Coupon shopping

As a working family we try to save as much money as possible. One way is to go grocery shopping with coupons. As a child we clipped coupons but I never understood the best way to use them. I’ve been following several bloggers and now I understand the timing of using coupons, saving for the proper time, combining them with ongoing sales. I’m exceptionally proud of today’s grocery trip and had to blog about it.

Safeway Haul

Transaction 1
5 boxes Nature Valley granola bars.
Buy 4 Save $4 sale
5 $.50 coupons (self-checkout machine wouldn’t scan coupons correctly so cashier had to manually enter them and she abided by the no doublng notation)
Final price $4.95. Received $3.50 catalina

Transaction 2
5 boxes Fiber One granola bars
2 boxes Cocoa Puffs
2 boxes Honey Nut Chex
1 box Trix
1 box Cinnamon Toast Crunch
1 box Multigrain Cheerios
5 bags Nature Valley Nut Lovers
4 pkgs Knorr Sides
4 cans Progresso veggie soups
2 pkgs Pillsbury Lava Brownies
1 half gallon milk
2 newspapers (not pictured)
2 lbs nectarines
3 lbs grapes

Several in ad, printed and electronic coupons
$3.50 catalina from previous transaction
$2.00 catalina from a previous transaction

Final price $18.21 and received $3.50 catalina

If I had had more time and the lines weren’t so long I would have bought the 5 fiber one bars separately and used that catalina for the final purchase.

So the total for the two transactions is $23.16 minus the $3.50 catalina that we’ll use for a future grocery run. 🙂

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