Hey, Giant Eagle Shoppers! I just wanted to give you a heads up on how to quickly find the Giant Eagle Deals you are looking for
In the top right-hand corner of the blog is a Giant Eagle Collage (like the one pictured above). You can click on 3 different areas to be taken to directly to the deals.
Most Recent Deals – ALL the latest Giant Eagle Deals.
Catalinas - List of Current Catalina Deals.
Matchups - Giant Eagle Weekly Ad Matchup. I plan to start adding the Unadvertised Deals Matchup and the Stock-Up Deals Matchup to this list. However, be sure to also check out the most recent deals as I am not always able to update the full lists when new coupons & deals become available!
You also can search for specific deals/words by using the search at the very top of the screen. We are still working on the site – if you find anything that is broken let us know!
Check out this Guide to Saving Money in March to find out what food and household items are typically on sale or on clearance at this time of the year!
winter clothes shoes coats linens blankets hats gloves scarves snow play apparel Wood or pellet stoves for heating Seeds to garden Broth-Soups Fish & seafood on sale Canned foods Frozen Foods (National Frozen foods month!) Ham for Easter
*I like to make ham slices and diced ham to freeze for future meals. We seem to have scrambled eggs and ham at least one a week for dinner! Eggs
*You can make many different recipes with eggs – think of breakfast for dinner, salads with eggs, deviled eggs and more!
A HUGE part of saving on your grocery bill when trying to eat healthy is to buy the fruits & veggies when they are in season. Many people shop at Aldi or Walmart for their produce. Be sure to check the produce to make sure it looks fresh – it doesn’t save you money if you end up throwing it away! In my area, I’ve found Kroger to have the best looking produce with the best prices!
Here are the fruits and vegetables that are “in season” in March! asparagus avocado artichokes broccoli cauliflower brussels sprouts cabbages chard celery leeks collard/mustard greens fava beans chicories-radicchio sunchokes spring garlic spring onion lemon blood oranges red grapefruit tangerines navel orange kiwi d’anjou pear strawberries
I know many of you guys have asked about how I get the prices for all the Giant Eagle Deals. I’ve replied to those who have asked but I’m guessing others would like to know as well!
I would like to thank Julie who took the time to let me know about this
The Amazing Giant Eagle that I shop at is the Market District in Robinson Twp. It is seriously a great store…..and REALLY Big! Anyway, they offer curbside express which allows you to shop online for your groceries and then simply pick them up right outside of the store – you can even use coupons:)
The charge is $4.95 for this so most Couponers would not want to do this, however, I’m sure there are times where many would gladly pay $4.95 to have their groceries bagged and in the car without stepping foot into the store
I know that people actually use this service because I see the workers rounding up the items every time I am there!
Anyway……let me get to the point
Giant Eagle lists the prices for MOST items on the online shopping page which means you can go online and check out the prices!
When new coupons come out, I look up the products to see what kinds of deals we can score I LOVE this feature since it saves not only me time as a blogger but can also save you time! If there is an item you want to buy but isn’t listed in my weekly Giant Eagle deals, simply check out the price before shopping so you’ll know if you want to have your coupons ready to grab it this week or if you’ll want to wait for a sale!
Once you type in the name of the product, you can sort it by brand, price or unit price! You can also show “specials” only.
Have you downloaded the FREE Lady Saving’s Coupon Database App yet?! There is a quick link to my blog right on the app So if you are shopping at Giant Eagle and want to see if any more deals were posted, you can quickly access all the latest deals
Wow! Jenn just showed me that you CAN build a stockpile quickly if you want to(: I’m thinking she must have worked really hard getting all these deals – I LOVE the fact that she has a goal in mind and that using coupons and stockpiling is going to help her achieve it! Awesome Job(:
Jenn: “I’ve only been couponing since the beginning of summer! Can you believe it?? My reason for couponing is because I recently started school and would only be working 3 days a week compared to 6 days a week. Also I’m planning my wedding for next year. So I needed to save all the money I could!!”
Make sure to click below to see the rest of the pics!
The New Season of Extreme Couponing will start on Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. and while they show a VERY Extreme way of couponing and stockpiling, I wanted to share pictures that show a more realistic way to stockpile and some tips to get you started!
Some may wonder why you want to have a stockpile and how it will save you money?!
It’s pretty simple(: If you can snag items at their best prices (which sometimes happen to be FREE!) and get enough so you won’t have to buy those items until the next sale rolls around, you’ll never have to pay full price! Plus, once you have a decent stockpile, you can be pickier about prices for example, If you only have 1 tube of toothpaste, it may seem like a great deal if you can get some for 25¢ – 50¢ each, but once you have a decent stockpile, you won’t “buy” it unless it’s FREE!
It does take a while to build up a stockpile so if you don’t have one yet, don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t grow quickly -especially with many stores having limits on how many like coupons you can use!
*Don’t go overboard especially with items that have expiration dates! You’re not saving money if you are throwing items away!
*Rotate the items so the ones expiring first will be in the front
*Even if you have a lot of one item, you can still be frugal with it! I usually cut my snuggle dryer sheets in half (this also helps if you have sensitive skin!)
*Think of unused spaces where you can store your items, however, don’t let it take over your house! I try to keep these items out of the bedrooms, but as you will see in the pictures below that I use the top of my closet and I explain why(:
*Plan your meals around items that you have on hand.
*Be creative…I never put the meat in my Tuna, Hamburger & Chicken Helpers- I make them as a side dish. (Okay, that’s not too creative, but it’s a FREE/cheap side dish-haha)
*Store Candy and other snack items in harder to reach areas or they may disappear quicker than you want them too(:
*You can always donate items if you stockpile is overflowing or if you family decides that they no longer likes a particular product (trust me, this will happen at least once after you stock-up on something)
**If you have any Stockpiling tips -leave them in the comments below – I would love to hear them! **
Okay – onto some pics(: I LOVE looking at pictures of other people’s stockpile to get me motivated! Remember that everyones stockpile is different, so these are just to get some inspiration, but you’ll want to stockpile in a way that works for you and your family!
Thanks to the readers who sent in their stockpile pictures! I posted their pictures below plus some of my stockpile pictures. If you sent me a picture and don’t see it below, let me know! I tried to go thru all my emails but it would be easy to miss something.
Does it take you forever to scroll thru your newsfeed to see what your friends are up to because you “liked” too many coupon blogs or other pages (to get a freebie!). I like a LOT of pages since I want to see if they are doing a new giveaway or advertising a new coupon that’s available so I don’t want to Un-like them, but I want them to be separate from my friends (except for a few of my faves!). Anyway, here’s how to do that just in case you don’t know how(:
1. Click on Account at the top right-hand of your facebook page
2. Click on Edit Friends (like in the screenshot above)
3. Click on Create a List and it’ll bring up a box where you you will need to enter a name for your list – I named my first one “coupon blogs” and the other “friends”.
4. Add the pages or friends you want in your new list and click on “create list” – then you can make your second list (you can have as many as you want). That’s it – Very simple!
5. To view your different lists, simply click on “Most Recent” at the top of your main screen and you will see the lists that you created. You can stay on most recent to have them all together, or you can choose one of your lists to Only see those updates(:
Thanks to Diane for asking a question about the Viva Catalina deal! I never explained this and it is kinda confusing…Here’s the deal at Giant Eagle this week. (But this explanation will help no matter what store you shop at!)
Many catalinas are listed in the weekly ad or you can find them on the Giant Eagle’s website Here (weekly deals) or Here (monthly deals). Other ones will print out of the catalina machine letting you know of an on-going or up-coming catalinas. Plus, like in this deal, you can find Catalinas listed on the Coupon Network!
Head over to the Coupon Network and click on YourBucks Offers at the top right-hand of the screen. This will bring up ONLY Catalina deals (You can click on Printable Coupons to get back to the regular coupons) The catalina coupons will have the words “In Future Savings” on them. Find the Viva Catalina and click on the word “MORE>>”. This will take you to a page that looks like the picture above with MANY, MANY Stores listed….Giant Eagle is one of them.
Click on “Add to Cart” and it will bring up a Screen where you can log-in or register. Once you are logged-in, you can Print your catalina which will look VERY Similar to the one that prints out of a Catalina Machine! It will have Giant Eagle written on it (as long as that’s one of the stores you selected when registering). Once you are logged in, you will no longer see the huge list of stores like above, it will simply tell you if it’s available at your store.
I know the picture below is fuzzy…but I just wanted to give you guys an example of what will print. I would suggest printing out the ones you plan on using so if for some reason your catalina doesn’t print, you can show Customer Service.
Extreme Couponing airs tomorrow night at 8pm EST. I enjoyed watching the show last time for inspiration, but I definitely don’t want to be an “Extreme Couponer”! My Biggest Stockpiled item right now is pasta. I have about 110 boxes which is the most I have ever had at one time. This may sound a “little” extreme, but most of them were Free AND my family can easily eat 5 boxes a week which is only about a 5 month supply. On top of that, I’m not a very good cook, so I need items like pasta -haha
Most Couponers do not have a stockpile like the ones they will be showing on TV. Don’t feel like you aren’t doing a Great Job Couponing just because you don’t have a huge stockpile. You really only need enough items to get you thru to the next sale. I think it’s better to judge how you are doing by the money you spend monthly compared to what you used to spend before couponing. However, for the first few months of couponing you will probably be spending about the same amount while you are slowly stocking up!
If you are a New to Couponing, you may want to read the posts below:
After asking (bugging ) my husband to make a coupon database app for me, I’m excited that it’s finally done and ready to use! If you guys remember my post on Organizing Coupons, you know that I use a binder for my printed coupons, peelies, blinkies, etc. However, my Sunday Inserts are filed in my binder and the coupons are not cut until I need them. This helps me Save lots of Time that I would have spent clipping.
When I head to the store, I usually have my shopping list ready along with any coupons I plan on using. I say usually since there are many times I leave the house totally unprepared
Once I’m at the store if I see an unadvertised sale or something on clearance, I need to know if I have a coupon somewhere in my binder that I could use to score a great deal! My only way to do this would be to search online databases which was very time consuming. Even with 3G or Wi-Fi, it seemed to take forever. This is why I wanted my husband to create a Coupon Database App!
The Lady Savings Coupon Database lists only the coupons found in the Sunday Papers since these are the only uncut ones you’ll have with you. I’m guessing most people organize their printed ones in a binder or envelopes. Even if you cut your Sunday Coupons, this app will let you know if you need to pull out that binder and look thru it! The best part is that it’s Fast and you only need network access to download the database once a week. Once it’s downloaded you can use it at the store or anywhere with no need for internet! If you want to check it out, search for Lady Savings on the app store. Right now it’s $.99 and it has no ads on it!
I still have a few more insert to add and the Database will be up to date- working on it now!
**Update: This post was written BEFORE the new coupon policy came out so please note that you can no longer stack coupons and there is a limit of 12 “like” coupons per day and a limit of 2 “like” printed coupons (policy doesn’t clarify if it’s per day or transaction so YMMV)
**Sorry this is so long..I just had more and more things I wanted to say
Barbara (Sunshine) commented on one of my post with these questions which I will try to answer. If anyone has anything to add to it, please do
“I’ve been using paper coupons for about four months now, and I’m wondering about the Cellfire and eCoupons program that GE has. There are others I’ve found, too, that you add things to your card.
Can a person use all of these programs on one card, or just one? Like, am I limited to just choosing one of these to use on the card?
A friend of mine saw a lady leaving the store one day, and she said her cart was filled to the top, and she paid nothing.
How is that accomplished? Anybody know?
I get great deals, and even moneymakers, but have never gotten a full cartload!
Which site is it that pays for schooling if you want, or you can use the money for whatever you want,(I can’t recall which one that is..” Can that be used also with the others? Is it legal to do that stuff?
All info. appreciated! Sunshine”
First I want to say, welcome to couponing! I hope you are having lots of FUN
Giant Eagle Does allow stacking of paper and digital coupons. Many stores have stopped this (like most Kroger stores) and I imagine that one day Giant Eagle will no longer allow it either. But for now, they do
You can load your card with digital coupons from all these sites(you don’t have to choose just one):
Giant Eagle eOffers – these come directly from the Giant Eagle website and there are LOTS of eOffers to add! Cellfire – Giant Eagle only gets a handful of coupons to add, but some are really good ($1/1 Fiber One which makes it FREE when stacked with a paper coupon!) Shortcuts -Again, Giant Eagle only gets a handful (the ones with the circle with an explanation mark cannot be added to a GE card)
Some rules about digital coupons:
*they do not double
*One-time use! (If you have $1/1 tide and you buy 4 bottles, only $1 will come off the first one)
*At Giant Eagle, they seem not to always work. I suggest printing a copy of the eCoupons that you load to your card just in case they do not come off. Simply take your receipt and your printed copy to Customer Service and they should take care of it. They have excellent customer service. If you don’t have time to go to customer service or don’t notice the mistake until you get home, simply call 1–800–553–2324, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. I’ve heard from many readers that they will make it right!
On top of the digital & paper coupons, you can also use Upromise. You can go to my post here to read more about it. The Upromise eCoupons do not come off of your receipt at the store, but the amount is deposited into an account. This money is supposed to be used to pay for school or towards student loans, however, you can request a check if you want and use however you like! So anyone can use this and it is completely legit to use all three combined if that would happen!
You can print each coupon from these sites 2 times per computer. Most the time you can simply hit backspace (delete on a MAC) to print the second time. There are times when they limit these coupons to one per computer. If you have many computers and it’s a great coupon, I suggest printing as many as you can. Making a copy of a coupon is illegal.
Facebook also is a hot place for coupons. If you have a favorite product, check out their site to see if they are running any promotions or offering any coupons.
For non-printable paper coupons, The Sunday Paper is the main source! If you are still working on stocking up I would suggest getting many Sunday Papers each week. How many you want will depend on what coupons are actually in there. Right now I have plenty of cleaners, shampoos, razors and deodorants, so I wouldn’t spend money on a paper to get these for FREE since I don’t need them at all. So how many papers you want will depend on what you want to stock up on and what’s in the paper that week. The Sunday Coupon Preview lists the coupons that may be available each Sunday (all areas don’t receive every coupon and the coupon values may vary).
To get even more coupons, you may want to get the All You Magazine. This magazine has tons of coupons! However, it is only sold at Walmart stores or you can subscribe online. Right now you can get a 6 months subscription of All You at Amazon for $10. But I would suggest getting one from Walmart first to see if you like it. You can check out the coupons that are available in the January issue here.
Also, don’t forget to search the stores for blinkie machines and tearpads! Most of the time, the items are not on sale at the moment, so you might want to grab a few of these coupons and hold on to them for a future sale! And if you have noticed, the coupons from the GE blinkie machines usually start with the number 9 (meaning it will not double). The same coupon from another store (like Kroger) will start with a 5 (meaning it will double). So, I make sure to grab a few extra at Kroger to use at GE!
Okay, Back to your question Can you get a cartload and pay nothing? My answer would be yes, however, I don’t think this should be the main goal. If you have been getting many Sunday papers and have a lot of computers to print from, when a freebie comes around, you can snag many. So your cartful of stuff would probably be many duplicates of a handful of items. (Ex., 12 coffee-mates, 12 toothpastes, 12 bags of rice, etc.) GE now has a rule that you can only use 12 like coupons per day so that’s why I gave an example with 12. Digital coupons don’t help much with “stocking-up” since they can only be used once. So, the FREE Fiber One Yogurt will only be FREE for the 1st one you buy.
When I first started couponing, I wanted my total to be as low as possible, so when I was getting a GREAT deal at Giant Eagle, I hated to ruin my total by throwing in something I needed or wanted that wasn’t on sale -lol. So I would get an awesome deal, but go home and wish I had a steak to cook for dinner or Giant Eagle’s delicious sugar cookies to eat . I did have one time when I got about $60 worth of groceries and paid absolutely nothing. I had a coupon for everything and also had a few catalinas that I used – so it is possible. However, most of the time you will pay at least a little. The key is to have many coupons when something does end up being FREE after coupon so you can stock up.
It still is fun to see how little out of pocket we couponers can spend at the store, but I try to look at the overall total. Last year, I tried to spend about $500 a month on all food (including eating out), toiletries and newspapers. This is for a family of 5 (kids are 10, 14 & 15). Some months I would keep better records, but for the most part I stayed around this number. I think I can get this a little lower this year but for right now this is what works for me. Before couponing I would spend at least $900 or more a month and I would get a lot less stuff. So even without going to extremes, I’m saving at least $400 a month which is about a car payment or money to spend on other items!
I guess what I am trying to say is that everybody’s savings is going to be different. As long as you are spending less than you did before using coupons and getting more stuff at the same time, then I think it’s working for you. There will also be times that you have a buggy full of great deals and spend very little and the shoppers behind you will be wondering how you did it
I have written a few posts for Beginners (or anyone ). If you would like to read them, just click on the links below:
Are you new to couponing? Here are some links to my previous posts that give some tips for beginners. I do want to point out that I do not know everything about couponing…or anything else for that matter (just ask my husband and kids, they’ll tell ya ) But, I hope that sharing what I do know will help someone! I LOVE talking about coupons & deals, so if anyone ever has a question for me or a deal to share, please email me at tammy @ ladysaving .com (remove spaces)
Cllick on picture if you would like to see it bigger!
I wanted to explain a little about Shelf Price for anyone who may not know about it or that’s confused by it!
Sometimes when Giant Eagle has a Catalina Deal, you must buy a certain number of products to get a Catalina. These are not the times I’m talking about .
Other times, you have to buy a Dollar Amount in order to get the Catalina. The participating items are usually on sale. However, in some cases, the register rings up the original price of the item and then deducts the amount needed to bring it down to the sale price. Therefore, even though you are paying the sale price, you only have to buy the dollar amount based on the regular “shelf” price.
In the ad, if the Giant Eagle rewards card is NOT shown under the sale price, it probably will NOT work on shelf price. If they GE rewards card is shown, it should work – but can’t be guaranteed.
Here’s an example for this week:
Edy’s Ice Cream 1.5qt is on Sale for 4 for $10 ($2.50 each), but you can see from under the sale price that you are saving $9.96 on 4 using your GE Advantage Card. So the regular price (Shelf Price) is $19.96 for 4 ($4.99 each) The register will more than likely ring up $4.99 and deduct $2.49 to bring it down to the sale price of $2.50.
The Catalina is: Get $4 OYNO WYB $12 of particpating products so as long as you reach $12 “Shelf Price”, the Catalina Should print.
Deal Scenario based on Sale Price & just buying the Edy’s Ice Cream:
Buy: 5 Edy’s Ice Cream 1.5qt @ $2.50 each = $12.50 Use: (2) $1/2 Coupons Pay : $10.50 & get back $4 OYNO = $6.50 ($1.30 each)
Deal Scenario using Shelf Price:
Buy: 3 Edy’s Ice Cream 1.5qt @ $2.50 each = $7.50 (Shelf Price $14.97)
Use: (1) $1/2 Coupon
Pay: $6.50 & get back $4 OYNO = $2.50 ($0.83 each!)
Just make sure that you know that this doesn’t always work and you are taking a chance doing it this way . When the Giant Eagle ad lists the amount you are saving, it more than likely will work, but if it doesn’t have the amount listed, it probably will not work!
Has anyone had good or bad luck with doing it this way? Let us know
I started writing a post a few months ago about organizing coupons and I am so glad I didn’t finish it! I use the binder method to organize my coupons and for a long time I would clip almost every single coupon and file it! The only coupons that did not make it into my binder were things that I wouldn’t buy even if they were free. This way was very time consuming. I slowly started getting behind filing my coupons when I started blogging and especially after school let out!
Saving money is very important to couponers, but we don’t want to waste time doing it! I still LOVE the binder method, just not the way I was doing it (which is why I’m glad I didn’t finish my original post ). If you are new to the Binder method, it’s simply a three ring binder with baseball card inserts which will hold coupons. You can divide it up into categories like Frozen, Pantry, Refrigerated, Cleaning, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, etc. This is the new way I organize my coupon binder which is much quicker.
Every Sunday, I arrange the inserts into a little book. Let’s say I got 4 Red Plum inserts. I take those four inserts and arrange them so that the first page of all 4 inserts are together, the second pages are all together, and so on. If there are any pages that don’t have any coupons that I would want, I simply throw those pages away. I then go thru the insert and cut any coupons that I will use even without a great sale. For example, I would clip a Tropicana OJ coupon. I try to stock up on OJ when it’s on sale and I have a coupon, but I would buy it even if it wasn’t a great price. Since my insert is organized with matching pages together, I can cut all 4 coupons at once (make sure they are lined up so you don’t cut the date off one by mistake!) I file these OJ & other coupons I plan on using, with or without a sale, in my binder. I then mark the date on the front of the insert and place it in a pocket in the front of my binder.
This is much faster than cutting and filing each coupon and they are still organized and easy to find. You are probably wondering why I would need a binder if I’m just clipping a few coupons. Along with the few insert coupons that I clip, I also put all my printed coupons, coupons from the mail, coupons found at the store(blinkies), catalinas and all my Kroger Store Coupons into my binder.
When I am making my shopping list, I simply go online to my Giant Eagle or Kroger match-ups. I “add” any item I want to the printable shopping list, print any coupons that need printed, and then print the list. Any coupons from the inserts that need clipped can be quickly found by date & type (redplum/smartsource/P&G) and clipped. If I’m going to Rite Aid or CVS, I use one of the many awesome blogs out there that cover those stores to find the deals & coupon match-ups.
I place all the coupons I intend to use into an envelope to take to the store. However, I always carry my binder with me just in case I see an unadvertised sale or decide to buy something else. This is especially important when going to Rite Aid. Many of the great deals may be out of stock and you will need coupons for other products to get your total up to $25 so you’ll be able to use one of the many $5/$25 coupons they offer.
This is what works for me. Everyone is different and you may have a different method that works great for you! Feel free to share your ideas or tips in the comment section.
To see more of my beginner tips, go here & click on the title of the post you want to read to see the full post.
You don’t have to worry when coupons come from legit sites like Coupons.com or Redplum.com. You usually can print 2 coupons per computer from these sites. However, as with any coupon, it’s illegal to make photocopies of the coupons. Companies have a limit of how many coupons they want to allow. That is why great coupons go fast! They reach their limit and are taken away.
Some companies are still using PDF coupons, like the recent Scotch sponge coupon. These coupons have no print limit and can be printed as many times as you want. I’m not sure why some companies still use this way of distributing coupons, but as long as it comes directly from the company’s website it is legit!
Do you have a monthly budget for your grocery spending?? Since January this year, mine is $500 a month for a family of 5. When I first started couponing, I didn’t keep track of the amount I was spending, I was just buying, buying, buying!
Thanks to quickbooks I was able to go back and see how much I usually spent in a month for groceries….and it was over $900 a month(many months a lot more!). That’s when I decided to set a budget and try to stick to it!! If it’s the end of the month and we need something, I still buy it even if I go over budget. I call this borrowing from next month=]
Things I include in my $500 grocery budget…
*all food & beverage items
*paper products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, tampons, pads, etc)
How my budget got completely blown in April…. The last two weeks of April I was sick & my husband had to take over much of the cooking & shopping. After Pizza Hut, Subway, and a grocery trip with just 2 coupons, we were over budget. I’m not sure how much over because I didn’t even keep track as usual! Instead of “borrowing from May” I decided just to start fresh:)
So my tips are:
*Set a budget for your household items & keep track of your spending. Everybody’s amount will be different depending on the size of your family and the area you live in.
*Don’t get sick because husbands can blow a budget – ha ha=]
Let me first say that I don’t have a great stockpile of everything yet, but it’s getting there!
My old way of shopping was to only buy what was needed at that time. If we had toothpaste, I didn’t buy another one until we were almost out. I thought I was saving money this way. But guess what? I was always paying full price. If I was lucky, I had a coupon, but probably not a sale to match it with. Now, with my big coupon binder, I always have a few pages of toothpaste, toothbrushes, & dental floss coupons, so anytime that there is a sale to pair my coupons with that makes them free or really cheap, I get as many as I can. If you are just starting your stockpile, you might pick a few up even if they are $.50 each, but once you have a few for cheap, you can wait to “really” stock up when they are free! I have probably about 15 tubes right now which to me is plenty.
Just to give you an idea, here is a list of items that you usually can get for free or really cheap that I would recommend stockpiling!
*dental floss (free)
*pads (free )
*tampons (free – very cheap)
*cereal (free to under $1)
*napkins (free to under $1)
*toilet paper (there hasn’t been any awesome deals lately)
*yogurt ($.5 -$.10 per cup. You can freeze them for smoothies)
*frozen veggies (free – never pay for these again!)
*cleaners (free lots of times – never pay full price)
*deodorant (free- $1.50)
*tubs of butter (free)
*johnson’s bath buddies soap (free )
*soup (under $.50/can)
*ziploc bags (free – less than $1)
*dish soap (free)
*shampoo/conditioner (free to $1)
*cheese (less than $1 )
*pasta (free to $.50)
*plus many more!
Okay, now for a stockpiling dilemma that you might run into…..My son loves Fishies (Goldfish-crackers) so when I was able to get them for $.17 a bag, I got 8 of them thinking that he would have fishies for about 2 months! Anyway, the dilemma is that he finished them in about a week! So in my house, it’s very hard to stockpile snack food! The more I have, the more they eat=]
So how does this Save you $$? When you buy these stockpiling items for free or really cheap, you need to get many at a time. This is where buying multiple papers comes in handy. If frozen veggies are on sale and you have one coupon that makes it free, that’s awesome to get a free bag of veggies, BUT, the next time you need veggies, more than likely, you’ll have to pay full price. If you have many coupons, you can get many bags & never pay full price again. So, if you never had to pay full price again for the items listed above, you could save a lot of money. Remember that just having a coupon doesn’t necessarily make for a great price(sometimes it does though). Most of the time you want to wait for a great sale to use your coupons.
Your grocery cart will start looking different because you won’t just be shopping for what you need that week. Here are a few pictures of Giant Eagle trips I made and posted about. Now on a weekly basis, I do get milk, bread, fruits, & vegetables, but usually at Kroger so they are not pictured in these photos.
Things that I personally don’t stockpile:
*bread (I like it fresh & don’t freeze it)
*milk (some say you can freeze it, but again, I like it fresh)
*fresh fruits & vegetables (i just buy what’s on sale)
*meat (once in a while, I will freeze meat, but I never have a stockpile…where would I put all my free frozen veggies-ha ha)
Tip: If you are new to couponing, it’ll take a month or more to build your coupon collection. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the coupons to get the current deals….it won’t be long until you are able to score lots of deals! In the meantime, get the Sunday paper(3-7 copies-depending on your family size), print coupons for items you use, & keep a lookout for coupons around the grocery store.
Good Luck! Leave me a comment if you have anything to add to this or have a question!
“Where do you get ALL those coupons?” is a question I have been asked many times! Once you start collecting coupons, you will start seeing them everywhere!(Even in your dreams-ha ha)
This is where you will get the bulk of your coupons. Coupons do vary by region. We have 2 main papers where I live and I usually get both since I never know which one will have the better coupons in them. My suggestion would be to get around 5 Newspapers each Sunday. To help determine how many papers you want, you can go online to the Sunday Coupon Preview to see the list of possible coupons. I will also have a post a few days before Sunday letting you know how many inserts to expect and what some of the HOT coupons are!
On each of these sites, you can print each coupon twice per computer! You can NOT make copies of the coupons. Once you print twice per computer, you coupon limit will be reached unless the coupon resets and you can then print it twice more. In addition to the twice per computer limit, each coupon also has a limit of the total times it can be printed. Once that limit is reached the coupon will be removed. So if there is a great coupon, you might want to print it while you can! Usually at the beginning of the month is when many coupons are removed or reset. Here is an important tip! You do NOT have to print in color! To save on ink, print in black ink only! Also, to save on paper, use the back of your child’s schoolwork or other papers- they can even be colored papers.
PDF internet coupons
Some coupons will be in PDF form like the recent Scotch-Brite Coupon. PDF coupons have no print limit per computer! However, most legitimate coupons are not in PDF form. This one was legit since it came off of the manufacturer’s website, but be skeptical if the coupon looks too good to be true! Many department store coupons will be in PDF format as well.
These sites do require you to sign-up before printing. Also, it’s best to check the manufacturers’ websites from your favorite products to see if they offer any coupons.
At the Store
Keep an eye out for any coupons that may be at the store. Remember, you don’t have to buy the product that day, but you may want to grab a coupon(or a few) and wait for a sale.
Blinkies- this is the little machine that spits out one coupon at a time
Hang Tags- a pad of coupons that you can rip off a few
Peelies- these are found on the actual product- I have to admit, I feel a little weird about taking these unless I’m using them that day.
In the Mail
Many stores will send “store” coupons thru the mail. Also, when you sign-up to get FREE samples sent to you, the sample usually comes with a coupon!
Don’t forget to check inside product packages(especially brownie & muffin mixes). Many times there will be coupons located on the box or package so before tossing it into the garbage, look for coupons!
Okay, Now that you getting LOTS of coupons, you are probably wondering WHAT to do with them & HOW to organize them. Check Back for my next BEGINNER TIPS post where I will explain:)
I wanted to help explain to any beginners how catalinas work and how you can actually get items for free and make a little money as well.
This week in my Giant Eagle Post is this deal on Cinnamon Rolls:
Pillsbury Grands! Jr. golden Biscuits or Grands Biscuits or Cinnamon Rolls = 6 for $6! plus get $4 OYNO wyb 6
Use $.75/2 Grands Sweet Rolls printable
Buy 6 Grands Cinnamon Rolls = $6
Use (3) $.75/2 = pay $1.50 & get $4 OYNO!!! ***wohoo***money maker!
Basically Giant Eagle is having a sale on cinnamon rolls for $1 each & if you buy 6 in one order, the cash register will print out a coupon(this is called a catalina) for $4 on your next shopping order. The $4 can be used just like cash so it’s like you are only paying $2 for all 6 cinnamon rolls.
Now comes the fun part=] You can use coupons on those 6 cinnomon rolls and still get the $4 catalina. Right now there are $.75/2 printable coupons which will double at Giant Eagle. Since you are buying 6 cinnamon rolls, you can use 3 of the $.75/2 coupons = $4.50 off. Therefore, you will only pay $1.50 for those 6 rolls and after your transaction is done, you will get the catalina for $4 on your next order(OYNO).
Woohoo! You now have 6 Cinnamon rolls and you made $2.50 (the $4 coupon minus the $1.50 you paid)
**You must buy all 6 in one transaction & use your Giant Eagle card to get the Catalina**
**Buying 12 in one transaction will NOT get you 2 catalinas!**
**You can “roll” this deal, meaning, you can buy 6 rolls in your 1st transaction & get your $4 coupon. You can then do another transaction and buy 6 more cinnamon rolls and use your $4 coupon from your first transaction(you will have to add other food so your total is at least $4)and you will get another catalina worth $4!**
**If the shelves are cleared, remember to get a raincheck! The Customer Service is GREAT at Giant Eagle. When you get a raincheck for the cinnamon roll price, you are guaranteed to only pay $1 each, but if the catalina deal is no longer running you will not get the $4 OYNO. However, during the last deal, the lady at customer service signed her name on my giant eagle ad where it stated about the catalina deal and told me if I buy them and do not get a catalina to come to the service desk and she would give me $4 out of the cash register, so make sure to talk to the customer service and ask them about this**
For anyone new to couponing, it can be confusing with all the acronyms out there! Here are some of the most common acronyms you may see!
BOGO – Buy One Get One (free)
BOGO 1/2 off – Buy One Get One half off
OYNO -On Your Next Order(a catalina coupon that prints that you will save a certain amount on your next order)
WYB- When You Buy(sometimes you get a discount for buying a certain number. example: Save $1 wyb 2)
RP – Red Plum is a coupon insert you find in the Sunday Paper or online.
SS – Smart Source is also a coupon insert in the Sunday Paper or online
CAT – Catalina is the coupon that prints at the cash register. You can get catalinas buy purchasing certain things.
DND – Do Not Double. Many coupons have this, however, if your store normally doubles then it should still double as long as the bar-code number starts with a 5. If it starts with a 9 then it will NOT double.
IP – Internet Printable Coupon
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary – basically this means each store may be different or run different sales so it depends where you are shopping.
EXP - expires
MFR – Manufacturer Coupon
$2/1 from 3/21 SS or $2/1 from 3/21 RP -when matching up coupons, this tell you the amount of the coupon($2/1), where the coupon was found(Smartsource or RedPlum), and which paper it was in (3-21). If a coupon is printable, it will be highlighted so you can click to print.