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  • 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 12/30

on 12.30.2011 at 6:31pm

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I meant to pull the final numbers for 2011 together for you, but this week has flown by and I forgot.  I’ll get them together and share next week.  I do know that balancing our budget for the year we are under budget on groceries and personal care expenses!!  That was so fun to learn that I feel like celebrating… sadly that would cost money and then would be counter productive.

This week I went out just for produce, milk and bread.  I used one coupon that happened to be on a few lean cuisines I grabbed and that was it (there just aren’t a lot of milk coupons).  We did stay at budget though and that’s all that matters in the end.

Total Value purchased: $75.01
Total Spent: $48.11
Total Saved: $26.90 or 35.8%

The savings were mostly off buying produce on sale and bread that was marked down.  I did grab some half priced pecans too, I just couldn’t pass up $4.49 lb compared to the $9.99 they were 3 days ago!!  Pecans freeze, so these can sit and wait for our next baking day.

As for other deals with coupons, there really isn’t thing that we need or even remotely will need right now.  So I just decided to not bother.  I am looking forward to regular sale ads next week that won’t be so heavy laden with holiday items though!

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

    • Shannonhummel22

      do you have a spread sheet on your computer to keep up with your totals.? I had one but my computer crashed. Please share if you do so that we can start 2012 off right.

      • Anonymous

        I have one.  Whats your email?

        • Wendy

          If you’re willing to share with more people, I would really apperciate a copy.  I had one on our old computer, but can’t get it to load to email or save to disk.  My email address is westkycouponlady (at) gmail (dot) com.  If you can’t, don’t worry about it! :)

          • Anonymous

            I am sending out one that I got the new year from Couponing 101…  I used the one from 2011 from them as well!

            • Shannonhummel22
            • Anonymous

              Sent!  Hope it helps you!

            • Sanders_04

              i’d like one as well if you don’t mind.  sanders_04@hotmail.com   thanks so much!

            • Anonymous

              Sent!  Enjoy!

            • Caroline

              I just have to comment on these names!  My maiden name is Banks and my married name is Sanders.  I was married in ’04!  Too funny!

        • Sstapp727

          i would like one as well.  thanks.  

          • Anonymous

            Whats your email?

    • Ron


    • Anonymous

      I had a great week!!  Spent $16.16 at Publix and dsaved $199.14!!!

    • Didn’t get pics but here’s how this week’s shopping went:
      Kroger: Full price – 115.70; sale price before coupons – 83.89; paid after coupons – 57.44(pre-tax) Includes: **FREE=Mahatma rice, Toblerone, & Bar S hot dogs** 1.49 Axe shower gel/ .50c sponges (3pk Greener Clean 1.50)/ 1.19 Honey Bunches of Oats/ 1.59 Prego sauce
      Walmart: Reg price – 62.09; after coupons – 56.55(pre-tax) Includes: .98c Bengay Ultra Strength 4oz, $4 Seattles Best coffee, .45c Dole pineapple 8oz
      Also made a couple trips to Rite Aid: yesterday I went and grabbed the 12pk condoms (full price at 14.99 + tax), getting $5 +Up. Went back today and picked up 2 6pk Ramen noodles, Heinz relish and French’s mustard, used my $5 +Up & paid 3.02 out of pocket. My New Year’s resolution is to get a better handle on my couponing.

    • Tracie

      Could you please send me a copy of the spread sheet also? Thanks in advance…Happy New Year to you all and thanks for all the wonderful advice and help… triggans5@yahoo.com

      • Anonymous

        Sent!  Hope it helps you!

        • Addie0416

          Can you send me a copy please  addie0416@yahoo.com

          • Anonymous

            Sent! I hope it helps!

    • I saved 62% at Publix this week! I was so thrilled to walk out of there paying under 20$ !! (:

    • Products81

      I have a pic on mobile not sure how to download on here so here is my savings for the week:Cvs week trip#1 oop 68.41 savings 172.58;trip#2 oop 124.34 saved 154.96 last trip to Cvs for the week, spent $16.20 saved $134.94..wow that is a great week at cvs,seeing how no stores in my area dont double anymore(will try to post picture if i can figure out how to, happy new years everyone :)

    • Products81

      sorry forgot the final total of the week, Reg price before sales and coupons for the weeks items bought was $671.43, after sales and coupons Saved Total  $462.48 and my oop for the week was $208.95….most of the cost came from makeup-which was 50-75%off

      • Products81

        I see some profit and not spend a penny, im not there yet, but i think i did really good, savings of 69% almost 70% is not bad for a newbie :)

    • sissy

      I have been following your site and friday finals for a while now. It amazes me how small your percentage saved has been frequently, however, you said at the beginning of this post that you were below goal for the year. What do you budget for a month/week for groceries? do you have a separate budget for personal items CVS/Walgreens?
      I am so very happy that you show what you actually spend and not just a one time good trip with 90% savings, like I think they do on some sites.
      I know when they post stuff like that, I am always asking where is the bread, milk, meat, produce, lunchmeat, etc….
      Thanks for all you do!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • Joshua Griffing

      Best Haul Yet

      What a Score at Publix tonight:
      12 Welch’s Juice (12 $1/1 Welch’s Juice)
      6 Welch’s Jam/Jelly (6 Buy 2 Welches get Jelly Free, Yellow)
      8 Nabisco Toasted Crackers (2 buy2get1, 2 $1/2 Nabisco)
      1 Publix Brand Diet Coke 12 Pack(2 $5/$25 Purchase, Savalot)$1.95 OOP

    • Jrwili7

      I’d love to know where you found half-price pecans!

    • Pam Pam

      Friday…slept late… coupon-ed for a bit in prep for year end/month
      end haul…then I went to PUBLIX…my favorite store and spent 3 hours
      with myself and my coupons…  I got 231 items for
      a total out of pocket before tax $324.57 with $150.65 sales savings,
      $59.10 store coupons and $74.98 vendor coupons.$609.30 worth of product…total savings $284.73
      … roughly 50% savings… average cost
      per item $1.40 …
      Day 2 Saturday…New Year’s Eve…OK another sweet night out with my coupons…and shopping clearance….at CVS I racked up…105 items…spent 168.46 saved $665.10 with sale prices, coupons and extra bucks…that is 74.7% savings..e $833.56 worth of product and I did do a Wal-Mart run where I used $50 worth of coupons and payed out of pocket $162.63 for 84 items with a $202.63 value…so the totals are 420 items for $1,645.49 (average cost $3.91 which doesn’t sound good) which I paid out of pocket $655.66 (average cost per item $1.56 better but want to do better)…. savings 63% again not the best numbers but it’s OK …I had taken a few weeks off and was determined to use my coupons…I don’t have pictures but it was FUN and rewarding…

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