My Extreme Couponing Shopping Trip

Here is my version of an Extreme Couponing Shopping Trip.  I personally don’t get all crazy buying enough toothbrushes to last me a lifetime, but I do buy a good amount of things when they are free or close to it.  And my motto is, if it’s for free and it’s not for me, it can be donated.

In this case, we will use everything I purchased.  The funny thing about this trip, which has never happened to me before, is that every manufacturer coupon was a printable coupon and there were 28 of them.

The trip took me about 30 minutes to plan including printing and clipping my coupons and my shopping list.  And it took me 30 minutes in and out of ShopRite.

Here is what I purchased:
5 Boxes Special K Cereal (variety) $2.49 each
2 Cheerios $2.00 each
1 Honey Nut Cheerios $2.00 each
2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch  $2.00 each
20 Yoplait Yogurt $0.39 each
6 Red Gold Tomatoes $0.49 each
6 Red Pack Tomatoes $0.67 each
6 Poland Spring Sparkling Water $0.40 each
4 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate $0.88 each
10 Boxes Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta $0.40 each
3 packs of Boneless Chicken $14.34

Coupons Used:
-$0.55/1 Cellfire HoneyNut Cheerios
-$5 off $50 Entertainment Book Coupon
-$2.45 Kellogg’s ShopRite Coupon
-(3)$0.40/1 Yoplait Coupon
-(2)$0.55/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coupon
-(2)$0.55/1 Cheerios Coupon
-(1)$0.55/1 HoneyNut Cheerios Coupon
-(4)$2/1 Swiss Miss Coupon (overage)
-(4)$1/2 Ronzoni coupon
-(2)$BOGO Free Special K (2 x $2.49 deducted)
-(1)$0.70/1 Special K Coupon
-(2)B2G1 Free Poland Spring (2 x $0.40 deducted)
-(3)$1/2 Red Pack Tomatoes
-(2)$0.75/2 RedGold Tomatoes (overage)
-(2)$0.75/1 RedGold Tomatoes (put in at $0.50 & then doubled ??)
-$5/1 Catalina from the Holiday Cash Rewards
-$5/1 Catalina from the Nestle deal last week
-$2/1 Catalina from the Stouffers deal last week

Paid: $6.87
Received a $2.00 catalina for Yoplait

Total Saved (according to my receipt) $128.87
Not bad for an hours work 🙂

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  • Susan Z

    Hey there! We’re back from Nashville, Sasha did great at the Opry! Here’s my question: so you buy all that yogurt, but it goes bad within a few weeks. So what do you do with all that yogurt, besides eat it before it expires? I could buy all that yogurt too, for us, with coupons, but it would go to waste…just curious what people do with products such as dairy if they have quick expiration dates….thanks!!

    • Cindy

      Susan, welcome home! We’ll eat it before it expires for sure. As a matter of fact, for us, it will probably be gone in a week way before the expiration date. But, I’d be curious to see if others have a great use for things like yogurt if they are due to expire soon.

      • Pamela K

        Same here…I did the yogurt deal yesterday and half of it is gone already!!!! lol

        • D

          Yep….my family (DH, 6, 4, and 2 yr olds) can smell yogurt a mile away….bought 20 and considering getting 20 more…that’s only one yogurt a day for 4 days in this house…. 😉

          • Debbie F

            Congrats on your great deals! Just a suggestion about the Yoplait….I freeze some of mine for a frozen treat – instead of ice cream. It’s really very good, actually. I’ve never tried it with other yogurts, but Yoplait isn’t as watery as other yogurts, so it does freeze better. 🙂

            • Stefani

              It’s also a great ingredient for smoothies.

      • Jean

        The date on the yogurts are just a sell by date. They are good for awhile after that. It depends on the brand, some last longer than others, but you’re good for at least a couple of weeks past the date on the label.

  • Diana

    where do you get 2.00 off coupons for swiss miss cocoa ???

  • Susan Z

    Thanks, Cindy! Glad to be home, and back to couponing. Eating out as much as we did down in Nashville really hurts the pocketbook! Lots of Cracker Barrel meals, and I never could find coupons for that place!!

    Yes, to others, what can you do with all that yogurt you get for such a great deal, if you just can’t eat it all before it expires? Do you/can you freeze it? Is it really like frozen yogurt? Can you use frozen yogurt, such as Yoplait, in good recipes/dishes? I’m so curious. I do freeze Gogurts and Sasha loves them as a snack.

  • Mandi

    My husband works at Meadow Gold and he says that yogurt is good a week after the date on the package. They just have to sell it by that date. It also says that on the Yoplait package I believe. I am out of all yogurt at my house at the moment so I can’t verify that it is on the package.

  • Melissa S.

    great! I did a big trip on Thursday night. my bill was just over $50 and I paid 81 cents! I loaded up on fruit snacks for the kiddos!

  • Stefani

    Just an FYI, if you haven’t signed up for Shoprite Family yet, please do so at shoprite.com as many of the deals this week and next counts and they count at presale price or at least shelf price. For every 100 points, you can redeem for $2 off your next order and it comes off at the register automatically. The website tells you all the participating brands one of which is General Mills and many others. You be surprise how some weeks like this quickly gives you a lot of points.

    • Cindy

      Great reminder Stefani. If you haven’t signed up. There is info here. http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/2009/06/have-you-signed-up-for-shoprite-family-yet.html

      • Bridget

        I love this program! I just used my latest 4.00 coupon yesterday. For anyone who is not familiar with this program, you earn 1 point per every dollar you spend. I earn points very fast! They also send me coupons to add directly to my card also( I haven’t figured out if these work along with paper coupons yet?)

        • Patti M

          Stefani, Cindy & Bridget, do you feel the SR Family program would be beneficial for a one person HH? Meaning, do you have to buy large quantities of products? I’ll ck out the benefits at the link but would love to have your opinions as well.

          • Cindy

            I think it is. You don’t have to do anything but sign up. I never plan my shopping trip around it. I just let it build on it’s own. Sometimes it builds up quickly and sometimes slowly depending on the items I am purchasing. You get your total on the bottom of the receipt. Whenever I hit 100 points, I log in to my account and “purchase” a $2 credit.

  • This is awesome, Cindy! You have to go on the new Extreme Couponing show 🙂

  • Melissa B.

    Cindy, The same thing happened to me with the 75 cent redback coupons, but it doesn’t really matter cause my regular shoprite only doubles to $1.

  • Melissa B.

    redpack not back lol! Anyway, The red gold was a no go at my shoprite. Couldn’t find them anywhere bummer!!

  • Ana

    I love your shopping trips! I have seen many shopping trips other bloggers do and honestly, you would not be able to tell they are “frugal bloggers” from their expensive shopping trips. Excellent savings 🙂 It makes me want to continue following your blog.

  • Pamela K

    I agree with you Cindy. For the first time in my couponing experience I used 19 printable coupons in one shopping trip, and it was well worth the savings.

  • steph

    did they give you a hard time when you handed them all the paper coupons?
    my shoprite acted like i was doing something horrible.
    i only had 2 like coupons, and they were all low value….but i had a pile of various coupons

    • Cindy

      Nope. It helps when you find the right cashier. It was quick and easy. He looked through them quickly and scanned them with no issues at all.

      • Melissa B.

        I’m always on the lookout for the right cashier. I did have a regular cashier, but she must have changed shifts.

      • Michele

        I usually try for the right cashier but a lot of the time end up at self check out. Self check out is easy with coupons since a person isn’t actually looking them over and giving you the stink eye cause you have so many. And self check out i noticed will double “do not double” coupons. I had that happen once but have not had dnd coupons since then.

        • Jean

          I normally look for the young kids as cashiers. They never seem to care how many coupons I have. They just check ’em, scan ’em and I’m on my way 🙂

  • Regina

    Lucky you! My PIA SR will not let me use the 5/50 from kidstuff book because it says after all savings and coupons. So it has to be $50 after all my coupons. How lucky you have a better SR or perhaps your coupon did not say that.

    As far as the yogurts, at our house that would last a week or less as well.

  • Rachel

    Cindy, do you know if the $0.75/2 Red Gold Q is still available? I looked EVERYWHERE on the site for it and couldnt find it. I have a rain check since my store was out so I would love to be able to still use that! thanks 🙂

    • Cindy

      It doesn’t look like it however I can’t tell for sure because I printed it from every computer in the house. 🙂