I decided to undertake a huge Albertsons shopping trip ~ I had hoped to do 8 transactions of 9 double coupons. However ~ I was told that you are only able to use 9 coupons per day. This is the first I have ever heard of that...as of last week I was only using 9 coupons per transaction but would do a second transaction the next time around. Perhaps it has always been that way but now they are tightening up on the rules. Last night I ended up doing 9 transacations at the Lake Stevens store and then going into Everett and doing 9 transactions at that store...however that didn't go smoothly either. At Lake Stevens ~ you can use all 9 double coupons in one transaction so I thought that is how Everett would be so I had one transaction that took advantage of the "buy 10 of certain items" and get $5.00 automatically taken off. However, Everett would not allow all 9 doubles in one transacations so I had to walk away from that transaction and come up with a new plan of attack. I went back into the aisles and did come up with 3 different transactions that would work for me.
Next morning ~ back to the Lake Stevens Albertsons to finally do the transaction that I had to walk away from last night. After that trip ~ which was uneventful (I think...it is all sorta blurry now) I then went to Winco where I had a new checker who argued almost everyone one of my 10 coupons that I used. She was so frustrated by me and I was trying so hard to keep calm that I ended up giving her a $5.00 Starbucks card thanking her for her time and secretly hoping I would change both of our current moods!...a little good karma so to speak.
I then headed back to the Everett Albertsons to do one final round of double coupons. I have never used 36 double coupons before and I am not sure if I ever will again...but I did save some significant money.
Mike and I get paid once a month...the last day of the month. So ~ it is always during this time of the month that I get all my basics that I will need for the month. After today ~ I will just be looking for great stockpiling deals. But this weekend was all about getting stocked for our month of meals. Normally I would spend $400.00 today and struggle to get through the rest of the month on $100.00 but usually I always spent a couple hundred more...but not anymore.
As of today ~ I stocked my freezer with bread products from the outlet store for $20.22
I bought a week or two of produce for $9.18 from Lenny's Produce (cheap!)
I stocked up on our need to have basics from Winco ~ $84.67
I stocked up on some toiletries and suntan lotion from Target ~ $22.78
I did 8 different transactions at Albertsons ~ $70.06
Total spent so far? ~ $206.91
How did my 8 Albertsons add up? Full Retail: $217.09
I paid: $ 70.06
Savings: $147.03 ~ 68%
Included with my normal groceries were groceries that I bought for my daughters upcoming wedding shower...so I am really glad with how my money has stretched to cover all these needs this month...and I still have almost $200.00 more dollars to spend on just "stock up" items!
|First 2 Trips to Albertsons ~ involving 18 double coupons (@ 2 different stores)|
|Paid $20.22 for all this bread at Franz Bakery Outlet|
|Target stock up ~ paid 84 cents for the Zantac...normally costs $7.84!|