I had to make a quick trip into the grocery store today because we were low on milk (we must be drinking more than normal...not a bad thing, really) and the kids needed some more yogurt. I always check the markdown areas to see if there are any good deals to snag. To my delight (but not to my weekly budget's delight) I feel like I hit the jackpot. Besides my 3 gallons of milk, here's what I found...
Yep, ALL of this was marked down!
It's a little tough to see the markdown stickers so here's the easy rundown...
Downy - the big 78 (purple) and 90 (blue) load bottles! marked down to $3.59 each - $1 off coupon = $2.59.
Yogurt - 1.09 for the Dananino and 1.39 for the YoBaby (no coupons for either of those but my kids like them and that's still a good price)Shredded Cheese - the big 1 lb bags for 2.69 each and a $1/2 coupon = 2.19 each
String Cheese - 2.69 - $1 coupon = 1.69
Aveno baby wash - 1.49 - $1 coupon = .49 each
J&J and soap - $1.29 - a $1.50 catalina they adjusted down for me = FREE
Orajel - $1.39 (no coupon but a great price)
If all of this was purchased at regular price it would have cost $79.90...plus 3 gallons of milk for a grand total of $88.97.
My cost for everything (inlcuding the milk) was $23.94!! That included $10.79 in coupon savings and .30 in King Soopers savings, from the milk.
A note regarding coupons and markdown items - One of the managers was up front when I checked out and made a comment regarding not "normally" accepting coupons on markdown items. I have heard that in the past but, 95% of the time, my cashier doesn't bat an eye over running them through. So this is an instance that will vary by store, by the cashier and by the manager on duty. It's up to you to try using them...I figure it's always worth a shot! All they can do is tell you no and then you can decide if you still want to buy the item or not.
DON'T SHY away from the markdown areas! As long as you pay attention to the expiration dates, and the quality of the packaging, you will be just fine...and pleasantly surprised at the great deals you can find!
Love and madness,