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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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Friday Finals 8/7

on 8.7.2009 at 10:13pm

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For anyone that wants a triples list, it is coming but I ran out of minutes today and am now working off what internet my husbands cellphone has.  I will work on it this weekend though and get it up as soon as possible!

Now for our savings…  we hit Kroger, Bi-Lo, Rite Aid this week.  The picture below is Bi-Lo.  This was a strange week for us and I really didn’t use that many coupons at all.  I ran out of time and instead of us starving it was just go to the store and stick to the sales.  For anyone that just truly doesn’t have time, you can save a lot of money just by buying off the lists each week even if you have no coupons!!

Okay no picture… it just took 10 minutes to load the box…  I’ll load the picture the next time we are near real internet!  I did take it, honest!!

Total Before coupons & Sales: $43.40
Total Spent: $19.91
Total Saved: $23.49 or 54.1%
(this was P&G deals mostly with bread and milk)

Total Before coupons and Sales: $108 (can’t find the reciept for the exact pennies)
Total Spent: $47
Total Saved: $61 or 56.5%

Rite Aid:
Total before coupons and rebates: $47.25
Total after rebates: profit $12

Total before coupons and sales: $84.38
Total Spent: $8.14
Total Saved: $76.24

Weekly Total:
Before coupons, sales and rebates: $283.03
Total Spent: $63.05
Total Saved: $219.98 or 77.7%

The internet and my patience won’t hold out for me to do the year to do date calculation but I know we are still under our $50 budget a week.

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or link to a your savings post.  (Any posts to homepages will be deleted)

    • Fantastic week!

    • Miki

      Still new to this however had a great week myself…have to share my big Bi-Lo experience. My husband was shocked when I paid my whole $4.69 for a buggy full worth $120. He looked at the receipt with me many times because we could not believe it. Thank you for this website and all your help. I think I am catching on.

    • Leah

      So excited, the best week I think I have had a wags in a long time.
      5 lady speedstick deo’s, 2 irish spring bodywashes, 2 ragus, 6 skippy peanut butters, 1 tag body spray, 2 binders, 24 count zyrtec meds , venus razors bonus pack..total $71.54 – coupons & RR total oop $29.84.

      TN tax was over $7.00, and the zyrtec was $19.99. Great week, Thanks as always for all you do Jenny and everyone sharing their hints as well.
      Have a great weekend!

    • Debra

      Hi, Jenny

      Thanks again for all you do. You wanted to know what people saved this week at the stores. Here goes, I went to bi-lo and got $128.00
      worth of groceries for 47.71, it was so exciting. My goal is to save at least 50% or more each time I shop and I usually do.


    • Mina

      I SHOULD sit down and figure out my own totals for this week, but it will be complicated and the accounting is going to be messy, mostly because of CVS and Bi-Lo, along with juggling multiple rebate programs. I either spent very little (for me) OOP total for the categories covered in this blog, or spent a negative amount, OR spent a horrifically HUGE amount. Take your pick.

      We did as much of our shopping as possible on Wednesday to take advantage of the Senior Discounts.

      Kroger –

      As if the girls didn’t get enough makeup the previous week, we used out 28 $2.50/2 CG q’s and bought most of the eyeshadow remaining on the rack, a couple of nail polishes, and a few other makeup items. (Each eyeshadow gives 12 or 13 cent overage on Wed.) We also stocked up on Hillshire Farms Roast Beef, pastrami, and hard salami, and found dark rye and other good whole grain breads on clearance for 75 cents, and bags of pita for 25 cents.

      Spent between $15 and $17 OOP pre-tax.

      CVS –

      As one college student told me, he learned that a few pieces of paper that say you bought pencils or pens converts to more pens or bookcovers, add a quarter to each of the new pieces of paper and you get VitaminWater, which turns into a wall of Pepsi and Mt. Dew and more pieces of paper for more than you spent to start with, plus a toothbrush or aspirin.

      As usual, the one thing I got the most of from CVS was rainchecks. They never do seem to have the best advertised items in stock. But the students are happy with their soft drink wall that they only spent a few quarters to build.

      I received two $5/25 q’s this week and used one of them along with my ECB’s and RC’s to roll them into Blink, Soy Joys, Tylenol, and VitaminWater.

      I spent zero. The three students spent $6 between them.

      Rite Aid –
      will be negative after rebate

      Publix –
      will be negative after rebates

      Bi-Lo –
      Spent over $1K OOP for gift cards for purchases on non-grocery/drugstore. (Let’s just say that it took quite a bit of explaining before dh lost the pale look on his face and realized that I’d saved him a couple of hundred on a purchase he has to make.)

      Remaining Bi-Lo purchases – negative after rebates. I also still have my last $20 OYNO. The previous ones were rolled into more GC’s.

      I really hope that Bi-Lo is making a profit off this GC deal. I love my local store.

      Rite Aid –
      Just broke even after rebates.

      The week before was an exceptionally good one. Because we have a good stock of so many things, there was nothing except for milk that we absolutely needed. I concentrated on wrapping up the shopping to qualify for several rebates, and figuring out how to best use the gift card offer in order to stretch our other finances. It was an interesting week that was made possible only because I have previously “overspent” on great deals.

      The biggest positive of the week is that the older “kids” finally understood that there is a purpose to what I do, and that it isn’t the time, money, and space waster they thought.

    • Wow, great weekly total! I wish we had a CVS, I even emailed them once and begged them to come to our area LOL

    • Hey Guys! Bi-Lo has FREE Dwight Yoakam Chicken Fries (and other varieties of redneck foods…) if you print out this coupon below. Although it says 40¢/1 (and doubles), at checkout it rings up FREE COUPON!

    • Veronica

      I emailed CVS and Publix and begged them to come to our town too! We have one empty grocery store and one empty drug store just sitting there!

    • Beth

      I had an awesome week at Bi-lo. My total before Qs was $195.91, after Qs and sale items OOP was $9.20! I stll have 2 $5 OYNO to spend next week.
      I did pretty well at CVS as well, total before Qs was $74 and some change, total OOP was $12 and some change and I still have $21 ECBs for next week as well as a ton of rain checks as usual!
      Rite Aid total was $198.64 before Qs and rebates, spent $14 and some change OOP and will get back $52 in rebates!
      I LOVE weeks like this and I LOVE this site! Thanks Jenny!!!