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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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This week I was in Seattle for a conference.  I haven’t been there since I was 17, and have been looking forward to this trip most of the year.  In an effort to save money at the conference I did a small Safeway shopping trip when I got in to help cut down on eating out.

Before I say that I should say that I also saved money getting a VRBO.com apartment rental rather than a hotel room.  Most hotel rooms were over $250 a night in the downtown area, and I found something around $150 a night that also included a kitchen and washer/dryer!  That means I can cook and pack less clothes.   I shared this option on a number of Monday night Q&A sessions.  While I’m not opposed to hotels, I have always found rentals to be cheaper with more amenities in larger cities.

Now back to my savings.  I spent right at $25 for a box of cereal, granola bars, coffee, peanut butter and fresh fruit (my favorite snack), and a few frozen entrees.  I found a few coupons on products and stuck to the sale items, but didn’t take any extra coupons out with me.  This fed me for most meals for 5 days!  Life in Seattle (and most big cities) isn’t cheap, the bag of coffee alone probably saved me $25.  There are at least two coffee shops per block that would have loved my money though.

How was your savings this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.

    • Lynette Nobles

      well, I guess the coffee shops would have gotten some of my money as I know Seattle is quite the coffee mecca!