We went grocery shopping!

Alex and I spent a lovely Sunday evening gathering food items at our two favorite grocery stores: Albertson’s and Kroger. Look at what we found!
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    Kroger

Free item:
Chow Mein Noodles (originally 1.29, on sale for $1, used $1 off coupon)

Other coupons used for practically free items:
Betty Crocker Frosting; originally 1.89, on sale for 1.67, used .50 off cellfire.com coupon, used .40 coupon which was doubled, paid .37.
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix; originally 2.29, on sale for 2.00, used .40 off cellfire.com coupon, used .40 off coupon which was doubled, paid .80.
Land O’Frost Deli Lunchmeat; originally 5.49, on sale for $3, used .55 off coupon, paid 2.45.
6 Yoplait Yogurts; orignally .50 each, used .50 off cellfire.com coupon, used .40 off coupon, which was doubled, paid .28 each.

Kroger Total before: $31.28
Amount Saved with coupons + sales: $14.30
Total Paid: $16.98

    Albertson’s

Free items:
Pillsbury Grands 8 ct biscuits; originally 1.89, on sale for .98, used .35 off coupon which was tripled.
Good Day Milk; originally 1.99, used “buy 2 poptarts, get milk free” coupon
Totino’s Pizza Rolls 15 ct; originally 1.99, on sale for .88, used .35 off coupon which was tripled.

Other coupons used for practically free items:
2 Kellogg’s Poptarts 12 ct; originally 3.09 each, on sale for 2.50 each, used .55 off 2 coupon, paid 1.95 each.
Best Choice 64oz apple juice; originally 1.79, on sale for 1.49, used store coupon for .50 off, paid .99.
2 Totino’s Pizza Rolls 15 ct; originally 1.99 each,on sale for .88 each, used .55 off 2 coupon, paid .60 each.
Albertson’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast; originally 2.49/lb, on sale for 1.69/lb.
Kraft American Cheese Singles; originally 2.49, on sale for 1.99, used $1 off store coupon, paid .99.

Albertson’s Total Before: $58.89
Amount Saved: $22.27
Total Paid: $36.62

Grocery Total Before: $90.17
Amount Saved: $36.57
Total Paid: $53.60, 40% savings.

I give myself the excuse that we lived off our stockpile last week and did not go grocery shopping.

We checked out at the self-checkouts today at both places. At Kroger, it was easy, then when coupon time came, we had to track down an associate to scan our coupons in his gun thingy before we could pay, then he put his coupons in his fanny pack. Weired.
At Albertson’s, we had a HORRIBLE time scanning (“Please remove item from bagging area”, etc.) and then when coupon time came, we thought it would be easy because you scan them yourself. WRONG! The first one I scanned said, “Please wait, an associate has been alerted of your need,” and we waited for a while for someone to come help us. When he did he said, “Where did you get this coupon?” (it was a printed coupon) I replied, “Coupons.com” He responded, “We do not accept printed coupons.” I calmly said, “You do. I come here every week and use them.” He said, “I overheard another cashier say we don’t accept those.” I said, “Listen, I’m not trying to scam you, but I use these every week and sometimes you have to cover up the second barcode to get it to scan right.” He gave in when it worked. Note to others: don’t let them tell you they don’t take printed coupons! They’re are just as valuable!

We bought LOADS of fruit today, in hopes of becoming “healthy.” Let me tell you we also bought heavy whipping cream for Alex’s homemade ice cream maker, chocolate chip cookie mix for our cookie fetish, and stopped in at McDonald’s for some Big Macs before we went shopping. Healthy… we’ll see.

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