I was going to put the results of my last big shop. It was big enough, in fact, that I have only really gone out for milk and bread and a few fruits since...and this shop was on the 17th. I will not go into detail because the 5 receipts have a total of over 170 items. I will give the break down for the money....I will go into detail on the CVS receipts as that is where I made a decent score.
Our first stop is Kroger. (for this and other receipts, I will put the shelf cost (what it should be), my OOP (what I actually spent), the dollar amount of what I saved, and the % of savings.)
I got a total of 52 items. These include: meat, pizza rolls (that I actually got for free), biscuits, jelly, 3 dozen eggs (only Eggland) and some veggies.
Shelf cost: $132.02
OOP : $ 88.95
Saved : $ 42.07
% saved : 32%
Next stop: HEB. Here, I got 42 items including: fresh berries, $20 worth of NY Strip, juice, milk, cheese, and a brisket.
Shelf cost: $118.84
OOP : $ 93.11
Saved : $ 25.73
% saved : 21%
Next stop: Walgreens. I like to use their rebate booklet (though I didn't get anything this month.) You can do the rebates online and load a card....no mailing, no envelope stuffing...and they send an email when your card has been loaded. AND you get an extra 10% for using the gift card. Sweet!
My Walgreens shop included: 4 Lysol products, 4 boxes cereal (Kellogg's Frosted Flakes) and a few other items.
Shelf cost: $62.93
OOP : $33.12
Saved : $29.81
% saved : 47%
Finally, CVS. (Here is where the blog gets long....sorry) I will not put each individual price, for the sake of time.
- 2 Gilette deoderants
- 4 muligrain cheerios
- 2 dole fruit bowls (with 4 little bowls per)
- 5 Kraft Mac/cheese (individual)
- 3 Suave bodywash
- 3 pkgs 8-count paper towels
- 3 pkg 4-count double A batteries
- 2 ponds facial wipes
- 3 Simply Asia noodle bowls
- 1 Colgate toothpaste
- 1 9-roll Charmin TP
- 2 Herbal Essence Shampoo
- 12 cans soup (Campbells select and/or chunky)
- 2 bottles Purex detergent
- 2 bags chex snack mix
- 2 stayfree (24 count)
- 1 crest with scope (2 pack)
Shelf price: $200.46
OOP : $108.39
Saved : $ 92.07
% saved : 45%
AND, I got $19 in Extra Care Bucks...which is a coupon to be used as money at a subsequent CVS shop. Since I wasn't sure about a few items, I checked it out and decided to go back the next day....here is my trip.
- 6 bottles Suave shampoos/conditioners
- 2 Charmin TP (9 roll pks)
- 1 Herbal Essence shampoo
- 2 stayfree (24-cnt)
- 2 stayfree (18-cnt)....LOL I'm set until menopause ;)
- 1 green tea (for me right then)
- 1 Ped Egg for a "spa themed" Pokeno party
OOP : $20.48
Saved : $41.31
% saved : 66%
AND, I earned $11 in ECBs
OK - so for me, it is worth my while.
$25.73.....that is one music lesson (of which we have 12 per month) with a few pennies leftover
$29.81......that is a McDonald's drive through for me and the kids, should we need it
$41.31.......that is almost a tank of gas for the silver FTU
$43.07.......that is a manicure, with with tip, AND a snack on the way home
$92.07........WOW! That is getting my hair done and a pedicure and a Chipotle burrito bowl
Let's break it down more....
I have $600 per 2 weeks for my grocery needs. My shelf total was: $576.04. That is good. I stuck below (not by much) my grocery budget. Who gets ahead that way? I want vacations! I want toys! I want to go play!
SO....for just one shopping period, I took my $600 and ONLY spent $344.05. I saved, for the 2 weeks, $241.99. Assuming I did that for the next 2 week period, that would be a savings of almost $500. My total percent of savings was 42%.
Now, let's be realistic....I get lazy or in a hurry and don't usually save quite that much. So, cutting myself a bit of slack, let's take half that....only $120 for a 2 week period. That is still a savings of almost $250 per month.....are you thinking with me? That is $3,000/year!
Wow....I'm going to start saving for a vacation!