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Friday Finals…

on 9.24.2010 at 11:43pm
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I needed a break last week.  Sorry for not giving you a heads up.  It was a long week and I was beyond exhausted.   Honestly I have a confession.  I grow weary of posting our savings every week especially lately as we get busier and busier and weeks go by that I share all the deals but don’t have time to actually shop and get any.

I realized this week though that many of you enjoy sharing and seeing other peoples finds (or just enjoy traffic to your sites) and that this isn’t about me.   So forgive me for a silent week, and even if we don’t shop I always will at least give you a link up.

We did shop this week.  It was a bare bones basic trip, we got in town after being gone for long trip and had no milk, or fresh fruit or veges.  So I ran out for the essentials and then made another trip just for Vitatop Muffins.  (I couldn’t have everyone take all of my favorite Deep Chocolate!)

Publix:
Total Before Sales and Coupons: $48.90
Total Spent: $33.31
Total Saved: $15.59

I know it’s nothing impressive, but it was what was needed and was well within budget so all is good.  In the end, it is more important in couponing to get the things your family needs then to have wowing and stunning numbers.

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

    • griffins00

      I don't have a link-up, but I did want to share my AWESOME trip to Publix tonight…I got $200 worth of groceries for $47!!:) I was on such HIGH when I left there with the family! The cashiers and two customers behind me were all cheering…it was great!

    • Jenn

      I went a little over budget this week, but some deals I couldn't pass up. I spent 107 at publix and saved 168. I started getting serious about couponing about a month ago, so I decided to crunch some numbers and see how much I have been saving. For a family of six, I have spent 698 in the last month. I have saved a total of 610!!!!!!! We have never had this much food in the house and such a variety. I appreciate all the hard work you do to post, my family and friends are so thankful

    • With all that you do for SouthernSavers, plus all you do for your family, I've often wondered how in the world you “get it all done”. I hope you find some time soon to have some breathing room and to do some FUN shopping.

    • Dianne

      Thank you, Jenny, for your honesty and for all the help this website gives to many, many people. I do like seeing the great deals others find, so thanks for letting them share!

    • Dana~

      I found your honesty, refreshing – and pray you will never apologize or feel bad/guilty.

      Take care of yourself and your family ~ breaks are necessary – even good!!

      • kjmiller

        I agree, and maybe there are some things you could cut out (or back on) so that you don't get burned out. Personally, I have no problem finding deals now – especially since everyone else is so good about sharing. (In particular I monitor comments on the Publix, Rite Aid and CVS boards). Try to take some time for yourself and THANK YOU for all your hard work.

    • Horam8903

      Thanks for the link up! No need to apologize – we all need to take a breather at one time or another!

    • Mkau1

      I am pretty sure that the savings I've enjoyed since visiting your website weekly for many, MANY weeks helped my girls and I in ways I could not even count. That savings goes towards vacations, etc. that I would not be able to afford otherwise. Not to mention that my daughter and her college roommate have toiletries coming out of their ears! You are so forgiven! Thank you for all that you do…it is appreciated…and it makes a difference!

    • Mistletoes405

      Awww, Jenny. This post makes me sad! Always remember that you can only give so much of yourself. You do all this as a service to your readers…it's not like you “owe” anyone anything. You're a busy Mommy and Wife, and sometimes you have to “pick your battles” as they say and decide what's the priority at the moment. I have this problem where I give 125% at work and then come home and feel like I can only muster up 75% to give at home and subsequently feel guilty about it. We can only do so much. Take it easy on yourself, girl! I wish I could give you a big ole hug!

    • bnirrelevant

      Thanks for all you do Jenny! I truly love your website and it is so informative and helpful. I started about 1 1/2 months ago with the couponing again, and your website makes it so much easier.It can be quite addictive. Thanks again.

    • Couponmom2

      Jenny,

      I just want to say: THANK YOU again for coming to Pelham, Al. last week!!!! I took your advice and for the first time this past Sunday I actually filed my coupons in a file folder. I can't believe I did not clip one from last Sunday! This is SOOOOOO HARD for me!!!!! I keep reminding myself that one day the Southern Savers web site will list the date of the coupon and I will then know where to find it. Always remember to put YOUR FAMILY ahead of Southern Savers. These coupon sessions can wait! We contacted you in May and set you up for September. I was sad to read that you have been busy posting the savings for others and then missing the sales yourself! Don't do that!!!!!!! Take care of Jenny and your family!Just remember that you made a lot of money last week for Southern Savers and yourself. Think of it that way. You made a lot that you can live off of for a little while. Maybe you need to set a limit to how many times in a week you will do a session. I know you did Huntsville, Homewood, Pelham and Georgia all in one week. I KNOW that HAS to take a TON of energy out of you! ( I still can't believe you never stopped to drink your bottled water )! Do you want me to e-mail you some pictures from Pelham? I will pray for you that God directs your steps and gives you balance. We all LOVE YOU so much! YOU ARE OUR COUPON, MONEY SAVING HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I could, I would present you with a blue cape! YOU ARE a SUPER WOMAN!

    • Susan

      Jenny, thank you for all you have done for my family. I appreciate you and your hard work but please, when you feel weary, rest and take it easy. I, for one, will be here whether you do 1 post a day or 10. I will say a special prayer for you tonight for strength and some time for yourself and your family. May God bless you.

      • Mama71fl

        jenny-i agree 10000 percent……

    • Snowski824

      Thank you so much for sharing the deals each day! You are a blessing to so very many of us!

    • Jenny,
      I fully understand where you are coming from on needing a break. Managing a site such as southernsavers.com or frugalfloridian.com is pretty much a full time job, even if there are only a couple of posts in one day, there is so much going on in the background that the casual reader does not see.

      I know Kathy and I fully appreciate all that you do for the couponing community.

    • I'm so glad to see Friday Finals back up–I look forward to it all week!

      Jenny, thank you so much for all that you do. Without you & your site, I wouldn't be saving like crazy every single week. You have truly changed my life! Not every week can be the best week ever, and sometimes you just do the best you can!

    • Ruth

      Thank you Jenni for all you do!! I really appreciate you spending time out of your busy schedule to post everything you do!!

    • Louise

      I'm just thankful that you took the time off to take care of you! If something happens to you, we all go down–thank you so much!!

    • Tigress1321

      I'm sure it does get tireing, I get exausted just trying to put my list and coupons together and then trying to make sure they have everything I need and then trying to fund it if they don't. But I do appreciate ALL the hard work ad effort you put into this. You have saved my family and allowed us to still eat something other than raman noodles. Thank you Jenny.

    • Fitslb

      I can only imagine how hard this is. I have to admit, I love that you provide this service. I have not found another web site/person that provides it so well. You make it easy for all the rest of us and I thank you for that. I do not think, I know that I would not be as good of a shopper if it wasn't for all your hard work.
      Thank You soooooo much! (take as many breaks as you need, but please don't stop)

      • Angiefaye

        I second that!!!! Thank you Jenny!!!!

    • Thecouponpops

      Hi Jenny,

      Glad you got a chance to take a break…we all need them! Even with you taking a break, you have things so well organized that I saved a ton of $$$ last week! I'm the laid off out of work dad who thought we would lose everything and found that, through saving through this site and your workshop, that my family was going to be just fine. A 4 month severance has turned into over a year, if needed, with the monthly expenditure savings. For peace of mind, I can never say thank you enough. Even when I'm employed again, I'll still be couponing. It's hard to pay full price for something you've gotten for 50-80% off! God Bless you and yours!

    • Rjcj10@aol.com

      Thanks so much! I love Friday Finals and definately missed it. You know your addicted to couponing/saving when the reason you look forward to Friday is… Southern Savers….. Friday Finals! lol

      Thanks again for all you do! I just sent another friend your way yesterday and she was amazed.

    • FrugalMom

      I hope you were able to get some rest, I completely understand why you would need to take a break. Blogging is a lot of work, and you sure do a lot of work for all of us. I missed your totals last week, but I too have those weeks, where I just want to get the basics.

      I have personally taken a very long CVS break, because it was too much hassle, but at least I have a big stockpile to get me through my break.

      Thanks for posting again! As someone else already said PLEASE take as many breaks as you need….but please don't stop. Thank you for all of the hard work that you do for all of us.

    • Tracy

      Just wanted to thank you for ALL your hard work to save everyone else $$. Before someone told me about this site, I had NO idea you could save that kind of $ and get what you want / need. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am still learning everyday. I honestly don't know how you do it! My family is thankful to you, too! I was able to take the workshop you offered in Wilmington & thought you were probably one of the funniest, engaging speakers I have gotten the opportunity to listen to. I am still processing the drug store stuff, but it is on the horizon for my savings! ;) Thanks again! I am in awe of you!

    • Summermaldonado

      You must take care of yourself first, Jenny! Thank you for all you do!

    • hgirl

      Jenny, don't feel any pressure! What you do for us is such a blessing. Take care of yourself!

    • mc

      Jenny, Yes – this is one of my favorite parts about SS. I enjoy seeing the deals other people got. Thanks for putting it back up. I love to get up on Saturday mornings while everyone is still asleep and check out Friday Finals…lol! Thank you!

    • Kmd20ts

      Jenny, funny you should say that about not being about the numbers but being about saving on what you need. I have been at this for about 6 weeks and just this week began the mental struggle of balancing buying what I need and want and what is a good deal. It's funny cuz the deal is addicting. I don't “have” to do all this but it is a good way to save some extra money for something else I may want or to help pay off student loans and I also can't stand the thought of buying something for more then someone else. LOL

    • WynetteC

      Everything we brought home this week was a need. And it will definitely be put to good use, it'll be eaten! :)

      Thank you for taking time for others, you practice the Golden Rule very well.

      ~Carrie

    • kelli

      I was wondering what happened last week….

      last week:

      cvs
      total before sales/coupons: $129.08
      total oop: $1.96
      total saved: $127.12 or 98%
      I used $14.06 more ebs then I got back

      rite aid
      total before sales/coupons: $159.17
      total oop: $4.97 (will receive $6 scr)
      total saved: $154.20 or 97%, more than 100% after scr
      received $20.50 more +up then I used

      kroger
      total before sales/coupons: $30.93
      total oop: $.23
      total saved: $30.70 or 99%

      food lion
      total before sales/coupons: $20.09
      total oop: $.35
      total saved: $19.74 or 98%

      I also spent $3 on papers

      this week:

      cvs
      total before sales/coupons: $139.18
      total oop: $3.50 (almost all tax)
      total saved: $135.68 or 97%
      gained $16 ebs

      rite aid
      total before sales/coupons: $138.50
      total oop: $4.46
      total saved: $134.04 or 96%
      used $19 more +ups then I started with but will be getting $28 from scr

      kroger
      total before sales/coupons: $14.03
      total oop: $.13
      total saved: $13.90 or 99%

      • I want lessons from you! You did great!

      • Rgetsi1300

        WOW!!! Great job, I'm just getting started. I have so much to learn, any advice?

        • clemsonfan101

          I'm with you. I just started doing this and to see what Kelli accomplished is amazing!! How much time do you need to put into it every day to get those kind of savings?

      • Nikki

        yes, Amazing! I MUST know how you are doing those CVS deals, and the Kroger ones because Kroger hasn't had any good sales in quite a while.

      • kelli

        I'll have to look back at my receipts to remember what I bought. things have been so insane around here recently that I can barely remember what I bought earlier this morning. if anyone wants to email me with specific questions, you can do so (kellimd82 AT gmail DOT com). I'll make a list of what I bought and post it here in a little while.

      • kelli

        sorry I didn't post this last night. I shop for several people in my family. I don't do anywhere near all of the deals but if there's a deal that's good for my family, I will do it multiple times. I usually shop on Sunday for the first round and then wait until Thursday or Friday to go shopping again for the things that might be in limited supply. I always get rain checks if there's something I want that they don't have.

        The week of 9/12-9/18 I bought –
        CVS:
        8 Coke 12- packs
        2 Nivea Body Wash
        2 Candy Corn
        2 Tylonol Precise
        2 High Octane Energy Chews
        3 CVS Chicken Broth
        3 Coke 2 litters
        4 Airwick Spray

        Food Lion: 14 Campbell's Select Harvest soup

        Rite Aid:
        18 Trident
        6 Playtex
        4 Noxema razors
        2 Maybelline Mascara
        1 Maybelline lip gloss
        3 Listerine pocket packs
        3 Crest toothpaste
        3 Garnier hair dye
        2 Nivea cream tin
        1 Bubble Yum

        Kroger: 32 cans of Libby's veggies

        the week of 9/19-9/25 I bought –
        CVS:
        2 Schick Hydro razors
        2 Schick Hydro shave gel
        6 Right Guard deodorant
        7 Revlon lip stick
        1 Bayer meter
        6 candy bars

        Kroger: 10 Shamrock Farms milk

        Rite Aid:
        18 Kotex/U by Kotex
        6 Cottonelle Wipes
        1 Tone Body wash
        1 Kerasal ointment
        2 Hungry Jack pancake miz
        1 Hungry Jack syrup
        12 Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches
        4 John Frieda hair care

        • kelli

          I forgot to mention that I try to pay as much of my total as possible with extra bucks or +ups when I'm shopping at cvs or rite aid. I'll throw a candy bar in or something to get me to where I need to be so that my total is all or mostly tax.

    • Cheryl @ Simply CVS

      oops, I accidentally linked up twice. I am sorry. Thanks for the linky–love to see what every one got this week.

    • Thanks for the linky! I appreciate all you do!

    • Marlene

      It's a nice touch to let others post their Friday finals, it's fun to see what deals people found. Here'e what I think you don't need to qualify where or why you've shopped – if you want to just post one or two of your favorite deals of the week as an intro go ahead. This site is still one of the few that is very personable – we feel like we know you and your shopping lists rock – seriously Jenny no one else provides anything like them. My Friday finals involve looking into my bi-weekly grocery fund envelope. On the first Friday I say “oh yes let's go get some deals!” and on the 2nd Friday I'm happy if it's not completely empty. With a full-time job I pick up deals where I can and usually make a big run on Sunday afternoon. I can't keep up with the receipts and tallies but this is my concrete way of knowing were staying on budget. And some of the great tips I've learned here help me do just that without having to go without milk, eggs, fruits & vegetables. So thanks.

    • Ashley

      Thank you Jenny for this site! You have helped me cut my grocery bill in half in just 2 months of me starting to coupon. I am telling all of my friends and family about your site and your couponing methods. I actually am teaching a class on couponing and showing the class how to use your site! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    • Cheryl

      I have seen several site where you can buy whole inserts. This sounds like a good idea, but I'd like to know if it's legal before I do it. Do you have any info?

      Thanks.

      • Miche_iglesias

        Coupon sites sell their clipping/gathering services rather than the inserts themselves, if I'm not mistaken. Because of this, it is perfectly legal to obtain weekly whole inserts in this manner.

    • HeatherS

      I'm glad that I'm not the only one who grows weary of searching ads and gathering coupons, compiling a list and heading to the store with 3 kids in tow. Thanks for the encouragement (even through your discouragement)! Thanks for your help. My husband appreciates it! :)

    • Adele

      Jenny, Everything that you do for us is above and beyond. I can't tell you how much you have changed my family's life and our spending habits. Shopping is now met with anticiaption and excitement. I love this site and how we all share with one another – as a beginner still, I read in amazement. It was awesome to meet you at Gaston College on Sept 1st – thank you again! Adele

    • Shelly Donahoe

      Thank you so much for what you do! You have helped my family so much! I would have never known where to begin without you and now I am saving at least 50% every shopping trip. I pray that God will bless you and your family.

    • Melanie

      I always get discouraged when I see $1.45 totals for 5 bottles and detergent and 12 pks of cookies. That's great but what are those people really EATING?? I can't seem to get to the stock up stage because my family of 5 eats everything I bring into the house. We no longer waste food and eat out rarely. The most I have ever saved is $60 or about 50% of my total bill but I am buying actual meals!

      • Mercurialc

        Hi Melanie,

        Try stocking up on one item per month. Last February, I was able to purchse pasta for 21 cents per box. I bought enough to feed my family one meal a week for a year. I also have a few meal suggestions that will save you money.

        1. Make Oatmeal the first meal of the day, every day. A serving of oatmeal costs very little, is hot, filling, and full of fiber. Even if you don't care for it, eat it first thing and get it over with. Then go on with your day knowing you've done something good for your health and your budget. (This applies to the whole family).

        2. Serve soup as the first course for dinner, at least 5 nights a week. Homemade soup can be made very cheaply, and people who eat soup before a meal eat less and feel more satisfied. Be creative. Toss in leftover meat, veggies, etc. You can serve it on top of cooked pasta, or an ice-cream scoop size serving of rice to make it more filling. Use lots of beans, and lots of spices. Make extra and freeze it for nights when you don't want to cook.

        3. Once a week, make either homemade macaroni and cheese, or home made scalloped potatoes for dinner. These are both cheap, filling meals, especially after a bowl of soup. I add chopped broccholi, peas, and/or green beans to my mac and cheese, plus I often add sliced onion and/or chunks of tomato on top. I served this to my brother-in-law and his family. At first, my niece didn't understand the concept of “just macaroni and cheese” for dinner. However, the next time they visited, they requested it!

        4. Know when certain things will likely go on sale. In November, turkey and baking goods will be on sale. In December, (and shortly before Easter) stock up on ham and freeze it. Shortly before the Superbowl, cheese, pasta, and other “snack items” go on sale. Make your meat go a long way. For turkey, serve the bird as usual, then put some of the leftovers in the fridge for sandwiches, turn some into turkey salad, and freeze some for soups later. Turkey (or chicken), with carrots, cabbage, salt, pepper, and sweet basil, makes a great soup! Buy ham “on the bone.” It's generally less expensive, and you can use the bone in a bean soup later.

        I hope these suggestions help.

    • Tnhillbillys

      Jenny, please don't burn out. Maybe it would help if you cut back a little, going back to the basics. Your website is awesome, but, it is not more important than your family. I think everyone would understand if you added less content and went back to the basics. God Bless.

    • WynetteC

      Jenny, Its hard to say this because it will go against my selfish nature, but don't post the newest deal when this happens. You're supposed to be able to enjoy what you do. If it's a burden, then step back and take some time to get things in order, prioritize the ONE who must come first in everything, then your family, and lastly your job.

      Since we (the site) fall into the lastly category, set everything else which matters most before us or else life has no purpose for you and it will just be a drudgery.

      I have couponed with you (your site) since last August. It has been incredible. But to be honest, all of those times that I would rush out and do the deals, there was always something missing, I never had anyone to share my excitement with. Yes, I'd get good deals that I would literally brag about, but even in that nothing felt right. And just now within the past few weeks, God has given me a good friend who shops with me at almost every outing, and she's just happy to exist, if you know what I mean. If the store's out of the product, it doesn't bother her at all. She doesn't get mad, like I would have normally done, she just makes new conversation, something positive. Her mindset is incredible and she's taught me to see things differently. When I go out to these stores, I have starting getting to know all these store employees who've gotten to know me so well since they see me so much, lol! Each employee has their own struggle in life and I think they need to know they are noticed, too. And so I've looked at each shopping trip with a new perspective.

      I hope you can find enjoyment in knowing you have purpose in what you do and great influence! :)

    • Ava501

      Please don't burn out Jenny, you have helped me tremendously with the coupon matchups (especially at Publix). I don't always save a lot but everything helps. Watching what others are saving, to me, isnt the highlight of your website so if you missed posting that I am fine. I love your website- thank you for all you do.

    • Susan

      Thanks for being real with us readers! I'm glad to know you are human. Life is about relationships not money or deals. I know it is hard times for many people, and you help a lot of people. I do appreciate the coupon links & savings I get from your site, & it allows me to give even more to others.

    • Guest

      Jenny, thank you so much for everything you do. I've been with you (your site) for just over a couple months now and it has literally ended up being our saving grace. My husband just lost his job and we are at a loss as to what will happen to our family, but I do know that I am still able to save a ton of money buying food and essentials for my family. Again, thank you! However, your family is most important. Your family will always be there for you, so you need to make sure you are taking care of you and them.

    • Kim A.

      It is so understandable to need a breath of fresh air! Everyone needs to shift what they are doing and shake up things from time to time in life. Spending mroe time to tend to family and other pusuits. You owe it to yourself to stay happy and refreshed!… I hope you do know that you are appreciated and what you do matters. Your site in particular has shifted my shopping habits, allowing me to go from cutting out about 20% due to shopping sales etc. to averaging 51% savings at the grocery store and getting household goods for 60-80% + savings. I know my story is not unique. Your generosity with sharing knowledge and enthusiasm at all levels have inspired. My family has been better off from what you do. Thank You

    • CL

      Jenny, one of my friends and I were talking this morning about your post and we are sooo glad you are a real woman with real life! WE appreciate all the work that you do, YOU ARE AWESOME for taking the time to search the deals and help our families out. We have not been doing the SSavers long but it has made a huge difference in my shopping and the way I think about shopping. Thanks for helping our family!

    • Rountreemom

      Jenny–
      Thank you for all you do. Like many others here, I turned to your site when my husband lost his job, and I had to find new ways to cut corners. Your site is a blessing, but it should not become a burden to you. Please do whatever you need to rest and know you have touched so many lives through your blog.
      God bless you–
      Jeanne

    • emom

      Jenny – thank you so much for working so hard at an intensive job that helps so many. You would not be letting anyone down if you need to streamline some things. There are so many opportunities to see how to save we do not need to see your personal shopping list every week (we love it but it is not neccesary)!!! I have a little one and it blows me away how you are able to juggle your work and your family! Thank you soooooooo much!!!!!!!

    • Bobcoup

      I know it must seem like a thankless task at times, but your work is truly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Rgrhyne31972

      A BIG Thank you for all you do! I have 3 small ones and I KNOW what you are going through–I can't imagine how much time and energy this site must take! THANK you for ALL you do—your site was what turned me on to couponing!

    • Nana Clark

      Thanks Jenny for all you do for us!! I for one am totally thrilled that you do this for nothing and I understand the tireless effort. You have made a difference in our family and a few others I know that frequent this site!! You have blessed our lives with savings!!
      Thank you!!!

    • Dawncdp

      Jenny, I just wanted to echo all the thank yous! And we all understand that you and your family must and should come first! Maybe you could start delegating some of your workload out. Many of us would love to help you in whatever way we can–and I mean that!

    • Marcia Shepard

      Thanks for all you do to keep us informed of the great buys and the coupon match-ups. I know I certainly appreciate it! I'm sure a lot of times it seems like you might do this for a bunch of ungrateful people, but I'm sure that just more than me appreciates it. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Guest

      I believe God has blessed you with a wonderful ministry that helps people and families across many states. What you do is honorable and a blessing to many. I hope that you feel encouraged by the words of your coupon friends who have left many comments about you. My husband and I have recently been working to pay our debts and live in financial freedom. Finding this website has been inspirational for that and has helped our household in many ways as we continue to work towards achieving this goal day by day. I don't know how I would have been able to do this if you had not started this website. I've been telling all my friends about it. Hope you are blessed with a wonderful week of rest and time spent with family. Thanks again for all you do.

    • branmuffin

      Thank you , Jenny. I often wonder how you do it. If it weren't for this site, I would be in trouble with finances! You are a blessing and an inspiration. I also appreciate what you said about it being just as important to get what you NEED. Sometimes I just don't have the energy (pregnancy does that) to get all the best deals, so I just get what we need, and my numbers are not great like all these other posts I see. Thank you for an encouraging post that lets me know I'm not alone.

    • Jenny,
      As a fellow blogger, I know the pressure that you are under, and sometimes you need to just step back, breathe, smell the magnolias (when they are in season) or whatever it is that you find pleasure in life either solo or with your family. Regardless of what some of the other bloggers state, you are the reason many of them even exist. You have readers from around the world, and I would like to think that like myself, you stay above the fray of truth stretching, or dishonesty with your readers. I know that southernsavers.com was the very first bog that Kathy started to follow almost two years ago.

      So relax, enjoy life, your family, and whatever else makes Jenny happy. It is not being selfish, it is called enjoying your life. Never feel bad or get upset with yourself for not putting up a Friday Final post. Though it is from what I see the LARGEST Friday Follow out there, you should never feel compelled to do it. But, if for whatever reason you are not up to, just put up a post saying it ain’t happening tonight, and I am sure your true readers will understand.

      Sincerely,
      Mark E. Lepow, aka FrugalFloridian
      A Fellow Blogger over at FrugalFloridian.com

    • Thehagwoods

      I was so happy this week. I don't usually shop at Ingles but I went for triple coupons. I spent 19.00 and saved 95.00! Yeah!

    • Ooops…

    • Hey, every one deserves some time off, no worries! Thanks so much for the linky. :)

    • Julie

      This was a great week to buy Advil. Publix had a 5.00 off coupon on Advil when you buy two.(Advantage flyer exp. 24th) The boxes of Advil had a 2.00 off coupon on them. That was 9.00 off two boxes!

      It gets better. The boxes cost 4.49 each. I got them free pluss 2 cents over!!! I love Publix. I bought 4 boxes. Stocked up for a while.

    • Donna

      I wanted to add my voice in thanks for all your hard work too! I just started last week and I have already saved SO much thanks to you! My budget was stretched to the point of breaking and this week it looks like I'll have enough left after paying bills and getting groceries / supplies to even put a little of the money I've saved through coupons into my savings account!

      I did my first ever CVS & Rite Aid Trips today and I'd never shopped at either before because I assumed they were overpriced.

      CVS:

      Total before sales / coupons: $46.32

      Total OOP: $14.17

      Saved: 69.76% AND I still have $15 Extra Bucks for my next trip!!!

      Rite Aid:

      Total before sales / coupons: $85.18

      Total OOP: $26.31

      Saved: 72.20%

      I can't believe how much I saved and now I'm stocked up on necessities like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair color, lipstick, foundation, blush and more. I can't thank you enough for showing me (and all of us here) how to save so much!

      I hope you remember to take time for yourself and your family so you don't get burned out! Nothing is more important that your family & your health!

      Thanks again & take care! :)

    • Kathy

      Thank You!!!!!! I can't even imagine the time it takes to do this. but there is one thing I do know. Nothing is worth too much stress. Please put yourself and your family first! I will be happy with any posts that you have time for! Everything is truly appreciated!

    • Carolyn

      Publix: Free Sambazon Organic Juice. In Family Style magazine for Fall 2010, there is a coupon for $2.50 off Sambazon juice found in produce section, near OJ. On the neck of the bottle in my store, there is a .55 off coupon. I got a free Sambazon juice (delicious) and made 5 cents. (Product costs $3.00)

    • Blouzahdeb

      Jenny, first off, I agree with so many — don't let this become something you hate. I have a weird job (I knit and repair knitwork for commision) — at first, I thought “awesome! I get to do something I love AND get paid to do it!” but soon working for everyone else and not doing what I love kinda zapped the joy out of it. So YES, take breaks, delegate, just let others post their shopping — whatever it takes. We all appreciate your hard work and don't want to be the source of any unhappiness for you. I will say that Southern Savers is my favorite blog because it is SO thorough and has all the stores that I need in one place — I really appreciate that you put so many deals instead of just the “best” deals like some others do (because I rarely agree with what's the “best”! lol) Thank you so much, and a big Thank You to your family for sharing you with us!

    • Beck

      Do what's right before God and for your family, that's all that will matter in the end, all the rest will take care of itself. I sooo appreciate all you do, but I speak for myself (and hopefully others) when I say- take a rest anytime you need, the coupon world will still turn. God bless!

    • Good gosh is your post ever refreshing!! I too run a coupon blog – I have since Feb of last year. It is a lot of work to do those matchups week after week after week, and still have energy and enthusiasm to go out and do the deals myself! I ended up taking a lil' break from hard-core couponing over the summer and am easing back on into it. Take care of yourself!! ;)

    • Revmcgahee

      Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work!! I have just started with the couponing and have already saved so much!! Your site is one of my favorites and one of the best that I have found!!!!!! It is so helpful!! I totally understand how very much time it takes to do all this work that you do!! Everyone understands that you need time off…and when you do…take that time for yourself and your family! But you do such a great job with your website that I just wanted to say that you are the BEST!! God bless you and everyone that you love!

      love,

      Debra

    • Mercurialc

      Thanks so much for your hard work. You deserve a break.

      As for deals this week: Every month I try to stock up on at least one item that's a really good buy. This month it was tuna. Kroger had their 5 oz canned tuna on sale for 38 cents per can. (Normally, it's 62 cents, and I've never seen it on sale before.) No coupons, but I bought about 100 cans, which will last my husband 6 months to a year. (He loves tuna.) The dates on the cans were for Feb 2013, so they'll last a good long time.

      Original Cost: $62.00

      Spent: $38.00

      Saved $24.00 (or about 39%)

      I'll still be on the lookout for deals where I can buy a few cans for almost nothing, but I really had to stock up.

    • John Glisson

      My wife and I just started “couponing” this week. Your site helped us save like $80 in combined sale and coupon savings – almost half of that was coupon savings. We're still learning the ropes, but are excited about cutting a couple of hundred bucks (or more) from our budget! We really like your site and how it's laid out, so thank you so much!

    • Opal Ellis

      Thank you so much for all you do for us. I am hoping that you will have a chance to relax soon but I have to tell you I get stopped about a dozen or so times in the grocery store and they all want to know how I do my couponing ( I have the binder all layed out) and I ALWAYS tell them about you and your site. You are wonderful and thanks again!

    • Cindydawson1969

      Spent $71.29 at Publix – SAVED $199.61!!!

    • Cindydawson1969

      Spent $31.98 at Food Lion – Saved $74.94!

    • Cindydawson1969

      Spent $21.40 at Ingles – Saved $71.47!

    • Firemurphs

      I was totally thrilled with my savings Sat. at Food Lion, Publix, & Ingles.
      Food Lion before coupons $54.61 spent $10.88 Ingles, before coupons $172.46 spent $76.80 Publix before coupons $49.71 spent $26.53 wasn't as happy with Publix but still pretty good. My total at three stores was $275.30 I spent $114.21 so I saved $161.09 not to bad to just be starting out at this… Thank you so much for all your advice I love your site.

    • Tired Blogger.

      I also run a blog, and this week I am drained from it. Don't feel bad when you take a week off. First of all, there are tons of other sites that people where people can find this information if they are in need of it. It might not be as nice or fun as your site, but it is out there. No one should hurt because you aren't posting. Also, when you are giving people a free service, they shouldn't complain about any of it. AND you should never be so busy with your site that you can't enjoy life and get your own deals. I've decided my site is hit or miss and when I feel like it to some degree. Readers will be fine. I'm not getting paid for it, so I shouldn't worry about it. Also, have you considered getting together with other bloggers and each of you taking a week/store/aspect and all just posting the same stuff so none of you do as much work matching everything up? I don't think that is cheating as much as really making the best use of everyone's time. Hugs and sympathy.