Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fry's Trip

Sorry I don't have a picture of this yet, but I'll get one. I'm particularly proud of this trip. Fry's had a promotion going on which was essentially $4 off the cost of your order when you purchased 8 participating products, or $0.50 off each qualifying product. In combination with Fry's every day low prices, sale prices and coupons we ended up getting a cart full of stuff for very cheap. This is what I got:

1 (big) box of Cheerios - $3.49 on sale - $1.99 after promo and coupon
3 boxes of Golden Grahams - $1.98 each - $0.49 each after promo and coupon
3 boxes of Trix - $1.98 each - $0.49 each after promo and coupon
2 boxes of Cocoa Puffs - $1.98 each - $0.49 each after promo and coupon

8 cans of Pillsbury dough products (assorted biscuits, rolls, and loaves) - $1.49 each - $0.49 each after promo and coupons

7 jugs of Sunny D - $1 each - $1 total for all 7 jugs after promo and coupons

3 12-packs of Dr. Pepper - 3 for $11 plus 2 free boxes of Cheez-Its
2 boxes of Cheez-Its - Free after promotion

3 bananas - $0.63
1 mango - $0.50
1 box of blueberries - $2.50

1 package of hot dog buns - $0.88
1 package of sausages - $5.99
1 package of mini sausages (for our son) - $3.34

After coupons and promotional discounts we spent $38.46 including tax. We also got a $4 off your next order coupon and a coupon for baby food worth $1.50. Soooo... Technically we spent $32.96 for everything. Are you ready to see how much we saved?

$77.35 plus the value ($5.50) of the coupons.

We saved about twice what we spent that day! Saving so much money on things like cereal and juice made it a little easier to splurge on things like Jalapeno cheese sausages. Plus, we don't need to buy cereal or juice for a very, very long time. Yay!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Diaper Savings!

I just recently became aware of diapers.com and it wasn't until today that I really shopped around on their website. They usually offer pretty good deals and free shipping on orders over a certain amount. They sell all kinds of baby/mommy gear, not just diapers. I also just learned from Money Saving Mom and My Frugal Adventures that diapers.com will allow you to stack coupon codes that you get from the Pampers Gifts to Grow program. Diapers.com will also accept manufacturer's coupons if you clip them and mail them in. We have been buying Huggies for Elijah almost exclusively now for almost a year, but I just got Pampers at such a great deal that I just couldn't pass it up. Here's how I did it.

First, I have been collecting Gifts to Grow codes from websites such as Money Saving Mom, My Frugal Adventures and Facebook. You can also find codes within Pampers items that you have purchased. You enter the codes and are given points for each code which can later be spent on various rewards. One reward is a coupon worth $3 off any Pampers purchase made at diapers.com. These coupons are stackable, which means that you can use more than one coupon code per purchase!

Another way to get Gifts to Grow points is to go to diapers.com and make a purchase using the coupon code "PAMPERS15." This code will give you 15% off your purchase and an additional 500 Gifts to Grow points! The only catch is that this is a one-time use code that MUST be used on your first order. This code cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. (You might be able to use it with a referral code, which I'll discuss in a minute.) I made two separate purchases. One using this code, then once I got the extra 500 Gifts to Grow points I redeemed those for more $3 coupons and used them on my next order.

Currently, diapers.com is offering free shipping on orders over $49 and they are offering free wipes with any Pampers diaper purchase along with many other deals you should check out on their website.

Finally, if you would be so kind as to tell diapers.com that I referred you, you will get 15% off your order up to $100 and you'll be helping me out too. :) You can do this by entering my referral code when prompted at checkout. You should be able to stack the referral code with other coupons. My referral code is ADXY2018.

You can also try using the promo code "Try10" but this code has to be used on orders of $49 or more, it's possible that it can only be used on your first order and I don't think it will work with other promo codes. You're welcome to check it out, but in my opinion the "Pampers15" is a better deal.

Today I was able to get 171 diapers for $35.59 ($0.20/diaper), free wipes, and two books for $7. I spent about $47 for everything including shipping. That's roughly a $25 or 53% savings! Not bad :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Farmer's Market!!

Today I took Elijah down to the local farmer's market and we made out like bandits! Everything pictured here, plus two more potatoes and several plums which got eaten, was only $4.25!! Just in case you can't see the picture for some reason, I got 2 peaches, 2 red plums, 3 red potatoes, 1 white potato, 2 green bell peppers, and several handfuls of the small plums! I have no idea how much I saved by going to the farmer's market but it's got to be a substantial amount. Plus, the people at the booths were very nice and a couple were even willing to give out samples! Our farmer's market is held at a local park, so after I was done with my shopping and Elijah was done eating his first plums, we went and played on the playground with some friends. Here he is showing me the sand on his hands. Little cutie :)

The farmer's market turned out to be a worthwhile venture for us. We got some great, fresh, organic fruits and veggies for quite the bargain and Elijah even got some playtime out of it!