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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Super Savings Saturday: Last Week of the $20 Challenge!

Today ended the last week of the October $20/weekly grocery budget challenge! Good News! We stuck to it. =) I will be doing a post summarizing and reflecting on October's spending, but for now...Super Savings Saturday for this week! I kept it really simple this week. We already had everything we needed for all of the meals I planned. So, I basically just bought some sale items.

Here's what I bought at Publix this week:

2 Doritos
2 Knox gelatin
1 Quilted Northern toilet paper
2 Quaker granola bars
2 Del Monte canned tomatoes
4 Sundown vitamins (donating)
2 corn on cob
1 can corn
4 Royal Gala apples
2 bags potatoes
2 Ocean Spray cranberry juice
4 Glade soy candles

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $82.16
Total saved from sales: $19.67
Manufacturer coupons used: $28.38
Store/Competitor coupons used: $22.00
Total amount saved: $70.05
Total paid after all sales and coupons: $12.11

*I thought this was a great trip, considering this is the price of 2 bottles of Sundown vitamins by themselves! =)

*I didn't make it to CVS this week (even though I wanted to). I had $12 extra bucks that expired. I'm so mad at myself! I did go to Target, though, and here is what I bought (forgot to take a picture):

2 Hungry Hippos travel games
3 Airwick Freshmatic Ultra i-Motions
1 Degree deodorant for women
1 Degree fine fragrance splash for women

Total paid: $5.09
Total savings: $56.35

*This is also great, considering the travel Hungry Hippos game was $4.99 alone!

***With Publix and Target combined, I spent a total of $17.20 this week! We're under budget for this final week of the challenge!

October Totals:

1st week: $15.69
2nd week: $17.90
3rd week: $23.84
4th week: $17.20

Total spent for month of October: $74.63
Total savings for month of October: $310.75

There ya have it! We stayed under our $20/week budget for the entire month of October! I'm thrilled. Normally, our budget is $50 a week. We only spent $75 for the entire month! We were able to save $125 by doing this! Within the next couple of days, I will tell you a little bit about where that money went, and what we learned from this experiment. Thanks for following along! It's been fun!

New to saving money on groceries? Try this series for helpful information on how to save.

Not sure how to use coupons? Try this post for couponing basics!

Want to start saving at Publix? Check out the Publix Basics post to learn all about it!

What about you? How did you do this week? Share your deals and scenarios below! If you are new to saving money, I invite you to e-mail me with a picture and explanation of a great deal you got, so that I can share it with all of the readers! Go here to see some readers' savings! They all do so great! We're all in this together!!! =)

Want to see how others save as well? Many bloggers join Money Saving Mom in her "Super Savings Saturday" every week! Check it out!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't throw out your expired ecb's I was very sick in the hospital last year some ecb's expired on me. When i got back to shopping the manager honored them you never know until you ask.

October 31, 2009 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I have heard that you can call CVS customer service and they will re-instate expired ECB's. Don't know if it's true or not but it's worth a try!

October 31, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Meagan said...

Thanks for the tips, guys! Appreciate it. =)

October 31, 2009 at 11:06 PM  

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