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Tuesday Total: Grocery expenses for the last week

Posted May 14, 2013


Every once in a while, I think it’s good to post my grocery totals for the week so folks can see where I am shopping, what we are buying and what I am saving. Here are my totals for the week that included 5/8 – 5/14.

Feel free to share your weekly totals as well!

There were multiple trips to Harris Teeter this week to take advantage of the Steamfresh and Quaker deals. I ordered coupons for some of the products from various sources and the sales during the last week on these items was great (or I had rainchecks from previous week’s sales). All of these trips were made on the way to/from another activity/errand so I was not making a special trip just for granola bars and veggies.

As you can see, we did not buy much meat last week. It was mostly produce, tofu, dairy, frozen veggies and stock up deals. We had enough meat in the freezer from previous sales that we didn’t need to buy any this week.

Harris Teeter

May 8
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $78.14
Total saved: $60.82
Total paid: $17.32
Saved: 78%

This shop included tofu, tomatoes, eggs, Bird’s Eye Steamfresh veggies, a number of Quaker products like granola bars and rice cakes (with rain checks and coupons), Electrasol tabs, olives, Sister Shubert rolls with rain check, ice cream.


May 9 (My husband was getting his car serviced in the same shopping center as the Kroger in Apex so he picked up these items at my request)
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $16.77
Total saved: $8.77
Total paid: $8.00
Saved: 52%

This shop included zucchini, yellow squash, apples, Vidalia onion, sour cream and cottage cheese.

Lowes Foods
May 9
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $61.99
Total saved: $40.83
Total paid: $21.16
Saved: 66%

This shop included bananas, turkey bacon, 5 Old Orchard juice, 2 Smart Balance milk, 2 Campbell’s Go Soup, 3 Dr. Oetker pizza, ice cream, Lowes Foods mayo, Reser’s mac salad.

Harris Teeter
May 12
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $60.10
Total saved: $45.26
Total paid: $14.84
Saved: 75%

This shop included 3 lb bag of oranges, 16 oz mushrooms, honey wheat bread, eggs, Quaker rice cakes and granola bars with coupons and rain check for rice cakes, tic tacs big pack with coupons and rain check, Fig Newtons, Sister Shuberts rolls with rain check and coupons, Brid’s Eye Steamfresh veggies.

Harris Teeter
May 14
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $50.34
Total saved: $42.60
Total paid: $7.74
Saved: 85%

This shop included canned pears, bagels, cream cheese, Steamfresh veggies, Mueller’s hidden veggie pasta (it’s kind of hidden on the bottom of an end-cap when you walk in the North Hills HT – they are out on the shelf), Mueller’s Whole Wheat pasta (also on same end-cap), more Quaker granola bars and rice cakes (stocking up for summer!), Sister Shuberts rolls with rain check and coupons.

Roadside produce stand near house: bought 2 very large containers of local strawberries to serve with Mother’s Day dessert for mother-in-law: $8.00

Grocery totals for week:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $275.34
Total paid for groceries: $77.06
Total for coupons from clipping service: $4.50
% Saved (including coupon cost): 71%

My weekly budget is $80 so I was pretty close with a total of $81.56 including the cost of the extra coupons.



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  • bestbryantbuys May 15, 2013

    Thank you for your response Faye. I guess my store only just started enforcing this policy of only using one competitor coupon per day... oh well it was fun while it lasted

  • smolder13 May 15, 2013

    jdouglas-My mom uses empty plastic gallon and half gallon milk jugs for ice packs if you have those available. :)

  • jdouglas13 May 15, 2013

    Faye, that would be awesome if you could save me some juice bottles -- thanks!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 15, 2013

    jdouglas, Not sure how soda bottles would hold up since they are thinner than the juice bottles I use but worth a try. I can save some juice bottle for you. :-)

    Thanks for sharing your weekly totals!

  • jdouglas13 May 15, 2013

    Faye, I love the idea of juice bottles for freezer packs. Maybe I can do the same with soda bottles.

    Last week's grocery totals were around $12, mostly for tissues. So, to be fair, the totals for the week before: Total retail $344.54, OOP $229.47, savings $115.07 or 33%. 2 OM bacon,8 cans greenbeans, shredded carrots, 3 avocadoes, 4 garlic, sweet potatoes, broccoli bunch, big pkg chicken breasts, tarter sauce, 4 50-oz tide, 10 barilla, whole pineapple, blackberries, worcestershire, 3 finish, 2 ziploc, 1 plastic bags, 3 whole skirtsteaks, 2 cod filets, 2 strawberries, 4 ears corn, 2 16-oz mushrooms, 2 1/2 gal. ice cream, 2 shredded cheese, 24 oz sourcream, gallon milk, 2 renuzit, 2 ruffles chips, 2 graham cr8ckers, dry milk, malt vinegar, 2 cans waterchestnuts, 3 bags frzn green beans, 3 qts half & half, qt heavy cream, dijon, cupcake liners, 8 12-pks diet coke, 2 charmin wipes, kosher salt. For all that stuff, I think we did pretty well.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 15, 2013

    Karen - that is definitely a key to saving money when making multiple trips. I keep a cooler in my trunk and throw in some cold packs (they are 64 oz juice bottles filled with water and frozen) before I head out on my errands. It helps that my daughter has a class 1 mile from a Harris Teeter in Cary 1 to 2 times per week. While she is in class, I can scoot over to the HT, do my shopping and be back in plenty of time to pick her up.

  • karenmorris17 May 15, 2013

    Excellent shopping, Faye!!! It's great you were able to purchase so many healthy food items for under $80. I need to start planning ahead, as you do, to consolidate shopping trips with other errands to save gas.

  • Oxymoron02 May 14, 2013

    The strawberries were looking pretty awesome at the Farmer's market this weekend, so my husband picked up a flat for $20. My MIL requested half a flat (we drove out to see her Sunday), so we had to buy the whole flat because it was cheaper per container. Arms were twisted to get people to eat them. :P

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 14, 2013

    Many of the HT stores I shop only allow one per day. Here is the policy on their website:

    "We also redeem circular, direct-mail, and register checkout coupons for money off of the total order. There is a limit of one per customer per day."

  • bestbryantbuys May 14, 2013

    I love using my drug store rewards @ HT...sadly I was told (and shown a "handwritten" policy change) this weekend I could no longer use more than competitor coupon per day. This was the HT in Durham off of Horton rd. Has anyone else heard of this policy change?