When I started couponing, no, scratch that. When I started EXTREME couponing, I started slow. Started with CVS, then added in Rite Aid and Walgreens, then I added in the grocery stores and the big chains (Target and Wal-Mart).
Figuring out how to get my groceries at rock bottom prices took a while. I finally learned how to get the most for my money, and I remember the first time I got overage. I was so excited I called everyone! And they all thought I was so funny.
Anyway, if you're starting out at Publix, and might not have newspaper coupons, this is a great week for you! You can get loads of cheap and free things to start your stockpile with only printables that are available and store coupons. I have created a scenario below to show you just what you can get with only the items available right now, without any newspaper or booklet coupons.
Here is a scenario of these items for you (remember that in most areas of TN, GA and AL, BOGO items ring up half price):
2 Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Assorted Varieties, 8 or 10-oz pkg, BOGO $4.99
-$1/1 Barber Foods printable HERE or HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
2 Buitoni Pasta Fettuccine, Linguine, or Angel Hair, 9-oz pkg, BOGO $2.39
-$1/1 Buitoni printable HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Assorted Varieties, BOGO $2.29
-$1/1 I Can't Believe it's not Butter printable HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
1 Cool Whip Whipped Topping, Assorted Varieties, 8-oz bowl, BOGO $1.49
-$.55/1 Cool Whip printable HERE
6 Betty Crocker Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 4.6 to 6.6-oz box, BOGO $1.59
-$.40/1 Betty Crocker printable HERE, HERE and HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
2 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix or Cupcake, Assorted Varieties, 17.52 or 18.25-oz box, (Excluding Angel Food and Carrot Cake), BOGO $1.65 (IF your store takes Food Lion competitor coupons)
-$1.50/2 Duncan Hines FLip printable HERE (use one coupon for each two items purchased)
2 Mueller's Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 or 16-oz box, or 100% All Natural Whole Wheat Pasta, 13.24-oz box, (excluding Lasagna and Jumbo Shells), BOGO $1.39
-$.55/1 Mueller's Whole Wheat printable HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
1 Pure Wesson Oil Vegetable, Corn, 100% Natural Canola or Best Blend, 48-oz bottle, BOGO $3.69
-$.50/1 Wesson printable HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
4 Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk BOGO .99¢
-$.50/2 Carnation milk printable HERE (use one coupon for each two items purchased)
2 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix, Assorted Varieties, BOGO $1.99 (IF your store takes Target competitor coupons)
-$1/1 Swiss Miss Target coupon printable HERE (use one coupon for each item purchased)
2 Kodak PowerFlash Camera, One-Time-Use, 27 Exposures, BOGO $7.09 (IF your store takes Target competitor coupons)
-$5/1 Target coupon (Valid coupon is no longer available. Target changed the wording and if you haven't already printed it, it will say "excludes single-use cameras")
1 Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Assorted Varieties (Excluding Baked, Light or Natural), 9 to 13-oz bag or Tostitos or Fritos Dip, 15 or 15.75-oz jar, 2/$6 (IF your store takes Rite Aid competitor coupons)
$1/1 Rite Aid coupon (use one coupon for each item purchased)
Total oop: $4.18 + tax
Now, this is only using current printables. If you have inserts from papers, you'll have coupons to stack with some of these (see previous post about good deals). There are also matching q's from several booklets, if you make a habit of snagging a few of each that you see, you'll have some of those as well.
To reduce the out of pocket, start looking for "moneymakers". Currently there are a few in the Green Advantage Buy flyer. As you walk in, pick up a few of those (bring your scissors :) ) and then head to the cosmetics aisle. Look for Revlon beauty tool- nail clippers, emery boards, that sort of thing. Look for the cheapest ones.
Clip out the $2.50/1 Publix coupon in the flyer for any Revlon product. Buy a pair of $1.49 clippers, use this coupon, and you'll get $1.01 off your total. Buy four pair and get $4.04 off your total. See how this works?
If you go HERE and print the $1/1 Revlon tool coupon (it's a manufacturer's coupon with a Target logo on it) and use that with your Publix coupon, you've made an additional dollar to add to your total.
If you're lucky and are shopping a store that does not have a lot of couponers, you'll have no trouble finding these, if your store has a lot of couponers, you'll know it because they'll be gone! LOL!
Also take a look and see if there are any bottles of Sundown Vitamin D @ $2.99/ea. If so, and if they have coupons on the caps for $1/1, grab two, take off the peelie coupons to use, and also clip out the $6/2 Sundown Publix coupon from the flyer. This will give you $2.02 overage for each two bottles with both manufacturer and Publix coupons.