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Coupon Abbreviations
  • 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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This was an off week for me from shopping.  I pondered the cereal sale at Publix, and stood in my pantry for a good 20 minutes pondering again whether I should go.  But… we already have at least 15 boxes of cereal and I just can’t justify spending the money when I know that it will come on sale again and we just don’t need it right now.

We have had a fun time of attempting to be frugal this week.  We have been at Opryland in Nashville for a blogging conference called Blissdom.  (I have to thank Veggie Tales for sponsoring me so that I was able to attend.)  I don’t know if you have ever been here, but it’s just plain expensive.  The rooms all the way to the food.  So we started our journey packed with peanut butter & jelly, bread, easy mac and other easy hotel meals.  I was thinking that surely an expensive hotel room would have a microwave… that was a silly thought.  So we learned that you make a lot of things with hot water from a coffee pot!

We did splurge a little bit, and took the girls to the Grand Ole Opry tonight.  Don’t worry though, we found a coupon code for that even!

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

    • Anne

      Every now and then I really do feel like an extreme couponer; tonight is one of those nights.  ;-D  I shopped at Publix & then at Bi-Lo.  The Publix only accepts Target & Bi-Lo Qs, (I hardly ever see Bi-Lo Qs, except the ones I get in the mail, anybody have any info on that?) but the Bi-Lo accepts everybody!  I can’t find my Publix receipt, but my bi-Lo receipt shows my savings as $63.95.  I spent only $12.71 and had quite a bit of food.  At Publix I spent about $17 and saved at least as much as  or more than I did at Bi-Lo.  I am a victorious couponor!  And my storehouse is blessed.  Thank you Southern Savers for empowering me!  

      • Anne

        (I mean in addition to mfg Qs & their own Qs, of course!)

    • Alison

      Welcome to Nashville! While you are here I would recommend checking out an Essex store. I’ve been told it’s where Amazon returns are sold. I don’t know if that’s true or not but I’ve scored some AWESOME deals there.

      • Keith Yates

        Essex – Bargain Hunt is an AWESOME store, so long as you don’t mind clutter and digging through boxes. I bought a brand new 5-person Coleman tent, new in box, for $21. Walmart price was $139, Amazon price $129. They are getting more organized, but still have plain boxes that sit on the shelf until they are 90% off. Just yesterday, I saw a Thomas the train deluxe set. Amazon price $399. Essex price was $220, and was currently at 60% off ($88).

    • Guest

      LOL I guess next time you will bring a tiny microwave oven!

      I know what you mean about the cereal. I only printed one of the $5/5 coupons because I knew I did not want to drag in more than 5 large boxes of cereal. For sure, General MIlls will likely have a good/great sale soon and I will be getting more cereal. Or my kids will look at me like I’m nuts when I suggest they have cereal for breakfast yet again.

      One way I keep myself from doing all the “deals” is making a coupon wish list. I identify what I would really like to save on the most or which new products I would like to try.

      My list may read:

      Extremely cheap/free body wash
      Ketchup less than .50 per bottle

      I’ve found that it is possible to be very specific and find the deals I want. It also keeps me from becoming distracted by a razor sale, for example, when I have enough razors to get me through the next 6-8 months.

      • Rae

        I love that idea!  I get “distracted” by sales, too, and have to remind myself that even if it’s a bargain (like a $0.50 5-blade razor), I am not saving anything by spending that $0.50! I am going to try your list idea, putting my ideal price point down, and just keeping the list in my coupon envelope. Thanks so much!!

    • Monarch2003

      What cereal sale do you mean? The 50% off was last weekend. I’m confused :(

      • Sissy

        some Kelloggs brands are 1.99 this week. I know rice crispies and raisin bran, and a few others. So, If you still have the $5/5 coupon and Target has a $1/2 for the raisin bran.

      • Anne

        Cinnabon, Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, & Raisin Bran are all $1.99.  If you are near a Bi-Lo, the same brands plus S’mores are cheaper.

    • Welcome to Nashville!!! I know what you mean about the cost of Opryland. Last Christmas after the flood and reopening of the hotel, we went over there to view the Christmas lights, and they charged $20 to park! It is a beautiful place, though. Have an amazing time in this great state!

    • Manhoff

      There’s a City Pass for Nashville that is a real deal!  We saved a lot of money buying it!  Nashville’s great!

      • Squinkle99

         Where can I get that, Manhoff? Please post! Thanks!

    • Sissy

      Jenny, do you ever show your grocery deals with a picture and an explanation as to the item bought and the coupons used? I think that would help alot. Even if there is not a picture, but a list of what you bought and the coupons that matched.
      Thank You :)

    • Jessica

      Welcome to Nashville, Jenny!  I see you were at Blissdom held at Gaylord Opryland.  I work there… with the exception of the prices of everything at the Resort, I hope you enjoyed your stay and that the staff was helpful to you.  We were so very happy to host the conference and I hope that Nashvillians treated y’all well while you were here!  I love following your blog… thank you so much for everything that you do!! :)

    • Spi_cy13

      Welcome to Nashville Jenny! Being a fellow Nashvillian, if you thought that the hotel was expensive, try living here. Our sales and food tax is ridiculous!

    • Ebarber208

      I hope you enjoyed your stay in Nashville! I live about 20 minutes away and yes, it is a little pricey here. And like Spicy said, our sales tax is RIDICULOUS!!! I hope you got to walk around downtown a little!

    • Sissy

      This is my only shopping trip for this week:
      Went shopping this morning 2-26-12 at Publix:6 Hunts tomatoes BOGO 1.99 – B5G1 PQ and (2) .45/3 MQ=4.104 Kraft Freshtake 2.00 – (2) $2/2 PQ and (4) 1.00 MQ=FREE2 Folic Acid 3.79 – (2) $3 PQ and (2) $2 MQ =FREE+ 2.422 Melatonin 3.99- (2) $3 PQ and (2) $2 MQ=FREE+2.02publix pretzels 3.19 no coupons10 Kellogg Raisin Bran 1.99- (2) $5MQ and (2) $1/2 TQ=7.90(and I can send in MIR for a $10 gas card)Flour Tortilla 1.59 no couponMilk 3.69 -3.69 MQ=FREE8 Think Thin Bars 1.25- (8) 1.00MQ=2.004 Covergirl Emery Board 2.19- (2) 2.50/2 MQ and (4) 1.50 PQ=FREE+2.424 Covergirl Shaper 2.19-(2) 2.50/2 and (4) 1.50PQ=FREE =2.42Publix frozen yogurt 3.50 no couponSimply Orange juice 3.00 no coupon6 Uncle Bens Rice BOGO 2.09- (2) 1.00/3MQ=4.27Kraft Grated Cheese 3.00- .55MQ= 2.45Regular MM’s 3.97- 3.49MQ=.48Peanut MM’s 3.97-3.49MQ=.482-3#bags apples 5.98 no couponsBananas 1.94 no coupons$5/50 Albertsons$5/55 WinnDixieTotal OOP $24.48 Saved $143.30 85%savings.