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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 10/16 – Florida

on 10.17.2009 at 10:09am

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I got so focused on the rest of the drugstore deals that I forgot to get this up last night!  We had an unexpected week off from coupons this week, long story short our car is the in the shop with all the coupons in it and we are staying with family.  It was a blessing that it died in a town that we planning on staying in for a few days!

I actually haven’t needed to grocery shop since we got here except for three things.  We are in a very tiny town in Florida so my only option was the gas station mini mart…  I could drive 30 miles to go to the “Red Rabbit” but I am not up on the sales or coupon policies so it probably wouldn’t have helped.

For 3 things I paid $14.35

Normal Southern Savers prices for them maybe $3.50

It was very painful… but reminds me why we coupon.

We bought:

All Detergent – over $7 (my normal price $1.90)
Salt $2.39 (on sale at Walgreens next week for .50)
Always… $4.50 (normal price .99 or less)

No matter how tired you get from coupons, one trip paying mini mart prices should cure you!!

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post (no links to home pages please make it easy for folks to see your post)

    • Jamey

      I feel your pain!! We recently went on a 10-day vacation that turned into 2 weeks because of a death in the family. I had to buy a pack of diapers without my coupons and not on sale just to get by until we got home…it about killed me to pay over $10 for a pack of diapers.

    • Stephanie

      I am a brand new extreme couponer. I went to Publix to shop for the first time ever. I paid $49.00 and my savings were aroung $51.00. I know this is nowhere near the expert standards, but I was quite impressed with myself! GO COUPONS!

      • CouponNERD

        Go Stephanie! That’s great! I usually save what I spend. Anything more than that is gravy. I’ve been “extreme couponing” since March of this year.

    • Cori

      Wow, I went to CVS tonight and had the best time! I bought things that were not even on sale, 2 gallons of milk and some throat soothers – my total was $64 and I ended up paying $4.10 after all my coupons and ECB’s!! The cashier said she had never seen anything like it. Then I got $16.99 of ECB’s back!

    • Rita

      You are so right about having to pay regular price for an item. It will cure you of your coupon burn out in about 2 seconds flat (that is after you pick yourself up off the floor!!!!)

      I’ve not needed to go to the store but about once a month for a little while now, and that has helped with my burn out considerably. This week, I only shopped at CVS and Rite Aid and I used mostly their money, not my own. I posted my link also, but my profit for this week will be 48.65 after all of my rebates come in. It was a GREAT week for me!

      • CouponNERD

        Go Rita!
        I went to (GASP!) Walmart today and got some party supplies, and a big sub sandwich from the deli… and now I remember why I don’t shop there anymore.
        Crowded on a Saturday, and everything is full price. AND – I had to load and unload my own buggy. Not like Publix where they come around and unload my items onto the belt, bag them and put them back in the cart. Wow, I’m SPOILED!
        Oh well. It was necessary. Back to Publix for the penny item tomorrow, I hope.

    • Kenneth

      I saved $24 at Bloom last week and spent 34 cents… I was feeling great, until I forgot to get my Fritos chips and stopped by BILO… $4 for a small bag. I was heartbroken. LOL

      One question to Jenny or anyone else here… seeing what everyone got for so cheap is great, but it’s a little too late when I see this a week after the deals are off. Is there ever a listing for the “current” week’s sales? I love looking at other people’s brags and then finding things I may’ve overlooked or not known about. Thanks.

    • Dina


      CVS-4 transactions

      Total before savings: $139.87
      Total OOP: $11.74

      Winn Dixie (meat)

      Total before savings: $12.74
      Total OOP: $8.37


      Total before savings: $67.37
      Total OOP: $14.54

      Walgreens-5 transactions

      Total before savings: $81.86
      Total OOP: $8.60 + $3.50rr

      Grand total before savings: $301.86
      Grand total OOP: $43.25

      • Dina

        I forgot to mention that I qualify for 2 $5 rebate checks from SC Johnson!

    • Susan

      I’ve only been at this for a couple of weeks, but I was so proud this week- total before savings $167, spent $70, saved $95!!! Oh, and I got the Glade candle promotion from CVS- I’m trying to save up some ECBs for the next couple of weeks. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but he doesn’t argue when he sees the savings! I can never go back to Walmart again!

    • Tamara

      I have been doing this now for around 8 months. My savings are usually equal or a little more than I spend. For those of you who don’t shop at Walmart anymore, where do you buy items that don’t seem to go on sale or have coupons(i.e. chili sauce, vitamins are just a few that I have to buy)? I hate shopping at Walmart because I don’t feel like it spends my budget money well, but when I need something that I don’t usually see on sale, I feel like that is my last resort.

      • Kenneth

        Aldi’s is the best place in the Upstate for low food prices on almost everything w/o coupons.

    • Brook

      This may be a stupid question, but how do I figure out what percentage I saved?