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  • WYB = When You Buy
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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
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Friday Finals 7/29

on 7.29.2011 at 5:00pm

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Happy end of July!

There was no shopping for me this week, instead I cleaned out our extra freezer.  That’s a lot like shopping if you are like me and forgot 3 seconds after you close the door what you just put in there!  We had 2 hams, 1 turkey, tons of pork chops, chicken and a few bags of unknown meat (I threw those away)…  We also have a crazy amount of frozen produce.  All summer, our produce box was really too big for our family each week so we froze what we didn’t eat.

My goal for the next month is to eat just off these new found things.  I am pretty confident that we can do it!  A turkey or ham makes enough for 4-5 meals for my family, plus you can make soup from the bones and leftovers.

It might seem silly to use up all the meat in the freezer in one month, why not save it your thinking… well, here’s the thing… when the meat went into the freezer we forgot one vital piece of information – a date.  So I have no clue how old any of it is, and really would rather eat it now while it still appears good than to wait even longer and waste it to freezer burn.

As for non-frozen items, we are still so stocked that there isn’t anything that we needed this week.  I did hit the office supply stores for back to school deals, and will probably do that again next week too.

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

    • Crystal

      Wow. It was a great week at CVS for me. A lady from work told me about southersavers.com. None of them ever use it though. I took them on a field trip at lunch as it is my second week using southernsavers.com and they were amazed.
      The key to CVS is check those coupons at the scanner, what a great invention…
      Transaction #1
      2 Crest Toothpaste 4.0oz $2.99ea with $2 ECB and $.75 Coupon
      2 Skintimate Shave Gel 10oz $2.19ea with $.55 Coupon (Spend $20 get $10 ECB)
      2 Playtex Tampons 36ct $8.49ea with $2.50/2 Coupon (Spend $20 get $10 ECB)
      Redeemed $16 ECB
      $5 off of $25 purchase at CVS
      Paid $1.66 and got $14 ECB
      Saved $30.10
      Transaction #2
      $1.50 Hand Sanitizer (No coupon but helped the clerk in a contest so I can reach the amount for my $5 off coupon)
      3 Softsoap Pampered Hands Soap $2ea with $2.35 in coupons and $3 ECB
      1 Kotex Panty liner $3.49 with $1 coupon and $2 ECB
      2 NM B12 120ct Vitamins, B1G1 FREE at $14.99 with $2 coupon and $2 CVS Nature Made coupon
      Redeemed $14 ECB
      $5 off of $25 purchase at CVS
      Paid $.21 and got $5 ECB
      Saved $47.20
      They were our of the Renu Senitive, I will try another CVS tomorrow or get a rain check.

    • Shannon

      Great idea for next month!  It's easy to forget what you freeze away…

    • thefrugalfreeloader

      I LOVE to have a week off from shopping. It doesn't happen often, but it's so nice sometimes to have that time without thinking of coupons and deals!

    • C-Lyn

      Funny we are so incise…I to this week cut back on my shopping and have been pulling items out of my freezer and looking at dates on my caned food items.

    • Sha

      I'm so proud that I stayed under my food budget this month!! I have been going over ever since the tornadoes when we lost power and it cleaned out my fridge and freezer. I was determined this month to spend under my limit and I did it! Thanks for your help!! :)

    • Mariella

      I try not to overstock my fridge otherwise I know me, I'll forget what is inside for sure. This week I only did one run to the supermarket to use some coupons for products I use and were close to due. Thank you for helping everyone here to save some money!

    • I sent my husband to Kroger on Monday with his small coupon binder loaded up with the coupons he would need.  He got 16 boxes of toaster strudels, 2 gallons milk, 4 boxes of cereal, 4 mustard, 6 rice mixes, 3-pack soap, 1 brownie mix, 8 lbs of chicken breast, and a can of almonds.  He paid full price for the almonds.  He has issues with impulse control. :o)  All in all, he paid $46.  Receipt says 50% savings.  Pretty Good!  Best part: I didn't have to do any of it. :o)

    • susan

      Great week for me:
      Publix, ST $1.58, Saved $49.63
      Frozen Pizza-  Mystery item  (out of the water)
      International Delight- Free Product Q
      6) Pop Tarts- 2) IPQ -$1/3, 2) Target Q -$1/3
      4) Honest Tea-  4) IPQ -$1
      Ben Gay-  IPQ -$5
      4) Newmans Own cat food  4) IPQ -$.50
      4) Muellers Pasta-  2) Q-$1,  2) IPQ -$.55
      Playtex starter set (clearence)-  IPQ -$2
      Senior discount  -$1.72

      Bi-Lo, ST $5.65, Saved $24.80
      Nescafe,  IPQ- $.45, Publix Q -$3
      2) DH Brownie mix,  2) IPQ -$.50
      3) Coffemates,  2) IPQ -$.55, IPQ -$.50, Target Q -$1/3
      4) Tomatos,  Earthfare Q- $2 when you spend $5
      2) Half Gal Farmland Milk,  2) IPQ -$1,   4) Mark down Q's -$1
      (there were 2, -$1 mark down Q's on each carton, the expiration date is early Aug., but milk freezes)
      Also used a $4 off  $20 CVS Q
      Should get $1 in my Saving Star account (will make my ST $4.65)

      Total before tax $7.23, Saved $74.43
      Had a good CVS trip too (mis-placed my receipt) 
      This is my best trip ever.  Happy, Happy, Happy!


    • Chris

      So hopefully I don't get flamed but I'm going to try posting my results again for this week.  Making some runs tomorrow to places (Publix, Kroger, Petsmart, etc) but will include those with next week's results.

      Pier 1 – cheese grater + spoon rest = 2.63oop (saved 10)
      Kohls – 2 shirts + 1 pair shorts = 16.61oop (saved 15)
      CVS – 4 shave gel + 6 softsoap + 4 Mt Dew 12pk = 17.90oop (5 ECB still left)
      Kroger – too much to list = 34.55oop (saved 103.71)
      Walmart – too much to list = 51.71oop (saved 180.04)
      Publix – too much to list = 31.91oop (saved 123.36)

      TOTAL OOP = $155.31
      TOTAL SAVED = $432.11+ (over 65% savings)

    • Dawnelayne

      I just love seeing these each week! Im heading out to Harris teeter again tomorrow for some good deals! I will be getting $160.00 of items (52items) for just 44.00. I also got some good deals last night there including, 0.09 coffee creamer, and 0.26 garnier shampoo and conditioner!

    • Heather Kephart

      I think you have the right idea. No point in buying new stuff only to let the older stuff go bad. We should do that too. :)

    • Kcreviews

      I just got a fridge/freezer for our garage off Craigs List for $50 so now I just have to stock up!
      I went to the Office Max sale and finished off my school supply shopping. I also went to Old Navy, which had $4 t-shirts, $6 shorts, and other sales (got some t's for $2.50) and I used my Groupon deal there ($20 for $10) for a super bargain!

    • Byrdsminidachshunds

      so does that mean she is not gonna post the deals this week? lol

    • Lisa K.

      Unexpected car repairs and dental bills leave us with a low cash flow this month, so my plan is for us to clean out the freezer by using up what we find in ours too! Between that and the stockpile of other items, we should be in good shape. :)

    • Gina S.

      We are also eating out of the freezer for the next couple of months.  We started doing this each year after losing hundreds of dollars of frozen food in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  So, July and August we eat from the freezer just in case another hurricane comes our way.

    • Portraitsbytamika

      Well this was my first time actually trying to match up coupons with rock bottom prices and I guess I did okay.  I spent $13 more dollars than I expected because I did not read the CVS rewards enough to realize that sometimes you can only get one reward for purchasing an item.  I purchased two of the Kotex products thinking I would get a $2 reward for each purchase but only got it for one.  So I used my $1 coupon and got the second box of liners for $2.49.  Not a deal as far as I am concerned, but I walked out of there with $7 in rewards and keeping it to only the things I use or need.  At Rite Aid I opted out of buying the KY warming sensations because I thought they cost too much even with the $5 up reward and $3off coupon I had.  I did very well there with the 69 cents VO5 conditioner and kelllogs cereal for $1.88 and I had a $1 off coupon.  I used $10 in coupons and was very conservative with my purchases but did not get any UPs Rewards for that trip.  I scored Oscal Myer Turkey bacon at my local Giant Foods in Maryland for 50 cents a pack and got tons of frozen veggies for $1 each, so I am pleased with that.  Tomorrow I visit Rite Aid to grab some pantene products and Pampers EAsy Ups. I have coupons for both, need both and get UPS Rewards for this trip.  

      I was very discouraged at Target because I went in with four of the BOGO Old Spice Coupons but they did not work as expected.  I grabbed the deoderant for $1.99 and the spray for $3.64 thinking I would end up getting it all free, but the system asked the cashier to enter the price of the spray at $3.64 so the additional overage was not captured to cover the cost of the deoderant.  So I spent $8 on four deoderants.  Its all good though, my family will definitely use them and beats them asking me on a whim to purchase deoderant and I have no coupon for it or none is on sale.  I am just embarassed that I gave two coupons to my daycare provider and told her to go take advantage.  I am sure she ran into the same issues.

      I learned some good lessons that I can take forward and think that I will still enjoy couponing.  My next focus is to build my coupon storehouse by purchasing from a clipping company.  Hot pockets are on sale at my local grocers (safeway) for $1.79 and I don't have any coupons to offset the price. BUMMER!

      Enjoy next weeks shopping trips everyone.

      • Fireyred

        Just a little FYI….if you find that the rewards don't work in your favor, just return the item.  They have no problem with returns and I ahve done this alot in the beginning when learning the system. Hope it helps.:-)

    • sportsmom

      The Target toy clearance is a great way to start Christmas shopping. I just got $76.96 worth of toys for $19.20, and I can mark 4 people off my shopping list!

    • sportsmom

      The Target toy clearance is a great way to start Christmas shopping. I just got $76.96 worth of toys for $19.20, and I can mark 4 people off my shopping list!

    • Mistym820

      I have had two great weeks at publix.  I spent 35.10 last week and save 65.00 and this week i spent 39.00 and saved 69.01.  And to boot I have had to pleasant cahsiers.  One that didnt even sort out my coupons she just said hand them to me at the end and proclaimed that she was not the coupon police!  I did finally find some coupon sheets they were handing out only to find out they expired on the 25th.  And im going into this week with 10 ecb at cvs!  I am in Lawrence County (Moulton/Decatur) area of AL.  If you are in this area steer clear i of the CVS in Decatur.  They have tried twice to not give me the ECB is earned.  Also they are always stripped clean and unfriendly!

    • Kdfrazier4ua

      I had a great week at CVS. I didnt take pictures but I lost my coupon bag in the process, and apparantly no one has turned it in. :-(  It had all my coupons and some rebate forms with my name on it. There is no reason someone shouldn't have turned it in or called me. Oh well it could be worse guess I will just start over. -Kellie from AL