Thursday, August 5, 2010

Here's the Deal!

Our friend, Nubia, came over for a super giggly pasta dinner this week to welcome Emma home from camp and learn a little more about soccer from Finn. After we finished eating and before our hilarious game of Apples to Apples broke out, Nubia told me about her new obsession with super couponing. She even started a blog about using coupons as a way to eliminate her bad debt! That is not a bad idea at all and her site is filling up with all kinds of useful links for folks like me who may start couponing to eat at Graham Elliot!

I am lucky I don't have a wandering eye in the grocery store and I ALWAYS make a list, but I admit I am totally remiss in taking advantage discounts or sales and utterly clueless as to how to use coupons to build amazing deals at the register. Sure I swipe my preferred card with the best of them, but apparently there are hoards of coupon obsessed folks in the world who pretty much live to get free or drastically discounted merchandise and I decided I had to give it a try! Besides, I really like to cut things out.

Since I needed some meat for dinner, milk, and superglue I decided to take super couponing for a spin and here is the deal I built on my very first outing:

I looked in my Red Plum Local flyer and learned Ultra Foods is running a special this week on assorted Kellogg's products 6/$10 and is also offering a $10 store coupon if you purchase any 10 Kellogg's products. They are also offering Ball Park Franks (the kids love 'em for lunch)on sale for $0.88/pkg and I found a coupon for milk.

Next, I went to register for Kellogg's coupons online and printed a coupon for a $1.00 off three Kellogg's cereals and another for $1.25 off three cereals. When used in combination with my 6/$10 in store deal I would end up paying $7.75 for my six boxes of Rice Krispies!

I printed out another coupon for $1.00 off 2 boxes for Raisin Bran and another coupon for a $1.00 off 2 boxes of Special K. Adding these four boxes of cereal to the six I put together previously brought me to 10 boxes of Kellogg's cereal and would earn me a $10 coupon for anything I wanted!

I also had a coupon for $0.50 off a gallon of milk already on sale in the store for $2.28. I was only going to pay a $1.78 for milk? How cool! To make it even better I had a manufacturer's coupon for $0.75 of 2 packages of Ball Park Hot Dogs. That meant I was going to pick up 16 hot dogs for $1.00!

And you know what? It totally worked!
Here are the final numbers...
I paid $27.58 total for all of the above items.
I saved $28.25 AND earned a $10.00 off coupon.
I saved more than 50% of my bill, have 2 months worth of cereal in my pantry, and a serious head start on building my next big deal!
How about that for a snap crackle, pop?

If I could trade my savings in for a little bite at Graham Elliot right now I think I would go for the Sweetbread Hush Puppy+Fennel Pollen+Shaved Anise+Pancetta Vinaigrette+Pernod Foam!

Thanks for the inspiration Nubia!


Nubia said...

Oh my goodness!!!!! I am BEYOND impressed! If only I had a real pantry to do this kind of thing with. So amazing! I'm totally giggling at this post too....Leif must be so happy he introduced us! Ha!

Nubia said...

Also, thank you, thank you, thank you for an incredible night. Not only was the food delicious but it was capped off with the incredible laughter and love from your family. I hope to do it again and again and again. Love you guys!

Chris F said...

Great pics! Miss you guys.

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