Monday, October 3, 2011
Publix Savings 9/30/2011
Over the last couple of months I have become a couponer. Nothing crazy like you see on Extreme Couponing. We get two papers delivered to our house every week. I cut out all the coupons and organize them in my coupon binder. Then I use SouthernSavers.com to match up the coupons I have to the weekly deals (I usually just do my grocery shopping at Publix once a week.). It's all about matching sales (especially BOGO) with coupons to get great savings.
At Publix in coastal Georgia it is a little easier to save than in Florida. All coupons .50 and below double at Publix (and Kroger). So if you have a coupon for .25 then it will double to .50 and a .50 coupon would double to $1. Also, our BOGO sales are 50% off, meaning you don't have to actually buy one to get one free (you can just buy one for 50% off).
I'm pretty sure at all Publix's you can combine a Manufacturer's Coupon with either one Publix OR one competitor's coupon (each Publix has a different list of grocery stores within a certain proximity that they consider a competitor--see your local Publix for its competitor list). If your coupon's go over the amount that the product is listed at then you get overage. You can use this overage to apply to another item in your cart.
Eric and I are trying to stick to a budget, so couponing is a great way to help us meet our goals. We have allotted $350 per month for groceries (about $87.50 a week), but would like to try to spend under this amount.
Here is how I did this week: Publix Savings
Spent: $81.92 Saved: $102.05 /// 55.5% Savings
5 Sara Lee Frozen Cakes (50% off + 3 $1 off Sara Lee Sweet Goods product RP 8/07 + 2 $1 off Sara Lee cream pie printable coupons)
6 Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (BOGO + 2 $.60/3 Green Giant frozen boxed vegetables SS 9/11)
1 Publix Sour Cream
1 Publix Shredded Cheese
1 Ranch Style Beans
2 Del Monte Canned Tomatoes
1 Publix Canned Whole Corn
2 Publix Half Gallon Ice Cream
1 Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Packet
1 Boar's Head Deli Sandwich Meat
1 Fiber One 80 Calorie Cereal ($2 off General Mills Fiber one cereal Publix coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer) + $1 off General Mills Fiber One 80 cal cereal Printable. Free + .50 overage)
1 Oatmeal Crisp Cereal ($2 off General Mills Total, Oatmeal Crisp, Wheaties, Basic 4, Raisin Nut Bran or Clusters Publix Coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer))
1 Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue 12-pack Double Rolls ($.75 off/1 Cottenelle Toilet Paper, 12 pack or (2) 4 packs SS 8/14 or 9/11)
9 Nabisco SnackWell's Bars (BOGO + 9 $.75/1 Snackwell's bars SS 6/26 or 7/31)
2 Vanity Fair Plates 14 count ($1/2 Vanity Fair dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, or hot cups Publix coupon (One Stop One Store booklet) + 2 $.55/1 plates RP 8/14)
3 Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken, or Tune Helpers (BOGO + $.75/3 Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken, or Tuna Helpers SS 8/7)
2 Nabisco SnackWell's Cookies/Brownie Bites (BOGO + $.75/1 SnackWells, any variety SS 6/26)
2 Planter's Nutrition Bars (BOGO + $.75/1 Planter's Nutrition Bars)
4 Pace Chuncky Salsa (BOGO + $.75/2 Pace Jars SS 8/28)
Not On Sale:
1 Olay Moisturizer ($1 off coupon)
1 Bag Fritos
1 Arrid Deodorant
1 Publix Eggs
1 Ranch Seasoning Packet
1 Sprayway Glass Cleaner ($1 off Publix Coupon + $.50/1 Manufacturer's Coupon)
1 Can of Publix Pinto Beans
1 Clean and Clear Face wash ($1 off Clean and Clear Product Manufacturer's Coupon)
1 Perdue Ground Chicken (1lb.)
1 Gallon Public Milk
2 Baking Potatoes
1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix ($1 off Betty Crocker Muffin or Cookie Mix Publix Coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer) + $.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix SS 8/07)
I also used a $10 Publix Giftcard I received in the mail via rebate for spending a certain amount during a ConAgra promotion.
Thanks to the Savannah Savvy Shopper for her coupon classes!
(Also RP stands for the Red Plum insert in the newspaper and SS stands for the SmartSource insert in the newspaper. You can find most of the Publix coupon booklets in the spinning holder right when you walk in or ask Customer Service (sometimes they hide them there so people won't take more than one).)