The cashier at Albertson's was awesome! Very patient. The key is if your nice, their nice. If you're organized, their happy. I'm glad I went at night so that I didn't annoy any other customers waiting in line, however most of the shoppers were in the store trying to take advantage of the same sale. I ran into a lady who had cases of Progresso soup in her basket, and LOTS of coupons. She shared all of her tips with me.
Since I wanted to apply the $10 coupons that night, this is the order I had to follow:
- Before you get in line, divide your coupons into groups.
- Put 10 of the specific sale items on the conveyor belt, and put that plastic divider behind that group
- Hand the cashier any coupons for those items
- Receive a $10 coupon
- Repeat but give the cashier the $10 coupon and your additional coupons for your next group
- The last group of items were not part of the 10 specific items in the sale, but also great bargain items recommended at MyFoodStorageDeals.com.
30 Progresso soups
12 Stagg Chili
5 boxes Nature Valley granola bars (buy 5 to get an additional coupon for $3.50 off)
12 Albertson's olives
3 Lucky Charms 16 oz. cereal
2 Lucky Charms 16 oz. cereal
4 BC muffin mix
6 BC brownie mix
5 BC fruit snacks (buy 5 to get an additional coupon for $3.50 off)
12 Hunts 29 oz. tomatoes
4 BC frostings
6 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
6 Dannon yogurts
5 Chex mix food bars
4 bags of chips
-$143.96 Albertson's Preferred Savings
$84.49 is what I paid! excluding tax
Let me help you understand how careful shopping pays off. I would have only gotten the items listed in green above at Sam's Club for $84.49
One advantage of shopping at a grocery store versus only shopping at warehouse stores like Sam's/Costco is the variety of food you can purchase. I was able to get the flavors that I wanted. Now don't get me wrong. I love my Sam's Club, but if your careful you can purchase and save elsewhere too.
FYI here is where I shop:
Smith's for most of my perishable items
Albertson's for a good sale if I can apply coupons
Sam's Club for bulk items listed at (Feb. 13 post)
LDS Cannery for grains and long-term storage items
Walgreen's for makeup, medicine, toothpaste see (Dec. 20 post)
Macey's for their Case Lot Sales, canned fruits, vegetables, beans, tomato goods, #10 can goods
WalMart, rarely (my feet hurt), but household, toiletries, socks, underwear, baking items
Kohl's, JC Penney and sometimes Old Navy for clothes from their clearance sales. I found myself a beautiful coat for $25 the other day at Kohl's, retailed $160.
Some of you are better shoppers than me for sure, but with seven children, and four at home I try to save where I can.