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Super Savings Saturday: You gotta see this to believe this!

I think this shopping trip takes the cake for my best shopping trip of the year…

(Click on picture to enlarge for the full effect–the entire table was stuffed with food and household products! Please especially take note of the BOX of Pampers–100 diapers in all!)

Total spent out of pocket?


$2 under the $51 budget I had (We budget $40 per week, but I usually don’t spend all of it and "roll over" the extras to the next week.)

After almost three weeks of little-to-no shopping–thanks to a well-stocked pantry, fairly-dismal sales, and my attentions and energies being focused elsewhere–I guess I made up for it this week.

Since the deals usually linger at Target and Wal-Mart for a month or more and they are a bit more of a drive, I save my coupons and just hit both stores once every 4-6 weeks. This was the week to hit both of them and hit them I did!

At Target, my total before coupons was $83. After coupons, it was $38. And then I paid with gift cards I’d earned free from referring a few folks to eBates. So I spent $0.00 out of pocket!

Best deals at Target: $0.89 Natural Skippy peanut butter (on price cut to $1.89, used $1/1 Target coupon), almost-free Electrasol (combined Target mailer coupon with $2.25 manufacturer’s coupons), free Joint Juice and Powerade, Physician’s Formula Organic blush for $0.67 (on clearance for $2.67, had $2/1 peelie on it!), very cheap crayons and school supplies, Pantene Beautiful Lengths for $0.79 each (used $2/2 coupon from Target mailer and 2 $2/1 manufacturer’s coupons) and a HUGE 100-pack of Pampers on clearance (clearance price: $23, used $4/1 Pampers mailer coupon plus $5/2 Pampers Target coupon).

Between the clearanced box of diapers, another pack of diapers I bought, and the 2 mega packs of refill wipes, we should have enough diapers and wipes to last us for six weeks!

At Wal-Mart, I spent $8.61–I got free Schick razors (used $2/1 coupon from recent insert making them free), bought more Muir Glen tomatoes, used my three last $3/1 Planter’s coupons to get free Kettle roasted peanuts by buying Kool-Aid (anyone want some? We don’t get near Kool-Aid!), bought Luvs diapers for $2.47 (used $5/1 coupon), got one package of Yo-Plus yogurt for $1.08 after coupon, and 2 packages of Kotex for free (used $1/1 coupons).

I spent $11.02 at Hen House and I got three bottles Old Orchard juice for $0.68/bottle (on sale for $1.68, used $1/1 coupons), three boxes of Curves bars for $0.98 each (on sale $1.98, used $1/1 coupons), Farm Fresh whole milk from a local farm, a dozen eggs, and English muffins.

Next stop was Hy-Vee where I spent around $13.56 and got lots of peaches and pears, frozen veggies, cottage cheese, orange juice, free Huggies CleanTeam wipes (the small packs are priced at $0.97, used $3/2 coupon and got the overage!), and 3 packages of chicken (two packages were manager’s special SmartChicken thighs on special for $2 each!).

Our last stop, Aldi, we spent $16.41 and got odds and ends: Sugar, 2 packages cheese, cucumbers, kiwi, carrots, tortillas, butter, toilet paper, and 3 loaves of bread reduced to $0.59 each, 2 packages of hot dog buns reduced to $0.39, and 2 packages of hamburger buns reduced to $0.25! The buns are all going straight into the freezer to save for later–I couldn’t resist such a great deal!

We are now well-stocked for the next two weeks and I’ll probably only have to make a small trip to the store for more produce and milk and the best deals next week. Yay!

What is so exciting to me about getting all of these great deals is that these were in direct answer to prayer. I prayed specifically before going into each store and I also prayed for God to give the girls grace to be cheerful and obedient. I never expected to make it to all of those stores with the girls by myself in one afternoon (I was planning to split it up over two days and stop when they started getting tired–but they never reached that point so we just kept going!). Nor did I expect to get such great deals.

God is always faithful to do "exceeding abundantly above all that I could ask or think": the girls ended up having a blast with me (there was almost no complaining at all!) and we snagged quite a few more deals than I had planned on. God is good.

How’d you do this week? Post
about the deals and bargains you were able to snag this week on your
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  • SarahG says:

    Sarah~ I had the same problem yesterday at WalMart. I was so frustrated and had to get back to work so I just had my transaction cancelled and sent an email to corporate about my experience (that on and in the past) and asked why every cashier and manager has a different interpretation of the coupon policy. I hope the issues are addressed and the WalMart experiences will get better:)

  • Courtney says:

    I’ve started a new blog to track deals in the St Louis metro area so feel free to check it out and pass on any great deals you see. I had a great time at Walgreens this week–one of my best ever in terms of ease and success in getting my deals to work!

  • Rachel says:

    Awesome finds! You inspire me to try to do even better! This week I spent $55 at Kroger and saved $59! I am still new to using coupons so I am learning as I go!

  • Sheila says:

    WTG & Praise God! I always have to pray before I shop with my 6 kids. But I’m blessed that Grandma usually watches them for me when I do my shopping. That there is an answer to prayer! 😉 BTW, love your site and I’m by every day.

  • Jessica says:

    My ad was different and the specials were much worse (Columbus, OH). So frustrating, because I had my deals planned out per what was on your site and on, and all that time was wasted since the deals here were entirely different! Boo hoo!

  • Jenny says:

    I see that plenty of people gave you playdough recipes, but I had another use for your kool-aid. When I was a kid, my mom saved a bunch and then one of the activities at my birthday party was that we tie-died shirts with it!!! We REALLY had a blast, and it was one of the neatest party favors ever. We used inexpensive mens undershirts that she’d found multipacks of at a discount store and those red and yellow squirt bottles that you see at picnics to aim the colors.

    Here is a page with a few different recipes.

    The darker colors of Kool-aid work the best. A year later, another friend of mine did the same thing at her party, except we tie-dyed cheap white cotton towels to make super cool beach towels.

  • Amanda says:

    Hey! I have a recipe for all of those unneeded koolaid packets. Check it out at

  • Amy F says:

    Thanks for the reminder that God helps us in all things…I am trying to get my toddler to nap and he is refusing, so now I am asking God to help us:)
    My mom used Kool-Aid to flavor frosting for cupcakes. I doubt she follows a recipe, but they were beautifully-colored and my little friends were impressed:)

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