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

9 comments:

  1. I am doing this ‘Boost my blog Friday′ that I saw over at Design It Chics blog and I am now following you! This is such a cool idea isn’t it?! Love your blog by the way - I can't believe you managed to save $192 and only spend $1.49.. truly amazing!

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  3. God Bless you for being so generous with your savings! It's hard to come across such great people!! Awesome job on the shopping. I can't ever get this to work for me, so I'm definatly keeping up with your blog to learn a trick or two!!

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  5. That is great shopping and I admire you all for not only helping Bill, but for taking the time to talk to him and find our his name. People sometimes assume homeless people are lazy or deserve it, not realizing that sometimes it is a place we could all end up if we did not have a good support system. Bless you and your family.

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  6. Wow, that is sooo awesome! What phenomenal deals and skill.. but to share with Bill.. thats just doubly kind of you!!

    Thank you so much for joining us for Blog it Forward Tuesday! I am also tweeting this post!!

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  8. New follower from blog it forward.I have spreadsheet envy! Very nice!
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    I stumbled ya!

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  9. Nice spreadsheet!! I am a total spreadsheet freak!

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