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Weekly shopping totals last week: Saved 64%

Posted July 24, 2013

Time to calculate those savings!


Last week I was able to save 64% using sales and coupons! These savings are for the week of 7/17 - 7/23. 

How did you do?

Subtotal before sales and coupons: $235.13
Total saved: $150.75
Total paid: $84.38
% Saved: 64%

My weekly budget is $80/week so I was over budget by $4.48 last week. I'll try and make up for it this week. 

I shopped at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, CVS and Walgreens.

To figure out the percentage you saved:

1.) Add the Total Saved and the Total Paid to get the Subtotal Before Sales and Coupons.

2.) Take the Total Saved amount divided by the Subtotal Before Sales and Coupons amount.

3.) The number you get is the % Saved.  So if the number is .64 on the calculator after you divide the amounts according the instructions above, you saved 64%.



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  • jdouglas13 Jul 24, 2013

    Punky, you can use 1 coupon per item. If you buy 2 bottles of Heinz ketchup, you can use 2 internet coupons. If you bought 6 bottles, you could only use 2 internet coupons. So assuming your 20 items are an assortment of 10 different things, and you have a coupon for each one, including an internet coupon, you are good to go! :) As Diane mentioned, make sure you have a Lowe's card. Sign up for email notices because they offer email customers special deals on a couple of items each week.

    Welcome to the area and to the blog! Faye has a wonderful community here. Everyone is very nice and we all help each other out. Do you have Harris Teeter where you are now? If not, you may want to get a card and sign up your email with them too. Their super doubles are worth a bit of a longer ride. Of course, I'm out in the country and have to drive at least 40 minutes to everything.

    Couponnana, thanks! TJ has some very interesting things at good prices that some stores don't carry at all.

  • DianeNC Jul 24, 2013

    punky - don't forget that when printing out coupons online (whether from or other sources,) in almost all cases, you will be able to print the coupon out twice.

    Also, not sure if there is a Food Lion by where you live, but if so, make sure to use your MVP card on their coupon machine, which is usually right when you enter the store, because in addition to store coupons that have to be used that day, it also prints out manufacturer coupons that can be used at Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, or other stores (and can be doubled, unless the coupon states otherwise!). :D

  • Coupon Nana Jul 24, 2013


    In my opinion, you did extremely well considering the yummy items purchased and limited coupons, etc.

    I, too, am a TJ shopper. Became addicted while living in NOVA. Was/am so happy they came to Triangle area!!!

  • punkybrewster79 Jul 24, 2013

    Thanks jdouglas13, yes I currently live in Spartanburg SC, we are relocating to the Shelby area for my husbands job :) Thank you for you response, you say per item, so does that mean no limit other then the previous guidelines? Basically, I have several printed coupons from ( under 20, 1 for each item) I just want to be prepared for my first trip, and it is still 45 min from where we are living now, so trying to make it worth it.I look forward to reading more from this site! Thanks!

  • jdouglas13 Jul 24, 2013

    Meant to say FL - not Kroger!

  • jdouglas13 Jul 24, 2013

    This week's spending/saving scenario... I shopped at HT, Lowes, Kroger, and Trader Joe. TJ was to stock up on wedges of gorgonzola for salad which is way cheaper than shredded and much fresher. They keep very well in the freezer. I also like their brie (half the price of HT) and their salt and pepper grinders.

    Total retail: $159.41
    OOP: $111.43
    Savings: 47.99

    In addition to the six gorgonzola, my haul included several 12 oz cans of tuna, romaine hearts, radishes, red onions, cukes, celery, avocadoes, broccoli, green beans, grape tomatoes, 3 pkgs of strawberries, mushrooms, garlic; 2 lbs turkey, muenster, proscuitto, and salami all from the deli; 2 wedges of brie, sour cream, qt of heavy cream, half & half, 2 ea salt and pepper grinders, olives, 2 cans water chestnuts, 2 cans of anchovies, and 12 big rolls of brawny.

    Considering how few coupons I had for all that, I was fairly happy with the total OOP.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 24, 2013

    Hi Punky :) I don't recall seeing you here before, so welcome! Faye has a link to her FB site for this blog above on the far right, about 1/4 of the way down the page.

    As far as your question on internet printables, I know for sure that you can use 2 per item. Occasionally, they will let you use 3, but it depends on the whim of the cashier. There is a limit on super doubles day of 20 coupons per person. Hope that helps!

  • punkybrewster79 Jul 24, 2013

    Hi there. I am a avid couponer new to new to Lowes Foods and will be attempting my first trip this week during the Super doubles, and I am super excited but I am a little confused about the printed coupon police, as there are two sections. The first paragraph says internet coupons.. blah blah limit restrictions. The second paragraph titled print at home coupons to my understanding means one per trip. Can you please verify if I can only use one printed coupon per trip? And also do you have a facebook page related to this site. Thanks!

  • quemaster Jul 24, 2013

    Faye, don't forget to include discounts for clearance items! These ring up as "regular price" and don't show on savings/discounts/coupons.

  • wildfrenchrose Jul 24, 2013

    Total saved 100%. Took a week off from shopping!