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Weekly shopping totals for 10/2 - 10/8: Saved 69%!

Posted October 10, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Here are my weekly grocery and drug store shopping totals for the week of 10/2 - 10/8. They include how much I would have spent without sales and coupons, how much I saved and how much I actually spent. How did you do this week?

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $331.15

Total saved: $228.50

Total paid: $102.65

Saved: 69%

My weekly budget is $80/week so I was $22.65 over budget this week, BUT I was $31 under budget last week so I am still within my monthly allowed budget. One of the reasons for the overage is that my husband and daughter (bless their hearts), went to Walmart for some needed items for Acorn the guinea pig and went a little crazy buying snacks and drinks for themselves (that were definitely not on the grocery list). Clearly I did an intervention when they returned with the receipt and explained that they had just spent about $15 more than I had expected.  Luckily, I had room in the budget because I had only spent $49 the week before.

Last week I shopped at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, CVS, Kroger and Target and hubby went to Walmart (as I vented about above!).

How did you do last week?

To figure out the percentage you saved:

Take the total amount saved divided by the total cost of the products before sales and coupons.

How did you do this week?


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 11, 2013

    jdouglas - that's painful. It amazes me that people willingly waste so much money every single week. Very sad.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 11, 2013

    Thanks, Faye. The word budget is just completely offensive to her, and she wouldn't touch a coupon with a stick. She'd rather spend $1 on the little sample sizes of stuff than work a deal. Maybe she's really an alien from another planet lol! j/k

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 10, 2013

    watchhillgirl - I am really so impressed by you and your husband! I love that you are teaching him and that he wants to learn it. You have been at this long enough that you'll do a great job!

  • watchhillgirl Oct 10, 2013

    This week we have just started on the new budget. We have now moved to Durham (My husband stayed in Goldsboro to get the house ready for sale). I "sent" him to aldi's this week, and he did well and only got what was on the list. Now I will introduce him to HT, Lowes and Food lion. I am going to teach him how to coupon and he wants to learn...wish me luck!!!
    (We had plenty in our pantry to keep us going for 3 weeks, so we didn't need to shop! just milk and salad stuff!)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 10, 2013

    Great job on your savings this week, jdouglas! Your "exotic stores" comment is funny, but true. Those stores can kill a budget in no time at all (much like your sister, apparently). lol

  • jdouglas13 Oct 10, 2013

    My sister, who lives with my folks, is like a spending addict when let loose in a supermarket. That girl can rack up a $250 cart of groceries in 10 minutes. No joke. The last time I went shopping with her, I left with a severe panic attack and a bad case of hives. LOL! As fast as she was throwing stuff in the cart, I was taking it out and trying to find a reasonable, more frugal alternative.

    This week's numbers are pretty good. Total retail $224.77, OOP $91.19, savings $133.58 or 59%. No exotic stores this week, just HT, Lowes, and FL.

    I had a great trip today at HT. Total $131.35, OOP $32.21, total savings was $99.14 or 75%. DW is well stocked up on soup, hot dogs, and other easy to cook things for my next trip up north. I'm guessing the next SD will hit the day after I leave :p

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 10, 2013

    dthomas109 - ouch on the full prices name brand milk!

    Thanks for sharing your similar experiences everyone. Makes me feel better. lol

  • heremeaj Oct 10, 2013

    I would never have the savings I do if my husband was the shopper - he goes only once in a blue moon with very limited items on s specific list. I have said "thank you for going to the store" many times in the past and just taken back whatever full priced grab came home in the bag....

  • dthomas109 Oct 10, 2013

    I had a similar issue this week. I learned to not take my husband and kids with me either. When we got home I found out they had put several items in the cart that I had not expected. For example, name brand milk, not on sale.

  • justinsmommu Oct 10, 2013

    That is exactly why I go to the grocery store during lunch or 6am on Saturdays.