Deals have been pretty sparse the last couple of weeks, but I did manage to pick up nearly $500 worth of food for just under $40 yesterday. The exact amount was $494.78 worth of food for $39.01 which was a savings of 92%.
I picked up 25 boxes of Quaker Instant Oatmeal for which was a surprise find. I was picking up some things we forgot for a BBQ and went to Lucky supermarket since it is the closest to my house. I don’t usually shop there for Penny Experiment because it doesn’t seem to have as many deals as Safeway. While picking up the BBQ stuff, noticed that Quaker Instant Oatmeal was on sale for $1.99 a box, or $1.39 each if you purchased 5 boxes. I then noticed that some of the boxes on display had $1 off coupons stuck on them making each box $0.39 (they are regularly $4.99 a box). The 25 boxes I purchased were worth $124.75 for which I paid $9.75:
I also used up the last of the Quaker Oatmeal Square cereal rainchecks that I had getting 32 more boxes of cereal for free:
I also purchased 85 boxes of Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. I was hesitant to purchase these because they are sugar cereals, so I called the food banks before hand and asked if they wanted them. Both said that if I could get them for over 90% off, then they would like them so I went ahead with the purchase.
Currently Safeway is running a sale where if you buy 5 boxes of Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles, they are $1.50 per box, or $7.50 for 5 boxes. There was a coupon for $1 off 2 of these cereals in the February 28 SmartSource Sunday paper circular, so I used 2 of those to bring the price down to $5.50. There is currently a Post cereal catalina (those coupons that print out at the register) for $4.00 when you buy 5 boxes of cereal making the price for the 5 boxes only $1.50.
I did have to pay $5.50 for the first 5 boxes because I didn’t have any catalinas left from previous buying trips, but I still have $4 off my next purchase as well. This ended up being $322.15 worth of food for $29.50 or a 91% savings.
All these will be added to the Penny Experiment food purchased master list. Couponers have now purchased $7574.02 worth of food for $448.06. This is another tiny step toward the goal of $1 million worth of food for food banks and now there is only $992,425.98 left to go…