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Weekly Totals: Grocery expenses for the last week

Posted June 5, 2013


Here are my grocery and drug store totals for the week that included 5/29 – 6/4. I am going to start sharing my grocery totals here and there (well, whenever I have time to put this list together!) so you can see where I am shopping and what I am saving.

Please feel free to share your weekly totals as well.

Harris Teeter totals for the week:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $228.23
Total saved: $202.69
Total paid: $25.54
Saved: 89%

I made 3 trips to HT during the Super Doubles week. The totals above include all 3 trips. I bought plenty of good coupon deals as well as lots of produce including lettuce, zucchini, squash & cucumbers.

Lowes Foods totals for the week:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $51.92
Total saved: $23.14
Total paid: $28.78
Saved: 45%

Bought 15 lbs of chicken breast marked down to $1.49/lb, 2 loaves wheat bread, mustard, bananas, sandwich bags


Subtotal before sales and coupons: $8.49
Total saved: $ 8.49
Total paid: $0
Saved: 100% (used coupons, ECB’s and gift card to pay for transaction)

Bought Oral B battery toothbrush


Subtotal before sales and coupons: $6.87
Total saved: $3.25
Total paid: $3.62
Saved: 47%

Bought 2 dozen eggs and plastic wrap

Totals for the week:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $353.45
Total saved: $295.51
Total paid for groceries and drug store items for the week: $57.94
% Saved: 84%

How did you do last week?


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  • Savvysaver Jun 6, 2013

    Great job Faye!! I too noticed that HT removed sale tags last week, but only on the great deals and freebies! For example, the Smart Balance butter tag was taken down, but there were plenty of butter in stock! But if they were sold out the tag was still there. Not sure if they did it on purpose OR if a customer did it. This was at HT in FV.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 6, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your totals, chipper, oxy and jdouglas!

    Chipper, I love that your husband's luxury lunch is still store bought and relatively frugal compared to eating out.

    jdouglas - I love lobster! And shrimp! I think it was beach week at your house. :-)

    Oxy - I miss the bread outlet that used to be in Clayton on Hwy 70. They often had good prices.

  • jdouglas13 Jun 6, 2013

    This was not one of my better weeks, as far as total dollars spent, and initially I wasn't going to post anthing, but thought it might be helpful to someone, so here goes.

    Total retail: $387.93, OOP $217.12, saved $170.81 or 44%.

    We bought: Lobster dinner for 2, 2 fritos, gallon milk, 20 cans green beans, case of water, popcorn, 4 cereal, 6 pk applesauce, triscuit, 2 2-lb brown rice, espresso pwdr, olives, 3 poise, 5 lbs 16/20 shrimp, 2 baguetes, yellow & green squash, mushrooms, 2 pkgs english muffins, 3 qts half & half, 3 bags choc chips, 4 pasta, 2 choc syrup, 2 huge white vinegar, 2 pkgs pork tenderloin, HT ice cream, 2 magnum ice cream, 3 qts ricotta, 2 18-ct eggs, bacon, 2 milkbone, 2 clorox toilet wand refills, 2 hellmanns, 2 lb rice, bag of potatoes, romaine hearts, red onions, green peppers, shredded carrots, 2 avocados. The produce will earn me a $5 rebate.

  • Oxymoron02 Jun 6, 2013

    We made a trip to the outlet mall this week. While I would never drive all that way to go to the Pepperidge Farm store (the gas cost outweighs the potential savings), so long as I was there, I hit them up. My husband entertained the little ones while I canvased the store, looking for what was, and what was not, a good price, and the lowest unit cost per type of item. $35 later we emerged with 8 loaves of bread, a small mountain of fishies, some chips and a small ration of cookies for my husband's sweet tooth. While none of these items was an exceptional deal, most of what I bought was single serving, which makes portioning (or in the case of teenagers, rationing cuz they're locusts) and packing to-go super easy, and I kept all my items at or below my regular buy price. Oh, and if you've never been, the Pepperidge Farm store at the Carolina Outlets offers a 10% military/veterans discount every day. :D

    Spent $40 on milk, produce, ground beef and clearance finds this week.

  • chipper4800 Jun 6, 2013

    I make one trip a week regardless. Just don't have the time or want to drive across town. I spent $105.69 saved $179.82. Included 2 bags of Purina Dog Chow and my husband's Maple honey baked ham from the deli. It is his luxury lunch, since we do so well on the other meals.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 6, 2013

    That is very interesting about the sales tags, Diane. You had some great savings!

  • dianelucasrat Jun 6, 2013

    I made it to HT 6 times last week.
    $508 before coupons
    $390 coupons ( a few coupons didn't double it happens)
    $118 spend
    total savings 67%
    overall I did pretty good. I notice as the week went, HT in Wilson would restock the shelves and remove the sales sign, so if you didn't know what was on sale, you would walk on by. I guess this way they were able to keep the shelves stocked.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 5, 2013

    Great job at HT, flying!!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jun 5, 2013

    I hit the Teeter FOUR times last week ~$5, ~$7, ~$13, ~$5....cannot believe all the loot we got!! Good stuff we'll use, too!

    Spent ~15 at ALDI, that included meat, produce & a GREAT deal on rubber garden bucket/tubs, I have found these invaluable...one 'lives' in the trunk of the car to keep it clean when I buy plants, etc. and the other I use to pull weeds, hold clippings.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 5, 2013

    I was surprised that I came in under budget this week by $22! That rarely happens but with all the SD deals and the great chicken deal, we didn't need much more. I will be making up the difference in produce this week though. I am craving a big fruit salad! lol

    Karen, I have found that keeping track definitely makes me more accountable to myself with the weekly budget. Now if only I was better about doing that with calories!