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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 2.6.2009 at 5:52pm
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Wow what a week Southern Savers has had.  You guys have kept my fingers busy responding to emails and comments and it’s great to have so many new folks here.  Thanks Amy and Laura for mentioning me in your list!  I thought it was going to be another week of not getting out to shop but I finally made it out after kids went to bed last night.  Still haven’t made it to CVS but I have an ECB that expires so we will get there!

For those that have asked for so many weeks… a picture.  This is my Publix trip minus 2 cans of beans that got eaten before the picture.  My husband still has the camera hostage so I had to take it with my webcam :)

Publix:
Total before sales and coupons: $132.83
Total Spent: $35.72
Total Saved: $97.11 or 73.1%

Bi-Lo:
Total before sales and coupons: $65.05
Total Spent: $36.35
Total Saved: $28.70 or 44.1%
(Bought 17 lbs of Boston Butt, a Spiral Ham and 12 lbs of Rice – we have lots of family in town for the next few weeks so I had to stock up on meat)

Sam’s Club:
Total: $23.86
(Bought 2 Gallons of Milk, 4 lbs of Butter and 5lbs of 90/10 Hamburger meat)

Weekly Totals:
Total Before Sales and Coupons: $221.74
Total Spent: $95.93
Total Saved: $125.81 or 56.7%

Yearly Totals for 2009:
Total Value of purchases: $828
Total Spent: $215 ($43 per week average)
Total Saved: $614 or 74%

How did you do this week?  Comment or link to your post below.  It is fun to see just how much everyone is saving and helps encourage everyone to get better and better!  Please link directly to your savings post.

    • Crystal

      I did ok this week but I went to two different Publix stores in FL and they wouldn’t take my manufacturer Q with my publix q for Aleve. Is anyone else having this problem? I still go a decent deal .99 for 24 tablets but still it should have been free!

    • Kimberly

      Jenny,

      I had a really great week — I think this is my 5th week of shopping in such a smart way! Thanks to the blogs I am following and my sister in law (she had been shopping this way for a while now) — I am getting better each week!

      Today I went to Kroger. I spent $6.97 OOP. Here is what I got: 9 boxes of cereal (6 trix, 3 multigrain cheerios) & 10 boxes of Fruit Snacks (gushers & scooby doo).

      Kicker: I got a $3.50 ‘register reward’ for buying 5 or more fruit snacks!

      Here is how I used my coupons:
      I had 3 – $3 off 3 boxes of GM Cereals.
      I had 3 – Free Fruit Snacks w/ purchase of 3 GM Cereals
      1 used .50/2 Fruit Snack coupons for the rest

      Total Before Coupons/Kroger Card: $52.30
      Total OOP: $6.97
      Register Reward: $3.50

      YIPPEE!!!

    • Jenny

      Crystal – I called corporate about the new coupon wording and stating that you could not use another coupon with them and corporate said that they have not changed their policy and that you are allowed to stack a store coupon for any item! She recommended that you call if you have a problem with a store and have the store number at hand and they will re-instruct them on how it works.

      Kimberly- Thats an amazing trip! Good job. The Catalina on the fruit snacks is great isn’t it. If only we needed some.

    • Amber

      Jenny – have you published your buy price list anywhere. I have been a coupon/sales shopper for a couple of months now and slowly am figuring out what a “good deal” is. Do you have a document that tells the price you like to buy things at, or does anyone else, I’d like to make sure I’m buying at optimal price.

    • Thanks for all you do. I just held a coupon class at my church – I facilitated and had Gloria M., Kelly T. and Kasey T. help teach. We actually pulled your website up and showed them how to use your site as a guilde to their shopping. Thanks for all you do. I just wondered if you noticed an increase in useage……… between the two classes- one Thursday a.m. and one Thursday p.m. there were a little over 200 people. Thanks for all you do! I told them I don’t see how you do what you do- with all the grocery store match ups with coupon links……. thanks! If it is in the Chattanooga, TN paper- they actually sent a reporter to the class – if you would like a copy I will send it. We plugged funandfrugal.com for local deals and you for grocery store match ups. I guess I should have asked you first but figured the more the merrier!
      Have a great day!

    • Jenny

      Amber- I have not published it yet, but am working on that as the next Extreme Couponer column!

      Tara- Thats great, thanks for sharing the site. This has been an amazing hits week all around but I know that helped.

    • Amy

      You are SO welcome for the blog mention in the NBC story. Laura and I always check your blog so I’m happy to hear it has generated some traffic for you.

      Best Wishes!

      Amy & Laura

    • Sara

      This was my first week as a saver! I’m from CT, so technically not a southern saver :) I only managed 23% on my first grocery outing, but I was still pretty excited! Considering the savings on the bottom of my receipt used to be around $2. We’re still buying things we’ll need in the upcoming week(s) while the stock pile builds. Thanks to your links to the printable Progresso coupons our highlight was 10 cans of “free” soup plus $1.00 in overage!

      I have another shopping trip planned now that I have Sunday’s coupons in hand and this time it’s going to be a coupon-only trip. I think I’ll have a good haul, if I’ve planned it right.

      Thanks so much for this site all the helpful advice! I love the site and it has really helped me understand that the way I used to shop really is the “wrong” way.