Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week Week 7: Savings At Meijer

Here’s a peek at the winner of our Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week $20 Giveaway’s Grocery trip this week!  Remember this feature is completely dependent on you sending your grocery savings in, so if you’d like a chance at that $20, send me a picture of your Real Food Groceries, along with a list of how you saved. 

 

Here’s what Jamia bought at Meijers for just $9.46 (she saved $37.96 – wow!)

 

(2) 2lb bags Organic Carrots $1.79 ea
Organic Romaine Hearts $2.99
Cucumber on sale $0.50
3-1lb Strawberries  on sale 3/$4.00
Artichoke on sale $1
Organic Baby Spinach on sale $2.50
Mushrooms on sale $1.67
Wonton Skins on sale $2
Wholly Guacamole $3.99
  • Used FREE MQ received by mail from recent brand survey/promotion
Red Star Platinum Yeast packets on sale $1.19
Frozen Ground Turkey on sale $1.50
2 dozen eggs on sale 3/$4
  • Used $.55/2 Dozen Eggs (recent printable, no longer available)
Glutino Breakfast Bars $4.49
  • Used $4 printable MQ won through the Beat the Wheat promotion on their Facebook page -this is still available and it’s not hard to win some sort of coupon!
Freezer Paper on sale $2.50
$3 Catalina coupon from previous purchase
  • Used $6 Mperks Reward for purchasing $35 in produce last month
  • Used $5 Mperks Reward for purchasing $20 in beauty/haircare last month
  • Paid $9.46 total w/ tax and saved $37.89 – wow!
Here’s what Jamia shared about making the most of her Meijers deals (I loved her tips)!
While I only spent $9.46 total, dollars accumulate for mPerks rewards BEFORE coupons (inc. last month’s mPerks rewards) are applied. So, this transaction added $18.24 towards the $40 I need to spend on produce this month to earn a $6 reward, plus $2.50 towards the $20 I need to spend on Paper products this month to earn a $5 reward. I also received a few awesome checkout coupons including one for $1.50 off my next produce purchase that I will definitely use next time.
 
I love how these mPerks rewards roll and are earned on pre-coupon prices. On last months receipts, I saved over 70% each time and only spent about $50 total. This is less than the $55 I needed to “spend” in Produce and Beauty to get the $11 in rewards redeemed this week, plus my trips also included a fair amount of items from departments with no rewards.
Are you trying to save big using coupons and shopping the sales ads for whole foods or organic items? Send a picture of your grocery trip to contact @ passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces) including whole or organic foods (items like diapers, cleaning supplies, and paper products can be included as well, just no Velveeta, please.) ;)  If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll send you a $20 gift card to your grocery store of choice!

Laurie’s CVS Trip: Free Photo Album + Easter Candy Savings

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Have you ever had one of those days? Today was that kind of day at our house, so I just now finished tucking the kids in bed and wanted to share what I scored at CVS today. (At least most of my Easter candy shopping is done!)  Here’s what I bought:

 

Transaction #1

Bought 1 Photo Album $4.99

  • Paid $4.99 at checkout, got $4.99 ECBs
Transaction #2
Bought 1 Reese’s Eggs $3
Bought 1 Twix $3
Bought 1 3Musketeers $3
Bought 1 Colgate $3
  • Used $2/3 3 Musketeers and Twix 
  •  Used $2.50/1 Colgate coupon (printed at CVS coupon machine)
  • Used $4.99 ECBs from Transaction #1
  • Paid $2.51 + tax at checkout, got $2 ECBs
  • Like paying $5.50 after coupons and ECBs – not bad since the candy alone was normally over $9!

 

 

Note: I did use the code BOOK40 at checkout which dropped my price to $2.99, however the ECBs did not print for me so I didn’t include them in the scenario. My cashier did print them manually, but I’m not sure whether or not it will work so decided to keep that off the list!

 

Have you gotten any great deals at CVS this week? Leave a comment to share, and be sure to check out all the deals at CVS this week!

Tax Day Fun

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Did you get any tax day deals today? My buddy Shannon sent me the picture of her car full at Sonic, and when my afternoon carpool saw it they had to get in on the fun too. :)

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It’s not too late to get some of the deals, so be sure to check the out over HERE before they end tonight!

Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week: Win a $20 Gift Card When You Send In Your Savings!

I’m so (soooo!) excited to share this new fun feature with you all! A PPP fan on Facebook mentioned how much she’d like to see a grocery trip sharing what $20 of “real” food looked like in our grocery shopping trips. I got to thinking, and decided it would be so fun if we did it as a special reader giveaway ~ and let you do the work!

 

So, each Saturday (as you all send in your grocery trips), I’ll choose one lucky winner to get a $20 gift card to their grocery store of choice when they share their real food savings.  Here’s what you’ll need to do to qualify:

  • Send a picture of your grocery trip to contact @ passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces) including whole or organic foods (items like diapers, cleaning supplies, and paper products can be included as well, just no Velveeta, please) ;)
  • Share exactly what you purchased (how many of each item, and how much you spent)
  • List the coupons  that you used
  • Include the store that you shopped
  • Feel free to also offer other information that you think would help readers save on whole and organic foods

 

I’ll choose one winner each week to win a $20 gift card to their favorite store, and highlight your shopping trip on Saturday. See how Shannon saved big this week at Earth Fare), and share how you’ve saved too!  I know you all loved seeing that you can save even on good-for-you-foods using coupons, so I can’t wait to see how you do!

 

Good luck, and remember this feature is completely dependent on you. Get shopping and start sending in those pictures – you could win $20 to pay off your grocery trip!

 

 

Note that it’s very important to include only coupons that are legitimate offers for everyone ~ thanks guys!

Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week Week 6: Savings at Earth Fare

 

Here’s a peek at the winner of our Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week $20 Giveaway’s Grocery trip this week!  Remember this feature is completely dependent on you sending your grocery savings in, so if you’d like a chance at that $20, send me a picture of your Real Food Groceries, along with a list of how you saved. 

 

I only had one entry this week into the contest (I was so surprised!), so be sure to send in your trips so you can win too! Here’s what PPP shared about her trip:
Here’s my entry for the Real Food Grocery Challenge.  Great shopping trip at Earth Fare on Saturday!  I had a text coupon to get free salsa, an email coupon to get free tortilla chips, an email coupon to get make-your-own pizza ingredients for $1 each, and a coupon to get $7 off a $30 purchase!  Here’s what I bought:
  • 1 Gourmet Fresh salsa- free with coupon (would have been $3.99)
  • 1 Gourmet Fresh Tortilla Strips- free with coupon! (would have been $3.99)
  • 2 packs shredded mozzarella- $1 each with Make Your Own Pizza coupon (would have been $4.50 each)
  • 2 packs pizza sauce- $1 each with  Make Your Own Pizza coupon   (would have been $2.08 each)
  • 2 packs pizza crust dough- $1 each with  Make Your Own Pizza coupon   (would have been $3.49 each)
  • 1 carton Imagine soup- $2.99- 50 cents off coupon in store booklet
  • 1 can organic green beans- $1.33 (on sale)
  • 1 can Amy’s soup- $2.98
  • 1 pack all-natural Chicken sausage $4.99 (on sale)
  • almost one pound organic asparagus- $4.74 ($4.99 a pound)
  • 1 and a quarter pound organic broccoli- $4.18 ($3.29 a pound)
  • 2 large organic baking potatoes- $2.31 ($1.79 a pound)
  • Creamy goat cheese spread- $2.79 (on closeout)
  • Used $7 off $30 coupon= Total:  $24.81 plus tax!
  • Total $24.81 + tax
I loved the way she used all of her Earth Fare coupons to save big! I couldn’t find the Make Your Own Pizza coupon (I’m pretty sure that promotion has already ended), but I be sure to sign up for Earth Fare’s Mobile coupons, and don’t miss their $7 off $30 purchase when you play their Fortune Giver game. Be sure to check out all the current Earth Fare savings before you shop!

 

Are you trying to save big using coupons and shopping the sales ads for whole foods or organic items? Send a picture of your grocery trip to contact @ passionate penny pincher.com (leave out spaces) including whole or organic foods (items like diapers, cleaning supplies, and paper products can be included as well, just no Velveeta, please.) ;)  If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll send you a $20 gift card to your grocery store of choice!

25 Time Saving Computer Tips

We survived the 25 Days of Time Saving Computer Tips (whew!)  For the last day, I thought I’d roundup all of the information into one easy (organized) post. I’d love to hear if these have helped you out in any way, and if you know of any fun tips I’ve missed, leave a comment to share with other folks!

Control & Function Keys

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

Websites that I love
 
Computer Tricks

Google Tricks

Time Saving Tips for Couponers

 

Were there any tips that you love that I’ve missed? Leave a comment to share – I’m always looking for even more ways to save time online!

New Checkout 51 Offers Starting 4/10/14

Have you signed up yet for Checkout 51?  It’s a great extra way to save a little more on your grocery trips, and just for signing up you’ll get a $2 bonus when you upload your first receipt of $20 or more.

Here’s how it works in a nutshell:

  • Every Thursday morning Checkout 51 releases new money-saving offers.  
  • You choose the offers you like & purchase them at any store 
  • Upload a photo of your receipt (or packing slip for online orders) through your mobile app or website
  • When your account balance gets up to $20, Checkout 51 will send you a check!

Checkout 51 Offers

Here are a few of the deals available this week, 4/10/14:
Have you tried out Checkout 51 yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts – head on over HERE to get started and let me know what you think!
Print more FREE high value coupons right from your home when you go HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

This post contains affiliate links.  See my disclosure policy to learn more.

 

Target Toy & Games Deal Roundup: Board Games As Low As $1.74 Each!

Target has a great deal on Play-Doh 4-packs through 4/12.  They’re on sale for 2.79, and you can snag them for $1.61 with coupons.  Here’s how:

Buy 1 Play-Doh 4-pack $2.79

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And don’t forget that through tomorrow you can still get some fantastic savings on board games at Target. I was tickled to grab a bunch of Easter Basket stuffers for my kiddos, and my store still had plenty of games in stock.

 

To make your trip go easier, you’ll want to print out any of the toy coupons you think you may use, then cut them and sort them alphabetically. This morning as I kept trying to go through the list, I wished I had thought to do that sooner (trust  me, you’ll be glad you took the extra few minutes to prepare!) Okie dokie ~ here are the deals . . .

 

***(NOTE: To make things easy, I just did the math assuming you bought two of each item – but you can mix and match any of the Target game deals)*** 

 

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Funny or Die $9.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

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Tetris Jenga $9.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

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Angry Birds Go on sale $7.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

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Twister $15.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

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Operation $11.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off for Doc McStuffins – regular Operation was $14.99 I think?) 

Memory Games $6.99 

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Monopoly $11.99 (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

 

 

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Rebelle or Mega Nerf Guns $9.99 – $19.99  (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

 

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Rebelle or Mega Nerf Guns $9.99 – $19.99  (on sale buy one get one 50% off) 

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Be sure to see even more great deals I found at Target today (don’t miss the free Suave Infusions!), and if you’re new to using coupons at Target, read this before you go.

 

See all the deals at Target this week. 

 

25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 24: How To Print Coupons

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far into our 25 Days of Time Saving Computer Tips series and haven’t shared yet how to print coupons. (Eek!)  This is one of those things that will save you so much time while hunting down deals on the computer, and while I’m no expert, there are ways to make your life easier.

 

Here we go. ;)

  1. Sign up for all the basic coupon sites before printing coupons.  Different coupon sites offer different methods of printing, so I recommend installing the coupon printers at Coupons.comSmart Source, Hopster and Red Plum to access the majority of coupons available.  Once you’ve installed the coupon printer, you *should* have no problems printing your coupons.
  2. All of the sites that I mentioned above are safe for your computer.  If you’re ever unsure if a website is safe for you to use, always use your good judgement!  But coupons posted here on Passionate Penny Pincher are ones that we feel are safe for you to use, and print ourselves.
  3. If you’re having problems printing coupons, try a different browser. I’ve had better luck printing most coupons with Google Chrome, however for the life of me I can’t get Red Plum coupons to print (ughhhh!)  If you’re having issues in Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer or Moxilla Firefox, and hopefully one will work for you.  (I can print Red Plum coupons in Internet Explorer without any problems.)
  4. If you’re still having problems printing coupons you may want to try downloading an updated version of Java to your computer.
  5. Most of the major coupon websites have filters that will make finding your coupons easier.  For example, on Coupons.com, you can choose which coupons you’re looking for by selecting a category in the left sidebar.  Smart Source coupons are very easy to locate because they allow you to sort by manufacturer or product to find just what you’re looking for (I love that!)  When you go to a new coupon site, be sure to look over the entire page to find any hints on how to filter your coupons and make searching a little easier.

Please remember that as you’re printing coupons, you may never (ever, ever, never), copy a printable coupon.  Typically a manufacturer allows you to print two of each coupon, so by clicking your back button after printing the first coupon you’ll be allowed a second print.  However, most printable coupons have separate bar codes, and manufacturers are only required to reimburse a store for one coupon per bar code.  Learn more about ethical coupon usage HERE.

 

What questions do you have about printing coupons?  And, more importantly, if you know any great tips on how to print coupons, this not-so-technologically-advancedpenny-pincher would love for you to share them!

 

New to using coupons?  Start HERE.

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

Today Only: Shape Magazine $.37 Per Issue

 

This offer is back again! Get a one-year subscription to Shape Magazine for just $4.50 per year when you use the code PASSIONATE at checkout. I love Shape Magazine’s success stories and recipes, and this is a terrific price.  This offer expires tonight, so order soon if you’re interested.

 

 



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