Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip--Savings $56.64

This week, I took advantage of the sales for the majority of my savings rather than relying heavily on coupons.  I still used coupons but only $12.10 worth for this week! Gone are the days of mega savings with coupons for me! I am finding that shifting my focus to buying things that we will use rather than buying things that we might never use because they are a good deal is actually pulling my coupon usage down along with my savings.  Stores that I shop at do not double or triple is all face value for the coupons.   Also, most coupons are for processed foods or items that my family will not eat so I am not even cutting those coupons. 

I am not saying that not using coupons is a bad thing, it is just that I have had to become more aware of the sales and shopping more at Aldi's or Save A Lot in order to keep my grocery budget in check.  It has been refreshing not getting everything that is a good deal!  I guess you could say that I am saving money by not "chasing" after every item that is on sale and has a coupon making it a good deal.  Matter of fact, I still have a stockpile of shampoo from a year ago when I was trying to chase every deal that was to be had each week!

For this week, I did my monthly run to Sam's Club and then just went to Meijers(twice) and Save A Lot!  I had to go to Meijers twice because they had milk on sale!

Here is the breakdown of my shopping trip...

Meijer(1st trip): (forgot to take pics of this trip!)
  • 6.5lbs split chicken breasts $6.50
  • 4 boxes mac & cheese $3.00(1 free with 10 for $10 get 11th free sale!)
  • 3 boxes brown & serve sausage $3.00
  • 5 cans Old Orchard Juice $5.00
  • 2 bags Doritos $4.00
  • 2 tubs Country Crock margarine $4.25
  • 2 bags Rold Gold Honey Wheat pretzels $5.00
  • 2 loaves bread $1.65
  • 1 family pack bag Tyson anytizers $6.25
  • 2 boxes Cookie Crisp cereal $3.84($1.92/box)
Last week, I received a $2.50 off next shopping trip that I used this week! 

Total: $72.95
Total out of pocket: $39.99
Total Savings: $32.96

Meijer(2nd trip):
  • 3.02lbs bananas $1.78
  • 3lbs baby carrots $3.00
  • 8 cans Old Orchard Juice $7.00(1 FREE--10 for $10 get 11th free sale)
  • 3 gallons Milk $6.00
  • 1 box Pillsbury brownies 92¢ (had a 75¢ off Catalina coupon that expired 2/20!) 
  • 3 boxes General Mills Cereal $7.00 
  • 2 bottles Lysol bathroom cleaner $$3.00
  • 1 bottle Suave shampoo FREE + an extra $1.31!!!!
Total: $51.31
Total out of pocket: $27.63
Total Savings: $23.68
**about the Suave....I got the "Suavenomics"/Free bottle of Suave product coupon in the mail the other day and I looked at the expiration date and saw 2/28/09 on it!!  So instead of filing my coupon in with my other coupons, I took it to the store and used it!  The cashier scanned the coupon and it scanned for $3.00--the max value on the coupon so instead of changing the price to the price I paid for the bottle, the cashier gave me the full $3.00!!!!!  I guess that was my "pay back" for last week when several of my coupons just did not want to scan. 

Save A Lot: 
  • 3.05lbs hamburger $3.02(markdown to 99¢/lb!!)
  • 4 cans beef broth $1.96
  • 1 jar blackberry preserves $1.99 (going to use it for this recipe!)
  • 6 cans cream of chicken soup $2.94
  • 3 bags egg noodles $2.97
  • 1 box swiss cake rolls $1.00 (my weakness!)
  • 1 gallon chocolate milk $2.49
  • 10lbs russet potatoes $3.00
  • 2 jars pizza sauce $1.98
Total: $21.35
Total Savings: priceless!!

Grand Total: $145.61
Grand Total OOP: $88.97
Grand Total Savings: $56.64 plus the savings from shopping at Save A Lot!

1 comment:

The Happy Housewife said...

Great job with the savings. I don't use a lot of coupons either because most of the items I purchase are not prepackaged. Looks like you were still able to get some great deals when you shopped.