Up To 60% Off Clearance at Michaels + Save An Extra 15% Off

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You all know I love the Michael’s Dollar Bins (which look like they’re now up to $1.50 bins ~ grrrr) so when I saw the coupon for 15% off your entire purchase you know I had to swing by! Thankfully my hubby and I had a lunch date, so it was a nice break away from the computer today. ;)

While I was there I realized they have a ton of their summer items on clearance for as low as $.50, so I was able to use the coupon to get some of those prices down to just $.42. If you have a birthday party or other event for your kids, this is such a great way to stock up on party favors, and I loved all the options they had! I bought everything above for a whopping $8.33 ($.69 a piece), and am sending several to my nieces for their apartments, and hanging onto a few for sotcking stuffers this Christmas. Fun!

Here are a few other things I noticed along the way . . .

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Compact mirrors were $.68 after coupon

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Paper desk sets $1.70 after coupon

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Mason jars in fun colors (so cute for birthday parties!) $1.27 after coupon

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Wood embellishments $.42 after coupon

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Monogrammed stationary $.42 after coupon

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 Cute chipboard tags not on sale – $1.27 after coupon

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Chipboard Letters not on sale – $1.27 after coupon

Have you found any great deal recently in the dollar bins at  your local Michael’s, Target, Dollar Tree or elsewhere? I’d love to hear what you found!

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies at the Drug Stores (Day 1)

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Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by how much your family spends at the grocery store?

 

Would you love to save 70%, 80%, or even 90% on toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and more?

 

Could weekly savings on basic household staples give your family additional freedom in your finances?

 

I promise, you can save at the drug stores with these simple tips.

 

Shopping at the drug stores is an incredible way to drastically reduce your shopping budget, but it takes a little time to learn the ins and outs of shopping using coupons at the drug stores. To help make it easier for you to pinch those pennies at the drug stores,  I’ve compiled dozens of tips that I’ll share over the course of the next three weeks, which will help you learn exactly how to save, every time you shop at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

 

I started using coupons at the drug stores back in 2006 when a good friend told me how much she was saving at the drug stores. My kids were younger then, so I stocked up on diapers, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and just about everything else in the store by using coupons matched up with the stores sales ads and any additional offers. The first year that I shopped at CVS alone I saved over $1,500 ~ clearly I was hooked!

 

Over the years the deals have changed a bit and penny pinching with coupons isn’t quite as easy as it once was, however I promise you can save if you’re willing to put in a little effort. Saving at the drug stores does take some work and determination, but if you’re willing to put in some time initially to learn your favorite drug store’s policies, I guarantee you’ll see changes in your family’s shopping budget.

 

To get started, I recommend choosing one store to focus on and learn everything you can about how to shop strategically at that one store. (I typically choose one that’s closest to my home especially if it’s well-stocked, as many of the same items go on sale at each of the drug stores throughout the course of a month or two.)  Once you’ve mastered shopping at that store, you may want to tackle learning to shop a second drug store, but keep it manageable so that you’re not overwhelmed. (This will help you stick with it, and since so many deals rotate you won’t miss out on many savings!)

 

QUICK TIP:  The very best savings of the year at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens typically happens on Thanksgiving Day (not Black Friday like most other retailers.) To really save big, learn to pinch your pennies at the drug stores throughout the year, so you’ll be ready to easily save when the big day comes around!

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{Today’s CVS trip: Spent $9.64 after coupons, ECBs & rebates for everything above}

Stop back tomorrow night as we’ll delve into the basics of CVS shopping, and in the meantime you can prepare for the CVS portion of the series by reading through this week’s CVS deals. If you have friends who could benefit from saving on diapers, toiletries, paper products and more, I’d love for you to invite them to join us too!

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What questions do you have about shopping the drug stores? Leave a comment, and I’ll be sure to tackle your questions throughout the series – I promise you can do this!

 

 

 

 

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Laurie’s Costco Trip + Updates (My Not-So-Normal Trip)

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I made a quick run to Costco this weekend (after joining a few weeks ago they sent me a few special coupons in the mail), and while I know this isn’t a normal trip that everyone could get, it was too fun not to share! I was able to stock up on a ton of ground beef thanks to a $6 off meat purchase coupon that they mailed me, as well as a few freebies.

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(Note: these coupons were sent because I just joined, so I don’t think these come out normally!)  

 

Here’s what I bought:

  • 40 pack Kirkland Water Bottles $3.89 – free after coupon
  • 2 half gallons ice cream $10.99 – free after coupon (note: I think that is normally a really high price on the ice cream, and wouldn’t have purchased it there without the free coupon!)
  • 2 pack bagels $5.49 – free after coupon (again, I think that price is a little high for bagels, but definitely worth free!)
  • 5.80 pounds ground beef $19.13, used $6 off coupon to make it $16.13 (the coupon made it $2.26/lb., which is a great price for beef right now!)
  • 1 watermelon $3.99
  • Total = $17.12

As always, it is so important to walk into Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s or any other warehouse store with a very specific budget in place, as it is EASY to go over budget thereI do think they have some good prices on produce, meat, and dairy items (as well as a few other items especially when they offer a sale!), but be careful to stick to your plan so you don’t spend too much.

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 While I was there I did some quick price checking, and saw a few deals worth watching for! My favorites were the kids costumes priced at $12.99 – these looked like they were high quality, and perfect for Halloween.

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This month you can get 220 loads of Kirkland fabric softener for $7.59 with their instant coupon – makes it $.03 per load and a great price!

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Kirkland Laundry Detergent is also on sale after coupon, but I missed the price. It should make for a decent deal though, and I’ve heard good reviews on Kirkland brand detergent!

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Also watch for Pedigree Dog Food priced at $19.49 for a 55 lb bag – I have no idea how this compares price wise to coupon shopping, so if you know, please leave a comment to share!

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Kellogg’s 72 ct Eggos $6.99 after instant coupon or $.09 per waffle

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Propel Bottles 24 pack $8.99 after instant coupon or $.37 each

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Windex cleaner 32 oz + 172 oz refill $9.19 after instant cleaner or $.04/oz

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Gatorade 28 ct bottles or $.37 per bottle after instant coupon

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Ground beef was $3.49 per pound

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They also have mums for $15.99 at our local store – this seemed a little pricey to me, but I haven’t seen the prices on them here at local nurseries, so maybe it’s a decent price?

 

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Curious how Sam’s Club & Costco stock up? See more about who’s got the best prices, and let us know what deals you’ve found at your local warehouse store if you shop them as well!

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Kroger Extra Finds:Free M&M’s, Jimmy Dean Entree, $.49 Pine Sol, Lady Speed Stick & More

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Head on over HERE to download a FREE Jimmy Dean Delights Frozen Lunch or Dinner Entrée 4.6 – 9 oz (Exp 9/20).   

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Also check out this list of deals my friend Staci found this week at Kroger, and don’t forget to see how to score 15 items for just over $6 this week! Let us know if you find any other great deals while you’re out and about.

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Finish Dishwasher Cleaner $2.79 (Mega Sale)

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Lady Speed Stick Deodorant $.99 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $0.50/1, $1/2 Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Lady Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.3 oz or Larger – 8-24-14 SS
  • $.49 after coupon

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Herbal Essence Body Wash $1.99 (Mega Sale)

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Ivory 10 pk $2.99 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $.25/1 printable or $0.25/1 Ivory Body Wash, 12 oz or Bar Soap, 3 ct 8-31-14 PG or $.50/1 Ivory Boar Soap from the 8-31-14 PG
  • $2.49 after coupon

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Gillette Shave Gel $1.99 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $.50/1 printable or $1.00/1 Gillette Shave Prep 8-31-14 PG
  • $.99 after coupon

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Old Spice Shampoo $2.99 (Mega Sale)

 

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Cascade Complete $2.99 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $.55/1 printable or $1.00/1 Cascade with Clorox 8-31-14 PG
  • $1.99 after coupon

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Babybel $3.49 (Mega Sale)

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The Laughing Cow Cheese $1.69 (Mega Sale)

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Sargento Cheese $2.29 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $0.50/2 Sargento Natural Cheese Slices – 8-24-14 SS
  • $1.79 after coupon

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Bugles or Chex Mix $1.49 (Mega Sale)

  • Use $.50/2 printable or $1.00/2, $.50/2 Chex Mix Bags, 3.7 oz or Larger; Bugles, Gardetto’s, or Green Giant Veggie Snacks – 8-3-14 SS
  • $.99 after coupon

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  • Use $0.55/1 Bear Creek Pasta Mix – 5-4-14 SS
  • $.45 after coupon

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Pampers $7.99 (Mega Sale)

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Nutella $2.49 (Mega Sale)

 

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Aquaball $1

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Apple & Eve Juice Boxes $1.69 (Mega Sale)

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  • Use $0.25/1 Dawn Product  or $0.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative, or Oxi 8-31-14 PG
  • $1.49 after coupon

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Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $1.49

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Buy 3 M&M’s $1.99 (Mega Sale), Get $3 Catalina 

  • Use $1.50/2 M&M’s brand Chocolate Candies, 9.9 oz or Larger; DND – 8-10-14 RP or $2/2 M&M Kroger ecoupon
  • $.99 after coupon

 

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Buy one Cadbury Eggs, Get 1 Free (WOW for Halloween!)

Thanks Staci! Find more Kroger Deals this week.

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Laurie’s Kroger Trip: Spent $16.45 + Tax For 25 Items

krogerRemember how I saved big on my grocery trip this week so I was way under budget? Well, I couldn’t pass up the great savings in the new Kroger Mega Sale, so used some of my extra grocery money to stock up.

 

 

Lots of people mentioned that I wasn’t buying everything our family would need for $25 (of course not?), but the trick is, I stock up on items when they’re deeply discounted, so I’m not going every week to the grocery store and picking up one or two toiletries, cleaning supplies or boxes of cereal. Instead, when I see a great price I stock up on as much as my budget has room for (because we stick to a weekly grocery budget), so I never pay full price for anything. It makes saving money on everything we buy so much easier!

 

Here’s what I bought:

6 Pantene Shampoos $2.49 after Mega Sale

6 Pampers Wipes $.99 after Mega Sale

1 package 10 Ivory Bars $2.99 after Mega Sale

1 box Quaker Dipps $1.19 after Mega Sale

6 Gillette Shave Gels $.99 after Mega Sale

1 Johnson’s Baby Head to Toe $1.99 after Mega Sale

4 boxes Honey Nut Cheerios $1.49 after Mega Sale

And here’s what we’re donating this week . . . 

 

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Have you gotten any great deals at Kroger this week in the Mega Sale? I’d love to hear about them so leave a comment to share, and be sure to check out all the fun deals going on at Kroger this week!
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Laurie’s Kroger Trip + How Menu Planning Saved My Budget

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I made the quickest run this morning to Kroger after working out (I’m telling you what, going to the grocery at 6 AM is the best way to shop – it makes life so much easier!) Because I’d shopped Costco last week as well as the Kroger Mega Sale, we didn’t have all that much that we needed, so I just picked up the items on my list from this week’s menu plan.

 

Goodness, it is amazing how much you can save simply by shopping with a list and menu plan, especially if you can find a few of the items on sale. All I had to do was run in and grab a few things that I didn’t have in our pantry (I love having a stockpile with many of these foods!), so my grocery bill this week was a whopping $22.17 for the week. (Yay!)

  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99 (normally $2.99)
  • Kroger Chicken Breast $7.99 (normally $13.99)
  • Organic Chicken Broth $2 (regularly $2.49)
  • 2 Green Peppers $1
  • Kroger Half & Half $1.39 (regularly $1.59)
  • Kroger Green Beans $.69
  • Bag of Granny Smith Apples $3.99
  • Red Onions $1
  • Organic Tomato $.60
  • Bananas $1.52
  • Total = $22.17

I’ve really been working to stick to our grocery budget, this helped so much.  I’m thrilled to be well under budget this week, and excited to see where we end up at the end of our two week grocery budget! I can’t express enough how very important it it grocery shop with a plan in mind, and to strategically shop the sales ad so that even without coupons  you always get a deal. You can even try “coupon” shopping every other week (especially when the coupon deals are good), and then on opposite weeks stock up only on produce, bread, milk, and any items you absolutely need for your menus.  It can’t definitely have an impact on your grocery budget, and you’ll see savings almost immediately!

 

If you’ve been struggling to start this month out on track, I encourage you to consider living on a budget, and you may want to try out a menu plan too. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re working to save big this month too!

 

I’d love for you to join me on Pinterest for more penny pinching ideas, and keep up with my Fall Menu Planning Board to see what we’re cooking up each week!

 

 

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Sam’s Club Vs. Costco Prices

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{Note: The Sam’s Club prices were found in Huntsville, Alabama and the Costco prices were found in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve shopped Sam’s Clubs in both cities and found the prices to be almost identical, and in general, prices for food have been a little higher here in Ohio, so I think this is a pretty good idea of what prices you’ll see in  your area. If any of my Huntsville readers happen to shop Costco I would *love* to hear your prices to compare on these same items . . . I’m going to see if I can get to Sam’s Club here next week to compare as well!) 

 

This might just be my favorite post ever here on PPP! Because we’re a couple of penny pinchin’ nerds, my friend Shannon and I love to see the low-down-nitty-gritty of a good price, and always (always!) do the math to know just how much we’re spending.

 

So, when I called Shannon on the way  home from Costco the other day, we started discussing how fun it would be to price war Sam’s and Costco and see who actually won. (Did I mention we were penny pinchin’ nerds?  I wasn’t kidding.) ;)  I was very surprised with some of the results, but loved seeing them matched up evenly. This is just a small sample of the things we watched for this week, and if you all enjoy it, we may both make another trip back for more.

 

As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from me lately!) We would love to know if these prices are consistent to what you see in your hometown (remember, Shannon’s shopping in Huntsville, Alabama and I’m here in Columbus, Ohio), and if you’ve found other deals that you’ve just loved at Costco or Sam’s Club, leave a comment to let us know what you think.

 

 

IMG_3770.JPGSam’s- Whole Chicken $1.07/per lb
Costco- Whole Chicken $1.09/lb

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Rotisserie Chicken 3 lb $4.98
Costco-  Rotisserie Chicken 3 lb $4.99

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- $1.88/lb
Costco- $2.99/lb

Note: This price is a bit deceiving because the Costco price was on Perdue chicken and the Sam’s Club was their Member’s Mark version, but both are antibiotic free 

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Lean Meat 80/20- $3.28/per lb
Costco- Lean Meat 80/20 $3.49/per lb

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s – Tyson Frozen Chicken 6 lb $13.19 ($2.20 per lb)
Costco- Perdue Chicken 10 lb $22.90 ($2.29 per lb)

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Turkey Bacon 36 oz – $5.86 ($.16 per ounce)
Costco- Turkey bacon 48 oz $5.49 ($.11 per ounce) but the non sale price is $.17 per ounce

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- Milk $2.29
Costco- Milk $2.69

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s – Sargento Cheese 24 pk $7.98 ($.33 each)
Costco- $10.99 ( $.23 each)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- $2.42/18  ($1.61 per dozen)
Costco- $3.99/32 ($1.33 per dozen)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- 3 lb Grapes $4.98 ($1.66 per lb)
Costco – 4 lb Grapes $6.99 ($1.74 per lb)

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s – Watermelon $3.98
Costco- Watermelon $3.99

WINNER = SAM’S by just a penny

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Sam’s – Organic Spring Mix 1 lb $4.47
Costco – Organic Spring Mix 1 lb $4.49

WINNER = SAM’S by just 2 pennies

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Sam’s- Onions 10 lb $6.82 ($.68 per lb)
Costco- Onions 10 lb $8.49 ($.84 per lb)

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Sliced Apples 32 oz $3.98 ($.12 per ounce)
Costco- Sliced Apples 48 oz $9.99 ($.21 per ounce)

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Strawberries 2 lb $4.98
Costco- Organic Strawberries 2 lb $6.98

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- $22.48 for 22 Mega Rolls $.93 per Mega roll roll (330 Sheets per roll) 96 reg rolls
Costco- $16.79 for 29 Tripe Rolls $.17 per jumbo roll (stock up price) 97 reg rolls (remember, this price is after their monthly coupon, so the price will go up $4.20 on September 1st but still a decent price)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- Bounty 12 roll $17.98 ($1.49 per roll)
Costco- Bounty 12 roll $15.99 ( $1.33 per roll)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s – $9.91 for 90 or $.11 per tab
Costco- $14.49 on sale Buy One Get One Free $.06 per tab (remember, this price is after their monthly coupon, so the price will go up to $.12 per tab on September 1st but still a decent price)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- Member’s Mark Napkins 4 pk 300 Sheets- $9.98 ($.08 per napkin)
Costco- Kirkland’s Napkins 240 ct 4 pk ($0.07 per napkin)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- Rice Krispies Treats, 24 pk $8.38 ($.35 each)
Costco- Rice Krispies Treats, 54 pk  $7.99 ($.14 each)

Note: if I remember correctly that the Sam’s Club ones are much larger bars – so this is a little deceiving

WINNER = COSTCO

 

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Sam’s – Daily Chef K Cup 80 ct $29.98 ($.37 per K cup)
Costco- Kirkland K Cup 100 ct $34.99 ($.35 per K Cup)

WINNER = COSTCO by 2 pennies

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Sam’s- Instant Quaker Oatmeal 52 ct $8.48 ($.16 each)
Costco- Instant Quaker Oatmeal 52 ct $8.55 ($.16 each)

WINNER = SAMS by less than a penny

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Sam’s- JIF Peanut Butter 2 pk 40 oz $8.33 ($.10 per ounce)
Costco- JIF Peanut Butter 2 pk 48 oz $9.99 ($.10 per ounce)

WINNER = TIE

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Sam’s – Nature Valley Granola Bars 30 ct $7.49 ($.25 each)
Costco- Nature Valley Granola Bars 48 ct $12.69 ($.26 each)

WINNER = SAMS

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Sam’s- Dole Gel Fruit Cups 16 ct $7.88 ($.49 per cup)
Costco- Del Monte Fruit Cups 20 ct $8.39 ($.42 per cup)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- General Mills Cheerios 2 27 oz box ($.13 per ounce)
Costco- General Mills Cheerios 40 oz box ($.14 per ounce)

WINNER = SAM’S

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Sam’s- Huggies Diapers Size 2- 168 ct ($.24 per diaper) Size 1 198 ct ($.20 per diaper)
Costco – Huggies Snug & Dry Size 2 228 ct at Costco $32.99 ($.14 per diaper)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s-  Simply Right Diapers Size 3- 252 ct $34.94 ($.14 per diaper) this is the smallest size they have in the Sam’s brand
Costco- Kirkland’s Diapers $19.99 136 ct at Costco ($.10 per diaper)

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s- Tide $21.48 ($0.10 per ounce)
Costco- Tide $16.49  ($.10 per ounce)

WINNER = TIE

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Sam’s Eraser’s 9 ct Kit-  $9.78  ($1.08 each)
Costco- Eraser’s 9 ct- $8.99 ($1.00 each)

WINNER = COSTCO

 

 

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Costco Part 5: Grocery Savings

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Time for my last post on Costco shopping (although you’ll definitely want to watch tomorrow when Shannon and I have both been working on a fun Sam’s vs. Costco post . . . it was so surprising to see the results!) I think there are a lot of deals to be had at Costco (or Sam’s Club for that matter), but I cannot stay it enough . . . you have got to go in with a budget in mind and choose to stick to it when you shop.

 

I’ve always felt like the meat, dairy and produce prices at club stores are very reasonable, but the prices for processed food items, cleaning supplies, and toiletries is just high compared to what I can do with coupons at a regular grocery store. If you can manage to walk into a club store and stick to the items on your list that are good deals than you are doing GREAT, but beware the temptation to over spend while you’re there!

 

The problem is, if you overspend on an extra box of granola bars at your regular grocery store, you’ll be out $2-$3 each week. But if you decided to splurge on an extra box of those same granola bars at Costco or Sam’s, you’ll easily be out as much as $10. And, if you decide to splurge on three or four items (or five . . . or six ~ yikes!), you can overspend by as much as $50 because each item is just bigger than what’s at home.

 

(And I don’t know about your kiddos, but if my kids see a gargantuan box of granola bars in the pantry they are way  more likely to gobble them down quickly because they don’t think I’ll notice on a super sized box. Definitely something to consider!)

 

While I undoubtedly think there are decent prices at Sam’s and Costco, I think it’s just. so. easy. to. overspend. there.  (Did you near me?) Our family’s weekly grocery budget is around $85 per week ~ if I went each week to Costco and spent $45 (like I did a few days ago), that would easily add an extra $180 each month onto my grocery bill, just for food.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather really pinch my groceries, so I can save for the things I just love ~ like traveling, cute clothes for my kids, and fluffing up my home! That’s just my opinion (and we all have different views on this one for sure!), but do consider that before spending too much on something that’s so perishable. I’d rather have things that I can hold onto than pay an extra penny for cereal that my kids are going to eat through tomororw.

 

Goodness gracious, I didn’t expect to just rant and rave on this subject, but clearly it’s one of those things that bothers me. Hopping down from my pedestal now to share what I found with you. ;)

 

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So, where are the deals? Let’s get started . . .

String Cheese $10.99 or $.22 each – great price and I think worth stocking up on if you’re at Costco

Most grocery stores sell 12-pack string cheese for around $3.50 ($.29 each), so this is a good price.

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Eggs $3.99/32 eggs or $1.33 per dozen

Eggs used to regularly drop at my local Aldi to $.69 per dozen, but I haven’t seen that in ages! I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $1.69-$2.29 here locally, so if you can use them all before they expire (remember, you’ll need room for quite a few eggs in your fridge!), these are a good price.

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Milk $2.69/gallon

This is a GREAT price in our area – Aldi also sometimes sells milk at a similar price, but I haven’t seen that recently and from what I can tell Costco consistently has the lowest prices on milk!

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Turkey Bacon $5.49 for 4 (12 oz) packages after monthly coupon

Ouch. Turkey bacon is one of those things that you can almost always get for next to nothing – in fact it’s been free in the last month at Walgreens. The same amount would cost you less than $5 this week at Kroger, or if you happen to have a Shoprite nearby you could get it for as low as $.16. Don’t pay full price for turkey bacon (if you eat it at all!) ;)

 

(And I could kick myself for not getting the price on regular bacon – will have to check that the next time I shop . . . )

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Hunt’s Snack Packs $5.99 for 36 cups after monthly coupon

I think these are a decent price after the monthly coupon, however they regularly go on sale at most grocery stores for $.25 per cup, and if you have a coupon you can drop that price even more. Dollar General and Shop Rite have them on sale this week, and the price at Shop Rite after coupon is just $.14 per cup. (Goodness, wish we had a Shoprite nearby!)20140826-154847-56927640.jpg

Rice Krispies Treats $7.99 for 54 bars after monthly coupon

These are a great price again after the monthly coupon. These are one of those items we rarely see go on sale, so $.14 per bar seems like a decent price to me!
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Nature Valley Bars $12.68 for 48 ct box 

This makes them $.26 per bar, which isn’t a bad price but there are coupons on these all the time and you can normally find a good sale. We’ve bought the store brand ones at Kroger (they taste the same!) for $2 ($.25 per bar), with no coupon at all, but this week you could get them for as low as $.20 per bar at Walmart, $.06 per bar at Meijer,  $.11 per bar at Publix or $.18 per bar at Walgreens and CVS. It’s nice to easily stock up on them, but you may very well be paying too much!

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Kirkland Mandarin Orange Cups $7.69 for 20 cups or $.38 per cup

These are a pretty good price, as good sales on fruit cups don’t come around all that often! I *think* though that Aldi sells fruit cups for around $1.50 which makes them $.37 per cup – so if you don’t have the option of shopping Costco or Sam’s that’s an easy option.

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Quaker Instant Oatmeal $8.55 or $.16 per pouch

This isn’t a bad price at all, but I think you may be able to find a similar price if you wait for a good sale and a great coupon on these. This week they’re on sale at Giant Eagle for $2.50, or at Meijer for $2, and if you’ve got the coupon for $1/1 Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal the price drops to as low as $.80 per 12, making them $.08 each. Just be sure to watch for sales on those if you regularly purchase them, because you should be able to score a good price at your grocery store as well!

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Nutri Grain Bars $12.99/48 ct.

The prices on these comes out to $.27 per bar, which isn’t bad if your kiddos love them! HOWEVER, this week you could get them at Giant Eagle for $.12 per bar – if your kids love them watch for a good sale at your favorite grocery store to get a good price.

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Jif Peanut Butter $9.99 for 2/48 oz jars.

The price on this comes out to $.10 per ounce. This week at Walgreens and Publix you can get peanut butter for less than $.10 per ounce, and I think if you wait for a good sale you’ll see better prices than this even without coupons at your local grocery store. It is nice to stock up on a bunch so easily, but if there was a GOOD sale with a coupon, you could definitely find peanut butter cheaper!

 

 

The moral of the story? ;) There are some decent prices to be found at wholesale stores, but like always, you’ve got to know your prices and shop with a budget in place before heading out. If you’re considering getting a membership at Sam’s or Costco, watch for a special offer from Groupon or Zulily (they come around a few times a year), and definitely take advantage of their monthly specials. (Costco has a flier you can pick up at their customer service desk, and the coupons automatically come off at checkout. Sam’s Club occasionally mails sales fliers with coupons out to members as well.)

 

And remember that we’re all in a different place when it comes to how we shop. Right now, I’ll take advantage of the meat, dairy and produce deals at Costco or Sam’s, and shop my local grocery store for just about everything else. But, there was a time when I only shopped Aldi for some of those items because they were a little cheaper there, and that worked for me.

 

 

Most importantly though, don’t feel like you need a membership at these stores to get a good deal – just about everything goes on sale at your local grocery store, so stock up on the items your family uses when they drop down to a good price!  DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET, make a menu plan, and find the best way to save that works for your family.

 

Happy penny pinching! ;)

 

 

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Costco Part 4: Diaper Pricing & Comparisons

20140826-153844-56324191.jpg Time to see how those Costco prices match up on diapers! Our store only carried Huggies, Here’s how they stacked up:

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Costco Part 3: Paper Product Prices

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Looking for more Costco price updates? Start HEREHERE and HERE, and you may want to check out these prices at Sam’s Club as well to compare.

I was probably most curious about how the prices on paper products would stack up at Costco, and it was interesting to do a little price checking! I think there are some good prices to be had, but like with everything at Costco, you have got to go in with a budget in mind as it is so easy to overspend when you’re there.

 

Their price on Charmin right now is $16.79 for 97 double rolls, and it comes out to $.019/square foot. This is a GREAT price for Charmin (remember to always do the math to find your best price on TP – $.019 is a stock up price on any brand, and Charmin at that price is a great deal!) Without their August coupon the price is $.024 per square foot, which is still reasonable for Charmin (but with the coupon this month it’s clearly a better price.)

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The regular price on 30 rolls of Kirkland’s Bath Tissue is $14.99, which ends up at $.017 per square foot and is also a great price (and I’ve heard lots of folks say they’ve been very happy with this brand!) So, not a bad price at all, but you can still do even better (without a Costco membership.) ;)

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While those prices are great, if you don’t have the option of a Costco membership, you still have an easy way to save.  Amazon currently beats their price on Quilted Northern which is on sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free right now. The price per square foot ends up at $.017 per square foot, and it’s delivered to you (which definitely comes in handy, and you don’t need a membership!)

 

And, if you happen to subscribe to five or more items in one month your price drops even further because you save 20% on your entire purchase, making it just $.013 per square foot.  Definitely the best price, and you would be stocked up for quite awhile!  (To learn how to get that price without any store membership, go HERE.)

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 The price on Bounty Paper Towels after coupon was $15.99 right now, which I think is a pretty good price. (Those coupons really help – so if you’re a Costco shopper be sure to take advantage of what their sales are each month! Remember you can pick up the sales flier at the front of the store each month, and don’t actually need the coupon to get that price.)

 

To compare, this week Meijer has 12 Giant Rolls on sale for $13.74 after a coupon, and Target has 12 Mega Paper Towels for $15.24. I don’t know the exact square footage on these, but if you head to either of those stores just figure Costco’s price per square foot is $.020 with their current sale, but my bet is the prices are even less if you’ll hang on for a good deal at your local drug store or grocery. I don’t think the price at Costco is bad at all, but am betting you can do just as well elsewhere, and you really don’t need a Costco (or Sam’s) membership to really save big!

 

(I actually stocked up on paper towels 3 years ago from an online deal at Staples – I spent $40 and *just* ran out of paper towels last week. Definitely watch PPP for these kinds of deals, because I always post those!)

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The deals on Kleenex were definitely pretty reasonable (especially if you don’t love clipping coupons and waiting for sales!) Here’s the math on those:

  • Kleenex at Costco 10 ct 230 each 2300 total = $.0076  each
  • Kirkland Brand at Costco 30 ct 110 3300 $25.99 = $.0078 each

At Amazon right now, there’s a $5 off coupon on their Kleenex 85 ct pack of 36, which makes it $28.17 when you subscribe and save or $.008 each. But, if you choose to subscribe to 5 or more items per month your price drops further, making it just $.074 each.

To compare at your local grocery store, Walgreens has a 6 pack of 80 sheets for $4.99, and if you use coupons and Ibotta rebate your price will drop down to $.007 each as wellThere aren’t really any stock up prices compare to this week, so I’m betting your deal would be just as good at a local grocery store with a good sale. It’s definitely so worth it to watch your unit price to know if you’re really getting a good deal!

 

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I’ve still got some more price checking to share on diapers at Costco as well as groceries, so watch for more of those later today! 

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