<![CDATA[Savvy Savings - Grocery]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:45:39 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Frugal Follow: Couponing at Kroger!]]>Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:54:43 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/frugal-follow-couponing-at-kroger
Hello everyone! Today I went to Kroger to take advantage of their Mega Event Sale! When you buy 5 participating items, you'll instantly save $5 at the register! So follow me to see what deals I came across!! :)
<![CDATA[Frugal Follow: Couponing at Albertsons - 65% Savings!]]>Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:51:00 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/frugal-follow-couponing-at-albertsons-65-savings
Hey everyone! Today, I started a new videos series on saving at grocery stores! Albertsons this week has some awesome deals on Campbell's Soup products along with Sargento cheese and much much more! Let me know what you think of these types of videos and if you would like to see more of these in your future! ;)
<![CDATA[Follow Me Friday: Tom Thumb!]]>Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:33:36 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/follow-me-friday-tom-thumb
Happy Valentine's Day, lovers! I have two loves in my life: my husband and coupons. Don't judge me. ;) Anyways, today I found tons of great deals at Tom Thumb this morning and took advantage of their $5 Friday sales. For a complete look at their ad, click here
My first find: FREE CAT FOOD! I don't have cats but my mom has two cats, which she claims are mine but I know she loves them too. You can currently print this coupon here and search Iams and voila! Since these coupons exceed the retail price, I bought more than just 9 cans so it will scan through.

My deal scenario:
Buy 14 cans of Iams catfood @ $0.45 each = $6.30
Use (3) $2/3 Wet Iams cat food coupons (You will need access to two computers since each coupon is limited to two prints per computer!)
Pay $0.30 for 14 can of cat food - That's $0.02 per can!
I found these "peelies" on boxes of Minute Brown Rice boxes! There are also other coupons that are from inserts (use the coupon database here or internet printables). Tom Thumb doubles one "like" coupon up to $0.50. So these bad boys were only $0.09 for two cans after the coupon!
Calling tuna lovers! This $1/2 Starkist coupon is from SS 01/05/14 insert. That makes each pouch $0.35 each after the BOGO sale and coupon!
Finally found a good deal on these marinade infusers from French's! After the coupon, they were only $0.50 each and these retail for almost $4! 
This picture just proves my love for coupons. Being able to get $150 worth of groceries for $70 makes me feel complete. Thanks for reading and enjoy this lovely Valentine's Day, even if you're single, because all the Valentine's candy will soon be on clearance. ;)
                                                                              ~ Christina
<![CDATA[Albertson's Coupon Matchups 01/22/14]]>Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:06:54 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/albertsons-coupon-matchups-012214
This ad matchup is for the DFW area (Colleyville, TX). Albertson's doubles four like coupons that are up to $0.50 and triples coupons that are up to $0.35. View the full ad here.

Yoplait Yogurt 6oz $0.50
-$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Printable or SS 01/05/14 #3 Insert
Final cost: $0.36 each when you buy 6

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding 4 pack $0.75
-$0.45/3 Snack Pack Pudding SS 01/05/14 R insert
Final cost: $0.45 each when you buy 3

Powerade Zero 32oz $0.75
-$0.50/1 Powerade Zero Printable
Final cost: FREE

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt 5.3oz $1
-B2G1 Free Dannon Greek Item SS 01/05/14 Insert
Final cost: $0.66 each when you buy 3

**Buy any 5, save $5 Mix or Match!**
Kraft Recipe Starters 12-15oz $1.49
-$1/1 Kraft Recipe Makers Product Printable
Final cost: $0.49 each

**Buy any 5, save $5 Mix or Match!**
Planters Peanut Butter 15-16.3oz $1.49
-$1/2 Planters Nuts or Peanut butter Printable
Final cost: $1 each when you buy 2

Simple Orange Juice 59oz $3
-$1/1 Simply Orange product Printable
Final cost: $2 each

Hot or Lean Croissant Pockets 7.5-9oz $2
-$1/2 Hot or Lean Brand Pockets Facebook Printable
Final cost: $1.50 each when you buy 2

Coffee-Mate Creamer 32oz $3
-$0.55/1 Coffee-Mate Creamer Printable
Final cost: $2.45 each

Lean Cuisine Culinary Classic Entree $2
-$1/5 Lean Cuisine Varieties SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $1.80 each when you buy 5

New York Texas Toast 10-11oz $2.50
-$0.40/1 New York Brand Frozen product SS 01/12/14 insert
Final cost: $1.70 each

Silk Soy Milk 64oz $2.99
-$1/1 Silk Half Gallon Printable or RP 01/05/14 insert
Final cost: $1.99 each

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 11.5oz $2.50
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Toaster Scrambles Pastries or Pancakes SS 01/05/14 #3 Insert
Final cost: $2 each when you buy 2

Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts 16oz $3.50
-$1/2 Planters Nuts or Peanut Butter Printable
Final cost: $3 each when you buy 2

Keebler Sandwich Crackers 8 pack $2
-$1/2 Keebler Crackers RP 12/08/13 R Insert
Final cost: $1.50 each when you buy 2

V8 V-Fusion 6 pack $2.99
-$1/1 V8 V-Fusion + Energy Printable
Final cost: $1.99 each

Campbell's Chunky Soup Cans or Bowls 15.25-18.80 oz. $2
-$1/4 Campbell's Chunky Soup SS 01/05/14 R Insert
-$0.50/3 Campbell's Chunky Soup Printable
Final cost: As low as $1.66 each when you buy 3

Rosarita Refried Beans 15-16oz $1.25
-$0.55/2 Rosarita Beans SS 01/19/14 Insert
Final cost: $0.97 each when you buy 2

Ortega Taco Shells 12 ct $1.79
-$1/3 Ortega product SS 01/19/14 insert
Final cost: $1.45 each when you buy 3

Ortega Taco Sauce 16oz $2.50
-$1/3 Ortega product SS 01/19/14 insert
Final cost: $2.16 each when you buy 3

Betty Crocker Cake Mix 15.25oz $1.66
-$0.75/2 Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, SuperMoist Cake Mix or Cookie Mix SS 12/15/13 insert
-$0.85/2 Printable
Final cost: As low as $1.24 each when you buy 2

Betty Crocker Frosting 12-16oz $2
-$0.75/2 Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, SuperMoist Cake Mix or Cookie Mix SS 12/15/13 insert
-$0.85/2 Printable
Final cost: As low as $1.57 each when you buy 2

Fresh Express Salad Spinach or Blends $2.50
-$1.50/2 Fresh Express SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $1.75 each when you buy 2

Seems like a slow week at Albertsons. :( Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a question/comment!! 
                                                                          ~Christina Andrade
<![CDATA[Walmart Deal: $1.25 Ajax Laundry Detergent]]>Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:31:34 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/walmart-deal-125-ajax-laundry-detergent
In need of laundry detergent? Walmart currently has Ajax Laundry Detergent 32 loads for $2.50 each. Combine the deal with this coupon for $2.50/2 internet printable and score Ajax Laundry Detergent for $1.25 each when you purchase two bottles!
<![CDATA[How to: Shop Krogers + Coupon Matchups For 01/15-01/21]]>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:58:32 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/how-to-shop-krogers-coupon-matchups-for-0115-0121
Hiya everyone! Here is another quick guide to shopping at another favorite store of mine. Kroger!

Kroger has a posted their coupon policy online. Unfortunately, they do not double or triple coupons anymore. However, their Kroger Rewards card has an awesome selection of digital coupons. (Digital and paper coupons may not be used on the same item since they are both forms of manufacturer coupons).

Kroger Coupon/Ad Matchups for 01/15-01/21: View full ad here
*All of these prices are with Kroger card!!*

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 8 ct $1
-$0.30/2 Pillsbury Grands SS 01/05/14 #3
 Final cost: $0.85 each when you buy 2

Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Taco Shells 10 ct , 10-12 ct or Refried Beans, 16 oz $1
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso products SS 01/05/14 #3 OR Internet Printable OR Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $0.80 each when you buy 3

Simple Truth Organic Pizza 14.25-16.25 oz $4.99
-$0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $4.49 each

Hormel Pepperoni 3oz $1
-$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Pack Internet Printable OR Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $0.50 each when you buy 2

Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat Deli Fresh or Carving Board, 7-9 oz, Select Varieties $3
-$1/1 Oscar Mayer Carving Board SS 01/12/14 Inserts OR Internet Printable OR Kroger Digital Coupon
-$1/2 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meat SS 01/12/14 Inserts OR Internet Printable OR Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $2 for Carving Board meat / $2.50 for Deli Fresh meat when you buy 2

Campbell’s Chunky Homestyle soups, 18.6-19 oz. $1.25
-$1/4 Kroger Digital Coupon
-$0.50/2 Campbell's Homestyle Soup SS 01/12/14
Final cost: $1 each when you buy 2 (must buy 4 for digital coupon)

Post Cereal 14-25 oz. $2.49
-$1/1 Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $1.49 each

Lean Cuisine Frozen Entrees $1.66
-$1/5 SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $1.46 (Cheaper at Albertson's this week!)

Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, 4.7-12.2 oz. $1
-$1/5 SS 01/05/14 #3 Insert
-$0.90/4 Internet Printable Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper
Final cost: As low as $0.80 each

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables 7-10oz $1
-$0.80/4 Green Giant Seasoned Steamers or Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables SS 11/17/13 Insert
Final cost: $0.80 each when you buy 4

Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce 18oz $1
-$1/2 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce Internet Printable
Final cost: $0.50 each when you buy 2

Knorr Side Dishes, 3.8-6.4 oz $1
-$0.50/2 Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides RP 01/05/14 OR Kroger Digital Coupon
-$1.50/5 Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides Internet Printable
Final cost: As low as $0.70 each when you buy 5

Larabar Uber or ALT Bars, Select Varieties, 1.42-1.95 oz $1
-$0.75/2 Larabar ALT Internet Printable OR Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: $0.62 each when you buy 2

Noosa Yoghurt 8oz $2
-$0.55/1 Noosa Yoghurt Facebook coupon
Final cost: $1.45 each

Kettle Brand Potato Chips 13oz $2.50
-$1/1 Kettle Brand Potato Chips Internet Printable
Final cost: $1.50 each

Keebler Town House Crackers 9.5-13.8 oz or Club Crackers, 11-13.7 oz $1.99$1/2 Keebler Crackers RP 12/08/13 R Insert OR Internet Printable
Final cost: $1.49 each when you buy 2

Yoplait Yogurt 4-6oz $0.50
-$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt cups Internet Printable OR SS 01/05/14 #3
Final cost: $0.43 each when you buy 6

Jello Snack Packs 4pk $1.66
-$1/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snack SS 01/12/14 Insert
Final cost: $1.16 each when you buy 2

Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding 4pk $1
-$0.45/3 Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding 
Final cost: $0.85 each when you buy 3

Muller Yogurt 5.3-6 oz $1
-$1/2 Muller yogurt products RP 01/05/14
-$1/3 Muller yogurt Kroger Digital Coupon
Final cost: As low as $0.50 each when you buy 2

Dannon Oikos Yogurt 5.3-6 oz $1
-B2G1 Free SS 01/05/14
Final cost: $0.66 each when you buy 3

Yoplait Greek Yogurt 5.3-6oz $1
-$1/5 Yoplait Greek cups Kroger Digital Coupon OR SS 01/05/14 #3
-$1/3 Yoplait Greek cups Internet Printable 
Final cost: As low as $0.66 each when you buy 3

Skintimate &Edge Shave Gel 7oz $2.50
-$1/2 Edge Shave Gel SS 12/08/13 #2 Insert
-$1/2 Skintimate Shave Gel SS 12/08/13 #2 Insert
Final cost: $2.00 each when buy 2

Colgate Toothpaste 4.6 oz or Toothbrush, 1 ct $1
-$0.50/1 Colgate toothpase 4oz+ SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $0.50

Meow Mix Cat Food, 13.5-16 lb Bag $9.99
-$0.75/1 Meow Mix Dry Cat Food RP 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $9.24

All Laundry Detergent 32-50oz / Snuggle Fabric Softener 32 use $2.49
-$1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon-$3/2 All Laundry Product RP 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $0.99 - That is a HOT deal!

Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue Select Varieties 4 Rolls or Brawny Paper Towels 1 Roll $1-$0.55/1 Brawny Paper Towels 1/15/14 RP 
-$0.45/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue RP 01/05/14 #2
Final cost: $0.45 for Brawny or $0.55 for Angel Soft

So not too bad of a week at Kroger. A lot of their items are 10 for $10! Please let me know if you see a math error or if I missed something. Thanks again for reading and happy shopping!!
                                                                   ~Christina Andrade
<![CDATA[How to: Shop Albertsons + Coupon Match Ups For 1/15-1/21]]>Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:56:13 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/how-to-shop-albertsons-coupon-match-ups-for-115-121
Hello everyone! Here is a quick guide to shopping at Albertsons! Their ad renews every Wednesday of the week. Also, they do not have a reward card so the price on the shelf is the price you pay! Albertsons is probably my favorite store since they double coupons up to $0.50 and triple coupons up $0.35! The store I shop at (Colleyville off of Glade) doubles/triples four "like" coupons. This means if I have four $0.35 coupons, Albertsons will triple each coupon to $1.05 off. This is how you can get most items for free!! Keep in mind to ALWAYS read the small print on each coupon. Some coupons have a limit to only two "like" coupons on each shopping order each day! (Unilever brand products are known for this.)

Each Albertsons has their own coupon policy so be sure to call and speak to a manager as they are more likely to fully understand their coupon policy. 

Here are some coupon match ups for the sale starting 1/15/14 for the Colleyville location: View the full ad here!

Powerade Sports Drink 32oz $0.88
-$0.50/1 Powerade Zero Internet Printable
Final cost: FREE

Coffee Mate Refrigerated Creamer 16oz $2.00
$1/1 Nestle Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer Internet Printable
Final cost: $1 each

Red Gold Tomatoes 14.5oz $0.88
-$0.55/3 Red Gold Canned Tomatoes Internet Printable
Final cost: $0.69 each

Campbell's Tomato Soup 10.75oz $0.88
-$1/5 Campbell's Condensed Eating Soups Internet Printable
Final cost: $0.68 each

Michelina's Frozen Entree Meals 6.6-10.5oz $0.88
-$1/5 Michelina's Frozen Entrees Internet Printable
Final cost: $0.68 each

California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza 13.5-15.9oz $4.88
-$1.50/1 CPK Frozen Pizza Internet Printable
Final cost: $3.38 each

Hot Pockets Snacks 9oz $1.88
-$1/2 Hot Pockets Snack Facebook Coupon
Final cost: $1.38 each

Lean Cuisine Frozen Entrees - Buy 6 Get 1 Free - $1.66 
-$1/5 SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost if you buy 7: $1.28 each for 7 entrees

Kellogg's Krave S'mores Cereal 11oz $2.50
-$0.50/1 Any Kellogg's Krave cereal Internet Printable
Final cost: $1.50 each

Select Kellogg's Cereal (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 11.5 oz., Special K Dark Almond 12.7 oz. or Frosted Mini Wheats Touch of Fruit Raisin 15 oz.) $2.50
-Various Kellogg's cereals Internet Printables
Final cost: As low as $1.50 each

Fisher Pecans 6oz $5.99
-$1/2 SS 12/08/13 #2 Insert
Final cost: $5.49 each when you buy 2

Tai-Pei Entrees 12-14.2oz $3.00
$1/1 Tai Pei Asian Garden or Tai Pei Single Serve Entree Internet Printable Final cost: $2 each

Minute Rice 28oz $3.99
$0.50/1 Minute Rice product Internet Printable
Final cost: $2.99

Skinny Cow Single Candies .77-2.1oz $0.48 
-BOGO SS 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $0.24 each

Jose Ole Taquitos 20-22.5oz $5.00
-$1/1 Jose Ole snack item (16 oz or larger) Internet Printable
Final cost: $4 each

Kellogg’s Special K Popcorn Chips 4.5 oz $2.50
-$1/1 Kellogg's Special K Cracker Chips or Popcorn Chips Internet Printable
Final cost: $1.50 each

Kellogg's Special K Protein Bars 4.50z $2.50
-$2/2 Special K Protein Product Internet Printable
Final cost: $1.50 each when you buy 2

Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese 10-12 oz. $3.50
-$0.35/1 Frigo Cheese Head Product Internet Printable or SS 01/05/14 Insert 
Final cost: $2.45 each

Quaker Popped Rice Snacks 3-4oz $1
-$0.75/2 RP 01/12/14 Insert
Final cost: $0.62 each when you buy 2

Planters NUT-rition Nut or Energy Mix 9-10.25 oz. or NUT-rition Multi-Packs 8.3-8.6 oz. $4.99
-$1/2 Planters nuts 6oz or larger Internet Printable or SS 11/17/13 insert
Final cost: $4.49 each when you buy 2

Pringles Snack Chips 5.32-6.73 oz. $1.50
-$1/4 Full size cans RP 01/05/14 #2 Insert
Final cost: $1.25 when you buy 4 (not that great of a price for pringles)

Charmin Bath Tissue 9 Big Rolls $3.88
-$0.25/1 P&G 12/29/13 Insert
Final cost: $3.13

Tide 2X Liquid Detergent 24-32 Use $6.99
-$1.50/1 P&G 12/29/13 Insert
Final cost: $5.49 each

Viva Big Rolls Paper Towels 6pk $9.99
-$1/1 SS 01/12/14 Insert
OR -$0.50/1 2pk or larger Internet Printable 
Final cost: $8.99

Hefty Trash Bags 40-45ct $6.99
-$1.25/1 Hefty Trash Bags Internet Printable
Final cost: $5.74

If you see a math error, please let me know! Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you out on your next shopping trip!!

                                                                             ~Christina Andrade
<![CDATA[How to: Shop CVS]]>Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:22:23 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/how-to-shop-cvs
Calling all people who use toothpaste, razors, shave gel, etc!!! You need to stop buying these expensive items in the grocery store and start using CVS ExtraCare Bucks program to score seriously inexpensive toiletries, medicine, and cleaning products. This post will help guide you into shopping at CVS and how to play the CVS game. 

What is their sale cycle?
Their sale cycle renews every Sunday and their new sales ad comes out in the week's Sunday newspaper, usually next to coupons! Also, visit CVS.com to look at their ad online.

What are Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) and how do you earn them?
In order to obtain Extra Care Bucks, you will need to sign up for an Extra Care Rewards Program card.Once you have done that, you can start earning. Extra Care Bucks are like cash that can only be used at CVS. You earn them when you purchase an item that will generate an ECB. Once you have purchased the item and you finalize the transaction, your ECBs will print at the end of your receipt. Also, ECB deals will be printed in the weekly sales ad as well.
How to effectively use your earned Extra Care Bucks.
To maximize your savings and pay as little out of pocket as possible, you will need to learn how to ROLL Extra Care Bucks. Roll: purchase new Extra Care Buck deals on a regular basis while rolling Extra Care Bucks earned from previous weeks to purchase them. Eventually, you will be paying as little as nothing out of pocket!

Deal Scenario:
St. Joseph Aspirin 36 ct. - On sale for $2.00
Pay: $2.00 Out of pocket (OOP)
Get back $1.00 ECB to put towards your NEXT transaction. 

So essentially, you would be getting St. Joseph Aspirin 36 ct. for $1.00. BUT! To make this deal even sweeter, you add a coupon. 

New Deal Scenario:
St. Joseph Aspirin 36 ct. - On sale for $2.00
Use $1 off of one St. Joseph Aspirin manufacturer coupon
Pay: $1.00 Out of pocket (OOP)
Get back $1.00 ECB to put towards your NEXT transaction.

Making this aspirin essentially FREE! 

So each week, usually Saturday night, I will post my game plan for Sunday's CVS trip. The more ExtraCare Bucks you earn, the lower your out of pocket expense will be. When you first start to shop at CVS, be on the lookout for great deals that generate ExtraCare Bucks so you can start to roll them every week. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here are the deals I scored last week:
I started off the week with $25 ECBs. (This is why it so important to start earning as soon as you can!) The majority of CVS promotions are always "Spend $$, get $$ ECBs". CVS has a rule where if you spend 98% of the qualifying amount, they will still grant you ECBs. For example: Spend $25 on Schick items, get $10 ECBs. If I only spend $24.58, they will still grant the ECBs even though I am a little under the $25. 

I did two separate transactions. First transaction:
(3) Windex Touch Ups $4.99 each
I used (1) Buy One Get One Free Manufacturer Coupon (also known as MQ). I also used a $1 off one internet printable coupon (also known as IP). Because I'm purchasing three items, I can essentially use three coupons. The BOGO coupon deducted $3.99 (maximum value) along with that $1 off one coupon. So here's the math:
(3) Windex Touch Up @ $4.99 = $14.97 
Minus $3.99 from BOGO coupon and minus $1 from internet coupon = $9.98. The CVS promotion offers $5 ECBs if you spend $15 on Windex products. Since I spent $14.97 (they will still grant your ECBs even though I'm $0.03 shy) I earned $5 ECBs.

(2) Aveeno Shave Gels $4.99 each
Minus $2 off two MQ = $7.98
CVS promotion: Buy two men's shave gel products, earn $5 ECBs

(2) Schick Hydro Men Razors $12.29 each
Minus (2) $4 off one internet printable coupons (Again, because I bought two items, I can use two coupons)
Total: $16.58 
CVS promotion: Spend $25 on Schick products, get $10 ECBs.

My total before coupons: $49.53
Every Thursday, CVS will email a CVS coupon. This week, I received a 20% off my entire purchase coupon. CVS coupons are not manufacturer coupons, so you can "stack" these coupons together! This CVS coupon deducted $9.54.
Total after 20% off: $39.99
Total after manufacturer coupons: $25.00
Remember, I had $25 ECBs from the week before. So this transaction cost me absolutely nothing out of my pocket.
In this transaction, I earned $20 ECBs.

Second Transaction: I have $20 ECBs to spend from transaction 1
(2) Garnier Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner $2.99 each
Minus (2) $2 off one = $.99 each = $1.98 total

(2) Skinny Cow candies $0.79 each
Minus BOGO coupon = $0.79 for both candies
Earn $0.79 ECBs when you buy one

(2) Scope To Go $2.57 each
No coupons used - Earn $4 when you buy 2

(1) Gillette Venus Razor $6.99 
Minus $3 off one = $3.99
Earn $5 ECBs when you purchase one Gillette razor

Total before coupons: $19.69
Total after coupons: $11.60
Used $10 ECBs from first transaction. Paid $1.73 (tax) out of pocket.
Earned $9.79 in ECBs. I will have a total of $19.79 in ECBs for next week's deals.
Whew! There is a lot of math dealing with coupons and deals. However, I believe it is totally worth it. So every Saturday, I'll type up my game plan. Every Sunday, I'll share with you all the deals I purchased. Thank you so much for following along and ask any questions in the comments!! 
                                                                       -Christina Andrade
<![CDATA[Couponing 101]]>Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:48:45 GMThttp://savvysavings.weebly.com/grocery/couponing-101Picture
Hello everyone! So my first post will be very basic information about coupons. I hope this blog will help guide you into how to save money on your grocery bills, along with drugstore deals! 

What is "couponing" and why do it? 
Couponing is the act of matching store sales along with coupons to bring your out of pocket expense as low as possible. Once the item is at the lowest price possible, it is advised to buy multiple quantities of that item (stock up). 

Where can I find coupons?
  • Sunday Newspaper: I prefer the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I buy my newspapers at my local Krogers. They sell a bundle of two newspapers for $3. I buy two bundles, therefore giving me four newspapers resulting in having four copies of each coupon in that newspaper. Inside each newspaper, there will be coupon inserts/magazines. The inserts are named SmartSource (SS), Red Plum (RP), or Proctor & Gamble (P&G). The P&G insert usually only comes once at the end of every month. I like to visit Sunday Coupon Preview to see how many inserts I should be expecting and what kind of coupons will be included.
  • Internet Printable Coupons: This is the easiest way of starting your coupon collection or if you're low on time. By visiting Coupons.com, Red Plum, and SmartSource, you will have to download a coupon printer file which will allow you to print two "like" coupons. YOU CANNOT PHOTOCOPY COUPONS. This constitutes coupon fraud and the coupon police will come knocking at your door!! Just kidding. But seriously don't. Each printed coupon has it's own unique code. You can however print from different computers! Also, be sure to "like" your favorite brands on Facebook as companies frequently send awesome coupons through their Facebook page. 
  • Inside products or on the packaging: This type of coupon is also known as a "peelie" since you peel the coupon off the package and use it. 
  • Digital Coupons: These coupons are loaded onto your grocery store loyalty card. 

Getting Started:
  1. Pick one or two stores and get comfortable with that store's coupon policy.
  • Each grocery store is unique. If available, access the store's coupon policy and print it out to bring with you just in case a problem with a cashier arises.
  • Join their loyalty card program, if applicable. I mainly shop at Albertson's and occasionally visit Kroger or Tom Thumb. 

  • Access the store's weekly ad online
  • Drug stores are a completely different ball park. My next post will be how to save at CVS. 

   2.     Collect and organize coupons.
  • Stay organized! This is probably the most important rule in couponing. I use a binder but find whatever best works for you. 
  • Every Sunday, before adding new coupons to my binder, I will throw away any expired coupons. This ensures that all my coupons are valid and there won't be any wasted space within the binder. 
  • Only cut coupons you know your family will use. Also, keep in mind if you can get the items for free, think if it could be donated. 
  • In my coupon binder, I organize my sections by: General, Fridge, Freezer, Cleaning, Beauty, Medicine, Pets, Household, Misc, Restaurants, Beverages, Snacks/Candy.
Beginning to coupon can be very informative as it is A LOT of information to take in. I look at using coupons as a fun hobby that saves me tons of money. Keep in mind that savings can take time because it takes time to collect coupons. Don't expect to spend $5 on $100 grocery bill. This site is to show you how to get amazing savings, not how to buy 97 tubes of toothpaste for free. (Even though I do have like 20 tubes under my sink, but don't judge me!) My next couple of posts will be about how to save at specific stores. Please leave a question if you're confused about anything! Thank you so much for reading and I am so excited about showing you how to save money for you and your family. 

                                                                           ~Christina Andrade