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Friday Finals 10/23

on 10.23.2009 at 10:54pm

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We are almost out of food.  This is our second week of not shopping and the stockpile is getting low.   I had hopes of getting into the stores earlier this week but being stuck in Florida with car issues messed up my plan.  I should know better than to have a plan in the first place!

We did run out for essentials.

Milk and Bread $7

Tomorrow night is my bi-weekly trip to CVS.  I’m hoping to get some great rain checks for the current weeks deals and to get stocked on shampoo and conditioner for a while with next weeks deals.  Please tell me Cleveland GA has a CVS!  If you haven’t started shopping CVS just twice a month it really is great, find a non 24 hr store (meaning they close at night) and shop on Saturday evenings to get both sale ads at the same time.  Saves extra trips and makes you feel incredibly efficient.

Next week should be a huge shopping week as I use up the $50 per week I haven’t spent for 3 weeks now to get us restocked.

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

      At what time does a non-24 hour CVS start honoring the next day prices? Is it up to the store manager about accepting both ads at the same time or is it a corporate policy that both ads can be accepted? Thanks!

    • Michelle

      Sorry, Jenny. Cleveland doesn’t have a CVS. There’s a great one where I shop…about 30 minutes from Cleveland (on Thompson Bridge Rd. in Gainesville). Maybe I’ll see you there tomorrow evening! :)

    • Steve

      I was in Cleveland on Monday and the only drug store I saw was a Rite Aid. Only grocery stores were an Ingles and IGA.

    • Susan

      I have been doing this now for about 5 weeks and I am hooked. This week I spent $60 at Publix for $135.99 worth of groceries and $14.00 at Walgreens for $56.00 worth of merchandise. So excited!!!

    • Yvonne

      Hey Jenny, I am fairly new to couponing and your website, which by the way, I think is the greatest. I do have a question about shopping CVS bi-weekly on Saturday evenings. How do you get to shop both ads? I thought you had to wait until Sunday for the new ad. You did say shop a CVS that closes at night, correct? Thanks for all the great info it has helped me and my mom so much!

    • Mina

      Oh, Jenny, I feel for ya on the car. We’ve spent ~$4K this year on unanticipated repairs for ours. There’s no way I could make up that difference in one year by cutting my grocery budget. :-( But FINALLY, during one of your weeks off I haven’t made up the difference by spending more than enough for both of us. ;-) Well, at least not in the stores that you cover.

      Since I skipped reporting last week, I’ll give a brief rundown for the past two.

      Last week I spent a total of $35 between Publix, Bi-Lo, Food Lion, and Kroger. My savings percentages were very good, and the purchases were all for things that we definitely use. On one trip to Kroger, all I *bought* was my free eggs with their home mailer q that was about to expire. Food Lion purchases were mainly bnls/sknls chkn brsts while they were $1.79/lb. At Publix I stocked up with canned tomatoes plus an RC, 6 qts of broth (already gone!), and au gratin potatoes, *a few* gallons of milk that were free with the pile of cereal I bought, since I had $1/1 q’s for Kellogg’s and RC’s for Special K. Shredded wheat varieties and Special K varieties are both very popular in my house. Somewhere along the line I also bought clearance bread, leaf lettuce, 4 lbs carrots, bagged apples, tomatoes and a Boston btt.

      This week, I spent a total of $42 at Kroger, Food Lion, WAG’s, and Publix, and Aldi.
      Food Lion expenses were almost half the total – $19 for a whole top sirloin which was transformed into ground sirloin.

      Kroger – $1 for two large loaves of honey wheat bread on clearance.

      Aldi – $10 for 2 milk, bananas, flour, grapes, romaine, salt

      Publix – $10.80 OOP, saved $39 – BirdsEye veggies, Quaker instant oatmeal (12 ct pks), syrup, whole wheat pasta, and RC’s for other items

      WAG’s – $1.20 OOP and finished with $5 in new RR’s.

      Even though both weeks came in far under my estimated $100-$110 that I expect to level off at, and my lowest 2 week total, yet, I really didn’t have anything left at the end. Three important birthdays, the jump in gas prices, an extra 200 mile trip, an immediate first aid supply need, and a couple of trips to Lowe’s, more than took care of any “extra”.

    • Snellmom

      I did Walgreens for the first time this week since they started using Register Rewards. I thoroughly flustered the poor old man working the cash register at the one in loganville, Ga. They were out of half of what I wanted, but I got a few things. After I left, I realized he did not ring up at least 2 of my coupons, but cranky kids and a migraine stopped me from turning around to fight it.

      That night I went to the one closest to my house and raked up! I ended up spending less than $5 out of pocket and came home with $18 in RR! Yesterday, we were headed home and I needed sour cream and my dd had to go to the bathroom. So, the best place to stop was that same Walgreens in Loganville. I just made sure the poor old man wasn’t there before I started shopping. We got the way overpriced sour cream ($1.39), a gallon of milk ($1.89), a loaf of bread, a big thing of coffee (Folgers was on sale for $5.99), used a tear pad coupon for $1 off the milk when you buy the bread and my RR and ended up paying only 42 CENTS!!!! So, I didn’t feel too guilty paying more for 8 oz of sour cream than I normally would pay for 16 oz at Publix or Kroger!

      Thanks Jenny for all you do! It is such a help, even for a veteran couponer like myself.

    • Sarah

      Next week looks really good at Kroger! How I wish I had 3 weeks of budget left for the Buy 10, Save $5!

    • Annamarie

      Harris Teeter-storage bags, cereal, frozen Aunt Jemima items, poptarts, eggs and biscuits
      Total 29.26
      oop 10.86
      saved 18.40

      CVS-1 Glade reed difuser thingy
      Total 10.53
      oop 1.53
      Saved 9.00

      CVS-2 toilet paper and 4 trident
      total 18.49
      oop 1.77
      saved 1.7.45

      Rite Aid 2 huggies, 3 pampers wipes, 2 pkgs disposable razors, deoderant
      oop 4.47
      saved 45.00

      ingles-bread, syrup and bananas
      7.97 saved nothing

      total 115.72
      saved 97.82
      OOP 26.60

    • Sarah D

      Just a side note: sometimes Jenny’s little CVS “trick” works at Kroger stores. Some of the stores start putting up their next week sales notices and shelf tags very early the day before their change over. (Tues for Wed ads, in my experience) By shopping on Tues with the previous week’s ad in hand, you can often shop 2 week’s ads at once. And, it does make you feel very efficient

    • Janey

      CVS still baffles me, but I was able to make it work for me this week. I bought $51.80 and paid only $4.66, plus I left with $1.98 in ECB!
      Rite Aid I’ve been doing for awhile. This leaves me out of pocket for awhile, but it is easier for me to wrap my brain around. Still, this was one of my best weeks in a long time, if not ever. I walked out with $75.37 and paid $35.88. On this trip alone, I will get $35.95 in rebates. For the month of October I will get a check for right at $55, plus two $10 gift cards, for a total of $75.
      I just started using an envelope system for my groceries. I’ll get out cash each pay period and use that money til its gone, then no more groceries until the next pay period. When I get the Rite Aid rebate money, it will go directly into that envelope. So this two weeks may be a little tight, but after that it should balance out nicely!
      Thanks, Jenny, for making grocery list-making and shopping easier!

    • kelli

      I did pretty good this week. I don’t have the exact numbers with me but I’ve got approximates.

      CVS: I went shopping on Sunday and Thusday, I have a bunch of ECBs expiring soon. I bought candles, cereal, glade sense & spray, vitamins and a few other small things (about $50 worth of stuff) and spent just tax, about $2. I spent $15 in extra bucks and got back $24.

      Food Lion: I bought cookies and eggs, $9.42 on 12 bags of cookies and 24 cents on a dozen eggs, saved about $33.50.

      Kroger: I bought ice cream, sour cream, chex mix/nature’s valley bars, tuna pouches. spent about $5.85, saved about $24.

    • Angela P

      WHAT A GRRRRRRREAT WEEK FOR ME! I haven’t had a week THIS good in a while.

      I Hit: CVS, Rite Aid & Shaws/Hannaford/YellowFront (our grocery stores). Paid about $85 OOP, received about $700 worth of stuff (including the new Transformers movie), will recieve about $95 in cold hard cash via rebates! Now that’s the way shopping should be! If you’re interested in what I ACTUALLY got let me know. I’d be happy to share!

      Thanks so much for all you do Miss Jenny. Would love it if you came to Maine for one of your workshops!

      • Jen

        Yes, Angela. Please post how you saved so much. That’s awesome!!

    • Dena

      question: is there someone who does this for people who live in New Jersey? My MIL is interested, but lives there, so I cant really help her.

    • Dina

      Publix- 2transactions

      Total before savings-$92.52
      Total saved-$81.47

      Wags-2 transactions

      Total before savings-$19.13
      OOP-$5.89 + 3rr
      Total saved-$13.24

      CVS- 1 transaction

      Total before savings-$31.88
      Total saved-$22.05

      Grand Total before savings-$143.53
      Grand Total saved-$116.76

    • Jill


      Cleveland GA is really cute. You should take your kids to the Cabbage Patch kid hospital there. It is FREE and your kids will absolutely love it. About every 30 minutes or so a baby is “harvested” from the cabbage patch. I am 29 and my mother takes kids there every summer for a visit and I feel left out if I don’t get to go. They probably have a website with times, but if you are there you should definitely check it out. Thank you for all you do!