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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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Friday Finals 4/03

on 4.3.2009 at 11:35am

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This was a crazy week as I tried to get all the weekly deal lists typed and scheduled to post before we left town.  As you read this I am far away from the internet (the only way to force me to take a vacation) in the mountains with family.  Amidst the crazy typing spree I did make it out to Publix and Kroger.  I tried to make it to Publix for the penny salad dressing but now that Kraft is free I’m not too upset about missing it.

snapshot_20090331_2This was the trip to Publix.  I love thinking about what I could have gotten if I didn’t shop they way I do.   For the $21.98 I spent this week that would have been 4 boxes of cereal and a bag of potatoes.

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $83.08
Total Spent: $21.98
Total Saved: $61.10 or 73.5%

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $26.75
Total Spent: $17.59
Total Saved: $9.16 or 34%

Total before Sales and Coupons: $109.83
Total Spent out of pocket: $39.57
Total Saved: $70.26 or 64%

Year to date:
Total Value of Purchases: $2330.64
Total Spent: $716.04($51.14 weekly average)
Total Saved: $1614.70 or 69.3%

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post.  (Please link directly to your post and not to your homepage.)

    • Sandra E

      I did well with the Kroger P&G sale this week. Bought 6 different items & had MQs & E-coupons for most everything – Got about $65 worth of stuff for $25… I’m still pretty new at the couponing, but I was proud of myself. :)

    • Melanie

      Were you able to use the $1 Revlon coupon that specifies a color product for the emory boards?

    • Kabba

      Enjoy your weekend off! It is mooorrreee than deserved as a mother, wife and for all you do for us! Thanks! God Bless

    • Emily

      So I went to Publix last night and realized after reviewing my receipt when leaving that I had given them my $1 Kraft mayo coupon instead of the $1.50 salad dressing coupon. I only bought the salad dressing (intending to use the mayo coupon another trip), but apparently it scanned through anyway? I also thought the mayo coupon was for $1 off two, but the one bottle of dressing was the only Kraft item I purchased – should this have happened?

    • Lori

      I have a question about some of the %’s i’m seeing. If you save double or more of what you spend wouldn’t that be a saving of 100 and ….%? So if you spent $21 and saved $60 that’s 285% saving, right? Thanks for the great site! I’m loving it. I spent $8.57 at Publix and saved $27.87 last, yippie! I a huge fan of CVS but i’m now trying Walgreens and Rite Aid, so far I’ve had bad luck at Walgreens. The RR’s have not printed and the mgr rerang it 5 times for me :(
      Have a great weekend I’m going to save some more at Kroger today!

    • April

      Just got back from Food Lion…my first time shopping there and spent $13.25 and saved $36.15 (74 % savings) and I saved around 34% at Kroger, paying $34.

    • I was very happy with my purchases I made on Sunday at CVS and Kroger! I am amazed on how much I can get for so little! I actually saw someone buying the PAAS Easter egg decorating kits at Kroger the same day and I so wanted to say go to CVS!!

    • Kim

      Ok, I was thrilled this week. Got everything for Easter for 4 kids @ Walgreens for $19.00.

      Then went to Publix. Totals for Publix this week were: total spent – $76.23. Total saved – $122.03. All things we will use and at great prices.

    • Jenni

      I work a 2nd job as a cashier at Publix. It is up to the cashier themselves what goes through as a coupon and what doesnt. If the casheir scans it, it will go through no matter if you bought the item or not, if the coupon is expired, etc. Sometimes people give me A TON of coupons and sometimes they are not always entirely accurate, like they may buy a cake mix from betty crocker and the coupon is for the warm delights. It will still take that amount off that it says on the coupon. The machines dont have anything to do with the acceptance of the coupons themselves, just the cashiers. I may not have let that “cat out of the bag” but it is the truth! Now you know why the mayo coupon went through even though you bought the dressing! : )

    • Rebecca

      Hi Jenny (and all), I was wondering if you have a thread anywhere on this website that tells how people store/organize their coupons? I am new to this and I am wondering what is the best way to organize my coupons. Do you generally only take the coupons with you that you have matched up to the weekly ad or do you take them all in case you run across an in store deal that is not in the ad? I think if I had these coupons organized somehow that my shopping trips would be faster??? Right now I just write the date on the outside of the ads from the Sunday paper, keeping it in tact and then just put my whole piece of paper with those that I have printed off without cutting them until I see where the best place is to use them. The problem is that it is a thick stack of coupons and if I wanted to take them with me to the grocery they are not cut and is a huge stack of papers. I would love to have some input as to how others are doing it. Thanks so much!!!

    • Thanks for the Staples tip! We will definitely use the paper, and to get it FREE is fantastic!!

    • Jenny

      Rebecca- Click on Extreme Couponer 101 in the sidebar and then go to the second page and you will see organization tips.

      Melanie – I did not have the color coupon with me when I went so I just got a little bit of overage instead of a lot of overage.

      How I figure the percentage saved:

      $ Out of Pocket + $ Saved = Total Original Bill

      Saved / Original Bill = % of Original Bill that was saved