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Friday Finals 7/8

on 7.8.2011 at 6:30pm

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We had a big shopping week this week!  I hit Kroger & CVS and made up for not shopping the past few weeks.  I had a total of $150 in our unused grocery budget but didn’t need all of it.  Our produce box each week also continues to be awesome!!  This week it had so many different colors I felt like we needed to work on still life painting skills.

Total before coupons: $211.47
Total Spent: $87.92
Total saved: $123.55 or 58.5%

This included $20 in Pork for a big July 4th gathering we had (that’s what the soda & ice cream was for too).

Total before coupons: $21.89
Total Spent: $3.60
Total Saved: $18.29 or 83.6%
ECB Remaining: $13

The poor CVS guy didn’t quite know what he was doing and at one point during checkout he owed me $6.70.  That’s a no-no in CVS world so after some adjustments we came to a good agreement.  It was a great little trip in the end, especially with the free unexpected chocolate!  You’ll notice the chocolate is not in the picture above, I ate it as I left the store…

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

    • Janell

      So, I noticed all of the pop tarts…. is the deal at Kroger good enough to jump on it? Just curious because someone mentioned the closer we get to back to school, the price might drop a little more….plus, I'm still afraid my strange printed coupon won't work :)

      • QBM0426

        Did your coupon print without the UPC?  Mine did and am wondering if they will take it.  Really strange!

        • Silvershelby2000

          Ingles wouldn't take mine yesterday. :(

      • For my family we were out of pop tarts and my girls love them, so $1.73 for a 12 pack is great price.  We can normally get the pack for 90¢-$1 on a huge sale if you have a coupon so it's not the best price, but if you need it go for it.

        For the bar code it will work in most large stores.  That is the new bar code that starting July 1st most stores should be switching to accept.  Within the next 4-6 months you will no longer see the normal upc symbol on any coupons, printable or newspaper inserts.

    • Tigersden1

      Had a coupon to buy 10 gatoraides and get 5 free. Kroger has them on sale for 0.67. The cashier took $5.00 of since the coupon was good for up to &5.00. So w bought 60 32 oz gatoraides for $11.40. My husband picked up the coupons from publix. I think. He did really good!!

    • Crystalhattery

      thank you Janell I was wondering the same thing about the pop tarts

    • Kelterra

      Well hopefully this will be seen as a good buy, lol! I thought it was. I went to Barnes & Noble with my mom. While in line I noticed a fiction book I was interested in at a table beside checkout (on purpose I'm sure) The price was $10.99. There was a sticker on the front of the book that said “30% off listed price Members save an extra 10%” I also had a coupon on my phone that I just got that day for 20% off one item on top of Member discount. I figured I'd get 60% off the $10.99 but it didn't quite work that way. Here's how it did work though:

      Orginal price: $10.99
      30% off = $3.30
      New Price: $7.69
      10% member discount off new price: $0.77
      New Price: $6.92
      20% coupon off new price: $1.38
      FInal Price (before tax): $5.54

      Good deal?

    • Auggie

      That is all well and good that you are saving on grocery items but they are full of sugar and junk.  Like the sugary soda pop and Pop Tarts for starters.  :)  I am not impressed.

      • Pop Tarts is our one fix in this house.  The soda was for a party but never is bought on normal weeks.  What you don't see is that each week we get 30-40 lbs of fresh produce from a local farm.  So all I need is dairy, meat and snacks from the store each week during summer.  Everyone can save money no matter what you buy though, just tailor your shopping list to what you want/need.

        • I just received a somewhat negative comment. It makes me feel better that it can be anywhere and not just about my site.

        • molly

          That's the thing about snacks – they're treats. Don't worry about what others say – and yes, you can save lots of money no matter what you buy. I like to save my money on toothbrushes/ toothpaste/ etc. and spend it on quality food – but my husband has a food group of refined sugar, so he was thrilled about the Pop Tarts. And I have a serious Diet Coke problem ;)

    • Thank You Jenny for this feature on your blog. It's very helpful in getting the website out there. I have you to thank for most of my views. Thanks for the hard work I know what it takes to do something like this.

    • This was a BETTER THAN FREE week at CVS and Rite-Aid!


      Spent: $0.00 (+0.30 tax)
      Saved: $3.99
      Savings: 100%

      Used $1.00 ECB and got back $2 ECBs so this was a money

      *Got 1 Oral B Advantage Toothbrush and 1 Pringles on the Go


      Spent: $0.88 (+$1.07 tax)
      Get back: $4.50 cash
      Total Spent after Rebate: -$3.62 (pre-tax)/ $2.55 (after tax)
      Saved: $19.58
      Total Value: $15.96
      Savings: 122.7%

      *Got 2 Crest Toothpaste, 1 Crest Mouthwash, and 1 Reese’s Pieces (filler item).

      I normally do my Publix/ WD trips on Wednesday and/or thursday, but we have not made it out to those stores yet, so I guess that will be on next week's trip.

    • Jessica

      First off, I have to say thank you for this awesome site and for helping me get started couponing. I am pretty new at this so will post my deals this week as best as I can. I hope it is easy to decipher. :)

      My cereal purchase: 9 boxes of Cookie Crisp and 7 boxes of Cheerios. BOGO at Bi-Lo. I had mixed coupons for the Cookie Crisp. Some were .85/1 and others were .75/1. My coupons for the Honey Nut Cheerios were .50/1 and then they were doubled. Sub-Total before coupons: 56.65. My savings: 42.61. My total with tax $14.54.

      4- Tetley tea 24 pk BOGO with .50/1 coupons (these doubled), 5 – Morton Season-All BOGO with .60/1 coupons. Subtotal: 19.66, Savings: 16.85, Total with tax: 2.97

      4 Hellmans Mayo BOGO with 1/1 coupon, 2 Vlasic relish BOGO with .55 coupons (these doubled), 3 Klondike bar ice cream BOGO with 1/1 coupons, 3 Tribe hummus BOGO with 1/1 coupon. Subtotal: 47.00, Savings: 35.72. My total: 11.28

      8 Grill Mates marinades with .50/1 coupon, 2 Gerber lil entrees 1/1, Kikkomans Soy .55/1,2 Smuckers ice cream toppers BOGO with $1/2, Pilsbury cake mix and frosting (on sale) $1/2, 2 Lea and Perrins Worcestshire (on sale 2 for $5) with 1/1 coupon, 8 Beechnut steamies and fruities (on sale 2 for $4) with 1/1 coupon, 2SH mac n cheese BOGO. Subtotal: 64.07, Savings 37.79, total with tax 27.20.

      20 Mueller Macaroni BOGO with .55/1 coupons, 4 Tetley tea 24 pk with .50/1 coupon (doubled) and honey nut cheerios with .60/1 coupon (doubled). Subtotal: 30.65, Savings 28.80, total with tax 2.05

      I have one more reciept that I cannot find that includes 18 boxes of Muellers and one box of cereal. I ended up paying .75 or so for it all total. :)

    • Hey friends, I just want to humbly ask that you please consider the possibility that many of the highly processed foods such as are in this photo are very detrimental to you and your family's health. When I first started couponing, I was going for ALL the bargains, too. But I've been reading and learning a lot about the food and healthcare industry, what actually goes into the products, and the effect they have on our bodies. Over the last year or so and have made major changes in what I purchase and what my family and I eat. I do still coupon, but I'm much more selective in which ones I use. It's not worth it to me to get a lot of “bargains” if it means feeding my family unhealthy food.

      • Pat

        Look for my new book soon to be released “How couponing made Me FAT!!!!!”

      • Kelterra

        If you read the first paragraph of her/this post you should notice this line (which I will copy and paste for you):
        “Our produce box each week also continues to be awesome!! This week it had so many different colors I felt like we needed to work on still life painting skills.”
        If you click on the “produce box” link it takes you to a post where she explains how she bought a share at a farm and gets her fresh produce (vegs, fruits, etc) from there. So, no she is not going to be buying as much produce: fruits, vegs, etc from a store as she has found a better cost effective way to do so otherwise. Also you will notice that in the picture there is apples, meat, and 2% milk: all healthly items. Treats are not a bad thing if done in moderation. After all doesn't the Bible even say all things in moderation??

    • Ketta

      I have a question concerning the shopping trips that use Publix coupons.  One if the sites above mentions using 4 or 5 Publlix coupons along with 4 or 5 manufacturers coupons on an item. Any Publix I go to will only accept one Publix coupon per item in a transaction.  I have gone back to the store various times in a week to purchase something that is a real deal and uses both a Publix and a manufacturers coupon, but never have used these in one transaction.  Are these folks purchasing these things in one trip? Also, I tried to use 2 CVS coupons yesterday–$2 off Skittles (on sale right now for $2.50).  The cashier would not let me, even though I received the coupons on separate days.  She said the system would not let me use them both in one day.  The thing is, the red machine has given me 4 of these coupons.  I did not fuss since it is easy enough to stop today and get the candy, but I was a bit baffled.

    • Lana

      Sometimes Moms need a little chocolate while running errands  :)

    • Katkoupon

      Obviously, we have some people who don't keep up with Jenny's usual shopping on here! I've been following for almost a year now, and we know how she shops and eats b/c she shares ALL of this with us. This is the most sugar I've seen in her Friday Finals in quite some time. But come on people, it's a holiday, a time to splurge and enjoy good food and good times. As for the pop tarts, what kid doesn't love pop tarts? And if the price is right, we stock up too! That doesn't mean my kids live on pop tarts, it is a treat, and everything in MODERATION, is just fine. My kids know these are treats and they only get them as such. As for the person who said, “the highly processed foods such as are in this photo are very detrimental to you and your family's health”. WELL, DUH!!! Tell us something we don't know. Get off your high horses, people! I've been religiously couponing for about one year now, and my family and I are in the best health we have been in for quite some time, I've even lost 23 lbs in the last 5 months! We also get a large box of fresh produce and free range eggs every week. We have cut down on sugar and simple carbs and HFCS and eating more lean protein and fresh foods, and we are still saving a ton of money! Being healthy does not have to cost a lot of money…it has taken me almost 1 year to figure this out. We all have to do what works for us and our familes. Sorry, I just HAD to vent. Thanks.

      • Grooms53

        Loved your comments!  So people have treats sometimes—-I'm sure we all brush and floss our teeth with our freebies too!  We do care about our families and their health.  How dare anyone suggest otherwise.  Good Grief!

        One big question for you guys—does anyone know about a grocery store called Trader Joe's?  I heard that they are opening one near me in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  Just wondering.  They must be good because there are two HT's in the area plus others!  I'm excited!  Thanks!

        • Kelterra

          I think there was an article about them on Yahoo the other day but as I don't have one near me I didn't read it. But you still might be able to find it on there.

    • Jessica

      I am kind of surprised at reading some of the comments that have come across as being rather judgemental in regards to what people are posting as their couponing accomplishments for this week.

      Is this a couponing site or a health forum? Are these responses normal on here or did I just read them this week by luck of the draw?

      Spouting food religion is not any different than preaching spiritual religion.

      I am thankful to have this site and love to read about how people are managing to save regardless of whether or not I approve of their choices. Isn't that the point?

    • Qwennjay

      Hey everyone! I'm really new to couponing and I just went on a shopping trip to publix, and got 262.00 worth of groceries for only 165.00. That was totally awsome to me, but I was wanting some more tips on how to get the big grocery shopping trips, for little money.
      Any and all tips welcomed.

    • Mdavis1205

      I don't know where to put this comment and I am not going to sugar coat it and hide behind the guest name. Those of you who are going around your town stealing newpapers (via outside news paper boxes) or inserts you need to stop. I have an elderly friend that this has effected. He took this part-time job filling news papers boxes to supplement his SSI to pay for his prescription meds…. On a weekly basis someone put $2.00 in the box and takes at least 10 papers… He has had to makeup the difference weekly when he turns in his money to the paper company… Please stop… Is it that important to stock pile (hoard) your home at someone else's expense? Pay for your papers, I mean really they are $2.00 each, if you can't afford to be an  extreme couponer at your own expense, don't do it at the expense of others……

      • Jessica

        You have a really great point and I am really sorry that this has been happening to your friend. Have you thought about writing to your local paper about this particular situation? Maybe someone should post a note on the newspaper box, too?

      • Mystery8girl

        There was a huge advertisement in my inserts today that showed law enforcement arresting someone and it was all about not stealing the inserts and who it hurts the most so I think people are starting to catch on.

    • newbie

      My last 4 trips to CVS were very profitable. These were in the last 2 week. I got $92.69 in merchandise in total. After coupons, special sales and extra bucks, I paid $2.17 and got 22 extra bucks back … works for me!

    • Foreverlove1428

      I am a full time student, full time wife and supporter (run errants for family) I barely have anytime on my hands. I try my best with couponing but nothing compare to some of the people on here, I would love to. My question is how do you find the time to find/figure out these awesome deals? (opened to everyone)

      • newbie

        This site is a wonderful resource. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you get daily emails featuring deals and where to get coupons. There is also a coupon database that is very useful. AllYou.com has a circular roundup that you can use to get local grocery deals at stores you frequent and a list of printable coupons based on your zip code. The All You magazine is very affordable and has tons of coupons inside.I clip coupons from the paper and online coupons from the database on this site for things I use, then browse the circulars to see if anythin is on sale. I generally spend about an hour online each week to find the deals.

    • Ferrugiae

      How did I do this week you ask? I let $10 in +up rewards expire :(  FAIL!