I always feel like the cook who has a spoon in every single pot….I really just am inspired by so many people and ideas which combined with my love for learning and challenging myself, I set out to mater couponing. I have to say it is very exciting, but immensely time consuming to really get the deals like they are starting to spotlight on television.
Because it takes so much time, it like many other proverbial spoons got put back in the drawer, a knowledge that I possess but only take out of the drawer on special occasions.
This week at our Hy-Vee I hit a little jackpot, the spoon went back into the pot. They had an in store coupon $4.00 off milk when you bought 4 boxes of Kelloggs Rice Kripsies cereal. This reminded me that I had peelies for free M & M’s candies when you bought 2 boxes of Rice Krispies, these were peelies that I acquired from Target. Also to sweeten the pot I had $1.00 off fruit with the purchase of 2 boxes of Kelloggs cereals. I knew I could do a bit better and went to the Kelloggs website to look at the coupons available and sure enough they had $1.00 off 2 boxes of Rice Krispies.
So let’s recap my arrangement before going to the store:
$4.00 off milk WYB 4 boxes Rice Krispies
2- $1.00 off 2 boxes Rice Krispies
2-$1.00 off fruit WYB 2 boxes Kelloggs cereal
2- Free M & M’s WYB 2 Boxes Rice Krispies up to $2.99
I also had the Rice Krispies coupon from the newspaper Red Plum insert from April 17th.
There were enough coupons for me and my husband to each do a transaction.
Total for all of this………..
The bags in the front were $1.00 each and are poppy seeds from teh bulk section, I think we got about 6 pounds for $2.00!!
The total bonus to this is that these boxes were marked with codes that can be redeemed on the Kelloggs website here. Each box has one code 4 codes earns you a $5.oo pre paid visa gas card. I already entered and sent away for my free $10.00 in gas!!!
I had to take a small break from blogging, our youngest had her tonsils and adenoids removed and her recovery took some time. She is now totally healed and hopefully on the road to gaining weight and her blood levels normalizing.
In the mean time I have am still doing well with not buying new clothes, aside from the few categories mentioned here. This has been a bit a challenge lately with the changing of the seasons and all the great deals popping up and new styles and prints in stores. Especially for the kids, it would be so much easier to just purchase everything they need in their size at one store in one day and Done. However, easy is not always the path to conservation and resourcefulness.
That being said, I did partake in the Give and Get sale at Old Navy this past weekend; 30% your entire purchase. I use a Gap Visa card to pay for many of my eBay retail purchases and also larger purchases that I than pay off when due. This garners me Gap Rewards that come in $1o increments. I hoard these until close to the expiration date, thus making the pile rather substantial.
So I printed of my G&G email and took my $100 in rewards that were due to expire the end of May, and bought some essentials and a few items that will be listed in my eBay store. Raiven got an new pair of shoes that she desperately needed. I also bought each child a reusable cup and lunch container for our road trip to Montana over spring break.
What do you think I paid for all this loot: ??????
As I looked over my receipt writing this post, I noticed that the St. Patty’s Days shirts rang up at $7.50, they were supposed to be $0.97, so I will have to go back and get a refund, which will actually bring my total to a negative amount!!! Just a tip for Gap and Old Navy when they price kill an item, it will usually end in 97, and most times they have to override the price, so watch to make sure they do this. I have had to go back a few times, they are always glad to do adjust the price, but I do not like to have to make the extra trip.