I wanted to use my Quaker coupons today at QFC where I learned the boxes of oatmeal were priced at $1.49 this week. I was also inspired by the readers that commented on my Fred Meyer ecoupons post this morning and decided to give the Healthy Choice deal a go. Here's how I did.
I spent $17.57 for everything pictured above. While it's not the greatest savings know to man, I'm pretty happy considering this was mostly a "needs based" trip. (Pay no attention to the partially used bottle of apple juice…the kids couldn't wait for my grocery photo session!)
The Healthy Choice dinners worked out to $0.07 each! I used the $5-off-$5 printable and loaded my Fred Meyer Rewards card with the $5-off-$5 ecoupon ahead of time. Aren't you all proud of me? I'm stepping on up! A note to those doing this deal: pay attention. The printable beeped for me, as it did the other two readers who did the deal. I assumed my cashier pushed it through, but it was only on our way out of the store that I realized she hadn't. UGH.
This may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but I really do NOT like resolving issues like this. I'm really not this "fearless coupon gal." Not a bit! But I took a deep breath, got my coupon back from the cashier and took it to customer service where they quickly gave me my money back. My cashier was clueless about ecoupons – so just be prepared if you're going to do this deal. Was it worth it? Ummm…I just got 5 dinners for $0.35 total, so yes, I'd say it was!
A couple other finds. The salad was $0.88 (and I had a $1 off coupon but the cashier refused to take it…sheesh, not my day, huh?). Anyhow, I firmly believe the salad should have been free, I just didn't feel like duking it out over $0.88. Not my style. Oh! And the Nabisco bags were just $1 each! I didn't have any coupons, but felt that they would make a nice treat for the weekend ahead for the kiddos.
All told, I estimate that I saved about $26.74 after coupons and sales – a savings rate of 60%. Hmmm. Maybe that wasn't so bad after all!
I should be good on groceries until next week – my girlfriends and I are doing another freezer meal swap and I'll likely need to do a larger shop. I'll share more about that trip and the meal swap next week.
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