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Weekly shopping totals for 9/4 - 9/10: Saved 69%!

Posted September 12, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Here are my weekly shopping totals for the week of 9/4 - 9/10/13. 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: $259.59
Total saved: $179.93
Total paid: $79.66
Saved: 69%

My weekly budget is $80/week so I was a tiny bit under budget this week!

I shopped at Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Walmart and CVS this week and my husband bought some soda at Dollar General. 

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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  • jwstevens04 Sep 13, 2013

    The generics is not just for new customers, and will be an ongoing thing. The $20 is valid through February for new customers, and while I wish it did last longer and was for everyone, the generics program, alone, will save me tons of money, especially with 2 small children, who are sick at the drop of a hat.

  • bejeweled23 Sep 13, 2013

    I saved roughly 50% at Walgreens. Cottonelle 12 pack on sale for $3.99 - .50 coupon, Mitchum deodorant on sale for $1.99 - .99 coupon, Nivea lotion $7.99 - 2.00 Coupon, - $5 coupon from Attractions Dining & Value Guide. Saved $14.50, earned 2000 balance rewards points! :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 12, 2013

    Love that prescription deal, jwstevens. Wish it wasn't just for new pharmacy customers.

    scoutmomof2 and jdouglas - thanks for sharing your totals!

  • jwstevens04 Sep 12, 2013

    ...also enrolled in their generics program...and got 3 prescriptions for under $10, antibiotic was free...

  • jwstevens04 Sep 12, 2013

    I feel like I robbed Harris Teeter yesterday! LOL! I took advantage of the prescription transfer program, where every prescription you transfer and refill it, between now and February, you receive $20 to spend, IN Harris Teeter---this is PER PRESCRIPTION! So yesterday, I had to pick up 3 and got $60 to spend in the store. I only used $20, but got: Salad from salad bar, a cup of soup, Stouffers Mac and cheese, a bag of shredded Gouda cheese and Yoplait Yogurt (which the children love, and I had .75 off coupons, that tripled..)...walked out spending $1.83. That, my friends, is a was $36 and some change before VIC and my $20 off coupon.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 12, 2013

    This past week included so major stocking up in a lot of areas, so my numbers reflect that and are big.

    Total retail: $338.03, OOP $162.96, savings $175.07 or 52%

    The haul included: 2-150 oz tide, 2-9 rl mega charmin,4 double thick strip steaks, 12 cabot cheese, milk, 2 grey poupon, colman mustard, 30 cans green beans, 6 lb baking potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, pretzels, peaches, nectarines, heavy cream, romaine hearts, corn meal,10 barilla, 2 muellers, 4 lb sugar, 4 lb 10x sugar, 2 fritos, 5 pacific broth, 6 cento tomatoes, always liners, 2 foil cupcake liners, olives, 4-14.5 oz cans tomatoes, mushrooms, 2 windex, method handsoap refill.

  • scoutmomof2 Sep 12, 2013

    I usually spend around $100 a week, although for the two weeks prior I was much lower, running around $65 total for the two weeks. However last week I was back up and a little higher at $118.23 oop with $177.25 in savings (total before sales and coupons $295.48) for 60% savings. I shopped at Lowe's, Kroger and mainly of course at Harris Teeter.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 12, 2013

    karenmorris17 - I don't ALWAYS stay in my budget, but I try to make up for it the following week or 2 if I find those great deals you mentioned and have a crazed stock up moment. :-) Doing this weekly post has actually made me be more diligent with my budget since I know I have to "report" my totals each week. I look to see how much I have spent throughout the week so I know I am still under the $80 mark. It's my version of weight watchers for personal finance! lol

  • karenmorris17 Sep 12, 2013

    Excellent shopping, Faye. I admire the way you always stay within budget. When I run into crazy good deals, I am tempted to overstock, go overboard, and over budget.