Another $1400 Worth of Food

From May 12th to the 14th, Safeway had a sale where Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were free after coupons (in fact, it was actually a $1.00 money maker requiring me fill in other things which I also will donate), so I desperately scrounged up all the coupons I could find and hit the stores hard each day. The entire outing left me with 81 grocery store receipts:

81 receipts

and I was able to buy the following items:

275 boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes: $959.75
50 boxes of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran: $199.50
45 bags of Padrinos tortilla chips: $143.55
8 boxes of Rice A Roni: $12.00
1 Lunchables sandwich: $2.29

Grand Total retail value: $1317.09
Grand Total spent: $14.46

In addition, I also donated 27 boxes of Corn Flakes from my Eating Well on $1 A Day Challenge, bringing the retail value of the food donations to $1411.32. I ended up taking the stuff to both the Milpitas Food pantry and the Tri-Valley Food pantry in several loads as I was in the area. The first load went to the Milpitas Food pantry:

load 1

load 1 side

load two went to Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry:

load 2

load 2 side

load 2 other side

Car load three also went to Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry:

load 3

load 3 side

Tri-valley food pantry donation

And there is still a large pile of cereal in my room that needs to be taken…

corn flake pile

While the entire process of buying the food was exhausting, when we delivered the load of food to the Tri-Valley Haven food pantry, there was a long line of people waiting outside to pick up food. Tri-Valley had run out of cereal and so the boxes were taken up front and began to fly out the door. Seeing that the food was immediately going to people that needed made all the effort all the more worthwhile.

This will all be added to the Penny Experiment food purchased master list. Couponers have now purchased $13,433.87 worth of food for $569.49. This is one more tiny step toward the Penny Experiment goal of $1 million worth of food for food banks. There is now only $986,566.13 left to go…

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3 Responses to Another $1400 Worth of Food

  1. Leslie says:

    Very impressive! Keep up the great work!

  2. Malik says:

    Out of curiosity, the Safeways you go to allow both the club sales, and coupons, right?
    The local one I’ve been hitting claims that the club card sales (like 4 boxes of Corn Flakes for $4) IS another coupon, and won’t let me use coupons with it.
    I’m thinking of checking a different Safeway, to see if it’s just that one, or the policy of all the local ones.
    On the good side, it’s still 66% savings, and there’s usually someone needing food or money at the edge of the parking lot, so I can offload some of it before it even hits the food bank.

  3. admin says:

    @Malik The manager is completely wrong. I would contact Safeway customer service and get a letter from them and ask them to retrain the manager. Kind of a pain on your end, but many people will appreciate it. I have never had a problem using coupon with the club card at the many Safeways I have been to.

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