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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 told you last week that we needed to save up for this week, and I must say I’m glad we did!  Sometimes there just isn’t any way to lower a price further and you just have to pay.  My way of saving on those deals, is by saving up money for them.  I refuse to never eat a meal again just because I can’t get it for free…

We are making Low Country Boil with 12 people tomorrow night.  This isn’t a cheap meal to make for my normal crew of 5, so doubling it doesn’t help.  It’s a fun meal for a large group of people though, and incredibly delicious (plus we are always glad to have folks over and cook)!!

I had to purchase everything for it this week and nothing was really on sale so we went to the store that had the largest amount of the purchase on sale, Kroger.

Gulf Shrimp medium, 6 lb bag, $5.99 lb – $35.94
(2) Rogers Smoked Sausage, 24 oz box, $2.84 – $5.68
(2) Red Potatoes, 5 lb bag, $2.99 – $5.98
(2) Corn on the Cob Nibblers, 12 ct., $2.49 – $4.99
(1) Old Bay Crab Boil Seasoning, 6 oz, $3.49
Total = $56.08

The shrimp were on sale $2 off per lb, and so was the corn and potatoes.  We also saved by going with the large size of sausage rather than getting more smaller packages.

Total Saved: $15.31

I had other things we needed this week too.  That we grabbed from Publix on a different day:

Publix:
Total before sales and coupons: $67.19
Total Spent: $33.10
Total Saved: $34.09

This included the lovely, never on sale, milk and bread and a good amount of produce for two different fruit salads that made this week.  So to save right at 50% is awesome!

Weekly Totals:
Before sales and coupons: $138.58
Total Spent: $89.18
Total Saved: $49.40

It’s not impressive looking, but I’m happy.  We had saved enough to have $100 this week for everything and still managed to come in a little under.  In my book, many times it’s not about getting it all for free, it’s just about getting it to where you can afford it!

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



    • melissacholliday

      Yum! The Low Country Boil has become my family’s Christmas meal. Can I come? ;)

    • Mom_4_Him

      Thank you Jenny for being “real”!!  With just having #6, 6 weeks ago, who has been sick since birth and drs visits 2-4/ week, I have been beating myself up over not getting the “best” prices out there.  Eventually, we’ll get back there, but every once and a while it’s OK NOT to save 70-90%.

    • Katie B.

      This was a week of “need” items for us.  I’ve been couponing for 1.5yrs now and really haven’t had a week like this yet.  I saved 45% at HT this week, but still spent $87.  It was hard, but sometimes it can’t be avoided.  With three kids 6 and under, it was a peanut butter, bread, milk, fresh fruit kind of week.  Managed to get the Easter ham and a few snack items too.  Making it till Wed will be tough with family in town this weekend, but we will do our best.

    • Saverme

      other way to save is sharing the expenses with the people coming over if everybody bring something at the end you have  enough food and expend less. thats what we do!!!!

    • Lisa

      Absolutely! To me, it is about getting the things I want at the best possible price vs getting things that I might or might not want, just because they are cheapest. I live in Fl, I know I will never achieve the kind of savings that others elsewhere can find. I also know that there are certain things, ie pine nuts, olives, etc, that I will buy regardless, but I will take the savings where I can. Thank you Jenny!

      • dgram41

        I stock up on olive oil when it’s on sale (bertolli, etc. for cooking). I use Newman’s Own Organic olive oil for dressings, etc. I pay full price for it because it’s worth it! I try to save as much as possible buying food that is really not “processed”: fresh veggies when they’re in season & frozen when they’re not. I coupon as much as I can on these items & stock up on frozen veggies when there is a good sale. Because prices on these items are expensive I just built a 48 square foot raised garden. I’m using the square foot gardening method and hope to put up enough roma tomatoes so I don’t have to buy canned tomatoes & sauce during for a year. I’m planning on freezing squash and okra this summer. Come fall it will be carrots, spinach and broccoli. Wish me luck!

    • cookinmom

      Hey!!!  Where’s the recipe????  :)

    • Kcreviews

      We make low country boil and it’s delicious! For those of you in SC and wherever they have a Bi-Lo, you can buy a bag of seasoning (don’t remember the exact name, but it’s ______ Low Country Boil, I think). It has the recipe on the back of the bag.

    • Deloras

      Went to Publix today.  Spent 75 +saved $100.  Found coupons on Special K. Buy three boxes and get $3.00 off gallon of milk.  Bought Cereal at B1G1 and used $ 4.00 off 4 boxes.  It didn’t specifically cay Special K, but the manager let me use it any way!!!

    • leeci

      One suggestion (since we make this a lot) is to buy larger sausages (such as Italian) and whole corn cobs and chop everything.  Takes a few more minutes but definitely saves money.  Especially in summer when farmer’s markets and roadside stands make the corn super cheap.

    • Sounds amazing! Yum

    • Joyce

      Jenny,
      I love when you make posts like this.  I think of it as  “real life” couponing. Sometimes it’s not about the deal…it’s just about life.  
      Have a great Easter!

    • Tana

      I know what you mean.  My husband needs to eat better and stay away from the fast food.  But since he really does not like chicken and turkey, and loves red meat – we have started getting bison meat.  At $8.99/lb for the ground bison – it is not cheap.  But I justify it because I am so stocked up on toiletries and food that I only am buying perishables now.  It all evens itself out :)

    • Kati3878

      I agree! A 50% savings is still pretty good. :) I try to look at it like this: I am happy to save $$, no matter how much it is. I seem to save the most on non-food items, so if I don’t save a ton at Publix, I’m OK with that. :) 

    • Tlow

      I would also like that recipe! Do you just put everything in a big pot and let it simmer? For how long? Yummmmm…maybe with cornbread on the side?

    • Try adding some mushrooms to the boil.
      Q: Is there a difference between Frogmore Stew & a Low
      Country Boil?