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It is so good to be back. I actually started writing another post, but I wanted to get this posted while my daughter was  asleep.  I have had other shopping trips, but I just have not had the time or the energy to post any of my recent  trips.  Even this post is almost a week late.  This past weekend, I went to Meijer,  Rite-Aid and Bath and Body Works. 

I have not shopped at Rite-Aid in a while. I used to shop there quite often until they became to coupon-unfriendly. My last Rite-Aid experience was a nightmare.  After that, I just wrote them off. A couple of weeks ago they had some really good deals on Stayfree pads and Special K Cereal and the thought of letting  those deals pass me by was too unbearable, so I bit  the bullet and gave it another try.  I went to a different store than where I had previously shopped and thank the Lord, the cashier and the manager were really nice.  I was only able get 6 packs of the Stayfree, but they were out of the cereal, so I got rainchecks for both. I went back this past weekend and picked up 14 more packs of the Stayfree along with some other items.

Rite Aid 1/15/11

  • (6) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea.
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used 3 $1/1 MQ 

 Total OOP Cost=$5.40 including tax (.90)~Total Up+Rewards Rec’d =$6.00~Total Savings=$19.44

Rite-Aid 1/22/11-transactions #1

  • (2) TGIF Snacks-.97 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms Goldfish-$1.50 ea.
  • (1) RA Tissue-$1.00
  • (2) Excedrin Extra Strength-$3.99 ea.
    • used (2) Free coupons
  • (2) Halls cough drops-$1.50 ea.
    • used (2) $1/1 MQ
    • used $6.00 Up+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$1.66 including tax (.72)~Total UP+Rewards Rec’d=$5.00~Total Savings=$28.37



  • (14) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea. w/raincheck
    • used (7) BOGO MQ
    • used (7) $1/1 MQ
    • used $5 UP+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$$8.60 including tax ($2.10) (Final cost was actually$7.60 after I discovered a missed coupon)~UP+Rewards Rec’d=It should have been $14.00, but the  UP+ didn’t print because of the raincheck, so they gave me CASH.~ Total Savings=$50.36

Total for all 3 transactions  OOP=$14.66  Total UP+Rewards (CASH) Remaining $14.00~ Total Savings $98.17

At Bath and Body Works I was able to get 3 items for only .53 cents. Right now B&BW has a coupon available to get a free travel size item with any purchase.  To minimize my cost,  I purchased  a cover for the Pocket hand sanitizer for .53 (including .03 tax) and I was able to get a 3oz. bottle of Moonlight Path lotion for free.  This past weekend they were also offering a free bottle lotion of their newest scent “Carried Away”.  unfortunately but the time I got there they were sold out so, they were offering the body mist as a replacement.  Free is free and I was happy to get a free bottle of body mist.

Finally, on to my Meijer’s trip. 

Transaction #1

  • (2) Carefree pantyliners-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1  MQ-doubled to$1 ea.
  • Benefiber-$3.49
    • used $4/1- overage given
  • Enfagrow formula-$18.99
    • used $5/1 MQ
  • (9) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used (3) $1/1
    • used (3) .50/1- two were doubled to $1.00

Total OOP Cost=$14.82 including  tax (.26)~Total Savings $30.91

Transactions #2

  • (2) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1-doubled to $1.00 ea.
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.89 including tax (.07)~Total savings=$8.92

Transactions #3

  • (1) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (1) .50/1-doubled to $1.00
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.82 including tax (.03)~Total savings=$8.22


These are some coupons I found in Meijer during my last shopping trip.  I found a sheet with 4 Meijer brand laundry detergents in the front of the store where the sales circulars are kept.

I also found a $1.50/1 Huggies Pure and Natural (Meijer store) coupon.  This coupon can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon and a sale for some inexpensive diapers.  Thankfully my daughter is in training pants now, so I have no need for those. 

I also found a store coupon for $1/1 Gerber Graduates cereal bar or cereal twists.  Just like the Huggies coupon this coupon can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon (if you can find any).  I signed up with Gerber and they occasionally send me coupons for savings on various products.

The last coupon I found was a manufacturer coupon for $1/5 Kraft Easy Mac.  I found these on a tearpad in front of the Easy Mac.  Meijer has Easy Mac on sale this week for .99. with the coupon they would be just .79 a cup.


This week I was able to get $101 worth of items for $20.73. This was after sales and coupons, and store promotions. 

For those af you that haven’t heard, Meijer has a new coupon program mPerks. MPerks is  Meijer’s version of e-coupons. You must have a cell phone with text capabilities to join.  Once you sign up you will receive a text message instructing you to activate your account. Once activated you can go to the mPerks website and start loading coupons to your telephone number. 

When you checkout, you just press the mPerks button and then enter your number on the keypad where you swipe you credit/debit card.    Your savings will be deducted automatically based on what you’ve loaded to your phone and the items you’ve purchase.

Despite a few disappointments, overall this was a good trip. My store was out of the  Glade Relaxing Moments candles and I forgot to get a rain check.  My Kraft cheese deal didn’t work out as planned either, but more on that later.  On to deals.

There is so much to see  that I am also showing some of the highlights from my trip.

I was only able to get 4 boxes because I forgot to clip all of my coupons.

This little item is almost invisible but it was a moneymaker.

Transaction #1

  • (3) Ziploc Freezer Slider bags-$1.89/ea
  • (1) Ziploc Storage Slider bag-$1.89
  • Total cost =$8.01 (including tax)    Total coupons=$8.00    Total OOP=$.01  Total savings 99.9%
  • Earned a $2.00 catalina for Ziploc bags.

Transaction #2

  • (4) 8 oz. Philly cream cheese-$1.69/ea
  • (6) Kraft cheese slices-$1.88/ea
    • used (2) $5/5 coupon from here
  • (2) Spaghettios- .50/ea
    • used .50/2 coupon (doubled to $1.00) from here
  • Simply Asia Seasoning -.59
    • used .50/1 coupon (It did not double) 8/29/10 RP
    • used $2.50 courtesy coupon
    • used $2 catalina from Trans. #1
  • Total cost=$19.63    Total coupons=$17.00    Total OOP -$2.63  Total Savings 87%

Note: I was supposed to get a $5.00 catalina for the cheese, but the cream cheese was not a qualifying item.  That sucked, but $2.63 for  everything was still a great deal.  I miscalculated the number of cans of Spaghettios I was supposed to purchase, but I gave the cashier all of my coupons, (2) for Transaction #2 and (2) for transactions #3.  She must have pushed them through because all of them came off of my total. This was an absolute mistake. I do not condone the use of coupons in any manner other than the way in which the manufacturer intended for them be to used.

Transaction #3

  • Maybelline eye shadow
    • used $1/1 manu. 8/8/10 RP
    • used $2/1 mPerks coupon
  • Old El Paso Taco sauce-$.88
    • used .50/1 coupon (doubled to a $1) no longer available
  • Old El Paso Taco shells-$1.89
    • used .50/1 (doubled to a $1) no longer available
  • Franks Redhot sauce-$1.15
    • used .50/1 (doubled to a $1) 7/25/10 SS
  • (7) 3 oz Philly cream cheese-$1.18/ea
  • (3) Philly cream cheese mini’s-$1.50/ea
    • used (2) $5/5 coupon from here
  • (2) Harvest Select soup bowls-.99
    • used (2) $1/1 coupon from here (adjusted down to .99/ea)
  • Aunt Mille’s Hot dog buns-.99 (forgot coupon)
  • Simply Asia Sauce-$1.29
    • used .50/1 coupon 8/29/10 RP
  • (2) Spaghettios- .50/ea
    • used .50/2 coupon (doubled to $.38) from here
  • Van De Kamp Fish Sticks-$3.99
  • (2) Lunchables Combo lunch kits-$2.00/ea
    • used (2) $1/1 coupon from here
  • (2) Kid Cuisine-$1.67/ea
    • used $1/2 8/27/10 All You magazine
  • (2) Ball Park hotdogs-$1.67/ea
    • used (2) $2/1  Facebook coupon (no longer available) (adjusted down to $1.67/ea)
  • (4) Healthy Choice Steaming Entrees
    • used $1/1 coupon (no longer available)
    • used $1/2 mPerks coupon
    • used $2 catalina
  • Total cost=$46.19 (including tax)    Total coupons=$34.20    Total OOP=$11.97    Total savings 74%

Transaction #4

  • 6 lbs of grapes-$.99/lb
  • Total cost and  total OOP $6.12


***UPDATE*** Check out the video for this trip here.

I am continuing my  posts about my holiday weekend shopping trips.  Walmart used to be my go-to store for bargain shopping especially for groceries and baby items. Over time I noticed that their prices were often being matched by Target and Meijer, so that increased my shopping options. 

Once I started supercouponing ( The act of using coupons to such an extreme level that it enables you to shop and purchase items for very cheap or free.) I learned that shopping at Walmart was not the best store for me to get the biggest bang for my grocery bucks. Unfortunately, Walmart does not double coupons (like Meijer) and they do not have store coupons that can be gloriously stacked for amazing savings (like Target and Meijer).

I now only shop at Wal-Mart when I have coupons that are best used there or I need to purchase items that I do not have and will not be able to get a coupon for.  Therefore, I only shop there once every 6-8 weeks.  I have to admit though, I always feel a bit nostalgic whenever I go to there.  I really used to be in love with Wal-Mart, but alas I am more coupon savvy now and I must go where the deals take me. 🙂

Now on to the shopping details.

(3) 11oz Gain Dishwashing Liquid-$1.00/ea.

used $1/1 coupon ~ 8/29/10 P&G Saver

7 pk dishwashing cloths-$3.00

(2) Dixon no.2 pencils-$.88/ea

Birthday card for my sister-$3.50 (A little pricey, but she’s worth it.)

(2) Large boxes of Crunch and Munch-$1.00/ea ( The small boxes where $.99, umph, riiidiculous)

-used $1/2 ~ August All You Magazine

(1) Ruffles potato chips-$1.98

(2) Ball Park bun-size hotdogs-$2.00/ea

-used $2/1 ~ Facebook coupon (no longer available)

(1) Kikkoman Teriyaki marinade-$2.00

-used B1G1  here (The cashier took $2 off )

(1) Kikkoman Sweet and Sour sauce-$1.42

used $1/1 here

Total-$22.57     Total OOP-$12.24  (includes $ .67 tax)

Total Saved $11.00 or 49%

Missing from the photo is the Kikkoman Sweet and Sour Sauce.  My niece made off with it like a little bandit. She needed it for her eggrolls.

Next store: Meijer

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