Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Shopping: Got my coupon groove back!

I invite you to link up to your best grocery deals below, to inspire others to save more!

This week, at the Italian Days sale, I got my coupon groove back!

Since completing the Clear out the Cupboards Challenge, where I didn't do any deal shopping for a month, I had gotten back to couponing, but wasn't doing as well as I had hoped.  Though I had found some good deals at CVS and Walgreens for the Drugstore Bootstrap Challenge, the grocery deals just weren't as good.  Since I buy a lot of items at ALDI as well as produce items, my savings percentage never crossed 50% for the week.

But this week, I was able to save 72% for the week!  And yes, I still did more than half of my shopping at ALDI and a local store with good produce prices.

Mostly, it was due to the great sales and coupon combinations at Publix.  I went three times:

Italian Days Trip 1 - spent $10.56, saved $43.58: (click on the link for more details about the trip)

Italian Days Trip 2 - spent $9.04, saved $65.24:

Italian Days Trip 3 - spent $$1.92, saved $10.58:

Besides, I also got some great deals at CVS (spent 16¢, saved $14.26):

And some good stuff at Walgreens (spent $2.07, saved $31.47):

I also made stops at ALDI, Winn-Dixie, and Western Beef this week.  Goodness, I did a lot of shopping.

Overall, this week I spent $59.73 for items which retail for $211.82, or a 72% savings.  (But don't compare percentages!)  Of course, if I compared the ALDI prices to supermarket full prices, it would show a lot more savings. 

For the year (8 weeks), I've spent $474.02 for items which retail for $952.18, and saved $478.16, or a 50% savings. (Yay, first time over 50% for the year!) That's an average of $59.25 spent each week. 

See all my shopping here.

How did your shopping go this week? What bargains did you get? Please leave a link to your blog post about your weekly shopping. The aim is not to brag, but to inspire!  Please link up directly to your post, not to the blog itself. I'd appreciate it if you put a link to Wednesday Weekly Shopping in your post as well. If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment!

For more great shopping deals and trips, please check out the bloggers listed on the left sidebar under Shopping Deals Linkups. There are lots of great ideas on each blog and I'm sure you'll find inspiration for you to save even more!

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Ruth February 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

My goodness, you DID do a lot of shopping this week! I thought about going back several times but I just couldn't seem to find the time. I am truly a creature of schedule and habit! :-) Congrats on getting back into the groove. You did great!

Debi February 25, 2011 at 10:09 AM  

Great job Laura! I wish I could have gone to more stores this week, but it just didn't happen for me. Please come link up at the Bluegrass Savers weekly shopping page.

Coupon Teacher February 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

Very nice trip! I tried out Aldi for produce this week thanks to you! It made for an interesting comparison!

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