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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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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Sometimes it’s good to let the whole world know you are human.  While you love a great deal and don’t want to miss any, there are times when it’s okay to just stay home or to just leave the coupons at home.  This week was that for me.  I comforted myself by deciding that I would use it as a way to emphasize one point to you guys:

If you have a busy week just leave the coupons at home but at least get the sale items.

Remember a $1 off coupon is worth a dollar no matter when you use it, but buying an item at it’s best price in a sale cycle… that is what is really saving you money.

This week we had two big events.  First my twins turned 6 and then we had a big family get together to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday.  We are with family so most meals are handled but I needed to get snacks, breakfast and a few lunch items for my crew.  So I headed to Publix (who is having a huge 56 item B1G1 sale this week).

  • I stuck mostly to the B1G1 deals and then got fresh pineapple, strawberries and apples.
  • I didn’t use any coupons except for (3) I found in the store ( $1 off tomatoes dispenser and $2/2 Jones Farm Sausage)

Total before sales and coupons: $103.68
Total Spent: $54.71
Total Saved: $48.97 or 47.2%

If I had coupons with me I would have saved an additional $9.

Yes that is around 2 gallons of gas, and I’m not saying that intentionally not saving is what I want to do every week, but sometimes my sanity and the happiness of my household isn’t worth it.  It was a tiny trip and I’m very pleased with an almost 50% savings just by focusing on buying what’s on sale.

I was also shopping in Publix in Florida, meaning that I had to purchase two on the B1G1 deals.  We didn’t really need two, so I’ll be coming home with food!

So for anyone that just can’t handle the coupons or is burnt out.  Throw the coupons out the window and just buy what is on sale each week at it’s best price.  That’s my two cents worth anyway.

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