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  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • 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 6/11

on 6.11.2010 at 11:21pm
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Groceries for our house have taken an interesting turn.  I started Weight Watchers on Tuesday and quickly realized that most items in our  pantry were way too many “points.” It will be interesting to see how focusing on health foods will change our budget.

I made a quick run to Bi-Lo to get a few new products that were on sale and some broccoli.  We are on the last week of our bathroom repair so I’m eagerly waiting for my CVS restriction to be lifted.  Maybe we’ll have a party in my local CVS when I get to return!

Bi-Lo:
Total before coupons and sales: $40.16
Total Spent: $20.41
Total Saved: $19.75

I’ve never been a menu planner, but am realizing that planning meals is probably the only way to truly stick to eating healthier.  If I can bring myself to do it I’ll share the plan for next week menu on Monday.

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

    • Jenny, Happy 2nd Anniversary. Southern Savers has helped more people than you can ever imagine. I talk to people almost daily that can rattle off a couple of savings sites, and your site comes up the most. You are always positive and above board. Hope you have had time to stop and smell the magnolias. Our’s have been blossoming very nicely this year.

      Congrats,
      Mark from FrugalFloridian.com

      Thank you for all you do.
      Mark

    • Sarah

      That is what has led me away from couponing: too much fat, sugar and sodium. Now I am way more selective about the deals I scoop up and focus much more on foods with pronounceable ingredients, or simply just buy ingredients. My grocery bill is more, but I dropped over 20lbs in the process, which will likely save on medical bills in the long run.

      You are still a great resource for me though, Jenny. Good luck with Weight Watchers!

      • JJ

        Funny, I am like that too now…I am sticking to the drugstore deals and keeping away from the ice cream and cookies. I have to remind myself: just because it's almost free, doesn't mean I have to buy it!

    • Lindaanglin2

      I started WW on Tuesday too! It does change what I can eat out of my well-stocked ( thanks to you :) ) pantry. It has been an interesting week for sure. I am still figuring it all out but, so far, it seems like a do-able plan. I guess time will tell…Good luck and thanks for ALL you do, really, it means the world to me and my family!!!

    • Alissabeth

      You can still save, just have to be more strategic! I don't buy a lot of processed foods that are always on sale, but thanks to following your principles, save regardless. I'm ok with spending more, because I know I'm feeding my family healthier.

      Good luck!

    • I have found that now that I am using coupons, I am able to buy healthier and organic/natural foods. I really try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup (which is really hard to do).

    • kelli

      CVS
      before sales/coupons: $230.85
      oop: $1.89 (all tax)
      saved: $228.96 or 99%
      ended with $7 more extra bucks then I started with

      Rite Aid
      before sales/coupons: $89.19
      oop: $3.25*
      saved: $85.94 or 96%
      *earned $15.98 SCR

      Walmart (Ice cream!)
      oop: $2.03 – no coupons used

      $3 on papers

      I got $15 in rebates in the mail this week

      weekly totals:
      before sales/coupons: $325.07
      oop: $10.17
      saved: $314.90 or 97%
      net after SCR and MIRs: – $20.81!

    • Pinkandblackcrazy

      so i shopped at Cvs for the first time ever and got
      2 mylantas for 3.99ea – 4.00 off coupon and 4ECB
      3 stride gum that was bOGO with a BOGO coupon
      spent 5 something got 4 ECB back so only spent a dollar something I think this is pretty good for my first time

    • Good luck with weight watchers – I love it and the most helpful money-saving tool I ever found was e-mealz – you can pick your store AND the “points” plan and the menus are great! Good luck!

      • Alison

        I was just going to comment the same thing! I've been doing weight watchers for 2 months and use the emealz PublixPoints menus. Makes it super easy to cook well, keeps the points low and the menus go with the sales so I can still coupon.

        • soylatteqt

          i've never heard of this. i'm running off to google it right now. thanks for posting!!

    • Stacey

      good luck with ww! Like Sara, my grocery bill is higher because I am more selective with my choices rather than buying another product just because it had a coupon- but I totally 100% agree with the notion that I am ok with that because I am also losing weight and anticipate having lower health costs in the future. I am still able to get amazing deals with coupons and I shop the flyers for the best deal on produce. Now if only bananas lasted long enough to get six months worth when they are only 33 cents a lb instead of the usual 49! LOL

    • Ash

      I just started Weight Watchers this week too Jenny! If you ever have any tips on how to eat healthier on a budget that would be awesome. Although I've already picked up some healthy items recently for dirt cheap due to coupons…frozen veggies and the like.

      And obviously better health equals lower health costs in the future, so it's a win-win to coupon for healthier eating. Good luck to you and to everyone who is trying to get healthier!

    • Tracycook79

      good luck on the WW…I have some killer recipies (points and all) that are even husband and kid friendly…….e-mail me @ tracycook79@att.net if you are interested…

    • Allyg24

      good luck with weight watchers! if you have an aldi nearby you should try to go there. they have super cheap produce deals every week. they also have a line called fit and active that is like the more expensive health food at the grocery stores.

    • Thelulu1991

      Jenny, I am a lifetime member of WW, if you have a HTeeter, they usually have markeddown produce. Lot's of times it is stuff that is organic and very fresh. Also try to chicken sausage they have in the meat showcase. It is great and will satisfy that spicey taste. I also love the special K protein plus 14 grams of protein with fat free milk is 2 pts! Eat a salad with lunch and dinner and walk, walk and walk. And drink those 8 glasses of H2O.

    • KB Ribelin

      Been doing WW off and on for about 10 years…..I LOVE it! One HUGE tip….keep Wasa crckers on hand….they are super cheap in point value and give you a needed crunch….I top them with turkey and cheese for a quick “sandwich”. You can do it!

    • Beautyindefiance

      Good luck, Jenny!
      I've found a local produce stand/store that sells produce at some wholesale prices! Maybe there's one near you too. We think my husband may have celiac disease, so I'm not able to buy a lot of the “coupon foods”. I find that my huge dollar saving trips only come from CVS. I'm still saving a good amount from grocery stores. I'm not a pro – I usually only save 40-50%, but hey, it's something!

    • Tempestsweet

      i'm sort of new here. why the cvs restriction??

      • MelRae

        I am just guessing here, but I think that Jenny has placed the CVS restriction on herself. Her bathroom is being repaired, and CVS is where you get lots and lots of free toiletries. She may not have room for them until her bathroom is finished. Make sense?

    • Mom_4_Him

      You can still score great HEALTHY deals!!! I am such a label reader, and still do pretty well. The Good Lord blest us with a temple and wouldn''t want garbage put into it. Also, I don't want my children inhaling all those toxins in prepared foods, but to grow up strong and healthy. Good luck Jenny in making a great decision for you and your family!!

    • NFLHSMom

      Good luck with the WW. Take a handheld points counter with you to the store, my kids are in charge of it and check points for me (keeps it fun and they are learning to be healthy eaters too). I often write the points count on the outside of a container to help with menu planning at a quick glance. Also helps me to not snack on things I do not have points for.

    • Adrian

      Good Luck! I had my 3rd weigh in this week and am down 9.2 lbs. But, as you said I have been having to spend a little more on groceries. I'm excited to see how WW eating makes it's way to the blog….. =) The Fiber 1 yogurts are 0 points so hopefully you stocked up on those last week!

    • kd

      I was talking my fiance yesterday and he was asking me about how much money I spend every week. He knows that my spending is very low but he doesn't really know what I've got coming in, like rebates. He said “you make money sometimes from Rite Aid and rebates, right?” and I told him yes. So he asked me if I knew how much I'd spent so far this year.

      I keep track of everything in a spread sheet and I have to say I was incredibly shocked when I calculated it out yesterday….

      I'm in the negative for the year, by A LOT. My total spending is -$393.86! This includes gift cards from Target deals, gift cards from Rite Aid SCR, and MIRs. I can't believe it.

      My savings for the year so far is $7418.48.

    • Kelly

      Jenny, good luck on weight watchers. I am excited to see what you start posting and your technique in saving money with changing what you are buying and having in the house. you have helped out so far and looking forward to more!!!!

    • shelleyschu

      Cool! I am a WWer and it is difficult to buy some of the products that are healthier on program, but it can be done. I would be glad to help you (or others) with recipies for budget friendly and healthy recipies. :-)

      One example is all of the free and low-cost mexican style meals that can be made from the Cinco de Mayo sale items. !Ole!!

    • angelyn_1986

      I'm a dietitian and I stayed away from couponing for a long time because I thought the deals were only for unhealthy foods, but that's not true. I end up throwing out most coupons in an insert, but still find plenty of good deals on foods that are good for us and make life easier.
      My top healthy coupon buys are: frozen veggies, canned beans, fresh meats like ground turkey breast or marinated pork loin, nuts, deli meats, whole-grain cereals, lite yogurt, instant oatmeal, 2% cheese, fruit juices, wheat-blend pasta, spaghetti sauce, salsa, olive and canola oils, spices, soups, salad dressings, lite popcorn, and peanut butter.
      These are all foods I would buy anyway, so I'm glad to pay less by using coupons. But I'm also not going to live off of frozen pizza and poptarts just because I can get them for cheap. I've found that if I shop frequently it's not much more work to stock up on these items as they go on sale than it is to just buy whatever's cheap at a given time.

      • GingerinCA

        This is good information! I had forgotten about some of my favorite coupons to find: whole wheat pasta, dannon/activia, oatmeal, and s&w beans. Also wheatable-type crackers, because when I can get them cheap I make light hummus and have them together for a snack. Then it's all about portion control. :)

      • Barbara

        I don't live off frozen pizza and poptarts because they do not taste good. Let's face it~processed food does not taste like real food. I would rather just skip a meal or two.

      • soylatteqt

        i'm so glad you posted this! i read everyone's comments on how hard it is to save while on the WW. i have not had a problem. i can coupon, eat healthy and lose weight! still saving 30-80% on my grocery bill and am down 20 lbs… slowly but surely inching up to my goal! So for anyone else who is reading, please don't be discouraged and don't think your grocery budget is going through the roof. there are plenty of ways to do this!

      • Debbie Parnell

        Angelyn,
        Could I have your coupons that you don't want, I buy alot of things with coupons to send to my son's Army unit in Iraq? I can send you my address if you want
        Thanks!!!!

    • GingerinCA

      Jenny, good luck with WW! I will be interested to se what you come up with. After years of off-and-on weight watching, I've resigned myself to a little bit less savings. It's worth it to get healthier. And I've found that staying on a smallish budget while “dieting” comes down to buying a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, and making sure to get them at rock-bottom sale prices.

    • Lee

      Jenny – congrats on joining WW! I lost 37 lbs 11 yrs ago and have managed to keep most of it off. I still go in every month to weigh in. I really need the accountability. Am looking forward to your hints on healthier choices for us. I've been couponing a couple of months now and have really had to balance the savings vs. the more healthy choices. I'm pulling for you on your WW adventure!

    • Rheimie

      Have just recently started weight watchers and it is an adjustment in the way I shop with coupons, but I feel better! Can't wait to see your budget savy healthy options! Thanks!! and Godd luck!!!

    • Amber

      I have been following Weight Watchers since November and I have lost 50 pounds. I can't wait to see what good deals you can find for those WW friendly products.

      Some of my favorites include the Fiber One products.

      Also, if you attend the WW meetings, you should get coupons for the Smart Ones.

    • Karen

      Hope we can get some posts together for/from other WW couponers like myself! My tip: When you get home from the store, mark points value and portion size on packaging with a Sharpie. I also like to go ahead and preportion things like crackers and pretzels into Ziplocs–helps with portion control when in “grab and go” mode!

    • Nmckeown

      Jenny- I am doing it too!! I feel like it's harder to save now. I have been buying a lot more produce, so I guess that's part of it. I look forward to hearing how you aer doing and see how you find to save on the plan!

    • Angieortiz200

      We've been trying to do coupon shopping and incorporate FRESH fruit, veggies, and meat. It become so much more expensive. Good Luck Jenny.

    • soylatteqt

      Good luck with the WW. I bet a lot of your followers are doing the WW already. I have been since January before I started couponing in March. I've had no problem saving money by couponing and looking for healthier options while doing so. Can't wait to read more about you think!

    • rechols777

      It's good to hear you are on the health track! We joined this “group” (eating healthier) in January and it is hard to find good deals on stuff that is not processed, high in sugar, full of hydrogenated oils & high fructose corn syrup, or take up all your caloric intake! I was amazed at all the stuff that didn't “qualify” anymore! But we have lost 35 lbs between the 2 of us and have more energy and feel better! Rock on, Jenny! Find us some good deals on “good” food!

    • mandbmom

      Good Luck Jenny! I have done the WW thing since Jan and have made some great deals with my coupons. Produce is expensive but I usually go to my least favorite store (Walmart) for great produce deals! I loaded up on a few things this week with some great coupons. We are all so thankful for your help with this great site and maybe we fellow WW'ers can give you some pointers as a payback! Good luck!

    • LrAshly

      First week couponing. Went to BiLo, CVS, Publix, and Food Lion. Total before discounts and coupons $400.17. Total I paid $163.01. That's an incredible savings of $237.16 which equals AWESOME. I'm hooked!

    • Jennifer

      I have been doing WW since January and I found in the beginning I spent a little more on food. But, I think most of that was because I was stocking up on things I am now choosing to eat. It is still a little higher on the food bill, but so worth it. Good luck and thanks for all you do.

    • Bargainmom3

      You will find that deleting processed food will save you a lot. I can go to my local farmer's market and get several fresh items for the price of one box of cereal. Our family of 5 eats organic whenever possible and only free range or grass fed meat and we still live within our budget. Thanks for saving me a ton of money on other items!

    • Teresa

      I have been doing WW since jan and have lost 50 lbs. I agree with the other readers, produce is the most costly. One word of advice…stock up on PICKLE coupons…they are o points (not the sweet ones) , I use a lot fo veggie coupons, 1/2 cup of green beans are 0 points . If you do go to the meetings the pamphlets they hand out at the meetings have coupons in them. GOOD LUCK you will love it. There is an awesome website that gives you the points for different foods and also resturants…. http://www.dwlz.com

    • WynetteC

      Jenny, consider weight watchers as a life enriching course on knowledge that pertains to body health. I did weight watchers in 2006. The first week was absolutely the toughest! But after enduring that, I knew it was possible but it meant a serious change in eating habits to maintain weight after the 30 year mark on the change in metabolism. It's exciting and fun to see healthy food choices go on sale. But it is a rarity. The advice that was given to me:

      Only shop the perimeter of the store, all the stuff in the middle is *filler*.

    • WynetteC

      Jenny, consider weight watchers as a life enriching course on knowledge that pertains to body health. I did weight watchers in 2006. The first week was absolutely the toughest! But after enduring that, I knew it was possible but it meant a serious change in eating habits to maintain weight after the 30 year mark on the change in metabolism. It's exciting and fun to see healthy food choices go on sale. But it is a rarity. The advice that was given to me:

      Only shop the perimeter of the store, all the stuff in the middle is *filler*.