Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Our Jewel Trip Last Night
So we sort of stuck to our plan.....We went to Jewel and got the $30 deal so we could get the $15 back. We also were on the lookout for other great deals that we could use with one of the $5 coupons. Unfortunately, they were out of the Butterball turkey I was hoping to get so we just made a couple of other buys. We rang up in 4 separate transactions and everything went flawlessly. What I learned: at that Jewel they do not need to put in all of your coupons in the self check out! The coupon will scan and then you put it in the slot. This was so great because I know that I have real coupons and no internet fakes and I hate feeling like I am holding up a line or driving the cashier crazy when I hand over my stack of coupons. So here's a breakdown of what we got: Transaction 1: 2 Wishbone Bountifuls Salad Dressing (I had an internet coupon, but when I tried to link it, the offer is gone. Sorry) 7.18 - 3.84 sale - (2) 1.00 man Q = 1.34 (.67 each) 4 Better CrockerBagged Cookie Mixes (coupon) 10.76 - 4.10 sale - (4) .75 man Q = 3.66 (.91-.92 each) 3 Betty Crocker Frosting Tubs (print with the cookies) 6.27 - 1.26 sale -(3) .55 man Q = 3.36 (1.12 each) 1 Knorr Sides Plus Veggies (coupon) 2.75 - 1.08 sale - .60 man Q = 1.07 7 Betty Crocker Potatoes (print with other Betty Crocker) 19.03 - 9.03 sale - (7) .40 man Q = 4.20 (.60 each) 6 Green Giant Boxed veggies (print with Betty Crocker) 14.40 - 8.40 sale - (3) 1.00/2 man Q = 3.00 (.50 each) 1 Vaseline Lotion (had a coupon from the paper last week) 3.49 - .99 sale - 1.25 man Q = 1.25
Total before discounts: 60.88 Total after discounts: 17.88oop this is without tax Saved: 43.00......71% Got Back: 3 5.00 Jewel coupons (these have no limitations except they cannot be used together)
Transaction 2: 1 Bag Tyson Chicken Strips (had a newspaper Q...not sure from when, sometime in Oct. Sorry) 9.99 - 2.00 sale - 1.00 man Q = 6.99
Total before discounts: 9.99 Total after discounts: 6.99 (used 5.00 Jewel Q, so 1.99 oop) this is without tax Saved: 8.00......80%
Total before discounts: 8.99 Total after discounts: 5.99 (used 5.00 Jewel Q, so .99 oop) this is without tax Saved: 8.00......89%
Transaction 4: 3 Progresso Soups (printed with BetteyCrocker) 8.55 - 5.58 sale - 1.00/3 man Q = 1.97 (.65-.66 each) 2 Pure Protein Bars (had a newspaper Q) 3.58 - 1.58 sale - 1.50/2 man Q = .50 (.25 each) 2 Bags of Doritos 7.98 - 3.99 BOGO sale = 3.99 (1.99 -2.00 each)
We only got the Doritos because we weren't up to 5.00 to use our Jewel Q and it was 10:30 so we just grabbed. I'm sure there were way better deals, but oh well.
Total before discounts: 20.11 Total after discounts: 6.46 (used 5.00 Jewel Q, so 1.46 oop) this is without tax Saved: 18.65......93%
Our totals for the whole trip: Total before discounts: 99.97 Total after discounts: 37.32 (used (3) 5.00 Jewel Q, so 22.32 oop) this is without tax (with tax: 23.76) Saved: 77.65......78% WOW! I can't believe it!
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.