My husband was out of town last week so I decided to take advantage and sleep late, play in the garden, and organize a few things around the house. As you can guess I didn’t do a whole lot of couponing. It appears I’ve pretty much taken a break from extreme couponing as of late… But don’t worry, it won’t last. I’m down to 5 bottles of shampoo, a few tubes of toothpaste and I think it’s been about 3 months since I’ve walked into a Rite Aid store. So on Saturday night I logged into my Rite Aid account and watched all the July Video Values to get caught up. I just finished watching the August ones this morning and so I should be ready to go the next time a great deal comes along.
Taking a month or two off from couponing (especially in the summer) is easy to do when you have a stockpile to fall back on. It’s nice to have a little cushion for those time when you’d rather stay home and make do with what you have in the cupboard rather than hop in the car to pick up dinner.
There were a few deals however that I did manage to pick up. Like 2 containers of Real Fruit Pectin for $2.33. I paid $1.19 each after the $1/1 6/12 SS coupon and less a .05 bag credit at Fred Meyer).
On the last day of double coupons at Albertsons last week I picked up 2 Kettle chips & 1 Mac and Cheese and paid $1.00 oop after coupons. (I used double coupons plus a $1 catalina coupon PLUS I got back a $1 catalina).
I also Paid $ .98 (I used double coupons and a $1.00 catalina PLUS I got back a $1.00 catalina).
I also spent a lot of time baking last week.
Staying in has it’s advantages.
I also picked/collected FREE produce and eggs from the backyard.
And redeemed a few free doughnuts thanks to the Albertsons Sizzlin’ summer sweepstakes. I paid .62 cents for the fruit (I used a $1.00 catalina).
Free doughnuts and paper towels (Albertsons Summer Sizzlin’ Sweepstakes)
More free produce from the backyard.
I don’t know about you… But I always glance over at the shopping carts before I head into the grocery store… Especially at Albertsons. You never know what you’re going to find.
Yesterday when I went in I found a $2 catalina and a coupon for a FREE bag of carrots in one cart! Hot Diggity! In another I found a coupon for 1 dozen FREE eggs and a FREE pizza with any $10 purchase. It kinda felt like Christmas. I was only planning on buying a few things… but once I got a hold of the FREE coupons I quickly decided I’d go ahead and spend $10 (after coupons) so I could pick up the free pizza,carrots and eggs.
But before I started shopping, I headed over to the customer service desk and redeemed my latest Albertsons Summer Sizzlin’ prize. A $2 CASH PRIZE. (If you’re trying to win the $2 prize… the hardest ticket to find is C184 (the left side of the ice cream container).
Anyway… after my $2 cat, $2 prize money and free coupons… I paid $10.37 for everything above. I really wanted to buy more peaches (to freeze) and I still might go back and buy more… But I’m kinda hoping I get a call from Zaycon. When I went to sign up for a 36lb box of peaches, they were already sold out in my area… so I’m on the waiting list. They’re offering peaches for $ .79 cents a pound… which is a bargain in my opinion. But we LOVE peaches… we NEED peaches… especially to freeze for winter smoothies… So I might just cave in and go back and buy more for $ .99 a lb at Albertsons tomorrow. We’ll see.
All in all… not bad for a pretty lazy week of couponing.
How about YOU? Did you buy anything exciting last week?
Total Spent This Week $ 15.30
Total Spent Year To Date $731.76