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Friday Finals 2/19

on 2.19.2010 at 11:07pm

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I don’t know what happened to this week, but it feels like we just skipped a few days.  We went out for a few little trips this week, but nothing big.   I have some coupons ready to hit a Harris Teeter on our way home tomorrow and we still haven’t gone out for our big Publix trip.

My husband just informed me where the week went.  It was spent on watching the Olympics.  I’m a little absorbed into all of it!

Total before coupons and sales: $28.14
Total spent: $5.82
Total Saved: $22.32 or 79.3%

Total before coupons and sales: $37.40
Total spent: $17.15
Total Saved: $20.25 or 54.1%

Weekly Total:
Before sales and coupons: $65.54
Spent: $22.97
Saved: $42.57 or 64.9%

Swagbucks Update:
We now have $10 towards Amazon just from searching and codes!   If you haven’t signed up yet to use and get swagbucks, you can read more about it here.  Warning though it can get a little addictive.

Next week Swagbucks turns two on 2/25, so looks for some awesome buck earning opportunities around their birthday!

This weeks giveaway winners are:

Publix Gift card:

Banquet Coupons:

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link.

Now it’s back to watching Curling.  Still trying to figure out what the object is…

    • I did very well thanks to Publix this week. Some say they don’t Like the ad but My weekly savings was mainly due to them. I saved over $100 for the week! http://www.thefrugalfreeloader.com/2010/02/my-week-ending-totals-219.html

      I love seeing other peoples shopping trips because it gives me ideas what to go grab.

    • ddflamingo

      i don't have a link, but at teeter today, my total was $79, and i spent $21. so i was pretty excited, and will be going again tomorrow :)

    • MamaGreg

      I thought you went to Harris Teeter this week, Jenny? I was anxious to hear how you did!

    • Jennifer

      my total at publix before coupons was $210. after sales and coupons was $95. still learning but very happy with my total!

    • pharmSCgirl

      To be honest, I had to take a break from couponing this week. I did splurge and buy myself a dvd and cd this week. I will get back on track tomorrow and work up my CVS deals. I've learned that sometimes you just need a break and to buy something that you have been wanting.

    • kelli

      Total before sales/coupons: $174.04
      Total spent: $3
      Total saved: $171.04 or 98% and I ended with $5 more ecbs then I started the week with

      Total before sales/coupons: $67.76
      Total spent: $4.54
      Total saved: $63.22 or 93%

      Total before sales/coupons: $65.10
      Total spent: $21.09
      Total saved: $44.01 or 67%

      and I spent $2 on papers this week

      Weekly Total
      Total before sales/coupons: $308.09
      Total spent: $30.63
      Total saved: $278.27 or 90%

      I also got back $79.96 in rebates and survey payouts this week, so I'm really in the negative by almost $50!

      • kelli

        I forgot to add that I got $10 in gift cards from my Target purchase. :)

    • Publix – Spent $45.62 (pre-tax); Saved $67.38 (60%)
      Rite-Aid – Spent $5.06 to get 4 jumbo packs of diapers (used $20 GC)
      Rite-Aid (trip 2) – Spent $18.11 and saved $25.49
      Target – Spent $10.36 OOP and getting $5 rebate; Saved $19.93 (before rebate)
      Walmart – Spent $1.13; Saved $3

      All of the totals except the Publix one are after 10% sales tax. Also, not sure but the Target savings might should have been more as it did not seem to post savings for buying the fudge shoppe cookies as savings (except for the $5 gift certificate, which I rolled onto a second transaction).

      All in all, a really good week for savings… though I did spend more than usual.

    • Amber in SC

      I haven’t been grocery shopping, yet, but I wanted to say a huge “thanks!!!” for introducing me to swagbucks. I’ve been at it for about a month and I also have $10 in Amazon gift cards. At $10/mo, I’ll be able to put away a bunch for Christmas and birthdays, especially w/ all the Amazon deals I’ve seen on here. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :)

    • Shannon Johnson

      I am so excited..this was my best ever. Harris Teeters! $354.71 worth of stuff Spent $40.08 out of pocket. Saved: $ 314.63 minus gas $10.00..Grand Savings: $304.63

    • Mina

      This is Mina. The kiddos and I have been enjoying the Olympics this past week, too, particularly the men's figure skating. Haven't posted or even been online or spent much time shopping for the past couple of months. In the meantime, my buying habits have changed and turned sharply to be more like the way I used to shop, but keeping a few elements from last year's 'experiment'. So, this is sort of a breakdown on my shopping since the beginning of the year.

      Although we enjoyed many of the products that we bought last year, most of them have been cut from our Keep in Stock List and moved to the Junk Food We Don't Need List, which means that I might buy a couple of the item during a year if the OOP is super low. A sample of the items that made that list were Pop Tarts (for obvious reasons), which they pigged out on when I bought them last year because those were things that I previously refused to buy, but they eventually stopped wanting once the 'specialness' wore off; V-8 Splash, which I HAD felt good about until I realized that it isn't “juice”, but sugar water with 10% juice, which means it would have to be under 20 cents to be cost worthy; and Hormel Always Tender pork loins, because the 18 oz pkg. contains 30% injected 'broth' PLUS and undisclosed # of ounces of “sauce”, which means the OOP would need to be close to $1.25/pkg. to be attractive enough to buy. We also have a Junk Food We Want On Hand List. Those are things that I will keep stocked. The primary ingredient in those items is chocolate.

      There were also items that we have discovered the past year and really like: Ocean Spray juices, Juicy Juice, Krusteaz pancake mixes, some SteamFresh veggie combos, Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation, Bertolli dinners (if we add more pasta and veggies), whole wheat egg noodles, College Inn Broth, Bear Naked granola/trail mix, GoodLife cat food, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Finish/Electrosol. To be sure, there are many others, and I'm certain that we will continue to try new things.

      The main reasons for the reversion are that we enjoy the taste of foods we cook from scratch much more. There is very little difference in prep time. We enjoy the process of cooking together. We like knowing what's in our food; and the kiddos, as a group, have become very conscious of what they eat. It is also because I believe that healthy eating can have large hidden savings over a lifetime. We still eat some junky stuff, but are making sure to have a full quota of whole grains and fresh produce every day.

      The previous ten months of sales/coupon shopping has led me to believe that I can wind up spending about the same amount either way. Since the beginning of the year, I've been spending between $15 and $40 every other week to purchase between 50 and 150 lbs of produce when I go to the Farmers Market. Now that we're back to having a good selection at home, it will drop to $10-$20 every other week. It takes awhile for even my size family to go through 50 lbs of onions. ;-)

      My grocery/drugstore expenditures for the past two months have ranged between $10-$110/wk., with the $110 occurring last week when I spent $60 at Wag's, mainly for GoodNites, ibuprofen, and candy bars, even though I didn't have any coupons. The same week I spent $40 at the Farmers Market for 40 lbs of delicious pears and a trunk STUFFED full of collards. The workers loaded the produce for me, and I was shocked when I opened the trunk for them to put in the pears. There was no room! There were waaaay more collards in there than what I had expected.

      This week I made 2 trips to Publix, one for last week's sale items, and one for this week's. It's funny that both times I spent $10.75. The first trip was for tea, Country Crock, brown rice, cauliflower, and broccoli. I saved $25.56. The second trip was for pasta, rice, and Chiquita smoothies. Savings were $22.50.

      My trip to Kroger ran $7.86 for 2 gallons milk and 5 loaves of greatly marked down whole grain and seed bread from the bakery. Savings on the bread was $17.70. I only consider the milk savings to be 30 cents total because that was the price difference from Aldi.

      My only purchase at Walgreen's was clearance Valentine candy, which totaled $3.00 and was completely paid for with the candy RR's from last week, which had been paid for with GoodNite RR. You can either call that a savings of $7.08 or not, since what I did was blow a $3 RR on an indulgence.

      Total spent this week: $29.36 (Targeted average is $60wk.)
      Total saved: $73.14

      Percent saved was around 71%, which is less than the 75% that I aimed for through last year. On the other hand, my weekly average spending has been running 30% less than last year, and the time I spend shopping and preparing to shop is about 1/5 what it was last year. One negative about the change is that since I'm in stores less frequently I see fewer coupons, because they disappear quickly around here. I hope everyone had a satisfyingly successful week with their shopping.

      • Mina–really enjoyed reading your comment. Do you blog? If you don't, you should!

    • dgram41

      My Publix shopping trip: $174.38 worth of groceries & I paid $63.54 out-of-pocket. I saved $62.60 on store sales & saved $48.24 with coupons. 64% saved

      My Bi-Lo shopping trip: $8.58 worth of groceries & I paid 28 cents out-of pocket. I saved $4.30 on store sales & saved $4.00 with coupons. 97% saved (Anyone want to guess what I bought? LOL)

    • haha, my link is supposed to say “my system + saved 85% at Publix and CVS” but the + sign dropped out. The couponing I do is YOUR system, Jenny, not mine! :) I even gave you a big shout out in my blog post so you should check it out.


    • Thanks for the Linky! :)

    • hlmcoupons

      This was my first week following suggested buying from here and I must say I was extremely pleased with myself. Also, considering I was only working with the past two Sunday paper's worth of coupons and those that I could print from on-line I really think I did alright. But I can't wait to get to where I'm getting $300+ worth of groceries for a little more than $40 like Shannon below, KUDOS to you :)

      Total before sales/coupons: $65.32
      Total spent: $19.50
      Total saved: $45.82 or 70%

      Publix (this was my first ever shopping trip at this store)
      Total before sales/coupons: $168.86
      Total spent: $66.85
      Total saved: $102.01 or 60%

      Winn Dixie
      Total before sales/coupons: $156.31
      Total spent: $74.49
      Total saved: $81.82 or 52%

      Total all before sales/coupons: $390.49
      Total spent: $160.84
      Total saved: $229.65 or 59%

    • onmyway2glory

      I just started “couponing” in October and have been sporadic with it. My best week so far! I only shopped at Publix. My total before coupons was $306.53. My out of pocket was $31.84 including $7.19 tax. I love Publix!!!

    • ywardlaw

      Rite Aid (first trip for me)
      Ad savings 24.81
      Product price 60.27
      coupons 26.55
      rebates 18.00
      Total cost of product 85.08
      Amt. paid less rebates 15.72 — 82% savings

      Total value 263.00
      Amount paid 107
      Savings = 59%

      Total value 257.00
      Amount paid less rebates filed 52.04
      Savings 80%

      I'm still learning a lot and hope to attend one of Jenny's workshops soon. Thank you for all of your help Jenny!

    • TS.

      I bought AT PUBLIX $187 before sales price and coupons, after sales $119. after coupons $38.38. I had every coupon just right. (I had a young man cashier who was very thorough at checking) Great week and my first time out coupon-ing every!!!!!
      Target was $102 TOTAL purchased ……. $32 and some change after gift cards I had from previous sale and transaction. I used $15 gc from a few days before razors and body wash. Then split my transaction on Friday getting another $10 gc.then after $45.50 in coupons, my week savings at Target was $70 and I still get to send in the $15. oil of olay rebate, so after that $95!! Really has motivated me to do this weekly. My hubby is so excited. You all have given me great ideas and I appreciate your writing in and sharing. I have read a lot on this site prior to going out. Thanks again for the lessons!

    • Savings on Johnson's at Publix

      Very exciting visit to Publix. Six Johnson baby products (15oz) for 3.42. 89% savings!!!! Two lotions, Two Body Washes, & Two Shampoos. This is going to make a very cute baby basket for my next shower.

    • For a limited time, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, CiCi’s is offering buffet meals for only $3.99. The offer ends on Feb. 28th. Check with your store before ordering to make sure they are participating.

    • Can't figure out where the Mr. Linky is. I'm new here!

      So just wanted to share I spent $28 for the week.

    • Can't figure out where the Mr. Linky is. I'm new here!

      So just wanted to share I spent $28 for the week.