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Weekly shopping totals including Super Doubles breakdown: saved 90%!

Posted November 6, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Here are my weekly grocery and drug store shopping totals for the week ending 11/5. 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 with all the Super Doubles craziness this week?

These totals include all the shopping for the week at Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods Super Doubles as well as a trip to CVS.  Those are the only stores I went to this last week. See below for a breakdown of my totals for each Super Doubles store.


Weekly Subtotal before sales and coupons: $799.34

Total saved: $723.76

Total paid: $75.58

% Saved: 90%!

My weekly budget is $80/week and I was $4.42 under budget this last week, which is always a good thing (especially when I have saved a ridiculous amount for the week!).  To keep my totals lower, I used manufacturer coupons (of course), HT digital coupons, competitor coupons (including CVS Extrabucks), and a Visa gift card for $28.62 in savings from a Staples rebate I earned last month. 

You may be wondering what I plan to do with $800 worth of product.  Like many, I will be donating some of it.  But have no fear, I did not clear any shelves for donation items. Some of the items I will be using for holiday meals, events and baking.  The Lindt Truffles will make great teacher gifts, as well. And since things like Tide detergent, Tresemme, Playtex and Febreeze don't really expire, those went into the stockpile.


Super Doubles Breakdown:

Harris Teeter Super Doubles Totals:

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $434.50

Total saved: $405.59

Total paid: $28.91

% Saved: 93%


Lowes Foods Super Doubles Totals:


Subtotal before sales and coupons: $339.11

Total saved: $292.44

Total paid: $46.67

% Saved: 86%


How is monthly budget amount determined?

In case you are curious, the way I figure my monthly budget is based on the number of days in the month:

My weekly budget is $80 per week ($4,160 per year)

$80 divided by 7 days in a week = $11.42 per day

Then I multiply the number of days in the specific month by $11.42 to get my monthly budget for each month. There are 31 days in October so my budget was $354.02 for the month.


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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  • cjp1992 Nov 7, 2013

    I know what you mean about the Rocky mount store. I sometimes just go to wake forest to get the deals because the shelves are always empty there. The employees are very friendly and helpful but you can hever get the deals when there are super doubles.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 6, 2013

    bethyakascooby - I don't know of any stores that restock every evening. Most stores in this area get 2 - 4 trucks in a week but many stores are unable to get the Super Doubles stock from the warehouse because they sell out there. I have spoken to many managers who have ordered the best deals but did not get them in the truck because there was just no stock to send them.

    I recommend that you find out which days your store gets a truck in. Ask when the product for those trucks is usually on the shelves. Then, if possible, try to be there as soon as possible after the shelves are restocked.

    I know my closest HT only restocks 2 times per week. The truck comes in on Tuesday night so there is usually good stock on Wednesdays. And they get another truck in on Friday nights so the shelves are replenished on Saturday mornings. Hope that helps!

    diana123 - HT triples coupons a couple times a year usually. We will probably not see another coupon event until January based on previous years.

  • bethyakascooby Nov 6, 2013

    Faye I was very disappointed in the Rocky Mount Harris Teeter many of the good deals were never in stock. I thought that they restock every evening during super doubles.

  • diana123 Nov 6, 2013

    cookie monstor, i am going to FL after work for their chicken .99 lb. i refuse to pay more than that. i
    pay $2.49 for ground beef, even though it is not lean i
    put the cooked meat in a strainer running hot water to rid the grease. and i have their card that i use whenever i buy meat.
    seldom will buy anything else. $ tree i shop at and krogers for my meat as well when it is on sale. had great price on milk this past week. 3 gallons i purchased on tuesday at kroger for the 5% discount.

  • diana123 Nov 6, 2013

    does triple couponing happen once a year? when do you all
    think double couponing will occur again, is there a pattern,
    or some kind period of time?

  • Cookiemonster Nov 6, 2013

    diana, Food Lion sends out different printable coupons every week. Sometimes it is a meat coupon. For example last week, they emailed a coupon for $2 off of any $5 meat purchase. I fully take advantage of those when they offer them.

  • diana123 Nov 6, 2013

    yeah, i was wondering how you get meat at a good price.
    does zavers do that to, address the meat? i work with
    fresh ingredients and do not eat processed food. with
    the exception of michelina's entrees for lunch in the office.
    the coupon is $1/5 and i go on tuesdays to krogers for the 5%
    sale. h/t also on thursday for 5% off. i would like very much to be able to buy meat at a savings.

    would some tell me about the meat? thank you! this couponing is getting addictive, like a high. as in gambling only you win every time!

  • diana123 Nov 6, 2013

    kathy,thanks a million. also does it require a coupon
    printer or will coupons download easily onto my card.
    so there are no coupons to print off, it downloads whatever
    you place a checkmark on? then click on download?

  • ctya Nov 6, 2013

    For the people who didn't get the Lindt just visit Walgreens they are on sale this week 2/4 and you may have a better selection.

  • ctya Nov 6, 2013

    Faye yes I agree the 401/1010 store didn't seem to be as busy as before. But the LF off of 42 seemed to be hit hard every time I could go. When both stores have an event I don't mind paying the little extra at LF because everyone else is at HT. Thanks for your list and shopping guide. I had about an 80% saving this time and got everything on my list.