the fury.

10 01 2010

the norovirus unleashed. well, at least i lost 4 lbs. although it’s probably temporary because now that i have my appetite back, i just ate half a box of cinnamon toast crunch. i can really blame it all on a surprise trip to shaws. as it turns out, i also got my appetite back for shopping.

this week there’s a number of pretty good deals going on:

pick 4 prepackaged veggies for $7.99. (that’s $1.99ish each for the non-math inclined). unfortunately, the only decent coupons available are the $1/2 for the fresh express (from a recent-ish newspaper- can’t remember which one)… and 4 bags of salad might be a mistake (especially if they’re already trying to unload them).

sargento shredded cheese is 2 for $4. if you use the $1/2 from the 11/15 smartsource, that’s $1.50 each for pretty good cheese.

ken’s salad dressing is 10/$10. $1/2 in this week’s smartsource = all the salad dressing you can use for $.50/ea.

but the real story is on the back page. buy $20 in participating general mills products (way more is included than is shown on the flier), and get a $5 catalina toward your next purchase. the boyfriend and i decided to stop in today to cash in on the $2.22 cereal (he finally worked his way through the backstock), and actually didn’t think we would get enough to get the cat- but the cereal was so cheap, it didn’t really matter. here’s how it went down (various coupons printed from coupons.com, redplum, & smartsource over the last few weeks- sorry no links!):

1 cocoa puffs with $.55/1 coupon doubled= $1.12

1 cocoa puffs with $.75/1 coupon doubled= $.72

1 cinnamon toast crunch with $.75/1 coupon doubled= $.72

1 original cheerios with $1/1 coupon= $1.22

1 honey nut cheerios with $.75/1 coupon doubled= $.72

5 boxes of cereal for $5.72 is pretty good, but i also had some bogo fiber one yogurt coupons (cut out of the backs of a bunch of fiber one granola bars i bought a while back)- and @ $1.99 each, it seemed like a good idea. still, before coupons it was only supposed to equal $15.08 in participating products.

LOOPHOLE!

the checker scanned all the products in before he scanned in the shaws card (the boyfriend was fumbling trying to get it out of his wallet and the checker got impatient), and the cat printed out before the shaw’s savings were taken off.  apparently the non-shaw’s-card price for the products was over $20- so we got all the products listed above, plus a newspaper ($1.75) and $3.59 gallon of skim milk for $11.43 with $5 back. that’s $6.43 bitches. a surprisingly good day.

*UPDATE* apparently (according to 2 of my more seasoned commenters- thanks , chris & winnie!),  shaw’s catalina deals are ALWAYS done on the pre-sale prices. woot!!!

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11 01 2010
Winnie P.

It seems like the catalina deals at Shaw’s are always on the pre-sale price, which is great. I think the theory is that everyone can get the deal…not just people with a Shaw’s card.
Glad to hear you are feeling better….we missed you:)
I miss Marden’s, too! We lived in Maine for a few years and I loved that store! We don’t have it in MA….

11 01 2010
bessmarvin

that’s the best news ever! i’ve always been calculating on the sale price- i bet i bought a lot of crap i didn’t need. this is exactly why i need a coupon sensei 🙂

as for mardens, i once got a marc jacobs miniskirt there for $15. enough said. they’re all over the state- if you ever come back to maine to visit, you should do a tour!

11 01 2010
chris

this is absolutely true, all shaw’s cat deals are always based on pre-sale prices. it takes a little recon work to go in and copy down your store’s regular prices, but it is worth it. come home and figure out the cheapest way to buy the products – get as close to the $20 on pre-sale prices, then calculate what it actually costs with sale prices and subtract coupons. it doesn’t matter if you scan your card before or after.

11 01 2010
bessmarvin

i have so much to learn! makes me wish that someone was bored enough to keep a shaw’s pricing website going. i’m so bad at keeping track of those things!

16 01 2010
Teresa

Hey Bess;

I couln’t find your contact info., I wanted to invite you to link up to Shopping Super Stars here:

http://www.moneysavingmaineac.com/2010/01/shopping-super-stars.html

Peace,
Teresa

16 01 2010
bessmarvin

thanks! i’m on my waaaaaaay!

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