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Meijer Shopping Trip: Spent $12.08 Saved $86.29

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 2, 2010 · 21 comments


I headed to Meijer this afternoon to take advantage of the Kraft Cheese deal and picked up some other bargains while I was there. I went through the U-scan to get the Kraft Cheese, and it worked perfectly! I didn't even need a cashier to come over to approve the $5 off coupon.

Here's what I scored with coupons:

  • 20 Assorted Kraft Chunk Cheese -- used (4) $5/5 Kraft Product coupons in 2 transactions, $0.16 ea.
  • 3 loaves Arnold Wheat Bread -- used (3) $1 off coupons, $0.89 ea.
  • 4 Ball Park Franks -- used (4) $2/1 Ball Park coupons (no longer avail.), $0.50 ea.
  • 4 packets Simply Asia Seasoning -- used $0.50/1 Simply Asia coupon, FREE.
  • 2 packages Earthbound Farm Organic Lettuce -- used (2) $0.75/1 Earthbound coupons, $1 ea.

Some nice markdowns I found:

  • Meijer Vienna Bread, was$1.89, now $1.13
  • Rostello Roasted Chicken Breast, was $2.99, paid$2.39
  • Meijer Northern Beans, was $2.69, now $1.34
  • Meijer Garden Frenzy (squash, peas, carrots, broccoli, etc. medley), was $5.20, now $3.12

Additional produce:

All together I spent $12.08 plus tax after coupons and Catalinas, a savings of $86.29! It's pretty amazing to think that a non-coupon user might walk into the same store and pay $98.37 for those very same items.

Check out the Meijer deals for this week for more savings!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vanessa September 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Can you freeze cheese?

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2 Emily September 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

You can freeze shredded cheese. I do it all the time. Blocks of cheese can get crumbly when you thaw them out, but if you don't mind that, they can also be frozen.

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3 Nikki September 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Yes you can freeze cheese. Block cheese freezes best.

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4 Donni September 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

@Vanessa You can freeze cheese. Shredded cheese freezes much better than chunk (I think). I have also frozen Kraft singles and it comes out pretty well.

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5 Ang B F September 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

This was a great shopping trip! You can freeze cheese (like on frozen lasagna), but if you look at the expiration dates...a lot of times cheese keeps for a LONG time.

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6 Amy September 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Way to Go! Great shopping trip!

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7 Sam September 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

WOW! You truly inspired me to clip those coupons!

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8 Natasha September 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

So I was wondering when you did the cheese did you get the $5 catalina to print? I went tonight and got the cheese and spent the $15 on Kraft before the coupons of course but the catalina didnt print and they said I couldnt get it!

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9 Tara Kuczykowski September 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

It did print automatically, Natasha. I'd just show them the offer in the ad -- it clearly states that you should receive it when you buy $15 or more.

Yep, I plan on freezing most of the cheese for future use. I was a little disappointed that they were out of mozzarella blocks, but I may pull out my old laptop to print a couple more coupons and try again this weekend.

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10 Natasha September 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Ok just seeing what you thought because i went to customer service and they said since i used a coupon i couldnt get the catalina. I said that is not how it normally works. I guess i will have to call or go back in there.

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11 Natasha September 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

does the Kraft deal include shredded cheese?

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12 jenna September 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

No the Kraft deal only includes the blocks, if you buy the shredded the CAT will not print!

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13 Tara Kuczykowski September 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Jenna's right -- the coupon is valid on the shredded cheese, but the Catalina offer is not.

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14 Narmin September 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Good job! I dont have Meijer near me. :(

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15 Natasha September 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Thank you! That was the problem, I bought shredded! oh well I got 10 different cheeses for like 4 bucks!

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16 Emmy September 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I'm curious if this same idea will work for the Kraft dressing. The item is 3/$5 with the $5 catalina (not to be confused with the type of dressing, haha) and there was a manufacturer's coupon for $.55 which would be doubled. So if my thinking is correct, I could get 9 bottles of dressing for $.10 total. ??? Maybe I'll see if I can track down 9 of the coupons and give it a try.

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17 Tara Kuczykowski September 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I don't think it will work, Emmy, because Meijer's policy is to only double the first two like coupons. Any further like coupons in a single transaction are redeemed at face value. :(

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18 Emmy September 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Ahhh. Thanks Tara! I'm still new to all this....it takes a while to learn all the details!

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19 Marcy September 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Two questions:

What Meijer are you going to that doubles coupons? Mine said they are no longer doubling.

Where can I find those Earthbound Farm coupons?

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20 Tara Kuczykowski September 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Marcy, I live in the Columbus, OH area, and just about all of the stores around here double up to $0.99. I know that not all Meijers double coupons though. :(

The Earthbound Farm coupons were part of a recipe booklet that I received as part of a large package of organic coupons. It looks like something to company might send out to registered users, so I'd recommend registering on their site and/or contacting them to see if they have coupons to mail out.

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21 larissa February 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

Oh I love this!

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