my great, but of course, crazy, deals

Jun 17, 2009

Yesterday I was in Idaho Falls running errands – going to “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything,” the park, the fabric store for the girls to buy some fabric for new capris and skirts (.99 fat quarters!), and FastSigns to pick up The Celebration of Liberty banners (they look fabulous!). We had already had a very long day when at about 6:00 p.m. I looked in my friend Kat’s van. It was full of Ragu Spaghetti sauce – like hundreds of jars full – amazing! She quickly informed me about a sale at Albertson’s, a coupon on a spanish website, and an extra $10 coupon you get when you buy $25 of approved items. Exhausted but determined to get a great deal, I returned home to start printing coupons. I called Amy and she wanted in on the deal as well. By 10 p.m. we were ready. I had been printing and cutting over a hundred coupons for 3 1/2 hours. I called all the Albertson’s to find out which stores had Ragu left (only Rexburg and 17th Street) and my friend Amy and I set out on our quest. We did 10 separate transactions of 16 jars + 1 additional item (cheerios, brownie mix and best of all, Breyer’s All Natural Mint Ice Cream) …in order to get the $10 coupon for every $25 purchase…and spent between $8.50 and $10.00 on each one. It took a long, long time. Our fabulous checker typed in all the coupons, rang up the outrageous amount of goods, and talked with us even though it was closing in on midnight. She ripped a huge hole in her pants while she rang us up and had to wrap a rain coat around her waist to cover it up…and still she laughed! Amy bought 64 jars and I took 98 – woohoo, we haven’t had spaghetti sauce for a long time. I like to make it from scratch, but right now I am out of tomato sauce AND tomato paste and it is a long time till canning season. I hope we are stocked for at least 2 years! Here is a picture of my loot:

$.50 Pasta Sauce

I got home around 1 a.m. tickled pink at my great couponing and thrilled that Richard was waiting up for me to bring everything in…yes, he is amazing and needs to be cloned. As a reward for all our hard work, Richard and I ate the whole container of Breyer’s…yummmm.

Keziah went out this morning and took pictures of all her animals. Here are some of them:



Laying Hens

Keziah and Shine

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  1. Tasha

    So, how much did you end up spending on each jar of spaghetti sauce?

    • tracy

      Less than, but right around .50 cents.

      $25 – $10 coupon – $8 in coupons = $7.00 + whatever the extra item was, usually $1.25 – $1.45. But the Breyer’s was $3.00.

  2. jessica

    man, I miss out on all the great deals! Boo hoo!

    • tracy

      Sorry Jess! I should have called you too!

  3. jessica

    Oh, no that’s okay — I was just bemoaning my lack of deal finding ability! But call me next time you find one, hee!

    • tracy

      Did you get my email about the pasta?????? Super good deal there!

  4. jessica

    I did, but Eric vetoed it for now… but he wants in the next time you do it — funds are being used for the basement project. But please do it again soon, he wants like 1000 lbs all to himself, huge pasta eater!! (Went to Italy on his mission :))