Megan's Trips, Publix

My Publix Trip: $48.85 for $127.86 in groceries

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Wednesday morning, I ran to Publix to pick up the new ad and a few items. A lot of people have a misconception that couponers are crazy, clear shelves, and buy a ton of items they do not need. I agree that there are some like that; however, I’m not one of them. If there is a really good sale and I can stock up on body wash for my four year old who uses WAY too much, then I will buy around 6 bottles to last a few months. If there is a free item that I do not need (like the Tena pads at CVS), I will get it and donate it.

I am able to consistently save 55-75% off groceries, pet food, and household items each month. I do this by stocking up (enough to last around 6 weeks when it will be on sale again), using coupons, using mobile rebates/coupons, and being creative when planning meals for the week. 

Below is a picture from my Publix shopping trip on Wednesday morning. I am going to list out what I bought and how I bought it. I hope this helps some of you who have asked me how to do this, how to stack coupons, and how to save money on the items you need.

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What I bought:
-1 gallon Publix 2% milk
-1 gallon Publix whole milk
-2.28 lbs. of bananas
-1 Tylonel Cold & Sinus
-2 Pedisure Sidekicks
-2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios (BOGO)
-2 Frito Lays 20-pack Chips
-2 Nature’s Own White-Wheat bread
-2 Huggies One & Done wipes
-3 cans Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup
-1 bottle Men’s Dial Body Wash (BOGO)
-1 bottle Women’s Dial Body Wash (BOGO)
-1 $25.00 Bass Pro Gift Card
-3 bags of Beneful dog food, BOGO (my Publix isn’t a “true BOGO” store)

What coupons I used (and in what order):
-(3) $5.00 off of $30.00 Winn-Dixie Coupons
-(1) $1.00 off of any wipes, Winn-Dixie Baby Club Coupon
-(1) $0.75 off of any Pet treats or food, Winn-Dixie Baby Club Coupon
-(2) $1.00 off of Beneful Dog Food Target Printable
-(2) $1.00 off of bananas when you buy Cheerios 10 oz. or larger, Publix coupon
-(1) $10.00 off of a Bass Pro gift card when you purchase $25.00 or more in groceries, Publix coupon from Health and Beauty Flyer
-(2) $1.00 off Frito Lays Variety Pack, Publix coupon from Stocking Spree Mailed Book
-(2) Free Nature’s Own White-Wheat Bread when you purchase a Frito Lays Variety Pack, Publix coupon
-(1) $1.00 off TWO BOXES General Mills Big G cereals
-(3) $2.00 off Purina Beneful Dog Food Bag, SS 4/27
-(2) $0.50 off Huggies Wipes, SS 5/18
-(1) $0.40 off 3 Campbell’s condensed Soups Printable
-(1) $1.00 off TWO Dial or Dial for Men Body Washes 
-(1) $5.00 off two Pediasure products, manufacture coupon from a Similac Starter Kit I received in the mail
Total price in store: $56.85

After I got home, I submitted for a few mobile rebates:
-$0.25 cash back on bananas (exp 6/11) Checkout 51
-$0.25 cash back on any gallon of milk, Ibotta
-$1.00 cash back on 1 Dial Body wash, Ibotta
-$1.00 cash back on 1 Dial Body wash for men, Ibotta
-$1.00 cash back bonus for redeeming two Dial rebates, Ibotta
-$3.00 cash back on 2 Pediasure Sidekicks, Ibotta
-$1.00 cash back for June Teamwork bonus, Ibotta
-$0.50 cash back Triple Play bonus for redeeming three offers, Ibotta
Mobile Rebate Total: $8.00

Total before coupons, savings, and tax: $127.86
Final Price: $48.85
Savings: $84.48 or 62%

If you notice, I didn’t buy any “odd ball” items. I bought Huggies wipes for my baby girl in diapers, body wash for my husband, body wash for myself, Pediasure for my picky four year old, dog food for our dog, Tylonel Cold & Sinus for my husband’s head cold, and a Bass Pro gift card for a Father’s Day gift for my husband. I also bought Cheerios and bananas for breakfast. I bought bread and chips for lunches (sandwiches). Since we won’t use two loaves of bread before it molds, I put one loaf in the freezer.

It is possible to save money each week. You just have to shop a little differently then how you are used to shopping. Granted, I’ve already built a small “stock pile” which means I usually just have to buy “perishable” items each week. I already have canned vegetables, some meat in the freezer, and rice in the pantry. Once you have those items on hand, you can save quite a bit each week. Don’t let the “stock pile” part scare you. It’s simple to buy 8 bags of rice when it is on sale with coupons making it $0.25 a bag to “stock up” and last until the next sale. See? It’s all about how you shop. 🙂 You kind of “plan ahead”. If you don’t have time to clip the coupons you need, please make sure you are at least saving on milk each week with rebates via free mobile apps.  

As always, I welcome and love your comments, questions, emails, “likes”, “shares”, “re-tweets”, “favorites”, and “re-pins”. How was your shopping trip this week? Any savings is a good savings. 🙂

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