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Friday Finals 4/8

on 4.8.2011 at 6:02pm
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Once you have your stockpile built weekly shopping becomes very easy.  Rarely do we make a huge trip, instead we go out for maybe 4 or 5 items just so we stay stocked on those things.  A good reminder here, is that you only need enough in our stockpile for 6 weeks.  For most of us that means buying 2-5 items to get you through to the next sale.

This week there were only a few tings that we needed that were on sale.  I went to Publix for ketchup and Vitatop muffins.

Publix:
Total before sales and coupons:  $56.89
Total Spent: $16.05
Total Saved: $40.84 or 71.2%

I grabbed a few of the “free+profit” items to bring down the cost of my other items, plus everything in the buggy was B1G1 or free.  Makes it easy to save when you don’t need anything and can wait for the right time and the right price.

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

    • DeAnna O

      I agree! The only items i buy more than 4 or 5 of are bread and cereal. We go through alot of it and I like good quality bread so I really stock up when the BOGO and coupons line up. My weekly shopping list is now 7-10 fresh items and restocks

    • Janell H

      Publix total $47.03 saved $74.22. I know I'm not as good at this as some, but I'm learning. I just started about 2 months ago, so I'm still having to purchase stuff to stockpile every day needs. I did walk out with free jello temptations, free scotties tissues, and 2 free oral B toothbrushes.

      • Regena

        How did you score the jello temptations? I've been dying to try them.

    • Maria

      yep, I got my 6 week stock pile,.. (more weeks on the toothpast, deordorant, shampoo, items like that). I went for my weekly Publix trip. Hit the BOGO of what I needed & items that were FREE w/my coupons. Bought 45 items, saved 70% ($90.95 saved) & was very Happy. Thank “You” for helping me learn all this. I've only been Couponing since January, and I LOVE it. :0)

    • Thanks for the link-up! I agree, you don't need a whole store full. If you have several stores in your area it makes it even easier. But my stock is looking a little lopsided these days, so I need some good sales. I wish we had a Publix. It sounds like a great store.

    • Surgibelle

      I have seen posts from people that bought and saved at Aldies. Does Aldies take coupons? Ive been to the store but havent seen many brand names outside of their own…..

      • They do not take coupons but they have great prices on produce!

    • What fun to see, glad to have found it. I think my trip this week to CVS was not as inspiring, and already put away so I will be sure to snap pics in the future. I was happy with my first attempt though there were a few things I did in the wrong order, overall for my first time trying I got 123.00 of items for 46.00 and still have 21.99 in CVS ECB's.

      • Tammy F

        if that was your first time i would say you did great—isn't it fun to save all this money?????!!!!!!

    • Crafty_cat_86

      Paid $4 in ECB (no money OOP) for $91 of stuff at CVS (including diapers!) and saved 63% at Weis for my weekly shopping trip!

    • jb30520

      What is the way to try to start a stockpile? Sometimes I wonder if I am doin this whole thing right. Somestimes, I think I do well and other times, I am like maybe not. I live in a very rural area and there are really only 2 grocery stores in my town. One is a Bi-lo and the other is a local grocery store.

      • Jsanderson

        It takes a while to get a good stockpile going. What I did was everytime I went grocery shopping for stuff I needed, I would also check out what was on sale and go ahead and buy enough of that item to last 6 weeks or so. It was slow going for a while because I didn't have the extra money to just buy all sorts of items in bulk, but little by little my cabinets started to fill up. As they filled up, my grocery list got shorter and shorter with stuff I needed, because I already had them! That left more money to buy the on sale items. So don't give up and just buy what you can in bulk- in a few months you'll start noticing a difference.

        • jb30520

          That's me, I don't always have the extra money to buy extra. Usually there is enough on the weekly sales for me to buy for that week as far as food goes. But it would be so nice to have extra food in the house, especially w/ 3 boys in the house!! Thank you so much.

          • KT

            About not having the extra money, say you buy something (like cereal) that after a BOGO and coupons you can get for $1 thats normally $4. You could buy 4 boxes when you are starting off with your stockpile, and get that for the price you would normally just have bought 1. Your not spending anymore money than usual…your not saving any until you build up your stockpile. Hopefully this makes sense! It will really pay off after a couple months or weeks of stockpiling :)

            • jb30520

              Thanks to everyone who replied. i went this morning, and after I got home w groceries, i was putting stuff up and realized that i had a little stock pile of things going. such as ketchup, fruit snacks, spaghetti sauce. i even have laundry detergent and toilet bowl cleaner a few extra. I have been doing this for about a month and I guess it just takes time to actually see. Maybe I am not doing so bad after all. Thanks again everyone. I also want to keep things in perspective too. I just want enough to get me through till the next sale. :)

        • Bee

          I found that it took me longer than many people to get a good stockpile going. We don't use a lot of cereal or yogurt, etc. The thing I always seem to be behind on is canned vegetables, beans. There are good sales every so often, but I always underestimate what I should buy.

          We also have to purchase stuff like milk, ice cream, sour cream and lettuce every pay day. No use in trying to stock pile ice cream. The more you have, the more you eat. We now just buy it about once a month and just look for the least expensive option with or without coupon.

          But I know I'm getting there because I no longer feel the pressure to buy certain items if I don't like the price. I usually have one or two extra or a substitute at home.

      • It took me about 6months or so to get a good stockpile to keep me ahead of my 4 boys. And in the beginning I squeezed the budget as hard as I could to find extra money, even just an extra$20 a week went a long way. I had always kept a well stocked pantry- you know an extra of most things, but when I started couponing my aim was to have a 6month supply of food on hand. My hubby works for in the construction fields, so although his job is pretty secure it wasn't when I started 18 months ago. Anyway after a few months I started to have more on hand than my kids could consume and now I just spend most weeks spending my budget $100 – $150 a week on fresh produce, meat on sale, dairy and whatever else is “ROCK BOTTOM” at my store & buying pet food for 2 large dogs & 4 cats. My grocery money also covers flipping for health & beauty items at CVS. CVS has really helped to free up my weekly budget. It is pretty easy to get stocked up on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap bodywash…and so forth; and b/c I can wait for those to go on sale I never have to run out last minute b/c we are out of TP or shampoo. B/c I get so much stuff from CVS I have fewer run ins to Walmart or TArget where I always picked up more than was on my list.

        Also look for times when an item is at its absolute lowest. I spent nearly a year shopping before I was able to stock up on peanut butter. We easily use 2-3 jars a week. It has a long shelf life and I wanted 1 year supply of PB b/c in my area it only hits rock bottom once a year- as in $.50 or less. So I scrounged and scoured back to school sales in August to get over 100 jars of PB. I know crazy to most, but we will use it before it expires and I bought enough to get us through until it hit rock bottom again…as in another year. Don't worry most items aren't like that at my house! Some brand of cereal will be $1.25 or less every 6-8 weeks. That is my buy it price, unless it is is the junkyier kids cereal then it is usually less than $1.. Anyway I don't have a 1 year supply of cereal on hand just enough until there is another good sale. By the way we go through 3-4 boxes a week so for me I want to have a 3 month supply so I still have LOTS of cereal compared to most families, but I have a large family who will consume it.

    • Jen

      I live in FL where there are no double coupons, but thankfully Publix accepts 2 coupons for B1G1 items, and also a store + manufacturer coupon per item. So I printed out some good coupons, and off to the store I went hoping to save at least 50%. I had 2 $5/25 Family Dollar coupons, so I did 2 separate orders. My first was items without coupons, like meat, dairy, fruits and veggies. I spent $46 and saved $29. My second order was full of coupon items, and I spent $26 and saved $66! So total before was $168 and out of pocket was $73 for a total of 57% savings! Not bad for a week for a family of 4 and me being 38 weeks pregnant and eating non-stop, lol! Plus we bought for a get-together we're having tomorrow! Just had to share, this was one of my better weeks in the land of no-doubles!

    • TheAnnoyingOne

      I spent $45 dollars on 10 Boxes of Great Grains, 40 Boxes of Kelloggs Mini Wheats (Will get $40 back from Kelloggs) 20 Containers of various Vitamins, 16 containers of sour cream, and 13 Gallons of milk. Total saved $282.54 + $40 back from Kelloggs equals all for $5!

      Plus I am still waiting on the Right Guard Body Wash to get in and I'll get 20 of those and 20 Deoderant free.

      We bought 20 boxes of Jolly time popcorn free. 40 packs of Vitality Gum free. 10 Bags of Whiska's Temptation cat treats free. Got Zyrtec for $5.50 a 30 ct box, and 72 free hair thingie's free. Made $24 in ECB and got 20 free Mars Easter candies. Got 9 free tooth brushes. Three free bottles of mouth wash, a bottle of Dial Nutriskin lotion, and a box of Allegra.

      Total for this week I have $400 dollars of stuff and made $19.
      My currant discount at CVS is 120%

      • Sarah

        I don't mean to be rude, but what are you going to DO with all that stuff? I mean…40 boxes of the same cereal? 16 things of sour cream? Seems to me like it would go bad before you could use it (unless you plan to donate, in which case more power to ya).

        • TheAnnoyingOne

          We have 14 people in the house right now (House has 10 bedrooms) so cereal goes fast, so does sour cream, ect. And like Jenny says get 4-6 weeks worth so you don't have to buy at full price. Back during the Daytona 500 mega event we got 150 boxes of sausages and 60 freezer meals, we're almost out.

      • balanceineverything

        sounds like you would be a candidate for that show Hoarders!

      • Linda

        I hope your not in Winston salem, NC. You must have wiped out all the Rite Aids with the free hair thingie's! Where do you put all that stuff, my fridge wouldn't hold 13 gallons of milk!!

        • TheAnnoyingOne

          No the hair thingie's are in packs of 18, got 4 packs. And I milk my own cow, have two fridge's and two chest freezers. We give milk to families in our church that are struggling and to my fathers employee's. He has a walk-in fridge at his store so makes it nice.

    • Mrsshaughnessy

      Was the ketchup sale on last weeks publix trip or this weeks? I can't believe I missed it if it was last weeks! I've been keeping an eye out for it!

    • I spend about $40 a week & give myself my $40 on Wednesdays (when my sale cycle starts). Last week I didn't shop until Sat so that was last week's money. The totals for last week & this week are around $64.68 (I lost a reciept so I'm rounding up). My savings are $131.90 (more but I'm rounding down some because of that darn reciept). 67.1% savings! Thanks Jenny!!!

      Edit: this included fresh fruit & veggies, 2 chickens & a big roast!

    • Keywest19982000

      PUBLIX 4-7-11
      SPENT 25.99
      SAVED 111.90
      2 LYSOL CLEANERS
      TOMATOES
      2 FINNISH DISH WASHER DETER.
      2 AIR WICK FRESMATIC KITS
      3 KELLOGS CEREAL
      8 BOXES MULLERS NOODLES
      2 WISH BONE SALAD DRESSING
      2 BOTT. VINIGAR
      3, 3 PKS JELLO TEMTATIONS
      1 HEAD LETTUCE
      SCRUB PADS
      2, 32 CT. ADVILS
      8 CREST TOOTH PASTE
      1 BAG FLOUR
      2, 40oz BAGS SNICKERS MINIS

    • Trish Chambers

      I got 21 bottles of cleaner – kitchen, bathroom, toliet, general surface – $1 each at Kroger; free Mac and Cheese, free peanut butter, free milk at Food Lion. My Food Lion also doubles up to $0.60

      • Daneille

        Your house must be the cleanest around…I wouldn't dare buy 21 bottles because they would sit there staring at me saying “use me, use me…..”

    • Stephanie B

      Publix, Spent $22.30, Saved $74.98. I'm even in cenrtal FL and no double coupons here. Included were 2 6 packs of Estrella Damm beer (B1G1), 2 Voila meals, 24 boxes Mueller pasta, MiO drink mix, Charmin TP, 2 boxes frosted wheats, Purex laundry detergent (sale $4.99), 1 bag Purina Beyond One dog food, Purina One Beyond box of cat food.

    • Bonjour4paris

      Publix
      2- oral B toothbrushes
      3- Crest toothpaste
      3- post great grains cereal
      1- heinz vinegar
      4- boxes Muellers pasta
      1- Clorox Toilet bowl cleaner ( free with publix coupon one store w/ purchase 2 TP)
      2- 9 mega roll Angel soft TP
      2- Mint Milano Cookies
      1- watermelon half ( 2.75)
      1- Bag red potatoes ( 2.50)

      Spent 21.14
      Saved 43.80!

    • Carpenter_mom_2004

      Yesterday was my first time trying this out- bear with me if my savings does not excite you guys, as it did me. I was really impressed with what I found! I spent $74 at Publix, but saved $80. For me, it's a great start! My goal was to save 50% my first time out and I did it! Thanks so much for having all this great information out there! I am married and have two kids so any money I can save is much needed!

      • meme

        Good job! I try to hit between 40% to 60% savings at Publix. Our local store is strict about what competitors' coupons they will take so I don't see the savings many of our fellow posters achieve.

        My family is buying more organic in certain products (milk, eggs, some produce, and chicken). That drives the price up a good bit. In time you will figure out how much of each product you will actually need to purchase to get your stockpile without having too much excess. (See my post above) Keep it up as I am seeing huge increases in grocery prices within the last week. Couponing is going to help a lot of people.

    • meme

      Thank you, Jenny, for the reminder to buy within reason. I have a family of four, but have extended family that needs help because of lack of work. I have found that buying four to six boxes of pasta when they are on sale has given me such an excess that I share with many of my family and friends. I still have a huge stockpile for my immediate family. I cull it out every so often and give to families I know could use the extra. I cannot fathom buying more pasta (or similar items such as rice) as just these reasonable amounts are plenty.

    • Bee

      Spent about $40 at Kroger and $40 at Ingle's and saved about 70%. Was able to use up some of my good soon-to-expire coupons and just fill in the gaps. The only disappointing part was that Kroger was out of ALL the mega sale cleaning/air freshener items. I had to get a fistful of rain checks and the service desk girl was completely rolling her eyes. Well, if they would keep the shelf stocked….Actually it's kind of rare for my Kroger to be understocked at any point in a sale, but this sale was so specific. Oh well, I have enough cleaning supplies to get me through until I can redeem the rain checks.:)

    • Ap17182

      I spent $128 and saved $97 at Publix. Only about 43% savings.

    • Wilto

      Had a good week.
      Spent 88c and got $33.71 of stuff at CVS
      Spent $7.61 and got $39 of stuff from Wags

      http://mencancoupontoo.blogspo

    • Crtrout

      Walgreens was awesome to me this week! Went in to check out the crayola deal, walked out w/ 2 Leapfrog Tad toys and hair dye for .14 cents!!! And only spent $8.64 at CVS on razors refills, easter eggs, and candy!!! Wish every week could be like this!!!!!

    • Zandra

      Shopping trip to Publix today…

      I think my first real venture out into the couponing world was a success. The following items I purchased for:

      Total before savings: $291.61
      Total savings: $171.22
      Total Cost actually spent (Including Tax): $120.39

      This included:
      4-V8 Fusion
      4-Carnation Milk Cans
      8-Beech Nut Baby Food
      2-Packs of Baby spoons (4 in each) 1is not shown in the pic
      2-Johnsonville Italian Sausage
      4-Trident Gums
      3-Cover Girl Make-up items
      2-Ponds Facial Cleaners
      1-Mens Dove Deodorat
      4-Green Giant Steamers
      4-Del Monte Diced Tomatoes
      4-Campbells Soup
      6-Juicy Juice Cartons (Packs)
      2-Frosted Mini Wheat Cereals
      1-Publix Jumbo Diapers
      2-Publix Wipes
      1-BOX of Diapers Pampers
      1-pkg of Wipes Pampers
      3-Silk Almond 1/2 Gallon Milks
      2-Pompeiin Olive Oil (the Big ones)
      2-Friendship Sour Cream
      3-Wishbone Salad Dressing
      4-Boxes Muellers Pasta
      2-Pepperidge Farm Cookies
      4-Crescent Pillsbury
      3-Jello Pudding Packs
      1-Scotties Face tissue
      2-Wisk Laundry Detergent
      2-Resolve Laundry Stain Remover

      And MORE…. (just tired typing) :o)
      Shopping trip to Publix today…

      I think my first real venture out into the couponing world was a success. The following items I purchased for:

      Total before savings: $291.61
      Total savings: $171.22
      Total Cost actually spent (Including Tax): $120.39

      This included:
      4-V8 Fusion
      4-Carnation Milk Cans
      8-Beech Nut Baby Food
      2-Packs of Baby spoons (4 in each) 1is not shown in the pic
      2-Johnsonville Italian Sausage
      4-Trident Gums
      3-Cover Girl Make-up items
      2-Ponds Facial Cleaners
      1-Mens Dove Deodorat
      4-Green Giant Steamers
      4-Del Monte Diced Tomatoes
      4-Campbells Soup
      6-Juicy Juice Cartons (Packs)
      2-Frosted Mini Wheat Cereals
      1-Publix Jumbo Diapers
      2-Publix Wipes
      1-BOX of Diapers Pampers
      1-pkg of Wipes Pampers
      3-Silk Almond 1/2 Gallon Milks
      2-Pompeiin Olive Oil (the Big ones)
      2-Friendship Sour Cream
      3-Wishbone Salad Dressing
      4-Boxes Muellers Pasta
      2-Pepperidge Farm Cookies
      4-Crescent Pillsbury
      3-Jello Pudding Packs
      1-Scotties Face tissue
      2-Wisk Laundry Detergent
      2-Resolve Laundry Stain Remover

      And MORE…. (just tired typing) :o)
      .

    • Daneile

      wondering what everyone thinks of the people that display all their “stuff” and take pictures of it. I am excited when I have made a killing at the grocery store, and sometimes show my husband what I spent/what I saved, but I try and leave it at that. I think couponing has given psychologists another whole catalog of illnesses to treat. The behaviors that tend to come out with extreme couponing are uncomfortable to me-it is such a rush to “score” something for free or really cheap! I can easily see how people get addicted to this and start collecting stuff just because its free, and hoarding. I struggle to keep myself grounded and in check- I knew I had a problem when I started checking coupon websites 3 and 4 times a day. Like an addict in search of crack! But when I see the photographs so proudly displaying addictive behavior it makes me uncomfortable- not that all are addicts, just how it feels~

      • Fromkhadija

        People are trying to teach others how to get the deal that they got, that's all. I'm very greatful that people share how to get these bargains. I already know how to overspend, ha ha.

      • Bee

        The only reason I don't photograph mine is because I don't want to create a cute little display. I want to take it out of the bag and put it up. I've already handled it enough–put it in my cart, pull it out at checkout, etc. Just not interested in “handling” it anymore.

        I got tired of going around to different stores really quick. It's not my thing. So I do all the deals I can one day every two weeks and sit on it until the next round.

        I've never thought of the pictures as being indicative of something psychologically errant. That I reserve for a grocery store built in someone's garage. There's simply no reason–none at all. At that point, someone may as well join one of those apocalyptic groups or open the garage store and run a mini-mart. We have not had food shortages in the U.S. in recent history, so it's pretty weird to me.

        It's almost necessary to check a coupon site 3 or 4 times–some deals only last an hour and some only minutes.

    • iampooh40

      I didn't see this until today…I am turning out to be a good shopper but nowhere as near as good as you guys…I did achieve the ULTIMATE shopping experience for me…I went to Kroger last week-transferred 2 prescriptions for the $50 credit-with that, coupons and specials, I walked out with $75 worth of groceries and they had to give ME $2.05…I was excited to say the least…glad to see spaghettti sauce on sale now that I bought all that pasta a couple of weeks ago during the Kroger March Madness sale-the Ronzoni wheat pasta was .99 and with the Buy 10 Save $5 sale, they were .49 each-I had several coupons for Buy 2 Save $1.00-so with each coupon, I got 2 boxes of pasta and they gave me back 2 cents…I LOVE deals like that!!!

    • Angela

      How do I get the coupon printer installed? I have Windows Vista, does anyone else have this and can not get he coupon printer installed ? Help.
      Thanks
      Angela

    • @Angela –
      I use a Mac so I don't have much of a problem with the coupon printer, but on the rare chance that I use my husband's PC I always have a problem.. One thing I have noticed though is that I always have trouble when I use google chrome. It seems to work a lot better on internet explorer. other than that I don't know what the problem is. I've been prompted several times on his computer to download the printer when I know I've already downloaded it.

    • @Angela –
      I use a Mac so I don't have much of a problem with the coupon printer, but on the rare chance that I use my husband's PC I always have a problem.. One thing I have noticed though is that I always have trouble when I use google chrome. It seems to work a lot better on internet explorer. other than that I don't know what the problem is. I've been prompted several times on his computer to download the printer when I know I've already downloaded it.