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  • SC = Store Coupon
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  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
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Friday Finals 5/14

on 5.14.2010 at 8:55pm
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We are out of town with family getting ready for a fun wedding.  My husbands littlest sister is getting married on Sunday, so we are enjoying a weekend of showers, dinners, and fun.  (And work since that’s the only way to have an affordable wedding).  For our shopping this week, last weekend though my husband went shopping for us.  I was in Nashville without the family hanging out with a bunch of you guys.  When I got home all he could talk about was his trip.

I’m pretty sure this was the first time he has taken our three girls to the store for a big trip all by himself.  He walked me through everything, he got his list printed and printed all the coupons…  then the story turned into me getting into trouble.  He had decided that this was his big weekend to finally use coupons and I had taken them all in my luggage on the plane to TN.  (Had I known that he would be planning this adventure I would have left them!).  He didn’t let that stop him though and decided to carry on with the plan.  He did very well for a first time big trip by himself though I’m pretty sure they were in the store for over an hour… and probably got more than one free cookie from the bakery… and ended with balloons (we love Publix).

I don’t know what he bought or how much extra stuff was grabbed (that’s his worst habit).  I only know the totals.

Publix:
Total Before coupons and sales: $114.60
Total Spent: $65.35
Total Saved: $49.25

Rarely are we under at least 50% savings but for a trip with only printable coupons and me not there at all I’m quite pleased with the results and his efforts.  I was even more pleased to come home and find them all put away!

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.  (Note this is about helping to encourage others not really about free advertising…)

    • WOW! Your hubby did great! Thanks for the link up. I love to see everyone's great deals, that way I know what I need to hurry up and go get :)

    • Gina

      He did really great! And then to put them up? WOW lol good hubby.

    • Valerie

      That Is great! I have gotten my hubby on board with the coupons and he is excited about saving money too!! It is rare for us to buy things that we don't have coupons for now-a-days! A reason I love Publix is you can take your coupons back and get the cash back if you forgot to use them!

      • Nick

        I am actually trying to get my wife on board! I spend all the time cutting and printing the coupons every week. I would teach her, but then again, I love the challenge of seeing how much I can save. On average, I usually save about 75% on my grocery bill. gotta get ready to go to Publix and CVS!

    • sonyapell

      I think I finally sold my hubby on couponing today. I saved 81.04 at CVS today, and paid 2.29 out of pocket. :) It was great!

    • Anonymous

      i am wondering if anyone has used the site
      thecouponclippers.com

      if so what has been your experience and would you recommend them

    • Struck

      I love these Friday finals! Being fairly new to all this couponing, I kick myself everytime I see other's totals. I should just wait 'till Saturday to shop= eek! I can't wait that long!

      On the other hand, I am not a big fan when someone “double lists” their ECB or RR. For example, when someone buys $15 worth of merchandise at CVS, pays using maybe $10 of ECB from last week, then lists maybe $4 ECB earned back, claiming that they spent $1, that number is not entirely accurate. You had to spend something before to get that $10, and it was probably already listed on last week's tally. Unless your CVS doubles ECB (if so, I think I will travel to your town), then those should only be counted once.

      I'm not meaning to gripe, I am so thankful to all who list their deals because it helps me know what to do! Just don't like getting false hope of spending 53 cents when it's not going to happen.

      • dianecatherine

        I've thought the same thing. “I spent $5 and got $4 in ECBs back so I only spent $1.” Then, next week they use the $4 ECBs so it gets taken off the total. Well, they're basically counting the $4 twice, like it's $8 in savings, which it's not. Glad I'm not the only one who's noticed this. :)

        • Brenda Z

          I actually always cancel out my ECBs when I'm saying how much I spent- for example this week, I spent 4.17, but I paid w/ 8ECBs adn I got 7ECBs back for next time, so I will say that I got what I got for $5.17 :-)

          • Struck

            Awesome! I know many people don't double count their ECBs/RRs, but some do. Just a little pet peeve of mine. Thank you for doing math correctly! :)

    • hollylpate

      Well I did very well everywhere except Walmart. I went in today with my $4 of nivea body wash and my $5/2 benadryl coupon. After getting my stuff having it rang up, they told me that because the nivea was 3.97 and the 2 benadryl's rang up to 4.56 that I could not use my coupons because the coupon exceeded the amount of the product and for them to take the 4 off or cahnge the coupon to the product amount would constitute fraud. After 15 minutes of argueing I left. Has anyone had any problems with Walmart?

      • jess

        I've had this problem with them. I don't coupon there much just for that reason. They didn't tell me it was fraud, but that they couldn't do it because it exceeded the amount of the product. What really made me mad was that they had used the coupons without a problem on two different occassions on the exact same thing. The lady said the cashiers should be paying attention. But my question is why doesn't the cash register beep if you aren't suposed to do it?

    • kelli

      wow, that's amazing! I've been couponing for just over a year and my fiance still thinks it's amazing what I can get for almost nothing. I can't imagine what he would do in the store alone.

      I had a very slow week. One trip to CVS, a very small trip to Kroger, and a trip to Walgreens to spend $41 in expiring RRs.

      CVS:
      Total Before coupons and sales: $107.72
      Total Spent: $2.17
      Total Saved: $105.55 or 98%
      used $48.99 extra bucks and got back $69.98. great week!

      Kroger:
      Total Before coupons and sales: $5.22
      Total Spent: $.22
      Total Saved: $5 or 95%

      Walgreens:
      Total Before coupons and sales: $65.21
      Total Spent: $3.81
      Total Saved: $61.40 or 94%
      used $41 register rewards, got back $24

      I completely forgot to buy papers on Sunday, so that saved me some money.

      Weekly Totals:
      Total Before coupons and sales: $178.15
      Total Spent: $6.20
      Total Saved: $171.95 or 96%

    • skylaphoto

      Okay, I am not quite as awesome at this yet – but since it was only my 4th couponing trip ever – I am not going to beat myself up – instead I am going to be excited!
      Bi-Lo
      Total before savings – $69.32
      total savings – $29.36
      Total Paid – $39.98
      Publix two trips

      Trip one total – $64.29
      Total Savings – $42.13
      Total Paid – $12.16

      Trip two total – $133.95
      Total Saving – $60.37
      Total Spent – $72.58
      Now when I get back fromshopping, my husband doesn't ask how much I spent, he asks how much I save! I love it on days like this where I have saved more than I spent! Thank you so much for ths site – it makes the whole thing so much easier! I tell everyone about it!!

    • kbribelin

      Just had a phenomenal trip to Tom Thumb, aka, Safeway. Kellogs cereal……I got $188.36 in cereal and scrubbing bubbles products for ZERO OOP! Apparently this is only good thru today, but the store was having a save $4. wyb 4 selected cereals.
      1. bought 2 scrubbing bubbles sprayers on sale for 6.99 used 2 -$5 from ss 4/11
      bought 1 sbs refill on sale for $3.99 used B1G1 from scrubbing bubbles site.
      Got back 2 $3 catalinas!
      2. bought 4 selected cereals, on sale for 1$ and $1.5, wyb 4. used 2 -$1/2 rp 4/11 and -$3 catalina. = FREE.

      I repeated transaction #2 11 more times. I have 48 boxes of cereal!! woohoo! I would have had 52, but I literally chatted with a gal ceareal shooppong next to me and gave her the correct cereals and correct q's…..she was thrilled and we're best friends!

      • kbribelin

        I just realzied this doesnt add up, that is becuase I added the value of my extra $4 in catalinas to be used next time, the $3 in change that kept spitting out from each transaction in quarters and somehow, even though the scrubbing bubbles were on sale for $6.99, and i had $5 q's somehow it came out to zero.

        • Brenda Z

          I shoulda done more at safeway but at mine they're alwasy SO rude and ANGRY about coupon users. I only got 4 boxes but was a money maker, but did 2 transactions w/ a few other things and when i scanned the coupon and the total came to zero, the self checkout helper pretty much yelled at me and said “what did u do!?” and then she made me give her my receipt when it printed b/c she couldn't understand how i was paying $0.00. Then she was like “oh….i guess it's right?….” :) I like confusing people!

    • lisa

      GREAT JOB MR SOUTHERN SAVERS!! Do you offer classses to teach dad to coupon and take all three kids shopping???? I would def pay for that class!!! hahaha!! You get the good hubby award!!

    • brodybugsmomma

      Kudos to your husband. My husband likes the savings at the store, but would not even know where to begin if left to do this on his own.

    • kbribelin

      I know this is a silly question, but will there ever be free women's deodorant? My husband has about 12 now and I'm still working thru my last retail before couponing one. I refuse to buy one when I know someday I should be able to get one free! Also, waiting for ovaltine to go on sale……I use that in my coffee.

      • NIck

        I was able to get my wife 8 sticks of Dove at Publix last week for free. They were BOGO last week and I had 4 coupons for $1.50 off and 4 coupons for $1 off. SHe is set for a while!

      • kelli

        it is kind of crazy that the free deodorant is usually mens. I think that my fiance has about 10 or so new sticks. sometimes you can get free small sticks of suave or lady speedstick from kroger when they're 10/$10 and there's a $.50 coupon out (which would double at most krogers).

        • Karen

          My husband asked me if I thought he stinks because I keep bringing home deodorant….for him!

          • kelli

            my fiance is always like “do we really need MORE deodorant?” I've gotten to the point where I only buy it for him if it's a money maker or it's free and I need to spend some extra bucks.

      • Brenda Z

        since i haven't been to find good free, yesterday I went to target and used a bunch of coupons on trial sizes. Most of the dove and degree coupons don't specify a size, they just say “any” deoderant. So i stocked up on minis :-)

      • SFLS

        Try buying the Men's in Unscented – it works on either sex. Just like a “night cream” doesn't know what time of day it is, AP/Deo doesn't care what sex the underarm are and will work on either.

      • jerilyn

        I'm the opposite. I have a ton now and none for my hubby. But he's more picky on the brand.

    • Teresa

      Im going to keep my eyes peeled for a BEST SHOPPING HUBBY EVER award. How sweet that he put all the groceries up as well as shopping. And, by the sounds of it , he didnt lose any of your children in the process. EXCELLENT Mr Southern Savers!!!!
      Perhaps he needs to start his own coupon binder for those days when you take yours out of town with you~

    • SFLS

      Very impressive! My DH stills have a hard time going to the store with a list of more than 5 critical items – always comes home missing something off the list and buying extras ($4 for chips – yikes).

    • family_of_3

      This is only my second grocery trip using coupons and sales. I was so excited to see what I saved. At CVS I spent 23.18 and saved 39.84 with coupons and sales, and earned 4 ECB. At Walgreens I spent 39.68 and saved 36.71. These were my two best stores in savings. I did make a trip to Food Lion however was disappointed that I only saved 10.00 and spent almost 60.00. Publix was a similar situation. At Bi-Lo I was pleasantly surprised that I only spent 49.00 and saved 25.00. Keep in mind that this was for 2 weeks of groceries! I am thrilled to say the least, as is my husband!

    • I think it's great that your hubby even shops, much less tries to stay on budget. My hubby is awesome, but unfortunately if he wants a certain bag of chips, he will pay $4 for it. I have to keep my emotions to myself when he comes home with 4-5 items that has cost him $20-30. Oh, the horror!

    • Vanessa

      I think your husband did extremely well!!! My husband sometimes shops too and is all proud for all being BOGOs, but I am teaching him slowly that when you add the coupons THAT'S the real fun!! I have too made him go back to the store and show them the receipt and show them how he “forgot” to use the coupons, and our Publix here in Miami, FL was good about giving him the cash back! (the other day he didn't want to use a coupon for Cutter $1 off combining the Cutter BOGO, so I am still tempted to go back and try to get my money back!

    • lalapinski

      Yay for your hubby! Sounds like he did very well to be without you and the coupons.
      Now….what is this about free cookies and balloons???? I have a 2 year old, and I live at Publix, so fill me in!

      • Vanessa

        You can just go up the counter where they sell cookies and ask for your free cookie. Here in Miami, usually they have a choice between sugar or choc. chips. They do not give free balloons here anymore, they used to…:(

    • Vanessa

      You can just go up the counter where they sell cookies and ask for your free cookie. Here in Miami, usually they have a choice between sugar or choc. chips. They do not give free balloons here anymore, they used to…:(