Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 12-18

Some pretty decent deals this week. Please keep in mind that I don't normally hit the dollar stores or Wal Mart for coupon trips. I encourage everyone to explore what all is out there and let us know if you find anything that is of interest to the rest of us on our Facebook page..

That being said... on to the good stuff...


Totinos Pizza Rolls ... .98
     .40/2=.58 each***

Totinos Party Pizza ... .98
     $1/5=.78 each***

Betty Crocker Helpers ... $1
     $1/3= .67 each***

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks ... 2.50
     .50/2=$2 each***

Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough ... 2.50
     $1/2=$2 each***

(*** indicates catalina promo item. $5 Catalina off future purchase with purchase of $20 or more of select items)

Bounty Paper Towels ... $1
     .25/1=.50 per roll

Kroger had sales on a lot of similar items this week... but the Catalina deal at Foodland was better and the prices are similar. Looks like a Foodland shopping week to me!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Probably the most controversial topic I will cover....

Let's face it ... the economy is terrible. Many people out there have lost their jobs, or can't get one for one reason or another. Many people are having to sign up for public assistance just to feed their children and families.

I wanted to touch on this subject because many people out there don't know that even if you do have to use EBT (food stamps) funds to purchase your groceries, you most definitely CAN use coupons to do so. I am positive of this fact because I worked for a local Foodland PLUS, if you know me, you know I ask around at every store I go to to ensure that I have all my facts straight before I post anything. Last thing I would want is for someone to be embarrassed at the checkout because I told them something that turned out not to be true.

There is a catch though, and I hate this one, but we can still work with it. You DO still have to pay cash tax on your coupon amount.

I know that anyone who reads this is thinking "then what is the point? If I don't use  coupons, I won't have to have cash and that will save me money."

Have you thought of it this way though.... If you use coupons to save $50 on your groceries, that is $50 MORE you will have left to use on MORE groceries. For that $50, you will have to pay a whole $3.50 (estimated... not to the penny... plucking this from my head using a 7% tax rate estimate).

Now.... by using the coupons, you had to spend $3.50 in cash, so you actually get to buy another $46.50 in groceries. If you are on assistance, buzz me on our Facebook page. I will be happy to dive into this further. I would even share my coupons with you.

Anyone who knows me knows I am more than happy to share. I will help anyone who needs it to make those dollars stretch even further to buy the much needed food to put on your table.

Foodland Catalina Deal this week!!!

This shopper LOVES when we can use coupons, save money, plus get even more coupons that, when used smartly, can add up to even greater savings! Those WONDERFUL $5 Catalinas are back this week at Foodland! (I'm just a little excited.... can you tell? lol)

So here is the scenario...

When you purchase $20 (after manufacturer coupon savings and pre-tax) you get a $5 Catalina coupon to be used on later transactions. Now... here is the good part... you can use these coupons on ANY merchandise of your choice! YEP!!!! Towne-N-Country, located in Chapmanville for those who live elsewhere, have a selection of meats in their coolers that have coupons on them.

Now don't get me wrong... these are usually the meats that have been there for a day or two. I have bought these several times from the store, and I find that if you use your brain and eyes, pick you out what looks good, take it home, and freeze it that day, you can save a TON of money. I have yet to buy meat from there that wasn't good or that went bad the day I took it home or the next, but personally, I think you should always keep your meats frozen until you use them. That way you don't "accidentally" leave them on the shelf in your fridge and they go bad because you decided that you were in the mood for something else and forgot about it..... (yep, very guilty of that one I am....)

They also have a 5 for $20 selection that can truly cut costs. I have bought ribs, pork chops, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and seasoned breasts and as long as I got the packages that were the heaviest, I come out way ahead. Take a calculator and compare the prices with the in-case meats. That is the smartest way to do it if you aren't so handy with numbers in your head. Compare your in-house per-pound rate with the rate of the package you are considering purchasing.

Now that you have your meats, you take them to check out (this can be in the same shopping trip or later by the way) and you use your nifty catalina to get even deeper discounts on your purchase! Free MEAT PEOPLE! You never get coupons on that!

This week, the catalina is on General Mills products. Some of these products include GM cereals, Betty Crocker Helpers, BC muffin, cake mix, cookie mix, brownie mix, and frostings, Totino's pizza rolls and party pizzas, BC fruit snacks (Valentine's for the kids?!?), Fiber One bars, Chex Mix, Pillsbury Ready-Bake Cookies, and Crescent Rolls. Several of these items have valid coupons and are great little additions to your pantry as snacks, or for some as staples (my family love Chicken Helper!).

Here is smart shopping...

I buy the Helpers all the time anyway... so why not go ahead and buy them, with coupons of course, get them at one time and with other items, get my catalina? So... I use 5 of my $1/3 coupons, get 15 boxes of different chicken and hamburger helpers (enough to feed my crew about 8 times because we have to use 2 boxes each time. This should last me around a month.), spend the .67 cent on them each instead of the $1 sale price, get all for  $10.05 pre-tax, and I am already half way to getting my catalina!

BUT.... here is the trick....

IF you decide to go ahead and stock up enough (especially if you have a large family to feed and like to have extra just in case someone needs a little help getting by) and get enough to spend over $40, break your purchases into 2 separate transactions. The cashiers don't bat an eye when I do, and frankly, they know me well enough to know what I am up to. They are mfg coupons anyway, so the store don't loose any money on anything. So don't feel like you are in anyway hurting your favorite store. You will get 2 catalina coupons for $5..... that is $10 worth of FREE MEAT! to cook with your helper...

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

FYI... they also run promotions in the store for a $5 catalina when you spend $50 pre-tax on your total purchase. This is not running right now, but thought I would let you know to keep an eye out for this great promotion.

Foodland weekly ad online link:  http://milton.foodlandstores.com/weekly-ads/