My Month in Review

Well, last night I went to Publix to try to find some of that Yoplait Light yogurt, but it seems none of the stores carry the light version, either that or its always sold out. I'll have to get some rain checks for it tonight when I make my final trip for the month. So far I've spent $140, but that includes $145 in Publix Gift cards, so all my groceries (over $1000 worth) have been free. I've brought bags of cleaning products to work to reward those who give me their inserts, plus to spread the stockpile with those in my hallway at the office. People are always bringing in cookies or cakes or stuff they bake, but me - I bring in Shout and Scrubbing Bubbles.
 
This past weekend I found a tear pad coupon for $2/1 Dole Salads that are BOGO this week, plus yesterday I found the $0.75/1 blinkies. Together these make the salad mixes a $1 moneymaker each bag. So I'm going back to get our salad supplies a day early to take advantage of that deal. Plus we are planning our NASCAR racing trip and $50 of the gift cards are for my neighbor who will watch our house and dog while we're gone. Part of the planning is of course to bring enough beer for a couple days of drinking and racing. Since we're driving we can bring all we want of water, soda and beer. My latest frugal strategy has been to use beer as the filler for my overages, since we have enough gift cards for a while. I hate to buy beer at the grocery store since its really puts a wrench in the cost. We have a kegerator for our beer at home, and get a fresh barrel every 3 or 4 weeks, which is much cheaper and more "green".
 
Anyway, the keg popped last Friday so we had to use our reserve beer cans for most of the evening and now we need to replace that for our trip. Here's my plan for shopping tonight. We'll use a gift card to cover the $2.82 so it will be another free trip. .
 
28-Apr
38
 
75.78
18.96
54.00
2.82
34
-96.28%
Product
qty
price
subtl
-B1G1
-Q
total
Q#
Q details
carrots, cabbage
2
1.99
3.98
 
 
3.98
 
 
lettuce, romaine
 
1.89
0.00
 
 
0.00
 
 
cucumber, tomato
2
0.75
1.50
 
 
1.50
 
 
tangerine
4
0.25
1.00
 
 
1.00
 
 
bananas
4
0.32
1.28
 
 
1.28
 
 
Dole Salad blend BOGO
8
3.49
27.92
13.96
22.00
-8.04
16
$2/1 PQ wyb 1 fruit +1 veg+0.75/1 blinkie
Bud Light, 18 pk
1
13.99
13.99
 
 
13.99
 
 
Egg beaters
3
1.67
5.01
 
3.00
2.01
3
$1/1 blinkie or peelie
yoplait yoplus light BOGO
4
2.50
10.00
5.00
4.00
1.00
4
$1/1 print or yoplait bklt
vicks nyquil dayquil, trial 
4
1.29
5.16
 
8.00
-2.84
4
$1.5/1 vicks 2-21pg
schick razors
6
0.99
5.94
 
12.00
-6.06
6
$3/1 3-21ss, $2/1 4-11ss
coupon
 
0.00
0.00
 
5.00
-5.00
1
$5/$20 competitor
 
All in all its been a great couponing/shopping month even though I had that meltdown around tax day (when I forgot to use my $21 worth of overage coupons), I think I've reached a new level. But I realize this can't continue forever. For one thing, I don't have many more coupons for overage filler items, and my competitor coupons are limited too. So, here's hoping Publix sends out some $5 off $50 coupons in the mail or something.
 
How was your month of shopping?

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