Sunday, February 28, 2010

Coupon Match-ups for Ukrop’s for the Week of March 1, 2010


My first response when I saw this week’s Ukrop’s ad early this morning was – Yes!  It is a 10/$10 week and Pick 5 for $25 Meat Sale.  I was starting to get a little low on meat in my freezer so I will probably take advantage of this at least twice this week.  I just hope they have what I want when I hit the meat department.  I want to remind you that it is only selected items and they are usually in one section of the meat department with a yellow sticker on the package.  Take advantage of the larger cuts or packages of whatever item you want to buy – this will increase your total savings.  I gave some other tips about the pick 5 for $25 in addition to the special coupon on the first page of the ad in my last post

Here is a list of participating items in the Pick 5 for $25:

  • USDA Choice New York Strip Steaks
  • Purdue Boneless Chicken Breast (Small Pack)
  • 85% Ground Round (Value Pack)
  • USDA Choice Beef Bottom Round Roast
  • 85% Ground Round Beef Patty
  • Boneless Pork Country Style Ribs
  • Hormel Cure 81 Boneless Ham 1/4 Sliced
  • USDA Choice Beef Eye Round Steaks (Value Pack)
  • Boneless Pork Rib Eye Chops
  • Boneless Pork Roast
  • Louisiana Gulf Wild-Caught Raw Shell-On Shrimp 16/20 ct
  • Ukrop’s All Natural Fully Cooked Shrimp, Shell-On 41/50 ct
  • Smithfield Smoked Bone-in Pork Chops
  • Boneless Pork Chops (Value Pack)
  • Perdue Chicken Thighs (Value Pack)
  • Perdue Chicken Drumsticks (Value Pack)

Because I am forcing myself to get my match-ups out earlier this week I am once again hitting only the items that have a coupon available.  I did find one free item this week– Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn.  You will have to look at my spreadsheet to see how you can get it on Wednesday. :)

Here are some guidelines for using coupons at Ukrop’s:

  • Ukrop’s will double manufacturer coupons up to $0.99 on Wednesday’s only.
  • Ukrop’s will not double more than 5 like coupons per transaction.
  • Ukrop’s will accept internet printables (IPs) up to $2.  They will not accept IPs for anything that is for a free item – this includes buy 1 get 1 free.

Items with coupons that will double on Wednesday are in red.

Abbreviations key (these are all inserts found in the Sunday paper):

SS = Smart Source

RP = Red Plum

PG = Proctor & Gamble

GM = General Mills

Item Sale Price Coupon Source Coupon Amount Doubled Final Price
Campbell’s Select Harvest Soups (18.6 – 19oz ) 10/$10 1/3 SS or 2/7 SS $0.50/2 $0.50/2 Buy2 = $1
Quilted Northern Bathroom Tissue (12 double-roll) $5.88 1/24 RP $1   $4.88
Brawny Paper Towels (6-8 rolls) $5.88 1/24 RP $1   $4.88
Lay’s Potato Chips (10.5-11 oz) $1.88 must redeem SPOT Coupon     $1.88
Betty Crocker Cake Mixes (18.25 – 18.4 oz) 10/$10 $0.50 off wyb both cake mix & Betty Crocker Frosting $0.50 off wyb both cake mix & Betty Crocker Frosting FREE cake mix plus the cost of frosting
Select Lipton (Knorr) side Dishes 10/$10 1/31 RP $0.50/2 $0.50/2 Buy 2 = $1
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta or Microwave Pasta (7.25-15 oz) 10/$10 1/10 SS $0.35/3 $0.35/3 Buy 3 = $2.30
Starkist Chunk Light Tuna in Pouches (2.6 oz) 10/$10 2/14 RP $1/2   Buy 2 = $1
Hunt’s Manwich Sauce (15.5 oz) 10/$10 ConAgra Rediscover Your Balance Booklet $1/2   Buy 2 = $1
Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn (10-10.5oz) 10/$10 1/10 SS $0.50 $0.50 FREE
Hunt’s Snack Pack (4 pk/3.5 oz) 10/$10 1/10 SS $0.30/2 $0.30/2 Buy 2 = $1.40
Hunt’s Snack Pack (4 pk/3.5 oz) 10/$10 AllYou January 2010 Buy 3 Get 1 Free   Buy 4 = $3
Clif Bars and Clif Mojo Bars (1.5-2.4 oz) 10/$10 Mambo Sprouts $1/3   Buy 3 = $2
Organic Valley Milk* (Half-Gallon) $3.49 Mambo Sprouts $1/2   Buy 2 = $5.98
Organic Valley Milk (Half-Gallon) $3.49 Tearpad in the milk section $1   $2.49
Johnsonville Dinner Sausage (19.76 oz) $4.38 1/17 SS $1/2   Buy 2 = $7.76
Duke’s Whipped Salad Dressing 2/$5 2/28 SS $0.50 $0.50 Buy 1 = $1.50
Dannon Activia (4 pk/4 oz) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Dannon DanActive (4 pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Dannon Light & Fit (4 pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1/2   Buy 2 = $3
Dannon Danimals Coolision  (6 pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Dannon Dan-o-nino (6 pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Dannon Danimals Smoothies (6-pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Dannon Danimals Crush Cup (4 pk) 2/$4 2/28 SS $1   Buy 1 = $1
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8-13.9 oz) 2/$4 1/31 SS or 1/3 GM $0.40/2 $0.40/2 Buy 2 = $3.20
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8-13.9 oz) 2/$4 12/13 SS $0.25/1 $0.25/1 Buy 1 = $1.50
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8-13.9 oz) 2/$4 12/13 SS $0.50/2 $0.50/2 Buy 2 = $3
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls (8-13.9 oz) 2/$4 12/13 SS or 1/3 GM $0.40/2 $0.40/2 Buy 2 - $3.20
Kid Cuisine Entrees (7.2 – 10.6 oz) 2/$4 ConAgra Rediscover Your Balance Booklet $1/2   Buy 2 = $3
Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Aids (6.6 –12.6 oz) $2.49 2/14 RP $1   $1.49
Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Aids (6.6 –12.6 oz) $2.49 2/7 PG $2/2   Buy 2 = $2.98
Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Aids (6.6 –12.6 oz) $2.49 2/7 PG $1 (off 1 styler)   $1.49
Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Aids (6.6 –12.6 oz) $2.49 2/21 PG $1/2   Buy 2 = $3.98
fuelperks! bonus! items          
Select Family Size Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal (18 oz) $2.49 2/28 SS $1/2   Buy 2 = $3.98
Wish-Bone Salad Dressings or Spritzers (7-16 oz) $1.99 1/31 RP $1.25/2   Buy 2 = $2.73
Wish-Bone Salad Dressings or Spritzers (7-16 oz) $1.99 1/31 RP $1 off 1 Spritzer   Buy 1 = $0.99
International Delight Coffee Creamer (16 oz) $1.89 international delight $0.55 $0.55 $0.79

* My store no longer carries the Organic Valley Milk.  I talked to a stocker and he told me it has now been replaced by Wild Harvest Organic.  I think Ukrop’s will honor the price for the Organic Valley price for the Wild Harvest, but unfortunately the coupon won’t work if this is the case. I checked Monday 3/1/10 and the Organic Valley Milk is back in stock.  The real exciting thing is that one of the stockers knows me and my couponing obsession and gave me a coupon from a tearpad he was putting out for $1 off any one Organic Valley Milk.

The ConAgra booklet was one that I received in the mail last week.  I got the info from one of my favorite blogs – Money Saving Mom.  Here is the post where she gives you the link to request your own booklet.  I don’t know if there are anymore available, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

I saw a few other things in this week’s ad that I want to check on.  I have to work Monday night so I will post them either after I get home or Tuesday morning.  Please feel free to share any items that you found that I missed.

Happy Shopping!

Sneak peak of Ukrop’s ad for the week of March 1-6


I just looked at a copy of this week’s Ukrop’s ad on-line and noticed a few big things.

  • 5/$25 Meat Sale!  - Time to restock the freezer.  I have discovered in the past when they have this promo that if you buy the ground beef on Monday or the Perdue chicken breast on Friday that you are able to get the discount price for that day but apply it to the 5 for $25 items.  (Example – on Friday I can pick up 3 1-lb packages of Perdue chicken breast , and 2 NY Strip Steaks – My total should be about $16 instead of $25.  I will get the chicken for $1.99 a pound and pay $5 each for the NY Strip Steak.)
  • 10/$10 Sale!  - I haven’t had a chance to look really closely at what is included in the sale, but I did notice they have a lot of what I call “lunch box” items on sale.  They also have some items from the Natural & Organic section included.  They may be some good coupon match-ups to go with this sale.  I will have to get those to you later.
  • Choose your savings at Ukrop’s coupon – on the front page of the ad there is a a coupon that allows you to get a certain amount taken off your total order based on how much you spend in your transaction.  This could really come in handy if you decide to restock your freezer this week with the meat sale selections.  (I don’t know if it will work with this promo but some promos if the past have allowed you to use this coupon towards your prescription total if you have a large prescription order.) You can apply this toward your total purchase – including prescriptions.

Here is the fine print from the coupon : Choose Your Savings. $8 off $80 or $5 off $50 or $3 off $30, You choose your savings! With minimum purchase as noted. (minimum spend must be met after all discounts have been subtracted from order and before sales tax has been added to order.) Excludes items prohibited by law.

In other words your final total after sales, coupons, and before tax needs to meet the minimum amount in order to qualify for the savings. I don’t know if their is a limit on how many times the coupon can be used per household. In the last few weeks they have been limiting the promotions to a certain number per household (based on your UVC information). Edit 3/1/10 – I verified tonight that you can use more than one Choose Your Savings coupon during the week.  The key is that you have to have clipped the coupon to use it.  The cashier has to keep the coupon after you use it, so they can’t keep a copy of the coupon to scan for multiple customers.

I have to go get myself and everyone else ready for church.  I will hopefully have more info for you soon!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Coupon


I found a great tip from Money Saving Mom about a $0.75 off Pepperidge Farm Goldfish coupon.  There are actually two different places that you can print the coupon from so you should be able to get at least two coupons (more if you use different computers).  Go here and here to get your coupons.  As the mom of a 4 year old and a 20 month old we go through lots of goldfish.  The usual price for these at Ukrop’s is about $1.99 to $2.25 a bag (off the top of my head).  Keep your coupon until Wednesday and you can get a bag of goldfish for less than $1.  That is a great deal!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Clearance deals at Target

I was in Target earlier this week to get the Pampers deal earning a $10 gift card that is advertised in this week’s ad.  While I was in there I was walking around and checking out the clearance section when I came across a deal I didn’t completely realize I had found until I got home. 

The last month or so they have been advertising warehouse deals without the warehouse memberships and selling larger bulk items.  I realized the other day they were consolidating the section and there was a sign stating the merchandise was at least 15% off.  I found a 4-lb package (really 4 1-lb boxes bundled together) of Barilla spaghetti marked down to $3.40 (from $4).  I figured anything at less than $1 a pound for pasta is a decent deal.  It wasn’t until I got home and looked at my receipt that I realized that it rang up for $2 – so it was 50% off.  I almost kicked myself for not noticing it when I checked out and going back to get more.

Today after I dropped Natalie off at preschool Megan and I ran over to Target to see if there were any deals still left in the clearance section. 

Here is a picture of what I found:


Up & Up 160 Cotton Rounds & 500 Cotton Swabs - $1.18 (75% off)

Frosted Flakes (55 oz) - $3.18 (50% off)

Special K Red Berries (33.4 oz) - $3.24 (50% off)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal (30 packets) - $3.48 (50% off) I also combined this with a $1 off Quaker Instant Oatmeal from 2/7 RP making it only $2.48 (or $0.08 a packet).

Del Monte Fruit Cups (16 ct) - $3.74 (50% off).

Total after clearance sale, coupon, and before tax = $13.82

I now have breakfast and snacks covered for at least the next two weeks.  :)

In case you are interested I found these deals at the Target at Short Pump.  I am guessing the clearance items are similar at the other Richmond stores.  The Barilla Pasta was gone today, and the selection was much slimmer than earlier in the week.  If you are interested I would get there sooner rather than later – or check out a store that may not get as much traffic.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Menu planning progress

….or lack of.  I had a few good weeks of sticking to my menu planning and enforcing the eat at home challenge I came up with in January.  Then I lost my momentum – again.  I think one of the things that really got me out of the habit was that my sweet and wonderful husband took me away for the weekend of Valentine’s Day.  We obviously ate out and left money and take out menus for the sitter and the girls. 

The other roadblock is that although I have been trying to “push through” and “be a trooper” morning sickness and exhaustion have just seemed to really knock me down.  (Side note: I guess now is a good time to share that we found out in mid-December that we are going to have an unexpected blessing arrive mid-August.)  I had in my mind that by mid-February I would be at the end of my first trimester and starting on the best stage of pregnancy - the second trimester.  It hasn’t worked out quite like that, at least not yet.  The exhaustion has been horrible and sometimes just the thought of walking into the kitchen to fix anything other than water and crackers is more than I can handle.  I don’t like feeling so useless, but I keep telling myself that I am older and that I have two little ones to chase around and clean-up after.  (I won’t even comment on the state of the house.)  Steve is great and has tried to help me and be as encouraging as he can be.  He will try to handle the girls after he gets home or help me knock-out a task if I get a spurt of energy.  He has also been willing to either eat cereal for dinner, leftovers (not his favorite), or offer to take us out or bring something home so that I don’t have to worry about cooking.  He has even become a bit of a sous chef for me.  I have had a real aversion to touching any sort of raw meat, and the smell of something like hamburger browning has been enough to cause me to run out of the kitchen, so he has been a great help with prepping stuff in advance. 

I am trying to get back into the swing of menu planning again.  I know it sounds crazy but having a simple thing, like what you are going to eat or fix for dinner that night really reduces some of the everyday chaos around the house.  I know that Natalie also really liked having a menu plan.  Last week when I didn’t make one but still had the previous week’s posted on the refrigerator she asked me, “What is for dinner tonight?”  I told her, “I don’t know.  We will come up with something.”  Her response was, “Mom, look at the chart on the refrigerator.  It will tell us.”

A positive thing has been that with my overflowing pantry that we have had plenty of things to choose from for dinner and some of the convenience mixes (that aren’t my favorites) have really worked out great for side dishes or lunches for the girls.  The bags of frozen veggies have also been a lifesaver to rounding out a meal.  I am going to attempt to make a roast in the crockpot today and try to make bread.  I haven’t made bread in about 3 weeks.  I am thinking the roast will work for at least 2 maybe 3 meals, and we can talk about our weekend plans over dinner tonight. 

Another positive thing is that although we haven’t completely enjoyed home cooked meals, we have still been eating together and spending time together as a family.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

$1 off Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks

I just came across this link for Kellogg’s Clever Kid’s Letter Bites and Number Bites Fruit Snacks.  You may need to register with Kellogg’s in order to print the coupon but it is good for $1 off any Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks (6 count or larger).  They are on sale this week at Ukrop’s for $1.66.  That means if you combine the deal with this coupon you can get them for only $0.66!  (I have to go into mom mode and say that these are not something that I buy or let my girls have on a regular basis, but they are a decent option compared to candy or to use as a reward.  They are not as a substitute for real fruit. :))

Ukrop’s Double Coupon Wednesday Shopping Trip 2/24

I dropped Natalie off at preschool and with a stack of coupons Megan and I headed off to Ukrop’s this morning.  I have been paying more attention to my $1 coupons this week because of the $1 coupon doubler.  I noticed throughout the store that there are lots of items on closeout.  At my store the Quaker Oatmeal Squares (only one flavor) was on closeout for $2.24 and was already sold out.  I got a tip in the comments section from Scott (that he had read on youngandfrugalinvirginia.blogspot) and an anonymous poster about combining that with the $1 coupon from the 2/14 RP combined with the $1 doubler for cereal for $0.24.  Check the shelves in your store and you may get lucky.  Unfortunately some of the items I saw on closeout did not have a coupon available such as the Softsoap Ensembles and Kashi Good Friends cereal.  I did however snag a box of Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites Honey Nut on closeout for $1.62 (down from $3.25) and combined it with a $1 off coupon I had printed a few weeks ago from making it only $0.62.  (Unfortunately I just checked and the coupon is no longer available.)  I also found a great way to get free Cheerios – the cereal cups are only $0.99.  I had a $1 off plain Cheerios coupon (that I got a total of 4 by signing up at this site) it doesn’t put any size limitations on the purchase so I got the cup for free.  (These are great for mornings that we need to eat breakfast in the car!)

So here is the picture of my deals today – I used my last $1 coupon doubler on the Uncle Ben’s rice – I couldn’t say no to free and a great pantry staple.


Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Condensed Soup (for the roast) - $1.69

Cheerios Cup – FREE

(2) Food Club Great Northern Beans - $0.99 each

Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites - $0.62

Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks - $0.66 (I got a $1 coupon from Vocal Point)

Morton Salt - $0.59

Mount Olive Sandwich Stackers - $2.07 each (I had a SPOT coupon for $0.75 off 2 that I combined with a hangtag for $0.55 off)

Snyders Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches - $1.49

Food Club Pretzel Sticks - $0.99

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice – FREE (details in this post)

Viva Big Roll Paper Towels - $0.89

(4) Johnson’s Easy-grip Sudzing Bars - FREE (details in this post)

International Delight Coffee Creamer (16 oz) - $0.89

Beef Chuck Pot Roast (2.86 lb) - $5.52 (on sale this week and I found it with a 33% off sticker making it an even better deal)

Gala Apples (3 lb bag) - $3.39 (SPOT coupon for $0.60 off)

Mango - $1.09 (SPOT coupon for $0.20 off)

Stacy’s Pita Chips – FREE (coupon from becoming a fan on facebook)


Shelf Price (before sales, coupons, or tax) = $59.61

Final Price (after sales, coupons, and before tax) = $23.88

Total Savings = $35.73 (60%)

Totals for both shopping trips this week:

Shelf Price (before sales, coupons, or tax) = $89.99

Final Price (after sales, coupons, and before tax) = $40.41

Total Savings = $49.58 (55%)

Not bad for groceries for a family of 4.33 :)

How did you do with the $1 coupon doubler and/or double coupon Wednesday?  Feel free to share any deals that you found.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Just a FYI

I have added a copyright to my blog.  You may have noticed it on the side bar under the “about me” section.  I want to prevent bloggers from reading my coupon tips and sharing them on their blogs as their own information.  I spend hours each week with the weekly sales ad, looking through a coupon database for potential matches, and then verifying the coupons and sources from my own pile of inserts.  I make additional trips to the store to verify what items are included in sales and to find unadvertised sales.  I also share links that I find to internet printable coupons.  I don’t have a problem with sharing info, I would just like a shout-out for my efforts.  ;)

Ukrop’s unadvertised deals

I was so busy trying to finish all of my match-ups that I completely forgot to mention that when I was in the store last night comparing prices for the $1 coupon doubler that I came across two unadvertised sales. 

The pints of International Delight Coffee Creamer are on sale this week for $1.99.  There is a coupon available here for $0.55 off – if you use it on double coupon Wednesday it will bring the price down to $0.89.   That is less than a cup of coffee from the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s.  :)

I also noticed the big rolls of Viva paper towels are on a multi-week deal (I am not sure of the end date) for $2.57 each.  There was a $0.85 off coupon in the 2/21 SS insert.  If you use the coupon on double coupon Wednesday you can get a big roll of Viva towels for only $0.87.  These are my favorite paper towels – especially for cleaning up all of the messes my girls leave behind.

Coupon Match-ups for Double Coupon Wednesday at Ukrop’s 2/24


The big news about this week’s Ukrop’s ad is the $1 coupon doubler.  I have mentioned some things that I found and some ideas for maximizing your savings in my last 2 post – here and here.  I also talk about the restrictions and guidelines to using the $1 coupon doubler in the previous posts.

There are some good deals this week – especially with the doubler – but also on some of the Food Club items.  There are several items that if you are running low and need some until the next sales cycle it would be worth doing a little stockpiling.  I was excited about the canned beans for $0.60 a can, the dried beans for $0.99 a 1-lb bag, and pretzels for $0.99 a bag.  I picked up a bag of the frozen fruit Monday night because the girls and I have been a smoothie kick recently.

Guidelines for Ukrop’s Coupon Policy -

  • Ukrop’s will double manufacturer coupons on Wednesdays only up to a face value of $0.99.
  • Ukrop’s will not double more than five like coupons per transaction.  (If you have more than five coupons just use them up in a different transaction.)
  • Ukrop’s will accept internet printable coupons up to a face value of $2.  They do not accept internet printables for a “free” item.  This includes buy one get one free offers.

I have arranged the chart a little bit differently this week because of the possibility of using the $1 coupon doubler with a $1 manufacturer coupon.  Remember this is available all week long but with a limit of 4 per household (determined by your UVC card).  The items that will double on Wednesday only are  in red. 

Item Sale Price Coupon Source Coupon Amount Doubled Final Price Total Savings
Turkey Hill Ice Cream (48 oz) 2/$5 11/8 RP $1 $1 (use doubler) buy 1 for $0.50 $3.99
Yoplait Yogurt Cups (4-6 oz) 10/$5 2/7 SS or 1/3 GM 0.40/6 0.40/6 buy 6 for $2.20 $2
Yoplait Yogurt Cups (4-6 oz) 10/$5 yoplait 0.50/6 0.50/6 buy 6 for $2 $2.20
Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes $0.88 1/24 SS $1/4 $1 (use doubler) buy 4 for $1.52 up to $4.84
Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes $0.88 Conagra* $1/3 $1 (use doubler) buy 3 for $0.64 up to $4.13

Ukrop’s All-Natural Boneless Chicken Breast

$4.78 /lb 12/6 SS $1 $1 (use doubler) varies varies
Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage (16 oz) $3.28 1/31 RP $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $4.56 $3.42
Oscar Mayer Deli Creations (9oz) 2/$5 All You, March 2010 $1.50/2   buy 2 for $3.50 $4.08
Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (14-16 oz) 2/$6 1/31 RP $1/2 (DND 5) $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $4 $4.38
Deer Park Spring Water Case Pak (24 pk/16.9 oz) $2.99 (must use SPOT coupon – limit 4) All You, January 2010 $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $3.98 $9.60
Listerine Mouthwash (1.5L) $3.99 1/3 RP $0.50 $0.50 $2.99 $5
Old Spice Deodorant 50% off 2/21 PG, 2/27 PG $1/2 $1 (use doubler) varies varies
Old Spice Deodorant 50% off 12/27 PG buy 2 get 1 Secret Deodorant free*   varies varies
Secret Deodorant 50% off 12/27 PG $0.25 $0.25 varies varies
Halls Cough Drops (20-25 ct) 0.99 2/21 SS $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 = FREE $3.98
Snyder’s Sandwich Pretzels (8 oz) $2.99 2/21 SS $0.75 $0.75 $1.49 $2.20
Selected Emerald Nuts (10-11 oz) $3.49 1/31 SS $1.50/2   buy 2 for $5.48 $6.50
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts (8 ct) 3/$5 2/7 RP $1/3 $1 (use doubler) buy 3 for $3 up to $6.57
Selected Kellogg’s Kids Cereals (14-25.5 oz) 2/$6 2/7 RP $1/3 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $4 up to $3.58
Febreze Air Effects (9.7 oz) $2.59 2/7 PG $1 $1 (use doubler) $0.59 $2.40
Febreze Air Effects (9.7 oz) $2.59 2/7 PG $0.50 $0.50 $1.59 $1.40
Healthy Choice Naturals Entrees, Simple Selections (8.5 –10 oz) 2/$4 1/3 SS $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $2 up to $3.58
Red Baron Pizzas (15.77 – 22.63 oz) $3.99 1/31 SS $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $5.98 $4
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls and Entrees (7 –8.55 oz) 2/$5 11/1 RP $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $3 $2.98
Gorton’s Value Pack Fish Sticks and Fillets (19-24.5 oz) $4.99 1/24 SS, 2/21 SS $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $7.98 $5
Gorton’s Value Pack Fish Sticks and Fillets (19-24.5 oz) $4.99 All You, February 2010 $0.60 $0.60 $3.79 $2.60
Selected Pillsbury Dough Products (4-30 oz) 4/$5 2/7 SS, 1/10 SS, 12/6 SS, 12/13 GM, 1/24 SS, 1/31 SS, varies from $0.35- $0.55 varies from $0.35- $0.55 varies varies
Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies (16 oz) 2/$5 12/6 SS, 12/13 GM, $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $3 $2.98
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice (89 oz) $4.49 2/21 RP $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $6.98 $3
Egg Beaters (15-16 oz) 2/$5 1/10 SS $0.35 $0.35 buy 1 for $1.80 $1.19
Marie’s Dressings (10-12 oz) $2.99 1/31 SS $1 $1 (use doubler) $0.99 $3
fuelperks! bonus! rewards items            
Keebler Club Crackers $2.49 1/31 Parade Magazine $1/1 $1 (use doubler) $0.49 $3.50
Turkey Hill Teas and Drinks $1.79 11/8 RP $1/2 $1 (use doubler) buy 2 for $1.58 $2.20

*For the Conagra link – you have to play a little game then you will be taken to window to print your coupon

*For the Old Spice buy 2 get 1 Secret Free Coupon you can still use one of the $1/2 coupons with that coupon for a really good deal!

Feel free to share your plan of attack for double coupon Wednesday – or any deals that I might have missed.

Ukrop’s $1 Coupon Doubler Shopping Trip 2/22/10


I went to the store Monday night with a list of $1 coupons available to see what the shelf price was on many of the items and to find out the fine print details of the coupon doubler in the weekly ad.  I knew this was not a task to take on with two kids in tow so I ran out after dinner with just Natalie.  She doesn’t get to go to the store with me as often because I go while she is at preschool.  She wanted everything she saw, and of course I kept giving her the same series of lines, “Not tonight” , “Maybe another time”, “It isn’t on sale and I don’t have a coupon”  I am not a mom who completely deprives my children – I did let her pick out some fresh fruit from the salad bar.  The girls love watermelon which is not easy to find in February in Virginia so I agreed to some fresh fruit off the salad bar to go with breakfast or lunch  on Tuesday.  (I did have an ulterior motive – I had 4 salads towards the buy 5 get your 6th salad free promo that ends this week and I wanted to make sure I got another free before it ended.)

I noticed when checking some prices that Ukrop’s carries the Johnson & Johnson Buddies Easy-grip Sudzing Bars.  These are bars of soap that are enclosed in a mesh that allow them to suds easier for little hands and not make them as slippery.  They are an everyday price of $0.99.  I was able to get one for free with my $1 off and Johnson & Johnson Baby item from the 1/3 RP.  I had found them at Target in the past for $0.99, but they recently raised their price to over a $1.  (Natalie was excited about getting a new bar of “buddy soap”.)

So – after saying all of that I picked up a few things that were on sale, that we were out of, or that insured I would hit the $15 minimum purchase to use some of my $1 coupon doublers.  (I used three $1 coupon doublers out of the maximum of four during the week. The pressure is on to make the last one count!)


Here is my breakdown:

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Rice = FREE*

Easy-grip Sudzing Bar = FREE

(2) Halls Fruit Breezers = FREE*

Food Club Frozen Blueberries = $2.29

Organic 1% Milk (half gallon) = $3.29

Ground Round (1.03 lb) = $2.15 (Monday Daily Special)

Ukrop’s All Natural Boneless Chicken Breast Tenders (1 lb) = $2.01*

Salad Bar Purchase (1.14 lb) = $6.83 (Fruit is really heavy!)

Shelf Price (before sales, coupons, and tax) = $30.38

Final Price (after sales, and coupons, before tax) = $16.53

Total Savings = $13.85 (46%)

*I used a $1 coupon doubler in addition to a manufacturer coupon for that item. 

The chicken tenders were marked down 33% so I was able to make it a really good deal by combining the $1 off coupon I had for Ukrop’s All-Natural Chicken with the $1 Coupon Doubler – that saved me a total of $3.98 (or 66%).

I can’t believe I paid more for fruit off the salad bar than I did for a pound of ground beef and a pound of chicken tenders!  At least I will sort of get my money back with my free one pound salad bar purchase later in the week.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ukrop’s $1 Coupon Doubler


I went to Ukrop’s today to try to find out more info about the “other restrictions apply, see store for details” fine print on the $1 coupon doubler on the front page of this week’s ad.  This is what I found out along with some FREE items and other potential really good deals.

  • You can only use one $1 coupon doubler with one manufacturer coupon for a face value of $1.
  • You can only use a total of 4 coupon doublers per household (which is determined by your UVC card info) during this week’s promotion.
  • I was not able to confirm if internet printables are accepted – based on the fact that they just scan the coupon doubler coupon from the insert I think that if your internet printable scans it should work.
  • I did not get a definite answer, nor did I test it, but I think that the $15 purchase is before coupons – but not before store sales or promotions.  In other words if your subtotal (before tax) is above $15 before you hand the cashier your coupons you should be ok.  Again no one confirmed this information so I could be wrong, but that is how promotions have worked in the past.

I did get 2 free items tonight actually using coupons from the inserts in the 2/21 Sunday paper. 

I looked at some other blogs discussing super doubles at Harris Teeter this week and got some ideas from them as to what items to look for to combine with my $1 coupons.  I am giving you some ideas, I am sure there are lots more possibilities – and feel free to share them if you come across them.  I will try to update the list throughout the week as I find more deals or as they get sent to me so keep checking back.  One other note – because I wanted to get the info posted about the $1 coupon doubler I am still working on the match-ups for this weeks ad for double coupon Wednesday.  I have the $1 coupons together but I still need to double check the expiration dates and face value of the coupons under $1.


Price Coupon Source Coupon Amount $1 Doubler Final Price
Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Rice $1.99 2/21 RP $1 $1 FREE
Hall’s Drops $0.99 2/21 SS $1/2 $1 buy 2 = FREE
Selected Old Spice Deodorant $1.19 2/21 PG $1/2 $1 buy 2 = $0.38
Bumble Tuna Pouches 0.99-1.99 2/21 SS $1/2 $1 buy 2 = FREE - $1.99
Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners $2.59 1/31 SS $1 $1 $0.59
YoPlus Yogurt (4 ct) $2.59 2/7 SS $1 $1 $0.59
Wishbone Salad Spritzer $2.50 1/31 RP $1 $1 $0.50
Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50 11/8 RP $1 $1 $0.50
Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes $0.88 1/24 SS $1/4 $1 buy 4 for $1.52
Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage 2/$6 1/31 RP $1/2 (DND 5)* $1/2 buy 2 for $4
Febreze Air Effects $2.59 2/7 PG $1 $1 $0.59
Keebler Club Crackers* $2.49 1/31 Parade Magazine $1 $1 $0.49
Marie’s Dressings $2.99 1/31 SS $1 $1 $0.99
Ukrop’s All-Natural Boneless Chicken Breast $4.78/lb 12/6 SS $1 $1 varies
Quaker Oatmeal Squares (Maple Flavored)* $2.25 (on closeout) 2/14 RP $1 $1 $0.25
Kashi Strawberry Fields Cereal* $1.99 (on closeout) booklet (found at Kroger near Organic section) $1 $1 FREE


*The Keebler Club Crackers are also a fuelperks!bonus! rewards item – you not only get a great deal you also get an extra $0.05 per gallon added to you fuelperks! account.

*DND 5 = The coupon says do not double and begins with a 5.  Generally coupons that say do not double and have a bar code beginning with the number 5 will still double.  The coupon doubler says in the fine print it cannot be combined with a coupon saying do not double.

*These are tips that came from readers of my blog and were shared on a different post.  I wanted to keep the $1 coupon doubler options together in one post.  Thanks for sharing Scott, Anonymous, & Lissa!

Feel free to pass on any great deals that you find for the $1 coupon doubler or for double coupon Wednesday.

Rebate Checks

I had several rebate checks arrive in the mail last week.  I will be the first to agree that rebates are frustrating, you have to read the fine print, make sure you get the necessary info together, make copies of everything, find an envelope, a stamp, and remember to drop it in the mail before it expires.  I sometimes run into the frustration of having items for different rebates on the same receipt.  Some rebates are easier to submit than others – you just have to send your receipt and write down your UPC code on a form.  I have had some rebates that want the actual UPC code from the box, the receipt, and the form.  When it is all said and done, it really isn’t that much work, it is just finding the time to get organized and make sure you have all of your materials together.  So, how did I do?
  • I received a $20 check from Kraft foods.  To qualify I had to purchase 10 packages of Nabisco cookies or crackers, 5 Capri-Sun boxes (or Kool-Aid Jammers), and 5 cups of Kraft Easy Mac.  I looked over my receipts that I submitted and I figured I spent about $26 for the 20 items that I purchased.  So – I ended up getting all of that for only $6 after I got my rebate.  (I think there is a similar rebate offer through June 2010 – but I can’t locate it right now.  When I find it I will pass it on.)
  • I got two $5 rebates from SC Johnson.  I submitted a total of three so I don’t know if the third one is lost somewhere.  This rebate is available for a while so if I don’t get my third check in a few weeks I have more items I can submit for the rebate.  I talked about buying several Glade candles with a Target deal this past fall in this post.  I only had to submit 3 UPC codes and a receipt from all of the candles that I purchased. (I had purchased them in separate transactions so I would have receipts for each rebate request.) I bought ten candles and candle holders for $5 and I actually got two $5 gift cards (for buying 5 in each transaction).  I already had made $5 on the transaction so the additional $10 in rebates means I got $15 for buying candles! 
  • I also got a $15 check from Olay.  I purchased two Olay Regenerist Cleansers at Walgreens for $4.29 each (after coupons).  I submitted the rebate and and got a check for $15.  I ended up making $6.42 for buying cleanser!
I am working on submitting two rebates right now –
  • Receive a check (up to $11.99) for a Schick Quattro Titanium Razor or Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer – you will get reimbursed your purchase price.  The form for the rebate is in the 2/7 Smart Source insert.  The rebate must be postmarked by March 7, 2010 for purchases from February 7 – March 7, 2010.
  • The other rebate is another $15 rebate from Olay.  This rebate must be submitted by March 12, 2010 for purchases from February 12 – March 12, 2010.  I was able to make this a really good deal by combining sales and coupons.  Walgreens has a $4 Register Reward (RR) when you purchase a Venus Embrace Razor for the month of February.  The razor is $8.99.  You can combine a $2 off coupon form the 2/7 Proctor & Gamble insert.  There is also a coupon in the 2/7 P&G insert for a free Olay body wash when you buy a Venus Embrace System.  The bottom line is I paid out of pocket ~$7 for a razor (with 2 cartridges) and a 10oz bottle of Olay body wash.  I left with a $4 RR (to use on another transaction) and a receipt showing the purchase price of the body wash that I can submit.  I repeated this transaction two more times.  I ended up spending ~$21, earned $12RR, and can submit for a $15 rebate.  That makes it ~ a $6 profit for purchasing razors and body wash. 
Do you like rebates?  Do you have success with rebates?  Do you have tips of current rebates you want to share?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What to expect this week at Ukrop’s

I got a copy of this week’s ad yesterday before I left work.  (I had a long day working 9-7.)  I didn’t get a chance to take a good look at the ad until today.  On the first page of the ad is what is being called a $1 coupon doubler.  I was really excited when I saw this – of course though there is lots of fine print.  According to the coupon doubler (which there are 4 on the front page of the ad) if you present it with a manufacturer coupon for $1 they will double the manufacturer’s coupon. 
The fine print goes on to say:
  • they will only accept coupons clipped from magazines and newspapers.  (I don’t know if they will accept internet printables.) 
  • they will not double coupons that say do not double.  (I have discovered that on Wednesdays coupons that say do not double but have a barcode that begins with a “5” will double.  If they begin with a “9” it won’t double. )
  • the total coupon doubler may not exceed the retail price marked on the item.  If it does, you get the item for free. (In other words no overages.)
  • Valid February 22-27, 2010 at all Ukrop’s locations with a purchase of $15 or more.  (I assume after sales and coupons)
  • Other restrictions apply, see store for details.  (I plan on going to the store tomorrow to figure out the restrictions – such as how many doublers you can use a day and during the week.)
I will try to post the details Monday afternoon about the doubler along with some ideas for some free or inexpensive items.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cheap versus Frugal

I have been thinking recently about the difference between cheap and frugal.  There is a stigma associated with the word cheap.  I once read that someone who is frugal will reuse the same teabag for themselves, whereas someone who is cheap will force a guest to reuse their teabag instead of offering them a fresh one. 

I call myself cheap sometimes, but I really think I am frugal.  I joke and tell people that the real reason I was able to nurse our daughters as long as I did (8 months and 12 months) was because I saw the cost of formula and realized that what nature provided me with was free. 

When I think of cheap I think of the toys from the dollar stores or the dollar aisle.  They are not quality.  They usually last a day or two then break.  Because they only cost a dollar I don’t feel bad about tossing them when they break.

I think that couponing has a stigma of being cheap.  I disagree with that and say that couponing is being frugal.  I see couponing as a way of saving money on everyday things so that I can splurge on other things.  It is a matter of how you want to stretch your buck.  I can wait until I find a really good sale, match it with a coupon and buy several boxes of my favorite granola bars for $1 each or less, or I can buy a box or two every week for $2.50 each.  I prefer to buy 10 boxes at one time for $1. 

I admit I may sometimes come across as cheap, but I still feel that it is frugal.  When we travel I take a case of bottled water with us so that we don’t have to buy expensive bottled water on the road.  I also try to pack snacks like dried fruit, crackers, nuts, and cookies.  I hate having to pay double to triple the everyday price at a convenience store or a hotel gift shop.

I have stopped, for the most part, buying bread.  Some people may think that is cheap.  “A loaf of bread isn’t that expensive, why not just buy it?”  I started making my own bread because it does save some money, it tastes better, and the house smells really good while it is in the oven.  I also have a KitchenAid stand mixer that makes it a rather easy task.

I really think that frugal is the new trend and that it allows you to decide your spending priorities.  I would rather spend $10 on 10 boxes of granola bars versus only 4.  How about you, what do you think?  Do you think there is a difference between frugal and cheap?  Do you have an example of how you are frugal and others think you are cheap?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Deals from Double Coupon Wednesday at Ukrop's

I really have been trying to limit the pantry items that I buy these days.  My pantry is so full that unless it is a really great deal or I know what I am going to use it for, I am not allowing myself to buy it.  I have also come to the point in my stockpiling and couponing that unless I know I am going to use the product or I can donate it - I am saying no.  This even applies to free items.  (My favorite things!)  I just feel wasteful and I hate having to throw stuff out - especially perishables.  So, I am really limiting what I buy these days, not for budget reasons, but because I am trying to make sure that I am a good steward of all that we have and that includes space.

I really think my attempt at menu-planning has helped me with this turn of events.  It has forced me to look in the pantry for what I have and to see how little I need to pick-up to make a meal happen.  A tool that I have found really helpful is the ingredient search function on the allrecipes website.  It allows you to enter ingredients you want to use and those you don't want in addition to keywords. 

So enough about my overflowing pantry - I know you want to really see the picture and breakdown of my shopping trip.

(1) Betty Crocker Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mix = $1
(9) Contadina Tomato Sauce (8oz) = $0.16 each *
(1) Garden of Eatin' Blue Corn Tortilla Chips = $0.99
(1) Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread = $1.69
(1) Pepperidge Farm Simply Natural Pretzel Thins = $1.40
(5) Skippy Naturals Peanut Butter = $0.80 each
(1) Ukrop's Bakes Baked Spaghetti = $6.02 (on markdown)
(1) Pampers Wipes Tub = $1
(6) Chobani Greek Yogurt = FREE
(1) Egglands Best Eggs (18 ct) = $2.29
(1) Green Giant Nibbler Corn = $1.79
(1) Smithfield Bacon (1lb) = $1.90
Bananas (2.05 lbs) = $1.11
(2) Dole Classic Romaine Salad = $0.39 each
(1) Ukrop's White Potatoes (4 lb bag) = $1.99

Shelf Price (before sales, coupons, and tax): $79.49
Final Price (after sales, coupons, and before tax): $27.37
Total savings = $52.12 (66%)

*I ran into a problem with the Contadina Tomato Sauce.  The shelf tag said it was a multi-week sale (thru 2/27) for 0.49 each.  I noticed when the cashier was ringing me up that they rang up at 0.69 each.  The cashier verified the price and corrected the price for me.  Then when I gave her my coupons for 0.75/3 items the register didn't double the coupon it only credited me an additional 0.23 instead of the full 0.75.  The only thing I can figure is that it doubled the coupon up to the price of two free cans, not all three.  I was a little bummed, but I figure $1.47 for 9 cans isn't a bad deal. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coupon Match-ups for Double Coupon Wednesday at Ukrop's 2/17/10

The Ukrop's ad is still coming from Ukrop's right now. (At least that is what I was told at the store on Friday night.)  So, it still looks the same.  I keep checking every week to see if there are any changes listed in the coupon policy and things still look the same for this week.  There are some good deals this week - FREE yogurt and FREE margarine!  They are also running another fuelperks! bonus! rewards sale this week.  If you buy any one of these select items you will get and additional 0.05 per gallon added to your fuelperks! balance.  There is also a coupon on the first page of the ad for an additional 0.30 per gallon if you spend $50 or more in one transaction. 

To view an on-line version of the ad click here.

Guidlines to Ukrop's coupon policy:
  • Ukrop's will double manufacturer coupons up to 0.99 on Wednesdays only.
  • Ukrop's will not double more than 5 like coupons per transaction.  If you have more than 5 like coupons you can use them in a different transaction.
  • Ukrop's accepts internet printable coupons up to a face value of $2.  They will not accept internet printable coupons for more a free item - this includes buy one get one free coupons.

I want to encourage to clip and bring with you any higher value coupons (like 0.75 ones) to the store. Last week I happened to have a coupon for 0.75/3 canned Contadina products 15oz or smaller. I was running low on tomato sauce so I checked out the price. They were on sale for $0.49 each. That means after the coupon doubled they were free! I was upset with myself for only printing one coupon. If you are interested the link to get the coupon is here - you have to register with them and then it will take you to the next page to print your coupon. I generally register myself and Steve so that I can get at least two prints. (I am not sure if this unadvertised deal is still active.) I also snagged a small botle of Tabasco sauce a few weeks ago for only about $0.25 after my $0.75 coupon (1/31 SS) doubled and a bottle of Famous Dave's Barbeque sauce for $0.99 after doubling my $0.75 coupon (1/31 SS). That was the same price as the store brand and I had just used the last bottle I had stockpiled from over the summer.

I am only listing the sale ad items that have a coupon to match-up with them.  Make sure to look at the ad for items that are good sale prices but don't have a coupon available.  The items with coupons that will double on Wednesday are in red.

ItemSale PriceCoupon SourceCoupon AmountDoubled Amount (if applicable) Final Price
Progresso Classic Soups (18-19 oz)$1.492/7 GM0.50/20.50/2buy 2 for $1.98
Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads (16 oz)$2.791/10 SS0.40.41.99
Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads (16 oz)$2.79pepperidge farm0.550.55$1.69
Del Monte Canned Fruit (14.5-15.25 oz)$1.492/7 RP$1/5buy 5 for $6.45
Del Monte Canned Fruit (14.5-15.25 oz)$1.49del monte$1/4buy 4 for $4.96
Glaceau Water (20 oz)$0.99Kroger insert 12/270.55/20.55/2buy 2 for $0.88
Del Monte Canned Tomatoes (14.5 oz)4/$32/7 RP$1/5buy 5 for $2.75
Del Monte Canned Tomatoes (14.5 oz)4/$3del monte$1/4buy 4 for $2
Skippy Peanut Butter (15-16.3 oz)2/$41/31 RP0.60.60.8
Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch 2/$42/7 GM0.40.4$1.2
Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch 2/$4coupons.com0.40.4$1.2
Betty Crocker Muffin Mix2/$4coupons.com0.50.5$1
Healthy Choice Soups (15 oz)$0.991/3 SS0.75/20.75/2buy 2 for $0.49
Rotel Tomatoes (10oz)0.991/24 SS0.30.3$0.39
Downy Liquid Fabric Softener (41-51 oz)$5.992/7 PG$1$4.99
Joy Dish Detergent (30 oz)$2.392/7 PG0.30.3$1.79
Totino's Party Pizzas (9.8 -10.7 oz)$0.992/7 SS0.50/2 Pizzas wyb Totino's Pizza Rolls0.50/2 Pizzas wyb Totino's Pizza Rolls$0.98 plus the cost of pizza rolls
Select Healthy Choice Entrees2/$5healthy choice$1/22/$4
Land O'Lakes Spreadable Butter and Margarine (7 - 15 oz)$0.992/7 SS0.50 (fresh buttery taste)0.5FREE
Land O'Lakes Spreadable Butter and Margarine (7 - 15 oz)$0.99coupons.com0.50 (butter with olive oil)0.5FREE
Land O'Lakes Spreadable Butter and Margarine (7 - 15 oz)$0.99coupons.com0.55 (fresh buttery taste)0.55FREE (possible overage)
Eggland's Best Eggs (18 ct)$2.991/31 SS0.350.35$2.29
Pampers Baby Wipes Tub (60-77 ct)$1.992/7 PG0.50.5$0.99
Chapstick Lip Balm (0.15 oz)$1.291/31 RP$1/3buy 3 for $2.87
Nature's Bounty Vitamins (30-250 ct or 2-15 oz)50% off1/24 RP or 2/14 RP$1varies
Selected Del Monte Canned Vegetables (14.5 -15.25 oz)2/$12/7 RP$1/5buy 5 for $1.50
Selected Del Monte Canned Vegetables (14.5 -15.25 oz)2/$1del monte$1/4buy 4 for $1
Chobani Greek Yogurt (6 oz)$0.9912/13 SS$1FREE
Select Dole Premium Classic Salads$1.89coupons.com0.750.75$0.39
Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent (24-32 loads)$5.981/17 PG or 2/7 PG0.350.35$5.28
Ukrop's All-Natural Whole Chicken$1.48/lb12/6 SS$1varies
Ball Park Meat Hot Dogs (16 oz)$2.781/10 RP0.75/20.75/2buy 2 for $4.06
Tyson Any'tizers (10-11.5 oz)2/$61/24 SS0.550.55buy 1 for $1.90
Smithfield Sliced Bacon (16 oz)2/$61/31 SS or coupons.com0.550.55buy 1 for $1.90
Earthbound Farms Organic Clamshell Salads$2.49mambo sprouts coupon booklet0.550.55$1.39
Odwalla Juices (15.2 oz)2/$5mambo sprouts coupon booklet0.50.5buy 1 for $1.50
Garden of Eatin' Blue Chips (9oz)$1.99garden of eatin'$1$0.99

I have listed the Del Monte items on sale with the price if you buy 4 or 5 of only that item (they each have different prices) - remember you can mix and match the items with one coupon.

Don't forget to share any deals that you find or any deals that I might have missed!

Happy Shopping!