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Friday Finals 7/10

on 7.10.2009 at 7:10pm

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This week was a short week for us at home.  We left Wednesday night for our trip south so I only needed milk and bread from the store.  I hit CVS and Kroger and plan to hit Rite Aid tonight.

Total before coupons and sales: $25.40
Total Spent: $15.64
Total Saved: $9.76 or 38.4%

This trip was for milk, bread, bananas, chicken, newspapers and dishwashing detergent.  I love going to Kroger on Sunday afternoon to scout out the rest of the deals – turns out that is when they mark their bread down!

Total Value Purchased: $87.84
Total Out of Pocket: $3.92 (with tax)
ECB remaining: $5

Went exactly as planned

Weekly Total:
Before Sales and Coupons: $113.40
Total Spent: $19.56
Total Saved: $93.84 or 82.7%

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to your savings post (and only to your savings post…)

    • Lori Beck

      CVS Savings

      1 Febreeze Fabric Freshener
      1 Febreeze Noticbles
      1 Febreeze Candle
      1 Febreeze Air Freshener

      Total Before: $21
      Total After coupons and $8 ECB: $5.47
      Got Back $12 ECB and $4.00/$20 coupon ($2 was spring savings ECB)

      2 pencil sharpeners

      Total Before: $2.14
      Total After ECB: 0
      Got Back $1.98 ECB and another $4.00/$20 coupon

      2 Dove Shampoo
      1 Gillette Shampoo
      2 Dawn
      3 Post Cereals

      Total Before: $34.61
      Total After coupons and ECB: $.56 (.29 was tax!)
      Got Back $8.00 ECB

      Total: $57.75
      OOP: $6.03 (or 10.45%!!!)

    • Wow! Great savings this week.

    • Debra C

      First Timer on Rolling ECB’s:

      I started w/ $17 ECB’s:

      (3) pencil sharpeners
      (1) Cvs Pantiliners
      (2) Dawn Dish Detergents
      (1) Febreeze Air Effects
      (1) Febreeze Noticeables
      (1) Febreeze Fabric Spray
      (2) Head and Shoulder shampoos
      Total before sales and coupons: $39.09
      OOP: $1.75
      Savings: $37.34
      ECB’s Earned: $13.46
      (Tried to do Post deal but they were sold out- Got a raincheck w/ $5 ECB’s)

      Deal # 2:
      (1) Venus disposable
      (1) Gillette Shampoo
      (2) Dove Shampoos
      (1) Shick Titanium Quattro
      (1) Schick Titanium 4pk cartridges
      Total before Sales & Coupons: $46.82
      OOP: $0.98
      Savings: $45.84
      ECB’s Earned: $4

      Deal # 3:
      (2) Oil of Olay body washes
      Total before sales & Coupons: $17.02
      OOP: $4.54
      Savings: $12.48
      ECB’s Earned: $5

      Summary (Before sales and coupons): $102.93
      Total Out of Pocket: $7.27
      ECB’s to roll forward: $5.00
      Net: $2.27!

      Also went to food lion:

      (1) Double roll 12pk angel soft tp
      (1) Chinet plates
      (2) Hefty trash bags
      (1) hand soap
      (1) Facial tissue
      (2) dannon yogurts cups
      (2) Ken’s dressings
      Total (before sales & coupons) $23.78
      OOP $11.64

      Combined total (CVS AND FOOD LION):
      Bought $126.71
      OOP $18.91 and $5 ECB to carry forward

      Thank you to all of your comments and scenarios. We are a family of 4. Both my husband and I are employed full-time. If it weren’t for all of your posts and HCW website this would not be possible!! Thank you and God Bless !!

    • Catherine


      I’m curious, what bread do you buy at Kroger, name brand or house brand? Do they mark down name brand bread on Sunday? I do not like Kroger house brand bread, but I do like Publix house brand bread. I’ve been buying the Publix brand ever since I started shopping there 2 months ago. But if Kroger marks down name brand it may be worth a short Sunday trip for me.

      • Jenny

        They mark down all types, mostly their housebrand but many weeks I can also get Gold Medal? I think that’s the name. They will also mark down their fancier Activ Lifestyle breads. My kids don’t care what they eat and I can get a loaf of any type for 49 cents!

    • Mina

      Just want to say that I did well on my goal in the routine stores this past week. Between Publix, Bi-Lo, Kroger, and CVS I spent a total of $39 and change, which makes it two weeks in a row that I’ve kept my total below the improbable $50 for 10 to 12 people. Expenditures included meat, lots of fresh produce, milk and other dairy items.

      My stockpile would have increased, even at that rate, except that I sent lots of groceries, both fresh and packaged, home with someone whose budget can use the support, gifted another family with part of our abundant supply of ice cream :-) (something we used to have only on special occasions), and gave away some personal care items to another.

      ALSO spent only $16 on gas the past week. That will go up next week because both tanks will need to be filled. Still, the two weeks should average less than my $30 goal. (HUGE smile here)

      Even though those savings are wonderful, we came out negative for the week because there was an unanticipated expense for ~$500 for household repairs. That didn’t come to anywhere near the amounts spent the previous two months for major auto repairs and medical expenses.

      LOL! It’s a good thing I’m “saving” because we’ve been spending more than ever. Ack!