Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Price is Right

These days I seem to save all my shopping to one day, and on that day I drag my little girl with me to several stores, getting all our deals in a marathon shopping trip. Today happened to be that day. I usually set everything up, take a picture for blogging purposes or just for my own pleasure, then make my husband guess how much I spent when he get home. I decided to do something a little more fun tonight when he got home. I made him play "the Price is Right."

I arranged it all by store and put a tag under each group with the store name and the retail price of all the items on it. As in the Showcase showdown where the closest price without going over wins, my husband had to guess the right price of what I actually spent, without going under. His prize--whatever store he came closest too without going under, he got to pick a prize from that group of stuff. He's become pretty good at guessing, so I wanted to give him a real challenge. I don't think the Wipes or tuna from CVS or mascara from Target were really calling his name, so he was more interested in getting the oreos from Smiths or gum from Walgreens.

Here are the results:

Total Retail Value--$33.99
Total Spent--$11.34
Chris' Guess--$12.68
% Saved--67%

Total Retail Value--$27.96
Total Spent-- $1.46
Chris' Guess--$10.38
% Saved--95%

Total Retail Value--$34.15
Total Spent-- $14.38
Chris' Guess--$18.35
% Saved--58%

Total Retail Value--$17.12
Total Spent-- $0.63
Chris' Guess--$4.73
% Saved--96%

and the prize is . . . the Double Stuffed Golden Oreos (compliments of the coupon for a free package I got from Oreo's facebook account). Yum. I hope he shares with me.

Here is a breakdown of some of the deals with details of where to get the coupons if any of these things are things you want or need.

Walgreens: (I had a $3RR that was about to expire and I needed to quickly use it, so this is what I ended up getting with it)
  • Hunts tomato sauce--on sale for $0.39 each after in-ad-coupon. Use the $1.00/3 cans manufacturer's coupon found here (must play the game) to get these for $0.06 each. (Can print it twice but have to play the game twice to do so)
  • Mentos gum--on sale for $0.99 each. Use the $0.55 MFC from the 2/21 Smart Source to get these for $0.44 each
  • Goody Hair bands--on sale for $2.99 with $2RR earned on purchase. Final price essentially $0.99
  • Packets of Seeds--on sale for $0.20 each with in-ad coupon--a great filler item if you need one (to understand why you need filler items, go to my post here)
  • Select Movie Candy boxes--on sale for $0.49 each--also pretty good if you have a sweet tooth (like me!) and need a filler item.
  • Kraft cheese--use the $1.00/2 MFC from the 1/24 Smart Source with the $1.00/1 Target printable coupon to get these for $1.34 each--ok deal (usually you can print the Target coupons twice but for some reason I couldn't. That would have made these $0.84 each it would have let me--maybe you'll have better luck).
  • Kraft Parmesean Cheese--on sale for $3.55 this week--use the $1.00/1 MFC printable coupon found here (print twice) with the $1.00/2 Target printable coupon making them $2.05 each
  • Rimmel Mascara--Use the $3/1 coupon from the March All You Magazine making it free.
  • Swiffer Sweeper and Refill Pack--On sale for $8.99 this week--Use the $2/1 Target coupon found in the 2/21 Red Plum and the "Buy a Swiffer Starter kit get a refill free" MFC from the 2/7 P/G making it only $6.99 for both the Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit and the Refill Pack.
(I did invest a $7ECB from my shopping from last week, but I had gotten that from shopping using a $10ECB that I earned by simply doing an online survey for CVS--it seriously pays to register on their website--they periodically email you ways to earn ECBs!)
  • Huggies Refill Wipes (184+ count)--ringing up as $2.50 this week--hidden deal! If you have any huggies wipes coupons from home mailers (I had a $0.50/1) use them, getting them for $2.00. You can also log on to your Upromise account and click on the huggies wipes coupon to get $1.00 deposited in your child's upromise education account when you buy 2 packs. Update 2/24/10--Huggies refill wipes are no longer ringing up at $2.50 anymore, only the small packs are.
  • Bumble Bee Tuna--on sale for $0.49 this week--buy 5 and use the $1.00/5 printable coupon to get them for $0.29 each.
  • Softsoap--on sale for $0.88 this week--use the $0.35/1 printable coupon to get them for $0.53 each.
Smiths: I'm not going to spend much time on this one since their deals end tonight. Sorry. I'm late in getting out this week to Smiths and saved my shopping trip to their final day. Just be aware of the BOGO Purex coupon in the 2/21 Red Plum that you may want to use when they go on sale again (I ended up spending $0.95 each--making it about $0.03 per load of laundry)
I am most excited for my swiffer sweeper. I've gotten these a couple of times, but used them as part of bridal shower "cleaning supply" gifts. Now I have my own...and it's red (it's a limited edition one--and I like it so much better than the green! :)


  1. What a fun idea. I'm going to CVS today to get some deals as well :)

  2. You are amazing. Thanks for posting! :):):)