Saturday Savings Roundup: March 9-15

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 3/15/2009 07:59:00 PM | | 4 comments »

I'm linking up late -- oh, so very late -- to the mega-savings weekly linkup over at Money Saving Mom; go visit Super Savings Saturday and skim the links for new blogs to follow!

Well, it's Sunday now, not Saturday, but I wanted to share my weekly savings with you (and note them for myself) nonetheless; here goes!

Weekly Totals, March 9-15

My big Kroger trip:

Spent: $63.24
Saved: $71.60, or 53%

If you didn't get a chance to visit the links on my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post, give them a looksee; there are some seriously savvy Kroger shoppers out there reporting their deals. Go check out their blogs to help you better maximize your savings when you go Krogering!

I also swung through Kroger two (!) extra times this week; sheesh, I'm bad. I picked up groceries for my new weekly feature, Double Duty Dinners (I cooked {2} freezer dinners for less than $5 each; go read my Double Duty Dinners post to see how I did it).

The cost of those groceries: $8.95. And I made a quick post-school stop for a little treat for my kiddos (donuts from the bakery - yum); cost for that trip: $2.80.

Total Kroger Spending: $74.99

I spent a few bucks somewhere besides Kroger this week...look what I found in my mailbox:

Oh yes, the day finally came; we have a brand-spanking new Target just a short hop down the road from me. I had a hunch that there would be a nice fat envelope of coupons to entice us locals into the store for the grand opening and I wasn't disappointed.

Here's what I got last week at Target:

Spent: $22.77
Saved: $17.46, or 43%

I did well enough but I'm sure I could have come in a bit lower if I'd been paying more attention to doing math in my head rather than walking around all ga-ga at seeing the new store; it's nice. Even the carts are nice; I like little details like that.

Our new Target isn't a Super Target so it has zero produce; I'll keep an eye on the deals and coupons and I'm sure I'll pop in there once or twice a month to grab the best ones. Other than that, I'm sure I'll still be spending the majority of my grocery dollars at Kroger (I love you, Big K -- really; Target meant nothing to me!).

Weekly Totals

Spent: $97.76
Saved: $89.06, or 47%

I'm over my budget of $90/week again; however, I spent $8.95 on groceries to prepare and cook {2) freezer meals that we'll be having for dinner this week, meaning I've got less planning to do for my weekly menu. And the 10 Item Mega Event is still a-rockin' and a-rollin' at Kroger this week; I'm hoping that some serious couponing will bring me in at or under my $360 budget challenge for the month.

We'll see... ;-)

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  1. Anonymous // March 16, 2009 9:35 AM  

    Thanks to your handy matchup print out, I got amazing savings during the 10 item mega event last week. I just had to share that I got:

    3 boxes Fiber One bars
    2 pkgs of Sargento cheese
    2 Colgate toothbrushes
    2 pkgs Quaker Quakes
    1 box Betty Crocker potatoes

    for a grand total of $3.69 or 87%savings! Woo hoo! Thanks again!

  2. Marianne Thomas // March 16, 2009 9:38 AM  

    Anon: That's GREAT!!

    I''m glad you found the printable matchup to be handy -- my hope is that my readers will print it and take it with them to the store or use it to sort their coupons.

    I'm glad it worked well for you!!


  3. Anonymous // March 17, 2009 3:14 PM  

    It works great--and I made my own notes on the side and was completely organized. Thank you for getting me away from Wal-Mart and back to Kroger! Your site absolutely has the best Kroger info out there.....your hard work is appreciated! Mindy in So. Indiana

  4. Marianne Thomas // March 17, 2009 7:24 PM  

    Mindy in So. Indiana: Thank you so much!