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Weekly Shopping Update – I’m a SUPER Couponer

Posted by idawrites on July 4, 2008 in Coupons, Frugal, Shopping |

I had a great week for shopping! I spent more than normal, but I really got a lot of value for what I spent. YL15 asked if we were planning for a famine. We got a bit of perspective (and a great laugh) on our growing stockpile when she referred to our deep freezer as “The Frozen Foods Section”. We didn’t shop at all last week, so I had more room for a large trip. So, here are my overall results:

CVS:
*Regular Price: $30.62
*Coupons/Sales: $29.20
*Total Paid: $1.42
*ECB PRINTED: $2.00
*Savings: 95%

Publix:
*Regular Price: $84.24
*Coupons/Sales: $63.75
*Total Paid: $20.49
*Savings: 76%

Kroger:
*Regular Price: $347.08
*Coupons/Sales: $179.25
*Total Paid: $167.83
*Savings: 52%

Total Weekly Spent: $189.74
Total Weekly Savings: $272.20 (59%)

Here are some of the great deals I got this week:
Publix:
4 – FREE Muir Glen tomato sauce – Actually, I made $.21 overage on each can. 4 $1 off coupons, but the sauce was only $.79 a can!
4 – FREE Pasta Roni – Once again, I actually made money on these. They were $.74 each, and I had a $1 off coupon. I made $.26 per box.

Kroger:
1 – 15% off the entire purchase coupon from The Entertainment Book – ALWAYS use the % off coupons first, as the amount comes off the entire purchase price BEFORE coupons. If you use it after your other coupons, your discount will be far less.
1 – $2.00 coupon Kroger mailed to me because they mistakenly sent coupons for Wine (and I guess you can’t use coupons for alcohol in Georgia?)
1 – $1.75 coupon on Kroger brand frozen chicken breast from the Kroger mailer
1 – $2.50 coupon on $10 in fresh beef from the same mailer

Kroger had a lot of great deals with their Daytona Buy 10 get $3.00 off promotion, but the REAL difference was the Kroger store coupons that I had. With the Daytona deal, and my Kroger coupons, I knocked off $48.48 before they ever scanned my first manufacturer’s coupon.

Over the last four months, I’ve been developing my own Master Plan for dealing with coupons. I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to cut such a huge chunk out of my grocery bills. Mark helped me put together a spreadsheet to calculate just how much I’ve saved since I started tracking it on June 1st. The numbers blew me away!

Our weekly grocery budget is $167.38 (yeah, totally odd number). That puts our total budgeted amount for food for 5 weeks at $836.88. I spent $499.40. That means that between my own coupon research, The Grocery Gathering, using the Grocery Game, and my superior organizational skills, we’re $337.48 UNDER budget for 5 weeks. I count that as a major success!

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