I went to Publix today to take advantage of their "Running Out? Run In." deal: Buy $30 in participating products, get a $5 Publix gift card via rebate.
But I didn't just run in and grab the items; I made a plan. I never just run in to Publix; you'd spend too much!
But a few unexpected things occurred when I went to the store.
First of all, on a good note, I found a display with Publix store coupons for the promotion. Only one coupon matched the items I planned to get: a $1 off two Charmin. But I was only planning to buy one Charmin.
I also had been hoping to buy four Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, priced at $1 and use 50¢ off coupons from the 11/20 Smartsource insert. But it turns out that those coupons are for the Grands! cinnamon rolls, which are not part of the deal!
So I decided to forget the cinnamon rolls (who needs 'em, anyway) and buy another 6-pack of Charmin. I knew that there were 25¢ off Charmin coupons from the P&G insert at home, but I wasn't going to run home and back just to save a quarter.
I also planned to buy 4 boxes of Multigrain Cheerios, but the store only had 3 in stock. Luckily, they were willing to substitute a box of regular Cheerios and still take the Multigrain Cheerios coupon.
And lastly, there were a couple of mistakes at checkout: One $1.00 coupon did not come off. And I gave a $5 off $50 Doris Italian Market coupon from Recyclebank to the cashier, but it was inputted as $2.00. Unfortunately I did not catch either error until I wrote this blog post. Not sure how I should handle these - what do you think I should do?
So here's what I got!
2 Charmin 6 pack @ $3.99 = $7.98
- $1.00/1 Charmin coupon (P&G Have You Tried This Yet? mailer)
- $1.00/2 Charmin or Bounty Publix coupon (available in-store)
(also available: $1/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Mega Roll via Upromise Deposit)
= $5.98 for two, or $2.99 each
($1.00/1 Charmin coupon not rung up)
2 Multigrain Peanut Butter Cheerios @ $2.50 = $5.00
- 2 $1.00 off Multigrain Peanut Butter Cheerios printable
= $3.00 for two, or $1.50 each
4 Multigrain Cheerios @ $2.50 = $10.00
- 4 $0.75/1 Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cereal printable
(or try $0.75/1 Cheerios - Multigrain via Cellfire if available)
= $7.00 for four, or $1.75 each
12 Yoplait yogurt, 6 oz @ 60¢ = $7.20
- 2 $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, exp. 3/31/12 (GM 02/05/12)
- $1/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, exp. 2/25/12 (Publix, Running Out? Run In. Flyer)
= $5.40 for twelve, or 45¢ each
2 Monterey refrigerated pasta @ BOGO $3.99
- 2 $1/1 Monterey Pasta or Sauce printable
= $1.99 for two, or $1.00 each
1 Goodnites @ $19.99
- $2/1 GoodNites Underwear printable
- $3/1 GoodNites Publix in-ad coupon
- $5 off $50 Doris Italian Market Recyclebank coupon (rung up as $2.00)
Total product before coupons: $54.16
(qualifies for two $50 gas cards for $40 each)
Total product eligible for Running Out? Run In. promotion: $30.18
(qualifies for $5 mail-in rebate Publix gift card)
Total product after coupons: $37.36
Total product after tax: $39.04
Pay $19.19 with Flexible Savings Account card (Goodnites for $19.99, minus manufacturer's $2.00 off coupon, plus $1.20 tax) - not counted toward grocery budget
Total out of pocket from grocery budget: $19.85
Total saved compared to Publix full prices: $55.21
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