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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • 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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Friday Finals

on 1.23.2009 at 5:35pm
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This was my best week EVER at Kroger. I felt like making an announcement on the load speaker as I left the store. We managed to restock our house after 2 weeks of not shopping and stayed under budget!! I longed to take a picture of my Kroger trip for you guys.  After setting it all out I remembered that my husband had the camera with him in Canada. I guess it’s time to leave the 90’s and get a phone with a camera or something for desperate moments such as those.

Kroger:
Total before sales and coupons: $140.31
Total Spent out of pocket: $14.37
Total Saved: $125.94 or 89.7%
(I even had 2 e coupons that did not come off so it should have been $12.87, but when you save that much I’m not complaining!!)

Publix:
Total before sales and coupons: $88.17
Total Spent: $32.74
Total Saved: $55.43 or 62.9%

CVS:
Total before sales and coupons: 80.28
Total Spent: $2.81 on a CVS gift card
Total Saved: $77.47 or 96.5%

Weekly Totals:
Total before sales and coupons: $308.76
Total Spent out of pocket: $47.11
Total Saved: $261.65 or 85%

I scanned my Kroger receipt for the world to see but sadly you can’t read them.  Let me give you the highlights as best I can…
First there was a coupon by the cheese for .75 cents off Kraft (part of the mega sale).  These rang up as FREE coupons not .75 cents off so I made .50 cents each on the cheese.  There were coupons on the Sobe Life Water that made those a money maker too.
(10) Kraft Cheese – made $5 ($19.90 value)
(10) Valley Fresh Steamers – FREE ($15 value)
(10) Quaker Quakes – FREE ($10 value)
(5) Sobe Life Water – made $2.50 ($5 value)
The rest of our purchase were things on sale with coupons and we made $7.50 above towards those items.  I also had $12 in P&G e coupon credits that finally came off and a $20 coupon from a transferred prescription (thanks Beth!).

Since I only spent $7 last week I was very worried at what this week would look like. I am still in shock at how well we did. Did you have a great week? Link to your savings or comment below.

    • Laura F

      I’ve only been couponing for 2.5 weeks so I thought we did an excellent job too! We purchased 110 items at Kroger for a total of $85.84. That’s only .78 cents per item! And we got 2 packs of Huggies too! Thanks Jenny for all your help! My family truly appreciates all you do. :-)

    • That is an unbelievable amount of money saved!! I really wish we had a national chain grocery store here in my area :( At least I’ve got CVS I guess – hahaha.

    • Fantastic job!! I was so excited to use your suggestion of editing your list to use as my own shopping list at Kroger. It worked out GREAT! This i the first time that I can remember that I saved more than I spent at Kroger (I’m usually a Publix girl). Thank you so much for all of your hard work!!

    • melissa o.

      Jenny, I did a super job in my opinion as well! I too have only been at this game for a short few weeks and i was able to :
      Food Lion-oop $16.79 , saved $18.78
      Harris Teeter-oop $10.07, saved $25.47
      Kroger #1-oop $42.92, saved $81.69
      Kroger #2-oop $53.16, saved $64.35

      total number of items purchased 110

      total savings $190.25!!!!!!
      I don’t know how you get away with paying so little oop though. I am happy with my outcome though.
      Thanks Jenny!

    • Bethany

      Awesome!! Scan your kroger reciept and let us see! And if you take your coupons to the service counter, they’ll give you the cash for them. Yes, I’ve done this over .50. lol.

    • Beth

      Yes, I want to see that Kroger receipt! I can’t wait to see how I do at Kroger tomorrow. I was in a funk all day when I realized that I let $6 in ECB’s expire!!!

    • momto4kids

      you are feeding my addiction. I want to go to the store everyday now!!

    • paige

      Id love to see pics every once in a while!

    • OH MY GOSH!!! That is soooo awesome – Congrats on a super great trip. I wish that we had a Kroger close by! I’m so jealous of your trip!!

    • Meghan B

      How do you pay so little out of pocket? That is fantastic but I just don’t know how you do it? I shop Publix use coupons for everything I buy except milk, produce and meat(which I buy what on sale) and still never come out with so little oop. I usually save on average 50-60% which still is great and makes me very happy so I can’t complain just wondering if I’m missing something. Is their some other trick I don’t know about? Does your shopping include meat and such that you don’t have coupons for?

    • Jenny

      I do get meat, this week we got a Boston Butt at Publix that is currently smoking on our grill :) The only “trick” I can say is that I stay stocked so that I never have to buy anything even meat unless it is on sale.

    • Meghan B

      I still don’t know how you do it. I too stay stocked and only buy meat that’s on sale but even with buying stuff only when on sale and only if I have a coupon I still don’t ever pay that little out of pocket. Meat alone even on sale can add up then you have whatever money coupons don’t cover plus milk. Your good that’s all I can say! :O)

    • Connie

      Ok. We need a rundown of how you did this! I’m getting better. Don’t have receipts in front of me but this is really close:

      Ingles:
      Before coups..$198
      After coups…$117

      Publix:
      Don’t remember the total before but the receipt shows $124 total savings.
      OOP…$88 However, the register stopped taking coupons so I went to the service desk to get the remainder…$7.?? cash back.
      So OOP…$81.+/-

    • Connie C

      So…you can use any internet coupon with a manufacturer coupon, right? And you can use a store coupon with both of these, right? Where does a “blinkie” coupon come in on all of this? What can it be used with?

      Thanks!
      Connie

    • Anne

      You did great! I loved Kroger this week, I should have spent 130 but only paid 70!

    • Julie

      I’m so excited to see your receipt! Could you maybe give some tips on how you file your coupons. I’ve finally got a good stockpile and don’t know how to organize these coupons without spending a ton of time on it. Also how many Sunday papers do you think we should get?

    • Jenny

      Connie – Most internet coupons are manufacturer coupons and you can only use one of those per item period no matter where it came from. You can use a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon though.

    • Lynn

      Your so lucky with those Kraft coupons. I have the $0.75/1 and thats the way they rang up. But that’s ok cause that’s still a good deal.

    • Where do you have your Kroger list? I am really wanting to see it! I’m another that no matter what I do can only save 50 to 60 percent and am staggered by how much you saved at Kroger this week. I’d love to see exactly how you did it!

    • mhorner73

      What did Bethany mean exactly about taking coupons to the service desk and getting cash for them? She said she’s done this over 50…does that mean 50 cents?