Reader Shopping Trip – Acme!

Reader Jenn called this her “Acme Adventure”. She made out fantastic and has a bunch of bags to donate. Here is what she said.

WOW! What a week at Acme!!! I sort of feel like I robbed them … legally. This is a long one – I did seven transactions but it was well worth it! I’ve got a carseat full of non-perishable donation bags and I am STOCKED on so many things. Here’s what I “bought:”

Transaction #1:
2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks ($2 KD) @ $2 = $4.00
3 Betty Crocker Cookie Pouches ($2.29 shelf) @ $1.69 = $5.07
2 BC Muffin Mix ($3.49 shelf) @ $2 = $4.00
2 BC Cake Mixes ($2.59 shelf) @ $1 = $2.00
2 BC Frosting ($2.29 shelf) @ $1.50 = $3.00

SUBTOTAL: $18.07
-(2) $0.50/1 BC Fruit Snack Qs = $2.00
-(2) $0.40/1 BC Cookie Pouch Qs = $1.60
-(1) $0.50/1 BC Cookie Pouch Q = $1.00
-(2) $0.50 Cake/Frosting Qs = $2.00
DEDUCT: $6.60
PAID: $11.47
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas & $1 catalina (not sure for what)<–this was for buy 2 frosting (double dip)

Transaction #2:
(9) Hamburger Helpers ($2.79 shelf) @ $1 = $9.00
(2) Gala Apples = $0.86 <– filler
(1) Stacy’s Pita Chips = $3.99 <– filler

SUBTOTAL: $13.85
-(3) $0.75/3 Hamburger Helper Qs = $4.50
-(1) $5 catalina (miscalculated slightly so couldn’t use my second one here)
-(1) $1 catalina
DEDUCT: $10.50
PAID: $3.35
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Transaction #3:
(12) Progresso Soups ($2.49 shelf) @ $1 = $12.00
(1) Knorr/Lipton Side Dish @ $1 = $1.00 <– filler

SUBTOTAL: $13.00
-(3) $1/4 Progresso Soup Qs = $3.00
-(2) $5 catalinas
DEDUCT: $13.00
PAID: ZERO!!!
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Transaction #4:
(2) BC Cookie Pouches ($2.29 shelf) @ $1.69 = $3.38
(5) Old El Paso Refried Beans ($1.79 shelf) @ $1 = $5.00
(1) Green Giant Canned Green Beans ($1.39 shelf) @ $1 = $1.00
(2) Progresso Bread Crumbs ($2.49 shelf) @ $1.50 = $3.00
(2) Yoplait Splitz ($3.29 shelf) @ $2 = $4.00

SUBTOTAL: $16.38
-(2) $0.50/1 Progresso Qs = $2.00
-(2) $0.40/1 BC Cookie Pouch Qs = $1.60
-(2) $0.50/1 Yoplait Splitz Qs = $2.00
-(2) $5 catalinas = $10.00
DEDUCT: $15.60
PAID: $0.78
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Transaction #5:
(7) Chex Mix ($3.39 shelf) @ $1.69 = $11.83
(1) Green Giant Canned Green Beans ($1.39 shelf) @ $1 = $1.00

SUBTOTAL: $12.83
-(1) $0.50/2 Chex Mix Q = $1.00
-(2) $5 catalinas = $10.00
DEDUCT: $11.00
PAID: $1.83
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Transaction #6:
(2) BC Fruit Snacks ($2 KD) @ $2 = $4.00
(1) BC Muffin Mix ($3.49 shelf) @ $2 = $2.00
(4) Cheerios ($4.49 shelf) @ $2 = $8.00

SUBTOTAL: $14.00
-(2) $0.50/1 BC Fruit Snacks Qs = $2.00
-(2) $1/2 Cheerios Qs = $2.00
-(2) $5 catalinas
DEDUCT: $14.00
PAID: ZERO!!!
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Transaction #7:
(2) BC Fruit Snacks ($2 KD) @ $2 = $4.00
(1) BC Cookie Pouch ($2.29 shelf) @ $1.69 = $1.69
(2) BC Muffin Mixes ($3.49 shelf) @ $2 = $4.00
(2) BC Supreme Brownie Mixes ($2.59 shelf) @ $2 = $4.00
(3) Hamburger Helper ($2.79 shelf) @ $1 = $3.00

SUBTOTAL: $16.69
-(1) $0.75/2 BC Brownie Mix Q = $1.50
-(1) $0.40/1 BC Cookie Pouch Q = $0.80
-(1) $0.75/3 Hamburger Helper Q = $1.50
-(1) $0.50/1 BC Fruit Snacks = $1.00
-(2) $5 catalinas = $10.00
DEDUCT: $14.80
PAID: $1.89
GOT: (2) $5 catalinas

Summary:
Total Shelf Cost: $199.15
Total OOP: $19.32
Got: $15 in catalinas to use
(also waiting on a $10 cat that didn’t print last week)

Wow, I’m tired reading this 🙂  What an awesome trip and how wonderful that you get to donate so much great food for next to nothing.

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  • Stephanie

    AWESOME!!!! This is how I shop at Meijer where I live. People think I’m crazy, but it can be done and you proved it! Thanks 🙂

  • jessica

    I went today for my 2nd trip this week – bought 10 cookie mixes (1.69 each) and did not get my coupon. The kid at the register was clueless.. is there a way to request the catalina?

    • Jessica,
      The cookie mix is on Knock Down for $1.69 so you would have to buy 15 of them. Sorry but there is no way to get a cat for this transaction. You could go to customer service and tell them you just didn’t buy enough. Return it and re-buy it with 5 additional cookie mixes (or any other items in this deal totaling at least $8.10) and you should get a cat.

      Jenn,
      NICE WORK!

  • nicole harding

    this is fantastic. One of the reasons I started this hobby was to not only save more but to GIVE more. This shop is inspiring. Dont forget the boxtops….more $$ for schools. woohoo