not so great week in a string of awesome weeks is ok by me.

So I hit Publix on Friday with my poor sleepy son in tow. Turns out they have a new Assistant CS Mgr (who was not too keen on my coupons) that transferred from Bellevue store. Boo to him. He did not want to accept my Food Lion competitor Starbucks coupon on the ice cream (even though I had done it when I used the other half of my raincheck, and also at Food Lion). I told him he could just go ask the CS Mgr or the store manager (and called them by name) and they would approve it. We waited. She approved it. LOL. He should have just listened to me and saved himself some time. Not 5 minutes prior, the same CS Mgr was loving on my son. :)

I did not get over to the Antioch store, but I really do want to check it out, so I am planning on running by there on Monday. We'll see how it goes. I'm making another small list and seeing what I really need. I'm also looking at the other "qualifying" items on the $6 pork coupon since I am almost out of free wyb charcoal KC Masterpiece q's. :) Darnit all.

Without further ado- here's my trip, in gory detail.

Transaction 1:

ok, so this transaction was pretty high for me. Two reasons: 1) No yogos. I bought the fruit snacks instead and that put me over instantly by $10 since i didn't have coupons for the fruit snacks, but had them for the yogos. 2) I wanted to see what would happen if I used one of those 10% off Rite Aid q's. I was hoping they would take the 10% off my total before coupons ($13xx) and then the other coupons. Instead, they took the 10% after coupons ($2xx), so that was an additional $11. $22 more than I had planned. Had I known about the 10% coupon ahead of time, I would have changed around my orders a little because one of my transactions ended up being waaaaay negative! (I have no idea what happened!) They gave me back a bunch of q's. Which kind of sucked b/c I could have gotten more free stuff! LOL! Live and Learn.

10 Kellogg Fruit Snacks $2.95 bogo {will submit for Fuel for School rebate}
-no q's
5 Publix wheat bread $1.69/ea
-$2/store brand bread wyb 2 Kelloggs fruit snacks= -$.31/ea
3 2 liter Mt Dew $1.69/ea [was hoping for the B2G1, but it is not in our area]
-B2G1 Adv Buy flyer q
4 KC Masterpiece bbq sauce $1.99/ea
-$free wyb charcoal = free
3 beef items totaling $5.97
-$2 beef wyb charcoal Food Lion q= $-.03
4 Kingsford Charcoal $7.99/ea
-$4/1 mq + $3/1 FLip = $.99/ea
4 pork items totaling $6.77
-$6/pork wyb... = -$17.23
10 Earths Best Baby food $.99/ea bogo
-$1/10 mq= $.40/ea
4 Morningstar sausage $3.79/ea
-$2/1 wyb charcoal + $2/2 Targetq= $.79/ea
1 6pk Yuengling beer
-no q's
1 Gallon Greenwise Organic Milk $5.79
-$Free ($4) gallon milk + $1/1 Publixq = $.79
1/2 Gallon Chocolate Milk $2.49
-$Free ($3.75) wyb milk = -$1.26
1 12-pk Cottonelle $5.99
-$1/1 mq= $4.99
Used 10% Rite Aid coupon (-$2.60)
Total food tax: $2.98
Total non-food tax: $5.41
Total oop: $22.69 *gasp* lol.

Total saved: $142.91 (85%)
Transaction 2:

2 Kingsford Charcoal $7.99
-$4/1 mq + $3/1 FLip = $.99/ea
2 Pork items totaling $3.03
-$6/pork wyb... = -$8.97
2 KC Masterpiece bbq sauce $1.99/ea
-$free wyb charcoal = free
2 Crisco EVOO $6.49 bogo
-$1/1 mq= $4.49
2 Morningstar bacon $3.79/ea
-$2/1 wyb charcoal + $2/2 Targetq= $.79/ea
1 12-pk Cottonelle $5.99
-$1/1 mq= $4.99
1 Skittles $.85 [threw in to make total positive]
Used $5/$25 competitor coupon
Total food tax: $1.21
Total non-food tax: $1.49
Total oop: $.62
Total saved: $62.09 (99%)

Transaction 3:
1 5lb bag baking potatoes $2.50
-no q's
1 dozen 4 Grain Eggs $2.00
-no q's
1 Scotch mailer $.69
-$.50/1 mq= -$.31
2 Glade Plug-ins $1.99/ea
-$free mq= Free
6 Crest toothpaste $1.89/ea
-$.50/1 mq + $1/1 Publixq= -$.11/ea
5 McCormick Grinders $1.99 nogo (raincheck)
-$1/1 mq= free
Used $5/25 mq
Total tax: $.93
Total oop: $.44
Total saved: $36.72 (99%)

Transaction 4:
This one was way negative. I don't know what I did wrong in my numbers. Oh well. :)
2 Honey Bunches of Oats Pecan $3.99/bogo
-$2/1 mq ip= Free
10 Earth's Best baby food $.99/bogo
-$1/10 mq= $.40/ea
2 lb red delicious apples $3.28
-$1/1 Targetq + $1/1 produce wyb chips= -$.72
3 Lays chips $3.99 bogo
-$.50/1 mq, $1/1 mq, B3G1 Lays tearpad mq (found at gas station) = $1.99
10 Kraft shredded cheese 3/$5.00
-$1/1 mq= $6.70
12 Starbucks Ice Cream $3.79 bogo (raincheck)
-$2/1 mq, $1/1 mq, $1.50/1 mq + $2/1 FLip= Free +
1 Skittles $.85
-no q's (needed for negative balance)
Total food Tax: $2.47
Total non-food tax: $.08
Total oop: $.62
Total Saved: $86.45 (99.3%)

Grand Total OOP: $24.37
Total saved: $328.17 (93%)


  1. Awesome Job! I went to Food Lion yesterday for the first time and found a hangtag Q on the liter soft drinks. It was "Free 2 liter of any coca-cola product when you buy (2) 2-liters of any coca cola product". There were tons in my store. Hope that helps. :)

  2. Bethany- thanks! I never go up that aisle at FL, and I'm headed there this afternoon, so I'll have to take a detour up the drink aisle to see if they have any of those. :)

  3. Glad you got your computer back up and running. My son installed a game on mine that won't play on his, so he's spending alot of time on mine. He says I can use his, but I can't, all my stuff is on here and I'm lost anywhere else.

    Hopefully that CS manager will learn pretty quick not mess with your store's coupon-users, lol.

    There were no Yogos at any of the stores I visited.
    I asked about them and at a couple of them the employees led me to where they, where they used to be??

    The store doesn't order those, they are apparently vendor stocked, so they didn't know Kelloggs stopped stocking those in Publix, or why. One of the grocery managers said they were a good seller, so he didn't know why they pulled them out.

    I haven't checked yet, but I was hoping Kroger has a sale on them with the $4/4 sale this week.

  4. How in the world did you get the milk q's for the first transaction? Do you buy them off Ebay? I would love a gallon of milk for only $.79! Sigh...... :-)

  5. There have been several milk coupons out lately- the ones I used here were a "Free" gallon of milk (up to $4) printable that was available for a VERY short time on I stacked it with a $1/1 Publix coupon I got in the mail by signing up for the Preshoolers club (I have a 4-year old daughter). I wanted the organic milk, so I paid $.79, I could have gotten something else cheaper, but this milk is so much better for you and so yummy. :)
    There is also a $.75/1 milk (any size, any brand) wyb Welch's jelly coupon in the SS insert three weeks ago (I think?)