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  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Long weekends are very confusing.  I never really know what day it is.  I went to bed last night smiling because I got drugstore deals done earlier than usual, only to wake up this morning and realize that I forgot Friday Finals!

We had a big week between grocery shopping and Black Friday deals.  I took my Sister-in-law out Friday morning to show her the ropes.  We had a good time, but it also showed me that even after you actually go “drugstoring” it still might not make any sense.  I worked out her scenarios for her, which probably didn’t help her at all.  We got in the car and her first question was “Now how did you figure out what to buy?”

The highlight of the morning for me was being in a different city and running into someone using a Southern Savers shopping list.  I’m glad to see folks using it! (I didn’t share who I was but thanks for helping us find the Body Wash in Walgreens).

Now for our deals:

Bi-Lo:
Total before sales and coupons: $80.10
Total Spent: $39.39
Total Saved: $40.71 or 50.8%

I also have 20 cents off per gallon in FuelPerks! saved on my card now.

Walgreens:
Total before sales and coupons: $32.03
Total Spent: $3.10
Total Saved: $28.93 or 90%

Walgreens Tip:  Use any RR left for things you need if you don’t think you’ll be back.  We used the final RR to pay for Cottonelle Toilet Paper 12 rolls.  Free good toilet paper might be the best Black Friday deal they had!

Rite Aid:
Total before sale and coupons: $27.19
Total Spent after Rebates: $2.67
Total Saved: $24.52

Tip from Rite Aid:  My total was $20, and I had a $5 off $25 coupon.  Grab something that you need that costs around $5, rather than not using the store coupon.  We got completely free Viva Towels 6 pk this way!

Weekly Totals:
Before sales and coupons: $139.32
Spent: $45.16
Saved: $94.16 or 67.5%

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your post.  Feel free to share any big Black Friday deals you are proud of too!!

    • Honey

      Yes, I have use my expiring register rewards to pay for my newspapers, if nothing else. I think it’s going to be a very short list for me this week at Wags and CVS. Kind of a relief since I’m worn out from cooking, Christmas decorating, and the regular events of having 5 children!

    • justoleme

      Is there a resource out there to tell you where the best deals are to use those coupons that are expiring the end of the month?

    • Andrea

      I bought a skirt at Ann Taylor for $1.13 and two dresses for $8.88 each. Both were originally $115. That was my deal of the day.

    • Alisha

      CVS Queen for a day…….1st trip to CVS- spent $0.82 for Vaseline Sheer Fusion Lotion and Colgate toothpaste (got back-$9.99 ECBs)…2nd trip to CVS- spent $0.70 for Colgate toothpaste, 2 Colgate toothbrushes, 1 KingSize candy bar and regular candybar (got back-$8.48 ECBs)…3rd trip to CVS- spent $24.75 for Colgate toothpaste, 1L Dasani Water,Universal remote, Ipod in-ear headphones, 3 cup food processor (used $15.47 ECBs including prior $8.99 ECB from last week) and got back $23.98 ECBs)…Final CVS trip today….Kodak digital camera $79.99 used $36.98 ECBs plus remaining balance of $24.30 on CVS gift card and only paid a whopping $24.33 for the camera plus got back $20.00 ECBs. Thanks Southern Savers for aiding me in how to make smaller purchases to keep my OOP low!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!

      • Lisa

        That is really awesome! It will be neat when I become more experienced at the CVS shops to see how I save the ECB’s for bigger purchases and still have more to spend. =-)

        • Alisha

          @Lisa…thanks! I think I finally have the hang of it now..:)

    • cennaka

      Two weeks ago I went to visit my best friend to take her grocery shopping. She’s on food stamps and unemployment so money is real tight. I used SouthernSavers to make up 4 grocery lists and cut out tons of coupons. We saved over 50% and were able to get most of the items for an average of $1. We were able to buy food for her mother’s household too.

      Jenny, I am very grateful for what you have been doing. My friend’s family now has plenty of food and other supplies. She’s even doing her own couponing now! Thank You!

    • Jenni

      I did a Rite Aid Trip. I got a 4 pack of Benevia, Scope Outlast, Oral-B cross action toothbrush, Philips Extra Bass in-ear headphones, Day/Night Colon Cleanse, and Rite Aid brand Cetaphil knock-off for an out of pocket cost of 35.11. I will receive a single check rebate of $35.97, plus my purchase qualified me for $5 Gift of Savings certificate as well. So I was PAID $5.86 to shop at a Rite Aid that is only a mile away from me, and one of the items (Cetaphil knock-off) I have been really needing, and it’s always been expensive for me in the past! It wasn’t even on sale, and thanks to a $2 store coupon and the $5 Benevia profit, I got it for FREE! Yay!

    • pharmSCgirl

      I did amazing at CVS! I worked out the scenarios for both me and my boyfriend and we ended up getting all of the free items in their sales add. Between the two of us we spent a total of $11.41 for all of the stuff that we got and between the two of us we still have about $50 left in ECBs. I love CVSing, but haven’t gotten too involved in Rite Aid or Walgreens. This site is amazing and has changed my way of spending.

      • pharmSCgirl

        My CVS trip:

        Total Before Coupons: $114.11
        Sales and Coupons: $109.51
        Total OOP: $4.60
        Saved: 96%

        My Boyfriends CVS trip:

        Total Before Coupons: $126.57
        Sales and Coupons: $119.76
        Total OOP: $6.81
        Saved: 94.6%

    • Dana

      Publix Trip:

      Total before Q’s : $266.14
      Sales & Q’s: $207.86
      Total OOP: $58.28

      Saved: 78%

      • Alisha

        That is incredible!! If you’re going to really utilize the ultimate couponing technique…Publix is the store to shop at!!!

    • kelli

      Kroger: I can’t believe it’s not butter, dole fruit, turkey hill ice cream, sour cream, good & plenty (my grandma loves these and I found them on sale for 25 cent a box), frosting,

      value: $98.22
      oop: $10.39
      saved: $87.38 or 89%

      CVS: clean & clear, contact solution, tums, candy, most of the black friday freebies, huge whitman’s sampler that my fiance wanted

      value: $378.22
      oop: $9.71 ($7.42 of that was tax)
      saved: $368.51 or 97%

      and we ended up with $50.46 more extra bucks then we started the week with!

      Walmart: I almost never shop at Walmart anymore but I wanted to use up some coupons that I had on free/almost free items. I bought glade candles/refills, chefs requested steaks, sweet & sour sauce, chicken broth, muffin mix, rolaids, and probably some other stuff that I can’t remember right now.

      value: $62.17
      oop: $23.99 ($4 in coupons weren’t scanned, I’ll be getting the money back the next time I go back to the store)
      saved: $38.18 or 61%

      Weekly Total:
      value: $538.16
      oop: $44.09
      saved: $489.07 or 90%

    • Mina

      Haha, Jenny. I’m beginning to believe that one of the major contributors to keeping your grocery/drugstore spending low has been that you’ve spent so much time away from home. No wonder you don’t seem to have to replenish your stocks very often. ;-)

      I spent pretty much this past week. DH was home the whole week, and I had the pleasure of having the grandbabies here the whole time, AND the extra “tag-along” college group, along with my own kiddos. Tonight I’m still cooking one more full Thanksgiving dinner to deliver tomorrow. That will be the third one. To go along with that, I’ve had one very sick teen, and two others with milder illnesses. And a brand new grandbaby made his entrance on Thanksgiving Eve.

      I was too busy cooking through the night to make it to any drugstores on TDay, and although I was up and about when the BF sales started, it was only because I was still cleaning and bleaching everything down from the dinner. I didn’t leave the house from Wednesday morning until tonight (Saturday). Even tonight my brain was still so tired that I forgot to go to Lowe’s and check on the power tools that I really do need.

      Breakdown for the week’s spending.

      Publix –
      Before savings – $87
      OOP – $22
      Saved – $65 (~76%)

      Kroger – batteries, bread, and a lot of eggs, and gatorade
      Before savings – $30.50
      OOP – $6
      Saved – $24.50 (80%)
      (alkaline batteries @ <.30/pk after sale + q’s + cat have been the main savings)

      Bi-Lo – this is where I did my main shopping
      Before savings – $122
      OOP – $55.50
      Savings – $66.50 (55%)
      ($37, over half my OOP, was for a big boneless standing rib roast, which will be Christmas dinner)
      Now have .25 off in Fuel Perks

      Walgreen’s – I HAD to go last weekend because I had expiring RR’s. There was an error that the friendly mgr. re-rang and refunded. I tried my hardest to explain that the refund was too large, but he decided that it was more messy to try to fix and nicely made me keep the difference.

      Before savings – $57
      OOP – $-3
      Savings – $60 (105%)

      I did spend $1 more in RR’s than what I started with, and ended last week with $29 worth. (Which turned into $41 when I went tonight.) The monthly deals really made a difference to me this past month because we wound up NEEDING the “winter illness” OTC meds, and I know my DD is really happy to have the kid meds on hand for when they are needed. Plus, the First Aid kit is now well supplied with the more expensive items.

      Weekly Total –
      Before savings – $296.50
      OOP – $80.50
      Savings – $216

    • Debra

      You can use Walgreens RR at any grocery store. They are in fact Mfg Coupons. A friend of mine used them at Harris Teeter and I used them at Lowes Food. So if you don’t want anything at Walgreens you can take them and use them at a grocery store.

      • Mina

        That works as long as both the store and cashier understand that they are, indeed, MQ’s and that they WILL be reimbursed. It’s a big YMMV because only a handful of stores seem to understand that, and they are reluctant to take anything they aren’t sure they will be reimbursed for.

    • Sara

      walgreens (month of november and black friday deals)
      total value: 97.77
      total oop: 57.16
      total saved: 40.61

      cvs (just black friday)
      total value: 49.49
      total oop: 17.54
      total saved: 31.95

      bought some extra stuff that i needed that wasnt on sale and i didnt have coupons for at both places, but all in all it was a very good month, and my first using this site and the coupons. i expect it will start to get better, since i had to start off at both places without RR or ECB. i’m so happy i found this site! thanks jenny for everything you to do save us money! you rock :)