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Drowning in Cheerios!


Stop and Shop had a pretty good deal this week - certain GM cereals (Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs Combos, and Lucky Charms) were 4 for $6...that works out to $1.50 a box, slightly less than what I pay for the Price Rite brand of Cheerio knockoffs. Already a great deal, right?

It got better.

ALL of the GM cereals are on a "$4 off when you buy 4" promo. Not really a great sale, considering that most of the cereals are $3.50 to $4 each. BUT.....I stopped at Couponmom.com and hit up the Grocery Coupon Database. This is a handy tool if you find an item on sale but can't remember whether there was a coupon for it, as it allows you to search with keywords (Cheerios, cereal, General Mills, whatever..) and will show you ALL coupons that have not yet expired, what circular they appeared in, and any online coupons for the same item.

I plugged in "General Mills', and was given a gift....SEVEN GM coupons. All for $1 off. Four of them were for the "specialty" cereals (Total, Fiber One, flavored Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs). Two were $1 off any two cereals. One was $1 off any three ( I saved this one for another time).

Soooo....in two trips to S&S I picked up EIGHT boxes of cereal for $12.

It panned out like this:

First trip: One box each of Cocoa Puffs Combos, Total Cranberry, Fiber One Caramel Delight, and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. $4 taken off at the register, plus $4 in mfr coupons. Spent $8

Second trip: Four boxes Cheerios. Sale price of $6 for all, used TWO $1 off 2 boxes coupons. Spent $4

I didn't capitalize on this because my DS was getting ancy in the cart so I just dealt with it at the register. BUT....at least in my area, Stop and Shop has NOT entered the $4 off 4 boxes promo into their register system. So it rings in wrong. If you do what I did and bring it to the attention of the cashier on the spot, they will enter a manual coupon and send you on your way. IF YOU WAIT TILL YOUR TRANSACTION IS DONE and bring it to the customer service desk, they are supposed to credit you one box of cereal free PLUS the 4 bucks off because it's their mistake.

I still got 8 boxes for $1.50 each so I'm not complaining...but how sweet it would have been to get a freebie too!

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1 comment:

Nina said...

What a great deal. I am not familiar with the store you reference so their must not be one in my area. Right now I feel like cereal is costing an arm and a leg. My son loves Lucky Charms and they are running about $6. for the large box and I rarely see a sale any more. I will try your coupon search suggestion. It might come in handy. I wrote a post about clipless coupons that go on your shopping cards in one of my previous posts. It might be worth checking out. http://kidapproved.blogspot.com/2008/08/no-more-clipping-coupons.html