Here is my savings/grocery list for this week. Did pretty well! Total before savings and coupons $151.35 – less savings and coupons of $89.49 = brings my final total to $61.86. Here is what I purchased for that price:
- AJC Sunday paper
- Arnold multi-grain bread
- gallon 2% milk
- 4 boxes Kraft Mac and Cheese
- Infusium 23 Shampoo ($.49 after coupons!)
- Infusium 23 Conditioner ($.49 after coupons!)
- 5 2-liters assorted pepsi products
- 3 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers (2 brocolli florets and one asian medley)
- 2 26 oz bags Fast Fixin chicken nuggets
- 2 11 oz boxes Chung’s mini chicken egg rolls
- Pop Secret 100 calorie bags butter flavored ($.01 after Publix penny item coupon!)
- 4 boxes Shelby chicken Chili Mix
- Scotties tissues (free after coupon!)
- 2 boxes I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter margarine
- State Fair Mini Corn Dogs
- Revlon Metal Emery File (free +overage after coupons!)
- 2 bags Fresh express Salad blends
- Muir Glen tomato paste ($.10 after coupon!)
- 2 boxes (12.25 oz) Honey Nut Cheerios
- 2 boxes (11.8 oz) Cocoa Puffs
- 2 boxes (10.7 oz) Trix
- 2 cans Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting ($.25 each after coupons!)
- 3 boxes Celestial Seasonings Tea (2 of chai and 1 of gingerbread)
- 9.5 lb Publix brand young turkey
A couple of things stand out as I look over this list.
The mini corn dogs were not on sale, but looked yummy, and I thought Liberty would enjoy them. So I bought them. I try to buy an item or two that I just like the look of when I shop. It adds some fun to the trip, and since I save SO much, I don’t feel guilty about it.
The I can’t Believe it’s not butter margarine was not on my list. I was planning on buying Land o’ Lakes butter since it was on sale and I had a coupon, but the margarine had a coupon dispenser next to it. With that coupon the margarine was less was less than the butter, so I compromised, and got it instead. I’ve used it in the past for baking recipes, and they turned out fine.
I’ve never used Infusium 23 products before, but for $.49 each, I decided it was worth trying.
And that brings me to some questions for my readers. How do you feel about branching out beyond your normal brands? Have you done it before, and how did that work out for you? Do you have items/brands that you never compromise on? I’m interested in others take on this…
I did my weekly Publix shopping run this morning, and boy did I rack up the savings! Since I have more room here, I’m going to post my savings, plus my shopping list, so you can see everything I got.
Total before savings $156.09 – less savings of $84.67 = brings my final total to $ 71.42!
For that amount I got:
- one gallon milk
- two 90 count pkgs chinet napkins
- 3 containers sara lee cheesecake bites
- one publix brand crispy crust pizza
- 3 pkgs dannon damimals crush cups
- one pkg dannon danino yogurt
- publix hearts of romaine salad mix
- 4 pkgs fisher fusions snack mix
- 2 pkgs Sargento salad finishers
- 2 pkgs (8 oz) Land O’ Lakes deli cheese
- 16 oz Sargento shredded cheese – 4 cheese mexican blend
- 5 lb bag ruby red grapefruit
- 18 count large eggs
- Cap’n Crunch cereal 22 oz
- Post Honey Bunches of Oats w/strawberries 13 oz
- Cheeze Its 13.7 oz
- 2 bags of Frito corn chips 9 1/4 oz
- 2 boxes 130 count Kleenex extra soft tissues
- 5 two liter bottles of assorted Pepsi products
- 8 pack Lance nekot cookie sandwiches
- 2 packages grands buttermilk biscuits
- 3 packages grands jr. golden layer biscuits
- 2 32oz blocks of Velveeta cheese (one with a free plastic storage box!)
- Swanson chicken broth 32 oz
- 2 Publix chili beans 15.5 oz
- 2 cans Pubix black beans 15.25 oz
- 1 can rotel tomatoes 10 oz
- 2 packages Immaculate baking company cookie dough
- publix tomato sauce 15 oz
- crisco extra virgin olive oil 16.9 oz
- revlon nail clippers
- 2 lbs bananas
- 6.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
There are a couple of items of note on the list today. You might look at the chinet napkins, sara lee cheesecake bites, and velveeta and say, “Hey, wait! Those items aren’t on sale!” And that would be true, those items are not on sale THIS week, but they have been on sale recently, and were out of stock. Can you say, raincheck, people? The napkins were $.07 a package (regularly $2.15 each). The sara lee cheesecake bites were $1 per container (regularly $3.99 each), and the velveeta were $1.69 each(regularly $5.39 each). Look at all the savings I would have lost if I had not gotten rainchecks for these items!
The other item of note would be the nail clippers. These clippers were revlon brand, and normally sold for $2.39. I had a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon, plus a $2.50 publix coupon. After coupon savings, I made $1.11 in profit! That extra money just got taken off my total cost. I don’t urgently need nail clippers, but for that price an extra pair can’t hurt! I think I will leave them in their package, and pick up a diamond nail file, and cuticle clippers over this week (since I have three sets of the coupons above). I’ll buy some nail polish when it goes on sale, and put all this together in a little bag to make a manicure set! Ready made gift for a teacher or girlfriend.
So this was my first extended savings list. Hope it gives you an idea of how worth it, clipping coupons can be.