Last week was an insane week at Publix. Check out my receipt:
Yup, you saw that correctly. I bought $81 in groceries for $9. Most of what I purchased were items to donate. Publix even paid me $.80/bottle to purchase body lotion. You’ve got to love that. I bought vitamins, chocolate chips and some body lotion for my house. Without coupons those items alone would have cost me well over $9 so everything I donated was essentially a bonus.
Because of the stellar week last week, I was able to donate 3 more grocery bags of food. Normally, I would have waited until I had collected more bags but I had stuffing and mashed potatoes so I wanted to make sure those items made it to the food bank before Thanksgiving. Yesterday Jack and I brought boxes of stuffing, boxes of mashed potatoes, cough drops, cookie mix, body lotion, cans of Campbells Soup and more (but I sadly can’t remember what as I am getting old) to the Lawrenceville Food Co-Op. It was another feel good moment for both Jack and me and we are looking forward to collecting more items to donate again soon.
If you coupon, I really recommend grabbing a few great deals weekly to donate. You’ll feel great! I promise!
There are a few super cheap/free things that are worth picking up and donating this week:
Publix has Betty Crocker Premium Muffin Mix, on sale as a B1G1 which comes to $1.39/box. If you use the -.50/1 Betty Crocker box muffin mix from the 9/09 Smart Source insert and your Publix doubles coupons like mine does, these should come out to less that $.39/box. Certainly worth picking up a few to donate (or keep if you like muffins)
Kroger has a few things worth picking up to donate this week too:
Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue is on sale for $1 a 4 ct. Use the 25/1 Angel Soft bath tissue PRINTABLE and with the double coupon, you get a 4 ct for only 50¢. Yahoo! The only downside is that you can only print out 2 coupons.
Field or Fischer’s Lunch Meat, Bologna or Hot Dogs, $1. There is a -.50/1 Fischer’s hot dogs, bologna, lunchmeat in the 8/19 Smart Source insert making these FREE. I LOVE FREE!!!! Although, I am not sure about donating refrigerated items to the food pantry. I am going to pick up a bunch of these and find out though. I’ll post as soon as I get some info.
Once again toothpaste is free – I don’t think I’ve paid for a tube of toothpaste in over a year. Crest toothpaste is on sale for $1.00 and there is a $0.50 off coupon in the 09-30 Proctor & Gamble insert. Double that coupon and voila – free toothpaste. A great item to donate. Especially since you know there will be free toothpaste again soon.
I hope this list helps you find a few things to donate to a food pantry this week. I firmly believe that if we all did just a little we could really make a dent in hunger. We all agree that no one should go hungry, so just grab a few coupons and grab some items to donate. Click here if you want more info on how you can help end Child Hunger in America–
Peace Out Coupon Scout!
I haven’t posted for the past few days. I am embarrassed. You see, I failed on a SNAP budget. I truly thought I could do it. Not only did I think I could do it, I thought it would be fairly easy. HA! I laugh at myself.
Three days into it and I tossed in the towel. While it’s true that weekly I don’t usually spend more than $150-$175 at the grocery store, every 4-6 weeks I stock up on things at COSTCO. Moreover, we eat out once or twice a week -never anything fancy, pizza or sub sandwiches, but not meals that I count in my grocery budget. It makes a difference. We were not off by lots of money but we were off by enough. It got complicated and frustrating and I quit. I am feeling very fortunate that I could just quit.
This experiment not only made it clear to me how hard it is to be on food stamps, it also made me realize how important food banks that can supplement SNAP are and why couponing for good is in fact, a good idea.
For more information on SMAP and protecting it, go here:
I did not find any great couponing freebies this past week but am hoping there will be some good ones in the ads tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted. Remember, the food banks need us!
Peace Out Coupon Scout!
I did not find that much to donate this week besides the deal for Wolf chili at Kroger and I have to say that my husband has been eying those cans…Football season seems to bring out the chili fiend inside him. Nonetheless, we will be donating the five cans I purchased for that very reason…well myabe 4 cans, I left him home alone today for lunch.
I found the following freebies for Publix at couponmom.com but I was not able to find either the coupons or the items at the store. Maybe you will have better luck than I did.
Here is the list:
Barilla Pasta 13.25-16 oz — Buy 1 Get 1 Free -Sale price is $.62; final price is after the $1.50 off Barilla Pasta and Sauce coupon on the Publix Make Your Home Italian Tonight coupon sheet or printable coupon link. – You end up with a profit of $.13 – Sadly, I couldn’t find the Publix Make Your Home Italian Tonight so I didn’t pic up this deal.
Swanson Flavor Boost 4 pk – Sale price is $1.50; final price is 0.00 after the $2 off 4 Publix coupon in the yellow Advantage Buy flyer and 4 newspaper coupons. Somehow I missed this one completely, when I headed out to Publix on Thursday.
EAS Lean 15 Nutritional Bars, single- Sale price is $1.39; final price is $0.09 after the $0.55 Publix coupon in the green Advantage Buy flyer and printable coupon (which you can find on the coupon mom site)
So, I feel like a bit of a coupon failure this week 😦 Hopefully I will have better luck next week. Can’t wait to see what the Sunday ads for Kroger turn up.
Peace Out Coupon Scout,
This is not such a good week for freebies at Kroger but there are a few things worth tossing in your cart to donate. If you are going to be at Kroger anyway, you might as well pick these few things up and add them to your give away stash.
King’s Hawaiian Rolls 4 Ct are on sale for $1. If you get All You Magazine you can use the $1 off coupon from the June magazine. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit, I will not be donating these. My 14 year old son loves these rolls! He will down the entire package of 4 in less than 5 minutes which is one reason why I only get them when I can pick them up for free or super cheap.
I will however be donating the Wolf Brand Chili I can pick up for just 20¢/can. Just pair with the 40/1 Wolf chili coupon from the Smart Source Coupon booklet that was in the 9/16 paper…so long as your Kroger doubles the coupons like mine does, this is a great item to donate. Sure it costs some change but you can get 5 cans for a dollar so it’s definitely worth grabbing 5. For less than a cup of coffee, you can provide someone with 5 meals. Yahoo!
Have you found some deals that I missed, if so please let me know.