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Tripled Grocery Savings Example

by Freebies4Mom on July 20, 2009 7:49 am

I bought these 10 items for a total of $2.77 (a savings of $29.34 or 91%) after I receive my $10 Kellogg’s Rebate. In summary I saved $10.21 by buying on sale, I saved $9.13 by using coupons, and I saved $10 by doing a rebate.

I wanted to use this as an example of how I applied the following three types of savings to get this sweet deal at Kroger. You can apply this savings strategy to any grocery store, but you do have to read the weekly ads, collect coupons, and be aware of rebate offers. This is one of those extreme example of where all the discounts line-up just right, but it wasn’t a lot of work for me to time my purchase right and stock-up on cereal and cereal bars.

Tripled Grocery Savings involve applying all 3 types of savings:

1. Buy On Sale – every item I bought was on sale, not only that but as part of a special Mega Event promotion I received an additional $5.00 off my purchase because I bought 10 participating items. Check out Nickels-n-Dimes for a complete list of participating items and coupon matchups if you shop at Kroger. If I only applied this type of savings to the purchase of these 10 items, I would have spent $21.90. So by buying on sale I saved $10.21.

2. Use Coupons – I used a coupon on every single one of those 10 items. I basically let my coupons determine exactly which participating items I would purchase. I was able to do that because we eat a wide variety of cereal and cereal bars at my house. So I can let my coupons determine what we buy to a certain degree and know we will eat what my coupons can buy for us. The best coupon I had was a “Buy One Get One Free Mini Wheats” coupon that I received in the mail from Vocalpoint. If I only applied the first two types of saving to the purchase of these 10 items, I would have spent $12.77. So by buying using coupons, additionally I saved $9.13.

3. Do Rebates – I am sending in my Kellogg’s Fuel for School rebate form along with my original UPCs and original store receipt to receive a $10 rebate check. By doing the rebate, additionally I saved $10.00.

Remember that you can do the Kellogg’s rebate anytime between now and September 30, so you really do have time to wait for the right sale and promotion at your local grocery store. If you have already done the Kellogg’s rebate, please share with us what store you shopped at and how you applied more than one type of savings to get a good deal.

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Anne July 21, 2009 at 10:24 am

I did my deal at Kroger using the Mega Deal savings & coupons. Cereal was $2.49/box x 10 – $10 (coupons) – $5 (Mega deal) = $9.90 – $10 (Rebate to be mailed in) = 10¢ overage plus the cost of a stamp. I let my coupons determine my shopping that day, too. I bought almost $114 worth of products for $47 OOP ($37 after MIR).


Stef July 21, 2009 at 7:29 am

I got 7 boxes of cereal and 3 boxes of Pop-tarts at Meijer. All were on sale and I used coupons too. I qualify for the $10 rebate and got a FREE backpack from Meijer. I will also be able to get a FREE DVD from Kellogg's because I will combine "free movie tokens" from 3 of my boxes of cereal and 2 from packages of Keebler cookies (I got at Target with coupons and combined with a $5 gift card deal). SO, I don't know the exact figure but I will have paid about $9 for 7 boxes of cereal, 3 boxes of pop-tarts, 5 packages of cookies, a backpack and a DVD.


Jennifer July 21, 2009 at 7:22 am

My regional grocers has a promo running with Kellogs (on top of the rebates, sales and coupons).If I spend $10 on any Kellogs products I am credited $10 towards any backpack I purchase.I found a backpack for my preschooler priced at $9.99.Summary of totals;cereals and cookies and one backpack including sales, coupons, rebate and credit came to a grand total of 27 CENTS.


Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Wow, you ladies are awesome with FREE and money making deals!I only had 4 Kelloggs coupons worth $6, so at King Soopers I got 10boxes for $19.99 less $6 coupons= $13.99.With the mail in rebate I will have paid $.39 out of pocket for each box…Still not bad if you ask me:)


Summer Williams Photography July 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Okay, so I did this and didn't save QUITE as much as some of you, but I still spent about $5 and am super pumped about those savings! Thanks so much for this post!


Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Yes I did this twice! I spent $23 on twenty items: 8 boxes of cereal, 5 boxes of keeblers, 4 morningstar burgers and 3 boxes of eggos.So when I get my rebates it's like spending $3!(I did this deal w/ my mom for two households).


momof3boys July 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I did it at Albertson's and got a really sweet deal. If you bought ceral in groups of 10 you got them for $1.88. I had $1 off coupons for all 10. They were offerning double coupons of which I had two differnt ads, so they let me double 5 of the $1 off coupons (usually they limit it at 3). So after the rebate, I have 10 boxes of cereal and MADE $6.20.


FishMama July 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

I did this deal at Ralphs (also a Kroger). My coupons were all $1, so I got everything for free. Since I had to get some cookies and sugar cereal to have the right # of items (they were out of a lot of things), I felt better paying nothing for the junk. 🙂


rockermom July 20, 2009 at 9:22 am

i love this sight soooo much! i am new to the coupon thing and reading about how everyone saves helps me out a lot! thank you so much and i love the freebies!


Meghan July 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

I got my 10 items for a total of $0.42 at Target. They had a special going where you could get a $5 gift card with purchase of 5 packs of Keebler cookies (I had coupons for 4 of those). They also had Kellogg's cereal on sale for $1.88 (I bought 3 and had coupons for all 3). My last two items were Morningstar Farms veggie burgers which I stacked Target and manufacturer coupons for. My bill would have been $25.02 before tax. I then had $9.60 in coupons, received a $5 Target gift card, and my $10 Kellogg's rebate for a total of $0.42 out of pocket. Woo-hoo!


Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 8:32 am

i also shop at Kroger and my $75 grocery bill will be $11 by the time i send in my $10 Kellogg rebate.


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