Does going to multiple stores really save you money?

Angela asked some great questions that I thought would be worth answering in their own separate post:

Amie, do you really go to multiple stores every week? Those are great deals, but I just find it hard to venture out to too many stores.

Only you can be judge of what is “worth it”. One way I make running to a few different stores  (I rarely go to more then three) a week is by taking one evening a week and doing it in one hour when I  have no kiddos. Some weeks I decide the sale is just not worth it. For example, the free juice at target is  not worth it this week because I am not going to be near a store and I can’t justify a 30 minute drive for free juice, but sometimes it is worth it.

Case in point. I just ran up to QFC and by combining e-coupons and sales walked out of the store paying $5.47 for:

4 boxes frozen veggies

Ketchup

4 goldfish bags

A reusable tote bag

A box of popcorn

That to me was worth the 45 minute run (with kids). But it might not be worth it to you, and that’s ok. You want to save with the time you have and don’t stress out that at times your time is more valuable then the bargain 🙂

Also, have you checked to see if QFC or Fred Meyer’s run the same ad’s or specials as Krogers? They are both owned by Krogers.

In answer to the second part of your question Angela, QFC and Fred Meyer sometimes run the same bargains as Kroger but not always. They were bought by Kroger’s but don’t always have to run the exact same ads.

Fred Meyers  does not offer e-coupons. Hope this helps!

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QFC 1/21/09

UPDATE 1/28–THIS DEAL IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

There are some great deals at QFC this week. When you buy 10 of any participating item you get $5 cash back. This puts many items at below $1. It is the place to be!

Before you go be sure and load up your card with e-coupons from cellfire.com, shortcuts.com, and sign up for e-coupons with your upromise account to help pay down student loans.  Not sure how E-coupons work check out this post for more details.

Here are some of the coupon pairs that can get you a great deal that I see buy at least 10 of the items below (mix and match if you want to get the good deal).

Chex Mix bags 7.5-8oz (buy 1) $2

Cellfire E-coupon .60/1

save when buy 10: .5/1

Total after rebates: .90/bag

Green Giant Valley Steamers (buy 4) $1.5

Cellfire E-coupon: $1/2

Shortcuts .50/1

Shortcuts .50/2

Printable Coupon from  here (hit back and print twice) .50/1

Total after coupons and promo: $1  for 4  (or .25 cents each)!!!

Franks Hot Sauce $1.5

Coupon from Sunday Paper .50/1

Total after coupons and promo: $ .50

Daisy Sour Cream $2

Coupon from a Sunday Paper .50/1

Total after coupons and promo: $1.00

Coffee Mate Creamers:  32 oz $3.00

Printable coupon here: $1.50/1 (try hitting the back button to get 2)

Total after coupons and promo: $1.00

Orvilel Redenbacher’s Pop Corn (3-4 packs) $2.00

Click here and sign up to be eligible for $1/1 (hit the back button to get two)

Total price after coupons and rebate: $.50 cents!

Heinz Ketchup (32-36 oz) $2

Internet printable here: $1/1

Total price after coupons and rebate: $.50 cents!


There are lots of other great deals I’m sure let me know what you can come up with!

Don’t forget to bring in 10 plastic bags for a free re-usable tote this week (with in-ad coupon)