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Friday Finals: 11/6

on 11.6.2009 at 9:28pm

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This was a fun week for me.  I normally only get to share the deals but this week I got to snag a few of them too!

My favorite was the Walgreens run, I even went to the store that I don’t like (RR don’t always print) and everything worked perfectly without having call over Mrs. H…  Mrs. H and I are not buddies…

My second favorite was today at Old Navy.  I am on the road today, so I stopped in at an Old Navy outside on Charlotte NC and got 3 coats for $17 ea.  Regularly they were $50 each.  If you have a spare moment and need a coat this is a great deal!

Total Value: $37.46
Total Spent: $8.41
Total Saved: $29.25 or 78%
RR Remaining: $15 RR

Total Value: $131.13
Total Spent: $49.95
Total Saved: $81.18 or 61.9%

Earth Fare:
Total Value: $47.62
Total Spent: $3.98
Total Saved: $43.64 or 91.6%

This was a wonderful trip, we did their pantry makeover with all 5 products and got the free apples.  I bought a treat for my husband Wasabi Almonds.  The staff helped me find everything in the store and were so incredibly friendly.

Weekly Totals:
Value: $216.21
Spent: $62.34
Saved: $153.87 or 71.2%

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post.  (Links to homepages will be deleted, please link directly to your post).

    • Great savings! I love that Earth Fare pantry makeover. Wish we had one of those here. And thanks for the Wags Almay deal info. That was a great deal!

    • I’m glad you were able to get out and grab some of the deals you work so hard to find for everyone else:)

    • kelli

      I had a pretty awesome week.

      CVS: bought lots of glade stuff, a bag of marked down Halloween candy, LOTS of cold meds, and Kleenex. I think I ended up with $2 ECBs more then I started the week with, I can’t remember for sure though.
      Value: $163.41
      Spent: $1.70 (this was almost all tax)
      Saved: 161.71 (99%)

      Food Lion: just bought eggs
      Value: $6.16
      Spent: $2.16
      Saved: $4 (65%)

      Kroger: evaporated milk, tuna, canned fruit, Sunny Delight, Steamfresh meals for 2 and veggies, ketckup, Keebler cookies, Nestle morsels, etc, 127 items total
      Value: $279.44
      Spent: $17.60
      Saved: $261.84 (93%)

      Value: $449.01
      Spent: $21.46
      Saved: $427.55 (95%)

      • Sue

        WOW! I thought I did good this week until I read your comment. That is awesome. How did you do it? I did CVS and Publix. CVS $101 worth for a $27 profit (after I get the $19 rebates I submitted for. Publix $95 for $24.

        • kelli

          I counted both mine and m fiance’s savings in the CVS totals. I bought a bunch of Glade stuff with a bit of a profit and I got $60 worth of cold meds for nothing oop. I need to submit the Glade stuff for the J&J rebate. I’ve got a bunch of receipts, so I can send them to my home and my fiance’s. I love making money for buying stuff!

          Also, at Kroger, I mostly bought the stuff that was free or free+. I’ve had Dole coupons in my coupon file for months that I’ve been waiting for a good time to use. With Dole and Bumble Bee tuna, I made $10 on one transaction.

      • kelli

        UPDATE! I count my weeks from Sunday-Saturday. I made one last trip to Kroger this week for the mega event, so my totals changed. I bought another 52 items and spent $1.40, saved $94.97! :)

        NEW Kroger total:
        Value: $375.81
        Spent: $19
        Saved: $356.81 (95%)

        NEW weekly total:
        Value: $545.38
        Spent: $22.86 (20% of this was tax)
        Saved: $522.52 (more than 95%)

    • Mina

      Jenny, you left me laughing SO hard because I’m *too* familiar with the Mrs. H. of whom you spoke. It’s an ongoing joke that if she’s on duty, any transaction I do is going to go a bit awry. She’s really okay. Just a bit serious. Now I know why there was no Almay foundation there when I went on Tuesday; you had been there. ;-) I did okay when I went there today, though. They were still out-of-stock in a few things I’ve been looking for for weeks, but they did have a couple of foundations, which made my girls very happy.

    • Mina

      I did more shopping, both in number of transactions and number of store visits, this week than I have done in a long time. I shopped at Bi-Lo, Publix, Kroger, and WAG’s. There were so many small transactions that it would take me most of the night to track down all of my receipts and give a detailed breakdown.

      I didn’t take the full advantage that I could have of any single store’s sales or glitches, and stuck with buying only things that we will use or give away in a relatively short term and winter OTC meds. I really don’t want too many weeks like this, because it quickly gets tiring and can easily become an unhealthy obsession instead of a blessing. There’s also the storage issue. It’s only possible to store so much and still have everything readily accessible and easy to find!

      My favorite deals of the week were the Nature Valley products and Progresso broth at Publix; the .89/gal milk, Green Giant veggies, and powdered egg whites at Bi-Lo; parchment paper, evaporated milk, rubber gloves, batteries, and TP at Kroger; and First Aid supplies, makeup, soup, and $3/7pair clearanced socks (for ME!) at WAG’s. We were almost out of both the parchment paper and rubber gloves; so, that was a ‘just in time’ sale for me.

      Altogether –
      Spent – $65
      Value – Over $400
      Saved – ~84%

      It was a good week for shopping.

    • jenny, i thought you got to go to harris teeter this time for triples? well, since there are a few days left, i hope you still get to go!

    • Annamarie

      Walgreens: (diapers, a birthday gift, makeup and hair/body products)
      spent @$25

      HT: (a few things were here and now items, most were just stockups)
      spent @$28 (2 trips)
      saved @$60

      Ingles: (bulk of my real grocery needs this week including produce)
      spent @$48
      saved @$38

    • Sue

      I LOVE Friday Finals. Hope it continues!

    • I started tracking all of our spending in October in an excel spreadsheet. We are in the process of buying a home and I was quite happy with the overall totals. With saving $456 or 40% off all of the store purchases, I know we were able to put that money easier into savings without feeling so tight on our money.



    • Lynn

      Retail: $128.06
      My Total: $20.56
      Savings: $107.50 or 84%

      Retail: $35.40
      My Total: $14.84
      Savings: $20.56 or 58%

      $163.46 worth of groceries for $35.40! That’s $128.06 or 78% savings!

      That’s the best I’ve ever done. Thank you Jenny!

    • Janey

      My Publix run on Monday I was so excited I called a girlfriend and woke her up! Time flies when you are saving money…I had no idea how late it was…granted it was only 9:30, but I normally don’t initiate calls after 9. Anyway, I got $79 for $26. My average grocery savings is around 45-50%, so this felt huge! Plus, since I’m trying to stay to a budget of $100/week (family of 6), I really felt like I’d done well. I’m happy to report, at teh end of my first two weeks, I went over less than $20 total and probably wouldn’t have had to do that if I hadn’t had to buy food and paper goods for the jewelry party I hosted!

      Today I did an end of the week Riteaid and Walgreens run. Walgreens I got the 3 cans of tomoato sauce for free. My teen who was with me, commented as we exited the store, “I feel kinda bad not paying anything.” I explained they were reimbursed from the manufacturers and she felt better.

      But Riteaid this week was the real steal. $137 for $3 and change, once you factor in SCR for this trip. And $1.82 of that $3 is tax! But that isn’t all! In addition to the SCR, I’ll get a tote with free samples and coupons. I also used this trip to qualify for the free $40 kitchen set (you don’t even pay S/H)!

      So Riteaid today was over a $190 value for less than $4 out of pocket!!! I don’t have a calculator and I’m way past exhausted, but I think that is around a 98% savings?

      I believe I’m getting the hang of this :-) Thanks, Jenny!

      • Janey

        was so excited about my trips i skipped over reading and went straight to comment. while i’m thrilled with my savings, i sure would like to be able to walk out of the grocery store with a 90+% savings like jenny and kelli!!!

        • kelli

          This was a really good week for me. I normally do not save 95%, it’s usually more like 50-60%.

    • Dina

      This weeks summary:

      Old Navy- 7 scarfs (christmas gifts)

      Total Discount- $29.05
      OOP: $ 6.35

      Albertsons-1-paper towel, 7-meat, and 1-mushrooms

      Total Savings-$ 10.78
      OOP: $3.13

      Walgreens-2-glucose meters (donating), 6-hunts tomatoe sauce (donating half), 2-newspaper, 1-glade candle,8-christmas cups, 2-snickers

      Total Savings-$ 159.07
      OOP: $2.97 + $5 rr left (-$2.83)

      Publix-2-cookies, 13-tylenol (donating half to the local homeless shelter), 2-chips, 2-frozen entrees, 5-noodles, 1-muffins, 1-meat, 1-bake cups, 1-milk, and 3-cereal

      Total savings: $90.39
      OOP: $12.30

      CVS-14-packs of nuts, 14-clearance halloween candy (giving away), 1-personal item, 1 glucose meter (donating, 2-softsoap, 1-herbal essance shampoo(donating),1-shower cleaner, 3-skittles, 1-toliet cleaner,2-glade aerosal sprays, and 1-earrinse

      Total savings- $110.68
      OOP: $32.33 + 11.99 ecb ($20.34)

      Grand total savings:$399.97
      Grand total OOP:$ 57.08 + 11.99 ecb and 5rr ($40.09)

    • Amy

      I’m a huge fan of SuperFresh. I live in MD and don’t have a lot of the Southern stores that I grew up on. In two trips this week I spent $98.99 and saved $116.69. The cost of living is higher here, so I am thrilled with a saving of 54%

      This includes:
      10 pks Nestle Toll house chips ($1.50 each)
      8 pks Kotex ($1.50 each)
      4 pks Nestle Break and Bake Dough (1.50 each)
      4 pks Keebler Cookies (free)
      10 lbs apples ($3.99)
      10 lbs potatoes ($3.99)
      2 Bertolli Meals ($3.99 each)
      and misc other stuff.