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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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Friday Finals – Year End

on 12.26.2008 at 4:22pm
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This is the last grocery summary for 2008!  This year has flown by.  We have been out of town for most of the week but we did do some shopping before we left.   However, I don’t have any of the receipts with me.  They are sitting neatly on my counter at home…

Instead of my posting my weekly savings I wanted to change it up a little this week.  I would love to see your yearly savings.  Even if you don’t track your savings comment and let me know what you have started to save monthly.  If you are a CVS shopper find your most recent CVS receipt and post the yearly savings amount on your receipt!!

Here are ours:

Grocery Savings since July: $4,108 (when I started tracking)
CVS Yearly Savings $1,304.72 (we started CVSing in April)

In the beginning of 2008 we were paying $450-$500 for all of our groceries and household expenses.  We are now spending on average $250 a month.  Finding this extra money we already had was the biggest “raise” we have ever gotten.

Leave a comment with your savings!!  Want to start tracking?  I use this free download savings tracker and enter once a week.

    • Sarah P

      Jenny, Those are awesome numbers! I was hoping you would post your yearly savings. The money really adds up. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

    • Elizabeth

      Congrats on the savings, Jenny! Those numbers are amazing. I agree, saving on groceries has been the biggest “raise” we’ve ever gotten, too. It changed our minds about budgeting and “needing” to make more money. We used to spend about $600 a month on groceries just two months ago. Now we’ve worked the number down to $320. I want to wittle it down a little more in the near future, too. And I owe much of this savings to your blog! Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks soooo much for all you do!! DH & I were usually spending about $200 a month at WallyWorld with no coupons and now that I’ve been CVSing I can say that we rarely go into WalMart these days. And I’m loving it!

      My CVS savings is just over $4300!!! I started in Apr or May with my couponing and I’m hoping to be a bit more organized with my receipts with my grocery shopping (Marsh, Lances & Kroger) in the new year. I don’t have a savings on those stores but I know it’s at least 50% maybe even up to 70% savings on regular grocery items. Thanks soooo much for all you do!

    • BeccaM

      I don’t have my yearly savings but I know beginning this year I was budgeting $100/week on groceries and now I budget $50/week and usually I don’t spend that much! It’s also great to have my stockpile so that some weeks I don’t feel like I need to go to the store for food.
      I’ve also probably cut money on my “going out to eat” because of the easy meals I have on hand (soups, salad, chef boyardee). Maybe in 2009 I can cut down costs even more!

    • I know these aren’t to the penny but here are my yearly savings. I really started all of this in Aug so they are 5 month totals.

      For Groceries alone (probably off a little because some of my CVS and Walgreens purchases are for grocery items): $1271.23

      Walgreens Savings: $684.60

      CVS Savings: $2350.42

      And I even counted the savings in clothing, schools supplies etc for my family based on coupons, sales and other freebies I learned about: $295.79

      Grand total in savings: $4602.04

      Thanks for sharing your savings. I love your site and frequently check the latest posts.