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Weekly Totals: Grocery expenses for the last week

Posted May 29, 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 and what I am saving. Here are my totals for the week that included 5/22 - 5/28. Feel free to share your weekly totals as well!

Harris Teeter
May 22
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $78.69
Total saved: $61.69
Total paid: $17.00
Saved: 78%

This shopping trip included HT orange juice, HT canned pears, 3 Steamfresh veggies, 4 Barilla pasta, 2 King’s Hawaiian bread, 2 Mario olives, 3 Vlassic pickles, Hellman’s mayo, French’s spicy mustard, Wishbone dressing, 3 Mueller’s veggie pasta with rain check and coupon (free), 2 Super Pretzels, HT diet root beer (.40 with e-vic), free Pillsbury toaster strudel (with e-vic coupon) and free Fiber One granola bars (with e-vic coupon).

Food Lion
May 22
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $5.79
Total saved: $2.30
Total paid: $3.49
Saved: 40%

I bought green peppers, bananas, strawberries and used the $2 off $5 produce coupon from the weekly printable coupons.

Lowes Foods
May 24
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $79.59
Total saved: $45.25
Total paid: $34.34
Saved: 57%

This shopping trip included 2 value packs of Sanderson Farms boneless chicken breast at $1.99/lb, Morningstar Farms veggie corn dogs, Morningstar Farms veggie mushroom burgers, Vidalia onion, 2 boxes Multi-grain Cheerios, LF hot dog buns, De Waffelbakers pancakes (free with coupon sent from manufacturer from Facebook or Twitter contest), Pizzazz tortilla chips, Cool Whip, light sour cream, Reser’s cole slaw, 4 Philly light cream cheese bricks and 4 Philly snack cream cheese spread (Philly products were part of the Buy 8 and get $4 off at register making them less than $1 each).

May 24
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $52.15 minus $23.37 in coupons and sales
Total saved: $52.15 (used ECB’s from last week & gift card from cashing in credit card rewards)
Total paid: $0.00
Saved: 100%

I bought 1 gallon milk, 2 Sparkle paper towels, 2 Angel Soft bath tissue, 5 Coke Zero, 2 gold emblem water, 1 gummy bears. Used ECB’s from previous week and gift card from cashing in credit card reward points to make it all free and earned $5 Extrabucks from buying paper products to use next week.

Food Lion
May 24
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $14.80
Total saved: $8.79
Total paid: $6.01
Saved: 59%

I bought 2 packages of Johnsonville chicken sausages ($1.99 after coupon), Boca veggie chicken patties (using Food Lion coupon from the kiosk making them $2.29), King’s Hawaiian hot dog buns.

Harris Teeter
May 26
Subtotal before sales and coupons: $90.68
Total saved: $70.63
Total paid: $20.05
Saved: 78%

I bought a whole watermelon, mushrooms, 3 bags steamfresh veggies, Turkey Hill tea, Lenders bagels, 3 Smart Balance Kids milk cartons (1/2 gallons), 2 Ball Park lean beef franks, Heinz ketchup, sugar (e-vic with coupon)Muellers beggie pasta (free with coupon and rain check), Wishbone dressing, Hellman’s mayo, Vlassic pickles, Barilla pasta sauce,

Totals for the week:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $321.70
Total saved: $240.81
Total paid for groceries and drug store items for the week: $80.89
% Saved: 75%

As many of you know, my weekly grocery/drug store budget is $80 so I am very pleased with the total!



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 30, 2013

    busyb - I already work full-time and have 2 active kids to manage, so shopping can't take up too much time!

    What appears to be many different trips out of my way to the stores is not that at all.

    The 2 weekly Harris Teeter shops are almost always done while my daughter is in a class in Cary twice a week. I live in Johnston County, which is too far to drive back home while she is in class so I get my HT shopping done then while she is in class. The HT is about 5 minutes from the class so no wasted gas.

    The other trips to the store this week (LF, CVS, FL) were done in the same morning before work and all 3 stores are very close to each other. I had my coupons pulled and list made so it didn't take much time at all.

    The good news is that the legwork should be easy for most people because we already do the research here on the blog and post the best deals and coupon match-ups. All you need to do is print the list, highlight the deals you plan to get and pull your coupons.

  • busyb97 May 30, 2013

    Sounds like a full time job! It is hard enough for me to get to the store once a week, let alone that many stores in a four day stretch. Not counting your homework/research time to know what your deals are. Hats off to you though.

  • Packy May 30, 2013


    You're the master! :)

  • nakabi May 29, 2013

    that is fantastic Faye!