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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Smith's/Kroger Daytona 500 Mega Event + Double Coupons!

It was a crazy morning at Smith's (Utah)! They're running one of their Mega Event sales, which are always popular (buy 10 participating items, save $3 instantly). But combine that with the Mega/Double Coupon event they are doing here in Utah where all coupons under $1 are credited to a full $1.00, and you've got a bit of a frenzy, especially in areas where there is only one Smith's store close-by and lots of couponers...

It brought up an interesting dilemma for me - how much is too much when buying multiples of sale items? (I moved a few weeks ago, and my old Smith's store was always really well stocked and I rarely ever ran into anyone else using coupons there, so buying multiples of an item was never really a problem.)

This morning I didn't buy anything in amounts that I personally thought were excessive (maybe some of you will disagree with me on that, which is partly my dilemma), but there were enough people at Smith's this morning all trying to get the same items, that even buying 3-4 of one item meant that the next person behind you might not have gotten any. Mind you, I did not "clear the shelf" on any item, but what I find to be an "acceptable" amount of an item might not seem so acceptable to the person behind me who is also trying to get multiples of that same item and there are not enough left. What do you do, and what do you consider to be fair and equitable when you're all competing for a limited number of items? Hmm...

While I ponder my options and what I personally feel comfortable with as an answer (for me) to this dilemma, take a look at what I was able to pick up this morning:


(4) Betty Crocker fruit roll-ups/gushers/fruit by foot, on sale 1.99 (1.69 after promo, 1.19 after coupon, .55 after Catalina)
(3) Clorox bleach, on sale 1.99 (.99 after coupon)
(2) Dial liquid hand soap, on sale 1.00 (free after coupon)
(4) El Monterrey family pack burritos, on sale 3.50 (2.50 after coupon)
(2) French's classic yellow mustard, on sale 1.49 (.49 after coupon)
(2) French's honey mustard dipping sauce, on sale 1.69 (.69 after coupon)
(2) French's worchestershire sauce, on sale 1.59 (.59 after coupon)
(5) Frigo string cheese, on sale 2.97 (1.97 after coupon)
(8) Hunt's ketchup, on sale 1.25 (.25 after coupon)
(4) Orville Redenbacher 3-pk popcorn, on sale 1.99 (1.69 after promo, .69 after coupon)
(4) Suddenly Salad, on sale 1.25 (.75 after coupon)
(6) Totino's pizza rolls, on sale .95 (.65 after promo, free after coupon)
(3) Vlasic dill relish, on sale 1.00 (free after coupon)
(1) Wacky Mac pasta, on sale 1.25 (.25 after coupon)
(10) Yoplait greek yogurt, 1.19 (.19 after coupon)
(2) bunches red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(2) bunches green seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(1) Banquet brown'n serve sausage, on sale .99 (.69 after promo)
(3) Trix cereal, on sale 2.29 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(3) Reese's Puffs cereal, on sale 2.29 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(1) Trop50 orange juice, on sale 2.99 (2.69 after promo, 1.69 after coupon)
(5) Chef Boyardee pasta, on sale .99 (.69 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(3) Mancwich sloppy joe sauce, on sale .99 (.69 after promo, .36 after coupon)
(1) bunch bananas, .52/lb
(1) gallon MountainDairy whole milk, on sale 1.79

I used:
(2) .50/2 printable coupons for the fruit snacks [see LINK or LINK]
(3) .25/1 coupons for the bleach [see RP-6/6]
(2) .35/1 coupons for the soap [see RP-6/13]
(4) .55/1 coupons for the burritos [see SS-4/18]
(6) .50/1 coupons for the French's items [see SS-5/9]
(5) .50/1 coupons for the string cheese [see SS-5/2]
(8) .20/1 couons for the ketchup [see SS-5/16 or SS-6/20] (and Hooray for no HFCS in my ketchup!!!)
(4) .40/1 coupons for the popcorn [see SS-5/16]
(2) .50/2 printable coupons for the pasta salad [see LINK]
(6) .35/1 coupons for the pizza rolls [see SS-4/18 or GeneralMills-5/30]
(2) .55/1 printable coupons for the relish [see link HERE]
(1) .55/1 coupon for the relish [see June AllYou magazine]
(1) .50/1 coupon for the WackyMac pasta [see SS-5/16]
(9) .30/1 coupons for the yogurt [see SS-6/13]
(1) .30/1 printable coupon for the yogurt [see link HERE]
(1) 1.00/2 coupon for the cereal [see GeneralMills-5/30]
(2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the cereal [see LINK or LINK]
(1) 1.00/1 printable coupon for the Trop50 [see LINK]
(1) 1.00/5 coupon for the Chef Boyardee [see June AllYou magazine]
(1) 1.00/3 coupon for the Manwich [see June AllYou magazine]

I then also got (3) $3 off for the Daytona 500 promo.

Total: $70.50 + got a $2.50 Catalina coupon from the fruit snacks

These are just a few of the great deals to be had this week at Smith's/Krogers. And there are lots of good deals even for those states/areas that are not running the double coupon promo. For the full list of Mega Event items, see this week's shopping list at PYP. And for all the possibilities for the Mega/Double Coupon Event items here in Utah, see the list compiled on PYP HERE.

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Did you get everything you wanted or were they already out of some things? I'm wondering if it's even worth it to go today after work.

We're the Hamilton's said...

I had noticed not all the items on the list were on sale. What smiths do you shop at?

Candi said...

All of the items that I picked up were from the Smith's Doubles list or the actual weekly ad list that Rebecca does. I think only two weren't, and those were the Chef Boyardee and Manwich - still on sale as part of the Daytono 500 Event and in the weekly list, but the coupon information was not included in the lists because it was from a magazine and we don't usually include coupons from those. Were there other items you found that weren't on sale?

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