My Shopping Trip: Pathmark, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, CVS & Walgreens

My Shopping Trip

Last night my couponing partner (Mr. LRWC) and I went out to grab a bite to eat and then did some shopping.  We looped around to a few stores to do some cherry picking.  A little here, a little there.  I wanted to use my $10 Catalina at Pathmark  and they had a great price on the Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread which is a favorite in this house.

I decided, since I was picking up a bunch of the Martin’s Bread which there are never any coupons for,  that I wanted to try and use one of the $5 off $50 Pathmark Coupons that I have so I went through all my free coupons to try to get my price up to the $50 mark.

I was pretty happy with my trips.  I saved 72% which is great considering I bought over 16 lbs of chicken!

Here is what I scored:



  • 2 Bimbo Soft Wheat Bread $1.99 each
  • 6 Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread $2.50 each
  • 2 Fisher Boy Fishsticks $0.99 each
  • 2 cartons Strawberries $2.50 each
  • 1 Smart Ones Satisfying Selections $3.33
  • 1 Green Way Dish Detergent $2.00
  • 1 Kingsford Charcoal $3.99
  • 1 Jamba Energy Drink $1.50
  • 1 Land O Lakes Eggs $3.69
  • 1 5lb + Pack Chicken $9.24
  • 1 Mentos $0.89 (threw in last minute to meet $50)

Coupons Used:

  • $5/$50 Pathmark Coupon
  • (2)$0.55/1 Bimbo Bread (NLA)
  • (2)-$2.50 Fresh Produce wyb Fisher Boy (NLA)
  • (1)-$3.33 Free Smart Ones Satisfying Selections
  • (1)-$2 Free Green Way Pathmark Coupon
  • (1)-$5/1 any Kingsford Charcoal – took off $3.99 (NLA)
  • (1)-$1.50 Free Jamba Energy Coupon
  • (1)-$3.69 Free Land O Lakes Eggs
  • -$10 Catalina from Unilever
  • Tax: $0.04

Paid out of pocket: $13.63



  • 3 Mueller Pasta $0.89 each
  • 1 Mueller Lasagna $0.99
  • 1 Starkist Albacore Pouch $1.99
  • 1 Dulce Cheerios $2.49
  • 2 Peanut Butter Cheerios $2.49 each
  • 1 Pop Secret Pop Corn $1.25
  • 2 T-Bonz Tiny Dog Snack $3.29
  • 1 Emerald Nuts $1.74
  • 2 Cabot Shredded Cheese $1.99 each
  • 1 Marie Callendars Single Serve Pie $1.75
  • 2 Blue Bunny Ice Cream $2.50 each
  • 1 Nature’s Bounty Ubiquinol $14.50
  • 4 Packs of Perdue Chicken Breast total $22.62
  • 1 ShopRite Greek Yogurt $1


Paid out of pocket: $33.63
Received: FREE Milk Catalina



  • 2 CVS Cotton Balls 120 ct $0.55 (on clearance)

Coupons Used:

  • $1/2 CVS Skin Care Product from the coupon center
  • Tax: $0.01

Paid out of pocket: $0.11

::Stop & Shop


  • 4 International Delight Coffee Creamers $1.66 each

Coupons Used:

Paid out of pocket: $2.27



  • 2 Caress Bar Soap $0.99 (with in-ad coupon)
  • 4 Mars Snicker Hearts Chocolates $0.39 (with in ad coupon)

Coupons Used:

Paid out of pocket: $0.79

Total Paid out of pocket for all stores: $50.43

Total Savings including sale prices and coupons: $179.72 which I will be adding to the LRWC Reader’s Grocery Savings Counter.  Be sure to add your savings so we can see how much we have all saved in 2012

Here is an update to my Grocery Budget:

If you’re interested in seeing how we set up our budget envelopes, make sure to check out, How To Set Up a Budge and Stick to It.

How are you doing on your grocery budget?

LRWC Reader Grocery Savings Counter: Be sure to add your weekly grocery savings to the the LRWC Reader Grocery Savings Counter below. You can check out the counter in the sidebar to see how much we have all saved so far in 2012!

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  • Melissa

    I am in awe!

    • Meli


  • Marla

    This is amazing. How many hours a week does it take you to coordinate? I don’t see much fresh produce. How balanced are your meals?

    • Cindy

      It take me about 3 hours a week to prepare and shop. I buy 95% of my produce at the Farmers Market. I do a Farmer’s Market run about every 2 weeks of which I am heading there today or tomorrow.

      As far as my meals being balanced, I’d like to think that they are. We do not eat organic but we eat mostly whole wheat, brown rice, chicken (fish when I find a deal) and lots of fresh veggies. However, when I find a deal on fresh produce, I do freeze them so, even though you do not see weekly trips to the farmers market, I do have lots of fresh veggies that I have cut up and froze for meals and snacking. And, I make lots of homemade soups and pasta sauce that I freeze as well.

      For my husband and I, we usually have cereal, oatmeal or eggs and toast for breakfast, lunch may be leftovers, tuna or PB&J sandwiches, soups or salad with tuna or chicken on top. When we grill chicken, we usually make extra and freeze it so we can heat it up and put it on salads. Dinner is usually meat, brown rice and fresh veggies or a salad.

      The kids eat whatever we make for dinner but they usually do their own breakfast or lunch concoctions which is usually Ellios Pizzs (have lots frozen), PB&J, Elbows with Cheese, lunch meats (when I buy them), etc.

  • Rose

    As am I. I go shopping biweekly, with little trips in between. I guess my problem is buying things that I don’t need. I have been saving tremendously, but still i am spending over my budget. help…what am i doing wrong. I do see my cabinets filling up, but not my envelope….

    • Cindy

      How long have you been couponing? I’m asking because in the beginning (before you have built up your stockpile) that is exactly what will happen. You will spend the same but you will see your cabinets filling up. Then, as you start to not need as much, your envelope starts to grow since you do not need to buy as much. It should get to a point where you are mostly buying your meat, produce and dairy and then picking up the free and super cheap stock up items to maintain your stockpile. At that point is when your grocery budget really gets to be a lot less.

      • Meli

        how long will that take? i have been doing this for 6 months and i find i am buying less but still using my entire $200 a month for a fam of 3 we eat all meals at home also.

    • Rocky

      It took me a good few months before I started seeing a difference. One of the ways I tried to not spend more was that if I was working on stockpiling something (because of the good/great deals that week), I refrained from buying something else that we normally would have ‘needed’ that week, so as to not go over budget. So, what would have been spent on, say, baloney or cheese for sandwiches that week went towards cheap cans of coffee, or, cheap hot dogs. Same thing the following week. We ‘did without’ something that would have been a regular purchase to get something that we would not use immediately because we were stockpiling it. Then, you find that you are not paying full price in a week or two for something because you have it in your stockpile, so, you ‘save’ from not having to spend that higher amount that week on that item.

      Then, I would do some creative buying if there was a good catalina that week. I would split my purchases into two by buying half the stuff on my list with the cat items in the first transaction. Bring out to the car, unload, go back in and finish my list using the cat I had just earned. So, I’d get the good deal, plus, still have that money to use (in the form of the cat) on that week’s shopping.

      Also, plan out days each week that you can use items from your stockpile. Don’t just keep building it, start using it. When you are consuming those things, you are saving.

      In addition, don’t buy things just because they are a good deal if they are things that will throw your budget out of whack that week. For example, paper towels. Some of the brands that have good deals are good deals on that brand, but, not necessarily on that item. We have learned to switch brands and buy those brands during their good deals because they are far cheaper on the immediate budget (I will tell you that brand switching made a HUGE difference on our budget, and, we learned we liked brands other than our old ‘usuals). And, found that those brands regularly had better prices, coupons and deals!

      Lastly, refrain, at least for awhile, on buying deals where you spend, say, $25 on something in order to get $5 back. That extra $20 bucks may completely throw your budget out of whack and it may not be worthwhile for your particular situation.

      At any rate, it can seem discouraging, but, you do also have to be somewhat creative to get to the point that you are not spending the same, or, as you said, more!

      • Rose

        I actually went to Acme and Shoprite yesterday. When i look back, there were some things that i could have done without at Acme (i went there first). i came home and instantly scaled back on some of things on my shopping list from Shoprite..Thanks for the advise….without the coupons, i would have spent 80.00 over my budget…i definitely see where i brought because i was so excited (since couponing, i enjoy going to the market) and did not think i could pass up the deal…..Thanks again.

        • Rocky

          Sure! And, I definitely know that feeling of excitement of not wanting to pass up on great deals! But, then, you realize that the best thing about all this (and, this site) is that there is ALWAYS another great deal around the corner, so, if you pass some up you can always get the next one (and, oooo, it may even be better, chuckle, chuckle!)! I love this stuff!

      • Christine R

        You’re awesome Rocky! Great advice. Thank you!

        • Rocky

          Awww, shucks! You are quite welcome, Christine, and, thanks for the kind words!

  • marie

    nice trip

  • Marjie

    What a great hobby you have with your hubby! That’s my idea of a great date night! Do you find that most of the items are still in stock by Friday or Sat. night? I usually shop Monday morning very early, because I like to avoid the crowds.

    • Cindy

      There are a lot of items that are already gone however, the crowds are not so bad on a Friday night. As my husband says, most people are usually at the movies or something but not use, we go grocery shopping 😉

  • rc

    if you sign up for emails from cabot you can get a $1/1 coupon emailed to you. you can get as many prints as you want (does that count as photocopying?) but you won’t be able to reclick that link.

    also wondering how you got your land o lakes free eggs coupon and jamba smoothie? there was something to sign up for a free sample a while ago, but i only got a $1 off coupon in the mail.

    great trip! i would have never thought of cotton balls!

  • Heather

    Cindy, did the Mueller’s coupon double?

    • Mary

      Heather, I had the muellers coupon as well and it automatically doubled up to the sale price. I was surprised since in the fine print it had said it does not double.

  • Mary

    You certainly got a lot for what you paid. How many people do you feed at home? I have a 14 year old and an 18 year old, along with my husband and myself. I budget $300/month for groceries and personal care items. I spend less than that usually, but not dramatically so. I’d say I spend about 30 percent of my food budget on fresh produce. I buy about 25-30% organic and I buy organic milk. I also buy hormone-free, nitrate-free meats for my son, who is the only full meat eater in the family. I personally don’t think we could buy produce every other week–maybe with some items like carrots and apples, which last longer.

    • Rocky

      Mary, keep checking out this site on a regular basis. You will read ways to stretch your dollars that should help. For example, on Fridays, Cindy has a regular post entitled: Organic and Gluten Free Coupons & Deals. Here is the link for yesterday’s post:

      Also, readers contribute their findings regarding stores/deals, in addition to helpful hints. A couple of months ago a reader gave great tips about how to stretch lettuce. One of the deals concerned getting one of the brand salad kits for just $.50 each and a reader asked for tips on how to keep all that lettuce fresh. Another reader then gave step by step directions for how to do so.

      I, on the other hand, personally swear by Debbie Meyers’ ‘green bags’ for stretching produce beyond the usual few days, but, can still remember how much I USED TO have to throw out. They also now have them for bread, cold cuts, etc.

      You just have to suspend your disbelief for awhile and start checking out all the options there are, nowadays, for stretching ones’s budget, even when the items needed are outside the scope of the ‘norm’. There is some amazing stuff on this site!

      Good luck!