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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 5/31

on 5.31.2013 at 6:10pm

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I just walked in the door after a long afternoon of shopping!  We made it to Publix & Kroger in one afternoon.  It sounds like a lot, but once I drive all the way to one store I might as well hit another one.  Before I break down our savings, I must say between the two stores shopping experiences are like night and day.

I love my moments in Publix, never have to dig through a buggy and prove an item was purchased, and never have a manager called over (though I know him personally so feel free to call him if you want).   Kroger however… my moments in there never end with out a long checkout, frazzled me and not happy shoppers behind me.  It’s sad that I know their coupon policy better than the cashier, and even more sad that it always has to involve a manager to prove to the cashier that I am not breaking any rules.

Today’s trip to Kroger was so frustrating that in the end it cost an extra $6 because I couldn’t find my Kroger card and couldn’t remember the phone number we registered it with 10 years ago.  I have a new card now, and can go back and get them to link the old card to the new card and refund the eCoupons, but that is another step for a store 30 minutes away… odds are it won’t happen as it’s not really worth the drive.  I could have had her take off the eCoupon items, but that probably would have required a second manager and the poor people behind me in line just wanted me to leave.  So we did.

That was probably way more than you wanted to know, but I hope for some of you it helps to see that couponing isn’t always simple and easy even for those of us that have been at the game for 7 years.

Now for our savings.  If you want to see exactly what we bought click and check out our shopping lists.  The lists have advertised and unadvertised items put together so make sure to check out both lists.  (If you want to know how to make them on one shopping list… we’ll that’s a secret feature  I’ll share with you in a few more weeks…)

Publixshopping list
Total before sales and coupons: $122.26
Total spent: $48.97
Total saved: $73.29 or 60%

Krogershopping list
Total before sales and coupons: $202.02
Total spent: $112.03
Total Saved: $89.99 or 45%

My goal was to spend $100 in Kroger.  I ended up above that with the eCoupon issues.  It helps slightly that I paid for $100 of that with a gift card sent from a sweet person, so out of pocket for us this week we are still looking great.

How was your savings this week?  Leave a link to your savings, a comment or share your savings on Instagram with hashtag #southernsavers.  Lastly you can share your savings anytime you want in the community!

    • Carolyn

      Yep, exact same for me over here in Irmo. LOVE Publix. Sometimes when there’s an amazing deal at Kroger, I’ll convince myself to go, and then always regret it afterwards with the hassle and problems I have there, with service, long checkout lines, disorganization of store, and usually out of stock. Everytime I tell myself to just stick to the deals at Publix… where shopping is a pleasure :)

    • couponladyiam

      I am sorry to hear that your trouble you had the Kroger.
      I had my moment at Target, too. Maybe that thrill when I did couponing without any problem makes me never bored of couponing ( I tried hard to make it positive haha…) Thank you for sharing, Jenny.

    • Jeffy Walker

      I can do really well at CVS, but never with the grocery items!!! I got about 300 worth of stuff at CVS for about 11!!

    • Erin @ My Mommy World

      Ooh, sounds like Kroger is very unfriendly to their customers! I usually shop at Harris Teeter, and they are super nice and would rather just take a coupon rather than ask questions and make you wait in line. There’s nothing worse than being stuck waiting for approval on a coupon with angry people behind you :(

      Hope you have a great weekend!

    • dmr926

      I thought I was the only one who had trouble like that at Kroger. :) We recently got a Publix in our area and I LOVE our store!!! It’s amazing what a difference good customer service makes.

    • Amy L.

      Kudos to you for the 2X fuel points on that Kroger purchase! Saving 20 cents on 35 gallons of gas is huge!! Great job for sticking it out .. and I do appreciate your challenges .. makes my mistakes and frustrations validated that it isn’t ME! :)

    • David Ballinger

      don’t get me started on cashiers who don’t know their own coupon policy. I had a cashier at Bi Lo yell at me and call me a liar this week for trying to use a store coupon and a manufacture coupon on the same item…. lol…

    • wendyn.

      I hate that you went through that frustration, but I know you’ll see that MANY of us are having the SAME identical problems…ease w/ Publix, headache w/ Kroger…if Publix would give us fuel rewards on purchases, we’d probably stick with them altogether!!! Thanks for all your hard work! You are appreciated!!!

    • fnet4444

      My sentiments exactly with Kroger. Occasionally I forget and venture back and I always regret it.

    • mom

      OMG! that sounds just like my Kroger. glad those moments don’t happen only to me! if that happens to you imagine what could happen to me… you just motivate me more by saying this . thank you so much Jenny!

    • guest

      I love the cleanliness and coupon policy of Publix – BUT we buy mostly organic (75%+) and Kroger has more organic brands and better prices on those items. I wish Publix carried organic meat in our store- the greenwise items in our store are only all natural and not organic. The meat dept manager says that organic is more expensive, yet they have signs up saying they carry the items! I am willing to pay more and by the constant sell out of organic meats at Kroger, I am sure others are willing to spend more as well. Sorry for the rant.. =)

    • Amber Winebarger Riley

      It looks like CVS is going to be a good week, can we do the Friday round up on wed. or thu. LOL. With summer on the way it would be nice not to miss any great deals that every one finds all week.

    • Ernestandlinda Dunford

      Luke wth where do I have to move to get a good couppning shopping trip? At aldo or publix .etc. all I have is target.heb and walmart…….nd walgreens nd cvs… not as good as these stores seem to be..

    • sissy

      I have noticed over the years that you never do as well at Kroger as you do at Publix, not mentioning the above frustration….so, my question is, why do you keep going back? I don’t have a Kroger in my area, so I have no experience there; but sound similar to what happens to me in WinnDixie!

    • Erin

      I have never checked out at Kroger without a problem. Never. And I can’t tell you how often I’m told that only a manager could help, but sorry, there isn’t a manager here right now (middle of the day), would I like to just come back another time. Harris Teeter is often a little more money, although still good deals, but I have never had a problem so they get my business.