Saturday, May 1, 2010

Publix PAID me to shop! Publix and BJs Weekly Totals.

Well, it happened. I've been trying for a long time to accomplish this (it's sort of a contest with myself) and I finally did it. Today, Publix PAID me -$3.47 cents to shop in their store. Here's what I bought on this trip:

    12 Schick Razors ($.99 each)
    6 bags of Cascadian Farms Organic Frozen Fruit ($3.49 each)
    1 package Deli Deluxe Cheese ($1.39)
    12 boxes of Scotties tissues ($1.25 each)

Here's my savings breakdown:

    Store Coupons: $8.00
    Manufacturer Coupons: $47.50
    Special Price Savings: $.69

Total Savings at Publix: $56.19

On my way home, I stopped into another Publix to buy some Silk Almond Milk ($2.99 each) which I was unable to find at the first store. I purchased 4 half-gallons for $5.46.

Here's my savings breakdown:

    Store Coupons: $2.20
    Manufacturer Coupons: $4.30

Total Savings at Publix: $6.50

As I was cleaning my purse out last night, I came across some McCormick coupons I forgot to use which expired on 4/30, so I ran back out to my neighborhood Publix to buy some much needed spices. I purchased 7 bottles of various spices (on sale $2.50 each) for $6.90.

Here's my savings breakdown:

    Store Coupons: $3.85
    Manufacturer Coupons: $6.75

Total Savings at Publix: $10.60

On 4/28, I ran to BJs to use some coupons that were set to expire. Here's what I bought:

      1 Arnold Hamburger Buns ($2.99)
      2 Coffee Mate French Vanilla Double Pack ($5.49 each)
      1 Coffee Mate Irish Cream ($3.29)
      1 Cinnabon Streusel Mix ($6.99)
      1 Hellmanns Mayo ($4.99)
      1 Wellsley Farms Unsalted Butter ($6.99)
      2 Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chips ($8.29 each)
      4 Morningstar Farms Chipolte Black Bean Burgers ($13.99 each)
      1 Glad Press 'n Seal Wrap ($6.99)

      My subtotal came to $122.75 before coupons, and $88.71 after coupons were applied.

      Here's my savings breakdown:

        Coupon Savings: $36.50

      My weekly totals this week:

          - $3.47 +
          $6.90 +
          $5.46 +
          $88.71 =


          Not a bad week at all, considering I haven't done any major shopping for a few weeks in preparation for our move. Now that our freezer is stocked with Black Bean Burgers, I won't have to do any shopping for a while longer- at least until we're settled in our new place. I was really hoping to hold off on shopping at all, but I had some really great coupons for products we use that I didn't want to go to waste.

          The beauty of having a well-stocked deep freeze and pantry is that you can hold off on shopping for a few weeks. I will be on the lookout for some great frozen veggie deals because our supply is dwindling, but again, hopefully we can make it until the middle of May.

          How did your weekly shopping go?


          Saturday, April 24, 2010

          Internet Freebie Roundup

          Here is a list of some recent internet freebies:

          Your choice of Caress Body Wash

          Fiber Plus Chocolate Chip Bar (must be a member of Viewpoints to request this one- it's FREE to join)

          Free OB sample

          Free Plackers Grind No More sample

          Free Teccino Sample (this looks interesting- Herbal Coffee?)

          And finally, a BRAND NEW CONCEPT in sampling! The U.S. Postal office is rolling out a new program to let you sample products from various companies. These items are all sent together in one box- talk about your MEGA samples! Fill out this quick survey to see if you qualify for this new program. I qualified! They are looking for specific demographics, so good luck!


          Friday, April 23, 2010

          It's Friday again...

          ...which means it's MEGA SWAGBUCKS day! You could win FREE points just for searching on SwagBucks today. Denominations are 100, 200, 500, 1000, and you never know when you will be chosen. I just won 13- what will you win? Good luck!


          IKEA Swedish Meatball Dinner, only $1!

          Stop by IKEA Orlando April 24-25 and get IKEA's famous Swedish Meatball dinner for only $1! The meal includes 10 swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberries.


          Discounted SeaWorld Tickets

          SeaWorld and BrightHouse networks are teaming up to celebrate the addition of National Geographic WILD to our local channel line-up. Through June 30, log on to to purchase your tickets and enter the code WILD at checkout to enjoy discounted park admission. From BrightHouse:

            Bright House Networks is proud to announce the addition of Nat Geo WILD to your channel lineup. It's never been easier to get closer to animals and nature.

            Nat Geo WILD is the only network completely dedicated to nature and wildlife, offering viewers intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air.

            Featuring spectacular specials such as The Great Rift and Croc Ganglands and fantastic series like Expedition Wild with Casey Anderson and Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor. Available now on channel 155.

            To celebrate the launch of Nat Geo WILD, now through June 30, Bright House customers can enjoy discounted admission to SeaWorld Orlando!

            To redeem, log on to and enter promo code "WILD".


          P&G Year of Savings Coupon Booklet

          While you're out and about snatching up various bargains, be sure to save up your receipts for P&G products. You'll need them to send away for the "Year of Savings $100 Coupon Booklet." A complete list of participating brands can be found here. You must spend $50 BEFORE COUPONS (pretty easy to do, right?) to qualify. Requests must be postmarked by June 15, 2010.


          Spring Cleaning Bargains at Publix

          Wow, it was an amazing week at Publix! I bought everything pictured above for $20.23 out of pocket, and, no, I'm not joking! Those that know me personally know we are in the process of buying our first home. We should be closing in the next few weeks, but I'm mentally gearing up for the deep cleaning our new home will need to make it habitable. We snatched our foreclosed home up for $19k less than it's appraised value, but it's quite dirty and will require much elbow grease before I can call it home. Therefore, I was very excited to see that Publix had cleaning items on sale, and I was even more excited to see there were manufacturer and store coupons I could stack to make my purchases nearly free.

          I purchased:

            10 boxes of Ziploc Easy Slide storage bags
            14 bottles of Windex Multi-Surface cleaner
            8 bottles of Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial cleaner
            6 bottles of Shout Laundry Stain Remover
            5 bottles Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayers
            8 twin packs of Glade Scented Oils
            7 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gels
            7 Scrubbing Bubbles 2-in-1 Fresh Brush

          I stacked my Publix Store Coupons ('One Stop, One Shop' and 'There's Value in the Family' coupon booklets) with manufacturer coupons to save 93% on my shopping trip.

          Here's my shopping summary:

            Vendor Coupons: $123.18
            Store Coupons: $64.00
            Special Price Savings: $67.82

          TOTAL SAVINGS: $255.00

          Publix is continuing their Spring Cleaning sale this week. You will still be able to use the coupons found in the 'There's Value in the Family' coupon booklet, however the 'One Stop, One Shop' coupon booklet expired yesterday.

          While you're in the store, be on the lookout for the following peelies to make the bargains even better:

            $2.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Cleansers (BOGO at Publix)
            $1.00 off Glade Scented Oil Refills (BOGO at Publix)