Raisin Bran and Fruit Snack Purchases

While it’s going to be tough to beat the 190 boxes of cereal for $5.50 purchase, there are still a lot of incredible deals available this week that I have been taking advantage of to buy more food for the food banks. My second haul this week was $233.35 worth of food for $15.60 — a 93% savings off of the regular retail price:

food bank food

Post Raisin Bran is on sale at Safeway for $1.50 a box when you buy 5 boxes. There was a coupon for $1 off 2 boxes in the 2/28 SmartSource Sunday paper coupon insert and I happened to have a fairly large number of those coupons at my disposal from people collecting that insert for me. Post is also running a Catalina promotion (the coupons that come out with your register receipt) of $4 off your next purchase when you buy 5 boxes. So this is the scenario:

I buy 5 boxes of Raisin Bran for $1.50 a box which comes to $7.50. I use the two $1 off 2 boxes coupons bringing the price down to $5.50. I then use the $4 Catalina coupon (I used the one I still had from the Kellogg’s cereal for the first purchase) bringing the price down to $1.50 for the five boxes and then you get another $4 off your next purchase. Wash, Rinse, Repeat for Raisin bran for $0.30 a box or a 92% savings off of its normal retail price. I bought 30 boxes of Post Raisin Bran this way:

Post Raisin Bran

There is also a great deal on Betty Crocker fruit snacks this week that you can take advantage of until Tues with online printable coupons. They are on sale for $1 each when you purchase 5 and they also have a Catalina coupon deal where you receive $3.50 back when you purchase 5. You can print $0.50 off 2 coupons here:

$0.50 off of 2 Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot, Gushers (you will have to search through the pages to find it)
$0.50 off of 2 Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot, Gushers (you will have to search through the pages to find it)

So this is the scenario:

I buy 5 of the Betty Crocker fruit snacks for $5.00. I then use two $0.50 off of 2 coupons bringing the price down to $4.00. I then use a Catalina coupon for $3.50 (you have to pay the $3.50 out of pocket on the first purchase) making the final price $0.50 for five boxes — a 97% saving off of the normal retail price. I bought 25 boxes of Betty Crocker fruit snacks this way:

Betty Crocker fruit snacks

I also purchased 5 packages of Nature Valley Nut Clusters which I thought I needed to make one of the transactions work, but it turns out that I made a mistake. Still, they were a great deal and something that the food banks have said they want. They were $1.50 each when 5 were purchased and I had $1 off each so they came to $0.50 each which came to an 87% savings off of retail.

receipts

Raisin bran fruit snacks receipt

All of these are still sitting in my room with the 40 boxes of cereal that I didn’t take to the food pantry because I knew we were going to buy more Raisin Bran to fill up the car on the way. I will be donating these along with the other cereal to a new food bank later next week.

These will be added to the Penny Experiment food purchased master list. Penny Experiment couponers have now been able to purchase $3252.66 worth of food for $275.06. This is another small step toward the goal of buying $1 million worth of food for food banks (only $996,747.34 worth of food to go…)

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One Response to Raisin Bran and Fruit Snack Purchases

  1. stacy says:

    Hello, just found your blog. I am a avid couponer and often donate to the food bank at our church and the homeless shelter. You, however, have totally inspired me. My only downside is that living in CA, we no longer have stores that double coupons or if they do they double only to one dollar. oh, for the old days when they even had occasional triple coupons. I would love to join in the fun.

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