My Publix Trip - Gas Card Deal, Saved $130


So, I think I like the new coupon policy. I actually found some eye drops and vita melts on the shelf at #Publix today. I actually thought this weeks sale had a lot of stuff I needed to get and managed to get my order up without too many fillers, so I could get a gas card. But then after throwing in ground pork and buns to make Manwiches this weekend, my order got even  bigger so I got TWO gas cards. The cashier didn't say anything, but I'm not sure if that's allowed to do multiple gas cards per order. But we're in the grace period another week so its cool. Another cool thing, was I didn't need numbers which hardly ever happens, especially since I stacked store and manufacturer coupons on almost all my deals.

In the end, I spent $101, and my receipt tells me I saved $130. We walked out of there with two $50 gas cards and our pile of groceries was essentially free after the coupons. In the old days, I would have expected to make a profit off the gas card deal but now I'm fine with paying for the gas card and getting my food for free. Life is really going to change with couponing after all my WD $5 off $30 expire at the end of the year. Besides the cutback in Redplum coupons in Tampa, and then no WD, and the tighter coupon policies, I'm sure my grocery budget will need to be adjusted.

But couponing will always be worth it.


Here is the spreadsheet EXCEL file if you would like to use it for your coupon shops too.

Publix New Coupon Policy Size Clarification

The new Publix coupon policy is confusing everyone, especially the stores. To clarify the new policy which starts on 10/18/14, if a coupon does not have a size requirement it may not be acceptable. Well, here is your justification that "any" is considered a size. Its a letter from corporate that states coupons that state "any size" are acceptable. Save it to your smartphone, you're going to need it.

My Publix Shop - Paid $2, Saved $122


I was really excited to see the Al Fresco chicken sausages were on an unadvertised sale for $2.50 each because I had printed some coupons from an email survey last month and had only a few weeks left until they expired. I also wanted to get some of the vitamins for a filler to get my order up to $50 to use the Whole Foods $10 off $50 printable coupon before it expires 9/30/14.The other items, coffee, creamer and eggs are items we go through a lot and my stockpile is in need of more supplies.

I attended a blog conference FlBlogCon14 in Winter Park, FL last weekend and one of the sponsors was Florida Dairy and they had a promo where they gave free product coupons to the bloggers. Anyway, it was a good conference for being close to Tampa, and I've attended for three years now. I'm going to try to really give it an effort to blog more again and keep this place alive a little. I haven't really figured out what I want my voice to be about, but I know I don't have the time to be a deal blogger, or the inclination.

So, Publix is going to announce a new coupon policy next month that shouldn't affect us regular couponers too much but be aware of changes coming your way.

This shop was actually two separate shops with a $10/$50 and then another transaction $5/$30 (which won't be allowed starting in October - only one dollar off order coupon per household per day). I combined them for the breakdown. I spent $2.12 all together, and saved $122.25, for a 98% savings.


#FiberOneSnacks Cookies and Bars #PlatefullCoOp


I love to snack, and always grab something to eat while at work or on the go. When I ride my bike to work I get hungry about an hour later and these snack items are a perfect solution. Fiber One is making it easy for us to start the morning just right!. Sometimes it’s not even truly a snack, it’s something to tide me over until dinner because we eat late, after our afternoon chores. It can be also eaten during an afternoon pick me up snack. The bars are soft baked and have a delicious and tangy fruit middle. I love the topping part. It leaves a very nice finish when you bite on them.

Introducing the newest creation from Fiber One: Streusel Bars available in Strawberry and Blueberry flavors.
Fiber One Streusel, are made with real fruit* and 12 grams of whole grains**, are a sensible treat that taste more like an indulgence! These soft-baked bars with delicious brown sugar streusel topping have 20% of the daily value of fiber and are 150 calories.*Made with dried apples and strawberry puree concentrate. **12g whole grain per serving. At least 48g recommended daily. 

Fiber One™ soft-baked Cookies are another new item you can find in the cookie aisle! Individually wrapped for on-the-go portion control, each cookie has 5 grams of fiber per serving -- That’s 20% of the daily value! -- Fiber One Cookies are a delightfully soft and chewy cookie that you can feel good about. You no longer have to avoid the cookies aisle!

Be on the lookout for these exclusive in-store savings starting August 16! 


Fiber One Streusel on sale 2 for $5 find details in the weekly grocery flyer, available at Publix. Offer available 8/14 – 8/20.
 
Printable Coupons
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  • Save $0.75 off one Fiber One Streusel Bar
  • Save $0.75 off one Fiber Soft-Baked Cookies
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*Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

Yesterday, we were wondering around #Busch Gardens to get some exercise and my shirt was soaked with sweat. As usual, the temperature in July in Florida was in the 90's. Since we spend a lot of time outside we are used to it, but it still is hot. Here are some tips to handle the heat these days -
 
1. Wear loose and light fitting clothing. Those favorite old T-shirts from 1987 are really thin and light now, so wear the vintage clothing you have. Also wear your lightweight nylon shorts or looser shorts so your skin can breath.
 
2. Wear light color clothing. It's true that dark colors attract sun and heat so you'll be cooler wearing a white shirt and tan shorts. That's practically my summer uniform. I only wear black shirts to night time concerts.
 
3. Drink water. And drink more. And more. You can never drink enough water in the summer. You should drink an ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight. So if you're 150 lbs you should drink 75 oz or 3.5 liters of water a day. This will give you energy and stamina to beat the heat.
 
4. Freeze 1/2 filled water bottles and then add water right before use to keep your water colder longer. Use a koozie on your bottle to keep it cooler too.
 
5. Stay out of the sun. Pick shade if you can. Find a breeze.
 
6. Hang out in the shopping mall, grocery store, library for free air conditioning. At the theme parks, attend more shows especially the ice skating show.
 
7. Wear sandals and leave those socks and tennis shoes at home, you'll be a lot cooler.
 
8. Dig a hole in the ground and line it with a big piece of plastic for a makeshift pool when you add water. Or you could line the bed of your pickup truck with plastic to make a pool. 

My Publix Shop - Paid $0.34 plus tax, Saved $75.32

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I haven't posted a Publix shop for a long time, but that doesn't mean I haven't been couponing and shopping. I guess other things are keeping me busy besides this blog so it's going to be a little sparse for a while.

As usual, things are always changing with the coupon world - mergers, new limits, new policies, new scams and new couponers. There seem to be a ton more people couponing and I have joined some facebook groups to keep up with all the deals. There are a lot of newbies who don't know any better and abuse coupons. There are a bunch of old timers who know the nuances of couponing and have their contacts so they can pair up and abuse the system. The stores are getting smarter and trying to stay one step ahead of the scammers. Everyone is pushing the limits to see what they can get by with. Everyone has a favorite store, a favorite cashier and a coupon connection to get what they need. If you don't, you're left in the dust of the empty shelves with no product. It always has been a little complicated and not for everyone, it takes a lot of time and organization and effort. You can not shop once a week or less and hope to be a successful couponer. I guess I'm getting a burned out after doing it steady for over five years.

Anyway, here's my first shop of this weeks sale. I'll be going back to use some more of the $5 off $15 personal care target coupons. There is also a new Target coupon coming out Sunday for $10 off $40 pet care items (dog/cat food treats litter) that I'll combine with the BOGO Beneful dog food deal, and some rainchecks I have for Temptations and  Dentastix for pet treats. I used a raincheck for the Fresh Express lettuce even though it is BOGO again this week, I wanted to use my expired $2/1 coupons. I used some tearpad coupons for the Muller yogurt and a blinkie, combined with the stocking spree yogurt LU#. I'm lucky that this one store only requires you to show them a publix coupon with LU# and they will enter it multiple times and let you keep it. This prevents people from taking all the publix coupon booklets to get multiples, you only need one. Ask your store if they would do that, it is really handy. The other personal care deals were in the Purple Advantage Flyer. When I look at the breakdown, the degree isn't really that great a deal after you figure in tax, so I probably won't do that one again.

There also is the gas card deal ($10 off $50 Gas card wyb $50 in product), but we really stocked up last time and have over $1000 in gas cards on hand, so we'll skip it this time. In the end I spent $0.34 on product, add $2.19 in taxes and the total paid was $2.53, savings of $75.32.


Camry Power Window Repair

Well, here's another frugal project that will save you lots of money. We have a 2004 Toyota Camry that decided it was time to retire its front passenger window. It just quit last week and would not go back up with the flick of a switch. We muscled it back up and into place, then put on the child locks so it wouldn't accidentally go down. It finally is time to replace the power window regulator and motor. Fortunately, for us amateurs there is Youtube. You can fix anything now that used to be complicated, with the help of a useful Youtube video.
 
We searched and found one by 1AAuto that explained how to find the several bolts that held on the door panel, how to unplug the power and up/down switches, and loosen the bolts that hold the regulator and motor. After we ordered a new regulator ($60) from the same company, we followed the video and installed it in about 30 minutes. We did have a little snag because the parts were slightly different, but we switched out the window rail from the old part to make it work. It saved us from spending at least $400 to have it fixed at the shop. It was a simple job to do.

Replace Cabin Air Filter Toyota Camry Sienna Avalon Solara Lexus



We just replaced the cabin air filter on our Toyota and made a quick video of how to do it. Super simple and took less than 2 minutes. Don't you need fresh air in your car too?

Buy the part here:

My Publix Trip - Paid twenty cents



This week Publix had a couple good deals so I printed some coupons and got a few BOGO deals. I couldn't believe my store wasn't wiped clean and I was able to get all the items I sought. The Beneful is a nice product because the small 3 oz serving of wet food is all my dog needs on top of her kibble and she'll eat the whole bowl. Being a senior dog and light eater, she often goes more than a day without eating. I think its a game to get the wet food from me, but since she's a thin dog the wet food isn't a problem.

I also like the fish and we eat it a couple times a week. The Publix coupon is no longer available to print, but you can try to find the Family Savings booklet in the store. There are several other good BOGO coupons still available to print at www.getthesavings.com/publixfamily . Ok, back to the fish. Even though its not the recommended preparation instructions to microwave that's what I do. I cook the 2 filets in the 1000 watt microwave for 6 minutes, then again on the grill setting for 4 minutes. They come out perfect.

So, this week I had two orders to maximize use of the $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupon. Did you hear that in Tampa, Winn Dixie will take competitor coupons now? That is awesome. Actually, I noticed I through in the picture my cantaloupe and lettuce from a third order I did for my raincheck on Powerade, so those items aren't in my spreadsheet above. Anyway, I spent twenty cents (0.20) and saved $124.56, for close to 100% savings. Here is link to spreadsheet if you want

My Publix Trip - Got Paid


In Tampa this store is not accepting the TQ $20/50 so I aborted that idea. I just got a few items to get my order to $30 and use up my Sweetbay produce and meat coupons. I'm excited to make some slow cooker pork chops this weekend. The Stacys bake shop chips are hard to find, look in the deli area. Take a picture of the BOGO sign so you can get a raincheck and continue to get items next week. I got paid less than a dollar and saved over $70, over 100% savings.