Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Driving with Goosebumps

It is still March right?  Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature because it was in the mid 70's here today.  What a bizarre winter this has been.  I think we had more 50 and 60 degree days than anything else.  The warm weather feels wonderful, but its not ideal for transporting frozen food.  There's a deal at Stop & Shop this week on frozen food (buy $25 worth, get back $10) but in New York, you get gas points instead of a catalina.  That meant I needed to do my shopping in NJ and haul it across the border.  I tucked my groceries on the floor of the passenger side of the car and cranked up the AC on the way home.  Everything (including me) was nice and frosty by the time we got home.  Here's what I got - 

  • 4 Farm Rich Appetizers $4.99 each (shelf $6.99 each), used four $0.75 coupons (didn't double, 1/15 SS)
  • Total was $16.96 and got back $10 catalina = $6.96 or $1.74 each
Then separately, I bought:
  • Farm Rich Appetizer $4.99 (shelf $6.99), used $0.75 coupon (didn't double, 1/15 SS) 
  • 4 Breyers Ice Creams $3 each (shelf $5.29)
  • Total was $16.24 and got back $10 catalina = $6.24 or $1.24 each
The deal is working based on shelf prices which makes for some pretty cheap food.  This store had a pretty terrible selection - none of the Superpretzels, Green Giant Steamers or Dole frozen fruit that I was looking for.  I'm going to try another store tomorrow and see if I have better luck.

I was too chicken to try and roll the catalina.  Has anyone done this successfully?
CVS - there's a great CVS by me that accepts expired coupons and EB's.  I had an expired $3 off $10 healthcare items CRT that I put to use today.

  • Zyrtec (5 ct) $5.99, used $3 coupon (My Allergy Guide coupon booklet) and got back $5.99 EB (Limit 1) = $3 profit 
  • Pedia Care Liquid (4 oz) or Infant Drops (2 oz) $5.99, got back $5 EB (Limit 1) = $0.99
  • Used $3/$10 healthcare coupon and $1 EB, total was $4.98, overall profit $5.01
Look for these Zyrtec coupon booklets at Rite Aid.  I found these on an endcap with bottles of Zyrtec -- over by household items.  Who knows where they might be in your store.


Beth said...

During the summer months I always put a cooler in my car to haul home the items that need to remain cool. It is quick and easy and it works!

Minjenah said...

I actually buy the insulated shopping bags for when it is too warm. I live in ATL so it gets WARM.

Sheila said...

Did you know there's a Zyrtec Satisfaction Guarantee?

Dreaming of Deals... said...

Just found out Breyers is no longer "all natural" since being bought by Unilever. I was surprised at how funny my mint chocolate chip tasted, so I read the ingredients and then googled "tara gum", a realtively new ingredient. It's like guar gum and keeps it creamy even if the trucks that ship it drop to a temp where it starts to melt. Ugg. Guess I haven't had ice cream in years for a reason...I'm so bummed.

frugalsuz said...

I usually do that in the summer too, but I wasn't even thinking that I would need to whip out the coolers in March! Crazy weather

Ooh, I think I have one of those lying around somewhere. Thanks for the reminder!

I didn't! Thanks for the tip, I'll check that out

I haven't had Breyers in ages and didn't notice any difference in taste. That's too bad that they changed the ingredients.