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Friday Finals 9/04

on 9.4.2009 at 10:27pm
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I’m waiting for a slow week around here and lately they just aren’t happening.  I only made it out to one store this week and it was very unexpected as I arrived in New York and had no contact solution.  So the new card to never leave home without is your CVS card!

I experienced NYC (really NJ) cvsing at 11pm at night.  Not only was I shocked at the number of people awake and out at that time of night but also a little shocked to find coupons with items in the store!  It made me happy, my coupons did not come with me on the trip.

This was my scenario (I asked the pharmacy that was thankfully open, for a new Autofill booklet):

Buy:
(2) Renu Solution Twin Packs $7.99 ea
Use:
-$3 off $12 Eye Care Products
(1) -$2 off Renu (the coupon fairy only left one but no complaints)
-$5 ECB
Total Due: $5.98 + tax
Got Back: $6 ECB

Thanks to the nice person that left coupons in the one area I thought for sure no one would even know what a coupon was!  tune in next week I have big grocery plans for labor day (I am even going without kids!).

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

    • I’m with you Jenny, looking forward to stocking up on meat and hitting the Labor Day sales! This week was very slow since we really didn’t need too much. Sometimes, there’s just not any room in the pantry or freezer! I love it! Thanks for all your hard work!

    • always excited to share a deal!

    • Beth

      I had an awesome week this week. Harris Teeter netted me 16 Red Baron Pizzas, 5 Bryers Ice Creams, 10 Edwards Pie Singles, and 4 Sure deodorants…. total OOP $23.
      CVS was awesome as well. But the best deal was unexpected. In our area we have a Freds store that is closing. I never go in this store but thought i would give it a try. Boy was that a great move! Everything in the store was 30-40% off. I got 6 64 Load Tides, 6 Downy liquids, several Febreeze Noticeables refills, 24 rolls of Charmin, 14 canistrs of Lysol wipes and 6 Gain Softener sheet….total OOP $48!!! Woohoo!

    • Amanda

      Hi I don’t have a URL, but I am an avid follower and I had a great CVS run and wanted to share, especially after just going in totally expecting to leave with rain checks. So… Here’s what I got:
      1 Glade candle 6.99
      1 Bounce Bar 3.99
      4 Starbucks energy shots 2.69 each ( husband loves these so I got extra–he is loved :)
      2 Glade Sense & Spray 5.00 each ( RC from last week )
      2 Calliber filler paper ( RC ) .99 each
      2 recycled crayon boxes ( RC ) 1.99 each
      Coupons used
      5 off 25
      3.00 glade (internet print )
      2.50 bounce bar ( vocal point )
      (2) 4.00 Sense & Spray ( all you mag )
      (3) 1.00 starbucks (manufacture coupons )
      $13.00 ECB from Olay deal and Poise liners
      Total OOP 6.24–really just payed for the energy drinks. Total saved 51.38!!!! Total ECB earned after rain checks were redeemed 17.00!!
      Jenny I love your work and you have saved this one income family so much money!!!! We have so much food, snacks, diapers, a home that smells great, and I even get to pamper myself :) You rock so hard!!

    • Angela P

      I spent quite a bit, but I hit 3 stores that I haven’t gotten to in a while (CVS, Walmart & WAGS), got $191.72 for $63.89 OOP, I still have $7.99 ECB & $1 RR. Not great, but certainly not too shabby either. Also, today I went to our grocery store (Shaws) and saved over $110!!! Spent the same amount I used to spend on 1 week’s worth of groceries, only I got a couple weeks worth plus items to have @ my 1 year olds B-day party!!!

    • Mina

      What? You didn’t get spoiled shopping up north? From the stories I’ve heard, the northern stores for the drug chains tend to be well stocked with weekly sales items. They laugh at us Southerners for the perpetual Out-of-Stocks we run into with sale items.

      Is NJ the state with no sales tax, or is it one with a pocket killer sales tax? Were you lucky on that?

      I think I spent enough locally to make up for your absence. ;-)

      Kroger last Saturday night – I may now have enough granola type bars to last the semester, and enough fruit snacks to keep the grands happy for that long. No joke. Finished stocking up on those, honey butter Grands, cinnamon rolls, and toaster strudel. Since the canned biscuits/rolls and strudel aren’t things I’d normally buy, that’s it for purchasing them the rest of the year, as well. Also bought some BC frosting, which was nineteen cents after mq’s and e-q’s,and several loaves of yummy dark rye on clearance. Froze those.

      Spent $14

      Bi-Lo Saturday night – Spent $23 on items for consumption at home, and Spent $26 on two weeks worth of food and supplies to give a family of 4. Bi-Lo has been the store where I’ve done the bulk of my “real” shopping recently. I always leave there with plenty of meat, fresh fruit, and veggies.

      Publix – Spent $4 for $23 worth. Collected rainchecks.

      Target – Trip #1 – 4 boxes cereal, 4 Special K bars, 2 Nutrigrain, 1 gal milk, 1 bag of coffee

      Spent $8.33 OOP (remainder was on GC’s from previous Target deals)
      Saved $35.69
      Received another $10 in GC’s

      Trip #2 – 4 cereal, 2 Nutrigrain, 1 gal milk
      Spent $0.00 OOP (used previous GC’s)
      Saved $20.58
      Received $5 in GC’s

      Altogether, I spent just over $49 for my family, and another $26 on others. That was until tonight.

      After a bit over 5 months of pretty much sticking to stocking up on deals, and buying only what is on good sale, I decided that there was nothing in this mountain of food that I felt like eating. Tonight I went out to explore Publix deli with the goal of completely ignoring prices and buying whatever caught my fancy. The only constraint was that it couldn’t be from any of the big name food conglomerates. Ah! It was wonderful! I think it was a much needed night of freedom. We enjoyed sitting on the floor munching spinach and artichoke hummus, whole wheat pita, Mediterranean olives, dates, almonds, and home cooked couscous. The evening was more enjoyable than an evening out.

      Spent $16
      Saved – getting stuck in a rut from too much couponing

      One other expense this week was clothing. My dd bought a pair of comfy pj pants (She lives in those things when at home.), a blouse, and gorgeous beaded silk camisole that she can wear as fancy casual or with a nice pair of pants or long skirt for relatively formal occasions.

      Spent – $3.00
      Saved – I have no idea

      What I learned this week is that although it is very satisfying to set a seemingly impossible spending goal and do well while staying within it over a period of time, there is also great satisfaction, and possibly a need, in occasionally breaking free from those constraints on a whim.

    • Mina

      Just had to say I absolutely agree with this statement you made “What I learned this week is that although it is very satisfying to set a seemingly impossible spending goal and do well while staying within it over a period of time, there is also great satisfaction, and possibly a need, in occasionally breaking free from those constraints on a whim.”

    • With four little sweethearts running around the house, I forget to take pictures of my groceries trips. But needless to say, this week I bought $83.75 worth of groceries at Food Lion and paid only $28.17. This was the first time I had ever done that good at Food Lion… I usually stick with Publix and Bi-Lo for really good savings, so I was thrilled to save that much at Food Lion especially on all of the meat. Also, I went to Bi-Lo and bought $58.38 worth of groceries and paid a big $.96 for all of them. I bought cereal, Hillshire Farm luncheon meat, milk, bananas, bread and lets not forget the skittles. So all in all, I felt my grocery store deals were really steals this week. Not to bad for a family of 6 to spend $29.13 for the week.

      Mina, I totally agree with your statement too… that’s why our family occasionally has a pick and grab trip to the store and this usually cures our needs for a few months and then we are right back on track.

    • Okay, so I just had to reply to your post.

      I am from NJ. We use TONS of coupons here and we absolutely know what a coupon is. We are ALWAYS out of stock on coupon items especially at national chain stores. If you are not at CVS by 8:30 am (they open at 8:00) you will have to keep your fingers crossed that they will get another shipment in before weeks end or someone doesn’t snatch up the new shipment before you.

      Our sales tax is 7% but not on food items or clothing.

      Hope that clarifies that us northerners save & clip coupons just like everyone else.

      I hope you enjoyed your trip to the Garden State. If you were visiting NYC but stayed in NJ that means you were close to me. I’m 20 minutes outside NYC.

    • Karen D.

      I know this is the wrong place to put this, but I couldn’t leave a comment under the $55 Nabisco post. Several people said they had a hard time finding a complete list of eligible items for the $20 rebate. Here is the link:
      http://www.kraftfoods.com/consumerrelations/KRAFT%20BACK%20TO%20SCHOOL%20SAVINGS%20PRODUCT%20LIST.pdf
      I had to email them to get it as I couldn’t find it by going to the website. They also confirmed that you do not have to buy all the items in one transaction or even at one store.

    • I had a fabulous trip to CVS and Food Lion this week. At FL, the bill came to 146.49- sq and mq = 64.20. I bought the good stuff- meat and ice cream and there was an unadvertised sale on planters nuts which I had a sq for additional $2 off! NICE! The Scott paper towels were on sale for 4.99 and I had recieved a store coupon for $2 off back in July. I knew I saved it for a good reason! so I picked it up for only $3!

      At CVS, My total bill was $34.08, after coupons and ECBs, I paid 2.92 and got 8 ECBs back! LOVE IT! Even the manager that rung me up said “Nice shopping!”

      Total savings at both FL and CVS:: 78%

      I’ve only been doing this for less than a month, but I have to tell you, I wouldn’t do as good if it wasn’t for you. I’ve always used coupons, but you help me zero in on the deals I would overlook or point me in the direction of more coupons. THANK YOU! :o)

    • Sharon

      I am wondering how you got the renu contact solution twin packs for 7.99. The add says 12oz bottle and twin pack of eye drops. When I went to my CVS only the 12 oz single bottles of the contact solution were on sale for 7.99.
      ???????

    • Have fun with your Labor Day weekend shopping, I’ll probably go out Sunday and see what I can find, love a bargain! :) Thanks for the post!

    • You have one reader (me)from NYC. True, many people here don’t do coupons, but there are a few of us faithful. Glad you found your contact solution without paying an arm and a leg. And welcome to the big apple.

    • Kellyann

      I just finished at CVS and Walgreens and I only spent $6.50 OOP. I think my actual cost would have been more like $39 and some change. So I’m so very happy with this trip.

    • Dina

      My Weekly Totals(8/30-9/5):

      Walgreens: Cost before coupons-$11.45 OOP-$4.07
      CVS: Cost before coupons (3 transactions)-$74.69 OOP-$8.86 + $1 ECB ($7.86)
      Kmart: Cost before coupons(3 transactions)-$135.04 OOP-$4.05
      Publix: Cost before coupons(3 transactions)-$52.63 OOP-$14.45

      Grand Total before coupons: $273.81
      Grand Total OOP: $30.43