Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire, Give Me That Which I Desire

Not only did I get good buys this week, I racked in the gas points as well.

If I have not yet mentioned, when you use your Stop & Shop card, you are able to accumulate points for big discounts on Shell gas. For every 100 points, you get $.10 off a gallon of gas. The maximum you can get is $1.50 off a gal of gas up to 20 gallons, and you must use the points within 30 days or you lose them.

The key is to accumulate the maximum points, wait until your needle is right below E, fill your car with as much cheap gas as possible, rinse wash repeat.

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There are many ways to accumulate points quickly.  The weekly ad usually shows groupings of $.30, $.40, or $.50 off a gallon of gas if you buy 4-6 items in those categories.

For example, last week I bought six Blue Bunny ice creams, six Gold Honest tea, and six boxes of Life cereal.  At $.40 off a gallon for six of each of these items, I accumulated $1.20 off a gallon of gas.

Klondike and Breyers Ice Cream were also on sale last week. Buy a total of six (mix and match) for $15, get $5 off. Now, on Stop & Shop’s website you can load digital coupons onto your card, and I had loaded $1 off Klondike bars and $1.50 off Breyers ice cream to my card. I also had a $1 off Breyers coupon and a 50 gas point bonus coupon that I received in the mail that I can apply if I purchase Breyers ice cream. So, I got three Klondikes and three Breyers’ for $15 – $5 – $1 – $1.50 – $1= $6.50 and I got 50 gas points.

I also bought a bunch of other things that I needed at the store, which brought my total above $60, triggering another digital coupon I had loaded which gave me another 250 gas points.

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So what’s with all the points?

At the end of the day, I maxed out my point totals.  I got 1200 points for the category buying, got an additional 50 for the Klondike bars and a 250-point bonus for spending $60. Total points received 1,500 = $1.50 off a gallon of gas.

I filled up my car (and an extra gas canister 😉) with the 20 gallon limit and felt like I hit a home run, saving $30.00 on gas!

So I spent a [heavily] discounted $60 on groceries and got back $30 in gas. Now that’s a deal magical enough for a wizard!

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Red, White [and Blue] Sauce

This week at CVS there are big discounts!

They have a whole bunch of stuff you can buy in a category, where if you spend $30 or more, you get $10 Extra Bucks to use in the future at CVS.

Many of these items have manufacturer’s coupons. The combination makes my mouth water.

For example, Frank’s hot sauce is in the category and has $0.75 coupons.

So let’s say you buy twenty bottles of Frank’s hot sauce (12 oz, normally $3.79) on sale for $1.50 each = $30 , you get $10 Extra Bucks, making the price effectively $20. Now you can use twenty $.75 coupons = $15 to bring the price down to $5.

Now, once a month, I also get a $5 off coupon from CVS if I spend $25 or more on anything. So that means twenty bottles of hot sauce for…..free!

For free!!!! If it’s for free, it’s for me!

Don’t judge me; I need hot sauce. I put that stuff on everything!

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Feeling self-conscious about dumping twenty-one coupons on the counter, watching the cashier scan each one, and then walking out with an entire case of hot sauce for free while she stares at you in utter disbelief? This is why self-checkout is amazing.

Alas, at this store they don’t have self-checkout, but they all know me here anyway.

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Remember, the extra bucks and $5 off are only if you have a CVS card. There are multiple items in that category that have good deals, but you can only work this magic once per card.

So, I took my wife’s card to another CVS because I needed mayonnaise, too.

Hellman’s mayonnaise was in the category. You can buy ten 30 oz. (normally $6.49) jars at $2.99 bringing you to $29.90, and you still get the $10 anyway, bringing you to $19.90. Now take off ten $.75 manufacturer coupons, and the $5 CVS coupon and that brings you to $7.40 for ten jars of Hellman’s mayonnaise!

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Wow! Let’s break down the savings. Retail price for twenty bottles of Frank’s hot sauce and ten jars of Hellman’s mayonnaise is $140.70.

What did I pay again? Oh ya, $7.40!!!!!!!! That’s 95% off! That’s a lotta sauce!

Let’s have a party! – I’ll bring the condiments.

 

Cereal, Cookies, and Milk, Oh My!

I happened to be at Stop & Shop again today.

Cheerios were on sale, so I decided to stock up. I already have at least 30 boxes of cereal, but we go through them very quickly here, and cereal doesn’t really go bad, right?

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So what was the deal?

The 8.9 oz Cheerios are normally $4.17 each, but they were on sale for $2.50 each. Now, they were also running a promo for $4 off if you buy any four General Mills products. That brings the total to four boxes of Cheerios for $6.

Are you following? Now watch very closely, so you don’t miss the magic.

I had four $.50 manufacturer coupons which Stop & Shop doubles! That means four boxes for $2 TOTAL! $.50 each!

 

Where do I get these coupons from, you wonder? I get manufacturer’s coupons from Coupons.com. Sure, they install a million viruses on my computer, but it’s worth it.

 

In addition to that sale, 13.3 oz packs of Oreo cookies were on sale three for $9 (usually, they’re $4.5 each). If you get the three packs, you also get $3 to use on milk, which happened to be on sale this week for $2.89/gallon (usually $4.19).

In other words, a free gallon of milk! If it’s for free, it’s for me.

What about coupons? I’m glad you asked.

I had a manufacturer’s coupon for the cookies, $1 off, so it was 3 for $8 (Coupons only double if they’re less than a dollar).

 

Cereal, milk, and cookies??? Yumm!! Sounds like my breakfast tomorrow.

Or maybe my dinner tonight.

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Now, my freezer’s still full of ice cream that I bought two weeks ago, so my wife would kill me if I got any more. Next time we’re out of ice cream and she wants, guess what? Wait until the next sale.

But for your information, Blue Bunny ice cream was on sale 2/$7 instead of $5.69 each, and you have 4 manufactures coupons for $.75 each doubled  = $6 off, so that makes it 4 for $8. You have to buy 4 because that gets you in the higher category of $.30 in gas.

 

Wait, what’s this gas money????? More on that in a future post 😉 !

 

Just to give you the totals of my shopping trip (let’s include the ice cream for fun), 4 boxes of Cheerios, 3 packs of Oreos, 1 gallon of milk, and 4 tubs of ice cream.

Retail price of all that is about $57.13.

What I pay is………………………….$18!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

68% savings brought to you by Eric the Cheapskate!

 

 

Chobani Sale

I was almost out of Chobani yogurts from the last time I stocked up and I’d been waiting for them to go on sale for a few weeks already.

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Normal price in most stores is about $1.69. Are they crazy?! I can get LaYogurt for $0.20 each and it tastes much better to me. I hate those Chobanis they taste terrible.

But my son likes them, so I get them when they’re on sale. I only buy things on sale.

The absolute most I would spend on a Chobani is $1, not a penny more, usually less. The best is 2 for $1, but usually only limited to a couple of flavors.

So, when I saw a good sale at Stop & Shop last week, I pounced.

 

Here’s how it went down.

Chobani yogurts on sale 10 for $10.

Good enough.

But on top of that, it came with a free half-gallon of orange juice! (about $3 value)

Getting better.

But wait, there’s more!

Stop & Shop has been running a promotion for a free $13 movie ticket if you buy 6 items in a certain category, which happened to include Chobani!!

 

So, I got 10 Chobani yogurts, a half-gallon of orange juice, and a movie ticket all for $10!!!

That’s worth about $32.9 retail, so I saved $22.9!! That’s like 70% off!!!

 

And that’s how you shop with Eric the Cheapskate!