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Food Lion 7-25-10 July 28, 2010

Filed under: Food Lion — queen620 @ 4:03 pm

Spent:  $40.01

Saved:  $20?

Ground chuck was on sale $1.88 & whole chickens $.57 a lb


Harris Teeter 7-27-10

Filed under: Harris Teeter — queen620 @ 3:49 pm

Spent:  $111.74

Saved:  $197.52

Total Value:  $309.26

64 % savings + Catalina Qn to save$5 OYNO (on your next order)

It was a busy trip.  There were a few things I needed that weren’t huge sales, but my Qns were about to expire so I went ahead and bought them.

I bought 10# of cherries @ $1.99 a lb.  I will be pitting them and freezing them.   My kids and bubby love them frozen.    I wish I could have bought more, maybe they will be on sale again somewhere within the next few weeks.

There were a few HOT deals this week:

Kraft Singles Cheese $2
Buy any 5, get $5 off your next order

– 2x $1/ off 2 kraft cheeses= so after all promos…$.60 per pack singles

I have been buying coupons off of ebay so I can really rack up on this promo.   This deal is going on until 8/15.  I am sure there will be quite a variety of Kraft cheeses on sale over the next few weeks.


$2.04- $2.48 or so…I had lots of $2 off qn that I bought off of ebay so I paid anywhere for $.04 to $.40 for JOHN FRIEDA!!!

If you are have blonde or colored blonde hair you can still find a few items left behind!!


CVS 7-25-10

Filed under: CVS — queen620 @ 3:16 pm

Spent:  $4.12

Saved:  $39.95

Total Value:  $44.07

91% savings

I did 2 transactions; 1 on each card.

Brad Spent $2.44

Saved:  $30.97

Used $23 in CVS Qn’s & ECB

Used $7 manufacturer Qn


*$10 ECB wyb (2) Neutrogena Suncare, starting at $9.99 LIMIT 1

– 2x $2 found on Harris teeter flier= $4.  ////$19.98- 10 ECB- $4 Q= $5.98 or $2.99 each!

$1 ECB wyb (2) CVS Pantiliners 22c at 50¢ ea LIMIT 3
(month long deal)(makes both free)

* $4.99 ECB wyb U by Kotex $4.99 LIMIT 1
-$1 off Kotex U printable (free + profit)

* $2.99 ECB wyb Bausch & Lomb Biotrue Solution 2 oz., $2.99 LIMIT 2
-$2 off Biotrue Solution 2 oz.+ printable

Regina Spent:  $1.68  //Saved:  $ 8.98

$1 ECB wyb (2) CVS Pantiliners 22c at 50¢ ea LIMIT 3
(month long deal)(makes both free)

* $4.99 ECB wyb U by Kotex $4.99 LIMIT 1
-$1 off Kotex U printable (free + profit)

* $2.99 ECB wyb Bausch & Lomb Biotrue Solution 2 oz., $2.99 LIMIT 2
-$2 off Biotrue Solution 2 oz.+ printable

Match ups copied from

The absolutely best place to get started “Strategic shopping”  at CVS


Harris Teeter 7-20-10

Filed under: Garden,Harris Teeter — queen620 @ 9:05 am

Spent:  $98.20

Saved:  $75.15

Total Value:  $173.30

43% savings

So, I didn’t save a ton of money tonight, but this can prove that with “strategic shopping”  it is still possible to save money.

Once again I bought lots of fresh produce.  We canned another 30 pints of homemade salsa 🙂

I think we started out with almost 5 gallons of tomatoes and then needed lots of  onion, peppers, cilantro, black beans, lime juice & corn.

It is hard to gauge what our savings is with homemade items.  The cheapest I have gotten salsa was around $1.25, and that required a sale & triple coupon sale.  I think we have maybe $.75 invested into each jar of salsa.  So not a huge savings, but it is delicious and I KNOW exactly what went into each jar!  My family can eat some salsa.  On a normal week we might eat 1 pint…and sometimes more depending on how often we eat Mexican!   Salsa is really healthy and I am content when my kids keep spooning in on.  Even my oldest who wouldn’t willing eat a tomato will eat salsa left & right!


Food Lion 7-18-10 July 19, 2010

Filed under: Food Lion — queen620 @ 7:12 am

Spent:  $41.39

Saved:  $20.25

Total Value:  $61.64

33% savings

So not a huge savings, but I needed dog food and this was one of the better prices this week.  I know I could just go to walmart, but that is such a hassle and I have lots of personal feelings about the big box store.  I still shop there often enough, but I do try and give my business to other stores who seem to treat their employees & customers better.

Milk $2.29 skim

Milk $2.69 whole

This is a good price for milk.  It seems it is geared for WIC so maybe there is some price fixing here!!!  I like price fixing for dairy!

Cherries $1.99 lb, I have been trying to offer lots of good healthy fruits & veggies and lay off of juice & canned fruit right now while fresh is so cheap and readily available.

Charmin $2.99 after sale & Q

Bounty $4.25 after sale, store Q & man. Q


CVS 7-18-10

Filed under: CVS — queen620 @ 7:04 am

Brad and Regina, EXACT same transactions

Spent:  $11.55

Saved:  $ 50.95

Total Value:  $ 62.50

82% savings

33 ECB back for later 🙂

Brad paid a few dollars less b/c he recieved an email coupon $3./ $15. purchase


CVS pantiliners 2/ $1.00, get 1 ECB= FREE

Gillette Proglide Razor $9.97, get back 5 ECB

– $4 off Qn= $.97

John Frieda 2/ $10 get 5 ECB= $5

-2 x $2 off= $4 off=   $1. or $.50 each

Celsius Green Tea Supplement $7.99 get $7.99 ECB BACK= FREE

** had internet coupons for $2 off, but as soon as they printed I had a feeling they wouldn’t scan.  I printed in black & white and they just didn’t look right.  So I could have paid $4 less from my total and made money on the tea, but I just broke even!!!    I try to be very  careful with coupons.  There are a lot of fraudulent coupons floating around the internet.  I don’t want to be involved in that if I can knowingly avoid it.  Idon’t think the coupons were fake, just after printing they were very clear.  So I didn’t make a deal out of it.  I don’t want to loose face over $4!  I don’t want the cashiers to dread me showing up b/c my coupons are always a problem.  I want my trips to go smooth and quick so if that means I loose a few dollars here and there that is okay!


CVS 7-13-10 & 7-14-10

Filed under: CVS — queen620 @ 6:25 am

Quick Trip,  Ethan was way overdue for his nap so I couldn’t wait for the boys flouride Rx.  That is why there are 2 different dates.

Spent $12 or so got back 20 ECB

Did transaction on both cards.  Scissors are great b/c they will go in our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  I collect items all year long so when November gets here I don’t have to come up with lots of $$ for the 4 boxes we stuff.

Trip #2 to pick up RX and get a few things 🙂

John Frieda  2/ $10 , get 5 ECB back

did twice used 4x $2 off coupon, so basically each bottle was $.50 each after Qn & ECB!!!

Neutragena Sunscreen buy 2 get 10 ECB back,

I found coupons on the back of a harris teeter flier so I grabbed a bunch of fliers hoping for a CVS sale.

I bought 1 sunstick @ $7.49

& 1 suncreen spray @ $10.49=  $17.98

– 2x $2 Qn= $4,

$13.98 total,got 10 ECB back= $3.98 for 2 things of sunscreen, or less than $2 each!!!

Spent $19 or so including Rx

Everything on trip #2 was purchased in 2 transactions using only Brad’s card.  So I got all of the above for $19 using Qn, sale & ECB.

I had a target prescription giftcard coupon.  “Get $10 giftcard with new or transferred Rx.”  (I like the $25 giftcard coupons better, but this was all I found in the fliers.   Oh Well…it was still FREE $$.)


Here are my totals reflecting BOTH DAYS shopping

Spent:  $31.12

Saved:  $65.73

Total Value:  $  90.85

72% savings, ended with 25 ECB between both cards & 10 CVS giftcard  for next week.

I used $16 in Qn, & 22 ECB from previous transactions.

*****So I spent more REAL $$ this week, but I got things that go great in my stockpile.  I love John Frieda stuff so I am loving all the recent sales.  I might even buy a few more coupons!   Sunscreen is also great for my family…most of us are rather pasty.  I also am loving the spray on sunscreen.  My goal has been to get it for less than $5 a can after sale & coupons.  I have done well with my goal.   It might seem like a lot of sunscreen except the spray doesn’t last as long as lotion, so I have to keep more on hand.  It is so much quicker & easier to get everyone ready for the pool or just keep handy for when we will be out for awhile.