My Shopping Trip - Saved over 100%

This week shopping has been ups and downs. Earlier this week, I had one of the worst shops of my life at Publix, and yesterday it was fairly pleasant. There were a few vitamins left for overage and I managed to find one lone CG nail file, plus the Pure Protein Bars and pens. I got some good feedback about my frustrating shop post the other day, one reader suggested just grabbing a magazine and browsing patiently while the cashier did her thing, or pull out an emery board and start filing my nails while I wait. I always know what my total should be so unless its different, I'll let the overzealous cashier have at it.
 
This Publix shop was pretty good, but due to the inconsistency of the enforcement of Target coupons (1 per guest, no overage) my total went negative. I always shop with my DH so the manager at this store says we can use 2 Target coupons per shop since we are 2 guests. I was not planning on getting the overage on the Pure Protein bar or the Papermate pens but continue to purchase since they will at least be free. Well, the guy cashier didn't mark down my TQ's so I had a little extra overage. This was making the supervisor nervous having to enter his numbers after every single coupon as it went negative. I forgot the water in the car so its not in the picture. They ended up paying me $1.53 so I saved over 100%.
 
Since the interpretation of TQs has become pretty random, I've changed the order in which I hand over coupons. I always give over the $/$$ Save A lot or Winn Dixie coupon first so they can verify the total on the order meets threshold. But now the next coupons are going to be Target coupons. This way I'll know if there will be additional overage, and if there is I can have DH run get an item to take up the overage, yesterday it was the Publix Drinking water which is kind of near the registers. Then since the cashier is manually entering competitor coupons, the Publix coupons are next which require more manual entry of LU#'s. Finally, the end of the order should go quick with manufacturer coupons that scan quickly. Plus, if numbers are required due to excess number of coupons the supervisor with numbers, sees all the manufacturer coupons left to scan and doesn't panic seeing the Target coupons.
 
9-Aug 47   95.36 22.90 75.71 tax -1.73 48 -101.82%
Product qty price subtl B1G1 -Q 1.52 total Q# Q details
mushrooms 1 1.69 1.69       1.69    
Hamb Buns 8ct 1 2.99 2.99       2.99    
Water 2.5 gal 1 1.99 1.99       1.99    
Mrs Pauls Tilapia BOGO Raincheck 8 4.49 35.92 17.96 17.96   0.00 4 BOGO MQ print
Activia Yogurt 4pk 3 2.00 6.00   3.00   3.00 3 $1/1 MQ print FB
Temptations Cat treat 8 1.25 10.00   10.00 0.65 0.65 12 $1.50/2 PQ print + $0.50/1 MQ
creamer, Baileys 2 1.50 3.00   2.00   1.00 2 $1/1 MQ 8-5ss
papermte pens 10 ct. 2 ct 2 0.50 1.00   2.00 0.07 -0.94 2 $1/1 TQ
Pure Protein Bar 1 1.34 1.34   2.00   -0.66 1 $2/1 TQ printable
Suave Deo BOGO 2 1.99 3.98 1.99 3.00 0.26 -0.75 4 $0.50 MQ 8-5 RP + $1/1 TQ print
Quaker Chewy Bars BOGO 2 2.95 5.90 2.95 2.75   0.20 3 $1/1 TQ + $0.75/2 MQ 7-22pepsi
CG nail file 1 1.69 1.69   2.00 0.11 -0.20 2 $1/1 PQ GAB,$1/1 MQ 7-29 PG
Elmers Glue 3pk 10 0.67 6.70   10.00 0.44 -2.86 10 $1/1 PQ printable
Vitamin D A Sundown 4 3.29 13.16   16.00   -2.84 4 $5/2 PQ GAB + $3/2 MQ print
Save A Lot $5 off  $25 1 0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5 off $25 x 8/13

8/12 Sunday Coupon Inserts - RP SS

Smart Source 8/12/12
Air Wick $1/1 Freshmatic Ultra refill excludes free item packs (9/9/12)
Air Wick $2/1 Freshmatic starter kit excludes free item packs (9/9/12)
Barilla $1/1 microwaveable meal (10/6/12)
Barilla $1/1 microwaveable meal (11/3/12)
Biore Buy any pore strip, get cleanser free up to $7 ets (9/30/120
Buddig $.75/4 original 2oz packages (11/30/12)
Cheer $2/1 detergent ets (9/30/12)
Clairol $2/1 Nice 'n Easy or Natural Instincts ets (9/30/12)
Clairol $3/1 Natural Instincts or Nice 'n Easy non-permanent hair color products ets (9/30/12)
Claritin $2/1 Children's Syrup 4oz (9/9/12)
Claritin $3/1 Children's Chewables 20ct+ (9/9/12)
Claritin $3/1 Children's syrup 4oz (8/19/12)
Colgate $.40/1 adult or kids toothbrush excluding Plus and Extra Clean (9/1/12)
Colgate $.75/1 Max Fresh, Total, Optic White or Sensitive toothpaste 4oz+ (9/1/12)
Cottonelle $.50/2 flushable moist wipes ets (9/23/12)
Cottonelle $.50/2 toilet paper 4pks or $.50/1 toilet paper 9pk+ (9/23/12)
Daisy $.45/1 cottage cheese (10/6/12)
Dannon $.50/3 Oikos 5.3oz cups or $.50/1 Oikos multipack (9/30/12)
Depend $1/1 Guards for Men (9/22/12)
Depend $1/1 product (9/22/12)
Depend $1/1 Real Fit or Silhouette product (9/22/12)
Era $.50/1 detergent ets (9/30/12)
Frigo $.55/1 Cheese Heads 10oz+ (10/31/12)
Gain $.40/1 detergent or fabric softener ets (9/30/12)
Gain $1/2 detergents or fabric softeners ets (9/30/12)
Huggies $.50/1 baby wipes 56ct+ (9/8/12)
Huggies $1.50/1 diapers (9/8/12)
Huggies $1.50/1 Little Movers, Little Snugglers or Overnites diapers (9/8/12)
Irish Spring $.50/1 multi-bar pack 3pk+ or body wash excluding 2.5oz size (9/1/12)
Ken's $1/1 16oz dressing (9/30/12)
Kleenex $.50/3 boxes 50ct+ or $.50/1 bundle pack ets (9/23/12)
Kleenex $1/2 hand towels (9/30/12)
Kotex $1.50/2 Natural Balance pads (9/22/12)
Kotex $1/1 U product ets (9/22/12)
Kotex $1/2 Natural Balance liners 33ct+ (9/22/12)
Kotex $1/2 Natural Balance tampons (9/22/12)
Lance $.55/1 Cracker Home Pack 8ct+ (9/30/12)
Lance $.75/1 Cracker Creations (9/30/12)
Method $.75/1 Mickey or Minnie hand wash (12/31/12)
Method $1/1 cleaning spray (12/31/12)
Mission $1.50 off 2 tortillas bags AND 2 one dozen carton of eggs (12/31/12)
Nestle $.75/1 Toll House refrigerated cookie dough (10/31/12)
Odwalla $.55/1 12floz+ beverage (11/30/12)
Odwalla $.55/2 6.75floz smoothies for kids (11/30/12)
Odwalla $.55/2 bars (11/30/12)
Old Wisconsin $1/2 4oz+ snack bites (11/30/12)
Oroweat $.55/1 Healthfull sprouted grains or 45 calories per slice bread (11/12/12)
Oroweat $.55/1 low sodium bread (11/12/12)
Poise $1.50/1 Hourglass pads (9/22/12)
Poise $1/1 body cooling towelettes, feminine wash or panty fresheners ets (9/22/12)
Poise $1/1 product (9/22/12)
Poise $2/1 personal lubricant or roll-on cooling gel ets (9/22/12)
Post-it $1/1 Super Sticky Notes $5+ purchase (9/16/12)
Post-it $2/1 label product $5+ purchase (9/16/12)
Post-it $2/1 note dispenser $5+ purchase (9/16/12)
Post-it $2/1 tab, flag or pocket product $5+ purchase (9/16/12)
Precious $1/1 Galbani cheese dnd (11/30/12)
Pull-Ups $2/1 training pants jumbo pack+ (9/8/12)
Reese's/Kit Kat $1/3 snack size bags 9-22oz (9/16/12)
Reese's/Kit Kat/Hershey's $1/3 Hershey's Miniatures, Reese's Miniatures, Kit Kat Miniatures or Hershey's Kisses bags 8.5oz+ (9/16/12)
Schick $2/1 Intuition razor or refill (9/22/12)
Schick $2/1 Quattro for Women disposable razor pack (9/23/12)
Scotch-Brite $.50/1 botanical disinfecting wipes (9/30/12)
Scotch-Brite $.75/1 heavy duty, non-scratch, delicate care or greener clean scrub sponge and scour pad multi-packs or dishwands (9/30/12)
Scott $.50/1 Naturals flushable wipes tub or refill (9/16/12)
Scott $.75/4+ towels rolls (9/16/12)
Scott $1/12+ Extra Soft bath tissue rolls (9/16/12)
Seattle's Best $1/1 12oz coffee bag (10/13/12)
Skintimate $.55/1 shave gel excludes 2.75oz (9/23/12)
Softsoap $.35/1 liquid hand soap 8oz+ (9/1/12)
Softsoap $.50/1 body wash or bar soap 2pk+ (9/1/12)
Softsoap $.50/1 liquid hand soap refill 28oz+ (9/1/12)
Speed Stick $1/1 regular or Lady excluding 2oz, 1.4oz and 0.5oz sizes (9/1/12)
Sunsweet $1/1 Juicers dnd (10/14/12)
TreSemme $3/1 styling product with purchase of shampoo or conditioner ets (9/9/12)
Trident/Stride $1/3 multipacks, pouches or bottles (10/5/12)
Ultra Palmolive $.25/1 dish liquid (9/1/12)
V8 $1/2 Splash 64oz+ (9/23/12)
Ziploc $1/2 bags (9/22/12)
Ziploc $1/2 containers (9/22/12)
Ziploc $1/2 slider bags (9/22/12)
 
 
Redplum 8/12/12
Beringer Wine $1/1 750ml or 1.5l bottle dnd Valid in CA or NV (9/9/12)
Chateau St. Jean Wine $1/1 750ml bottle dnd Valid in CA or NV (9/9/12)
Covergirl $1/1 face product ets (9/30/12)
Covergirl $5/2 LashBlast mascaras ets (9/30/12)
Garnier $2/1 moisturizer (11/12/12)
Gillette $1/1 disposable razor ets (9/30/12)
Gillette $4/1 Fusion ProGlide razor excludes Styler and trial (9/30/12)
Good'n Natural Free bar up to $1.29 (9/15/12)
L'Oreal $.25/1 Vive Pro shampoo or conditioner (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $.75/1 Studio Line styling product (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $1/1 Colour Riche nail product (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $1/1 haircolor product (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $1/1 Paris lip product (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $3/1 Elnett 100oz hairspray ets (10/7/12)
L'Oreal $4/2 haircolor products (10/7/12)
Nivea $1/1 hand or body lotion 1.7-13.5floz (9/9/12)
Nivea $2/1 Q10 skin firming product 2.5-13.5floz (9/9/12)
Nivea for Men $1/1 body lotion 13.5floz (9/9/12)
Senokot $2/1 regular or S tablets (3/31/13)
Snuggle $.50/1 fabric softener liquid or dryer sheets (9/23/12)
Sparkle $.50/1 package 2 giant roll+ (9/22/12)
Superpretzel $.50/1 soft pretzel item (9/29/12)
Swiffer $1/1 Duster 6ct, Dry Cloths 32ct, Wet Cloths 24ct or WetJet pads 17ct+ ets (9/30/12)
Swiffer $1/1 Sweeper starter kit or Dusters Extender starter kit ets (9/30/12)
Venus $4/1 refillable razor ets (9/30/12)
Whiskas $1/1 dry cat food TARGET COUPON (10/13/12)
Whiskas $1/1 wet cat food 10-24ct TARGET COUPON (10/13/12)
Wisk $2/1 laundry detergent 45oz+ (9/23/12)
 
via www.Couponpreviews.info
 

#Rays 10 Strike Outs - Get Your Free Papa Johns Pizza 2012

Well, the Tampa Bay #Rays are back in town for some summer baseball! They have been playing Baltimore and Toronto, with another game today at 1:10pm. And, they've been getting at least 10 strike outs in several games. You know what that means - Free Pizza!
 
Last time the Rays were playing in town my DH and I were able to score 14 free pizza coupons in one trip downtown Tampa to the Rays store to get our vouchers for games when the Rays had 10 Strike Outs. It was easy to drive down to Tampa Ave and park right in front of the store and run in. Then we stopped at Kanes on Hillsborough & 56th to exchange for our Papa Johns coupons. I took less than an hour to get our 14 coupons, which expire October 7, 2012.
 
Click here for the rules of the promotion
 
We're hoping they get 10 strike outs in today's game, and that will increase the number of vouchers we can pick up Friday. I have heard that THURSDAYS are double voucher days if they get 10 strike outs on a Thursday - at least last time they did, and I intend to ask again. You can pick up vouchers for the qualifying games up to 7 days after the game. So, here's the tally so far:
 
Friday, 8/3/12 Rays got 11 strike outs
Saturday, 8/4/12 Rays got 12 strike outs
Wednesday, 8/7/12 Rays got 10 strike outs
(Maybe) Thursday 8/8/12 (Double Thursdays?)
 
So, if you go to the Rays store today you can get 3 vouchers, or maybe if they get 10K today, you can pick up 5 vouchers on Friday.

My #Publix Cashier Sucked Bad

Yesterday I had one of the worst shops I can remember in a long time at the neighborhood Publix. It's the store I have complained repeatedly to Corporate because the training is non existent and nobody cares about customers there. I've spoken to the crabby Store Manager many times and he has suggested I shop at another store if I don't like it there. He will not change things. Most of the cashiers are slow, uninformed and rude. There are a couple new ones that are decent, but you can tell tell the morale and environment of the store is depressed. So of course its my least favorite store which I avoid if I have any other choice. However, I do a lot of little shops and I like to spread them out among stores, and this particular store since they are untrained - will still accept more than one Target coupon per item.
 
So here's my list of my shop, no picture today.
 
7-Aug 34   36.40 0.00 35.00 tax 2.12 22 -94.19%
Product qty price subtl B1G1 -Q 0.72 total Q# Q details
banana 4 0.35 1.40       1.40    
green peppers 1 1.00 1.00       1.00    
Limes 4 0.25 1.00       1.00    
Lettuce, iceberg 1 1.59 1.59       1.59    
Cucumber 1 0.75 0.75       0.75    
coffee filters 1 1.29 1.29       1.29    
creamer, Baileys 1 1.50 1.50   1.00   0.50 1 $1/1 MQ 8-5ss
papermate pens 10 ct 4 0.50 2.00   4.00 0.13 -1.87 4 $1/1 TQ
Pure Protein Bar 1 1.34 1.34   2.00   -0.66 1 $2/1 TQ printable
ziplocks (raincheck) 6 1.50 9.00   6.00 0.59 3.59 6 $1/2 MQ 7-15 RP + $1./2 YAB PQ
Deli Publix sweet ham ($4.99/lb) 2 2.50 5.00   4.00   1.00 2 $2 deli meat wyb 3 ziplocks YAB PQ
Elmers Glue 3pk 5 0.67 3.35   5.00   -1.65 5 $1/1 PQ printable
Vitamin B6 Sundown 2 3.59 7.18   8.00   -0.82 2 $5/2 PQ GAB + $3/2 MQ printable
Save A Lot $5/$25 1 0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5 off $25 x 8/13
 
So, I did my little shop and picked one of the two lines open (what happened to Alive at Five? Or is that another store that has that motto? I think it is actually) right after work when the place is starting to get busy. I warned the dude behind me it would take longer than normal because I had coupons, and he said that's okay. Well, little did he know what he was getting into.
 
I put my raincheck ziplocks first so they can scan them correctly without having to do a void later. She stared and stared at the raincheck for 6 deals and I asked if she had a question. She was rude, never responding to my cheery greeting or my inquiry about her pondering over my raincheck. She scanned like a turtle, slow and slower. Then when I handed her my coupons, she looked at one and set it down. Then the next one, then the next one - even though they were the same coupons. She organized and arranged them spread all over the belt.  Then she leaned back and crossed her arms and stared at the coupons some more. I was getting impatient and the line was five people deep by this time with people looking around to see what the problem was. I asked her to please just start scanning the coupons because the line was getting very long and I didn't like for people to have to wait longer due to my coupons. Could you imagine if cashiers took that long to take cash, or EBTs from people? It was taking so long, I leaned over with my phone and took a picture of her so you all know to avoid this cashier, or even ones that look like this one. Here you can see she has them spread all over.
 
I was losing my control, and trying to figure out my options. It was actually before five, so I thought of calling corporate right there in line to complain - but decided I needed to try to resolve it in store since they would just tell me to get the store manager there. But the manager was not around, just the assistants, and they were bagging. And what could I say, that the cashier I had was slow and pathetic? She knew better than to say anything so she just ignored me the entire transaction, no apologies, no explanations or assurances. Unfortunately, I realized I had very little recourse except to just wait and fume. I did complain to the manager and suggested a little customer service training for that cashier, on my way out, but I know it did no good.
 
That store just hates couponers so they just go out of their way to make each shop as unpleasant as possible. They would rather have their 50% customers that use EBT's to pay, its a lot easier. It's terrible to have shops that are so frustrating but its the price we pay to save on our products.  There are a lot of people in society who would not put up with the profiling, discrimination and poor treatment we have to endure simply because we choose to pay with coupons rather than another form of tender.
 
I just wish I had an effective way to calm myself when these frustrating shops happen.