Monday, January 4, 2010

1st Grocery trip of the year

I caved. I've avoided grocery shopping... well any type of shopping really... since December 31. Today I went to WinCo and Target.

Tomato, Roma ........... $2.35 (3.01 lb @ 78¢ lb)
Guerrero corn tortillas, 4.58 lbs ........... $2.68
Pepsi, 12-pk ........... $3.58
Kraft Shredded Sharp Cheddar ........... $1.58 (I didn't have my coupons with me)
Lettuce head ........... 98¢
Mission Burrito tortillas, 5.14 lb ........... $6.31
Annie Chun Soup ........... $1.98
Subtotal ........... $19.46
Total tax ........... .30
Total ........... $19.76

Yes, I bought the large packages of tortillas since my kids love breakfast burritos so both packages will last us at least four meals each.

I had to return the coat I bought the hubby for Christmas because the pocket ripped right at the zipper! I liked that coat for him because it was a nice muted brown without looking so ugly. I paid $44.99 for the coat and with tax I received a refund of $48.72. Unfortunately they didn't have the same coat in his size (one size too small) so I had to get him a navy blue one instead. The coats are now on clearance and so I bought him a dual layer coat (original price $$64.99) for $45.48. The price out of pocket: 53¢!

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Couponing Acronyms

$1.50 SS 10/18 - $1.50 coupon from the October 18 Smart Source insert
$1.50/3 - $1.50 of when you buy 3 items
B1G1/BOGO - Buy One, Get One
CC - Competitor Coupon
FAR - Free After Rebate
MFC or MFR - Manufacturer Coupon
MIR - Mail in Rebate
OOP - Out of Pocket
P&G - Procter & Gamble Insert
RP - Red Plum Insert
RR - Register Reward (Wags)
SC - Store Coupon
SS - Smart Source Insert
WAGS - Walgreens
WFC - Weekly Flyer Coupon
WYB - When You Buy

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In stores:

Blinkies – Found on various store aisles these little machines spit out coupons as you pull them out. Most blinkies have little lights that blink hence the name.

Catalinas – Receipt-like coupons printed at the register. Not all stores have Catalinas (such as WinCo). These are typically NOT printed on the back of the register receipt.

Hang/Wine Tags – Found around the neck of a bottle with a little piece of string or rubber band.

Peelies – Coupons found on certain products that peel away from the product.

Tearpads – Coupons on a tear away pad. Typically found in a display and not directly on the product.

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Home mailers - sign up for products online or even contact a company to either complain or complement their products. Click here for a blog with over 200 links to companies that will mail you coupons!

Internet coupons - There are many places online that you can print coupons from. See links below for printable online coupons.

Magazines – Pretty much all magazines will have coupons in it. Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Parenting, Working Mother are a few. The BEST magazine with coupons is All You magazine.

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