Thursday, February 24, 2011

Publix Italian Sale - Especially HOT in Oviedo

My favorite shopping experience is "getting paid" to buy groceries. The Publix Italian Sale runs through next Wednesday or Thursday depending on how your store works, and if you live in Oviedo, you can do just that. Even if you don't live in Oviedo, the deals are still pretty good.

Here's how I got "paid" $1.50 to take home 20 cans of Green Giant Veggies in Oviedo.

Green Giant Veggies are priced at $0.85 in Oviedo (about $1.35 everywhere else) and are BOGO this week.
I bought 20 for $8.50.
I used the $5/20 select items coupon.
I also used 5 copies of the $1/4 Green Giant canned veggies coupon to get another $5 off my total.
The coupons took $10 off my total, but my canned veggie total was only $ that produced $1.50 in "overage."
I bought a box of Truvia for $1.99 (after my Truvia coupons).
My total out of pocket for 20 cans of veggies and a 40 ct. box of Truvia = $0.49

I don't know why Publix allows the combining of these coupons, but I will gladly take it. It seems to me to be two store coupons on the same items, but they allow it. I guess it's like doing a $5 off $30 purchase and a store coupon for the items in that purchase as well. Anyway...they allow it.

This scenario is only good at the Palm Valley Publix in Oviedo across from the Neighborhood Market Wal Mart (Alafaya at McCulloch). The canned veggies are still a good deal at other Publix stores. I think they are priced around $1.35, so the same scenario would be $3.50 out of pocket for 20 cans of veggies which is about $0.17 per can. Not too shabby!!!

The other amazing deal in Oviedo is Progresso soups. They are priced at $1.31 in Oviedo and are on BOGO.

Here's how it plays out with similar coupons:

20 Progresso soups for $13.10 total.
I used the $5/20 select items coupon.
I also used 5 copies of the $1/4 Progresso Products coupon to get another $5 off my total.
THEN use any of these manufacturer's coupons for additional savings:
$1/4 Progresso Soup Cans 2/13/2011 GM Insert (exp 4/9/2011)
-$1/4 Progresso Soups 1/16/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/12/2011)
-$1/4 Progresso Soup 1/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 2/26/2011)

$1/4 Progresso Soup Printable
$1/4 Progresso Soup Printable

If you only have the Publix coupons, you pay $3.10 out of pocket for 20 cans of soup.
If you can come up with 5 additional $1/4 manufacturer coupons from the list above, you will get $1.90 in overage to apply toward the rest of your groceries. Sweet!
Again, this amazing deal is at the Palm Valley Publix (Alafaya at McCulloch) in Oviedo, but it's still a good deal at other locations.

FYI, if you live in Oviedo or near Oviedo, the Palm Valley location consistently has better prices than most Publix stores. If it is convenient at all to go there, it is worth it in the extra savings.

Big thanks to my sweet and hard working hubby who made these trips to Publix for me (since he is in Oviedo 4 days a week).

If you want to see more ad match-ups for the Publix Italian Sale, you can check out I Heart Publix.
And thanks to Southern Savers for the printable Italian Sale coupons.

Happy Italian Days! I love this sale!!!

Target Frozen Food Extravaganza!!!

I don't get out much these days since baby came to town, but the kids and I made our first trip to Target this week...all three of us...and boy was it worth it.

Target is running a deal regionally (Orlando is included) where you buy ANY 7 frozen foods, and you get a $5 Target gift card when you check out. You have to check your local ad (you can do that on their website) to see if your city is included in this deal. I was skeptical if it really would include ANY frozen food. Sure enough, my Target had stickers on the frozen food freezers that said ANY frozen food.

In our house, we eat a lot of frozen peas. I had recently stocked up on frozen spinach, so all I really needed was peas. I checked out their peas...$0.99/bag. WOWZA!!! I knew a good deal was in the making. I promptly started filling the front of my cart (cause Will was already covered with other items in the main part of the cart) with frozen peas. 12 bags later (and 2 bags of california blend veggies for stir fry), I proceeded to the check-out to see if this deal was really going to happen. My diaper bag (in the front) was covered with frozen veggies.

I had more things to purchase, so my plan was to buy the veggies first, reap the gift cards, and then use the 2 $5 gift cards (cause I was buying 14 bags) toward the rest of my items. This way, I am sure to use (and not lose) the gift cards.'s what I did.

12 bags frozen peas $0.99 each = $11.88
2 bags California blend veggies $1.29 each = $2.58

Total paid for veggies = $14.46
Received two $5 gift cards (for buying 14 frozen foods) = $10 back to me
Total out of pocket for 14 bags of frozen food = $4.46 ($0.32 each)

You can roll this deal as many times as you like, so if you have nothing else to buy at Target (Really? Nothing else to buy? Come's Target! It's the one store where my self-control is tested and rarely wins.), you can buy 7 frozen foods, reap the $5 gift card, and then do another transaction to buy 7 more frozen foods, use your gift card, reap another...and so on.

This deal (as far as I know) is good through Saturday. It's a great way to get a good deal without even needing to clip a coupon.

BUT...if you wanted to make it sweeter and you eat frozen veggies, there is a $1/4 Target brand frozen veggies coupon found here. You can use this in conjunction with the gift card deal to make it even sweeter. You can usually print 2 per computer.

Happy Targeting!!! And remember to use some self-control (or at least try). Target is the worst for sucking all my savings away with impulse buys. But I love it!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy ONE YEAR to Maven on a Mission!!! I love sharing my love for deals with those of you who read this blog. Thanks for following me!