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I did my weekly Publix shopping run this morning, and boy did I rack up the savings!  Since I have more room here, I’m going to post my savings, plus my shopping list, so you can see everything I got.

Total before savings  $156.09 – less savings of $84.67 = brings my final total to $ 71.42!

For that amount I got:

  • one gallon milk
  • two 90 count pkgs chinet napkins
  • 3 containers sara lee cheesecake bites
  • one publix brand crispy crust pizza
  • 3 pkgs dannon damimals crush cups
  • one pkg dannon danino yogurt
  • publix hearts of romaine salad mix
  • 4 pkgs fisher fusions snack mix
  • 2 pkgs Sargento salad finishers
  • 2 pkgs (8 oz) Land O’ Lakes deli cheese
  • 16 oz Sargento shredded cheese – 4 cheese mexican blend
  • 5 lb bag ruby red grapefruit
  • 18 count large eggs
  • Cap’n Crunch cereal 22 oz
  • Post Honey Bunches of Oats w/strawberries 13 oz
  • Cheeze Its 13.7 oz
  • 2 bags of Frito corn chips  9 1/4 oz
  • 2 boxes 130 count Kleenex extra soft tissues
  • 5 two liter bottles of assorted Pepsi products
  • 8 pack Lance nekot cookie sandwiches
  • 2 packages grands buttermilk biscuits
  • 3 packages grands jr. golden layer biscuits
  • 2 32oz blocks of Velveeta cheese (one with a free plastic storage box!)
  • Swanson chicken broth 32 oz
  • 2 Publix chili beans 15.5 oz
  • 2 cans Pubix black beans 15.25 oz
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes 10 oz
  • 2 packages Immaculate baking company cookie dough
  • publix tomato sauce 15 oz
  • crisco extra virgin olive oil 16.9 oz
  • revlon nail clippers
  • 2 lbs bananas
  • 6.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

There are a couple of items of note on the list today. You might look at the chinet napkins, sara lee cheesecake bites, and velveeta and say, “Hey, wait! Those items aren’t on sale!”  And that would be true, those items are not on sale THIS week, but they have been on sale recently, and were out of stock.  Can you say, raincheck, people?  The napkins were $.07  a package (regularly $2.15 each).  The sara lee cheesecake bites were $1 per container (regularly $3.99 each), and the velveeta were $1.69 each(regularly $5.39 each).  Look at all the savings I would have lost if I had not gotten rainchecks for these items!

The other item of note would be the nail clippers.  These clippers were revlon brand, and normally sold for $2.39.  I had a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon, plus a $2.50 publix coupon.  After coupon savings, I made $1.11 in profit!  That extra money just got taken off my total cost.  I don’t urgently need nail clippers, but for that price an extra pair can’t hurt!  I think I will leave them in their package, and pick up a diamond nail file, and cuticle clippers over this week (since I have three sets of the coupons above).  I’ll buy some nail polish when it goes on sale, and put all this together in a little bag to make a manicure set!  Ready made gift for a teacher or girlfriend.

So this was my first extended savings list.  Hope it gives you an idea of how worth it, clipping coupons can be.

Traditional Meatloaf

Okay, Here it is! The meatloaf recipe that finally meets Chris’ definition of good meatloaf.

1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup milk
3 slices bread, crumbled
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely shredded carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3 – in. loaf pan.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard; spread over loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield 6 servings.

***I must note that I made a few changes to this recipe. I didn’t have any bread thawed, so I used plain bread crumbs about 1/2 cup. Instead of a loaf pan, I just formed the meat into a loose “loaf” shape in a 9×13 baking dish. Also, I doubled the recipe and used ground turkey for half the meat. Note that if you do this, you may have to cook the loaf a little longer, as poultry should read 180 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Are rain checks worth it?

Here is my first post.  I’ll try to put a good mix of practical and fun here for your enjoyment!

Are rain checks worth it? I recently had a friend ask me this question, so I wanted to give my opinion. Before I started my “super couponing” I would rarely get a raincheck for an item. Maybe for big items (think vacuum cleaner or other expensive household helper), but never for a grocery item. Now that I have started using coupons, I have gotten rainchecks several times, and they have paid off. It only takes me a few minutes to pick up a raincheck for out of stock items, and it allows me to pick up my free/almost free item at my leisure. No rushing back to the store multiple times to see if the item is back in stock before the sale price expires.  It also gives customer service an opportunity to grab the item I need from the back. On three different occasions, they have been able to run to the back to get what I needed. So, long story short, I would definitely recommend rain checks!

While we are discussing rain checks, I also wanted to address a rule of basic shopping etiquette, which if everyone followed, would cut down on the need for rain checks. The goal of super couponing is to stock up for six to eight weeks until a particular item is again on sale. We are not preparing for the next famine, just trying to save some extra money. So, please, don’t go overboard in your stocking up. Okay, so you have coupons to get twelve boxes of cake mix for 27 cents each, but do you NEED twelve boxes of cake mix? Don’t let the deal make you greedy. Buy what you need, and leave some on the shelf for other shoppers.