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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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 12/18

on 12.18.2009 at 6:29pm

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I got to get out to lots of stores this week!  We had great savings at most until this morning.

Lesson learned today:  Shopping quickly just so that a reporter can take your picture can be expensive…  it was fun but we could have saved a lot more if I had spent anytime preparing for the trip.

Southern Savers will be featured soon in the Columbia SC newspaper – I don’t get the weekly paper so if you see it in the next week email me!!

Total before sales and coupons: $159.20
Total Spent: $48.72
Total Saved: $110.48 or 69.4%

Total before sales and coupons: $25.12
Total Spent: $14.80
RR Remaining: $15
Total Saved after RR: 100%

Total before sales and coupons: $26.91
Total Spent: $8.18
Total Saved: $18.73 or 69.6%

This was to get marked down bread, milk and fruit so a great trip for these items!

Bi-Lo: (this was the rough trip this morning)
Total before sales and coupons: $97.14
Total Spent: $50.19
Total Saved: $46.95 or 48.3%

Weekly Totals:
Before Sales: $308.37
Spent: $121.89
Saved: $186.48 or 61.5%

We went way over budget thanks to the added trip to a thrid grocery store, however we shouldn’t have to hit a grocery store until after Christmas!

I spent some time figuring up yearly totals to get ready for the end of the year.

Year to date:

Before Sales: $6744.09

Spent: $2190.54 ($43.81 weekly average over 50 weeks)

Saved: $4553.55 or 67.5%

It is amazing to see it all totaled!  What’s also wonderful to think of is the lack of stress from having extra money at the end of the month!!

How did you do this week?  Link to your savings post or leave a comment.

    • Congrats on the amazing savings! That’s a nice vacation right there! ;) Thanks for all you do! I’ve just started couponing but already saving lots!

    • Lindsey

      I made two trips to publix.

      First trip I spent $7.49 and saved $56.76 for a total of 88% saved

      Second trip I spent $9.82 and saved $58.37 for a total of 86% saved

      It was a great week for us at publix

      (I think I did the math right)

    • Krista

      2 – 9 rolls Angel Soft
      1 – 6 roll Viva paper towels
      2 – John Frieda products
      Total OOP = $4

      2nd Transaction
      1 – Sonicare Toothbrush (Reg. $75 – Husband’s Christmas present!)
      1 – pack Huggies
      Total OOP = $31 (Still have mail-in rebate for $10 more back)

      Total Savings = $48
      Total OOP = $32

      I can’t believe how much you have changed our lives Jenny, we could never thank you!!!

    • Nelanie

      Finding your website has changed my shopping habits completely. We have been able to save money this year. We are also able to buy Christmas this year debt free. I have paid for everything with cash due to the extra money my family has thanks to you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for helping me to be a better person. YOu have made such a change in my family. God Bless!

    • Mark

      spent 35 dollars at publix and saved 156.00 dollars. love southern savers!

    • Heather

      A great week for me:
      This week’s Publix trips:
      Trip 1: OOP 9.68 saved $36.75
      Trip 2: OOP 5.42 saved $41.25
      Trip 3: OOP 2.98 saved $31.47
      Trip 4: OOP 5.47 saved $45.23

      Walgreens: OOP: 9.08, saved $31.56, got $2 RR

      CVS: OOP: .24, used 10.99 in ECB, got $12 ECB and saved $18

    • Kristie

      Today at Publix, total spent: $136.36 Total saved: $136.57

      I just about did a hallelujah dance in the aisle today–I’ve been clinging to those Nivea body wash coupons all month, and the shelf has been empty every time I’ve shopped. Today, I went back across the store after all my other shopping was done, and the clerk just “happened” to find two bottles (to go with my two coupons) in the bottom of the buggy of new stuff she was shelving! YES!

    • yelena

      Publix: Before sales : $134.13 oop 21.35 – %84.08

    • kelli

      friday again, already….. wow, time flies! I had a fairly slow week, a few cvs trips and 1 small trip to kroger.

      cvs: we bought tissue paper, bows, gift tags, bic razors, lubriderm skin repair, 2 bottles anti-dandruff shampoo (for my fiance), 3 boxes of star lights (originally $9.99 each), 16 bottles of John Frieda shampoo/conditioner

      value – $231.92
      oop – $5.54 (all but 22 cents tax)
      saved – $226.38 or more than 97% and we ended the week with $15 more in ECBs then we started with… not sure how that happened. :)

      kroger: I bought 10 lbs of potatoes, frozen onions, and sour cream

      value – $5.89
      oop – $5.40
      saved – $.49 or 8% (no coupons)

      weekly total

      value – $237.81
      oop – $10.94
      saved – $226.87 or 95%

      I wish I’d been keeping track of this all year, I’d love to see what I’ve saved since I started couponing.

      • kelli

        I totally forgot that I took my first Rite Aid trip this week. For some reason I didn’t even add it to my list. ahhh I must be off this week

        Rite Aid: I bought 4 Nivea lip care, 1 Nivea lotion, 1 LA Looks gel

        value – ~ $20.94
        oop – $1.17
        saved – ~$20 or 95% and I’ll get a scr for $3

    • linda

      ok this week i did great
      total before = 702.32
      OOP = 78.07
      total saved = 624.25

      • Annamarie


        • linda

          thanks i do it all the time

    • meg

      Great trip to Sixes Road Canton Publix today – $ before sales and coupons $277, after I used 82 coupons my OOP was $66 – saved 77%. Luckily, my cashier Linda is a fellow couponer and was very patient. My register receipt was taller than me!

    • Paula

      It’s just incredible how much you saved. I thought I saved a lot with the old Kroger card! (hardly)

    • Wow, that’s amazing, you’ve saved a lot of money!

    • Annamarie

      I spent a little more this week than usual, BUT…I am stockpiling some stuff (food, paper items, diapers, wipes, etc…) to take on vacation with us to Nashville next week, I bought some items I normally wouldn’t have because we were obligated to bring several things to a Christmas party (that got snowed out~ LOL), and, other than a trip to ingles (for mostly freebies) and some Revlon lipstick (HEE HEE) I am planning to do no shopping next week. So, that said…

      Total value $425.42
      Total oop $158.31

      Pretty good I think!! :)

    • Sarah Beth

      Had a pretty great week!!!

      Kroger: Spent 43.65 and saved 40.30 (mostly for stuff for a Christmas party that got canceled)

      Transaction #1 OOP 11.85 (3 12 packs of cokes, 6 pack of paper towels, diapers, wipes)
      Transaction #2 OOP 16.73 (Toilet paper, diapers, wipes, tea, coffee filters, 2 Pot of Gold, mouthwash)

      Still have 17 RR and one free mouthwash

      I still want to run to CVS tomorrow and get batteries, but still a pretty great week.

    • Mina

      I’m smiling because the week finally came when I spent less OOP than you! You’ve spent so little that falls in your calculations during the past weeks that I was beginning to wonder if you ever ate. ;-) I don’t expect that to happen very often. Thanks for finally having time to really hit the stores!

      I spent more this week than last. LOL That’s no surprise, since last week’s spending was the lowest OOP that it’s ever been. If I hadn’t finally decided to trudge out in the rain tonight, I would have shaved a few $ off this week’s tally, but that just would have made next week’s higher. I only shopped in two stores this week – Wag’s and Publix. It’s holiday season; so, we have 11 in the house now.

      The shopping this week also covered a $50 b’day gift for a son, toys for the grandkiddos, food for 2 parties, 4 week’s of GoodNites (8 packs), 2 nice gifts for teen gift exchanges, and some stocking stuffers and other useful gifty stuff. I burned through the RR’s that I’ve accumulated the last few weeks, but ended with some remaining from this week’s purchases.

      Before Savings: $61.05
      OOP: $1.19
      Savings: $59.81 (just over 98%)

      Before Savings: $467.22
      OOP: $10.72
      Saved: $456.50 (almost 98%)
      RR’s remaining: $28

      Weekly Total:
      Before savings $528.27
      OOP: $11.91 (plus tax)
      Total Savings: $516.31

      I’m rather confident that my percent savings and very low OOP for the last few weeks are thanks to excellent seasonal shopping incentives, and not a level that I would be able to consistently duplicate on a long-term basis without going to extreme, and extremely time consuming, lengths.

      Good luck to everyone who is trying to meet their spending goals, whatever those goals may be!

    • Amanda

      I only did one trip to publix and food lion this week because my daughter and I have bronchitis and I had to wait for Grandma to come over and watch her so I could shop and keep her here at home.

      At publix, I took those Big Joy coupons from Walgreens and used them on 2 packs of Bendaroos and one Snuggie. (publix had better prices and is much closer than any Walgreens….plus I always have so many problems at Walgreens..it’s terrible.

      Oh, and I’m in Florida – no doubling here. But I am a collector of coupons so on a trip to Target last week I happened on a few $10 savings booklets of Colgate/Palmolive products which got me a few more deals that I was thrilled with.

      Total of all – $359.79
      Total savings – $212.82
      Tax – $8.33 (for non-grocery items like the above gifts)
      total of gifts after savings – $40.97
      Total of groceries after savings – $97.67

      I got 2 Immacculate Cookie doughs, 4 bags of Kraft cheese, 2 cans cresent rolls, 2 publix amer singles, 2 Rondele garlic/herb spreads, 4 I can’t believe not butter stick pkgs, 1 sour cream, 2 nestle coffee mate creamers, bobby pins, 2 pkg Bendaroos, 2 Barber chickens, 4 colgates (raincheck), 2 cool whips, 2 hormel pepperoni, sweet potatoes, 2 pkg duracell C batteries, 1 pkg AAA durracell batteries, publix crinkle cut fries, 2 bob evans mac &cheese, Beef rib roast (smaller one), 2 pkg baby carrots, natures own bread, celery, sara lee simple sweets, bananas, rachael ray mag, 2 pkg chinet dinner napkins, 2 hunts ketchup, 2 revlon nail clippers, velvetta cheese, 2 sucrets, 2 fabuloso cleaners, 2 glade soy candles, 4 beggin strips, 2 muellers elbow mac noodles, 2 lindt choc bars, a woolite rug stick cleaner starter kit, minite rice, domino sugar 5lbs, 2 wesson oils, 2 bags ghir choc, 2 duncan hines cupcake mixes, 4 swiss miss choc, 4 cans carnation milk, 7 cans of cream chicken soup, 2 12 double rolls of charmin. (whew…that is it!)

      Oh, I did also make one small trip to food lion for the All detergent and pam spray. Then when I got there they had an unbelievable closeout deal on electrasol dishwashing detergent. I bought 2 all detergents, 2 pam sprays, and 4 bottles of electrasol. (everything had a coupon)

      Total of all – $38.11
      Total savings – $26.36
      Total spent – $11.75!!

      I should only be doing the last of my Christmas shopping and a run for Bread and Milk early next week. Then I shouldn’t have to go shopping.

    • Snellmom

      Did my drug store runs today- Rite Aid, CVS, & Walgreens including having two prescriptions filled (one a refill and one new).

      Total of all: $233.70
      Total in coupons/savings: $183.59
      Total out of pocket: $50.11
      Total in rebates: $27.99 (SCR & Olay Quench Rebate)
      Total in Gift Cards: $25.00 (for transferring one of RX)
      Total in RR: $4
      Total in EB: $10 (in addition to those I didn’t roll)
      Increased GIft of Savings from $5 to $20
      Total saved: over 100%!!!

      Made hubby very happy!

      Have to do one final run to Publix tomorrow, and I’m done until after Christmas! I was able to roll over all by EB & RR, so they won’t expire until after the New Year.

    • Michele

      I just started this site and using coupons the right way…I went to Publix yesterday and spent $134.12. I saved $125.41 using $30.89 in manufactured coupons and $11.59 in store coupons. Total value was $259.53! I am so proud of myself and have become a little obsessed I think. I’m even rubbing off on my 4 kids. My son asked why I didnt buy something and his sister answered, if its not on sale, she wont buy it! lol Thanks for all the help on this wonderful website!

      • Carrie

        Ahhh, I love it when they catch on! :D

        My husband always jokes about how (this happened only once) he needed deodorant in a store one night and my action was to look through the coupon organizer and when I couldn’t find the coupon I told him, “wait until next week, I’ll have a coupon then.” Anyways after hearing about Southern Savers website at the coupon class at church, I now have way too many deodorants (not to mention other things) and I am loving knowing how to use these coupons correctly!

    • Hi, I have just been using the information on your site for about 3 weeks now. I am still learning. This week at Kroger I spent 79.66 and saved 34.05. That included 2 pks of Huggies diapers and a board game. I also get 20% off of Kroger brands because my dh works there. I am pretty happy with it but I know I will get better.

      I will look in the State (Columbia, SC) newspaper for your article and send it to you.

      Thanks again for all your hard work!

    • Tammie

      Everyone had great savings this past week. however, this shopping trip to Pulbix this week I was advised that they would not give me overage on my duncan hines cake mix, had .55 q and $1.50 off from comp store q. Told me they shouldn’t be taking a loss and paying me out monies. Oh, well, they still gave me $1.10 off which made both mixes still free. I’ll take it :-)

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    • A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Well done!

    • Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.