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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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Happy New Years Eve!

This year has flown by, and I think every year gets faster.  We had a great year for savings and ended 10 dollars less than last year on total out of pocket!  (I’m all about making it a competition even if it wasn’t planned).

First this weeks shopping:

We ran out Thursday night to use up some expiring coupons and to pass out a ton of free coupons that I just didn’t have freezer space to use myself.

Publix:
Total before sales and coupons: $112.05
Total Spent: $54.90
Total Saved: $57.15 or 51%

(You guys always beg to see the coupons I used… now that we can remove coupons from the shopping list here is my actual shopping list.  The quantities I hand write on there but you can at least see the deals)

Kroger:
Total before sales and coupons: $72.18
Total Spent: $19.45
Total Saved: $52.73 or 73%

This was all P&G deals and I’ve already submitted the receipt to get a coupon booklet sent to my mom.  Hopefully she’ll share it with me!  See the actual shopping list.  I bought pretty much one of everything except the deodorant.

Year End Totals:

Just for comparison sake, here’s last year:

2009 Year End Totals
Before Sales: $6991.06
Spent: $2281.22 ($43.86 weekly average)
Saved: $4709.84 or 67.3%

and drum roll please…

2010 Year End Totals
Before Sales: $7893.81
Spent: $2272.47 ($43.71 weekly average)
Saved: $5621.34 or 71%

I have big plans for 2011, first we are going to stick on the same budget but take a strong healthy spin with our shopping.  I also plan to have you guys hold me accountable with a weekly plan of weight watcher friendly meals based on deals (you can skip that post if you don’t care).  My youngest is helping me out with being able to keep the same budget… she just finished potty training!  For the first year in almost 6 years I don’t plan to buy any diapers (unless they are free like this crazy week in September at Rite Aid).

How did you do this week or this year? Leave a link to your savings or leave a comment!