Extreme Couponing Tip: Cereal Sales

“When does cereal typically go on sale? When should I stock up?”

  • At the beginning of the year, you’ll find a lot of the diet and healthy cereals on sale — like Special K and Kashi, for all the New Year resolutions. January is also National Oatmeal month.
  • February is National Hot Breakfast month. During this time, you’ll find a lot of oatmeal, cream of wheat, and grits coupons & sale promotions.
  • June is national dairy month, so there will some good prices on milk, and therefore cereal. Keep a look out for promotions like “Buy 4 cereals, get a free gallon of milk Catalina”.
  • September is National Breakfast month. In ads you’ll find a lot of kids cereals on sale during August/ September saying things like, “Start your kids’ day off right by eating breakfast!” Back to School specials will usually include Cheerios, Life, Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc.
  • In November and December, you’ll find great deals on cereals like Chex and Crispix that are great for holiday party mixes.

Stock up prices for cereal should be $1.00 or under for larger boxes (17 oz +) and more expensive types (e.g. Post Selects, Kashi GoLean Crunch, etc). Aim for $0.50 or under for common varieties under 16 oz (e.g. Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc).

Also be on the lookout for these extras:

  • Mail-in Rebates: Look for specially marked boxes that offer mail-in rebates, free gas cards or movie tickets when you buy participating cereals.
  • Try Me Free! New cereals will sometimes offer a “free after rebate” just for trying the cereal. For the cost of a stamp, you can sample the newest flavors and mixes!
  • Peelies: Some cereals will have peelies that offer savings on that box or a corresponding product, like fresh fruit or milk.
  • Free Samples: Sign up for free cereal samples from your favorite companies when they come around. Not only will you get a complimentary bowl full, they’ll almost always send a coupon for your next box!

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119 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Cereal Sales”

  1. kat says:

    I got some GREAT deals last winter on cereals! Problem was… we didn’t eat them fast enough and the ants got to them this last week. (Summer in Phoenix!) I had to toss 10 boxes of brand new cereal! and spray my entire kitchen with RAID! My tip: after buying the cereal, put in ziplocs or plastic containers to store from bugs!

  2. Rosie says:

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I’ve never seen a double coupons store anywhere. The prices are always higher at CVS than other stores on any item you buy so you really have to watch your purchases or you end up paying for a lot of items

  3. Coupongirl02 says:

    Do you know which ones?

  4. Saritaloquita says:

    The cheapest i’ve gotten cereal for is $.74 per box and that was for the common varieties like cheerios. The stores in my area don’t have very good sales and they only double coupons up to .50 and not every week, only on random weeks.

  5. Deb says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I’ve been couponing for 15 weeks and I’ve saved an amazing $1,600, averaging a weekly savings of 86%; and that’s without doubling in my area!! I have learned so much from your site, and I would not be able to have saved so much without everyone’s help. This article is awesome, I’ve been wondering “when will I see some good deals on cereal?” now I know.

    Thanks! Debby

  6. Micandema says:

    I guess I am lucky to have stores that regularly run cereals $2 and under…… I haven’t paid more than $1.25 per box in about 9 months….. I almost had to break that run last week but was lucky that they had a super Saturday sale! Thank you for the info!

  7. grace says:

    Our local store doubles and has cereal on sale and is offering .20 off a gallon of gas for every 4 boxes you buy. (30 gallon max). No limit. Just has to be in one trans. I used coupons and got 4 boxes for 6.00 and when you use your gas at .20 x 30 gallons= 6.00 saved=free cereal! You can do this as many times as you can. Not a good deal if you don’t have the coupons tho. They also gave you a cat for 2.00 off your next 5 boxes. I did buy 16 boxes…ran out of coupons, but with the cal stripes I made money on this deal and free cereal!

  8. Brittani Kneezle says:

    I found select General Mills cereals (1.88) on sale at Tom’s grocery store- not nationwide, but regional in surrounding states of Illinois. I price matched that at Walmart, because I have a $1 off two boxes of GM cereals and a competitors coupon for .50 off 1 box. So I got two boxes for $.88!! Thats about as cheap as I have gotten name brand- kid friendly cereals since I started couponing a couple of months ago.
    I have only Kroger about 20 miles away that will double and only up to $.50…. So I find that I get the very best deals by stacking my manufactured coupons and competitors coupons and price match. My local walmart will honor all comp coupons – even when printed in color. I print target, whole foods, cvs, def walgreens and Kroger will have a few from time to time.
    I got $200 worth of household/groceries at walmart for $100!! I love it!

    • Carybarefeet says:

      How do you pricematch?

      • Anonymous says:

        Walmart Will Price Match a Competitor Ad. Let your cashier know that you will be price matching before they ring it up. No need to go to customer service for this, the checker can do it right from the check stand. And under the new Walmart Price Matching Policy (http://walmartstores.com/10563.aspx), you do not need to bring in the full ad any more (the checkers should have copies at their stands in case they need to verify a price). You can price match an item and then use a manufacturer coupon on that item, since Walmart will get reimbursed for that coupon. They will not price match for a “gimmick” sale- like spend $25, Save $5 Instantly- nor will they match a price based on a rain check.
        Walmart allows the use of one coupon per item purchased (so a store coupon OR a manufacturer coupon).

  9. Brittani Kneezle says:

    I found select General Mills cereals (1.88) on sale at Tom’s grocery store- not nationwide, but regional in surrounding states of Illinois. I price matched that at Walmart, because I have a $1 off two boxes of GM cereals and a competitors coupon for .50 off 1 box. So I got two boxes for $.88!! Thats about as cheap as I have gotten name brand- kid friendly cereals since I started couponing a couple of months ago.
    I have only Kroger about 20 miles away that will double and only up to $.50…. So I find that I get the very best deals by stacking my manufactured coupons and competitors coupons and price match. My local walmart will honor all comp coupons – even when printed in color. I print target, whole foods, cvs, def walgreens and Kroger will have a few from time to time.
    I got $200 worth of household/groceries at walmart for $100!! I love it!

  10. HEY HEY! Just got done registering the cars 2 codes from my latest batch of kellogg’s cereal purchased last week! Got 10 boxes of cereal bogo/ plus had $5 off 5 boxes…pd $11 oop, after getting 2 $5 gas cards from the codes, final cost $1 for 10 boxes of cereal! Have another $5 off 5 so will go back to Kroger’s this week and get some more! No worries about it going bad, my kids have already gone thru 3 boxes of cereal this week! :)

  11. Nicole Egypt Wood says:

    I have good luck with Safeway sales that say buy such amount, get items for this price. The last time I did that, I had a bogo coupon for cereal that was up to 4.69, making it so I paid .69 for two boxes.

  12. Nora Sullivan says:

    Looks like I missed out on all the Try Me Free Kellog’s Fiber Antioxidant cereals rebate and I am going to stop up with a sale Saturday at Publix. I should get them for $1.19 a box!

  13. Chelsea says:

    Albertsons has $2 catalina right now when you buy 2 of the 17 ounce? (smaller) bags of malt o meal cereal. You can get $1.00 off 2 bags coupon on the malt o meal website, making each bag $1.00 each. Not bad tasting for a generic brand I may add.

  14. Mehgandrake says:

    I also find it difficult to stock up on cereal. I’ve gotten them 3/$5.00 with a fresh fruit coupon, and thought it was a good deal. I’m in Southeast Texas, and there are no stores around here that double or triple either (except one that only dbl/trpl the first like coupon). Howerver there is a store H-E-B, and they have store coupons. They have codes on the bottom; you can’t put the “M” codes with manufacturer coupons, but you can stack manuf. with the “B” codes. Last week I was able to get 12 boxes of cereal for FREE!!!!
    Everything really just depends on the area in which you live and what stores and policies are available to you.

  15. Mehgandrake says:

    I also find it difficult to stock up on cereal. I’ve gotten them 3/$5.00 with a fresh fruit coupon, and thought it was a good deal. I’m in Southeast Texas, and there are no stores around here that double or triple either (except one that only dbl/trpl the first like coupon). Howerver there is a store H-E-B, and they have store coupons. They have codes on the bottom; you can’t put the “M” codes with manufacturer coupons, but you can stack manuf. with the “B” codes. Last week I was able to get 12 boxes of cereal for FREE!!!!
    Everything really just depends on the area in which you live and what stores and policies are available to you.

  16. Dianne says:

    Does anyone know a website to coupon match with Stater Brothers in So Cal, San Diego area?

  17. Mark says:

    Hi kcl I’m in norcal too, where are you? BTW safeway just had sale on life cereal 5 for 1.50 each and I had 30 75 cent coupons making them 75 cents each! Guess how many I bought? And no I didn’t clear the self.

  18. THANK YOU!!! This is just the post I needed…my husband is a cereal-aholic and he eats about 5 boxes a week!!! I’m always trying to stock up

  19. Kdone414 says:

    Our Martins grocery store doubles coupons and they recently had a special buy 4 boxes and get 6.00 back!!!! And you got a free milk worth 4.00 (catalina). Scenario:
    2/5dollars on the cereal… 4 boxes…. 10.00…. 6.00 back instantly at the register and then the free 4.00 milk.. free without any manufacturers coupons needed. You could only do this deal one per customer, so my husband and I went back two days later with two carts and got 8 more boxes to stockpile… for free!

  20. Cressa Moran says:

    quick question? how long will cereal last if it isn’t opened? I don’t buy it too often it’s used more as snacks in our house but if cookie crisp went on sale I’d seriously stock up if it will store.

    • Eddie says:

      In my experience they are still very fresh 6 months after the ‘Use By’ date, some even as much as a year passed.

  21. Beth Mead says:

    I’m going to Stater Bros. Kellogs sale, 1.50 use my 2.25 of of 3. I’m buying 12 box’s. Paying 9.40 making each box .78 SCORE, THIS IS A BEST FOR ME….:)

  22. Eddie says:

    I just scored this deal at Stater Brothers is Ca

    6 boxes of assorted Kellogs cereal on sale for 1.49 when you buy six.
    I had the $5 off 5 Kellogs printable from a few weeks ago. I also had a .75 off for the 6th box.

    I scored the first 5 boxes for .49 each and the 6th box for .74

    I did this deal twice and left with 12 boxes of assorted Kellogs cereals for $6.38!!

  23. momof2.quaile says:

    My local store has Big G cereal 3/$5 this week. I use a $1/1 coupon and $1/2 coupon and purchase the cereal for $1 a box. No reason to ever pay more!

  24. Nmccartin says:

    I have a question can you give me a scenario of how you get the cereal for a 1.oo or. 50
    I live in southern California I usually see the cereal go for 1.88 but my coupon requires I buy three for a 1.00 off which only gets me to a 1.54 for them there is no doubling either

    • momof2.quaile says:

      My local store has big G cereal this wwek 3/$5. I’ll use a $1/1 coupon and a $1/2 coupon and get the 3 boxes for $1 a piece. Try to find better coupons online and sign up with manufacturers websites!

    • Lirene says:

      I am in So. Cal. too. Last time when Food4Less has 4 boxes for 6.00. I used 4 $.75/1 coupons and got for $.75 a box.

    • Nycolen says:

      I did a deal at smiths last night. They had Kellogs brands 3 for $5. I got 15 boxes = $25. Then used my $5 off when you buy 5 coupons (three of those). So brought it down to $10 out of pocket on 15 boxes of cereal or .67 cents per box. Plus they all had the promo for gas cards so once I enter my codes I will get three $5 gas cards. So in the end I will make $5 dollars on my 15 boxes of cereal. I hope that helps.

    • You would try to get $1 off or 75 cent off coupons for EACH box, not use a coupon that requires 3

  25. Melissa K says:

    I think I could live off cereal ;-) haven’t scored any boxes for less than a $1 yet. Came close, but as long as I don’t spend more than $1.50 I’m happy!

  26. Melissa K says:

    I think I could live off cereal ;-) haven’t scored any boxes for less than a $1 yet. Came close, but as long as I don’t spend more than $1.50 I’m happy!

  27. Melissa K says:

    I think I could live off cereal ;-) haven’t scored any boxes for less than a $1 yet. Came close, but as long as I don’t spend more than $1.50 I’m happy!

  28. Mls831 says:

    Thank you so much for the post. I’ve been trying to get a general idea of when different grocery/personal care items go on sale during the year. Any additional sales cycle tips are greatly appreciated :)

  29. Chey says:

    Safeway in az has cocoa puffs brownie cereal for .79 per box with coupons and the in store coupon (store max is 4). I won’t pay more than $1 for cereal. Got 4 boxes, total was just over $18, after coupons I paid $3.30. :) glad cereal is going on sale finally!!

    • Chey says:

      And right now Safeway is making all manufacture coupons worth $1…

      • Coupon22 says:

        I was just gonna post about that same deal lol. Also If your safeway doubles coupons ( up to .99) like mine does this cereal is only .29 cents a box! I got 4 yesterday :)

      • Coupon22 says:

        I was just gonna post about that same deal lol. Also If your safeway doubles coupons ( up to .99) like mine does this cereal is only .29 cents a box! I got 4 yesterday :)

        • Chey says:

          thats awesome!!! My safeway isnt doubling right now :( But *HIGH FIVE * to you!!

        • Chey says:

          thats awesome!!! My safeway isnt doubling right now :( But *HIGH FIVE * to you!!

        • Beth says:

          I got the same deal for cocoa puffs brownie for 0.29 a box pick up four boxes and 3 boxes of cookie crisp for .99 a box. And some how also got 20.00 dollars off the total ticket. Got 157.00 worth of product for 45.00 oop.

  30. Coupon Lily says:

    I love tips like this one!

    We had to stock up on some cereal at .99-1.25 the other week. Hasn’t been any lower around here in months. You do what you have to do. When it is out, you get the best deal you can.

  31. Elle says:

    I am gluten free so the cereal’s I can eat are very few, nice to know when I can look forward to stocking up on Chex for less than $1.50 :)

    • Chelsea says:

      Do you eat Arrowhead mills? They have several gluten free cereals if not all. they offer 1$ off coupons on their website, plus i often see them on sale at Whole Foods, plus there have been stickers on the boxes for buy 2, get a free soy milk.

    • DaneaLee says:

      Our son eats gluten free, so lots of chex in our house as well! We live in Texas, and our HEB recently had an in store coupon for $4 off a purchase of 4 Chex cereals. They are regularly $2.50 there, and I had a few $1 off 2 boxes general mills coupons, making each box $1. I don’t know what state you are in, but maybe a store near you will have a similar deal soon!

    • There is a new gluten free rice crispys

  32. Karin says:

    We just had a deal at Albertson’s. They had the cereal priced 4/$10. I had 2 $1/2 coupons that I doubled. When you bought 4 boxes you recieved a catilina coupon for 2 $2 off and a free milk. So I got 4 boxes of cereal and gallon of milk for $2.

  33. Chelsea says:

    My family and I only eat natural, whole, and organic foods, so theres never any General Mills or sugary cereals in my house. Having said that, I STILL only pay 1.00 or less per box.

  34. Chelsea says:

    My family and I only eat natural, whole, and organic foods, so theres never any General Mills or sugary cereals in my house. Having said that, I STILL only pay 1.00 or less per box.

  35. Chelsea says:

    My family and I only eat natural, whole, and organic foods, so theres never any General Mills or sugary cereals in my house. Having said that, I STILL only pay 1.00 or less per box.

  36. Melissa says:

    I have also never seen a sale with coupons where I could get cereal for $.50 or hardly ever $1 a box. I buy cereal when I can get it for $1.50 or under and that’s been a good deal for me. I have 5 kids and we go through A LOT of cereal, especially in the summer when they are home from school. Walgreens is where I have gotten the best cereal deals when they have cereal on sale for $2.50 or $1.50 and I have coupons.

  37. Melissa says:

    I have also never seen a sale with coupons where I could get cereal for $.50 or hardly ever $1 a box. I buy cereal when I can get it for $1.50 or under and that’s been a good deal for me. I have 5 kids and we go through A LOT of cereal, especially in the summer when they are home from school. Walgreens is where I have gotten the best cereal deals when they have cereal on sale for $2.50 or $1.50 and I have coupons.

    • Rebecca says:

      IF you still have the $5/5 Kellogg cereal coupons then hold on to them for the week of 7/31. Wags has kellogg items 4/$10 with a $5 RR, so 4/$5… IF you buy 5 cereals, use the $5/5 printable coupon and get the $5 RR, it’s only $.50 a box!!! I’m special ordering!!!!!

      • Axhilli says:

        Also make sure to get the Kelloggs cereal with the cars promo on the box. Collect 4 codes (1 code per box) and you can get a $5 gc for gas or some other prizes. With that your cereal would be a money maker, that’s what I plan to do!!!

        • Nora Sullivan says:

          I doubt they have those for Fiber Plus cereals, but I will look!! Thanks for the reminder!

      • RatpackMommy says:

        How do you know 2 weeks in advance that Wags is having that sale? I dont know where to look that far ahead for deals, so how can I pre-order something if I don’t know its going to be on sale until a couple of days ahead?

        • smash says:

          iheartwags (dot com) is a secondary site after I visit my favorite (thekrazycouponlady) there are also iheartcvs and iheartriteaid sister sites. Those sites have flyers 2-3 weeks in advance.

          They are great to go to when you are “starting” to run a little short on something and you want to see if you can hold out for a better sale next week or the following…

          • smash says:

            Oh, and don’t try to squint at the scanned flyers, open the .pdf (adobe acrobat versions) and you can size them up to read the fine print.

      • Lori says:

        I remember seeing the $5/5 Kellogg cereal coupon but can’t remember when and where…can you help?

      • Lori says:

        I remember seeing the $5/5 Kellogg cereal coupon but can’t remember when and where…can you help?

      • Medinamm0 says:

        Where did the 5/5coupon come from?

    • Rebecca says:

      IF you still have the $5/5 Kellogg cereal coupons then hold on to them for the week of 7/31. Wags has kellogg items 4/$10 with a $5 RR, so 4/$5… IF you buy 5 cereals, use the $5/5 printable coupon and get the $5 RR, it’s only $.50 a box!!! I’m special ordering!!!!!

  38. Abbi Holcomb says:

    Just picked up 10 boxes last night for .99 each!

  39. Abbi Holcomb says:

    Just picked up 10 boxes last night for .99 each!

  40. Nicole says:

    I am planning on buying some cereal this week… 5 boxes of them will be 1.24 a piece and one box will be .99… good deal? Kellogg’s brand…

    • Axhilli says:

      It’s just to use as a guideline as prices are different for each area, if you think it’s a good deal and are comfortable with paying that much that is what matters. I paid $10.50 for 8 boxes of kelloggs brand cereal and 2 gallons of milk recently and I was happy with that.

      • Nicole says:

        At least for now I am comfortable paying that much. This is my first time actually planning a trip!

        • Axhilli says:

          Well I think that is pretty good for your first planned trip! I think Wags is having a RR deal on Kellogg’s cereal coming up on 7/31 so I’m hoping to score some cheap cereal and I’m saving my coupons for that.

          • Coupongirl02 says:

            Oooooh boy! That is a great tip. I was planning on using my $2.25/3 Qs for Raisin Bran @ Wags before the sale ends on Sat. Ours is 3/$6, which in itself, I think is a great price. But HOPEFULLY when I go tomorrow, they will be out, and I can get a rain check. That way I can plan to use it when the RR promotion is on! Woooohooo!!! My hubby LOVES cereal, and has diabetes, so I try to only buy high fiber/low sugar cereal.

            BTW, how did you find out about the RR promotion coming up? Oh yes, and I’ve been wondering from another post, someone mentioned they use their RR from Wags to use at Kroger. Can you do that?

    • Axhilli says:

      It’s just to use as a guideline as prices are different for each area, if you think it’s a good deal and are comfortable with paying that much that is what matters. I paid $10.50 for 8 boxes of kelloggs brand cereal and 2 gallons of milk recently and I was happy with that.

  41. Amber says:

    Are you guys signed up for safeways personalized deals? In the last two months they gave me a coupon for a free box of total raisin bran and cinnamon cherrios.

  42. Aikengrl82 says:

    I have been buying cereal onsale for 1.99 how can I get it cheaper? Raisin bran or minnie wheats at my local food lion any coupons i missed to help me out.. ?? Thanks alot

  43. Beckyb says:

    I have a rain check and 6 coupons for .75 for cookie crisp that will make each box .50 at shaws and a rain check and 4 coupons that will make each box 1.20 for raisin bran and I picked up boxes of cheerios for .75 a box last week after coupons. Stores that double are the key to my success

  44. Beckyb says:

    I have a rain check and 6 coupons for .75 for cookie crisp that will make each box .50 at shaws and a rain check and 4 coupons that will make each box 1.20 for raisin bran and I picked up boxes of cheerios for .75 a box last week after coupons. Stores that double are the key to my success

  45. Amy says:

    I am still new to couponing! How on earth do you get it for so cheap? I’d love $1 a box!

  46. Heather Watford says:

    How can you tell what national month it is for food…is there a website or something?

  47. Heather Watford says:

    How can you tell what national month it is for food…is there a website or something?

  48. Countrymusicfan71 says:

    I’m a newbie and the least amount I’ve been able to pay for cereal is $1.50 a box. How do you get them for $1.00 or less?

    • Anonymous says:

      Regularly cereal runs about $3-$5 a box at most stores. Some weeks it will be on sale for $4, three weeks later it might be on sale for $3, but we wait until it gets lower, under $2. Then we pair that great sale (one of those mentioned in the post) with the coupons that we have, buying multiple boxes at that rock-bottom price and stocking up until the next sale. Also combining the extras mentioned– the rebates, sample coupons, peelies, etc. can help lower the cost.

  49. Mmom52905 says:

    Good info but its hard for me find cereal under a $1 a box but I can almost always get cereal for $1.50 a boc which I think it is a good price

  50. Amanda B says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Very helpful info :)

  51. Tntblondie says:

    Last year Kellogg’s had a huge Catalina offer on their cereals including Special K which occurred during super doubles at Harris Teeter, which got me almost free cereal. I’ve been watching for either a Kellogg’s Catalina offer of MIR. Has anyone seen either of these yet?

  52. Tntblondie says:

    Last year Kellogg’s had a huge Catalina offer on their cereals including Special K which occurred during super doubles at Harris Teeter, which got me almost free cereal. I’ve been watching for either a Kellogg’s Catalina offer of MIR. Has anyone seen either of these yet?

  53. JennyLS says:

    I have 18 boxes of cereal in my basement that I paid $8.75 for, 15 of them are expensive Fiber One cereals.

  54. JennyLS says:

    I have 18 boxes of cereal in my basement that I paid $8.75 for, 15 of them are expensive Fiber One cereals.

  55. Debbie says:

    Im in Northern Ca. My limit is $1.50 for cereal. Can some give me some examples of how they get cereal in this area with no doubling for less than that? Usually $1.99 if you buy4, and then a .50/1 or $1/2. I have a childcare, and two teenage boys. I wont feed them crappy sugar filled cereals. We like Chex, Oatmeal Squares, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, Fiber One products and most Cheerios.

    • Katrina says:

      I’m not in that area, but I did get cereal really cheap from Price Chopper here in NY.
      Regular Prices:
      $4.49 (2 Lucky Charms, 18 oz.)
      $3.79 (2 Reeses Puff, 18 oz.)
      Total cost before coupons: $16.56
      Store Coupon for: 4 boxes of cereal for $8.00
      4 coupons for $0.50 off 1 (that doubled)
      After coupon total: $1 per box. $4.00 total
      Saved $12.56

      It’s really difficult to find cheap deals on cereal.. i will save cereal coupons until they expire just to make sure I didn’t miss the deal. :)

    • Scyren says:

      Walgreens had Raisin Bran 3 for 6 and I paired it with a coupon 1.00 off and got it 3 for 5. So, that would be close to your limit. The sale is on now and you could print a coupon from online.

    • I just went to Giant ( I live in baltimore and its high prices here too) They had select General Mills 3/$5. Right there that makes it $1.66 a box. I had a printable for $.75 off cookie crisp, and $1.75 off 2 boxes of general mills that came in my paper. Even without doubling stores, that takes it down to $2.50 for all 3, making them $0.83, which is closer to the 50 cent rule. The key is to make sure you have enough of the coupons when the sale happens to stock up, Like doing that same deal with 4 sets of coupons, and than you have 12 boxes. Im sure you could get even better coupons too, but for me my store doubles so using the 75 cents off worked better for me.

  56. jenn says:

    Hi KCL,
    I am wondering if the prices for cereal you mentioned should be expected from stores that do not double or triple. In my region there are only uncoupon friendly stores. Any info will be great.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, I live in an area that does not double coupons and has one of the highest food prices in the nation (Northern California).
      Regularly cereal runs about $3-$5 a box at most stores. Some weeks it will be on sale for $4, three weeks later it might be on sale for $3, but we wait until it gets lower, under $2. Then we pair that great sale with the coupons that we have, buying multiple boxes at that rock-bottom price and stocking up until the next sale.

      • jenn says:

        Thank you! This helps me better understand and I will keep looking out for those sales.

      • Monicameyer32 says:

        At times Rayleys here in Redding sells cereal. If you buy 5 boxes they cost 1.50 and on top of that you can use coupons. The cheapest I have gotten it was a dollar.

      • Monicameyer32 says:

        At times Rayleys here in Redding sells cereal. If you buy 5 boxes they cost 1.50 and on top of that you can use coupons. The cheapest I have gotten it was a dollar.

      • Smbridges says:

        I can never get cereal under $1.50 a box!

      • Smbridges says:

        I can never get cereal under $1.50 a box!

      • littlesj says:

        that’s how we do it here also. we are in central california. LOND, used to have doubles at Vons, but no more. i wait until the cereal is 4 for $6 that pair that with our Q’s and stock up!!!!

      • Belinda Lemus says:

        I was able to get it for as cheap as 99 cents when Savemart had a deal when you purchased in multiples of 4. I’ve also seen something to that effect at Food Co but you have to buy 10 to get the cheap price and then you can use the Q on top of that to get it for about 1-1.25.

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Jenn,
      I am in kc area and our store never triple…I have yet to get cereal for .50 a box, but I never pay more than $1.50…I really try and wait till I can get for about $1.19-$1.25. I have been couponing since April and keep my cereal stockpile at about 40 boxes at all time. Hope this helps. :)

      • RC says:

        I live in the KC area too and I get my cereal at either Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, or Target usually. Every few weeks I can find sales for $1.50 to $2.00 a box, then I pair that up with my coupons. I rarely can find cereal for under $1 a box, but I don’t usually pay over $1.50. I have been really using coupons since January and I am looking forward to seeing what the back to school cereal sales are like. I have always stocked up on crayons, pens, etc.. in the fall, but I have never really thought about the food sales that will go with this time of year.

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Jenn,
      I am in kc area and our store never triple…I have yet to get cereal for .50 a box, but I never pay more than $1.50…I really try and wait till I can get for about $1.19-$1.25. I have been couponing since April and keep my cereal stockpile at about 40 boxes at all time. Hope this helps. :)

    • Karmah60 says:

      I was wondering this too. We only have one store that doubles, and their prices are so outrageous it’s almost like buying it regular priced at another store, even with doubled coupons.

      Can we get this deal at non-doubling stores? A local store had a deal recently that would have made them 1.00/box. I’m wondering if that’s the best I can hope for in my area, or if I should hold on to my coups?

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, all my local stores do not double coupons and I live in the third highest food cost state behind Alaska and Hawaii (California). These prices are based on what I have personally been able to get every year.

    • Karmah60 says:

      I was wondering this too. We only have one store that doubles, and their prices are so outrageous it’s almost like buying it regular priced at another store, even with doubled coupons.

      Can we get this deal at non-doubling stores? A local store had a deal recently that would have made them 1.00/box. I’m wondering if that’s the best I can hope for in my area, or if I should hold on to my coups?

    • Karmah60 says:

      I was wondering this too. We only have one store that doubles, and their prices are so outrageous it’s almost like buying it regular priced at another store, even with doubled coupons.

      Can we get this deal at non-doubling stores? A local store had a deal recently that would have made them 1.00/box. I’m wondering if that’s the best I can hope for in my area, or if I should hold on to my coups?

    • Kim says:

      I am with you. I live in Northern Utah and there are NO stores that double. I aim for $1.50. the best thing to do for me is to find the cheapest price then just price match at walmart.

      • Coupon Kc says:

        Kim did you know that Smith’s has their cereal on sale for 3/$5 pair that with the $5/5 coupon from RP7/10 and you’ve got .67 cereal. Most of these have gas card codes you can enter on line and when you have 4 codes you get $5 gas card. I bought 25 boxes of Kelloggs cereal and between coupons, sales and gas card promo they all cost me $1.75!!! For 25 boxes! Hope this helps, the sale ends Tues.

      • Kristi says:

        Not sure where in Northern Utah you live but in Utah County Ridleys doubles on Tuesday so in response all the Walmart are doing the same up to $1. So a .25 q is worth .50 but a .75 q is worth 1.00. You can’t price match though unless you are price matching with Ridleys.
        I also did the Smiths deal and got a great stock pile of it.

    • The best way is to make sure you look at all the stores around you, not just the food stores. Walgreens has some really great sales like 3/$5 on cereal a lot of times. Its good to look at their food coupons ( the store ones) because then you can stack them.

    • The best way is to make sure you look at all the stores around you, not just the food stores. Walgreens has some really great sales like 3/$5 on cereal a lot of times. Its good to look at their food coupons ( the store ones) because then you can stack them.