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Weekly shopping totals for August 21 - 27: Saved 77%!

Posted August 28, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Here are my weekly shopping totals for the week of August 21 - August 27. 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?

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $418.38
Total saved: $ 323.70
Total paid: $94.68
Saved: 77%

My weekly budget is $80/week so I was over the budget last week by $14.68. BUT, I was under budget by $22 the week before so I am actually right on target for the 2 week period! And I did a lot of stocking up at Harris Teeter on shredded cheese and tortillas and at Lowes Foods on Super Doubles deals!

I shopped at Lowes Foods Super Doubles 3 times, Harris Teeter, Kroger (I passed by it on the way to the bank so I made a stop for produce and tortilla chips and the weekly freebies I had saved on my card), CVS and Target this week. It was more shopping than usual, but with Super Doubles, I made extra trips.

How did you do this week?


To figure out the percentage you saved:

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

How did you do this week?


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  • Save4more Aug 29, 2013

    wish I could do as well as you do!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 29, 2013

    Yes, yes you should share that recipe, jdouglas. :-)

  • jdouglas13 Aug 29, 2013

    Faye, I should share my blueberry coffeecake recipe with you. It is really easy and soooo good. Perfect with frozen blueberries. Nice for lunchboxes (or whatever kids use nowadays) too.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 28, 2013

    jdouglas - the fact that you only spent $50 at Whole Foods is impressive. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing your totals and the breakdown.

    I bought a bunch of produce this week as well at Kroger. And then I bought some more today price matching at Walmart. I picked up a couple pints of blueberries at $1.19 each and immediately froze them for winter blueberry muffins. Also got a watermelon for $3.19 and a couple avocados. The blueberries actually tasted good. Sweet not sour.

  • jdouglas13 Aug 28, 2013

    Do you want the reasonable totals or the ones including the budget busting trip to Whole Foods which was $50?

    Here's the whole thing: total retail $223.83, OOP $133.59, savings $90.24. Our purchases included a ton of produce: the watermelon, cubanelle peppers, eggplant, apples, potatoes, green beans, corn, raddichio, grape tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, lemons and scallions. We also bought meat including 2 pkgs of Nathans hot dogs and baby back ribs. We got other odds and ends as well. The budget buster at WF was for 5 lbs of Italian sausage, semolina flour or breadmaking, and a quart of maple syrup.

    To make up for my overages, I went to the Asian grocery store and got a steal there on sesame seeds for baking, as well as Aldi's today for five $1.19 pints of blueberries for the freezer and some $0.69 avocadoes. ;)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 28, 2013

    happy - Although there are way too many coupons for junk, I still find many coupons for whole wheat pasta, brown rice, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, tofu, frozen veggies, etc. It's not all processed food. :-)

    Thanks Lion! You are too funny!

  • happy2.0 Aug 28, 2013

    We have started eating as little processed food as possible. I find that doing so, I don't use nearly as many coupons as I once did. I use them for cleaning supplies and paper products and some general food merchandise but most of the coupons are for processed foods. Makes me sad!

  • Nanee Lion Aug 28, 2013

    I want to be like you when I grow up Faye. I want to learn to shop and pay less. I think I buy too many things that are not good for me. LOL YOU DID GREAT AS ALWAYS!!