Thursday, October 18, 2012

Smith's Shopping Trip Successes

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Just hit the amazing Smith's sale last night!  There were a few things I had been hoping to get that were out of stock by the time I got there (like the boxed potatoes and Chex mix), so I may still go back later this week, but for the most part I was impressed with how smoothly everything went.  I didn't worry about immediately rolling the catalinas since I need to go back to Smith's later this week and pick up some other grocery items, so I did the entire purchase in one transaction and all 6 catalinas printed out with no problems!  I had coupons for all of the items I purchased, except for the cake mix.  I spent $33.67 on the 30 items that I purchased and I got $30 back in catalinas, essentially making the total cost of all of these items only $3.67, which is an 89% savings!



Utah Deal Diva reader, Jennifer, sent us the following email about her success at Smith's!

"I was so excited to have a good sale yesterday.  I happened to be up early and saw the post about it and thought I'm just going to go right now before it is all sold out.  The only thing I wanted that was not there was the enchilada sauce, but I got the taco shells instead.  My total before they scanned my Smith's card was $147 and after scanning my Smith's card and $14 of coupons, it came down to $87 with $60 worth of $5.00 catalinas.  (This means she bought everything pictured for only $27!)  Since Smith's is our main store where we do all our shopping, it should not be a problem spending that.  The most expensive thing was the two gallons of milk."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

My only problem with that is that almost everything you bought is fairly unhealthy...this is why coupon shopping is great, but doesn't necessarily work for everyone. I'm all for hamburger helper every once in a while, but it would take so long to get through all of those boxes it doesn't really make it worth it. Same with the cake mix and cereal. We need better options for healthy food! (Meat, veggies, fruit, dairy.)

The McGee's said...

? question what is a Catalinas you guys are talking about?

Nellie said...

I completely agree...honestly, we hardly ever eat Hamburger Helper (or some of the other items I bought), but since I could pretty much get them for free, I figured I could donate most of them to all of the food drives that will be coming up this winter season.

Anonymous said...

Our family eats cereal and the occasional cake mix, box of crackers and bottle of coke, but our cart is usually full of meat, dairy, vegetables and eggs. Processed food is cheap and does little to nourish our bodies. It would be great if we could spend the same amount that this shopper did and nourish our bodies at the same time.

Spencer said...

Interesting comments. I guess not everyone enjoys free food. I certainly do, though! I bought 60 items by rolling catalinas. I spent $23, but had one catalina left over, and got about $6 of savings from savingstar. So about $12 total, with most of that cost coming from the 12 boxes of cereal I bought.

Jenni said...

I don't necessarily eat these kind of foods all the time either but what better way is there to stock your food storage for free for tough and "tight" times and have extra to donate to the food pantry! If we can get it for free, I'm sure someone out there can benefit from it wether it be us in times of need or our community! The holidays are coming and this is the time that the food pantry's will hurt the most and need more donations!

Natalie said...

Are these rolling catalinas? so I can get mutiple catalinas in one tranaction?

Janet said...

I stock up a lot only stuff I know I will eat, but sometimes when its a killer deal like this sale I think of a family member that may be struggling and buy some for them, let me tell you I dont think my brother and his wife and 6 boys complain one bit, they are grateful for the help. And I am very very thankful I can coupon and help someone out.

Michelle said...

Is there a limit on how many catalinas will print?? Trying to decide if I should try 2 differnt transactions??

Nellie said...

Michelle- I would ask at your store before shopping just to make sure, but at my Smith's, they let me do all of it in one transaction and 6 catalinas printed out at the same time!

Jenni said...

Amazing sale! I was surprised to find most things reasonably stocked! I was able to get 20 potatoes, 10 totinos, 8 boxes of cereal, 4 cake mixes, and 3 taco shells...so 45 items for $5.32 factoring in my Catalina's!!! Thanks for all your hard work to help us all have amazing shopping trips!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Do it on tight times, donate this holiday season, balance it out with fresh and healthy stuff!! I would encourgage you to buy the free Mac and Cheese and Fall off the bandwagon once and lots of invite the neighbor kids/cousins over to eat it for almost FREE!! It's fun (speaking for myself)!

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