Albertson’s Shopping Trip

This trip felt very blessed.  God was good to me in many ways.  As always, Coupon Connections was the site I used to organize my trip and find my printable coupons.  I’ll donate probably about half of what I bought to food banks and other organizations.

The Twice the Value coupons come out about every other week and are found on the back bottom of the Albertson’s ads.  They double (up to $1) any coupon you use.  You can only use 3 per transaction though, so to make a big trip of it – you have to do several transactions (please go to the back of the line after 3 transactions in a row).  This trip took me about 2 hours (at 8pm).

The references to Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), and P&G are all coupon booklets that are in the Sunday papers.  Every week has different combinations of these booklets and holiday weekends don’t have any coupon booklets.

$7.13 for everything in the picture

Transaction #1

  • 2 Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce $1.89
  • Buy One, Get $1 Catalina (CAT)
  • Used (2) $1/1 printable coupons (links found on coupon connections)
  • Used (2) twice the value (TTV) coupons from Albertson’s Sunday ads (these expire on Tuesday)
  • Out of pocket (OOP) = +.22 Overage
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 1 Welch’s Juice $2.69
  • Used $1/1 coupon from the 6/3 Red Plum in Sunday’s paper
  • Used 1 TTV
  • OOP = .69

Total OOP for #1 = .47 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #2

  • 2 Nabisco Cheese Nips $2.49
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • Used $1/2 printable coupon
  • Used 1 TTV
  • OOP = 2.98
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 1 Alberto V05 Styling Product $1.79
  • $1/1 coupon from 5/13 SS
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = +.21 Overage
  • So 2.98-.21(overage) + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the CAT (from #1)

Total OOP for #2 = $.77 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #3

  • 2 Welches Natural Spread Jam (grape only) $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) $.75/1 coupon from 4/01 RP
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP= $1
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 2 Bumblebee Albacore $1
  • $1/2 coupon (printable)
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = $0
  • Total OOP for #3 = Somehow this transaction ended up with $1 overage; I still don’t know how (if I had been prepared for that I would have added in some bananas).  And because Albertson’s doesn’t pay out overages (they won’t give cash) my

Total OOP for #3 = $0 and Received $1 CAT

Transaction #4

  • Precious Mozzarella $3.99
  • $1/1 coupon from 5/6 RP
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = 1.99
  • L’Oreal Kid’s Shampoo $2
  • .75/1 coupon 6/3 RP
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP = .50
  • So 1.99 +.50 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #2) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #4 = $.49

Transaction #5

  • 2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce $1.59
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) .55/1 coupons 6/3 SS
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP=$.38
  • Received $1 CAT
  • 2 Kraft Dressing $1.99
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • $1/2 coupon 5/20 SS
  • 1 TTV
  • OOP= +$.01 overage

Total OOP for #5 = $.97 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #6

  • 2 Tribe Hummus $3.29
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (2) $1/1 coupon (printable)
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP = +.71 overage
  • Old Orchard Juice $2.50
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • 1 Free Coupon (from a special deal)
  • OOP = $2.50
  • 3 Bananas (guesstimate to cover the overage) $.71
  • So -.71 overage +2.50 + .71 I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #3) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #6 = $.50 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #7

  • 2 Kraft Mayo $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) coupon 5/13 SS
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP $1.81
  • 6  Gillette Disposable Razors 9.59 -9.99
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (3) Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupons (P&G)
  • OOP = $0
  • 3 Bananas (guesstimate to cover the overage) $.22
  • So 1.81 + 0 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #5) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #7 = $.02 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #8

  • Essential Ketchup $1.25
  • .50/1 coupon from (Albertson’s Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaway)
  • OOP = .75
  • 2 Smart Balance Butter $2.89
  • (2) $1/1 coupons (5/6 SS)
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP = 1.78
  • So .75 +1.78 + I used 1 TTV coupon to double the $1 CAT (from #6) (-$2 from that)

Total OOP for #8 = $.53

Transaction #9 and #10

  • 2 Welches Natural Spread Jam (grape only) $2
  • Buy 2, Get $1 CAT
  • (2) $.75/1 coupon from 4/01 RP
  • (2) TTV
  • OOP= $1
  • Received $1 CAT

Total OOP for #9, 10 = $1 and received $1 CAT

Transaction #11

  • 1 1% milk $2.29
  • 1 Whole milk $3.09
  • (2) $1 CAT (from transaction #9 and #10)
  • (2) TTV

Total OOP for #11 = 1.38

TOTAL SHOPPING TRIP = $7.13