Last week my grocery deal was getting 6 boxes of ziplocks for $1.52 and at the check out I received a total of $5.50 in catalinas towards my next shopping trip at that grocery store.
Today I purchased everything in this picture for nothing. Yep nothing. In fact,I got paid to take this food off their hands.
I did not know that I was going to get these items for free when I entered the store. I knew I had some good coupons to use though. Here is how this all came to be. I shopped at Hy-Vee today. Fareway grocery store in town had an in store coupon for $4.00 off your purchase of 8 General Mills products. Hy-Vee had Cheerios (8.9 oz box) on sale for 3 for $5.00 The peanut butter was on sale for 99 cents each, the tuna was on sale for 39 cents each and the colgate toothpaste was on sale for 88 cents each.
I had four $1.00 off two boxes of Cheerios. When I went to checkout I handed the checker the Fareway instore coupon for $4.00 off of those 8 boxes of Cheerios. However, it turned out that Hy-Vee also matched this on the receipt. So I got $4.00 off using the Fareway coupon, another $4.00 was matched by Hy-Vee and then another $4.00 off from the manufacturer's coupons. This made these 8 boxes of Cheerios at that point only $1.34 or 17 cents per box.
The two jars of peanut butter came to $1.98. The two cans of tuna were 39 cents per can . Colgate toothpaste was on sale for 88 cents and I had two coupons for 75 cents off each pkg. I paid 26 cents for the toothpaste. The bill was $4.96. I used my $5.50 catalinas to pay for the purchase. They gave me 54 cents in change.
But as I was leaving the store, I reviewed my receipt and saw that I was charged 69 cents per can for the tuna. I took my receipt to the customer service counter and they refunded me the full amount they had charged me $1.38.
I got paid to go shopping today. I doubt this will happen again for a very, very long time - if ever. These deals are extremely rare in our area.