Category Archives: Shopping Trips

My Trip. Week of 1/31

This week I got some pretty good deals. (I had some helps with my pictures)

Rite Aid:

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste: $2.99

Complete MPS: $7.99

– $1.00 Colgate coupon

– $2.00 Complete coupon

$8.53 (remember what I said about Rite Aid and the change. This purchase will only count as $8.00 in my book)

Will receive $2.00  and $7.99 via SCR


2 Dove Men + Care Bodywash: $5.49 ea.

Colgate Maxfresh Toothpaste: $2.99

Playtex 2 pk sippy cups: $4.99 (typically $7.99)

– (2) $1.25 Dove coupons

– $1.00 Colgate coupon

– $10 ecbs

– $2 ecbs


Received $12.98 ecbs


4 Ronzoni Pasta: $1.00 ea.

Package boneless chicken breasts: $5.21

Orville Redenbacher 3 pk popcorn: $2.99

– (4) $0.75/1 Ronzoni coupons (doubled)

– store coupon to get another popcorn and 2 sodas for free

$6.30 (and no tax, how did that happen?)

I saved $18.20 and got $0.50 overage on every box of pasta I bought!

My next project is to get ready for an exciting Money-making week at Rite Aid! More details next week!


My trip. Week of 1/24

This week was a little slow, but still very profitable!



This week there was a great deal featuring chips. A lot of stores are running promotions on various chips and sodas because of the Superbowl and even though I will not be hosting a party I still saw a way to make a profit. The deal was purchase $20.00 worth of ‘chips’ and get $10 ecbs.

4 bags of Lays Chips: $14.00

2 Bags of Stacy’s Pita Chips: $6.00

– (4) $1.00/1 Lays coupons (found taped to bags of chips and tearpads at Hannaford stores)

– $1.00/1 Stacy’s insert coupon

– FREE Stacy’s product (from Facebook Fan promotion)

– $12.00 ecbs

= 0

Received $10 ecbs.

I saved $22.54, paid absolutely nothing out of pocket, and walked away with $10.00!

Rite Aid

Nothing big caught my eye this week except for the Maybelline mascara deal. All Maybelline cosmetics are 40% off this week (1/24-1/30) and there is a $2.00 SCR  on any Maybelline mascara.

1 Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black Mascara: $3.11 (normally $5.19)

– $1.00/1 insert coupon

– $1.00/1 Video Values coupon

= $1.22

And I will get back $2.00 via Single Check Rebates. Something that should be noted is that when calculating spending, profits, etc I do not count $0.50 or under. That can be confusing so here is the breakdown for this transaction. I spent $1.00 on the mascara (using my Rite Aid cash, as I call it, refer to previous post for more details) and the $0.22 came out of  change. I will get back $2.00 so I essentially made a $1.00 profit on the mascara. Now if the mascara had come to $1.87, I would have paid with $2.00 from my RA money stash and would have gotten $2.00 back, making the purchase free, but not profitable. The $0.13 in change would go with my other change and would not count for anything. This can be a little confusing and is something I recently adapted for this year to make calculating profits much easier for me.

It’s raining…………diapers?

Today was the day I have been waiting for since Friday!  I finally got a chance to head to Target to take advantage of the Huggies/Pampers giftcard promo. Here are the details:

Purchase 3 Jumbo packs of Huggies or Pampers (can mix and match) and receive a $5.00 Target GC

The diapers are $8.99 this week and there just so happen to be some nice Huggies coupons available right now to compliment this deal. Here is what I did:

2 Jumbo pks Huggies Little Movers Size 3

1 Jumbo pk Huggies Snug & Dry Size 3


– (2) $2.00 coupons

-(1) $1.50 coupon

– $5.00 Target GC I already had from a previous GC deal

= $17.57 (including $1.10 in tax)

which comes out to about $5.86 a pk

Then I repeated the deal again using the $5 GC I just received.

I bought a total of 196 diapers for $35.14

Now, let it be noted that this isn’t a super duper gottadothisdealtentimes type of deal, BUT because I don’t get spectacular diaper deals in my region this seemed like a good time to grab a few extra packs to get me to what I hope will be a super deal sometime in the near future!

Now that this is over my excitement has turned  over to Rite Aid. I saw the 2/7-2/13 ad today and have already figured out how to make $5.00! Ordering my coupons now! Gosh I love being paid to shop!

Shopping Trip: 9/15/09

I’m a day late posting this but here goes. Yesterday I went to Hannaford, Shaw’s, and CVS for groceries and free stuff. You may notice I have not been frequenting CVS as much as I used to. The deals are a little slow at the moment but I am keeping a small stash of ECBs that I have been rolling on good weeks. I am hoping to keep a good stash going into the holiday season when the deals get super hot!

Just a little side note I wanted to bring up: I do my basic grocery shopping at Hannaford. I look for sale items but I also buy my normal everyday items here as it is the cheapest ‘everyday’ price grocery store I have around. You may notice that I always buy an odd combo of items at Shaw’s. This is because their prices tend to be higher but their sales are way hotter than Hannaford’s. I don’t go to Shaw’s every week but when there are some good items on sale I make sure to allow time to stop there during my weekly trip.



3 Glade 2 oz Soy Candles (I finally found them!): $2.99 ea. – (3) Free coupons = FREE

1/2 Gallon of Milk: $1.89

1 dozen large eggs: $1.49

6 ct hot dog rolls: $1.19

Horizon Little Blends Yogurt 4 pk: $3.19- $0.75/1 = $2.44

2 Kraft Velveeta Cups: $1.25 ea. – FREE coupon for 2 cups = FREE

Chicken Stock: $2.66

Marcal Small Steps Paper Towel Single Roll: $0.99 – Free coupon = FREE

1 cans of Pringles: $1.49 ea. – $1.00/2 coupon = $1.98/2

Yoplait FiberOne Yogurt 4 pk: $2.29 – $1.00 coupon = $1.29

1 lb package of bacon: $3.29

Jumbo Split Chix Breasts: on sale for $0.99/lb this week= $4.04

Large bunch of broccoli: $2.99

Head of Iceberg Lettuce: $1.49

8 oz pk of Mushrooms: $1.99

Frozen Large Shell on Shrimp: $5.99

Total: $33.23

Saved: $15.21



2 bunches of bananas: on sale for $0.38 this week= $1.78

Eat Smart Stirfry Veggies mix: $2.99

Eat Smart Broccoli/Cauliflower mix: $0.00, b1g1 offer this week

Tyson Grilled Chicken Strips: $4.99 – $1.00 coupon = $3.99

Perdue Whole Roasting Chicken: on sale for $0.89/lb = $5.61 (killer deal, the normal price on the one I bought was over $12.00!)

Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles (could not find these at Hannaford): $3.99

Quart of Chocolate Milk: $2.00

6 Yo Baby 3-in-1 meals: $1.00 ea – (2) B2G1 coupons = $4.00/6

Total: $24.36

Saved: $15.87

Total Spent on Groceries this week: $57.59 (under budget!)

Total Saved on Groceries this week: $31.08



3 Reach Toothbrush Value Packs: $3.99 ea. – (2) $2.00 coupons

2 Glade 2 oz Soy candles: $3.29 – (2) FREE coupons

Jumbo pack of Pampers: $11.49

I used $16.99 in ecbs

I paid $1.97 (thanks to $1.50 in tax!)

I saved: $35.57 and earned $6.00 ecbs for purchasing the toothbrushes.

Shopping Trip: 9/7/09

Today I went to Hannaford and Walmart to do my weekly grocery shopping. I bought quite a few things this week, a lot more than usual, but I didn’t really go shopping last week. I only picked up a few things here and there and stayed WAYYY under budget. So I figured I could afford to spend a little extra this week. If you all didn’t know, my weekly goal is around $62.00 (I know, weird number, just how it worked out). Here is how I did:


4 muffins: $0.99 ea. = $3.96

6 pk of Sub rolls: $3.29

1/2 pound of Turkey breast: $3.77 – $0.55 coupon = $3.22

Large Flour tortillas: $3.29

Ball of Pizza dough: $2.19

Ragu pizza sauce: $1.29

Yo Baby yogurt: $3.49

1 pound package of Bacon: $2.79

3 pears: $2.07

1 large head of broccoli (on sale for $0.99/lb this week!): $1.06

Head of Iceberg Lettuce: Marked down to $0.75 *

Bunch of Organice Bananas: Marked down to $0.90 *

Romaine lettuce 3 pk: $3.49

Total: $31.79

*I really enjoy shopping at this particular store due to the fact that they mark down a lot of produce. I can always find overripe bananas for baking.


Hot dog rolls 6 pk (Hannaford was wiped out!): $1.50

5 lb bag of flour: $1.74

2 cans of Pringles: $1.50 ea.= $3.00 – $1.00/2 coupon = $2.00

2 Ken’s Creamy Caesar Dressing: $1.78 ea. = $3.56 = $1.00/2 = $2.56

1/2 gallon of milk: $1.89

Ore Ida Fries: $2.88

32 oz block of Cheddar: $5.98

Quart of chocolate milk: $1.77

Bagel Bites: $2.98

Perdue short cuts: $3.98

2 pks Ball Park Franks: $2.50 ea. = $5.00 – $1.00/2 coupon = $4.00

Plain Bread crumbs: $1.18

3 YoBaby 3-in-1 meals: $1.00 ea = $3.00 – B2G1 coupon = $2.00

4 Mars Candy bars: $0.64 ea. (but somehow I goofed and grabbed a bigger bag of M&Ms that was $1.18) = $3.10 = FREE coupons ($0.64 off ea. even the big one, doh!) = $0.54 (for all 4 items)

Total: $35.00

Grand Total for the day: $36.79, just a bit over budget but not bad at all.


You may wonder why bother going to two places for groceries. Well, some items I like are not available at Walmart and I don’t like to buy produce there. But I do go there because milk and some other items are actually cheaper there. They are just a minutes drive of each other so I don’t mind stopping at both places, and lucky me, today the stores were dead!

Also, I am not a big processed foods- type of person, but my boyfriend, in some senses is. So of course, I buy them for him, to keep him happy and quiet. If I didn’t buy those types of items I could cut my bill down even more. Making your own items from ingredients rather than buying pre-made foods is much more cost effective.

Shopping Trip: 8/30/09

Today I hit up CVS and Shaw’s. Unfortunately for me these stores are a 30 minute drive (on the interstate) from my house and I cannot easily run to these stores daily so I have to plan out what I need for the week and make one trip. I wish these stores were closer, but hey it’s Maine, so I don’t expect much.


I havn’t been shopping CVS much lately because I had built up my ecbs to a ridiculous amount and was having a very tough time rolling them each week. So at the beginning of August I seriously burned them down to almost nothing. I had a $5 ecb on each card that were going to expire this week, lucky for me it was a good week with products I really wanted to try. The ‘FREE CVS item’ coupons also helped too.

Here is what I got:


1 Glade Fragrance Collection Diffuser: $6.99 – $2.00 coupon = $4.99

2 Bayer Contour Meters: $14.99 ea. – (2) $14.99 coupon= FREE

2 CVS Mild Antibacterial Hand Soaps: $1.69 ea. – (2) FREE CVS emailed coupons= FREE

1 Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: $2.99 – $2.99 coupon (from a campaign a while back) = FREE (but silly cashier forgot to ring this one through without me noticing!)

1 CVS Cotton Swabs 750 ct: $2.50

1 Clairol Natural Instincts Loving Care: $4.99- $4.00 coupon = $0.99

1 Bounce 2 month Dryer Bar: $3.99- $2.50 coupon (Vocalpoint) = $1.49

Total ecbs spent (between 2 cards): $10.00

I paid $0.58 (just tax!) and $3.54 (which was the price of the Burt’s Bees and tax on the other items. I’m a little mad because the lip balm was supposed to be free, but honestly I would have purchased it anyways and paid full price because I like it, still, I had planned my trips to only be tax today. Errrrr.) Total oop: $4.12

I saved $188.03 (those meters are pricey!!!)

I received $19.99 in ecbs for a total profit of $15.87!

^That right there is why I love CVS (most of the time) and why I take the time to shop there. I made a $10 profit just on the meters alone. That was a FREE $10! I can turn around and use that to buy a pack of diapers, making them FREE!



There wasn’t a whole lot of things that sparked my interest at Shaw’s this week. I wouldn’t have made a special trip but since I was in the area already I figured I would pick up a few things.

Here is what I got:


2 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pastas: $1.00 ea. – $1.00/2 (printable) coupon = $0.50 ea.

2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pastas: $1.00 ea. – $1.00/2 (printable) coupon = $0.50 ea.

1 Dozen Eggs: $0.99

3 Betty Crocker Brownie Mixes: $1.00 ea.

1 Betty Crocker Cake Mix: $1.00 ea.

2 Yo Baby 3-in-1 meals (1 is missing from picture): $1.33 ea.

There was a CAT deal running for spend $20 and get $5 OYNO and the Betty Crocker items were included. I chose not to take part in this deal because we didn’t need/ eat a lot of the items that were included. We have a baby and obviously he doesn’t eat things like Chex Mix. I still thought the brownies and cake mix for $1.00 ea. was a pretty good price.  Also you may notice that I typically just buy the grocery items that we need for the week. But, when a good deal comes along I do like to stockpile. The brownie mixes are a stockpile item (I was down to 1 box, yikes!) and I would subtract the money I spent on them out of my monthly stockpile allowance instead of my monthly grocery budget.

Total: $9.66

Saved: $8.62


Shopping Trip: 8/25/09

I finally got around to going grocery shopping today after putting it off for two days. I went to Walmart, Hannaford, and Shaw’s.
Here is what my original list consisted of:
Bananas (small bunch)
La Brea Bakery Bread or Rolls
Parmesan Cheese
Corn on the cob
Hot dog rolls
Bagel Bites
Butter: $1.66 ea. (limit 4)
Cantaloupe: $0.99
Thick Cut Boneless Center Cut pork chops: $1.79/lb
Bounty Basic Paper towels 8 pk: $4.99 – $1.00/2 Shaw’s Q – $1.00 manu Q
Tony’s Single Serve Pizzas: $1.00 ea.
Orange Juice
Chocolate Milk

Here is what I ended up buying:

Bagel Bites: $3.89
La Brea Bakery French Dinner Rolls: $3.99 – $0.55/1 coupon= $3.44
Hannaford Grated Parmesan Cheese: $2.99
Hannaford Hot Dog Roll 6 pk: $1.19 (sad to see they are no longer $0.99)
Horizons Little Blends Yogurt: $3.19
Kellogg’s Jumbo Krispies: $3.49 – FREE coupon from VocalPoint= $0.00
2 Cans Pringles Original: $1.49 ea – $1.00/2 coupon = $1.98/2
YoBaby Yogurt: $3.49
Hannaford Bacon: $2.39 (hiding behind the rolls in the picture, oops!)
Boneless Country Style Pork Ribs Family Pack: $7.44 – $2.00 meat markdown coupon= $5.44 (we will eat some this week and then portion out the rest and freeze for a few more meals)Assorted Pork Chops Family Pack: $8.32 – $2.00 meat markdown coupon= $6.32 (again, we will eat some this week and then portion the rest out and freeze)Small bunch of bananas: $0.77
2 ears of corn: $0.98
Total: $36.07 and I saved $9.04

Broccoli: $0.96
Cantaloupe: $0.99
Starbucks Java Chip ice cream: $3.00 – FREE coupon from Facebook App= $0.00
4 Shaw’s Butter: $1.66 ea.
2 Reese’s 8 ct snack pack: $1.25 – $0.55/1 coupon (from this past weekend’s paper) doubled= $0.15 ea! (just a little splurge!)
(If you notice, I did not buy the Boneless Pork I had planned on since I found a great deal on bone-in chops at Hannaford and I prefer them)
Total: $8.89 and I saved $10.58

Orange Juice: $2.58
Dozed eggs: $1.12
Chocolate Milk: $1.79
Milk: $1.87
Total: $7.36

Total grocery bill for the week:$52.32
I am aiming to keep my food budget at about $60-$62 a week so I think I did great, especially since I bought a few things that weren’t on my list

I also bought some non-food items because these deals were just too good to pass up!

2 Bounty Basic 8 pks: on sale for $4.99 ea, usually $7.29 ea! – $1.00/2 Shaw’s Q – (2) $1.00/1 Manu Qs= $6.98/ 2 pks which comes out to only about $0.44 a roll! (BTW, I aim for $0.40-$0.50 a roll so this was on point)
Arm & Hammer 2x Clean Burst 44 loads: on sale for $2.99, usually $6.99! I didn’t know these were on sale until I walked down the laundry aisle and I am so glad I stopped. These were the same price as the smaller bottles that are usually $4.99 so this was a great deal, no coupon needed!

6 packages of Pull ups Flushable Wipes: $1.64 ea – (3) $3.00/2 coupons = $0.14 ea! These are a hot seller right now with that coupon. If you can get your hands on a few of the coupons (good luck with that) I suggest stocking up. Honestly, you can never have tooo many wipes if you have kids.3 packages Reach Floss: $1.00 ea- (3) $1.000/1 coupons = FREE!

I think I did pretty darn good this week. How did you do on your weekly shopping trip. Leave me a comment and let me know how well you stuck to your budget this week!