Tips for A Successful Garage Sale

This past Saturday we had our first ever garage sale at our home. I was pretty nervous wondering if people would come, and then I was wondering if we had enough stuff to get people to stop. It turned out to be a huge success and we sold out my entire stockpile in a few hours, including all those vitamins we got for overage on all our trips. I had 2 paper boxes full of just vitamins. We made $470 and we could have made more if we would have had more product. I had previously sold my extra product at a friends yard sale in November, so we only had stuff we bought in three months time.
 
TIPS for Success
  • About two weeks before your sale, take pictures of items you want to list on http://www.craigslist.com prior to the sale to try to get the most money for them. I posted ads for golf clubs, an HP scanner, an Ipod Nano, fax machine, chainsaw, and weed whipper.  See my craigslist tips HERE, this way you'll be more comfortable haggling at the sale when something has already been posted with little or no interest, and you really just want to get rid of it.
  • List FREE garage sale ads online with the www.flyer.com, www.craigslist.com and www.garagesaletracker.com a week before your sale, and again on Craigslist the day of the sale.
  • We put a sign in our yard on Thurs and Fri prior, stating "Yard Sale Here Sat." so people in the area would know to look for a sale. We were actually hoping one of our neighbors would capitalize on the traffic and have a sale too on the same block. We discovered that many people love to get up early and drive around to multiple garage sales. We heard of another sale on the next block and directed people to that one if they were interested.
  • Put a price tag on EVERY single item you display. If you don't have a price people will walk by all day. I had a partial roll of insulation out there with no price and had no idea what it was worth or what someone would pay. I noticed a few people inspect it, but they didn't inquire. So, I just put a $5 sticker on it. A while later a man asked if I would take $2, and then it was sold.
  • If you have brand new items in great condition, if it is priced right everyone will just pay the asking price. We sold the majority of our stockpile items for $1.00 and $0.50, with a couple higher priced things like trash bags, razors and candles for $3. We didn't budge price on any of the stockpile products because they were selling quickly as priced.
  • Provide bags for people to hold all their items. As soon as people picked up a couple things I used the opportunity to offer them a bag and encourage them to get more product. Many people quickly filled their bags and then I moved their items into paper boxes. We had several people who purchased a couple boxes of stuff.
  • Organize your product so that like items are together, it is not damaged, and so all products are visible. This will keep people from rummaging through boxes of stuff and making a mess.
  • It is amazing what product will sell at a yard sale. EVERYTHING! Don't worry that you have too much pasta, or poise or vitamins or phazyme. If it is priced right, it will all go. In the past I have not purchased stuff that is free after coupons because I didn't want it to clutter my shelves, but now my point of view has changed. If its free to me, I'm getting as much as I can. It really doesn't matter what it is. I had a bunch of Finesse hair spray that I didn't think would go because so many people are brand specific, but not at garage sales. They will buy any flavor of any product.
  • We had about 15 boxes of food and products and it mostly was gone between 8am and 10:30 am, We could have sold twice that much stuff. So when you're planning on having a sale, make sure you have enough stuff to sell.
  • If you price everything at 0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 you'll be able to quickly sum up a bag of product in your head without making mistakes. Stay away from weird prices like 0.75 or 0.40 or 0.65 if you can. I tried to price my stuff at about 25% of retail. So if something sold for $1.50 in the store, I charged $0.50. We sold Special K cereal for $1 a box that is normally $3.99.
  • Prepare and clean your tables and surfaces the night before so they are easy and accessible to put up.
  • We loaded all our boxes into the vehicles in the driveway the night before so all I had to do was pull out the box and place it on the table to sell it.
  • Invest in some good signs. I purchased 5 garage sale signs from www.flowerfactory.com for about $4 each. We wrote in our address on the sign and my DH went around the neighborhood entrance points. One sign was on a busy main thoroughfare and I think we got most of our visits from that one sign. We had probably over 100 customers stop. I didn't even get 2 boxes out of the truck before people started coming. It was a mad rush for about 2 hours. We asked everyone how they found our sale and 98% said they saw the signs. Only a couple people said they saw it on craigslist or the flyer. One lady said she thought we had such nice signs that we were sure to be organized and have some good stuff.
  • Make sure you carry a marker and price stickers to make any adjustments to prices - increase them if stuff is going too fast, and decrease them to get rid of stuff you really don't want around any more. Also to write prices on full bags or boxes once you've added them up and set aside so the customer can continue shopping.
  • Set up your driveway so there is a circle of items to corral your shoppers. We had some sporting goods, Christmas decorations, tool, yard and garden stuff and household stuff too. Most of this was on the perimeter or near the street so people could see big items. We also had our display of food and personal care items near the street so people could see that too. It was the biggest draw of the sale, so be sure people can see your stockpile table from the road.
  • Make sure you have about $40 in change of $1 and $5 bills. We had several people early on who only had a $20 so we had to run in the house to get some ones to make change. Have a couple dollars in quarters too.
  • As the sale winds down and you've emptied some tables and space, move stuff around so that your main display appears stocked. Remove empty tables and move the other merchandise closer to the road. Start cleaning up while you wait for stragglers to show up.
  • We closed up shortly after noon. DH went around and picked up our signs and that pretty much stopped the traffic by our house. We packed up what little stuff was left for our next sale in a couple months.
One thing we didn't do this time, but I'm going to do next time is get a piece of paper where customers can write down their email address if they want to be notified of upcoming sales. We might also try selling some clothes prior to just donating them.
 
So that's about it. We had a big day and needed a nice nap afterward. But it was exciting and happened so fast, I can't believe I was even nervous!
Watch for more garage sale stories about some of the interesting folks we met.

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Publix Sneak Peek Weekly Ad and BOGO's 2/3/11 - 2/9/11

For the second week in a row we get the early sneak peek, I'm not even ready to shop for this week! Anyway, here are the BOGO's (no matchups yet) but I can see some deals already, along with the Phazyme, Vivarin, Sominex moneymakers starting on Saturday with the new Green Advantage Buy Flyer.

Bull’s-Eye Barbecue Sauce, 17.5-18 oz bot., BOGO $2.24
$1.00/3 Kraft Participating Products, Any (2): Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce, Kraft Mayo, Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese, A.1. Steak Sauce, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Miracle Whip Dressing, Velveeta Shells & Cheese -Tearpad
$0.75/1 Bull's-Eye Barbecue Sauce, Any - Tearpad

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, 16oz pkg., BOGO Surprisingly Low Price

Medium Shrimp Ring, 12oz, Sauce 6oz, 18oz pkg., BOGO $12.99

12 Pack Selected Pepsi Products, 12oz can, BOGO $4.99

Lay’s Potato Chips, 10.5 oz – 11oz bag, BOGO $3.99

Honest Kids Thirst Quenchers, 8 pouches, 6.75oz box, BOGO $3.49
$0.75/1 Honest Kids Carton Rolling
Lloyd’s Meats in BBQ Sauce, 18oz tub, BOGO $5.49
$1/1 Lloyd's Barbeque Product 1/30/2011 SS

Margaritaville Shrimp, 8-10oz pkg., BOGO $7.99
$1/1 Margarita Shrimp any, Sweetbay Inspirations Booklet

T. Marzetti’s Dip, 12-15.5oz cont., BOGO $3.49
$1/1 Marzetti Dip1/30/2011 SS

$0.60/1 Marzetti Veggie Dip 1/30/2011 SS
$0.50/1 or $1/1 or .60/1 Marzetti Veggie Dip 11/14/2010 SS
$1/1 Marzetti Veggie Dip Rolling
$0.75/1 Marzetti Veggie Dip All You Dec 2010

Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit, 3-4oz box, BOGO $2.19

Publix Deli Tea, 1 gal, BOGO $2.39

Publix Deli Salsa, 16oz pkg., BOGO $3.39

Pompeian Imported Olive Oil, Extra Light or Classic Mediterranean, 16oz bot., BOGO $5.99
$1.00/1 Pompeian Olive Oil, Any - Powered By Smartsource

Pace Chunky Salsa, 16oz jar (excluding Pace 4 Cheese Queso), BOGO $2.79
$0.50/2 Pace Salsa Or Queso Jar, 15 Oz. +, Any - 01-30-11 RP

Kraft Mayo Mayonnaise, or Miracle Whip Dressing, 30oz jar, BOGO $5.07
$0.75/1 Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo 1/23/2011 SS (if included)
$0.50/1 Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip TARGET Target.com (exp 2/15/2011

Mt. Olive Pickles, 16-46oz jar, or Pickle or Jalapeno Pepper Slices Pak, 4-pk. 3.7oz cont., BOGO $2.79
$0.50/1 or $1/1 Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers or Relish Product, any - 01-30-11 SS
$1.00/2 Hangtag

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal, 15.8-20.4 oz box, or Unfrosted 18 oz, BOGO $4.31
$1/3 Kellogg's Cereals 1/9/2011 RP

Kellogg’s Nutri -Grain Bars, 7.8-10.8oz box, BOGO

$1/3 Welch's 100% Juice or 100% Blend (10oz 6pack or 64oz, any flavor) WYB any (2) pkgs of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (6ct or larger, any flavor, mix or match) Tearpad

Gia Russa Pasta Sauce, 15 or 24oz jar, BOGO $5.79

Barilla Pasta, 13.25-16oz box (excluding Barilla Plus and Lasagna), BOGO $1.43
$1/2 or .75/2 or .55/1 Barilla Plust Pasta 1/9/2011 SS

Knorr Sides, 3.8-6.4oz pouch (excluding Sides Plus), BOGO $1.53
$0.50/2 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides 1/30/2011 RP

Krusteaz Muffin or Cake Mix, or Supreme Bar Mix, 16.5-21 oz box. Or Sun-Maid Muffin or Cookie Mix, 18-18.25oz box, BOGO $2.59
$0.50/1 Krusteaz Muffin Mix 12/5/2010 SS

Mott’s 100% Apple Juice, or Mott’s for Tots, or Mott’s Plus, 64oz bot., BOGO $3.335

Rotel Diced Tomatoes, 10oz can, BOGO $1.39
$0.75/3 Rotel Diced Tomatoes Publix Q - Yellow Adv Flyer
$0.30/1 Rotel Diced Tomatoes 1/23/2011 SS
B3G1 Rotel All You Jan 2011

Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, BOGO $1.57

M&M’s Chocolate Candies, or Snickers Minis, Minis mix, or Fun Size Variety Bag, 30-42oz bag, BOGO $9.99
$1.50/2 M&M's Candies, Snickers or Twix Minis 1/23/2011 RP
$1/3 Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, TARGET Target.com (exp 2/14/2011)

Nabisco Crackers, or Wheat Thins Stix, 5.5-10oz box, BOGO $3.49
$1/2 Nabisco Crackers 1/30/2011 SS
$1/2 Nabisco Crackers TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)

Planters Peanuts, Dry Roasted 16oz jar, or Cocktail Peanuts 16oz can, BOGO $3.29
$1/1 Planters NUTrition Can or Multi-Pack 1/2/2011 SS (if included)
$0.75/1 Planters Nuts TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Planters Nuts TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/15/2011)

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies or Sandies Shortbread, 14.5-18oz bag, BOGO $4.05

Arnold Select Hot Dog Rolls, 8ct. 14-16oz pkg., BOGO $2.99

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers, 9.75-14oz box, BOGO $4.09
$1/2 Keebler Crackers or Sunshine Cheez-its 1/30/2011 RP

Thomas’ English Muffins, 11-13oz pkg, BOGO $3.69

Breakstone’s Sour Cream, 16oz cup, BOGO $2.03

Kraft Velveeta Cheese, 16oz box., BOGO $3.97
$0.50/1 Kraft Velveeta Cheese TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/26/2011)

SeaPak Shrimp Co. Shrimp or Fish or Crab Cakes, 8-28oz box, BOGO $7.59
$1/1 Seapak Popcorn Fish 1/30/2011 SS

Hungry Man Dinners, 13.1-17oz box, BOGO $3.71

TGI Friday’s Frozen Snacks, 7.6-11oz box (excluding Poppers and Loaded Varieties), BOGO $3.51

Edy’s Ice Cream, 1.5qt, BOGO $5.97

Klondike or Slim-a-bear Ice Cream Treats, 16-27oz box, BOGO $4.11

Pepperidge Farm Three Layer Cake, 19-19.6oz box, BOGO $4.13

Hefty EZ Foil Pans, 1 or 2 ct. pkg., BOGO $1.99

Dixie Plates or Bowls, 20-48ct pkg., BOGO $3.03

9Lives Cat Food, 3.15-3.5 lb bag, BOGO $3.89
$1/1 9Lives Dry Cat Food All You Nov 2010

Dial Bath Bar Soap, 3ct 4oz pkg., BOGO $2.23

Lysol Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner, 40oz bot., BOGO $3.19

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, 56-80ct. cnstr., BOGO $4.99

BAKERY

Decorated Cupcakes, 12 ct. 24oz pkg., $6.99

Cornbread, 15oz size, $3.99

Assorted Hoagie Rolls, 4-ct, 11 oz pkg., $2.19

French Hamburger Buns, 8-ct. 16oz pkg, $2.49

Multigrain Bread, 16oz loaf, $2.99

Ciabatta Loaf, 16oz pkg., $3.99

Decorated Football cake, 24oz, $6.99

Two Dozen Cookies, 16oz pkg., 2/$5

Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake, 11oz, $4.49

Strawberry Cheese Strudel, $4.29

DAIRY

Horizon Organic American Singles, 8oz pkg., 2/$6
$1/1 Horizon Product Rolling - Must Be New Account!

Kraft Shredded Cheese, or Cubes, Cracker Cut, or Chunk, 4.5-9.6oz pkg., 2/$4
$0.75/1 Kraft Cheese 1/23/2011 SS
$1/2 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese 1/23/2011 SS
$1.25/2 Kraft Shredded or Block Cheese TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/2 Kraft Shredded Cheese with Philadelphia Rolling
$0.50/1 Kraft Shredded Cheese with Philadelphia Rolling


Stonyfield Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, 4-ct. 4oz cup, 2/$7
$0.50/1 Stonyfield Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt Rolling

Dannon Yogurt, 6oz cup, 20/$10
$0.40/6 Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt 1/30/2011 SS
$1/10 Dannon Cups or TWO 16-32 oz Products 1/23/2011 SS
$0.40/1 Dannon Light & Fit 1/2/2011 SS


Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, 16-16.5oz pkg., 2/$5
$1/1 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough 1/30/2011 RP
$0.75/1 Nestle Refrigerated Cookie or Brownie Dough Rolling
$1/1 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough Rolling

Classen Pickles or Spears or Crisp Sauerkraut, 20-32oz jar, 2/$4

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8oz pkg., 4/$5
$0.50/2 Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese TARGET Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$0.50/2 Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Rolling

Land o Lakes Sweet Cream Butter, 16oz box, 2/$6

Kraft Cracker Barrel Natrual Cheese Slices, 7 or 8oz pkg., 2/$4

Kraft American Cheese Singles, 12oz pkg., 2/$5
$0.75/1 Kraft 2% or Fat Free Cheese Singles 1/9/2011 SS
$1/2 Kraft Deli Deluxe or Singles TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/2 Kraft Sandwich Cheese TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Kraft 2% Singles (IE) Rolling

DELI

Boar’s Head Ovengold Breast of Turkey, $7.99/lb

Publix Deli Ultimate Whole Sub, $4.99

Margaritaville Tortilla Chips, 6oz bag, 3/$5

Sabra Hummas, 4pk. 2 oz cup or 10 oz pkg., 2/$5

Publix Deli Wing Sampler Platter, Serves 8-12, 92 oz tray, $23.99

Publix Deli Chicken Tenders, $5.99/lb

Publix Medium Los Cubanitos Platter, Serves 16-20, 80oz tray, $24.99

Publix Deli Medium Nibbler Platter, Serves 16-20, 72oz tray, $29.99

FROZEN

DiGiorno Pizza, 12.6-36.8oz box, $5.00

PF Chang’s Home Menu Perfect for Two Meal, 22oz pkg., $6.99

Stouffer’s Sautes for Two Skillet Meals, 23-24oz bag, $4.99

Shaw’s Lobster Mac-n-cheese, 18oz box., $6.99

Lean, Hot, or Croissant Pockets, 6.5-9oz pkg., 3/$5

Zatarain’s Frozen Entrees, 10-12oz box, $2.49

Alexia All Natural Frozen Snacks, 7.7-8oz box, 2/$6
$1/1 Alexia Frozen Product Rolling

Amy’s Light and Lean Frozen Entrees, 8oz pkg., 2/$6

HOUSEHOLD

Publix GreenWise Market Paper Napkins, 250ct pkg., $1.79

Swiffer Sweeper Cloths Refills, 6-32 ct. box, or Extendable Handle Duster, 3 ct. box, $7.29
$0.50/1 Swiffer Refill or Dust & Shine 1/30/2011 PG

Publix Long Lasting Alkaline Batteries, 2-10ct. pkg., $4.49

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, 12-in wide, 35-75sq ft., $2.99
$1/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil 1/30/2011 SS

Kingsford Match Light Charcoal Briquets, 12.5lb bag, $7.99
$1/1 Kingsford Match Light Charcoal Briquets Rolling

Dixie Napkins, 200ct pkg., 2/$4

Bounty Giant Paper Towels, 8 roll, $9.99
$0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 1/30/2011 PG
$1/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 9/1/2010 P&G MIR Savings Booklet

Charmin Bathroom Tissue, Mega 9 roll pkg, or Double 18 roll pkg., $9.99
$0.25/1 Charmin Product 1/30/2011 PG

Wisk 2X Ultra Laundry Detergent, 100oz bot., $8.99
$2/1 Wisk Laundry Detergent 1/2/2011 SS

Clorox2 Stain Fighter and Color Booster, 45.4oz bot., $5.99
$1.50/1 Clorox 2 Product Rolling

Lysol Disinfectant spray, 19oz can, $3.99
$1/2 Lysol Disinfectant Spray Rolling

Cloroz Clean-Up Cleaner, 32oz bot, or Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, 30oz bot., 2/$5

Depend Protective Underwear, 14-20ct pkg. or Pads 48ct pkg., or Poise Pads 30-72ct pkg., $10.99
$1/1 Depends Guards for Men 1/9/2011 SS (if included)
$2/1 Depends Underwear in Prints and Colors 1/9/2011 SS (if included)
$2/1 Depends Underwear in Colors 12/12/2010 SS (if included)

Gerber 2nd Foods, 2pk 3.5oz cont (Excluding organic and DHA varieties), 10/$9

Pampers Diapers, 48-96ct box, $19.99
$3/1 Pampers Diapers or Pants AND Wipes 1/30/2011 PG

Gerber Graduates Lil Entrees or Healthy Meals, 5.3-6.6oz box, 3/$5


PRODUCE

Fresh Attitude Salad, 5oz pkg., 2/$4

Navel Oranges, $0.99/lb

Peaches or Nectarines, $2.49/lb

Blueberries, or Blackberries, 12oz or 1pt pkg., $2.99

Red Seedless Grapes, $1.69/lb

Publix Premium Orange Juice or Ruby Red Grapefruit, 64oz ctn., 25% off

Vegetable and Dip Party Tray, 31oz pkg., 8.99- 40oz pkg. 10.99

Fruit Salad, $2.49/lb

Cantaloupes, 2/$4

Hass Avocadoes, 5/$5

Sweet Onions, $0.99/lb

Grape Tomatoes, 1pt pkg., 2/$4

Publix Baby Cut and Peeled Carrots, 16oz bag, $1.29

Publix Peanut Butter Pretzels, 17.28oz pkg., 2/$6

Wonderful Pistachios, 16oz cont., $6.99
$1/1 Wonderful Pistachios 11/21/2010 SS
$1/1 Wonderful Pistachios Rolling

PET

Pedeigree Complete Nutrition Dog Food, 30-32lb bag, $16.99
$2/1 Pedigree Food For Dogs 1/23/2011 RP
$2/1 Pedigree Food for Dogs Rolling

Milk-bone Dog Biscuits or Snacks, 22-26oz pkg., 2/$5
$1.50/2 Milk-Bone Dog Snacks 12/12/2010 RP



GROCERY

Publix GreenWise Market Tortilla Chips, 8oz bag, 2/$4

Publix GreenWise Market Organic Salsa, 15.5oz jar, 2/$5

Maxwell House Ground Coffee, 31.5-34.5oz can, $6.99
$0.55/1 Maxwell House Instant Coffee Rolling

Maxwell House 100% Colombian or Decaffeinated Coffee, 31.5-33oz can, $7.99
$0.55/1 Maxwell House Instant Coffee Rolling

Heinz Tomato Ketchup, 32 or 36oz bot., 2/$4

Campbell’s Condensed Soup or Soup at hand, 10.5-11.5oz can or 10.75oz cup, or Ready to Serve Bowl, 15.4oz bowl (excluding Won Ton, Cream of Shrimp, and Oyster Stew), 10/$10
$0.25/4 Campbell's Condensed Soups 1/9/2011 SS
$0.50/3 Campbell's Healthy Request Soups 1/2/2011 SS
$0.40/3 Campbell's Condensed Soup 1/2/2011 SS
$0.40/2 Campbell's Condensed Soups 12/12/2010 SS
$1/4 Campbell's Condensed Great for Cooking Soups Rolling


Gatorade Thirst Quencher, 64oz bot., 3/$5

Assorted Publix Soft Drinks, 2L bot., 10/$5

Zephyrhills Spring Water, 24pk. .5L bot., $3.99
$1/1 Zephyrhills Brand 100% Natural Spring Water Rolling

8-Pack selected Pepsi Products, 12oz bot., 3/$10

Snapple Tea, 6pk 16oz bot., B2G1
$1/1 Snapple 1/30/2011 SS

Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Family Size, 14.5oz-18oz bag, 2/$7
$0.55/1 Tostitos Chips 1/30/2011 SS
$1/1 Tostitos Dip wyb 2 Tostitos Chips TARGET Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)

Gatorade Thirst Quencher, 6pk. 12oz bot. or 128oz bot., 2/$6

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Garnier Fructis Hair Products, 3-13oz pkg., (Excluding Anti-Dandruff, 13 oz), $2.99
$2.50/1 Garnier Ultra-Lift Moisturizer (IE) Rolling
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Style Product (IE) Rolling
$1/1 Garnier Style Product (exp 2/2/2011)

Garnier Fructis, 25.4oz bot., $4.99
$1/1 Garnier Cleanser or Moisturizer 1/9/2011 RP Insert
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Hair Products (exp 2/2/2011)
$1/1 Garnier Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment (exp 2/2/2011)

Just For Men Hair Color, each, $5.99

Opti-Free Replenish Disinfecting Solution, Twin Pack, $12.99
$4/1 Opti-Free Replenish Twin Pack 1/16/2011 SS
$1/1 Opti-Free Replenish or Express TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/26/2011)
$1/1 Opti-Free Replenish Solution (exp 2/2/2011)

Cortizone-10 Ointment or Creme or Gel, 1oz pkg., $3.99
$1/1 Cortizone-10 Product 11/21/2010 SS
$1/1 Cortizone-10 Product (exp 2/2/2011)
$1/1 Cortizone-10 Item Rolling


Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash, 1L bot, $3.99
$0.50/1 Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash 10/10/2010 RP
$3/3 or $1.50/2 Listerine, Reach Toothbrush AND Floss 1/9/2011 SS
$1/1 Listerine Smart Rinse Anticavity Mouthwash or Listerine Agent Cool Blue Tinting Rinse 500mL or Reach Kids Toothbrush 1/9/2011 SS
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash Rolling

Advil Congestion Relief, 10ct box, $4.99
$2/1 Advil Congestion Relief product 1/30/2011 RP
$2/1 Advil Medications Various Rolling
$1/1 Advil Congestion Relief Rolling

Caltrate Calcium Dietary Supplement, 60-200ct pkg., 25% off

Kraft south beach Living crispy Meal Bars, 6ct box, 2/$9

MEAT

Pork Spare Ribs, $1.79/lb

Boston Butt Roast, $1.99/lb

Split Chicken Breast, $1.79/lb

Publix Spiral-Sliced Ham Half, $1.99/lb

Lamb Leg Shank Portion, $3.99/lb

Ground Sirloin, $3.99/lb

Publix Greenwise Market New York Strip Steaks, $8.99/lb

Boneless Shoulder Roast, $3.69/lb

Boneless Shoulder Steaks, $3.99/lb

Eye Round Roast, $3.69/lb

Eye Round Steaks, $3.99/lb

Chuck Short Ribs, $4.99/lb

Publix Fresh Ground Turkey, $2.49/lb

Porterhouse or T-Bone Steaks, $6.99/lb

Johnsonville Italian Sausage or Bratwurst, 19.76oz pkg., $3.99
$1/2 Johnsonville Sausage 1/23/2011 SS
$0.55/1 Johnsonville Smoked or Cooked Sausage Rolling

Bubba Burger Burgers, 32oz box, $6.99

Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage Roll, 12 or 16oz pkg., 2/$6
$1/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls 1/30/2011 RP (if included)
$1/1n Jimmy Dean Hearty Sausage Crumbles (exp 2/2/2011)

Publix Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, 12oz pkg., 2/$7

Publix Extra Thin-Sliced Lunch Meats, 9oz tub, 2/$6

Hillshire Farm Sausage, or Polska Kielbasa, or CheddarWurst, 14-16oz pkg., 2/$5
$0.75/2 or $1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage 1/23/2011 RP

SEAFOOD

Extra Large White Shirmp, 21-25 per lb, $6.99/lb

Sau-Sea Cocktail Sauce, 8 oz pkg., BOGO

Fresh Tilapia Fillets, $6.39/lb

Fresh Mahi Fillets, 5.6oz each, $6.99

Publix Haddock Loins, 10 oz pkg., $5.99

Captain’s Choice Small Shrimp Platter, 44oz pkg., $29.99

Captain’s Choice Medium Shrimp Platter, 64oz pkg., $39.99

Captain’s Choice Large Shrimp Platter, 104oz pkg., $69.99

IN AD COUPONS

$2.00 off any Huggies Diapers, Supreme, Snug & Dry, Pull-Ups or GoodNites, 21-96ct.
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 1/23/2011 SS
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers 1/23/2011 SS
$2/1 Huggies Pull Ups 1/23/2011 SS
$1.50/1 Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers (exp 2/2/2011)
$3/2 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (exp 2/10/2011)
$2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants Rolling
$3/2 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (exp 2/2/2011)
$3/1 Snug and Dry

$10.00 off A $20.00 or more Publix Deli Platter (With $15 purchase of Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Stacy’s or Gatorade Products)  

Be A Trendsetter - Spend Less with More Trips

An interesting study was conducted by Nielson that correlated the number of trips to the store with the economic woes. They categorized shopping into 4 types
  • Immediate: low-value, instant -need driven baskets with an average basket ring of $15 per trip
  • Fill-In: slightly higher value baskets averaging $51 per trip
  • Routine: weekly, high-value shopping trips averaging $98 per trip
  • Stock-up: large trips averaging $242 per trip
Not surprisingly, 82% of trips are the short "fillup" or "immediate needs" trips. I guess I'm part of the trend because I can tell you before couponing you would not catch me in the grocery more than once a week. I hated shopping, in part because of the large totals at the register. Anyway, the trends say more people are making more frequent smaller trips so they have more cash on hand and just get what they need to get by. 
I checked my receipt log and discovered that I made 253 trips to stores in 2010. Thats pretty frequent. I averaged my cost for each visit and its $5.53 per trip average since I spent about $1400 last year. But, my small trips were made for entirely different reasons than most people, and they were not due to economic trends. Maybe the studies got it wrong.
My small, frequent trips were calculated to maximize my coupon savings. Since I almost always have a $5 off $25 or $30 store coupon, I try to keep my trips before coupons close to that amount. If I made trips closer to $100 which fall into the "routine" category, I probably wouldn't be allowed to use 4 of the $5 off coupons since they are competitor coupons. But by splitting my $100 order into 4 smaller ones, I can save at least $5 on each transaction using the $5 off $25 coupon. Duh. Thats why I wonder sometimes when I see couponers in the store with their binders spread out across the baby seat area and their cart is overflowing and also filled on the bottom rack. They probably don't have tons of the $ off $$ coupons for that large order, so they are essentially wasting money. 
I also like to just get reasonable quantities of the items, to leave some product behind for the next shopper. Another reason for my small trips is that we tend go shopping on our motorcycles to far away stores in the country on the weekends. We are limited in what is shelf stable and what we can carry in saddlebags, so heavy things like soda and ice cream are off the list on weekend trips. Plus small orders allow for easier calculating in the aisle - you know, counting your coupons, counting your items, and then adding up the value of the cart vs adding up the value of the coupons. These 4 little calculations have saved me from big boo boos at the checkout with overage. I like to keep my totals between about $2 and $4, this gives me wiggle room for errors doing all that high math in my head.
Anyway, if you're using coupons and make frequent small trips, consider yourself a trendsetter!
 Graphic via Nielson

Tampa Check Your Mail Today!

I just found a $5 off $30 coupon in the Winn Dixie flyer of the Red Plum Mailer - may only be in the Tampa area, but worth checking anyway. It's valid from 1/26/11 thru 02/08/11. Remember, Publix accepts Winn Dixie competitor coupons!

Publix Green Adv. Flyer 1/29-2/18

Sweetheart Savings: Green Advantage Flyer Jan 29-Feb 18

Publix Qs: (all expire 2/18/11)
$5/2 (mix or match) One A Day 30-200 ct, Phillips Colon Health, Citracal, Flintstones, Aleve 40-200 ct,

Bayer Aspirin 50-300 ct, Alka-Seltzer Plus 10-36 ct, or Midol 40 ct.
$2 off on any Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandage (excluding travel/trial size) when you buy Neosporin 1 oz
$3/1 Zyrtec 24-25 ct or Zyrtec-D 24 ct
$5/1 Centrum Silver 110 ct
$5/2 (mix or match) Os-Cal, Citrucel, Ecotrin, Feosol, Geritol, Tagamet, Debox, Vivarin, Gaviscon, Phazyme, Sominex, Gly-Oxide or Contac

$2/1 MQ printable phazyme, sominex, vivarin, oscal
Buy 2 phazyme at $2.49, use 1 $5/2 PQ + (2) $2/1 MQ to get $4 overage (if store allows)
$1/1 Slim-Fast! 3-2-1 Plan Product (excludes singles)
$10/1 NicoDerm CQ 14 ct, Nicorette Gum 100 ct+, Nicorette Lozenge 72 ct, or Nicorette mini Lozenge 81 ct
$1.50/1 Breathe Right Nasal Strips, 10-30 ct
$1/1 Axe Product
$1/1 Dove Men+Care product
$1/1 Degree or Deove Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, any 2.6-3 oz
$4/1 Claritin 20 ct+ or Claritin-D 15 ct+
$2/1 Claritin, Claritin-D 10 ct+ or Claritin Pediatric 4oz Syrup
$4/1 Simply One Vitamins, any 30 ct
$2/1 PreserVision 50-60 ct or Ocuvita Adult 50+ Soft Gels, 50 ct
$2/1 U by Kotex, 14-60 ct product

Manufacturer Qs:
Neosporin Lip Health BOGO, expires 2/18/11 (redeem ONLY at Publix)

Rest of Ad:
L'Oreal Excellence, Excellence-to-Go or Healthy Look Hair Color, 7.99
St. Ives Body Wash 18 oz, Scrub 6-10 oz, or Noxzema Wash 6 oz, Scrub 5 oz, Pads 90 ct, or Cream 12 oz, 20% off
Aquaphor or Eucerin Products, 30% off
Sundown Naturals Vitamin D 100-300 ct, or 2 oz, Fish Oil 60-200 ct, or Co Q10 24-60 ct, 33% off
K-Y Intense, K-Y Yours+MIne, K-Y Kissable Sensations or K-Y Intrigue, 20% off
Listerine Total Care, Advanced, Zero, Smart Rinse or Agent CoolBlue 500ml, 3.69
Listerine PocketMist, 2 ct, 2/$7
Colgate 360, MaxWhite or Total Manual Toothbrush 2 pk, or Sponge Bob, Diego or 360 Sonic Powered Toothbrush 1 pk, 4.99
Citrucel, 100 ct, 30 oz, or 16.9 oz, 9.99
Gaviscon 12 oz or 100 ct, 7.99
Os-Cal Calcium Supplement, 120 or 160 ct, 10.99
Ecotrin 81 mg, 150 or 365 ct, 5.99
Slim-Fast! 3-2-1 Plan 200-calorie Meal Bars, 5 pk, 3.99
Nivea Lip Products, 0.17 oz, 2/$3
Nivea for Men Products, 0.5-7 oz 25% off
ZOIC Ready-to-Drink Nutrition Drink, any 4 pack, 2/$10
Super C Vitamin & Mineral Drink Mix, 7 ct, 2/$5
L'Oreal Youth Code, 0.5-1.7 oz, 21.99
Thicker Fuller Hair, DEP, L.A. Looks, got2b or Zero Frizz Hair Care, 4-20 oz, 25% off
Revlon ColorSilk Haircolor, 2.79
L'Oreal Couleur Experte, Touch-On Highlights, Frost & Design, la Petite Frost or Super Blonde, $2 off
L'Oreal Kids Haircare, 9 oz, 1.99
Salon Grafix Hair Spray, 10 oz, 3.99
Organix Shampoo or Conditioner, 13 oz, 4.99
Cold-EEZE, any 18 ct, 3.99
NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit, Includes 50 Premixed Packets, 8.39
Senokot Tablets, 100 ct, 17.99
Senokot-S, 60 ct, 23.99
Legg's Value Pack Knee Highs, Silken Mist or Sheer Energy Pantyhose, 25% off
Hefty EZ Foil Bake & Broil Pans, 0.99

Thanks to Slickdeals.net Publix Thread

Publix Sneak Peek Ad 1/27-2/1

Publix Deli Hummus, 8 oz. – BOGO $2.79

Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11.5 oz 12 oz bag - BOGO $3.99
$1/2 Frito-Lay Lay's Chips Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Tasteful Selections Potatoes – 24-28 oz bag - BOGO $3.99

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps – 7.2 oz - BOGO $3.19

Eight O'Clock Coffee – 11-12oz bag - BOGO $5.89
$2/2 Eight O'Clock Coffee Rolling
$1/1 Eight O'Clock Coffee Rolling
$0.75/1 Eight O'Clock Coffee All You Feb 2011
$2/2 Blinkie

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing – 16 oz bot. - BOGO $3.79

Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna – 4-pk. 5 oz can - BOGO $5.69

French's Classic Yellow Mustard – 14 oz bot. – BOGO $1.89
$0.30/1 French's Classic Mustard 1/23/2011 SS

A1 Steak Sauce – 10 oz bot. – BOGO 4.41

Kraft Barbecue Sauce – 16.25 – 18 oz bot. - BOGO $1.69
$1/2 Kraft Barbecue Sauce Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal – 13-18 oz (Excluding Family Size) – BOGO $4.09

Kellogg's Cereal – Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, or Corn Pops – 16.3-17.2 oz or Frosted Mini-Wheats, 21.5-24oz box – BOGO $4.51
$1/3 Kellogg's Cereals 1/9/2011 RP

Near East Rice Pilaf or Couscous, Taboule or Whole Grain Blends – 5.25-10oz box – BOGO $2.27

Uncle Ben's Original Converted Rice – 5 lb. bag – BOGO $6.99
$0.75/1 Uncle Ben's Plain White or Brown Rice 1/9/2011 SS (if included)
$1/1 Uncle Ben's Plain White or Brown Rice 1/9/2011 RP (if included)
$1/1 Uncle Ben's box or bag 2 lb or more Blinkie (In stores now!)
Northland 100% Blended Juices, 64 oz bot – BOGO $4.07

Campbell's Chunky Soup – 18.6-19 oz can - BOGO $2.45
$1/4 Campbell's Chunky Soup Chili Cans or Bowls 1/23/2011 SS
$0.50/2 Campbell's Chunky or Select Harvest Soup 1/2/2011 SS
$0.50/4 or $1/4 Campbell's Chunky Soup Cans or Bowls 12/12/2010 SS
$1/2 Campbell's Chunky Bowl or Canned Soup TARGET Target.com (exp 1/29/2011)
$2/4 Campbell's Chunky Soup or Healthy Request (exp 12/31/2020)
$1/2 Campbell's Chunky Soup or Healthy Request (exp 12/31/2020)
$1.50/3 Campbell's Chunky Soup or Healthy Request (exp 12/31/2020) $0.50/1 Campbell's Chunky Soup or Healthy Request (exp 12/31/2020)

Juicy Juice 100% Juice – 8pk. 6.75oz box – BOGO $2.99
$2/4 Nestle Juicy Juice Product Rolling

Canada Dry, 7-up, A&W, or Diet Rite – 2L bot. – BOGO $1.85

Propel Water - 6 pk. 500ml bit. - BOGO $4.13

Mars Chocolate Bars Variety Pack – 18ct. box - BOGO $11.99

General Mills Chex Mix – 8.75 oz bag, Gardetto's 8.6oz bag, or Bugles 6-7.5 oz bag - BOGO $2.50

Orville Redenbacher's Popping Corn – 12-19.8 oz box or 30oz jar - BOGO $5.07
$1/1 Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Pop Corn All You Dec 2010 & Jan 2011
$1/1 Blinkie (Currently In Stores)

Emerald Mixed Nuts , Almonds or Cashews- 10-11 oz cnstr. - BOGO $5.79
$1/1 Emerald Roast Canister 1/2/2011 RP (if included)
$1/1 Emerald Nuts Product (IE) (exp 3/21/2011)

Thomas' Bagels – 6 ct. 20 oz bag - BOGO $4.19

Nabisco Nilla Wafers or Newtons – 8-14oz pkg. - BOGO $3.89

Gorton's Shrimp Temptations, or Premium Fish Fillets or Sticks – 10.5-17.2 oz pkg. - BOGO $7.73
$1/1 Gorton's Grilled Item (IE) Rolling (if included)

Immaculate Baking Co. Cookie Dough – 14 oz bag - BOGO $3.29

Totino's Pizza Rolls – 40ct. 19.8 oz bag or Pillsbury Savorings 6-8.5 oz box - BOGO $4.63
$0.40/2 Totino's Rolls Snacks 8/8/2010 GM
$1/2 Pillsbury Savorings Product 11/14 or 12/5/2010 GM
$0.40/2 Totino's Rolls Snacks (exp 2/5/2011)
$1/5 Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products (exp 2/5/2011)
$0.50/2 Totino's Products Rolling

Morning Star Farms Entrees – 5.25-14.5oz box - BOGO $3.99

Marie Callender's Dinners – 8.5oz – 21oz box - BOGO $3.59
$1/2 Marie Callender's Dinners All You Jan 2011
* There might be some other q's available but I need more info!

Solo Heavy Duty Plates – 22-48 ct pkg. or Cups 10-24ct pkg - BOGO $2.99
$1/2 Solo Disposable Tabletop Items TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 1/29/2011)
$0.50/1 Solo Party Cups Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Purina Beggin' Strips Dog Snacks -10 oz pkg. - BOGO $5.29
B1G1 Purina Busy WYB Purina Beggin' 1/23/2011 SS
$1/1 Purina Beggin' Strips 12/12/2010 SS
$1/1 Purina Beggin Brand Dog Snack 10/24/2010 SS
$1/1 Purina Snack - PQ [publixcampaigns.com]- Thanks tn_native & sunshine's mom!

Purina Tidy Cats Cat Litter – 14 lb. jug - BOGO $7.49

Fab Laundry Detergent – Powder 3.41lb box or Liquid 50oz bot. - BOGO $4.09
$1/2 Fab, Dynamo or Ajax Laundry Products 8/15/2010 SS

Glass Plus Cleaner – 32 oz bot - BOGO $2.49
$0.50/1 Glass Plus Cleaner Rolling

Right Guard Sport Antiperspirant & Deodorant – 2.8-3oz pkg. - BOGO $2.79

BAKERY

Chicago Hard Rolls, 6 ct., $2.29
Key Lime Pie, 34oz, $6.99
Butter Pound Cake, 12 oz, $3.99
Danish Pecan Ring, 15 oz, $4.99
Breakfast Bread, 20 oz, $3.99
Raspberry Filled Donut Nuggets, 24 ct., $3.29

DAIRY
Chobani Greek Yogurt, 6 oz cup, 10/$10
Silk Soymilk or Almond Milk, half-gal, 2/$5
Publix Sweet Cream Butter, 16 oz box, 2/$5
Publix sour Cream, 16 oz cup, $0.75
Cabot Vermont Cheddar Cheese Bar or Pepper Jack, 8oz pkg., 2/$4
Publix Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, 2/$4

DELI
Publix Family Combo Meal, $8.99
Publix Deli Turkey Half Sub Combo, $4.99 (Boars Head, $5.49)
Boar’s Head Tavern Ham, $8.29/lb.

FROZEN
Blue Bell Ice Cream, half-gal, 2/$9
Freschetta Pizza or Red Baron Pan Pizza or Pasta, 12.6-30oz box, 2/$10
New York Texas Toast, 10-16 oz box, 50% off

HOUSEHOLD
Quilted Northern Bathroom Tissue, 12-roll, $5.99
Brawny Paper Towels, 6 or 8-roll pkg., $5.99
Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries, $7.49
Publix Charcoal Briquets, 16.6lb bag, $5.99
Glad Bags, 8,13, or 30 gal, 14-28ct pkg., $3.99
Publix Super Soft Bathroom Tissue, 2-Ply Sheets, 4-roll, $2.39
3M Micro Allergen Reduction Filter, $9.99
3M Micro Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter, $13.99
Tide Detergent, 100oz bot., $10.99
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent, Gel or Powder 75 oz pkg., ActionPacs 16 or 20 ct pkg., $3.99
Air Wick Scented Oil Refill, or Freshmatic Refill, Scented Candle, or Lysol Neutra Air, 2-ct. pkg or 5.29oz box or 6.17oz can, 2/$9
Ultra Downy Fabric Softener, 62-77oz bot., $6.99
Dove Hair Care Products, 4-12 oz bot., $3.39
Dove (assuming body wash), 25.4oz bot., $5.99
Lubriderm Lotion, 16 oz bot., $5.99
Barbasol Shaving Cream, 11oz can, 10/$10
Dentek Floss Picks, 75 or 90ct. pkg., 10/$10

PRODUCE
Fresh Express Salad Blend, 4.5-12 oz pkg., BOGO $4.09
Asparagus, $2.69/lb.
Cherries, $2.99/lb.
Florida Strawberries, $2.99
Blueberries or Blackberries, 12oz or 1pt pkg., 2/$5
Florida Grape Tomatoes, 1 pt. pkg., 2/$4
Cantaloupes, 2/$5
Peaches or Nectarines, $2.49/lb.
Red Seedless Grapes, $1.99/lb.
Crunch Pak Apple Slices, 14 oz bag, 2/$5
White Mushrooms, 16 oz pkg., $2.69
Publix Microwaveable Baby Carrots, 12 oz bag, $1.69
Spray Rose Bunch or Garden Bouquet, $3.49

PET
Publix Gourmet cat Food, 3oz can, 3/$1.09
Purina beneful Dog Food, 7-8oz pkg., $8.99
Gravy Train dog Food, 17.6-lb. bag, $8.99

GROCERY
12-Pack Coca-Cola Products – B2G1
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Mix, 5.2-8oz box, 10/$10
Bush’s Best Baked Beans, or Grillin’, 21-28oz can, 3/$5
Keebler Crackers, 7.7-16oz pkg., 2/$5
Selected Coca-Cola Products, 2 L bot., 2/$3

HEALTH & BEAUTY
Flinstones Multivitamin Gummies or Chewables, 50-150 ct. bot., 25% off
Kellogg’s special K Protein Shake, 4pk. 10oz bot., or Meal Bars 6ct box, $4.79
Excedrin Pain Medicine, 50ct bot., $2.99
Robitussin or Dimetapp Cough & Cold Medicine, 4oz bot., $3.99
Q-Tips Cotton swabs, 300-375 ct., 2/$4
Prevacid Acid Reducer, 24-Hour, 15 mg., 42ct box, 25.99
Huggies or Pampers Diapers, 48-96ct box, $19.99

MEAT
Boneless New York Strip Steaks, $6.99/lb.
Lean Ground Beef -$3.99/lb.
Publix semi-Boneless Ham Portion, $1.69/lb.
Whole Pork Tenderloin, $4.99/lb.
London Broil, $3.99/lb.
Top Round Steaks, $4.29/lb.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cutlets, $3.99/lb.
Chicken Breast Tenders, $4.49/lb.
7-Bone chuck Roast, $2.99/lb.
Publix GreenWise Market Top Sirloin Steaks, $5.99/lb.
Publix GreenWise Market Top Fillets, $6.99/lb.
Perdue Chicken Breast Nuggets, 12oz pkg., $2.99
Smithfield Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, 16oz pkg., 2/$6
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Meats, 7-9oz pkg., 2/$6
Ball Park Beef Franks, 12.8-16oz pkg., 2/$5

SEAFOOD
Snow Crab Clusters, $6.99/lb.
Medium White Shrimp, 40-50 per/lb., $4.99/lb.
Fresh Catfish Fillets, $4.69/lb.
Fresh Swordfish Steaks, 5.6oz min., $8.99
Matlaw’s Stuffed Appetizers, 7-11oz pkg., 2/$5
Medium Cooked Shrimp, 45-50 per/lb., $6.99/lb.

IN AD COUPONS
$5.00 off 1 Gerber Good Start Infant Formula Powder, 24-25.7 oz cnstr.
$3.00 off Any Huggies Diaper, 48-156ct box, or Pull-ups 33-44ct. pkg.

New Love to Shop Here. Love to Save Here
General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal, 12.8 oz box, $1.99
Birds Eye Voila, 21-23 oz bag, $2.99
Jif Peanut Butter, 27.3-28oz jar, $2.69
Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese Dinner, 9.4-14 oz box, $1.59
Tombstone Pizza, 18.1-29.5oz pkg, $2.99
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, 19-24oz bot., $1.99
Italian Pizza Dough, 16oz, $1.99
Publix Young Turkey Breast, $1.39/lb
Arm& Hammer Toothpaste, 6-6.3oz tube, 2/$3
Thanks to slickdeals.net Publix thread for the early sneak peek! Coupon Matchups HERE

Top 20 Most Frugal Cities

Attention, shoppers: Atlanta residents are saving more money than you are. When it comes to whittling down that grocery bill and tackling rising food prices, Atlantans are doing it best by using coupons.

For the second year in a row, Atlanta takes the top spot on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list, according to the 2010 Savings Index1 released today by Coupons.com, the premiere Web destination for coupons and savings. On average, regular users of Coupons.com in Atlanta printed more than $1000.00 dollars in coupon savings from the site in 2010. That is almost twice as much as during 2009, when they printed $531 in savings.

Tampa cashed in with coupons and maintained its position as the city with the second most savings. On average, regular users of Coupons.com in Tampa printed $863.00 in savings. Following on the savings heels of Atlanta and Tampa are, in order, Cincinnati, Saint Louis and Minneapolis, according to the Index.

“Across the country Americans are incorporating couponing into their shopping routine to alleviate rising food costs and keep their grocery bill in check,” said Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com household savings expert. “Especially in the South and Midwest, shoppers know how to keep their pennies in their pockets, racking up substantial savings throughout the year.”

The South is a mega-saver: more than one-third of the top 20 frugal cities are in the Southern region of the United States. In addition to Atlanta and Tampa, other Southland cities on the list include Charlotte (#6), Nashville (#7), Raleigh (#10), Oklahoma City (#13), Miami (#13) and Dallas (#14).

Once again, Ohio is the country’s most frugal state. The Buckeye state is represented three times on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list – Cincinnati (#3), Cleveland (#8) and Columbus (#19).

North Carolina is Ohio’s biggest challenger, climbing the penny-pinching ladder with two cities in the top 10: Charlotte and Raleigh.

For the first time it was raining green in the Pacific Northwest as Seattle (#18) joined the list. Seattle is the only city on the West Coast that made the cut.

In 2010, regular users of Coupons.com hailing from the top 20 most frugal cities printed or added more than $1023.00 in savings to their store loyalty cards, which is almost twice the amount from 2009 of $535.00. Nationwide, more than $1.2 billion in savings was printed or saved to loyalty cards from Coupons.com and the Coupons.com network during 2009.

1. Atlanta
2. Tampa, FL
3. Cincinnati
4. St. Louis
5. Minneapolis
6. Charlotte, NC
7. Nashville, TN
8. Cleveland
9. Pittsburgh
10. Raleigh, NC
11. Kansas City, MO
12. Washington, DC
13. Miami
14. Dallas
15. Oklahoma City
16. Boston
17. Denver
18. Seattle
19. Columbus, OH
20. Wichita, KS
via

Publix Online Price Checker

Sometimes you see a really great coupon and wonder what the price of that item is at Publix. Happens to me all the time. Here is a great solution to your dilemma of needing a price check on an item - use the Publix Curbside service! Just click HERE for the Tampa curbside site and enter the name of your item in the search box. It will list the sizes, a picture, and the current price. These are regional prices and there is an Atlanta curbside site too, for all non Tampa readers.

Publix Sneak Peak 1/20-1/26

BOGO's Ragu Pasta Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16-26.3 oz jar, BOGO $2.19
$0.50/2 Ragu Pasta Sauce TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)

Kraft or Seven Seas Dressing, Assorted Varieties, 14 or 16 oz bottle, BOGO $3.19
B2G1 Kraft Fat Free or Light Dressing TARGET Target.com (exp 2/15/2011)

Fresh Express Salad Blends, Or Greens, Assorted Varieties, 4.5 - 12 oz bag, BOGO $3.99
$0.50/1 Fresh Express Salad Varieties (exp 1/31/2011)
$0.55/1 Fresh Express Blend Salads Rolling

Nathan's Beef Franks, Regular, Bigger Than The Bun, With Real Cheddar Cheese or Dinner Franks, 16 oz pkg. (Excluding Natural Casing) BOGO Surprisingly Low Price

Hunt's 100% Natural Tomatoes, Assorted Varieties, 14.5 oz can, BOGO $1.39
$0/75/3 Hunt's Tomatoes 14.5 oz or larger - 1/9/2011 SS Publix Coupon - REGIONAL
$1/3 Hunt's Tomato Products Hunt's (exp 1/31/2011)
$1/3 Hunt's Diced Tomatoes All You January 2011

Crystal Light Drink Mix, Assorted Varieties, 8 qt cnstr or On The Go, 7 or 10 ct box, BOGO $3.49
$1/3 Crystal Light On The Go Drink Mix TARGET Target.com (exp 2/15/2011)

Campbell's Select Harvest Soup, Assorted Varieties, 18.6 to 18.8 oz can or 15.3 oz bowl, BOGO $2.39
$0.50/2 or .50/3 Campbell's Select Harvest Soup 1/2/2011 SS
$1/2 Campbells Healthy Request Select Harvest Soup (exp 2/2/2011)
$1/2 Campbell's Select Harvest Rolling
$1/2 Campbell's Select Harvest Soup Rolling

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Assorted Varieties, 8.4 or 8.7 oz box, BOGO $2.99
$1/1 Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars Rolling (if included)
$1/2 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Items TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars All You Feb 2011 (if included)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal, Assorted Varieties, 10.1 to 16.2 oz box, BOGO $2.98
$1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Oats 1/2/2011 RP
$1/2 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Items TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Quaker Hearty Medley Hot Cereal TARGET Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal All You Feb 2011

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Hearty Four Cheese, American Cheddar or World Italian with Parmesan & Romano, 12.6 oz box, BOGO $2.59
$1/1 Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese 1/16/2011 SS
$0.50/1 Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Rolling
$1/2 Kraft Homestyle Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix or Cupcake, Assorted Varieties, 18.25 oz box (Excluding Angel Food and Decadent Cake Mix) BOGO $1.75
$1/1 Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes AND Cake Mix (exp 1/31/2011)

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 4 or 4.1 oz pouch, BOGO $1.25
$0.75/3 Idahoan Potatoes Rolling

Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner! Assorted Varieties, 10.75 to 16.35 oz box, BOGO $2.69
$1/1 Taco Bell Home Originals All You Feb 2011

Vlasic Stackers Dills, or Pickles or Spears, Selected Varieties, 16 to 46 oz jar, BOGO $2.89

Crisco Oil, Assorted Varieties, 48 oz bottle, BOGO $3.89
$1/2 Crisco Products 11/7/2010 RP
$1/1 Crisco Olive Oil 10/3/2010 RP (if included)
$1/1 Crisco Olive Oil (exp 2/2/2011) (if included)

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup, 100% Natural, 35 oz bottle, BOGO $2.15
$0.50/2 Hunt's Ketchup All You Jan 2011

Deer Park Spring Water, 6 pk, .5 L bottle, BOGO $2.39

Pop Secret Premium Popcorn, Assorted Varieties, 11.2 to 21 oz box or 30 oz jar BOGO $4.69
$0.50/2 Pop Secret Products 1/2/2011 RP
$1/2 Pop Secret Products (IE) Rolling

Nabisco Ritz Crackers or Munchables Pretzel, Assorted Varieties, 12.25 to 16 oz box, BOGO $3.09
$1/2 Nabisco Crackers Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Arnold Whole Grains Bread or Grains & More, Health Full, or Country White, Assorted Varieties, 24 oz loaf, BOGO $3.99

Blue Diamond Almonds, Assorted Varieties, 6 oz can, BOGO $3.19
$0.60/2 or $1/2 Blue Diamond Almonds 10/10/2010 SS
$0.75/2 or .60/2 Blue Diamond Almonds 12/5/2010 SS
$1/2 Blue Diamond Almonds Walgreens IVC (exp 1/29/2011)

Entenmann's Little Bites, Assorted Varieties, 6.6 to 8.8 oz box, BOGO $4.29

Dove Chocolate Promises, Assorted Varieties, Silky Smooth Rich Dark or Milk Chocolate, 8.5 or 9.5 oz bag, BOGO $4.29
$0.55/1 Dove Promises Chocolate All You Dec 2010

Tostitos Salsa, Assorted Varieties, 15.5 oz jar, BOGO $2.89
$1/1 Tostitos Dip wyb 2 Tostitos Chips TARGET Target.com (exp 2/28/2011) (if included)

Wise Potato Chips, Assorted Varieties, 9.75 or 10 oz bag, BOGO $3.79
$0.50/1 Wise Snacks (IE) (exp 2/28/2011)

Mrs. Paul's Fish or Fried Clams, Assorted Varieties, 8-11.4 oz pkg, BOGO $4.49
$2/1 Birds Eye WYB Kamp's or Mrs. Paul All You Feb 2011

Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt, Assorted Varieties, 4 pack, 4 oz cup, BOGO $2.00
$0.50/1 Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt 1/2/2011 GM
$0.50/1 Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt (exp 2/2/2011)
$0.75/2 Yoplait Products (exp 2/5/2011)

Kozy Shack Pudding, Assorted Varieties, 22 oz tub or 4 or 6 pk, 4 oz cup, BOGO $2.99
$0.55/1 Kozy Shack Product Rolling

Shedd's Spread Country Crock, Regular or Churn Style, 15 oz tub, or twin pack, 2 pk, 7.5 oz tub, BOGO $1.89
$0.50/1 Shedd's Country Crock Margarine TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
$0.40/1 Shedd's Spread Country Crock Product (IE) (exp 2/1/2011)

Breyers Ice Cream, Assorted Varieties, 48 oz carton, BOGO $5.49

WholeFruit Sorbet, Assorted Varieties, 1-pt ctn, BOGO $2.89

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Desserts, Assorted Varieties, 4.36 to 6.6 oz pkg, BOGO $1.93
$0.75/1 Weight Watchers Frozen Novelties All You Jan 2011

Hefty Everyday Plates, Soak Proof, 130 ct pkg, BOGO $4.99

Purina One Cat Food, Assorted Varieties, 3.3 or 3.5 lb bag, BOGO $6.89

Glade Candle, Assorted Varieties, 4 oz jar or Scented Oil Candle Refills, 4 ct or Glade Plugins or Relaxing Moment Refill, 1 ct, BOGO $3.49
$1/2 Glade Plugins Scented Gel Refills 1/9/2011 SS
$1/1 Glade Plugins Scented Gel Warmer 1/9/2011 SS
$3/1 Glade Plugins Scented Oil Holder 1/9/2011 SS
$1/1 Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refills 1/9/2011 SS

Adkins Advantage Shakes, Assorted Varieties, 4 pack, 11 oz can, BOGO $6.89

Colgate Toothpaste, Assorted Varieties, 8.2 oz tube, BOGO $2.75
$0.75/1 or $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/2/2011 SS
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/2/2011 SS
$1/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste 1/16/2011 SS
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste All You Jan 2011
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste All You Feb 2011

Halls Cough Drops, Assorted Varieties, 30 ct bag (Excluding Halls Defense) BOGO $1.49
$0.35/1 Halls Cough Drops 1/2/2011 SS
$1/2 Halls Cough Drops 1/2/2011 SS
$0.50/1 Halls Cough Drops All You Feb 2011

Publix Omeprazole Acid Reducer, Delayed Release Tablets, 20 mg, 14 ct pkg, BOGO $8.99

Beech Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, Assorted Varieties, 4 oz jar, BOGO .55

Nature's Own English Muffins, Assorted Varieties, 6 count, 12 oz bag, BOGO $2.99

Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix, Assorted Varieties, 32 or 35 oz box, BOGO $2.75

Van's Waffles, Assorted Varieties, 7.5 to 12 oz pkg, BOGO $2.99

Hostess Sweet Sixteen Mini Donuts, Powered or Frosted, 12 or 13 oz pkg, BOGO $2.99

Aunt Jemima Syrup, Assorted Varieties, 24 oz bottle, BOGO $3.45

Thanks to Slickdeals Publix thread

What Can You Learn From Ted Williams? (The Guy With the Golden Voice)

What can you learn from Ted William's sudden fame?
Ted Williams shot to fame when his interview went on YouTube. The interview was made at the time when he was homeless and used to ask for donations at a bus stand with a board in his hand and his recorded voice asking for donations. The interview became so famous that lots of job offers landed in his lap. Even NBA has asked him to join. There are a lot of financial lessons one can learn from his sudden shot to fame. This is true that happiness as well as misery is not permanent and it depends upon you to have a determination in life to change your misery into happiness. You need to have a good savings plan so that you can tackle any financial shortcoming.

Frugal lessons worth learning from Ted Williams' story
There are a lot of times in life when you feel confused about the debts you have and how to get out of financial misery. There are a lot of people who have a lot of money and don't know what they can do with it. You can also win sudden lottery and may not know what to purchase first. You must have a clear vision of everything so that you don't get greedy and lose everything in the process. Take a look at the financial lessons you can learn from Ted Williams' story:
  1. Clear about what you want
    You must be clear about you want from life. There may be times in life when you may get confused about the different things that may land into your lap. If you get confused about the job offers or other financial things you get, you must prioritize the things and choose the ones that match your needs. If you have a lot of job offers, you may try to go for those interviews that solve your purpose and recognizes for your caliber and whet you can do. If you have a lot of debts, you must pay the ones with the largest interest rates first while paying your other debts minimally. This clear vision of yours can really help you reach the goal you've set for yourself. 
  1. Put a stop to reckless spending
    You may be a millionaire or a pauper. But if you earn $5, you must try to save $3 and spend $2. This is smart financing and if you're smart with money, you can reach anywhere you want. At least, you'll not have debts to pay off. Money doesn't take time to get over and once it's over you need to think of other ways to secure your future. You need to draw a line between "wants" and "needs". If you know the difference between the two, you'll be able to save money. Try to consult your family before purchasing any big thing so that you know if others are ready for it. When you get a check, try to save most of it. Don't spend any money till the time you get the check in your hands. Try to work out a budget and include your kids too in the budget formation so that they can learn to be money responsible. 
  1. Get experts advice
    This is another way you can manage your finances. If you are confused about the money you want to save and the amount you need to spend, you can seek financial advice from your experts or elders so that you don't fall into debts. Try to put all your problems in front of them so that they can give you the required advice on the ways to manage your money. When Ted Williams was asked about the jobs he would choose, he said that he'll seek help of a therapist and would focus only on few offers. He also wanted to solve his previous financial problems so that he wouldn't make the same mistakes again. 
  1. Invest apart from savings
    If you have a savings account and want to grow our money more, you can go for investment options so that you can have a safe and secured future. Look for lucrative investments so that you can get better returns. Start small and don't get greedy in the process. You must also lead an honest life and pay your taxes on time. Keep away some money for emergencies so that you don't have to break your investments. Try to seek experts' advice when you're going for investments so that you know which ones suit you the most.  
Apart from the financial tips and lessons given above, you must take things slow in your life. If you have any problems in life, try to tackle it smartly and never get carried away. Manage the money you earn and have so that your future doesn't get into debts.

Author's Bio : RP is a guest writer for various finance related Communities including CDFA, FCB, Debt Consolidation Care etc. She is a PG degree holder in Marketing and Finance and right now working in a reputed bank as a relationship manager. She is well equipped to write articles on debt consolidation , debt settlement, frugality, savings, economies of states etc.

Craigslist Tips to Sell Stuff Fast

I just relisted twelve items on Craigslist to try and sell before we have another garage sale at the end of the month. I have previously listed the same items with not much response, but this time its different. I've already sold my 2GB Ipod Nano for $50 and my seven extra bicycle tires for $2 each, and today I'm meeting with someone for the leaf blower and possibly the chainsaw. I also have tentative plans to sell a bike U-lock on Saturday.
 
I attribute the success of these listings to the fact that I included a picture of the item in all listings. Even if I didn't have a picture of my actual item, I got a picture off Amazon to show the buyer what the item looked like. 
 
The second important thing to do is provide a phone number. If you don't want to reveal your cell phone or home phone, get a free number from Google Voice that you can have forwarded to your cell.
 
The third point that seems to have made a difference this time for me, is to encourage buyers to text you. ALL my contacts have been initiated by text this time because I encouraged people to leave a message or text me and I'll get back to them. With my Google voice number, it forwards the text to my cell phone and google voice account, where I can reply either way. Did you know you can be logged into more than one gmail account at one time? This allows you to work on blogging on one account and if your google voice is linked to another account, you can just click over.
 
The fourth thing that goes without saying, is to price your item appropriately and describe it accurately. If it is scratched or compromised in some manner, just tell people up front rather than wasting everyone's time with a meet that surprises the buyer when they see the condition of the item.
 
If you have some higher priced garage sale stuff, I highly recommend listing on Craigslist and attempting to sell before the sale. Plus you'll get a list of contact numbers or emails to let people know of an upcoming garage sale.
 
Good Luck 

Publix Weekly Ad 1/13-1/19 Exciting Additions

Its been a weird week with the Publix ad, first we get a really early sneak peek on Sunday with the BOGO's HERE, and then nobody seemed to post ALL the matchups or the remainder of the ad - at least no where on the internet I found. Anyway, I had to wait for the morning paper to find out the remainder of the ad! I was pleasantly surprised by some of the other sale items and I'm sure you will be too. So, they're not really organized by any order other than the page of the ad, I've bolded my favorites that have matching coupons in the newspaper inserts from 1/2 and 1/9, or target printables found HERE.
 
Hormel Country Crock Side Dishes, 21-24 oz tub 2 for $5
Kraft Shredded Cheese or chunk, cracker cut or cubes, 4.5 – 9.6 oz pkg 2 for $4
Vita Sliced Smoked Salmon 2 for $6
Perdue Short Cuts Chicken or Turkey Beast 9 oz 2 for $6
Sabrett Beef Franks 16 oz, 2 for $5
Johnsonville Cooked Brats 13.5 – 16 oz, 2 for $6
Perdue Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks, 26 oz, 6.49
12 pk Coke, 12oz cans, B2G1, save up to 4.99 on 3
Dannon Activia Yogurt 4pk, 3 for $6
Publix sour cream $0.75
Jello Snacks, 6 pk, 3 for $6
Organic valley Organic Milk, ½ gal, 2 for $7
Healthy Choice CafĂ© Steamers Entrees 8 – 12.3oz, 5 for 410
Oscar Mayer Zip Pack Lunch Meats, 9-10 oz pkg, 2 for $5
Kraft American Cheese Slices, 12 oz, 2 for $4
Kleenex Tissues, 75-200 ct, 4 for $5
Angel Soft Bath Tissue,  reg 24 roll, dble 12 roll, $5.49
Purex Laundry Detergent, 100 oz, $4.99
Doritos 12 oz, 2 for $6
Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, 20 ct box $2.99
Fantastik Cleaner, 26-32 oz, 2 for $4
Garnier Fructis Hair Products 5 – 13 oz, $2.89
 

Organizing Clutter

I haven't come out and publicly listed my resolutions for the year because I guess I figure they're actually lifestyle changes that I need to work on ALL the time, not just because its a new year. Plus it seems like they would be the same as last year -
1. lose weight (15 lbs) and win the battle with the evil scale
2. get all our groceries and household supplies for free using coupons, rolling gift cards and rebates
3. become more minimalist by getting by with less stuff
As the middle of the first month approaches, I've been dieting and have lost 5 lbs so far, unfortunately I continue to battle the weekend habits of drinking beer and eating chicken wings which makes me gain what I lost. So my NET LOSS is only 2 lbs. Its an ugly pattern that probably will always be my monkey, so I'm going to avoid the reality by just weighing myself once a week - forget that daily yo-yo crap. I think I'll pick Fridays to weigh in - should be a good day after biking and walking all week, but before the weekend splurge on wings and beer. Or I could give up wings. But that wouldn't be fun and I want life to be fun so forget it.
 
Anyway, my next resolution to get free groceries is off to a great start since we've only spent $42 in cash and have gotten all our $800 in groceries free, and $60 in gift cards already, so we're well on our way. We did it last year so its not going to be hard to do again.
 
The hardest thing for me to do is to become minimalist. I love the idea and the result (my new kitchen and bathrooms are there already!), but its really hard to organize and get rid of stuff. I just bought another PC last week (like I really needed it?!) so I needed to rearrange my computer station - it just can't handle 5 computers, a couple monitors and a couple printers, plus all the peripherals like speakers, webcams, external drives, itune chargers and other usb stuff. So as luck would have it, there was a cheap computer L shaped desk for sale on craigslist in our neighborhood and I got it. I've already spent hours cleaning off the desk, moving all the units, cleaning, putting up the desk and setting up the new area.
 
However, there is a pile of boxes in the middle of the room with all the papers that were in the file cabinet I had to move. I figured I might be able to just throw away all the paper in the cabinet and fill it up with the stuff from the bookshelf, and move that into the spare room for more stockpile space. So here's my criteria to review and toss
1. Do I need it? (This is the hard question - some things I want. If that's the case it needs to be either beautiful or functional and maybe I'll set it aside to decide later in the process.
2. Is it still relevant? (Easy one, if I don't own the equipment, or I already took the trip, or paid the bill its tossed) 
3. Can I get this information on the internet?
4. Do I need the original? If not scan it and put it on the computer.
5. Keep it if it meets all criteria.
I'm sure there will be stuff I WANT but don't NEED. Like do I need all the race numbers from all my 10K and Marathon runs with my time and place noted on the back? No, but it will be tough to toss them. It just wouldn't be the same to scan it and have it on the computer. Anyway, its my big challenge of the next couple days to get all those boxes emptied and the new area straightened out, then you can see the picture. The picture of the desk above is my current cubby hole corner - which is a mess, at least my box of coupons on the floor there is neat and tidy.

Publix Sneak Peek 1/13-1/19

BOGOs:

Del Monte can vegetables 11-15.25 oz save up to 1.29


Progresso soup 18-19 oz can save up to 2.29

Oscar mayer white turkey stack packs or turkey variety packs or ham and cheese loaf 16 oz save up to 3.99

Tyson chicken nuggets or breast tenders or patties, country fried steak, or steak fingers, breaded, fully cooked 20.5 to 29 oz save up to 6.59

Hellmann's mayo 30 oz save up to 4.93

Starkist chunk light tuna in water 4 pack save up to 3.95

Pompeian extra virgin olive oil 32 oz save up to 11.99

Swiss miss hot cocoa asst varieties 8 or 10 ct box save up to 1.99

Lawry's 30 minute marinade asst varieties 12 oz bottle save up to 2.95

Smuckers preserves or marmalade or spread, jelly, or jam selected varieties 12.75 to 18 oz jar (excluding apple,grape, low sugar grape, and red raspberry) save up to 3.19

Ocean spray juice cocktail or juice drink or no sugar added 100% cranberry juice asst varieties 101 or 101.4 oz bottle save up to 5.39

Progresso 100% natural broth chicken, regular or reduced sodium or beef flavor 32 oz carton save up to 2.59

Welch's essentials juice cocktail blend concord grape, concord grape cranberry, or white grape peach mango 64 oz bottle save up to 3.25

Ocean spray craisins asst varieties dried cranberries or trail mix 6 oz bag save up to 2.25

General mills cheerios cereal asst varieties 10 to 14 oz or frosted cheerios 17.2 oz save up to 3.99

Duncan Hines brownie mix or decadent cake mix asst varieties 16.76 to 21.4 oz save up to 2.59

Ronzoni pasta selected varieties 12 to 16 oz box excluding healthy harvest, lasagna, jumbo shells, manicotti, and garden delight save up to 1.39

Uncle bens whole grain white rice long grain, chicken, sweet tomato, broccoli cheddar, or garden veg 4.4 to 5.5 oz save up to 1.99

Kellogg's cereal asst varieties frosted flakes, apple jacks, corn pops, froot loops, or rice krispies 12 to 16.5 oz save up to 3.99

Planter's cashews halves and pieces or mixed nuts 16 or 17 oz can save up to 6.29

Lays potato chips 10.5 to 11 oz bag excludes kettle cooked, baked, light and natural save up to 3.99

Cheez it crackers or party mix or snack mix 9.75 to 14 oz box save up to 3.29

Nabisco single serve tray packs or variety or munch packs, Oreo cakesters soft snack cakes or Kraft handi snacks asst varieties 12 or 15 ct 9.45 to 25.2 oz pkg save up to 5.99

Pepperidge farm farmhouse bread asst varieties 24 oz loaf save up to 3.89

Kit kat snack size treats or Reeses, almond joy, Hershey's milk choc or cookies and cream jumbo bag save up to 5.99

Thomas English muffins ast varieties 11 to 13 oz pkg save up to 3.69

Nestle coffee mate liquid creamer 32 oz bottle excluding flavored save up to 2.29

Lender's bagels asst varieties in the dairy section save up to 1.79

Red baron pizza asst varieties 14.76 to 22.63 oz excluding pan save up to 5.79

Cool whip 8 oz bowl save up to 1.49

Stouffer French bread pizza asst varieties 2 count save up to 3.15

Super pretzel baked soft pretzel 6 ct save up to 2.99

Jimmy dean d-lights sandwiches or chicken biscuit 4 ct save up to 5.99

Power of fruit all fruit bars asst flavors 6 pk save up to 3.39

Aunt Jemima waffles 10 ct save up to 2.29

No nonsense ten toes socks or everyday comfort asst varieties 6 ct save up to 5.99

Purina cat chow indoor or complete formula or kitten chow nurturing formula 3.5 lb bag save up to 4.99

Kellogg's crunchy nut cereal roasted nut and honey or golden honey nut save up to 3.99

Keebler fudge shoppe jumbo sticks asst varieties save up to 3.49

Arnold sandwich thins asst varieties select or naturals 8 ct save up to 2.99

Lysol neutra air sanitizing spray fresh or morning linen 10 oz save up to 3.59

Complete multi purpose solution12 oz save up to 8.99

Schick disposable razors asst varieties 3 to 12 ct pkg save up to 6.99

10 for $10.00Pasta Roni or rice a roni
Betty Crocker potatoes asst varieties
Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers or grahams assorted
Publix print paper towels 1 roll
Banquet meals assorted
Hunts pasta sauce
Glaceau vitaminwater or smartwater 20 oz or 1 liter
Crusty white baguette 8 oz loaf
Michelinas entrees assorted 5.5 to 9.5 oz
Betty Crocker hamburger helper or chicken or tuna
Jolly Time microwave popcorn assorted
Large red delicious apples 10 lbs for 10.00
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Food For Bill

Lots of great sales this week at the grocery store #Publix, so I scrounged through my coupons and came up with a good shop, spending $1.49 and saving $192. Here's the plan I made and it was a little off due to produce prices. I don't usually do such big shops but I had a lot of stacking that required I use my salad fixings for fillers. I always try to follow my rule to keep the count of items over or equal to the count of coupons to avoid manager override - it just avoids unnecessary intervention and explanations. Our favorite cashier was working so she just whipped through my pile of 86 coupons. Is this extreme? Like the tv show? Probably, a bit - but I didn't clear the shelves at the store, and we will be giving away most of the cereal, trail mix, peanut butter and pasta.
 
Actually, we were out motorcycling last weekend and noticed the homeless guy under the bridge on Highway 301, sitting right on the guardrail in his usual spot. We decided to give him a bag of food, so we loaded up a Publix bag of crackers, PB, trail mix, peanuts, gatorade, a flashlight and some BBQ pork. DH brought it to him and asked his name, which is Bill. Well, Bill has been living on the streets for a number of years and hangs in the same spot because thats where people know to find him. He was very appreciative and friendly. So, we're planning on contributing regularly to Bill the man on the street - so tomorrow he'll get another bag of food.
 
I checked our tracking log for last year and we did one shop better than this last year where we saved $197, so this is the second best we've ever done.
 
6-Jan 86   203.95 80.06 124.10 tax 1.49 86 -99.27%
Product qty price subtl -B1G1 -Q   total Q# Q details
bread 1 1.45 1.45       1.45    
banana 2 0.31 0.62       0.62    
serrano pepper 1 0.14 0.14       0.14    
lettuce 1 1.69 1.69       1.69    
mushrooms 1 1.50 1.50       1.50    
garlic clove 1 0.06 0.06       0.06    
romaine 1 1.89 1.89       1.89    
eat smart veggies 1 1.67 1.67       1.67    
cucumber 1 0.89 0.89       0.89    
ramen noodles 3 0.22 0.66       0.66    
organic carrots 1 0.99 0.99       0.99    
Batter Blaster BOGO 2 3.99 7.98 3.99 4.00   -0.01 4 $1/1 WHFDS+$1/1 MQ print
Planters Trail Mix 6 oz BOGO 8 1.99 15.92 7.96 8.00   -0.04 4 $2/2 TQ
crest prohealth toothpaste 4.2 oz 1 3.45 3.45   3.45 0.24 0.24 1 free
Dayquil + Nyquil 4 1.29 5.16   6.00 0.36 -0.48 2 $3/1 12-26pg
Ronzoni Garden delight Pasta  BOGO 14 1.71 23.94 11.97 14.00   -2.03 14 $1/1 10-3ss
Special K cereal 11.4-14 oz BOGO 8 4.09 32.72 16.36 22.36   -6.00 10 (2)BOGO print+$1/2 MQ 1-2ss+(2)$1/2 TQ
Al Fresco Chckn Sasg RAINCK BOGO 6 5.49 32.94 16.47 12.00   4.47 6 $2/1 print
Egg Beaters BOGO 6 2.79 16.74 8.37 3.30   5.07 6 $0.55/1 peelie
Peter Pan PB BOGO 10 1.99 19.90 9.95 15.00   -5.05 20 $1/1 PQ 12-12rp+$0.50/1 MQ1-2ss
Green Giant Veg  4 1.00 4.00   2.00   2.00 4 $0.50/1 print
reusable publix bag 1 0.99 0.99   0.99   0.00 1 free bag wyb tostitos $10 worth
Scott TP 3 3.89 11.67   9.00 0.82 3.49 6 $2/1 TQ x1/8+ $1/1 MQ print
Ziploc snack bags 2 2.00 4.00   1.00 0.28 3.28 1 $1/2 print
Tostitos chips BOGO 2 4.99 9.98 4.99 1.00   3.99 1 $1/2 peelie
Tostitos salsa 1 3.00 3.00   2.00   1.00 2 $1 dip wyb chips peelie + $1/1 TQ dip wyb 2 chips
$/$$ Publix coupon   0.00 0.00   15.00   -15.00 3 $5/$50 PQ x1/18, $5off$30
$/$$ coupon   0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5/$25 competitor x1/08