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Old 08-09-2009, 07:46 PM   #91
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Thank you! When you say one per transaction, do you mean only one of that particular coupon? Or I can only use one magazine/cvs coupon per transaction? Sorry for my stupidity...
Yes, one of that particular coupon. Often they will push them through though. All the "4" coupons beep after the first one is used in a transaction.

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RUN don't walk to CVS! DD15 and I went to both of our local stores today and at one of them we hit the summer clearance jackpot.

Flavor-Ice .19 a box
Wyler's Italian Ice .19 a box
Spongebob Wonder Balls .09 each
Snickers bars .09 each
M&Ms .09 each
Dubble Bubble huge bags of Bubble Gum .59 a bag
Campfire Marshmallows .09 a bag

We filled a cart and it was overflowing. For all the candy, Italian Ice, 1 of the Coppertones, all the makeup and protein bars - $3.64 OOP after coupons and ECBs.



This actually represents 4 transactions between 2 stores. My OOP for the day was less than $10 (all on a gift card!) and that includes 2 cases of water not shown. With each transaction I was able to use the $5/25 and the $4/20 from the readyfill book. The school supplies were all raincheck freebies.

Think we can give out Italian Ice tubes for Halloween?
WOW WOW WOW!!!

I've only seen the marshmallows for 75% off (yesterday or the day before), I need to go scan the other stuff if I can find it, I'm probably too late though if they went 90% this morning.
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I am not good at grocery store couponing but I pretended it was like a drugstore trip to get through these last few days, I only did the deal and that's it. Grocery stores overwhelm me, I like small stores like Aldi where I can memorize where everything is.
I actually have been doing pretty well at the grocery store I shop at the most - the Commissary on post. I make my list thru the week (based on planned meals and whatever DH needs for his lunch) then sit down and go thru my coupons and pull ones I know I will need and any I think I "might" use if the price is right. If there are items on the list that I don't have coupons for then I will search the coupon database at HCW or AFC and surf the websites of the manufacturers of those items and hunt for coupons.

I put my coupons in order for the way that I will come to the items in the store. That really helped to make sure I don't miss any coupons. When I put an item in the cart that I have a coupon for then I move that coupon to the front of the envelope in front of my list. I shop strictly by my list and coupon stash. I am super cheap and if something isn't dirt cheap after the coupon then I don't get it. DH and the kids know that and have learned that they can make requests but that if the price isn't right then the item isn't purchased.

Today wasn't my best day but according to the receipt I saved 47% on my grocery bill by using 71 coupons. It went from $168 down to $83 in grocery cost then there was a surcharge fee of $8. Not bad for a family of 5 plus the kids' friends that frequent the house.

Sorry - back to CVSing. There are $3 CRTs for Benefiber and $2 coupons on coupons.com which make the smallest bottle of Benefiber .99 after coupons.
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should I jump in the car and go check it out or did you buy it all? no, seriously, I can get in the car and go now if there's anything left.
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I actually have been doing pretty well at the grocery store I shop at the most - the Commissary on post. I make my list thru the week (based on planned meals and whatever DH needs for his lunch) then sit down and go thru my coupons and pull ones I know I will need and any I think I "might" use if the price is right. If there are items on the list that I don't have coupons for then I will search the coupon database at HCW or AFC and surf the websites of the manufacturers of those items and hunt for coupons.

I put my coupons in order for the way that I will come to the items in the store. That really helped to make sure I don't miss any coupons. When I put an item in the cart that I have a coupon for then I move that coupon to the front of the envelope in front of my list. I shop strictly by my list and coupon stash. I am super cheap and if something isn't dirt cheap after the coupon then I don't get it. DH and the kids know that and have learned that they can make requests but that if the price isn't right then the item isn't purchased.

Today wasn't my best day but according to the receipt I saved 47% on my grocery bill by using 71 coupons. It went from $168 down to $83 in grocery cost then there was a surcharge fee of $8. Not bad for a family of 5 plus the kids' friends that frequent the house.

Sorry - back to CVSing. There are $3 CRTs for Benefiber and $2 coupons on coupons.com which make the smallest bottle of Benefiber .99 after coupons.
I would love to go inside a Commissary once just to see what it looks like, you always do so good there!

I was going to go to the grocery store today to spend some of my $75, but the thought of getting in there with all those people changed my mind, went to Aldi instead.
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WOW WOW WOW!!!

I've only seen the marshmallows for 75% off (yesterday or the day before), I need to go scan the other stuff if I can find it, I'm probably too late though if they went 90% this morning.
The head cashier is the one who checked me out when we had the overflowing cart of italian ice and candy - she kept going back to the aisle and showing us more stuff that was on sale. She said that the stores have to "be on top of the markdowns" so that the other stores might not have the items at the clearance price. Not sure if that meant that they have to "turn on" the markdowns like they do the new sale ads or what.

It is hard to see in that picture but we got 8 boxes of Flavor-Ice, 18 boxes of the Wyler's Italian Ice, 8 bags of Marshmallows, 5 bags of the bubble gum, and about 40 individual candies of Snickers, M&Ms, gummy stuff and Spongebob candies in different varities.

The signs all over said 33% off summer at one store and 40% off summer at the other store so who knows??
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The head cashier is the one who checked me out when we had the overflowing cart of italian ice and candy - she kept going back to the aisle and showing us more stuff that was on sale. She said that the stores have to "be on top of the markdowns" so that the other stores might not have the items at the clearance price. Not sure if that meant that they have to "turn on" the markdowns like they do the new sale ads or what.

It is hard to see in that picture but we got 8 boxes of Flavor-Ice, 18 boxes of the Wyler's Italian Ice, 8 bags of Marshmallows, 5 bags of the bubble gum, and about 40 individual candies of Snickers, M&Ms, gummy stuff and Spongebob candies in different varities.

The signs all over said 33% off summer at one store and 40% off summer at the other store so who knows??
There's summer 1 and summer 2, the summer 2 went 40% today nationally and the summer 1 was 75% here (yesterday).

The do have to turn on the deals unless it's in the ad, like the 40%. There are a few stores here that are stingy and won't go more than 50% and then put the stuff in the back and put it out the next year again.

I am too tired to go back out tonight but I will check here tomorrow. Our new store close to my house didn't get the summer 1 stuff in because they opened after it started, otherwise I'd go over there right now. They are getting sick of me in there all the time, I wish I could get a copy of the employee schedule so I could time it better
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I would love to go inside a Commissary once just to see what it looks like, you always do so good there!

I was going to go to the grocery store today to spend some of my $75, but the thought of getting in there with all those people changed my mind, went to Aldi instead.
The Commissary is just like a regular grocery store. The bigger the post the bigger the Commissary. The one here is on the small side like the one at West Point but the one at Ft Belvoir in VA is HUGE (but less coupon friendly).

Prices on most things are great but there are some items that are actually more expensive so you really have to know the prices of what you usually get in order to get the best deal. They do allow for coupon overage so when a coupon comes out that gives us overage (like the $2 Chinet plates, $1 off any Playtex gloves or $1 Chinet napkins ones now - if anyone has any they don't want I would be happy to take them off your hands!) I try to stock up on those coupons to "pad" my grocery bill if that makes sense.

It is a nice benefit to get to shop there. If we get our wish and move to Orlando next summer then we will be over an hour from the closest Commissary and I will have to shop at real grocery stores again. ACK!

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There's summer 1 and summer 2, the summer 2 went 40% today nationally and the summer 1 was 75% here (yesterday).

The do have to turn on the deals unless it's in the ad, like the 40%. There are a few stores here that are stingy and won't go more than 50% and then put the stuff in the back and put it out the next year again.

I am too tired to go back out tonight but I will check here tomorrow. Our new store close to my house didn't get the summer 1 stuff in because they opened after it started, otherwise I'd go over there right now. They are getting sick of me in there all the time, I wish I could get a copy of the employee schedule so I could time it better
Any idea what is included in "summer 1"? Just curious.
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Looks like everyone did great this week so far. There was not much for me. We got the water, cereal, sharpie highlighters, and the razor.

Next week looks like more for me.

Does anyone know if there are any Purex laundry detergent q's out there? I printed all of the $.55 purex elements I could from the website for the last time they had them BOGO (3 weeks ago?) and it still will not let me print any more. I even looked on ebay and found nothing . I really think we are going through at least a bottle each week. I would love to get as many as possible this time while they are BOGO.

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The Commissary is just like a regular grocery store. ..

Any idea what is included in "summer 1"? Just curious.
Thanks for the explanation - my husband was in the Air Force in the 1970's (before we were married) and he always talks about how great they were, but I think mostly he remembers what the prices were in England compared to what the local markets charged.

Tell me where to look for those coupons and if I have them, I'll send them. I will probably need your address again as I had to delete almost everything out of my PM box because it was full.

Summer 1 was food and snacks and I believe grilling things, including spices, charcoal, grills etc.

Summer 2 is "stuff" like pool toys, lawn chairs, etc.

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Looks like everyone did great this week so far. There was not much for me. We got the water, cereal, sharpie highlighters, and the razor.

Next week looks like more for me.

Does anyone know if there are any Purex laundry detergent q's out there? I printed all of the $.55 purex elements I could from the website for the last time they had them BOGO (3 weeks ago?) and it still will not let me print any more. I even looked on ebay and found nothing . I really think we are going through at least a bottle each week. I would love to get as many as possible this time while they are BOGO.

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The only one I know of is the 3-in-1 sheets: http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?...=PX&p=6xDl5JFy
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It is a nice benefit to get to shop there. If we get our wish and move to Orlando next summer then we will be over an hour from the closest Commissary and I will have to shop at real grocery stores again. ACK!

There is a small Commissary near MCO that we went to a few years back. I think it's still there?? It was to make the Navy people happy once they closed NTC. It was more than a shopette but smaller than APG's Commissary. Would you believe the prices at this Commissary are MUCH higher than APG. I never thought I would miss THAT Commissary-lol. Darn CA, but it's sure pretty!!
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Looks like everyone did great this week so far. There was not much for me. We got the water, cereal, sharpie highlighters, and the razor.

Next week looks like more for me.

Does anyone know if there are any Purex laundry detergent q's out there? I printed all of the $.55 purex elements I could from the website for the last time they had them BOGO (3 weeks ago?) and it still will not let me print any more. I even looked on ebay and found nothing . I really think we are going through at least a bottle each week. I would love to get as many as possible this time while they are BOGO.

Thanks!
I have 3 computers I can print from if you would like me to print Purex coupons for you and mail them to you. Just PM me where to find the coupons and your mailing addy.

We can only use Tide Free because 2 of my kids have bad eczema.

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Thanks for the explanation - my husband was in the Air Force in the 1970's (before we were married) and he always talks about how great they were, but I think mostly he remembers what the prices were in England compared to what the local markets charged.

Tell me where to look for those coupons and if I have them, I'll send them. I will probably need your address again as I had to delete almost everything out of my PM box because it was full.

Summer 1 was food and snacks and I believe grilling things, including spices, charcoal, grills etc.

Summer 2 is "stuff" like pool toys, lawn chairs, etc.



The only one I know of is the 3-in-1 sheets: http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?...=PX&p=6xDl5JFy
By law the Commissary can NOT make a profit so they have to sell things to you at the price they pay for it. They do not charge sales tax either but they do charge a surcharge which is supposed to cover all of the overhead. Things are usually cheaper there but not always. Their produce department at the one here is not great so we usually end up at Giant or Safeway for produce at some point during the week.

We use the Chinet plates quite a bit. They are $1.79 a pack at the Commissary so a $2 coupon gives us the plates for free and .21 overage per pack. They were in SS today I believe - not sure since I already cut up my inserts and threw the scraps out. Thanks!!! The Chinet napkins coupon was about a month ago - no clue of the insert but it was a grouping of 4 Chinet coupons all for $1 off different items.
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RUN don't walk to CVS! DD15 and I went to both of our local stores today and at one of them we hit the summer clearance jackpot.

Flavor-Ice .19 a box
Wyler's Italian Ice .19 a box
Spongebob Wonder Balls .09 each
Snickers bars .09 each
M&Ms .09 each
Dubble Bubble huge bags of Bubble Gum .59 a bag
Campfire Marshmallows .09 a bag

We filled a cart and it was overflowing. For all the candy, Italian Ice, 1 of the Coppertones, all the makeup and protein bars - $3.64 OOP after coupons and ECBs.



This actually represents 4 transactions between 2 stores. My OOP for the day was less than $10 (all on a gift card!) and that includes 2 cases of water not shown. With each transaction I was able to use the $5/25 and the $4/20 from the readyfill book. The school supplies were all raincheck freebies.

Think we can give out Italian Ice tubes for Halloween?
Holy cow All that stuff was marked as 40% at our stores today, but I'll have to scan a few things tomorrow and see if they are cheaper! Don't worry Lana, I am not nearly as good at the grocery shopping as at CVSing. I still do well, but I always feel I could do so much better there!

What I really need to figure out is how to get bargains on pet food! I spend $100/month for my 2 cats and beagle and they eat like royalty....but I refuse to feed them anything with by-products, fillers, glutens etc. and I try to limit the chicken in their foods....so it gets expensive! I would be thrilled to find some deals on their food!

Thanks Lana for the Colgate deal! I'll have to add that to my list for tomorrow too!
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There is a small Commissary near MCO that we went to a few years back. I think it's still there?? It was to make the Navy people happy once they closed NTC. It was more than a shopette but smaller than APG's Commissary. Would you believe the prices at this Commissary are MUCH higher than APG. I never thought I would miss THAT Commissary-lol. Darn CA, but it's sure pretty!!
I don't think that one is open anymore. The closest ones are MacDill in Tampa and one over near the Space Center. DH and I already decided we would have to do a once a month run to one of the Commissaries to stock up and then just get perishables at Publix. We have friends in Clearwater so we could go see them then swing by the store and head back. Of course, first the Army has to approve the move (branch says don't get your hopes up but until they tell us "no" we are still hoping!).

I was in the APG Comm today - they just remodeled a little bit so the aisles are a bit wider but other than that it's the same. I thought prices were set across the board - didn't realize they were higher on the West Coast. Feel free to fly on back to APG and come shopping. Meet ya there!
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You did a much better job! - I was thinking about that flash cookie thing which I never tried because I went around to different computers before I read about it.

I realized something else today - if you got the coupon pushed through today because of the beep, the same numbered coupon will probably work tomorrow too.
Good Call - you are always thinking! Now if I had a way to repeat the Huggies deal I would be set!
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Maggie how did you get such low OOP? Were you using old ECB's or are there stores in IL left that aren't charging taxes on the pre-coupon price? It is killing me to pay tax on everything.
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