What I'm Buying - Smiths, 5/1

Thursday, May 2, 2013
I know I haven't posted one of these for a long time...

I have still been doing coupons.  But couponing has changed a LOT in the last three years!  So many new rules, smaller values, less deals...It's still a good way to save money, but you won't be able to find the items for pennies on the dollar like you could have several years ago (or like some television shows would have you believe are totally realistic).  The shows have had a devastating impact on coupon usage, not only from coupon users, but for stores and manufacturers as well.  Oh well, I suppose that is just how things go - always changing, always evolving, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.

Here's what I picked up at Smith's last night, to take advantage of their P&G Buy 4 Save $4 Promo:

(4) Satin Care shave gel, on sale 2.00 (1.00 after promo, .45 after coupon)
(4) Gain fabric softener, on sale 4.99 (3.99 after promo, 3.49 after coupon)
(4) Tide Boost 18ct, on sale 5.99 (4.99 after promo, 2.99 after coupon)
(1) Charmin 12ct double rolls, on sale 6.99 (5.99 after promo, 4.99 after coupon)
(3) Bounce dryer sheets, on sale 4.99 (3.99 after promo, 2.99 after coupon)
(5) Crest toothpaste, on sale 2.69 (1.69 after promo, .69 after coupon)
(3) Downy fabric softener, on sale 4.99 (3.99 after promo, 2.99 after coupon)
(8) Pantene ProV shampoo/conditioner, on sale 3.79 (2.79 after promo, 1.29 after coupon)
(4) Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal, on sale 1.88 (1.13 after coupon)
(1) Quaker Big Chewy granola bars, on sale 1.88 (1.13 after coupon)
(1) gal orange juice, on sale 2.50
(2) gal whole milk, on sale 2.69 (2.44 after coupon)
(1) Almond Breeze almond milk, on sale 2.99
(2) Kraft Fresh Take, 3.29 (2.29 after coupon, 1.29 after Catalina)
(2) Zote pink soap, 1.19
(1) Arm & Hammer washing soda, 3.59
(1) White King water softener, 4.29

Total:  $102.96 + $2 Catalina coupon good off of next purchase

I kinda cried when I saw the total.  There were times in the past when something like this would have cost me well under $60.  I miss the days of Albertsons.  But hey, savings is savings.  It doesn't seem to be keeping up with inflation, but what can you do? It's still better than paying full price for all of this.  My receipt says I saved $100.88 - $54.88 of that was Fresh Values savings (we all know the regular non-sale price is totally over-inflated, so this one is kinda null and void), but $46 of that was from manufacturer coupons, and that IS quite a big savings!  That pretty much covers the costs of my newspaper subscriptions for almost a full year!  :)