Reader Shopping Trip: Acme

Midge went to Acme and made 2 great transactions!

Transaction #1:

Save $5 when you buy 10 participating items so take 50¢ off of each of the following
3 – Hamburger Helper – $1.00 each
3 – Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes – $1.00 each
2 – Betty Crocker Fun-da-middles Cupcake Mix – $1.49 each
1- Pillsbury Sweet Moments Brownie Bites  $2.49 each
1- Yoplait Frozen Smoothie $2.49

2 – Chock Full O’ Nuts Coffee $2.99

1 -Danimals Coolision Yogurt  $2.00

Coupons used:

-$5 for buy 10 participating items (deducts $0.50 per item)
1 – $0.75/3 Hamburger Helper fromthe 9/11 GM
1 – $1/3 Betty Crocker Potatoes
1 – $1/2 Betty Crocker Fun-Da-Middles
1 – $1.10/1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments
1 – $0.75/3 Yoplait Frozen Smoothie from the 9/11 GM
1 – $1/2 Chock Full O’Nuts Coffee
1 – $1/1 Danimals Yogurt from the 8/14 SS
1 – Acme Coupon – $1.00 off
Paid: $8.34

Transaction #2:

Save $5 when you buy 10 participating items so take 50¢ off of each of the following
3 – Hamburger Helper – $1.00 each
2- Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes – $1.00 each
1- Pillsbury Sweet Moments Brownie Bites – $2.49
2- Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls – $2.49
1- Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – $2.49
1- Nature Valley Granola Thins – $2.99

1 -Danimals Coolision Yogurt – $2.00

Coupons Used:

-$5 for buy 10 participating items (deducts $0.50 per item)
1 – $0.75/3 Hamburger Helper from 9/11 GM
1 – $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Potatoes
1 – $1.10/1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments
1 – $0.50/2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls  NLA
1 – $0.50/1 Pillsbury Cookie Dough NLA
1 – $0.75/1 Nature Valley Granola Thins  from the 8/7 GM
1 – $1/1 Danimals Yogurt from the 8/14 SS
Paid:  $6.85

Total Spent on BOTH Acme Transactions = $15.19
Total Saved on BOTH Acme Transactions = $61.48

Be sure to check out the Acme deals for this week.  And take a look at the LRWC Coupon Database to find any of the coupons listed here.

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  • Chris

    total saved was $61.48? how?

    • Cindy

      With coupons, instant savings and store sales prices.

  • Brandy

    Chris, I never understand either. I thinks its interesting on how these individuals save so much on food. However, your buying a ton of processed foods which are very unhealthy. I do notice some healthy items, but I try my best to not purchase processed items. Great job though!!!

  • April S

    Mmm.. Those Pillsbury Brownie Bites are way too good. I splurged and bought two bags this week myself.. I tried to hide them and the Mallomars.. my kids found the Mallomars though. 🙁

  • Georgia

    Midge, did buy over 10 items in case u went negative or just because You had coupons & wanted them?

  • Amy

    Chris, Cindy does coupon seminars quite frequently and she teaches people how to save the most money on the things they choose to purchase. Many people post pics of only the things they got with coupons, but I tend to think this person isn’t living on cupcakes, potatoes, and Hamburger Helper. It is very possible to buy unprocessed food and get good deals, you just have to try harder, imo. Sadly unprocessed food costs ALOT more than processed and many people survive on processed food. Will it cause health problems in the future? Most likely, but in this economy many people are just trying to feed their families any way possible.

  • Tamie

    I went to this same sale and bought tons of Progresso soup and frozen veggies also. I do not have the breakdown but I spent $67 and saved $128. When ACME has these kinds of sales you just can not beat it!! Great Job!!

  • Chris

    I understand the whole process of coupons and how to use them. I just couldn’t see how you could save $61 when the coupons only came to like $22. There is a big difference there. I would like to see a copy of that receipt to understand further. HEB offers meal deals in which you get items for free. So my coupon amount and the total savings amount are always different because of the free items that you get. I just didn’t see $60 dollars in savings with that small amount of purchase.

    • Anita m

      You have to take into account the sale prices as well. I see many people who not even look at prices when they shop…how fortunate for them…but if one is a savvy shopper, sales and coupons can add up to that kind of savings on shopping trips – even “that small amount”
      As for it all being processed, I have to agree with Amy. Most people are just showing items on which they saved a great amount of $$….thus allowing that $$ to be used on the fruits, veggies, and other ‘healthy’ items one regularly buys. But good deals are found on ‘healthy” foods. Just this week I purchased fat free organic milk, yogurts, whole wheat bread, veggies, and meats using sales and coupons and getting great deals. Of course I bought a few processed items, I’d be lying to say I dont use them; just not exclusively.

    • R

      I just shopped and my receipt said some crazy savings to but it’s because they go off original price. I like to just count my coupon savings.

  • Chris

    Acme must be a very good store. We don’t have stores like this here. The only store that doubles coupons only does it on 3 and it has to be 50 cents of less. And I stopped going to that store because they are overpriced, rude cashiers, and they don’t take my coupons.

  • Anita m

    Great job Midge!!

  • Kat

    Awesome transactions! I was just inspired to sit down and make my list for the week.
    For this deal with the GM, you don;t have to do seperate transactions – you get $5 off for every 10 participating products that you buy. Just wanted to give a heads up cause I know time is money.

  • kristi

    If you had bought ten of the hamburger helpers…they would have been 50cents each….I used (3) 75 cent coupons and when doubled…the total came to 50 cents for all ten of them!!!!

  • Darlene

    I had a few different coupons, but did some similar deals. I had .50 off 2 BC potatoes, and .75 off 1 Fun Da Middles cupcake Mix. I don’t usually buy boxed potatoes but I will definitely use the cupcakes and the Yoplait Smoothies. The boxed potatoes and HH I bought because they were free and they helped me get to 10 or 20 or 30 with coupons. These items will be included in my food pantry donation, unfortunately these are the types of foods that are easy to store and help those who need it. Also I noticed that my BC Fun-da middles rang up at $1.49 less the 50 cents when you buy 10, so only .99 cents. I actually made 50 cents on each of these that I purchased.

    • Northeasterner

      I did similar deals today and had the $.75 off Fundamiddles that doubled as well! Glad for the overage! 🙂

  • MommaMcArdle

    Thanks everyone! I got the extra items because owe were out of those items (plus I was hungry when I went shopping!) lol

    As for the savings, I can email you my receipts if you’d like. It will loom confusing because they ran out of the “sale” hamburger helper so I talked to the manager and they let me get the regular ones. But because they weren’t the sale, they didn’t ring up right and it looks like it got Acme store coupons for $5 off but really it was for the buy 10 sale. I always factor in sale prices when i figure out my savings to show people how much you can save if you wait for sales. I only got 6 boxes of hamburger helper because my coupon said “one per transaction” and I didn’t wanna do too man transactions. Please feel free to email me if you have questions. This is all new to me as well (just started about a month ago) and I’m very excited to see my bills almost cut 50%!

    • Cindy

      You did great. No need to email the receipt. And, no need to justify what you bought. Your trip was great. You got a bunch of items for next to nothing. You took advantage of a great deal and used coupons to maximize your savings. That is a score in my book! 🙂

  • MommaMcArdle

    BTW .. I buy packaged foods along with many other items because I work 6-7 days a week and have 2 kids in sports as well as other personal obligations, so some nights I only have 10 mins to make dinner and HH can be made quickly. I also bought BS chicken breast, fresh green beans, fresh spinach, whole grain bread, grapes and apples for my kids snacks and milk. It is hard when I work so much and so does my husband.

    • Jessie

      Don’t worry about explaining yourself – I’m sure you’re doing the best you can for your family, as we all are. It’s nobody’s business why you bought what you did!

  • Georgia

    Ditto Jessie……Midge thanks for all the ACME information. I went on an ACME adventure today. Not normally on my shopping route. 2 different stores & got 50 items for $3.77 & lots of box top slips from the register. No frozen smoothies though. The stores never got them.

    • April S

      I’ll third that motion. Eating it or donating it, it’s not important why it was purchased, just that yet another person was helped by Cindy to save money, and another sucessful shopping trip was shown to inspire the rest of us.

      Our Acme (Princeton Junction) went under about a year ago, so did our SuperFresh and our FoodTown, so we’re limited to ShopRite unless we want to travel 30 minutes to Stop & Shop. I didn’t realize there were that many Acmes left. 🙂

  • Sandi

    I am sorry, I know this sale is over but I have a question. I went and tried to buy the hamburger helper and was told that I had to purchase the 20 percent more box or else the deal would not work. Could anyone tell me if this is correct because the ones pictured in this shopping trip look just like the boxes I had picked up.
    I just called customer service and told them this. I have no idea why the cashier would lie to me, and I don’t want to get the cashier in trouble. Something just didn’t seem right about it.

  • Georgia

    It was for the 20% bonus boxes sale price$1. I think inventory sold out fast. Some stores only got 2 cases. Midge got her store to substitute that’s why the picture is different.

  • sam