Weekly Totals ~ 02/01


I am pretty proud of the fact that so far this year I have stayed under my budget of $40 a week. Now, if we could stop using the money we’ve saved to splurge on eating out, we’d be in great shape!

I totally felt like an extreme couponer this week when I picked up my special order of cat food. It was the first time I’ve ever done a special order and, since my Kroger limits customers to five like coupons per transaction, I cleared my use of all 30 coupons with the manager first. Well, the register locked up. Of course it did. And, there was a LONG line of people behind me. Talk about embarrassing. The supervisor was called over, and she told both me and the cashier that only five coupons were allowed. But, after I told her that I had gotten permission from the manager (and knew his name), she reluctantly unlocked the register. Ugh! I’m glad she did because I did NOT have that much money in my wallet to cover the cat food!

Here’s what I got this week:

Purina One Beyond Cat Food x 33 – $1.32 (33 $3.25/1 coupons)
Apples – $4.49
Kroger Milk – $2.99
Kroger Sandwich Buns – $1.69
Bananas – $0.99
Wholly Guacamole x 4 – $1.96 (4 $1/1 IP)
Wholly Salsa x 2 – $0 (2 $1.50/1 IP)
Tostitos x 2 – $4.98
Tostitos Salsa – $0 (Free salsa WYB 2 Tostitos IP)
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish x 2 – $2.48
Baking Potatoes – $1.99
Kroger Chili Beans x 2 – $1.38
Doritos x 2 – $0.99 (BOGO $1.99 with $1/2 IP)
Tostitos – $1.99
Chex Mix x 2 – $0.98 (2 $0.50/1 IP)
Cheetos – $1.09 (the kiddo convinced me to get her a small bag at the store!)

I spent $29.32 for $167.49 worth of groceries, a savings of 83%. I’m pretty happy with that, and I’m looking forward to see what next week brings!

Weekly Totals ~ 01/25

Whew. I BARELY made it under my $40/week goal this week. I actually got my Hefty coupon wrong when I first typed this, making my total $41.23. But, after I realized my mistake, it lowered my total by $1.50. Yay!

I spent $16 today at Publix – definitely more than I thought I was going to spend – and I discovered after I left that I was charged full price for the Barilla Plus Farfalle that was stacked near a 2/$3 sign. However, I think it may have been put in the right spot since the other Barilla Plus pastas were marked at $2.39. In any case, I should have checked more carefully before putting it in my cart. Lesson learned.

This week, I made two trips to Kroger and one to Publix. I found some great $0.50/2 peelies on the Pillsbury Toaster Strudels that are BOGO this week at Publix, so I may try to make some more room in my freezer so I can get some more before the sale ends next week. I may also try to snag some more of the hair care products I found on clearance at Kroger.

Here is what  I got this week:

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo x 2 – $3.98
Suave Professionals Conditioner – $1.09
John Frieda Root Awakening – $2.09
Bananas – $0.88
Onion – $0.60
Mt. Olive Jalapenos – $2.29
Doritos – $2.50
Pop-Tarts x 3 – $0.21 (3 $1.50/1 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts)
Hefty Slider Bags x 6 – $1.44 (3 $1.50/2 Hefty Slider Bags)
Kraft Mac n Cheese – $0.97
Kraft Easy Mac x 5 – $1.45 (1 $1/5 tearpad)
Kroger Mac n Cheese – $0.79
Kroger Fruit Snacks – $1
Kroger Pantiliners – $1.19
Measuring Spoon Set – $0.49
Welch’s Grape Juice x 2 – $1.69 (2 $0.75/1 IP)
Eggo Waffles x 2 – $4.12 (1 $1.50/1 IP)
Jif Hazelnut Spread x 2 – $1.38 (2 $1/1 IP, 2 $2/2 Jif Hazelnut Spread and Eggo Waffles PQ)
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish x 2 – $2.39
Hunt’s Chocolate Pudding x 3 – $2.50 (Free pudding WYB 2 PQ)
Barilla Farfalle x 2 – $4.78
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel x 4 – $1.90 (2 $0.50/2 peelies which doubled to $1)

This week, I spent $39.73 for $98.14 worth of items, a savings of 60%. It’s definitely not my best savings ever, but with the mistake I made with the Barilla pasta (and not realizing the Nutrigrain Eggos were more expensive than the regular ones), I’m OK with it. And, I’m still within my goal, which is all that really matters in the first place!

How did you do this week?

Weekly Totals ~ 01/18/13


Wow. I did a TON of shopping this week. I made a bunch of trips to Publix since relatives printed off several sets of coupons for me. There were so many free or cheap deals this week, especially on the Beech-Nut Fruities, which are Lucy’s favorite thing EVER.

All the Publix stores near me were sold out of the Fruities within an hour of opening on the first day of the ad this week, but they got trucks in last night and had just enough left for me today. I ended up going to two stores because I don’t like to clear shelves. And, thanks to my parents and in-laws printing coupons for me, I had a ton. Woo hoo! Side note: Has anyone tried the Rudi’s Gluten-Free bread before? Is it good?

Here’s what I got this week:

Tony’s Pizza = $1.99
Suave Deodorant x 2 = $0.76 (I didn’t realize they didn’t give me it for free despite my $1 coupons on my first trip) ($4.28)
Rosarita Refried Beans x 2 = $1.50
Kroger Tortilla Chips x 2 = $2
Kroger Frozen Vegetables x 4 = $4
Angel Soft Toilet Paper x 4 = $2
Kroger Pantiliners = $1
Kroger Kidney Beans x 2 = $1.38
Purina One Cat Food x 2 = $0.08
Fritos = $2.50
Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice x 4 = -$2.02
Grapefruit 5 lb. Bags x 2 = $0
Publix Pull Ups = $8.99
Opti-Free Express Contact Solution = $4.73
Beech-Nut Fruities x 18 = -$9.84
Lindsay Spanish Olives x 4 = -$0.02
Publix Kidney Beans x 2 = $1.78
Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes = $0.99
McCormick Chili Seasoning x 2 = $1.29
Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread x 4 = $1.78
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread x 2 = -$0.01

So, this week, I spent $24.88 for a TON of stuff. I’ve managed to stay under my goal of $40 a week so far this year, and I hope that continues, at least for a while. I’m sure there will be weeks when I will spend more, but I’m hoping it will all average out, and I’ll be on track in the end.

How did you do this week?

Weekly Totals ~ 01/11/13

I bought a lot more this week than last but still stayed under my goal of $40 a week. I bought a bunch of canned items at Kroger during the Crazy Eights sale, and I may go pick up a few more tomorrow night.

So, since I bought a bunch of canned goods, produce and meat, I didn’t have any coupons. But, I did have $11 from the Pop to Save game on my card, which helped my total out a bit!

Here’s what I got this week:

Kroger Wheat Bread – $0.88
Kroger Hot Dog Buns – $0.98
Kroger Orange Juice – $1.88
Kroger Chicken Breasts – $10.77
Navel Oranges – $4.79
Bananas – $1.25
Kroger Ravioli x 4 – $3.08
Bush’s Chili Beans x 4 – $3.52
Kroger Sloppy Joe Sauce x 2 = $1.76
Kroger Pasta x 2 – $1.76
Kroger Milk – $2.99
Kroger Frozen Broccoli – $2.48
Kroger Frozen Mixed Vegetables – $2.48
Kroger Mac n Cheese x 2 – $1.36
Kroger Chili Seasoning x 4 – $2.76
Baked Potatoes – $1.99
Kroger Canned Corn x 2 – $1.38

After my $11 credit, I paid $36.26 this week. I also made a trip to CVS this week to use my BOGO Stayfree coupons, and ended up spending $0.66 for 13 packages of pads and 8 candy bars. So, my grand total for the week was $36.92. It wasn’t my best week ever, but I stayed under my goal, and I got a bunch of canned items and stocked us up for a while on chicken. I think it was a pretty successful week!

Weekly Totals ~ 01/04/12

I did do much shopping this week. There wasn’t anything I *needed* from the store, though I may try to run to Kroger tomorrow night to get some more Morningstar products.

I did, however, hit up the sale on paper products at CVS. I got 3 packages of Charmin toilet paper, 2 packages of Bounty paper towels and 2 bottles of Dawn dish soap for $30.83. I used $5 in ECB, so I paid $25 OOP and got back $10 in ECB – not a bad trip! And, between that purchase and the awesome Amazon deal on Quilted Northern, we should be stocked up for most of the year. Hooray!

This year I’m hoping to keep better track of my grocery spending so I can know exactly what I’m spending and how much I’m able to save. This year, my goal is to spend $40 a week. We’ll see how this goes!

Publix Trip ~ 98% Savings!

So, it took me a while (as in, until this week) to realize there was a moneymaker opportunity on the Nature Made vitamins at Publix (maybe this is my lesson to keep up with the Green Advantage Buy flyers), so when I finally discovered that deal, I knew I was going to have a killer week.

This week, my goal was to stock up on Morningstar products (50 cents each!!!!) and get some super cheap Kellogg’s cereal for the points. We don’t necessarily *need* the cereal right now, but it’s good to have on hand, and the points make the 76 cents I paid for each set of two boxes worth it.

I made several trips this week. My first was on Sunday to snag a great deal on Coke 12-packs. Then, yesterday I went to a few stores to spread out my vitamin overage (and I was able to get three penny items!). However, the third store I went to yesterday was out of all the vitamins that were moneymakers, so my total there was higher than had planned. Oh, well. I still can’t beat this week’s total. It’s the best I’ve had in a while, and I have a ton of my grocery budget left for next week. Hopefully, I’ll save a good bit of it this week because we’ll be at my in-laws’ on Monday night and Tuesday.

Overall, I spent $3.86 for $147.57 worth of items. Next week my total will be higher because there won’t be any vitamin deals to absorb the overage, and I do need to get more Morningstar so I’m stocked up until the next sale. Here’s the breakdown:

Trip 1

What I got:
(4) Coke 12-packs, $12
(5) Nature Made Vitamin D, $3.99

Coupons used:
(2) $2/1 Coke 12-packs printable (NLA)
(5) $3/1 Nature Made Publix coupon (Green Advantage Buy Flyer)
(5) $2/1 Nature Made manufacturer’s coupon

Total OOP: $2.95

Total: $2.95


Trip 2
What I got:
(4) Morningstar products, BOGO $3.99
(2) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, BOGO $3.76
(1) Publix Apple Juice, $2.69
(3) Nature Made Folic Acid, $4.39

Coupons used:
(4) $1.50/1 Morningstar product
(2) $1.50/1 Kellogg’s cereal
(1) Penny item coupon – apple juice (from the newspaper)
(3) $3/1 Nature Made Publix coupon (Green Advantage Buy Flyer)
(3) $2/1 Nature Made manufacturer’s coupon

Total OOP: -$1.97


Trip 3
What I got:
(1) Morningstar products, BOGO $3.99
(2) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, BOGO $3.76
(1) Publix Apple Juice, $2.69
(3) Nature Made Magnesium, $3.99
(2) Cheez-It, BOGO $3.39

Coupons used:
(1) $1.50/1 Morningstar product
(2) $1.50/1 Kellogg’s cereal
(1) Penny item coupon – apple juice (from the newspaper)
(3) $3/1 Nature Made Publix coupon (Green Advantage Buy Flyer)
(3) $2/1 Nature Made manufacturer’s coupon
(1) $1/2 Cheez-It

Total OOP: $0.63


Trip 4
What I got:
(4) Morningstar products, BOGO $3.99
(2) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, BOGO $3.76
(1) Publix Apple Juice, $2.69
(2) Right Guard Body Wash, 2/$6

Coupons used:
(4) $1.50/1 Morningstar product
(2) $1.50/1 Kellogg’s cereal
(1) Penny item coupon – apple juice (from the newspaper)
(1) $1.50/$7 frozen product purchase Kroger coupon (home mailer)
(1) $2/2 Right Guard body wash manufacturers coupon
(2) $1.50/1 Right Guard body wash Target coupon

Total OOP: $2.25

Total retail: $147.57
Total OOP: $3.86
Total savings: 98%