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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 9/23

on 9.23.2011 at 6:30pm

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It’s really hard to believe that there is one more week left to September.  This has been a fast month, but for my family that has been a good thing.  I declared September “get out of a rut” month in our house and as my kids favorite foods were used up I didn’t buy anymore and made them eat some of the many other options that we have had sitting around for months.

Three weeks in, and my 3 year old still asks for Pop Tarts every morning for breakfast only to have her two older sisters remind her that we haven’t had any in weeks.  We have started to make a dent on cereal and frozen pancakes that were collecting dust though!

I got to the store this week as promised.  Hit both Publix and Kroger and feel like they were successful trips.  If you are new around here there is one thing to learn about me.  Successful doesn’t mean it was all free, successful grocery trips means that I got everything that my family will eat that was on sale and saved at least 50% doing it.  We eat a lot of produce and meat in our house (especially with my husband being on a sugar and starch free diet) and those are not going to be free.

Total before sales and coupons: $95.80
Total Spent: $41.31
Total Saved: $54.49 or 57%

This was milk, grapes, plums, carrots, potatoes, Boston butt roast, and then a number of the top B1G1 deals with coupons.

Total before sales and coupons: $99.82
Total Spent: $34.72
Total Saved: $65.10 or 65%

I grabbed more produce and milk and then stuck with most of the top mega event items.

Weekly Total
Total Before sales and coupons: $195.62
Total Spent: $76.03
Total Saved:  119.59 or 61%

We have a weekly budget of $50 per week for all food, household and personal needs.  While this week appears over I didn’t shop last week so we actually still have $23.97 in our envelope for food.  I am saving this and some extra from past weeks to use on a big farmers market run that I hope to do in the next week!

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

    • I spent 46.92 at Publix, saving $63.92
      Spent $27.80 at Bilo, saving $56.92
      Harris Teeter was a real treat for me as I don’t have one nearby, but I dropped the receipt…. spent $34 saved $37 or something like that.
      Got lots of “real” food like canned soups, nuts, tofu, peanut butter, produce, cereal, canola oil (rain check from another week).
      Then, sleepover party food/soda and some frozen dinners and dog/cat treats.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for this. Sometimes I wonder how I’m doing and it’s nice to know I’m saving pretty close to what you are saving. I must be doing something right. And it’s all food we actually eat :)  Thanks again!

    • Turaffe

      My best savings was at Kroger.  Before coupons/sales the total was 120.04 I paid 43.00.  I also shoped at Publix but can’t seem to find that receipt.  Grrrrr

    • Turaffe

      Ah, found my Publix receipt.  Total before savings was 150.30 and I spent 66.49.  Most of the deals I got was on pet food this week and soap/deodorant.  I am certainly loving all the savings I am getting!!!

    • Destiny691966

      My publix trip this week was great for my cats. i got food and treats and they are lovin it. I spent less than $10 and saved almost $75. Wish I had more coupons because I would have gotten more but oh well this will do I suppose. Thanks Jenny I love this site and couponing.

    • Cindya1002

      Original Trident is the only gum I like and Walgreens had it on sale 2/$1.50 (regularly one pack $1.29). Had two manufacturer coupons from the paper for $1.00 off three packs plus two 50 cent store coupons. Paid $2.12 for six packs of gum!

    • Cyndirosen

      Wow ! I am working on saving that much with your help :) I have a family of six and before i started coupling my grocery was running 400$ a week! Now i am down by half…..

    • I am just getting started, and I am starting small. The trip into CVS that you assigned on one of your videos: Got a bag of candy corn for .99 with .99 ECB. Next day went back with coupons for M&M’s (working on my Halloween stash), and another for a free drink or candy up to2.00. Came out with 4 bags of fun size M&Ms, 1 16 oz rootbeer (1.67 got money back with the q) and another bag of candy corn (the ECB was 1 day only, but it was still on sale). Paid 8.99 and got back 4 ECB. It sure beats waiting until Oct 30 to get my T/T candy.

    • Went to Walmart and bought $48 and paid $18. Everything that wasn’t necessarily a necessity were freebies that will be used.

    • I saved 99% at CVS, 81% at Publix, and 94% at Publix last week!!  Woohoo!

      Thanks so much for the link up!

    • Carjam23

      $50.00 a week on groceries, personal, and household!!! I have definitely been challenged.  That is what I call extreme couponing.  I told my girls and they said I must not be very good at couponing! Jenny is better than you!!    I thought I was doing good spending 150 a week  for a family of five.  That is 21.00 a day for all of us to eat 3 meals a day, do laundry, and take care of personal necessities. We rarely eat out. I thought I was doing good, but apparently NOT!!  I 

    • JBrooks

      I went to Publix last week spent $46.97 and saved $91.95. 

    • Lpuente0112

      I went to Publix yesterday, I bought…
      12 things of Motts for tots juice, 4 boxes of cat food, 4 family stouffer lasagna, bayer medicine, 2 boxes of ice cream sandwiches, 2 things of coffee creamer, 2 bags of frozen veggies, 1 box of au gratin potatos, and 2 loaves of bread.

      Retail: $115.69
      I paid: $28.79
      I was super excited!