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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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I was so late last week that I have to make up for it.  We have been out ALL day shopping and playing and just got home.  It was a wonderful day with kids and being just mom for a while, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much.

We made it to Bi-Lo and Publix.  Bi-Lo sent me a great coupon book filled with $2 off produce, milk, meat and a 10% off coupon so I felt compelled to put those to good use.  I grabbed 1 lb of deli meat on sale for $1.99 lb, a bag of potatoes and just enough bananas to equal $2, reduced angus beef that after coupon came to $1…  the deals just kept going.


This is everything from the day together, plus my youngest who was very determined to line up the bug spray.  Moving her was pointless.

Total before coupons and sales: $106.84
Total Spent: $31.60
Total Saved: $75.21 or 70.4%

I got a $5 off $50 coupon back from Bi-Lo which I used right away at Publix.

Total before coupons and sales: $165.86
Total Spent: $61.83
Total Saved: $104.03 or 62.7%

Weekly Total:
Before coupons and sales: $272.70
Spent: $93.43
Saved: $179.24 or 65.7%

Yearly Totals:
Before coupons and sales: $4705.53
Spent: $1477.33 ($44.77 weekly average over 33 weeks)
Saved: $3228.20 or 68.6%

We went over the $50 weekly budget this week but have not had a big shopping trip in almost a month so I was glad to see that in the big yearly average we are still under budget!  Our budget is $50 per week for all grocery, household and personal care expenses.

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or post a link to your savings posts (not to deals or homepages please).

    • MelRae

      Wow, Jenny! You have done sooo well!!! Under $50 a week is so great! And I always love seeing your little girl that is just a few days older than my youngest!

      Hey, I was just looking on ebay at uncut Sunday coupon inserts. In your opinion, what is THE BEST paper for coupon inserts? Would it be ATL? I noticed at least one listing from ATL. And is ebay the best place to get whole, uncut inserts? Just wondering what you think!

    • Jenny

      I would lean towards Atlanta first. I think eBay is probably the only place to get Atlanta inserts from you could go through coupons and things by dede who also does whole inserts but she is not in ATL I don’t think.

    • melbertsch

      I’m so excited! My total before coupons was $140.69 and I paid $37.74! Just started couponing and I love it! Thanks for all you do!

    • Jenny,
      I just found this website a couple of days ago. WOW! I am amazed at the savings I have made just this week . THANK YOU for your hard work in maintaining this site. I can see this will become quite addictive.

    • Beth

      Your baby is getting so big! Your photo is like a preview for my shopping trip tomorrow — glad you had a good day. :)

    • Kim

      Not sure where to ask this – I went to Kroger tonight to use some triple coupons and was able to add on several e-coupons. I went to load more e-coupons when I got home and it still showing some of those coupons on my card. Will they repeat tomorrow? How long until they come off? It won’t let me add anymore until I shop and I used about 6 – 8 tonight. Help – please

    • MelRae

      Thanks for mentioning dede! I signed up for free on her site. It looks like she is in TX. I may try her out someday!

    • Mina

      Good, Jenny. It’s about time that you did some actual shopping again. LOL (That was meant in a very friendly way. I’ve missed seeing your shopping trips. You’ve been away so much lately.) I think you’d have to spend around $170 next week in order to wind up over budget. Those light weeks have given you PLENTY of cushion to spend when you feel it’s right.

      My week consisted of only Bi-Lo, Kroger, and CVS. Even though I know exactly what I spent, I don’t have the receipts in front of me to see what I “saved”.

      Had several of my raincheck items in stock this week, and I also had THREE $5/25’s to use with my account. Between two of the “kids” and I, we were able to reinforce our Mt.Dew/Pepsi tower by adding 12 more 12 packs, get a decent supply of pens to start the year, other school supplies, stocked up on Tylenol, one bottle of face cleanser, 1 wrinkle remover (I earned these wrinkles. They can stay.), ear buds, a bathrobe. The last two items will be used as Christmas gifts.
      OOP –
      my acct – $1 New ECB remaining – $20 and a $5/25
      DS’s acct – $2 New ECB remaining – $4 and $5/30
      DD’s acct – $8 New ECB remaining – $4 and $5/30
      TOTAL OOP – $11 – 14%
      = $9.50

      Trip #1 – $7.50(mostly canned fruits/veggies/beans)
      Trip #2 – $8.50
      Trip #3 – Zero (walked out w/o buying anything because they were out-of-stock on too much late Wed. night.)
      Trip #4 – $5 (saved over $25)
      Total OOP – $21 – 14%
      = $17

      OOP = ZERO (using gift card purchased w/my final $20 OYNO)

      GRAND TOTAL OOP this week – $26.50

      I made it! Four straight weeks of spending less than $50 OOP for ~10 people! WOOT!!!111!!

      The reason that I am subtracting 14% from my OOP is that I purchased *a few* GC’s during the BiLo promo, and used those $20 OYNO’s toward the purchase of each new one. I used the majority of the VISA gc’s to pay college tuition bills. (Boy! Did that create a backup in line at the Bursar’s office!) I also used some to pay regular bills. I’m using the remaining ones instead of cash when I shop. This has the effect of reducing my real cost of purchases by just over 14%.

      I also purchased enough gas cards to get us through the next few months, which cuts the true cost of gas by 20%. I spent $24 on gas this week. Thus wrapping up my 4 week effort to average under $30/wk.

      I had intentionally set my grocery/drugstore and gas spending amounts lower than I thought I could successfully keep. I figured that I would probably get close enough to taste the possibility of success and renew the attempt. I did NOT expect to make it. I’m giddy that I did what I thought *impossible* for me.

      Now that classes are once again underway, that budget ends. With four college students attending classes at three different campuses on non-meshing schedules, I’ll be lucky to ever have a week where we spend less than $60 for gas. At least I’m well stocked on drinks and snacks to keep them away from the vending machines and food vendors.

      Should I set new goals, or relax for awhile?

    • sarah d

      Exciting week – deal at Riteaid netted my family a $1.75MM. Bought: 2 Nutrashield (BOGO) at $11.99 and used 2 ($5) off coupons. Bought 2 packs of Bic pens at $1.99 (BOG3) and used 3 ($1/2) coupons. Threw in 2 packs of Eclispse gum @ $1.29 each and use BOGO coupon. Tried to do the Jerky deal but coupon was for another product :(. Total OOP in store was $1.25 plus tax. Rec’d $3 SCR = $1.75 MM.

      Walgreens was good to me but not great – did get LOTS of the Mac and Cheese cups there. Total OOP was $14.11 a 52% savings with a $4RR for next week.

      Target was fantastic – scored about 20 cereal cups for free, 3 pouches of Starkist Tuna, travel size Renu, Tide stain release, 2 greeting cards, got a 3 pack of panties for a stocking stuffer. Total OOP of $4.42. Had to buy the extras to cover the overages on MC’s and Target coupons.

      Kroger was also good to us – and to our church food pantry: was able to do 3 combos of the B10G$5 as well as several other deals to make my savings for the week at Kroger around 75% – total OOP 28.21 for almost $80 worth of food and supplies.

      Weekly OOP = $47.99. Original total: $180.24. Savings $132.25 or 73% with a $4RR remaining and a $3SCR outstanding. Thanks, Jenny!!

    • sarah d

      To Kim at #6: the ecoupons will take a few days to come off your card – you should receive an email from them if you signed up to receive one. You may not be able to load more of the same onto your card until the site reposts more coupons to add but you can always go to one of the other online ecoupon sites and may find some of the same coupons there. And, from time to time eshortcuts cycles for products will overlap so you CAN have more than 1 of the same product on at the same time with different expiration dates. Hope this helps and don’t be afraid to ask – no question is too small – someone of us or Jenny can usually answer your question. We are all learners here.