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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • 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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I know it’s not Friday anymore.  I thought many of you would rather me beat the clock and get your All You orders entered rather than posting.  I am glad so many of you took the leap to get more coupons, but I am also glad that the rush is over!!  Even though posts seemed sparse and late last week, I spent the entire week at the computer.  So for us it was a Milk and Bread week.  I ran to Kroger and Publix but all I got at both stores was the basics.

Kroger:
Total spent: $7.19
Total saved: $1.98

Publix:
Total Spent: $7.15
Total Saved: nothing :(

I didn’t use any coupons, just got milk and bread at both stores.  I have big trips planned for Publix and Bi-Lo on Monday so tune in for the Friday Finals week later edition next week!

Please let me live through you this week and share with us your savings. Comment or link below. Please link directly to your savings post.

    • Sharon

      I got a sweet deal on Monoxidil (generic Rogaine) at Walgreens thanks to the Friends and Family discount posted on SS. I’ve been trying to find somewhere else to buy this that can match Wal-Mart’s price, which I believe is 18.97 for 3 mos. No one else has been even close so far. It was on sale at Wags for 19.99, and with the F&F it was 20% off (for Wags brands), plus one box had an extra bottle in it! So, we got 7 months of 5% Monoxidil for $32. Even better than the $ saved, I’ve avoided a trip to Wal-Mart and the associated hassle factor : )

    • Hi, I am brand new to CVSing. I started about a week or so ago. I am SO EXCITED to learn about all of this because I can save some money I hope! So tired of giving it all away! LOL I even saved a few dollars at our little local grocery store yesterday thanx to what I have learned on here and I even got 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk for free to boot! :) Thank you ladies for all the time you put into all of this to help others! You’re just awesome!

    • Whew! I bet a ton of All You orders at that awesome price. They have so many great coupons and I love their practical articles too. Thanks for posting this linky :)

    • Mina

      Ha ha! I watched for the Friday Finals most of the night because I was so eager to post in it. I shopped FAR more than usual this week. It was crazy with so many great grocery sales and major q’s that expired on the 29th and 31st. I let the CVS, Wag’s, and RiteAid deals pass by without blinking an eye. We have so many years worth of school supplies on hand that it isn’t worth the hassle to go in stores while their on hot sales.

      First, the Farmers’ Market. I haven’t been there in quite some time. My buy of the week there was 40 lbs of bananas for $3. At $.69/lb in the store, that’s about an 88% savings. There was lots of baking and freezing banana bread this week, and the dehydrator has run almost non-stop. :-) We all love banana chips and zucchini chips for snacks. I also bought beautiful, ripe peaches for $7 for 24 lbs, and tomatoes for $8 for 24 lbs.

      The biggie for me this week were the Kroger sales. Since I posted in the Kroger weekly thread, my total spent has gone DOWN $1, and my total value has increased to $416. I wish I could post a pic of the mountain of Kroger goodies this week. (For those who missed this week at Kroger – the P&G B4G$4off deal continues for another week. A new batch of P&G q’s will be in tomorrow’s paper.)

      Kroger
      Total Value – $416
      Spent ——– $43
      Saved ——- $373
      That’s a hair under 90%! I NEVER save that much at the grocery store on such a wide array of items at one time. Sure, it’s not that difficult to do if you acquire a large stack of q’s for a few specific items in one week, but it’s a rare (for me) to be able to do that across the board with a combo of food and non-food items from throughout the store. Thank you, Kroger, P&G, and Kellogg’s Fuel for School!

      Bi-Lo
      Before Savings $45
      Spent ——– $7
      Savings —— $38
      Saved over 80% (and now have lots of store brand pudding cups. Need to get more before the 18th when they go off sale.)

      Publix – just one small trip this week.
      Before Savings $42.5
      Spent ——— $5.5
      Saved ——– $37
      Just under 88% savings.

      Totals for week (Farmers’ Market included)
      Spent $63.5
      Value $601.0

      90% (NINETY PERCENT!) “savings” for the week!!!!

      I failed at my futile goal of keeping it under $50 for the week, but stayed 33% under my “impossible” goal for gas expenditures, which ma. Between the two, I completed the week having spent $3.50 over my imaginary budget.

      This week was exhausting, and I did fail to stay in budget, but it was a sweet failure.

      Now, what I really need is an excellent sale on flour.

    • Elizabeth

      Well, compared to Mina’s savings (Comment 4) I didn’t do well at all!

      However, I’m fairly new to this whole thing…I’m nearing the end of my 2nd month of following Southern Savers exclusively and following all the rules Jenny gives at her workshops.

      So, over the last few weeks, I have acquired quite a large “running low” list and it just so happened that all but two items were on sale this week at one store or another. So, I spent alot, but I got stocked back up on the necessities, and I’m hoping to not shop at all for the next week or two to make up for it.

      I shopped 4 stores this week: Publix, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, and CVS.

      Here is my Grand Total:
      Spent: $92.29
      Saved: $188.20

      Like I said, in comparison with Mina, I got totally ripped off…but this is actually the best I’ve ever done. I’m really proud of myself and having a week this great has made me want to save more and more in the weeks to come!

      Grocery Shopping is now like a little game to me…can I beat my “high score” from last week? : D

      Couponing is also really addicting, as I’m finding! Thankfully, this is one addiction that’s only going to SAVE my family money…which is awesome!

      Thanks, Jenny!

    • Sharon

      Couponing is addicting!

    • I am so grateful to Jenny for her tireless work to keep Southernsavers.com so complete and so easy to use. I have been couponing for about 2 months now also – and am consistently saving at least 50% each week on my grocery budget. I hope to do a little better when school starts back – I still am not comfortable or at least have not practiced the cvs/rite aid shopping – but my family has so benefited from the savings at the grocery store. We had at least one extra little vacation this summer because of it!

      Thanks Jenny – for all you do!

    • Mina

      Elizabeth #5, you did a GREAT job! Girl, you spent less than 1/3 what your items would have cost you at regular price, AND you did that while restocking regularly used items that you knew you’d need. You’ve got reason to be proud!

      I happen to hate to shop, but spent an unusual amount of time on planning, preparing, and in the stores. Plus, much of what was purchased at the highest percent savings was not necessities. Heck, we certainly didn’t ‘need’ 30+ makeup items, and we already have at least a year supply of haircare products, but Herbal Essence is one of the girls’ favorites, and the Aussie products with the little kangaroo ‘gift’ have q’s for $1/1 that don’t expire until next year. Senior discount on Wednesday meant that $3 eyeshadow cost us $0.13 Nail polish came out to $0.64, and the haircare and pile of toothpastes could actually subtract from our total.

      I usually put “savings” in quotes in my posts, because much of what I wind up purchasing, like the above items, is not items that I would have purchased otherwise. Stuck in mind is the thought that any money spent on non-necessities is NOT a true savings, but a frivolous expense. I’ve been in recession mode thinking since the Wage-Price Freeze of ’71. Those splurges that make my total percent “savings” look better on paper are part of my attempt to break out of that thinking. Posts like the one I made in #4 are part of my attempt to feel better about having bought those non-necessities and things like PopTarts that I have avoided for so many years.

      Pre-deal-searching, my total would have been more along the lines of just the Farmers’ Market purchases and about $20 of basic groceries. I’ve been spending more per week than I would have been if I hadn’t been scouring for deals, because after 4 1/2 months, I have so much stockpiled that that there is nothing outside of perishables that I really need, except for flour and toilet paper.

      The flip side to that is that, although I did spend much more than I would have, most of what I purchased went to shoring up the stock that I have on hand, at the better than the usual ‘best’ prices that I find on those items. So, that means that the bulk of what I purchased is an investment.

      I think my key to getting past this barrier to weekly savings will be when I can get myself to stick just stocking up on what’s low enough to need it. Right now, that would be flour, TP, granola bars, and embarrassingly, more PopTarts. For the most part, I AM getting increasingly better at passing up deals.

      You’re doing great! Just stay on the path that it sounds like you are already following. It’s really the total OOP for healthy food that makes a difference in the budget. It sounds like you are winning your own game in that regard. Congratulations!

      (I used the wrong “they’re” in paragraph #1 of post #4, and did not complete one of my sentences. Wish I could edit my post.)

    • Congratulations all, and especially Mina! WOW! You are my hero. I can’t even imagine the stack of coupons that must be required to knock $400 down to $40! I think my cashiers would faint at the sight!

      I did pretty well at CVS this week. This morning I’m working up today’s runs to Publix and Costco. Wahoo!

    • Jodi

      I am so bummed that I didn’t know what All You was when I saw the 2 yr deal!! I just started trying to learn to use coupons like this… When I found out today what a great magazine it is, I was crushed that I missed the deal. Thanks for all you !

    • Pheona (Cola, SC)

      This was my best experience at Publix ever!!!

      Before savings $54.07
      store/sale savings $26.88
      Coupons $24.15
      _________
      Total saved $51.03

      Total Spent $ 3.04

      The cashier and bagger were just as happy as I was! :0)
      I tried to figure out the secret to publix – now i know. It’s the ability to stack and all the BOGO deals! Awesome!!!

      Thanks Jenny for all you do!!