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Friday Finals 10/30

on 10.30.2009 at 10:44pm

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It doesn’t feel like Friday to me, but the calendar says it is.  We made it to Kroger twice this week and to Rite Aid for rain checks.  I ended up getting a little lost last weekend and never found the CVS, so we will make up for that tomorrow night with 48 cent diapers!

Total before sales: $165.88
Total spent: $57.23
Total saved: $108.65

I plan to head to Publix in the morning before some coupons expire, but if we don’t make it the excitement from Kroger deals will hold us over!

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post. (Links to savings posts only, not to homepages.)

    • Stacie

      how are you getting diapers for $.48?!?!?!?!

      • I want to know this too- where are the 48 cent diapers?

        • sloan

          look at the grand plan for cvs this week

    • Carolyn

      Went to Bi-Lo this week and here’s my breakdown :o)
      Subtotal : $151.02 Paid : $56.22
      Bonus Card savings :$49.21 Coupon savings: $46.75
      I love your website!!! I also took your class when you were in Greenville. Thanks for all your work

    • Yep. Good deals this week all.

    • Mina

      I made limited trips to grocery stores only this week. That saved a couple of $ in gas. My spending for the week came in at $70, which seems to be right around where my erratic spending averages. It seems to range from the mid-30’s (rarely, but becoming more frequent) to $120 (very rarely).

      The stores I shopped at this week were mainly Food Lion and Bi-Lo, with a bit of Publix and Kroger thrown in, and milk from Aldi. That $70 covered the following for 8 adults/teens.

      One week worth of:
      Dairy products
      Fresh leafy greens
      Orange juice
      Toilet paper
      Frozen odds and ends

      Two weeks or more of:
      Red meat for over 2 weeks dinners if it were the main course.
      Fresh fruits and vegetables, except fresh leafy greens
      Freshly cut roast beef and various hams from the deli, if used for all lunches (which it won’t be)

      A month supply of:
      Breakfast products
      Portable snack foods

      Fabric softener for a few months (5 bottles)
      Several dozen eggs
      50 lbs flour – half of it bread flour, half soft wheat (This may, or may not last until Christmas. We do a lot of scratch baking, even when it isn’t holiday season)
      2 tee shirts
      1 baseball cap
      1 oven mitt
      1 onesie
      (These 5 items are all thanks to CABOT FARMS, makers of delicious color-free cheeses and butter)
      8 bags of candy bars
      Instant cocoa – Enough Special Dark Chocolate, Mocha-Cappuccino, and Marshmallow to last until the first of the year for the ones who really enjoy their daily special treat.

      Of that $70 spent, only about $15 was for immediate weekly needs – dairy, produce, and bread. The rest was purely discretionary for THIS week. That *extra* $55 was very well spent, though. What makes it well spent money is that it was not only all for basic items that we definitely use and enjoy, each of the items also cost below what I expect it to cost again during the period we will use it.

      Since it is not needed for immediate consumption, that $55 becomes a worthy investment. It adds to the diversity of what we have on hand. So, it extends the amount of time that we can wait for similar category items to be exceptionally priced. Having a variety on hand keeps us from getting in the rut of buying the same standard items week after week. I bet most of you know that rut. The listed savings were over 75%, which is greater than 40% more savings than what I would get if I shopped ONLY for a single week at a time by creating only couponless menus based on that week’s meat and produce specials and store brands. If the variety is on hand, we can mix those menus up and not wait for a sale to enjoy them.

      Money saved by calculated shopping and short-term stockpiling is way greater than bank interest. Plus, it’s even greater since it’s not taxed the way interest or extra earnings are. The payoff is immediate, and can be used for other needs, wants, or to pay off interest bearing loans. A well-stocked household is also a personal emergency fund, since the stock can easily be drawn upon if expenses need to be tightened to free cash for other needs.

      I’m ending this week much like it started – not NEEDing anything during the coming week other than short storage life perishables, except that now there are more things that I won’t need for a longer time. There are a couple non-food items that I’ll have to start restocking soon, though.

    • Meg

      My Kroger total this week was $142.77 before coupons – did the Mega 5 times, plus coupons, ended up at $28.00 OOP – for 54 items!

      LOVE IT!

    • Debbie

      Not sure where I should post this….
      Found a link for a free sample of Kashi Granola Bars.

    • Annamarie

      I shopped Rite Aid for diapers, lotion and some candy
      spent 12.51
      saved 11.82
      SRC $7 coming back

      HT Bought luvs for $1.99, cake mixes a little meat and lots of Uncle Bens
      spent 12.27
      saved 29.78

      Food Lion-mostly meat and cheese but had to get some produce too and since bagels were free with a loaf of bread I picked it up and threw it in the freezer
      spent 27.26
      saved 23.30

      Ingles-mostly produce (we go through LOTS of produce with 6 ppl in the family) and I got some juice and creamer too without a coupon because I WANTED IT. LOL
      spent 26.18
      saved 13.57

      target…BIGGEST deals of the week for the most part! 9 boxes of Kashi, cheerios, 3 pkgs of cookies for the upcoming holidays and trips, marshmellows, deoderant, toothbrushes and toothpaste and chex mix
      spent $25.77
      saved 37.28

      walgreens-lemonaid, stacy’s pita chips, gum and lotion (i think i could have done my purchases better but I was in a hurry and just kept the $7 RR I had left for diapers this week)

      total oop $116.66 (couldn’t i have saved or spent another penny!?!?! LOL)
      saved $123.73

    • Andi

      OK, I am pumped!!!! This was my best week EVER!!!!!!!!!!! I rocked Walgreens!

      I bought Chapstick (2.99 – got 2.99rr), Dulcolax (7$ – 3$coupon and 4rr), Breeze 2 Meter (14.99 – $14.99 coupon and cost rebate mail in), 2 Tridents (2$ – 1$ coupon and 1rr), Dr Scholl insert (12.99 – 2$ coupon and 5rr), soft soap ensemble (base and refill totaling 10$ – 3$coupon and 4rr) and I had 9$ in rr (a 4$ and 5$).

      So that means – my total was $99.14 but cost me $21.17out of pocket AND I got $17 in rr back AND I am mailing in my rebate for the meter for another $14.99. This means that I MADE $11 this week. Now I’m going to take some of those rr’s and go get 2 packs of diapers (bigi50) and I’m still going to have some left over. Your site ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

    • I can’t believe it!! I am new to this and it’s making our budget look amazing!

    • Teresa

      Jenny, I am SO sorry you got lost last weekend. I am so glad you came to Cleveland though. I went to Rite Aid on Sunday & after the coupons & getting SCR I will make $.04. I got diapers for my niece & in the end, they will be free, how awesome is that??? Keep up the good work & thanks again for the workshop you did for us at Woodlawn, may God bless all you do.
      Teresa Merck

    • Beckie

      Well, I just got back from Kroger. What a trip it was. I spent 2 hours there and it was worth every minute.

      Total $298.65
      Spent $102.37
      Saved $196.28

      Thank you for the workshop last Saturday in Cleveland. It was a
      pleasure meeting you!!!!

    • Tracy

      What is a catalina?

    • Dina



      Total before savings/coupons: $87.73
      OOP: $38.49

      CVS-3 transactions

      Total before savings/coupons: $111.98
      Plus I have $1 ECB

      Wags- 4 transactions

      Total before savings/coupons: $158.53
      OOP: $3.75

      Grand Total before Savings/Coupons: $358.24
      Grand Total OOP: $55.18

    • Dee

      Saved a TON at Publix and Target this weekend! The I-Motion Airwick Sprayers are only $2 with $4 coupon in today’s coupons. The Nestle Strawberry and Chocolate Milks are FREE with .50 coupon (Doubled) at Publix in today’s paper. Great deals to go around. Have fun shopping!