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Friday Finals 7/17

on 7.17.2009 at 7:03pm

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Hello from Dallas!  I’m feeling like a bit of a jet setter this past month after not flying anywhere for 4 years I have made two trips in 4 weeks.   Because of this trip my shopping was a bit scattered but we did make it to CVS and Kroger.  No pictures though, my husband did most of the Kroger run and he is not a big fan of taking groceries out of the car and displaying them on the table. I also have no idea while I’m away if my husband has remained out of the grocery store or not. I’m afraid to see what I might return home too, it never fails that he can’t find something so he runs out for one thing and comes back with a lot more!!

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $53.19
Total Spent: $12.10
Total Saved:$41.09 or 77.2%
$10 Gift Card Remaining

A little explanation here:  I always walk through Kroger on Sunday afternoons grabbing prices for the ad and other deals.  This week a lady was there with newspapers.  I needed to renew my subscription and she offered a deal I couldn’t pass up that included a $10 gift card that day! Using that and the gift cards generated by rolling the amp deal we did great this week.

Bought: Milk (2) gallons, Bananas, Cheese (7 bars), Cereal (3 boxes), and 30 cans of Amp.

Total Before coupons and sales: $15.08
Total Spent: .08
ECB Remaining: $5

Got the first 3 deals here.  Never made it back to get the rest.  Oh well.

Weekly Totals:
Before coupons: $68.27
Spent: $12.18
Saved: $56.09 or 82.1%

How did you do this week?  Comment about your savings post  (any links to other pages will be deleted).

Update: Sorry guys Mr. Linky had to move us to a new server in their system, but it is working now. There are great links to follow in the comments too this week.

    • I saved 77% or with the rebates I will receive and the ecb’s and register rewards, I saved 97%!

    • Jennifer

      How do you get your bill so low? Are you already stocked up? I’m shopping for two and it’s hard to spend just $50 a week on the grocery challenge. Do you teach this in your workshop? What is included in the workshop?

    • Mr Linky appears to be missing

      Drugstore Deals

    • Kim

      That is a great question (Jennifer) which I have been wondering myself too–when you are stocking up at the beginning, do you spend more to get a good stockpile and then can spend less each week because you have what you need already? My budget is 70$ a week and I spend the majority of that only on sales and coupon items. I can get what we need, but not a lot more than that, and we are only a family of 2 adults and 1 toddler. Any tips would be welcomed!!Thanks

    • Kim

      My question is similar to Jennifer’s. I spent $100 this week (for two weeks)and will have to go back and easily spend another $40. I got some amazing deals and my stockpiles are starting to grow. I assume (hopefully) that after a couple months of stockpiling and getting good deals that I will begin to see the totals come down. Is that the case or am I missing something?

      Spent $100 on groceries. Originally over $110.00. Got the amp deal, but ours in Ohio was 6 for $10 and you could only do it once.

      I take my makeup and facial cleansers, etc. out of my spending money – great deal here. B1G1 $16.59 for Eye cream and face serum. B1G1 $6.99 for facial cleanser. Had $5.00 in regular coupons and then another $4.00 off if you spent a total of $20.00 in health and beauty at Kroger. Total of $15.00 for all 4 items!

    • Mr Linky appears to be missing

      Drugstore Shopping

    • Is it just me our is their no linky?

    • Jenna

      I too have a question about stockpiles, but along a different vein. I’ve gotten to the point where I have a stockpile and can go a few weeks without spending much, if any, money on groceries. But I’ve also started to change my diet and am getting fat and clogging up my arteries. How do you eat off of your stock pile and not weigh 500 pounds? The items that go on sale are always processed, starchy crap! Maybe I wouldn’t complain if I had kids, but this is not food fit for an adult. I guess my tastes are just too rich for coupons. Anyone have any advice?

    • Sheila

      “Let’s go Krogering”

      (1) Diet Mtn. Dew $1.49
      (2) Keebler Cookies – $1.99 ($1.49 each)
      (10) Dixie Bowls – $1.99 ($1.49 each)
      (7) Playtex Gloves $2.29 ($1.00 ach)
      (2) Lady Speed Stick Deod – $.150 ($1.00 each)
      (4) Softsoap Liquid $1.50 ($1.00 each)
      (1) Peter Pan Peanut Butter $1.67
      (1) Colgate Tootpaste $2.50 ($1.49)
      (2) Sunny D Smoothies $1.29 (.79 each)
      (2) Chex Mix $1.99 ($1.19 each)

      Coupons Used:

      $15.00 – $5/10 Items
      (2) $1.00 Keebler Cookies
      (10) .50 Dixie Bowls – Doubled to $1
      (7) $1.00 Playtex Gloves
      (2) $1.50 Lady Speed Stick
      (4) $1.00 Softsoap
      (1) $1.00 Peter Pan Peanut Butter
      (1) Colgate Toothpaste
      (2) .55 Sunny D Smoothies
      (2) .50 Chex Mix – Doubled to $1.00, .50 Cellfire & .50 Shortcuts

      Total OOP: $6.67
      Saved: $80.50

    • Jan

      Jenny, I don’t see the little link thing that you use to add your purchases for the Friday finals. Am I missing something?

    • Sheila

      For some reason the rest of my totals disappeared on my previous post.

      Kroger previously listed above:

      Total before coupons and sales: $87.17
      Total Spent: $6.67

      Walmart: I have misplaced my receipt.

      Total: $91.05
      Total Spent: $40.50


      Total before sales and coupons: $59.33
      Total Spent: $14.91

      Grand Total: $269.27
      Total Spent: $62.08

    • Ann

      Here’s my round-up

      Drugstore Savings

    • Ann
    • Lea Ann

      Ok, so this is my first post and I have only been doing this for two weeks, but here is goes.

      Last Week
      Total before coupons and sales: 133.05
      Paid: 57.20

      Previous Week (this was my first try)
      Total before coupons and sales: 205.45
      Paid: 111.53

      So for two weeks:
      Total before coupons and sales: 338.50
      Paid: 168.73
      Saved: 169.77 or 50.15%

      It can only get better from here. I have limited coupons at this point, but I am starting to get a pretty good stockpile. I am actually looking forward to shopping tomorrow.

    • starbucksgirl
    • Jessica

      Hi Jenna,

      I agree that a lot of deals are on foods that are not the healthiest. However…there are numerous opportunities to build a more healthy stockpile. For us, it takes a combination of 1)willpower to say no to some things even if they are pennies; 2)really stocking up on the deals for healthier items by purchasing coupons for those things. We are actually eating healthier since couponing because we are packing our own lunches. Our stockpile is currently overflowing with choices that were all less than a $1 such as:

      various cereal and granola bars (kashi, fiberone, soy joy); buitoni pasta, ragu pasta sauce, tuna fish, grapefuit juice, mahatma rice, yoplus yogurt; kashi entrees and pizzas, post trail mix crunch cereal, wheat thin crackers, kraft cheese, promised land milk, 8th continent soy milk, blue diamond almonds, planters peanuts, tea, pickles, morningstar products, and dried fruit. Granted, we also have some ice cream and chips in there too to satisfy my sweet tooth :)

      Using the above as a start, we can make some great meals by adding in some fresh chicken, salads, fruits and veggies.

      I hope that this helps!

    • I didn’t need too much in the way of groceries this week except for some fresh berries and organic milk, but I got this amazing deal at KRoger on Pampers Cruisers – each for $2.49!!! WOO HOO


    • Lori

      starbucksgirl #17

      I saw your blog page and I live in Nashville as well! My church is collecting school supplies and basic needs items for a mission trip. Its a communtiy here KY (yes in our great nation) that is very very poor. Anyhow, we are sponsoring about 150 kids that signed for supplies. If you or your local friends have “stock piles” of basic neeeds or school supplies (with all the great deals this time of the year) that you’d like to donate I’d be happy to give you my email. Also, I am very impressed with your Publix trip this week, that was a great one!

    • Jenna, you have to hunt for the good deals on healthy items, and stock up when you can. :) I shop at Publix and use my overage for fresh fruits/veggies and look for deals like Food Lion’s free cherries this week. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll get there. Just remember, just because it’s free, or super cheap (like the Keebler cookies) doesn’t mean you have to buy it. (and it was hard to resist those cookies too!)

    • Oh and here’s my links

      Saved $252.28 at Publix, Nearly free coconut water at Whole Foods and Freebies at CVS:

      Spent $.27 at Food Lion and saved $9.84:

      and finally
      $.84 profit at Kroger, Free razors at KMart, a host of freebies at Wal-Mart and, yes, more free Food Lion:

    • Saving in Western KY – saved 98% and 84% at Kroger today. http://westernkycouponing.blogspot.com/2009/07/todays-kroger-trips.html

    • Hi, ladies, just to add-I stated my stockpile in March, now I have some much food, feminine products for the rest of the year, etc. Now I only spend about $20 a week between Kroger and Publix. I buy according to the posts and plan dinner around the deals. Now I only need meats, which I find marked down. I am shopping for 2 adults. My SO made the comment yesterday that we have some much food, that he doesn’t eat any because it is so much to choose from.

      here are my deals for the week



    • Mina

      After two weeks of finally keeping my totals under $50 for ~12 people, I think this week I spent more at grocery stores than I’ve ever in my life spent during a single week. (insert EEK smiley here) That can be directly attributed to the $360.00 we spent purchasing $450.00 worth of gas cards. I have “rainchecks” for another $400 worth when they come in. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to save 20% on gas.

      Other than that, I still spent well over $50 at CVS, Kroger, Publix, and Bi-Lo combined. Here is a basic breakdown.


      $3.00 OOP
      3 phantom razors, 6 packages of pens, 20 Soy Joy, 1 box Benefiber Stix drink mix (teen dd LOVES these), 2 packs orange creme Benefiber chewables (another student loves these. Go figure.),3 boxes Special K. Tall stack of rainchecks and $30 in ECB’s remaining.


      Trip #1
      Spent $23 “saved” $62
      Pierogies, more apples, more Knorr Sides noodles, big bag of cherries, pop tarts (cost less at Kroger) Doritos, milk, 3 doz eggs
      Trip #2
      $50 – $50 gas card. Spent $10 OYNO on “family pack” of chicken chests, large bag of clearance bananas, and gallon milk

      Spent $320 on $400 gas cards.
      Spent an additional $30 on groceries, including 10 packs of fruit gummies, and loads of Ocean Spray 100% Juices, Handi-Snacks

      Trip #1
      Spent $5 for home, and $17 to give someone
      Trip #2
      Spent $10 “Saved” $5 on Amp
      Trip #3
      Spent $7 “Saved” $65
      5 Playtex gloves, (kids just finished using the last of the ones that I had. They’ve been doing a lot of tie dyeing.) 2 Kraft dressing, 1 pk Popsicle, 1 carton organic bean sprouts, fresh sage, fresh tarragon, fresh rosemary, and fresh basil, 2 pks granola bars, 4 lbs bnls/sknls chicken chests, 20 AMP
      Trip #4
      Spent $2 – four loaves of clearanced bread

      $8 – Kids and hubby picked 8lbs of blueberries

      $8.12 – 8.20lb Boston but.t (I can type. I’m evading the word filter.)

      I purchased enough this week to completely take care of 14 people with lots of fresh meat, fruits, and veggies. (There are 3 heads of romaine, 2 pks fresh carrots, 2 lg. cartons strawberries, 2 lg cartons of mushrooms, and 3 heads and 4 frozen broccoli and 2 32oz. cartons of yogurt in there somewhere.) I spent well over the $50/wk avg goal that I’d like to get to, but it’s less than $10/wk per person. I’ll get there eventually.

      After spending that much on gas cards this week, I might HAVE to stay super low next week. LOL

    • Melanie

      I went to Kroger for the amp deal, and went two other times. I had lots of coupons for the mega sale items, so I did really well with that.

      Went to Publix once or twice and got great deals there.

      Have not made it to BiLo or Food Lion. Not sure if I will or not.

      Got the Coppertone deal at Wags and got lots of ECBs at CVS.

      Jenny, sounds like you did not make it to Publix, and that is something I struggle with…how to NOT go and get the great deals and freebies. Please help me with that question.

    • I saved $67 at Kroger. Here’s my link:


    • Lori Beck

      2 Rulers
      2 Glue
      3 packs pens

      total: 6.96
      paid: 0 and got $6.96 ECB

      2 Olay body wash
      1 Olay soap bars

      total before coupons: 21.07
      total after coupons: $5.50 (used $7.96 ECB)
      Got backk $10 ECB

      Total before coupons and sales: $100.78
      total after coupons: $26.97

      Total for week: $129.11
      Total spent: $32.47
      Saved: $96.64 or 75%!

    • Thanks for this site, it’s WONDERFUL!

      I’ve never posted on here so I didn’t realize that when it asked for name that’s the name of the post and not your name… :-) I’ll know better next time!

      I had some great deals at Target & CVS this week and some good ones at Publix (FREE much needed cat food is always a good thing!)

      Thanks for making shopping fun again!

      Here’s my page…

    • Haha! Christie I did the exact same thing, but now we know!

      I saved 91% at the Pub and 81% at Kroger this week.


      Want to thank you for being so consistent and loyal with your postings- your site is truly what put me on the right track to being a good couponer. Thank you so much Jenny!

    • Stacie

      Thanks so much for your update on the CVS photo book deal. I was able to get a total of 6 (ADORABLE) photo books for the initial investment of 7.99 + tax! My husband was so excited :)