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Coupon Abbreviations
  • 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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Guess what?  Today marks the 5th year of me writing Friday Finals.  That’s a lot.  In honor of this 260th Friday Finals, I have decided to change things up a bit and no longer post a link up.  Instead…  you are welcome to share in the comments here or the Southern Savers community all of your savings.  You can even share pictures in the community or on instagram using the hashtag #southernsavers.  The fun part about the community is you don’t have to wait until I post this late Friday night.  You can come in all week and share you trips and extra finds.

Our savings this week I already shared part of in a CVS Video earlier this week.  You can see exactly what we bought and the coupons used.

Total before sales and coupons: $33.05
Total spent: 87¢
ECB Remaining: $14 ECB

Total before sales and coupons: $319
Total spent: $186.67
Total saved: $132.33 or 41.4%

Okay, that was a huge trip.  It was a take your breath away trip at the register.  This was almost $75 of produce, $20 in meat, and $10 in Dairy items.  They were all on sale, but obviously no coupons were used. We didn’t grocery shop last week and this is more than enough to not need to shop next week.  So in the end I was over budget by $46.  I’m hoping I can stretch this to cover us for longer than two weeks, but we’ll have to see. I am thankful that even on a huge trip with tons of produce that we still saved 40%.

For everyone that leaves their trips in the community throughout the week, I’ll start to make Friday Finals a best of post each week.  I’ll highlight and link to a few of the top stories left in the community each week as well as share our savings.

    • Laura @ Frugal Follies
    • brencoup

      i am so sad . i just loved friday finals. highlight of week

      • buffyblease

        I agree. I always do my couponing at the pharmacies on Saturday and I would make my list by looking at what was posted here. This makes me very sad!

    • Jennifer King

      Bummed about the change — it was always fun to see everyone’s trips so nicely laid out. I found a lot of other couponing blogs that way!

      • buffyblease

        I agree, not happy about this change!

    • donna

      Wow, this change takes away the chance to learn from other couponers. You should really reconsider. :o(

    • couponsdoworkdotcom

      I like the friday finals :) oh well, here is mine : http://couponsdowork.com/this-grocery-store-paid-me/

    • Michelle M

      Not enjoying this change!! I agree that you should reconsider….. The format was so easy and very organized.

    • amanda

      I do not like the change too. I always catch some good deal from Friday finals…

    • amy

      I like the old format better. I was able to get a lot of extra deals from the other shoppers. I really miss it.

    • Cathy

      That’s a bummer I look forward to Friday Finals…It’s funny on Fridays I keep checking my phone to see other couponers post…

    • I encourage all of you to at least check out the community. There are many members that share deals they find in the store all week (rather than just Friday night). You can even click and sort posts by store name rather than spending time looking at trips and deals for stores you’ll never step foot in.

      I know change is never liked, but this was very thought out and planned as Friday Finals may be helpful for some but was being taken advantage of by others greatly.

      • Hi Jenny,

        I posted my savings post here (in the comments), but it looks like it didn’t get posted. Will we just be allowed to put the posts in the community, or in the comments section on your Friday Finals? It mentioned in the post that we could put them in the comment section.

        • If it had a link left in it, any link always gets held for moderation. They will be approved I just don’t always keep that dashboard open.

      • Sissy

        what do you mean ‘taken advantage of by others greatly’?

    • leslie

      Wow, this change takes away the chance to learn from other couponers. You should really reconsider.

    • Megan

      Friday Finals is my favorite part of the week. I don’t think you should change it. I love looking at everybody’s shopping trips and I also learn or catch things that I did not see at my store. Please don’t change this.

    • Julie

      I miss the Friday Finals too. It was a great way to see what others posted and I caught a lot of deals that I would’ve missed otherwise. I would only click on the stores that were in my area. I like having the pictures all in one place to view.

      • coupon_dude

        I sooooooooooo agree with everything that Julie has said here. I loved having the pictures so I could easily scan to the shopping trips that might be relevant to me and see deals that I otherwise would have missed.

    • couponladyiam
    • I joined the community but can’t figure out how to start a new discussion or link my shopping posts. Please make the community a little easier to upload and post things. I really liked where I could link up my shopping trips. This week you could FREE Rayovac batteries after Price Match and Coupons.


    • Tiffany Hernandez

      Hi Jenny! Do u mind me asking how people are taking advantage? I LUV LUV LUV Friday finals. I would come to your site just so I can see peoples hauls on Friday…I looked forward to it! I am new to most of this and I like learning how others get their deals and how it might help me. I think of it as a learning tool for us “newbies” that are getting the hang of it. Please wont you reconsider?????

    • Monica

      Like the pictures better!

    • Chris Lann

      I am so disappointed in this change, I’m sorry to say that I will have to start following other sites that use the old pic format, such as frugal follies

    • Trisha

      Jenny please don’t do this to me, you have no idea how much I look forward to friday finals every week. Even my Husband knows that on Friday nights he can’t bother me until I have read Friday Finals. Please bring it back. Change is not always a good thing, and is definitely not a good change here. I love seeing the pictures with the deals, everything about it was perfect.

    • Whitney Sparks

      Kind of a slow week. I am hoping to do more shopping @ CVS since I just got the Beauty Rewards and quarterly ECB’s:) http://thecouponcorner.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/cvs-trip-june-30-2013/

    • Denise Hoyle

      Oh Jenny – please reconsider! Your Friday Finals linkup was always a highlight of the week for me too :)

    • swissmiss

      I always checked the Friday Finals before I do my weekend shopping. It is so easy to quickly look at the pictures of what others bought to pick out any deals that I may have overlooked. Please bring back the pictures with links.

    • jwpretzel

      I also watch for this post every Friday evening. Hope you bring it back.

    • Debbie

      Your change makes me sad… it helped me find the deals I may have missed on my shopping list. I work many hours now and do not have the time to devote to my shopping list like I used to. Friday Finals link up helped greatly. I hope you’ll reconsider:(

    • lindsay

      I do not like the change either

    • TMill

      I liked it the old way too. :( I have to get used to it. lol

    • Guest

      Yesterday for my first Extreme Couponing Extravaganza I rang through a total of 5 transactions at Walgreens, averaging 60% savings overall…

      Retail Value: $95.48
      Total Spent: $32.18

    • carlasclutter

      Jenny – please reconsider -I looked forward to this all week and found so many additional deals.

    • laura

      I looked forward to the Friday Finals all the time that was one of the best things about this is site is others sharing their deals at the end of the week and people being visual now a days it is easier to scroll and find with the pictures. Please Please Please reconsider. We know you have a life and can’t always post this, which is probably the change with a busy schedule the last few weeks and posting late but people understand that happens sometimes. Again please please please reconsider changing this part of your site. Maybe do both.

    • Laura

      Love Love Love Friday Finals…Please bring it back!

    • Laura

      Love Love Love Friday Finals…Please bring it back!

    • mtc81


      I am new to the scene of couponing and I loved Friday finals…it allowed me to double check that I hadn’t missed anything and most times I had missed something. I loved to see how others make magic at the store happen :)…Please reconsider????

    • Janell

      Please bring it back :)

    • Janell

      Please bring it back :)

    • Mary

      Very sad about the change too. Always looked forward to Fridays for inspiration…hope the other blog I follow continues with this.

    • nymomnfla

      Congratulations on your five year anniversary of Friday Finals. Please keep up the great work you do showing my family and many other family’s how to save.

    • kim

      I’m with the majority of everyone else, I love the Friday Finals on this site. Please keep this up. It’s ok if it’s late or not on at a certain time on Friday. Saturday works also :)