My Tops Experience!

Any Penny Pincher who closely follows the page knows that I LOVE Price Chopper!  I am a fan of the great sales they have and the coupons they offer for produce and meat departments. 

However, any successful Penny Pincher also knows they have to follow the sales of all stores in order to score the best deals.  I have been hearing a lot of great things about Tops Supermarkets that got my curiosity hungry! 

Sunday’s paper secured the deal with the Tops ad.   Buy a big package of boneless chicken and get NINE items for FREE!  Click here for that deal’s details. 

So off to Pulaski I went.  I posted on Facebook how giddy I was to be branching out and trying out new things.  A friend commented that she thought Tops was expensive.  My opinion on that?  Groceries are expensive across the board.  Especially when you try to integrate as much fresh produce as possible into your diet and eliminate processed foods.  That is why you must sale shop and the most successful couponers/ penny pinchers store hop and don’t do one-stop-shopping. 

My overall opinion of Tops was favorable.  I was quite impressed that they give you FOUR coupon doublers when they offer them and that the in-store ad’s have the doublers included (Price Chopper’s do not).  The store was clean and had a smooth flow to the set up.  The produce had a good selection of ripe fruit.  Far too often at Price Chopper and Big M both have I found fruit with mold on it.  I did not have that problem at Tops.  For those who avoid Gluten there was a decent selection of Gluten Free foods available. 

I was in a hurry and very unprepared for this week’s shopping trip.  I went in armed with only 8 coupons (4 doublers) and ended up still saving over $ 80 on my grocery bill.  I will be returning to Tops in Pulaski and eagerly await the opening in Adams.  Make sure you sign up for your Tops store card to score the best deals!  It is similar to the AdvantEdge card at Price Chopper. 

(P.S. Did you know that Price Chopper will honor the Tops coupon doublers?  Click here to print off your doublers!)

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Price Chopper Coupon Match-ups for Week Starting 2/10/13

For all the new Penny Pinchers, each week I will focus on coupon match ups using the coupons available that week in the Watertown Daily Times.  The reason I do this is that when I first started following the sites it was difficult to follow their coupon match-ups as I had just begun and didn’t have the past six weeks of coupons at hand. 

Abbreviations: SS (SmartSource coupon insert) & RP (Red Plum coupon insert)

  • Oreo’s 2/ $5:  Buy 2 @ $5 – $1 off 2 SS coupon = 2/$ 4.00 or $ 2.00 each
  • Arm & Hammer 125oz Laundry Detergent $ 5.99: Buy 2 @ $ 11.98 – $ 1.00 off Any 2 Arm & Hammer Laundry SS coupon = 2/$ 10.98 or $ 5.49 each
  • Sorrento Mozzarella Cheese 16 oz or 32 oz Ricotta Cheese $ 3.99 – $ 1.00 off any 1 SS coupon = $ 2.99 each
  • Smart Balance Spreadable Butter 2/$4: Buy 1 @ $2.00- $ 1.00 off 1 SS coupon= $ 1.00 each!!!! (This is stock up price…worth grabbing a few newspapers for!!)
  • Beneful Baked Delights Dog Snacks 2/$7: Buy 1 @ $3.50 – $1 off 1 SS coupon = $ 2.50 each

Lots of Price Chopper store coupons in this week’s ad!  Remember the ad you get in the paper will sometimes have coupons that the ads in the store won’t have!  Also there is a special page of coupons in tomorrow’s paper including a coupon for Buy 1 Pantene shampoo or conditioner, get another FREE!  Price Chopper is having a sale on Pantene 3/$10…if you have 3 of these coupons that you means you could get 6 bottles of Pantene shampoo and/or conditioner for $ 10.00 or $ 1.67 each!  This is where asking family & friends who don’t coupon for their coupons out of their Sunday paper comes in handy!!

Also if you shop Price Chopper, don’t forget to hit the iSave machine as you first enter the store!  Use your AdvantEdge card to score extra coupons, many times I get coupons good off of store brand goods!

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$ 3.00 Superbowl Dish to Pass!!

Invited to a Superbowl party and need to make a dish to pass?  Looking for something cheap, quick but yummy?  Price Chopper to the rescue!

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$1 Salsa + $ 1 Cream Cheese (softened) = $ 2 Dip

$ 2 Dip + $ 1 Chip = $ 3 Super Yummy Dish!!

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Kick-off on Superbowl Food Deals!!

I love the Superbowl for two reasons:  The commercials and the food!!  Some sweet deals this week include:

Target: 

  • DiGiorno Pizza 2 for $ 9.00
  • Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza get a FREE 2-Liter Soda
  • Use RedPlum coupon for Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza, Get (1) FREE
  • (3) Digiorno Pizza & a 2-Liter of Soda for $ 9.00!!
  • Use your Red Credit or Debit Card for another 5% off!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) Jars of Ragu Pasta Sauce @ $ 1.19 each = $ 3.57
  • Use RedPlum coupon for $ 1.25 off 3 = $ 2.32 or $. 78 each
  • Buy 2 boxes of Barilla pasta @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) cans of Old El Paso refried beans @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) boxes of Old El Paso taco shells @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off four Old El Paso = $ 3.76 or $ .94 per item
  • Buy (1) jar Pace Salsa @ $ 2.35
  • Get $ 5.00 Target Gift Card for buying (10) easy-meal ingredients
  • Total cost after gift card for all 10 items= $ 3.43 or $. 35 per item!!
  • Use items to make tacos & baked ziti for game day!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) 90 ct Totino’s pizza rolls @ $ 6.59 each = $ 19.77
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off (2) Totino’s Pizza Rolls = $ 18.77
  • Get a $ 5.00 Target Gift Card when you buy three frozen snacks
  • Total cost after gift card $ 13.77 or $ 4.93 each!!

All coupon mentioned are available in today’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!

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Price Chopper Coupon Matchup: week of 1/27/13

I am really excited about the sales this week!!  Here are the Price Chopper coupon matchups with the SmartSource (SS) coupon insert that will be in this Sunday’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!  Remember, if you have been couponing you might find some great deals with coupons for previous weeks but I focus on that week’s coupon insert with that week’s deals!!

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  • Eggland’s Best Large White Eggs $ 1.99/ Dozen: Buy 2 @ $ 3.98 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.98 or $ 1.49 per dozen
  • Wheat Thins or Triscuits 2/ $ 4.00: Buy 3 @ $ 6.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 5.00 or $ 1.67 each (Great for Superbowl Party Dips!!)
  • Furmano’s Crushed or Whole Tomatoes 10/$10: Buy 3 @ $ 3.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 2.00 or $.67 each!!!
  • Heluva Good Dips 2/$4.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 3.00 or $ 1.50 each
  • New York Garlic Bread BOGO Free: Buy 2 @ $ 3.49 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.49 or $ 1.25 each!!!
  • Planters Cocktail Peanuts $ 2.99: Buy 1 @ $ 2.99 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off one = $ 1.99
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars 2/$6.00: Buy 3 @ $ 9.00 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 8.00 or $ 2.67 each

Some great sales without coupons to consider while meal planning:

  • Avocados 5/$ 5.00 this week ( I was super excited to see this!!)
  • Shady Brook Farms Lean Ground Turkey (2) 1.3 lb packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Sweet Blackberries (2) 6 oz packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Santa Sweet Grape Tomatoes 2/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Fresh Baby Cut Carrots 5/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Pizza White or WHEAT Pizza Dough- Buy 1 Get TWO FREE!!! (I love the wheat dough!!)
  • Ronzoni Pasta 10/ $10.00
  • V8 Splash $ 2.00
  • Danon Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack 2/$ 4.00
  • Sundown Vitamins BOGO FREE
  • Kraft Salad Dressing 3/$5.00

FREE Lasagna At Price CHopper!!

Now thru February 3rd, purchase (1) Price Chopper Pasta Sauce, (1) Price Chopper Ricotta Cheese and (1) Price Chopper Mozzarella Cheese and get FREE Price Chopper Lasagna Noodles!!  Click here to get your coupon!!

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**Must have Price Chopper AdvantEdge card…it’s FREE to get one!!**

Facebook Exclusive Coupons

Here is a list of available coupons available on Facebook pages!! 

Big M Deals- 1/20/13–1/26/13

I do love Price Chopper, but I love good deals even more.  And some weeks the sales are better elsewhere.  Like this week.  So I think I am doing my grocery shopping at the Big M this week.  These sales are good at the Big M’s located in Adams, Alexandria Bay, Sandy Creek and Watertown. 

  • Pizza Dough (in bakery department) $ .99 (I like to buy several of these to freeze)
  • Kretschmar Provolone Cheese (deli)  $ 4.99/lb
  • Jennie-O Turkey Breast $ 3.99/lb
  • Ronzoni Pasta Buy One, Get One FREE
  • 1.3 lb Shady Brook Farms 93% Lean Ground Turkey Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Dole Premium Classic Salads Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Pint of Blueberries Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Boneless Top Round Roast Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Boneless Center Cut Pork Roast Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Triple M Boneless Budaball Half Ham Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Cabot Chunk Cheese 2/ $ 4.00
  • All Laundry Detergent $ 3.99

Coupon Matchups

  • Tyson Any’tizers $ 6.99 – $ 1.00 off one SS coupon = $ 5.99
  • Dannon Greek Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack 2/ $ 7.00 – TWO $ 1.00 off one SS coupons = 2/ $ 5.00 or $ 2.50 each (either buy two newspapers or ask friends/family for their coupon)
  • Hormel Pepperoni 2/$ 7.00 – $ 1.00 off two SS coupon = 2/ $ 6.00 or $ 3.00 each

Big M In-Ad Coupon

  • Get One 5lb Bag of Fresh Grapefruit FREE when you buy TWO bottles of Ocean Spray 64 oz Grapefruit Juice