Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Edition

I worked everyday except for Monday this week. Next week we will have the entire week off for Thanksgiving break, which will be a bittersweet holiday this year as we have plans to lay my FIL to rest Sunday afternoon. 

Today we took the garbage off and headed to town to shop for some grocery store deals. Our first stop was Target where we picked up Special K cereal bars, Clorox wipes, Olay makeup remover pads, and Cover Girl nail polish (the last three items being my daughter's deals). 

As usual, we used the Couponaholic website to find out about the good deals this week. I went for the Special K bars. They were on sale for $2.50 each and when you bought four boxes, Target gave a $5 gift card. I bought 12 boxes and had coupons for $12 off (12 - $1 off coupons), and earned $10 in gift cards, so each box ended up costing 66¢ each. 

Totals for Target:

Retail Value: $77.72
Paid out of Pocket: $21.41
Savings: 73%

Afterwards we went to Publix for some awesome buy one get one free deals.  Even though we went for coupon deals, some of their weekly deals were so good I bought them without coupons. 

Our savings are a combination of manufacturer coupons and store coupons, and buy one get one free deals. We also used a deal where if we bought $50 worth of groceries, we earned a $10 gift card. It was a Target deal, but we were able to use it at Publix. 

Some of the deals we plan don't always work out, and we simply decide at the time if the price is right, there were a couple of deals today that didn't pan out, so we didn't take advantage of all the deals we had planned. 

Here is a list of what we picked up at Publix today:

(not everything is in the picture)

2 bags of flour (b1g1f sale, $1.50 each)
4 cans of Del Monte corn (25¢ each, b1g1f sale, store & manf. coupon)
4 pounds of butter (b1g1f sale, $2.15 a pound )
7 containers of Hummus (sale + $1.00 store & manf. coupon = free)
4 containers of sour cream (b1g1f deal, $1.06 each)
4 containers of Dannon creamery desserts (manf. coupon)
6 boxes of Orville Redenbacher popcorn (manf. coupon = free)
2 spray bottles of Pam (b1g1f deal)
1 box clementines
1 half gallon of Silk almond milk (free with coupon)
1 jar Vlasic garden style pickles (combined manf. & store coupon, 79¢)
1 jar Barilla pasta sauce (combined manf. & store coupon)
4 cans Hormel chili (manf. coupon, 58¢ each)
6 boxes Ritz Cracker (manf. coupon & big1f sale, 88¢ each)
6 Sargento Tasting Cheese (store coupons, $1.11 each)
6 Eckrich Smoked Sausage (sale + 6 - $1.50 off coupons, $1.50 each)
2 Carmex lip balm (manf. coupon, 40¢ each)
2 Hellmann's mayo (b1g1f sale + store coupon, $1.50 each)
12 Lipton boxes of tea (manf. coupons made them .29¢ each)
2 cans Carnation milk (sale + manf. coupon made them 20¢ each)

Totals for Publix:

The retail value of our items at Publix was $256.22 and our out of pocket expense was $76.64, a savings of 70%.

So far this month, I've spent a total of $191.08 on groceries. 

I'm doing much better than I was last month. 

How are you doing on your grocery shopping?

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  1. You and Bailey (sp?) did very well! I've been focusing on keeping the pantry stocked with deals, and the freezer with affordable meat proteins (luckily I was able to get 1, 39/lb turkey and 1, 59/lb turkey for the freezer). Meat is frightfully expensive.

    1. I agree, Carol, it is frightening. We've been doing OK with processed meats even though I know they are not as healthy as the unprocessed meats, but they are just out of our budget except for a couple of times per month. We are doing what we can affordability wise like you are as well. And yes, it is Bailey, correct spelling. :)

  2. You did great! I am always amazed at the coupon deals Americans get. Here in Canada, we do not see nearly the amount of coupons.

    1. Thank you, Theresa. I know we are very fortunate in the coupon deals we have here. It amazes me that we get so many things for free and that the stores allow us to do that. The Publix here is about one year old now and the deals were not as good before they came to town. Now the other stores are trying to compete with them. Its a win win situation for us. :)

  3. Do you limit your grocery budget to food? Lip balm is on the list, which you may have listed only as one of your good deals. You deserve your own cheerleading squad for the huge savings.

    1. Yes, I limit it to only food and it was listed as a good deal. Thank you so much. My daughter is really into couponing and loves it so much. She was showing her stockpile off to our company this weekend. LOL

  4. I wish we had such good deals with couponing in th uk , well done ,


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