Archive for March 30th, 2008

Please work againYes! Come, now, work for me darling…testing to see how my new banner will work, made from a pic I took at Sturbridge Village. And what’s super cool is if you look closely in the window, you’ll see my husband. It’s his cameo of the week.

This is all about notating deals and sales for all of our New England stores that most people don’t have in the Midwest (where apparently all other bargain-hunters live). Stores like Shaws, Market Basket (DeMoulas), Stop & Shop, and Hannafords. I really don’t know how well this will work, especially when I’m in school, but I figure even a little bit of assistance would help.

And, I might also think that this will help our case when we complain that no, really, it’s impossible to get groceries cheaply here.

Overall Best Grocery Store Fri. March 28-Thurs. April 3: Market Basket!

Shaws: (There are 5$/50 coupons out for April)

Milk is 2.99–very good, unless you have a CVS that does the CVS Milk Club.
Eggs 2/3$
General Mills Cereal 4/10$ with a $4.00 CRT coupon. Use with 1$/2 insert coupon and 1$/2 SmartSource aisle coupon for $4/8$ with 4.00 coupon. This can be bypassed by going to Stop & Shop, where they have a 4/6$ deal.
Coca-Cola 2 ltr. 10/10$.
Freshetta Frozen Pizza 2/10$; use with $1.50/2 coupon
Kleenex 10/10$; there’s some coupon out there.
Strawberries: 2.88/lb
Grapes .99/lb

BOGO deals:

Fresh Express Salad Blend
Plumrose Premium Bacon
Hamburger Helper
Goose’s Pulled Pork BBQ
Shaw’s Homestyle Meatballs
Nabisco Tray Pack Cookies or Backed Snack Crackers or Kraft Hand-Snacks
All-Brand Laundry Detergent

Stop & Shop:

General Mills 4/6$. Use with two 1$/2 coupons for 4/4$.
Toaster Strudels 2/5$ (normally 2.69/1 & up)
They also have some horrible prices no one should ever pay on Sargento Shredded Cheese (4.49/1!!) & Hood Cottage Cheese (2/5$!!??).

Market Basket:

Pick your Veggies: Green Beans, Eggplant (yum!), Summer or Zucchini Squash for 0.99 cents/lb.
93% Lean Ground Beef 2.79/lb.
32 oz. MB Meatballs 3.99
Cabot Dairy is on sale! 0.99 cents Sour Cream. Buy 2 and use 1$/2 coupon for 2/0.98.
Cabot Cottage Cheese is 2/3$ (compared with Shaws 2/4$ and S&S’s 2/5$). Use with 1$/2 coupon.


Pork chops 0.99/lb
Fresh Express Salad Blend 0.99
Russett Potatoes 0.79/lb
Bacon 2.99
Center Cut Pork Chops 1.49/lb

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I’ve been doing the “CVS Game” for about 2-3 months now…since the third week in January, to be exact, since I never have the apparently very useful 1/17 coupons. It’s been going VERY well, with over 200$ in savings, tons of free goodies and a big dent in our grocery budget. However, it’s been going downhill about the past two weeks.

First off, I lost my CVS card that I got when I was 16 working at the Mall of NH. I went through old wallets, old keychains and scrounged around everywhere for a keyring one, since the $18.00 I had earned in ECBs was tied to that card number, and for some reason, they couldn’t find it using my phone number. No luck finding it anywhere. So I call the corporate number, get a new card, and say goodbye to $18.00. That sucked. What sucked even more was taking out my keys to start the car–the keys I use EVERY FREAKING DAY, and seeing a very sneaky CVS card come out of nowhere. Now since all my balances had been transferred, and I’d already done one transaction, I had another $18.00 on my new card. Lose-Lose, and it made me highly unhappy.

Bad Thing #2 was on said inaugural transaction. I’d taken a hint posted on the fantabulous moneysavingmom.com, and bought two clearance Be Fine products. Two facials shaped and smelling like Roses to be exact. Ew. But, they promised me overage plus $8.00 in ECBs, so I did it. And, not having read through the comments section, found out that clearance marked items don’t generate ECBs. And, I learned today, that you can’t return clearance items at CVS. So, $8.00 gone there.

Also today, they didn’t have what I needed, I thought Colgate was the ECB-monthly deal one and BOGO, but apparently it wasn’t. There goes another 2.99, plus they didn’t have the little Lumine tubes. So I spend my former $18.00 in ECB and only get $11.00 back and spent $1.99 OOP.

Then, I go to Shaws to redeem my “free egg” coupon that I forgot to redeem last time…and it expired yesterday.

AHHHHH!!! Not only do I hate wasting money, I especially hate wasting money on carelessness and rose-smelling things.

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