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Friday Finals 12/11

on 12.11.2009 at 11:32pm
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We have a had a crazy week! I am ready for my big run to Publix and Bi-Lo, but probably won’t go until early next week to get the penny item and to have next Sunday’s coupons.

I did make a small run to Publix this week for bread and milk.

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $16.33
Total Spent: $5.83
Total Saved: $10.50 or 64.3%

I got 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of bread and 3 Revlon Nail Files.  The Nail Files all had $1.51 in overage so they really became coupons off my milk and bread.

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post.

    • Kendra

      The Publix in my area is very flexible about what competitor coupons they accept… or at least they are with me. I made it a goal to make friends with one of the managers, Pete, the Assistant Store Manager. He said it is more important to keep my business, and accept competitor coupons, instead of seeing a family of 4 (with a dog) walk away…he’s right! So today I went to Publix and bought everything I needed, and several things I wanted. My total before coupons came to 143.93, but I only paid $63.94 (which included $4.35 in tax). The “Your Savings at Publix” section says I saved $148.14, but that includes BOGO’s, so I don’t count that the entire amount as a true payoff for my work (and Jenny’s work). My coupon saved me $84.34, for 2 hours at the grocery store and about 1 hour at home I figure that is almost as good as getting paid $28.11/hr to be a stay-at-home mom…too bad the dryer doesn’t spit out $5 bills!! The man behind me in line was so wow-ed by my savings he asked me how I did it, and I told him “SouthernSavers.com, it’s the best website for matching coupons to sales.” My cashier, Lauren was so nice about scanning and punching in all 43 of my coupons, it was great! I called and spoke with a manager after leaving, just to make sure she knows how much I appreciated her patience. I think everyone should call and give compliments when they have a friendly cashier, it really makes a difference. Hopefully she will remember my face (or coupons) next time, and she will know I called and left a nice comment… this could be the start of a great relationship. Can’t wait for next week. Thanks Jenny!

      • Cynthia

        Thanks for the inspiration. =) What a great idea to call and leave a compliment for a nice cashier.

    • CouponNERD

      Jenny – I’m saving my “big run” at Publix for Sun/Mon as well!
      Already did great at Bi-Lo – spent $23.10, saved $46.86.
      Saved 47% at Kroger as well, picking up some sodas, bananas and free Suave deoderants.
      Thanks for making this savings possible, Jenny!

    • Mina

      One of these weeks, Jenny, I’m going to manage to wind up with a lower OOP than you do for the week. ;-) This week I squeaked by in spending less per person, though. :-) I usually have the flexibility to spend more when it will save in the long run, and then wait it out when prices on most things we use aren’t attractive. Right now it’s necessary to keep all controllable spending as low as possible. The solution for this week was counter-intuitive – to shop much more than usual.

      The week started well. I made it through the weekend without spending anything except beyond sales tax at Wags.

      Kroger –
      Value – $10 flat
      OOP – $0 – pd with 2 $5 OYNO’s from previously purchased batteries
      Saved – $10 100%

      Bi-Lo –
      Value – $37
      OOP – $0 – Would have been $8, but I used a GC that I earned this summer

      Publix –
      Value – $31.71
      OOP – $0.40
      Saved – $31.31 ~99%

      Walgreen’s – It’s been a life raft the past few weeks.
      Value – $359 (possibly more. Some receipts may be missing)
      OOP – 97%
      I also have $54 more in RR’s than at the start of the week.

      I shopped heavily at Wag’s this week, but also shopped considerately for others who might need the same deals, only stopping when I had to pass the store on the way home from necessary trips so that it didn’t take extra gas. Also only purchased no more than a couple of any deal on one trip, kept transactions down to a few and as simple as possible on each stop, and never cleared a shelf if there was more than one of an item available. I DID purchase a couple of things that we have no use for, but found happy takers for those. I also gave away some of my RR’s to people who can and will use them. I don’t resell and I don’t buy for charity in order to fuel or make excuses for a shopping addiction. I believe in giving, but not in denying other customers the opportunity to buy for their own needs by depleting stock. I try to shop in a way that will allow others to also have a good shopping experience. That’s the end of my excuses for shopping so often this week. ;-)

      Purchases at Wag’s covered a few small gifts, laundry detergent, TP, milk, bread, eggs, and sugar, OTC cold meds (Oh! I wish these rounds of winter ickies would end!) and ibuprofen, electrolyte solution for the dehydrated one, female paper goods, small amount of candy for stockings, makeup, dish detergent and other stuff, including FARR items.

      I don’t expect to be up there with the pro’s, but I got the necessities we needed, some goodies, and earned enough RR to go toward stocking up on GoodNights next week, and helped a few other people out along the way. I’m very happy that I was able to accomplish what I did when we needed it.

      So, WEEKLY TOTALS
      Value – $438
      OOP – under $10 almost 98%
      Savings – $428 (Plus RR set aside for necessities the next 2 weeks when the advertised deals are going to be much slimmer.)

      • Jessica

        Wow!!

    • Rebecca

      I went to Bi-Lo and my bill was 261.46 before my coupons. I came out of there for 158.75! Have I told you how much I love you!!!! I couldn’t locate the wet ones and had to ask the manager, she found them for me and I got those for FREE! She didn’t even charge me tax! YEAH!!!

    • Annamarie

      Total value $256.17
      Total oop $67.05
      saved 74%

      Got my son an MP3 player at CVS and worked it out to where I only spent 77cents on it oop.

      Thanks Jenny and everyone who pitches in with their deals!

    • Sean

      Publix

      $33.53 out of pocket and 159.23 saved.

      79%

      Sweet.

    • kelli

      wow, it’s sunday already! where does the time go? I know that this is late, but I’ll post it anyway…

      CVS: bought zantac, emergen-c, santa hats, ornaments, olay body wash and lotion*, essence of beauty lotion, gillette shave gel, reeses cups, bayer contour meter ($79.99 of the savings)

      Value: $228.78
      OOP: $4.17 ($4.03 of that was tax)
      Saved: $224.61 or 98%

      we also ended up with $15 more in ECBs then we started with, not sure how that happened.
      *I’ll be sending the receipt in for the MIR for $19.98!

      Walmart: baby wipes, lotion, socks, dye, rolaids, glade candles, candy bars, choco tacos

      Value: $81.49
      OOP: $26.54
      Saved: $54.95 or 67% (all coupons, don’t know what other savings I had)

      Food Lion: lloyds bbq chicken (found marked down) and toaster strudels

      Value: $27.08
      OOP: $9.27
      Saved: $17.81 or 65%

      Kroger: frozen onions and sour cream

      Value: $6.12
      OOP: – $2.86*
      Saved $6.12 or 100%

      * I returned 2 Kroger brand items that were bad and got a refund in cash for them.

      Weekly total:
      Value: $343.47
      OOP: $37.12
      Saved: $303.49 or 89%

    • Dina

      Publix

      Total before coupons and savings:$126.06
      OOP:$26.03

      Wags

      Total before coupons and savings:$31.12
      OOP:$3.13

      CVS

      Total before coupons and savings:$23.09
      OOP:$2.52 + 13.96 ecb’s

      • Dina

        13.96ecb’s is what I have left!