Walmart Food Haul Vlog

From now through 11/22 Walmart is participating in a in-store food drive.  Local stores have placed collection bins at the front of the store where you can leave your donation of non-perishable food items.  Donations are supporting local food banks.

Walmart challenged me to see how much food I could get with $50.  Of course I was thrilled to take them up on it.  Here is a list of the items they need the most: Canned tuna, Canned chicken, Canned beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney, etc.), Canned nuts, Canned/boxed soup/stew, Canned vegetables, Canned fruits in lite syrup, 100% juice boxes & cans, Canned milk, Evaporated milk, Canned sauce & noodles, Peanut butter & jam and Mayo.

Last night I went shopping.  I got my coupons ready (and they were a LOT).  I also took sales circulars I wanted to have price matched and with my husband as my camera guy I made this video to show you how much food I was able to get:

Please stop by Walmart and make your own contribution to the local food bank. there are a LOT of sales on canned items going on now, so you can stretch your dollar a lot.

Updated to add the match of how much I saved:

Here’s some rough math:

Saved $8 on price matching the Skippy +$8 in coupons
Saved $3.60 price matching campbells soups + $3 in coupons
Saved $0.75 PM the carnation evap milk + $1.50 in coupons
Saved $5.20 PM the del monte canned + $2 in coupons
Saved $4 in quaker oatmeal coupons
saved $4 in Kelloggs fiber plus coupons
Saved $5 in Ragu coupons (got 4 free boxes of pasta)
Saved $2 in dole canned fruit coupons
Saved $2 in muir glen coupons
That’s $31.50 in coupons and $17.55 price matching things for a total of $49.05 saved and $46 spent.

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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  • Katelin

    Awesome job Mercedes! What a great example of how we can use our coupon skills for good!

  • Jennifer M.

    What was the total BEFORE COUPONS?
    Did they open a checkout lane for just you?

    • Jennifer,

      the $46 was after my stack of coupons. They did not open a checkout lane for me, no.

      Mercedes

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  • LISETTE

    I LOVE SO MUCH WHEN YOU DO POSTS LIKE THIS!…LET ME TELL YOU NOT ONLY IT INSPIRED ME TO DONATE BUT ALSO TO START LOOSING SOME WEIGHT…YOU LOOK AWESOME! WHATS YOUR SECRET? ANY TIPS I KINDA LET MYSELF GO ALIL BIT AFTER BABY #3 WAS BORN ALMOST 4 MONTHS AGO.

    • Thanks you Lisette! No secret around here. Let me tell you that I put on a ridiculous amount of weight with the last baby, and losing it took longer than with my boys. I was wearing lots of sweats and yoga pants because I refused to buy new clothes. Tali finally turned a year and I still had 10 pounds to go. So I did the south beach diet and lost 5 pounds. Now I only have 5 lbs to go.

      I love the Sb diet, it works every time! but if you are stil nursing don’t do it! wait until you are done as it affects your milk supply.

      Mercedes

  • Cheryl

    Are you kidding? Walmart is the most horrendous store to shop at with coupons. I thought Target was the worst at not listening to their customers but Walmart has them beat by a mile when it comes to coupon usage. I have complained to corporate and the same Walmart store 4 times to no avail.
    each and every time I go to my local Walmart in Pleasanton Texas with coupons it is way more trouble than it is worth! I would rather drive all the way into San Antonio and shop elsewhere than to try and use coupons at Walmart.

    • Maybe it’s just your store. I find Walmart is one of the easiest places to use coupons, I hardly ever have a coupon that is valid that doesn’t go through, and the cashiers don’t get snarky when I hand them a big pile. Now if only they doubled coupons like Kroger and Meijer! 😀

    • Rainey

      The other day I took my mom to Walmart to shop and I had printed some coupons for her to use on stuff she always gets and when we were checking out, they made her show her ID and wrote her DL# on the back of the coupons. I was horrified, I have never seen anyone do that, it worried me that her number could be compromised. This was in La Habra CA

  • THAT was amazing!! Woot! 70 items, girl, I’m in awe!!

    You should definitely do more videos. And teach us how on earth to do that!! 🙂

  • Lindsey

    Awesome job!!! Reading your site has definitely taught me how to use coupons to the advantage of not only myself, but to others…by donating! This year I have donated so much more than I ever have just because I learned how to coupon, and that I can donate by using coupons and not just giving a monetary donation!

    • That’s what I love too! You can stretch any monetary donation so much more with coupons and savvy shopping!

      Mercedes

  • pennyscents

    I love what you did & do! Bravo to you!!!
    I just wish Wal-Mart were that customer courteous & coupon friendly when I go there! Plus, you didn’t have to wait in line for a 1/2 hour, because only 5 out of the 25 lanes are open! Considering they are compensating you somewhat to get the word out there about using coupons to get things for less at Wal-Mart; maybe they should spend some money training their employees on how to handle/take them then! Just saying! It kind of defeats the purpose to have one without the other!!!

    • Penny,

      Trust me when I say that changes in the coupon policy and the way cashiers deal with couponers is something I have worked a LOT on with Walmart. having said that despite the lot of work not a whole lot of changes through
      🙁

      Mercedes

  • Angela G

    Great job! Your shopping skills are awesome and will be further appreciated by those in the community!

  • Ashley

    That was awesome, you are a rock star 🙂

  • Allison

    Very cool. How much did you save with coupons? I am impressed!!

    • Hi Allison,

      I just went through my purse rummaging for the receipt and can’t find it. but I am pretty sure it was $30. I recall the pre-coupon total being either 76 or 78.

      Mercedes

  • Shar

    Great Job! You rock!
    I have a question about your transaction. Did you price match the Skippy to CVS or Walgreens? I’m wondering because it’s actually cheaper at CVS after ECBs but am not sure if Walmart counts the ECB credit when they price match and haven’t had the guts to try it.

    • Hi Shar,
      I price matched to Walgreens. There is no ECB or ECB deal on Skippy this week so I just price match the sale price at Walgreens this week. They were still $1 per jar which is my price to pay. But if there had been an RR or ECB deal then walmart would have matched the price only. They consider ECBs and RR “gimmicks” and don’t price match that.

      Mercedes

  • adam

    it amazes me how you she did the math for a great cause..

  • Kristine

    You did great! I enjoyed your video, my little girl said you were doing what we do at the store, playing with all your coupons! You have helped me save sooooo much money that I sometimes just shake my head at all the free or dirt cheap stuff I get! I’m planning a trip to
    my local food bank with all the over stock from my basement storage room! I’ll continue to read your blog everyday! Thanks so much for all the great tips, have a great Thanksgiving next week!

  • Karen R

    Great job! The store looked empty. It is never that way, when I shop. The vlog was fun to watch.

  • I didn’t realize Walmart price matched other stores ads. That would save me a trip occasionaly, but I think I am too chicken to try it!

    Mercedes, do you know how much money you saved with all the coupons and price matching?

    • Here’s some rough math:

      Saved $8 on price matching the Skippy +$8 in coupons
      Saved $3.60 price matching campbells soups + $3 in coupons
      Saved $0.75 PM the carnation evap milk + $1.50 in coupons
      Saved $5.20 PM the del monte canned + $2 in coupons
      Saved $4 in quaker oatmeal coupons
      saved $4 in Kelloggs fiber plus coupons
      Saved $5 in Ragu coupons (got 4 free boxes of pasta)
      Saved $2 in dole canned fruit coupons
      Saved $2 in muir glen coupons
      That’s $31.50 in coupons and $17.55 price matching things for a total of $49.05 saved!.

  • Lou

    woohoo! Nicely done! and fun watching your video,too. Thanks for showing us, and thanks for giving.

    Lou

  • Nic

    What an impressive job and for such a great cause. I wonder if they would let me bring in and donate my stash from other stores? With so many folks out of work our food banks are staggering under the demand in most areas. It is a thrill when my savings can help other people.

    • Nic,

      I am pretty sure you can. The bin is located just in front of the exit doors. So you could just stop by and drop off your bags.

      Mercedes

  • Lisa

    That was fabulous, Mercedes! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rainey

    That was really nice of you to put in all that work to make the $50 bucks go further. I am sure that alot of people are going to have a nice Thanksgiving and Chritsmas thanks to people like you.