Retail Value: $70.57 (probably even higher-but not all the sale items had their regular prices listed, i.e. apples on sale for 88 cents....usually like $1.69/pound)
Actually Paid: $15.80
As you can see there are quite a few groceries in that picture above. Including 7 boxes of cereal! This is a great week to hit some super deals at the Acme. If you spend $25 in General Mills products you get a $10 certificate to be used on your next order. Which if you plan it out right, ring up your stuff in two different orders, so you don't forget to use your $10. I was able to get a couple other things that I needed that were on sale and I had additional coupons for. Also, almost every single item in the GM deal has a coupon from the Sunday paper and Coupons.com...or both! I was able to double up a lot of the coupons. I had a coupon for everything I bought that was a General Mills product. The Acme actually owes me $2 more because they had another Catalina deal where you buy four Pillsbury items and get $2 back, but for some reason it didn't print out for me.
I must admit it wasn't the smoothest shopping trip, even though I did my homework, had a list, coupons organized, and a ball park figure out what everything should cost. It was a busy Saturday afternoon. Note to self-don't go shopping when you are trying to get the best bang for your buck during one of the busiest shopping times. They were out of a certain size of cereal, but thankfully the manager gave me three boxes of another size at the sale price plus a rain check for another visit to get the sale price again. I had accidently picked up two items that weren't on sale because they were the wrong size, so I had to leave the register with my screaming son, and two more customers behind me waiting, and get the right size items. The $10 certificate didn't print out so I had to go to customer service to take care of that. And I was overcharged for the bag of veggies, but thankfully the girl at the customer service desk gave them to me for free! So even though there were some bumps in the road, the customer service was good, and I was a very happy customer because I made out very, very well!
Check your circular and look over your coupons and you'll be amazed how you can save this week. Remember the $25 you have to spend is before coupons....once my coupons were calculated it was only like $14 out of my pocket, but I was still eligible for the $10 back!