There were a few deals I wanted to do today. So once my son was in preschool, off my daughter and I went to the stores! In my area, there is an Albertsons, Safeway, Rite Aid, and Walgreens all within a strip mall’s distance, so it works well to go there when I wish to do trips to different stores.
Here’s what I found today:
(5) Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (more on this deal HERE)
(2) Wonderful Pistachios (on buy one, get one free)
(2) Honey Nut Cheerios (not super cheap, but a decent price since we were out)
(1) Ketchup (because my daughter requires this)
Used a $1/3 and $0.50/2 coupons for the fruit snacks
Used $1 coupon for the pistachios
Used the $1/2 printable coupon for the Cheerioes
Total paid: $11.91, plus earned a $3 Catalina coupon for the fruit snacks.
(1) Sue Bee Honey $4.99
(2) Nasoya Japanese Noodles $2.79 each (more on this deal HERE)
Used the $1/1 peelie on the honey
Used the $1/1 Nasoya insert coupons
Used three double coupons
Total paid: $4.57
My store was out of the cheap Electrasol, so I left with a raincheck.
(4) Air Wick i-motion compacts $9.99
Buy one, get one free sale
Used (4) $3/1 coupons from 1/2 SmartSource
(more Rite Aid deals HERE)
Total paid: NOTHING, because I used a gift card I earned, received a $3 UP Reward
Additionally earned $19.96 towards my $20 Resolution UP Reward!
(If paying cash, this would’ve worked out to $9.84, or $1.99 each + tax)
I decided to enter my receipts into my Savings Tracker, to illustrate how it could work. Of course, how you choose to use it is entirely up to you.
Albertsons and Safeway are pretty straight forward. You’ll notice that I earned a $3 Catalina at Safeway. Because it’s still in my pocket, I’m not accounting for it at all in my savings. However, I did write the note “$3 OYNO” in the far right column to remind myself. When I go to spend it, that will be added as a $3 coupon in the next transaction.
Rite Aid is a bit trickier. Last year I didn’t have the tax column, I didn’t feel it was necessary. But many of you asked for it. Guess what? I still am not convinced. I feel it throws things off and makes things unnecessarily complicated. So I just included the tax in my shelf cost and will personally be leaving my tax column blank this year. Feel free to do the same if you wish.
Some of you have noted that the tax column isn’t in the Google Docs. I will take a look at that and apologize for the oversight.
Getting back to Rite Aid, the simplest way for me to calculate the shelf cost was by taking the amount I paid with my gift card ($9.82). adding the wellness savings of $19.98 (noted on my receipt), and the total coupons I used ($12). That gave me a total of $41.80. Again, I’ve decided for my personal use I don’t care about tax. I’m just including it in my shelf total. For coupons, I added $12 for the manufacturer’s coupons, and also the $9.82 in gift card money I used. The gift card was issued to me when my UP Rewards didn’t print last week.
Bottom line: Register Rewards, Catalina coupons, gift cards, etc. I add to the “coupons” total when I redeem them. This is what makes sense to my brain.
So far this month? I have a savings rate of 80.95% and still have $283.52 left in my $300/month budget. Not bad!
Don’t forget that I’ll be doing a webcast on Monday to explain more about setting your grocery budget and how the Savings Tracker works.