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All Aboard the Savings Train!

All Aboard the Savings Train Christa Clips Save-at-Home-Mom

Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom started out on a savings train this week by spending $18 on specially marked boxes of Mini Wheats and has already redeemed $14 worth of coupons and will save on her groceries for months to come!

This past week I found an amazing deal in a grocery store, the good old fashioned way; no apps, printed coupons, or digital flyers. I’d been out late (rare!) and stopped into a 24 hour Sobey’s on the way home. There really wasn’t anything in the flyer that stood out as big savings, but I always enjoy visiting out-of-town stores for new products, tear pad coupons, and specially marked packaging. The latter turned out to be a gold mine of savings!

The deal:

Mini Wheats were on sale for $2.99 at Sobey’s (their flyer changes over on Thursdays). On it’s own this isn’t a crazy deal – they often go on sale for this price or even lower. I quickly put 6 boxes into my cart, though, because of ….

I'll have to stack these cereal boxes on their sides not that they're missing part of the back panel after clipping the coupons. A small sacrifice to make for the overall savings on our grocery bill.

I’ll have to stack these cereal boxes on their sides not that they’re missing part of the back panel after clipping the coupons. A small sacrifice to make for the overall savings on our grocery bill.

The coupons on the back:

  • $2 OFF Mini Wheats (430-510g box)
  • $1 OFF any fresh berries
  • $1 OFF any almond or soy beverage, any brand, any size
  • $1 OFF any almonds

All of the coupons are good through April 15, 2014 and there are no restrictions about using more than 1 coupon in a transaction (as long as you have one product per coupon). We buy at least 1 carton of strawberries per week and I’m almost positive that we’ll score some FREE Almond Breeze with these $1 OFF coupons combined with a cash back rebate through Checkout51 or SnapSaves. I’m hoping to combine the $1 OFF almond coupons with the $3 OFF when you spend $10 at the Bulk Barn coupons that we get in the weekly flyer – I’ll keep you posted if it works!

All aboard the Savings Train:

I clipped the coupons from the boxes and walked over to our local Walmart the next day. Lo and behold, they had the specially marked boxes as well, but regular priced at $4. No worries! Walmart price-matches any competitor’s flyer. I redeemed 6x$2 Mini Wheats and 2x$1 strawberries coupons and recouped $14 from my original $18 purchase!

 

if you only pay full price for the first product in your savings train, you can save even more money

Add coupons to price-matched sale prices for 2 layers of savings.

Add coupons to price-matched sale prices for 2 layers of savings.

By redeeming my coupons on more specially marked boxes, I now have another 6 sets of coupons! With any luck, by the time we’re ready to buy more Mini Wheats in the spring, I’ll be able to redeem them for a fresh batch of specially marked boxes with a new offer! These savings trains can go on for many months and help make a dent in our grocery bill – part of my Save-at-Home-Mom savings strategy. We see specially marked package coupons in almost every department at the grocery store and if you have the time to buy the products one at a time and only pay full price for the first product in your savings train, you can save even more money. 

 

A few things to keep in mind when purchasing specially marked packages:

There ARE fresh fruit coupons from time to time! My savings mantra is "bit by bit, it all adds up!"

There ARE fresh fruit coupons from time to time! My savings mantra is “bit by bit, it all adds up!”

  • check the expiry date of the coupons being offered: it’s almost always printed somewhere on the exterior of the box
  • check the expiry date of the product: no sense stocking up if you can’t get use or donate the items before they expire
  • take note whenever you see specially marked packages in a store that price-matches and then check all store flyers
  • check the coupon restrictions for “one per transaction” – that might be a game changer if you need to limit yourself to one redemption per visit

This week’s discovery while window shopping at Sobey’s reminded me that no matter how slick our savings system becomes with the flyer apps, online coupons, and cash back rebates, there’s still a place in the world for those who like to stroll the aisles and keep a good pair of scissors in their purse!