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  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • 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 4/22

on 4.22.2011 at 9:33pm

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I had big plans of making it to the store today, but at every turn was detoured or delayed.  We ARE going tomorrow before the big Publix ad ends.  For a week of little shopping, I actually feel like I did go.  We got our first produce box this week (pre-paid for the year so it’s already budgeted for) and having a huge influx of fruit and veggies completely held us from feeling a need to go to the store.

We have been using up meat from our freezer and pairing it with all the produce to have grand meals.  Last night was steak, corn on the cob, and turnips.  I’d never had a turnip before that meal, and they are really quite tasty (I think they look tasty too)!

I did run to CVS this week in Florida.

Total before sales and coupons: $14.81
Total Spent: $5.77
ECB Remaining: $2.74

I had to grab a toothbrush, and some cortisone cream and also grabbed a few little freebies while we were there.

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

    • Girlchiefs

      How do you get pre-paid fruits and vegetables?

      • heather

        We want to know the same thing!

    • Amy

      What is a produce box? How do you get this?

      • Debbiecone

        I get a pre-paid fruit and produce basket from our local farm. It's CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and we pay for 3 months at a time – it's delivered every week. We don't get to pick what we get because we get what they grow, but we are allowed to specify “no thanks” if we just won't use something and they'll substitute more of whatever they have. Not cheap, but we don't have many stores and it's difficult to get anything half way decent.

    • Djksims

      I can't wait to get out first CSA produce box on Monday. First time ever and super excited!

    • Stacey

      We have a local Co-Op here. It's about $20 a week for the summer and we get fruits, eggs(!!!!) and veggies. Starts next week, can't wait!

      • Vgwagoner

        Where is here? I am looking for one in greenville sc!

        • Stacey

          I am near Greenville, NC. Our farm is also our local Strawberry Farm, so I found out that way, from the owner telling us they were doing the veggie/fruit deal. It is through the Community Supported Agriculture also. We live in a pretty rural area though, farms all over. We are involved in 4H, maybe contact your local Department of Agriculture to ask if there is one in your area. Our 4H has a lot of information that they don't advertise but if you ask, they will gladly give the information.

    • Kcnicole1

      Publix Trip

      *2 Heinz Ketchup $1.99ea – 2/$2 coupons = free
      *2 Yoplait YoPlus yogurt $1ea – 2/$1 coupons = free
      *1 Breakstone sour cream $1.20 – $.50 doubled coupon = $.20
      *1 2pk GE Energy Smart Light bulbs $4.99 – $1M coupon -$1 Target coupon – $1 PX coupon and a free reusable bag = $2.99
      *1 PX Reusable Bag $.99, with purchase of GE light bulbs = free
      *1 Pam Spray $1.65 – $..35 doubled coupon = $.94
      *1 Mt. Olive Pickles $1.40
      *2 Cadbury cream eggs $1.49

      Total paid with tax $5.76!

    • Birgit Gilbert

      I have only been doing this for two months and after watching Extreme Couponing Wednesday can somebody please tell me if you can really use a coupon that has a greater value than the item cost. One of these women bought over 100 pain relievers and used a coupon for each one of them that was more than the item was on sale for and she said she was getting payed to buy it.

      • Lorrose57

        It is because the store will give overage on the coupon…they get paid for face value of the coupon (plus 8 cents each) and even if the item is less than the coupon they will honor the coupon for full value…

        • Birgit Gilbert

          thank you, I did not know that so even if an Item is a $1.99 I can use a $2.00 coupon on it. That will help me out a lot in the future.

          • Couponnicki

            It's important to know that MOST stores do NOT give overages. The store will either reduce the value of the coupon or not let you use it at all. The only store around my area that will let you have overages is Wal-mart and we have many of the stores on southernsavers(dot)com. It's important to know that many of the stores on Extreme Couponing were breaking their own coupon policies and what you saw was not necessarily how a normal deal would work out.

            • Birgit Gilbert

              I guess I just stick to buying Items that are priced more than what the coupon is. I would never buy that many like items anyway nor would I have 100 coupons of one item.

      • Yes, you can get overage. However, I don't think you can walk out of a grocery store with that much stuff (coupons or not) in real life. I got $0.01 in overage at Walgreens today with the Splenda. Hip hip hooray.

    • Patti2082

      i don't understand how you got fruit and veggies for a year? how does this work?

    • Vghurley21

      I have been couponing for about a month now and I love it. BUT I have started to notice the greediness in other couponers. A prime example is some of these pictures from Friday finals. As a general rule, I try not to get more than five of a certain item. Basically because I still end up with more than my family uses….keep in mind, we are a family of five too. I have been donating the excess that we accumulate to a childrens home in FL. ..My point is, this last Sunday after church, I decided to hit the deals at CVS. All the freebies and sale items where already wiped out. Disappointedly, I made my way to the front. There stood two ladies with buggies full of the toothpaste and other items I came to get. (It had to be fifty tubes) I could not believe my eyes as I watched them flip through there briefcases full of coupons. Where did the courtesy and manners go. Come on people leave some for the rest of us. Some of the pics above prove my point. Coupon with class!

      • Job

        Agreed. I see some of these people and I feel like, gosh, you're probably going to die before you get to use all that laundry detergent.

      • Dolly

        We to are a family of five and I always take just enough to get me thru the six weeks. As “Jenny has told us.

      • Leanne

        I could not agree more! It's extremely frustrating when I want one or two items and end up with none because someone has already cleared the shelf.

      • shops2much

        It seems to me that CVS seems to always be out of the best values…but I get a raincheck and shop again at my convience..or go to Rite Aid..I always wonder if those people are doing some of their shopping for resale…

        • cahugh4

          I also got a raincheck from CVS on the $1 reach/colgate/ and listerine products (after going there twice in the same week and they were still out of the toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss). The cashier told me that their rainchecks DO NOT EXPIRE! and that she had someone come in the day before and use one from 2010. Thought this would be a good FYI!

      • Djksims

        Amen. I am new to couponing but finding the same thing. Like the Splenda on sale this week at Walgreens. So frustrated after going to what feels like twenty different stores to find nothing but empty shelves.

        • Andie98_1

          get rainchecks. it happens to all of us at one time, missing a sale. Rainchecks is our defensive over the hoarders. Not everyone are like those ladies.

          • and you can always price match at Walmart or Target. Unfortunately, “my” Walmart is a old-school one, and it only had the 200 packet Splenda.

        • I got the last box of Splenda, and I had to get the granulated one. I'm a single guy and I only get one paper. The only time I use more than one coupon on a product (and it's usually no more than 2) is when I use internet coupons. I'd have to rent the apartment next door too if I wanted to stockpile like some people do.

    • Leah

      Had a pretty good CVS trip this week. Got $56.61 worth of stuff for $1.32 OOP plus $4 ECB for next week. They sent a 25% off Q via email which helped with things I needed that weren't on sale (like tampons).

    • Dolly

      Jenny every week since Feb has been a blessing to me. My husband and I spend more time together cause he like to stock up so he goes with me. We have been married for 20 years, we lost our house to foreclosure in 2009 and we were in shock. But we are coming back, and our love for each other and our three boys is the bond. Saving on food is the wonderful, fun thing ever. thank you so very much for your site on saving. Our lives are forever changed!!

    • luv2shop

      Oh, what a feeling to have this site each week! Please do not be discouraged from posting no matter what anyone says. Stay the course! Some of the tips I get from looking at these postings are invaluable… something I missed or a way to use a coupon that I did not thing of. I do not care if I get the deal this week. Most of the deals for the basic stuff are always there this week or next… rainchecks or sales coming back. Couponing is a way of life, not a one time event. It is the journey that is important and I am learning too much from the generosity of others sharing their experiences to discourage it.

    • DarleneSavesBig

      What is a produce box and is it available south of Atlanta?

      • Hopkinsmomof3

        I live in Coweta County, and in the Sharpsburg/Newnan area there is a CSA available at Country Gardens Farm. Their website is http://www.countrygardensfarm.com. You will find more info about what a CSA is, and also info on pricing, availability, etc…hope that hekps!

      • 2sweetgrits

        Please do tell….I want to know too?

    • Pam

      so sorry! the link to #85 Pam is….. http://www.my-springessentials.com/

    • Debbymantell

      Would like to tell of a good experience while shopping at walgreens. I was just there to buy Aveeno liquid soap that was 25% off. I decided to buy 2. The cashier saw that I had 2 and said I think I have a coupon that is getting ready to expire. It was for 3.00 off 2. She gave it to me and my purchase ended up being almost BIGI…..I just thought that was so nice of her. Happy Easter everyone!!!

    • Pam

      I foung a really nice coupon paper at one of our local stores here in Georgia (Super Saver) with over 30 dollars in savings. Walked in and there it was free for the
      taking! “Spring Essentials”. The paper states on the front “for this store use only”, but after looking at the coupons, nothing indicates the store logo and at the top of coupon it states Manufacturer's coupon. Coupons did have a Green Spring Essentials symbol. I was able to use these coupons at Ingles ans Bi-Lo. One of the coupons is 1/2 lipton teas. They are on sale at Ingles BOGO. Today is last day of Ingles sales. Coupons are good thru 5/16/11.

    • Hydrangeaplace

      I”m so glad you post this each week. I so look forward to Fridays and get so excited seeing everyone's treasures for the week. Each week when I return home from my own shopping trips, I frantically start reeling off figures and amounts saved to my poor husband. He stands there, smiling and nodding ….meanwhile, his eyes start glazing over and I can tell he's only pretending to be interested in an effort to be supportive of my frugal adventures. Firgures aren't his thing, but he is thankful for all the goodies that fill his tummy, clean our home and keep him smelling nice. Reading all the linkys and sharing in everyone else's saving “high” keeps my rambling to my hubby in check. For that, we are both thankful!

    • Buffsrj

      Hello everyone, I am new to this and so far I have found many, many great deals….Even my first free items!! Batteries and frozen veggies!! Thanks for this website! I also have some coupons for GOOD START baby formula that we no longer need because our little one is transitioning over to whole milk. Email me your address and I will mail them to you if you need them. buffsrj@bellsouth.net

    • Dana

      I wonder why people have to clear out the shelves all at one time. It's not like the sales are not coming back. It would be nice if there was an unspoken courtesy about that. Everyone would like to get 1 or 2 of something that's on sale. If you don't need it right away, please have some courtesy for others too. Stocking up doesn't necessarily mean shop like it's going out of style and clear it all off.