Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Copps Trip 3/30/11 $8.54...88% OFF! + Rolling Gift Card Idea! :-)

Copps Trip 3/30/11 $8.54...88% OFF!
Today's early morning Copps trip worked out pretty well & we're certainly well stocked on cereal again!  I did this trip in three transactions (see details below).  Also, I'm always about trying to find ways to make things easier & less complicated.  I've recently been thinking up a way to simplify the $25 minimum purchase requirement (per transaction, in order for coupons to double).  I often buy a Copps gift card to be sure I've met the minimum, & that's fine.  However, with each transaction, I'm standing in the store double checking my math (based on shelf price), sorting my items & coupons into separate transactions in an attempt to meet the requirement & spend as little as possible out of pocket.

My new "Rolling $25 Gift Card Idea":

Today, I bought & kept three $25 Copps gift cards.  With each future transaction (up to three at a time), I plan to buy another $25 Copps gift card & pay for the first portion of the transaction by using one of the $25 gift cards I just bought (basically "rolling" the gift cards & zeroing out that portion of the transaction).  In doing this, I won't have to worry about being sure I meet the minimum $25 subtotal.  I'll just need to be sure I'm using up to 5 double-able coupons in each transaction.  It seems this should work pretty well...what do you think?

Also, I recently received cash back on groceries from the credit card I was using which totals the $75 I spent on the gift cards...so no additional $ out of my $200/mo. grocery budget to buy the starting gift cards! :-)

Here's what I chose to buy today.  To see more details about these transactions & more Copps deals available yet today see Copps Deals Week of 3/24/11 - 3/30/11! .  To learn more about shopping and saving at Copps see Store Tips & Policies: Grocery Stores:  

Transaction #1:
5-Kellogg's Cereals $1.99 each (when you buy 5, limit 5)
+ used two $1/2 coupons, doubled
+ used one $0.70/1 coupon, doubled
= $4.55 ($0.91 each box) + received FREE milk coupon to be used in future order

1-McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning, $2.29
+ used $1/1 coupon, doubled
= $0.29

1-Ken's Honey Mustard Salad Dressing, $1.66
+ used $1/1 coupon, doubled
= $0.34 MONEYMAKER!

~bought $25 gift card (to use with new "Rolling gift card idea" in the future, see above)

Total: $29.50 - $25 (gift card paid for by credit card cash back) = $4.50
+ used $10 Copps gift card from prior trip = -$5.50 in my favor! :-)
+ received a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk!

Transaction #2:
5-Kellogg's Cereals $1.99 each (when you buy 5, limit 5)
+ used two $1/2 coupons, doubled
+ used one $0.70/1 coupon, doubled
= $4.55 ($0.91 each box) + received FREE milk coupon to be used in future order

1-Minute Maid OJ, 64 oz., $2.50
+ used $1/1 printable coupon, doubled
= $0.50

1-Ken's Light Ranch Salad Dressing, $1.66
+ used $1/1 coupon, doubled
= $0.34 MONEYMAKER!

~bought $25 gift card (to use with new "Rolling gift card idea" in the future, see above)

Total: $29.71 - $25 (gift card paid for by credit card cash back) = $4.71
+ received a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk! 

Transaction #3:
5-Kellogg's Cereals $1.99 each (when you buy 5, limit 5)
+ used two $1/2 coupons, doubled
+ used one $1/1 coupon, doubled
= $3.95 ($0.79 each box) + received FREE milk coupon to be used in future order

1-Minute Maid OJ, 64 oz., $2.50
+ used $1/1 printable coupon, doubled
= $0.50

2-8th Continent Soy Milk, 64 oz., $3.19
+ used one $0.75/2 coupon, doubled
= $2.44 each ~this is way more than I like to pay for soy milk but we needed some and I didn't have any better coupons. :-(  I'm always in search of good soy milk coupons!

~bought $25 gift card (to use with new "Rolling gift card idea" in the future, see above)

Total: $34.33 - $25 (gift card paid for by credit card cash back) = $9.33
+ received a coupon for a FREE gallon of milk! 

Grand Totals this Trip: 
Total Spent: $8.54 (to be subtracted from my $200/mo. grocery budget)
Total Saved: $61.32 (88% OFF!)
+ have three coupons for FREE gallons of milk!
~I also plan to use the UPCs from some of these purchases toward a $10 rebate (I really wish I could tell you more but I'm not able to tell you details about this rebate due to the fine print ;-( ). 

"Stay Tuned" for more deals coming up this next week at Copps!  Remember it's Double Double Daze on Saturday 4/2/11!  Yay!

7 comments:

  1. Good job!

    I ended up getting paid almost $4 to bring home about $167 in groceries today! Who needed a DOUBLE Double day, LOL?

    By the way - MGR of Copp's Downtown said there are THREE DOUBLE Double days in April!!!!
    Woo-hoo!
    :)

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  2. You did great, Dannelle!...and that's great news re: more double double days coming up! Yay! :-)

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  3. So.. does that mean you can buy a $25 gift card just to be sure you are over the $25 minimum so you can get your coupons to double?

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  4. That's incredible! I need help getting started... in terms of newspaper subscription, do you think it is better to just get the Sunday paper? Or should I do the Wed & Sun paper to get the store circular?

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  5. Welcome Cindy!

    I get the Wednesday & Sunday paper (just seemed like the better deal at the time I ordered the subscription). However, it seems that the Copps circular actually comes in the "Shopper Stopper" rather than in the Wed. paper. Or, maybe I'm getting the Wed. Shopper Stopper because of the Wed. newspaper subscription? I don't know for sure.

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