Saturday Savings Roundup 02/21: Little Deals Add Up

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 2/21/2009 03:50:00 PM | | 0 comments »

I'm linking up as always to the big weekly savings spectacular, http://www.moneysavingmom.com/money_saving_mom/2009/02/super-savings-saturday-the-cameraless-edition.html. And I love sharing my CVS and Walgreens finds @ The "Cents"ible Sawyer's webjoint, too! Go check both of these great bloggers out and add your deals!

Well, Saturday is nearly done and I finally have a few minutes to share some of the best deals I found this week.

My Kroger Trip:

Spent: $40.62
Saved: $40.69

I love going Krogering! If you find great deals at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store, please come join my weekly link up, Let's Go Krogering! There are some fabulous deal-hunters linking up their finds - you can, too!

Let's Go Krogering! is posted on Tuesday and is open all week...come and join the fun!

My CVS trip:

Coupon Cravings (thanks, Erin!) tipped me off to this great Suave deal; luckily my FREE Suave coupon came just in time to grab it. The gum? The price of couponing with children! ;-)

Spent: $0.00 (I paid the $2.28 I owed after coupons with a gift card)
Saved: $7.74
ECBs Earned: $2.00 on (3) Suave products

My Walgreens Trip:

I had (2) transactions at Wags this week. Since I had (2) $5.00 in Register Rewards to use by 02/20, I grabbed some of the weekly deals and some items we just flat-out needed.

Transaction #1:

Spent: $3.47
Saved: $10.89

Transaction #2:

Spent: $0.55
Saved: $8.79

I also made a very rare trip to Walmart; I had to grab some supplies for my Girl Scout event on Saturday. Since I was going anyways, I checked the weekly Wal-Mart matchups at The "Cents"ible Sawyer and brought my coupons to see what I could find worth stocking up on.

Spent: $12.20
Saved: $15.62

And...it started snowing on our way home from our Girl Scout event; I swung through Kroger to grab some milk and juice and fresh produce. and I lucked into a sweet deal on marked down fresh Bob Evans Brats & Italian Sausage. They were marked down to $1.50 each and they had $0.35 peelies on the front, making them $0.80 after the doubled coupon. I grabbed a bunch...but I left some for the next smart bargain hunter, too! ;-)

Spent: $20.62
Saved: $18.91

~~~~~Weekly Total~~~~~

Spent: $96.51
Saved: $132.30, or 58%

I'm on track for my weekly budget challenge of $95 and I was able to stockpile a little here and a little there. Stockpiling what you know you'll need and use is the best part of couponing. Save now with sale prices + coupons and save later by not needing to buy those necessary items at full price.

Remember, a monthly food budget looks very different from family to family. What works for me might not work for you - and that's perfectly ok! The good news for those of you just starting out as couponers is that the longer you stick with couponing, the more you can lower your budget each month. Couponing really is a learned skill, one that takes time to master.

*For help with learning how to coupon, read my Back to Basics: Couponing series.*

*For help with how to shop CVS, read my Back to Basics: CVS Explained.*

*For help with how to shop Walgreens, read my Back to Basics: Walgreens Explained.*

How'd you do saving at the stores this week? Share your success in a comment!

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