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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Publix trip 12/29 and yearly totals

I made my last trip to Publix for 2010 on 12/29. Here is what I purchased:
1 avacado, $1.69, used free IP coupon
2 healthy choice steamers, $3.39 ea, used 1 free mq (facebook) and 1 $1.00 mq
4 tgif snacks ( saving for superbowl), bogo $2.95, used 4 $2.00 mq from all the trimmings booklet = $2.10 money maker
1 yo plus yogurt $2.00, used .50 mq = $1.50
2 bag salad, bogo $3.69 = $1.85 ea
1 bag dried plums/prunes $3.79 (thought the price was $2.79) used $1 mq = $2.79
6 international delight creamers, $1.50 ea, used 5 $1.00 mq blinkies = .50 cents ea
1  lg pudding, not on sale $1.39
2 coast soap, bogo $2.15, used 2 $1.00 IP = .15 cents
2 gatorade recover $2.00, used 2 $1.00 mq blinkie and 2 $1.00 PQ from yellow flyer = free
6 clorox wipes, $2.00 ea, used 6 $2.00 pq from all the trimming booklet = free
2 arnold rolls (sub and wheat buns) bogo $3.19, used .75 mq = $1.22 ea.
I spent $15.64, saved $63.81 or 79%

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This year I just about cut my shopping cost in half and have so much more to show for my money. This is my first year couponing so I don't have a very accurate record from last year but I do know it was more than $6,000. I didn't start writing things down this year until May but I was on a $300 a month budget so I will figure the totals from that.
I spent $3,829
Saved $8,122 or 68%
This total includes everything that comes out of Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Winn Dixie. Groceries, toiletries, pet food, health and beauty items, etc.
That averages to  $319 a month. I am very pleased with this number even though it is just a little over budget. When I started to coupon I did not have any stock so I spent a little more than I normally would do build this up. I also went a little over board on the holiday meals and we had some family stay with us for an extended period of time throughout the year that added to the food totals. I was able to give away so many products to friends, family and neighbors. I even loaded the car up with extras and donated them to the local food pantry.

For 2011 my goal is to try and see if I can get our cost down to $200 a month or lower, now that my stock pile is full! In 2010 I had fun couponing and tried all sorts of products that I would not normally try because they were either free or very cheap. Now that I have tried just about every thing in the store (lol) I now know what we like and what we don't. I am going to try and eat a little healthier this year, not so many boxed or canned items!

How did you do this year???

1 comment:

  1. Hey Missy,

    Lets not forget your generousity. You gave lots of cans to the food bank. You really healped out family and neighbors with Bags of stuff. Had you kept all that, it was yours to keep, you would not be buying more this year. However your heart is big and you are storing up treasure in heaven. Its been great fun to share in your shopping. I have learned a lot. Sometimes I spend too much, but I also will be getting smaller this year, as we have a new added expense.. car payment this year. congrats on paying yours off.

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