Friday, August 10, 2007


I bought the above things over the last 2 days from CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. My out of pocket expense was $35.48. I saved $70.19. I have $31.49 coming in rebates or Extra Care Bucks. That's like $3.98 for all in the picture!!! Not bad!

I also went to Publix (the items aren't included in the picture because some are already in our tummies!) spent $24.49 and saved $45.21. The lady behind me couldn't believe it! She went on and on about how much I saved and how many bags were in my buggy! A total of 7 bags! Dory was a little embarrassed that she was being so loud!!

I have been considering trying The Grocery Game! If you aren't familiar with TGG, it is a way of matching coupons with store sales.

Most stores have a sales cycle, generally a 12 week cycle. The inventor of the Grocery Game, Teri Gault, has tracked the sales cycles (and now has a team of folks all over tracking the local stores).They have a database that tells them when an item has hit a rock-bottom price. Some items are on sale at one time but will have an even lower price later on--this is called a "phantom sale." When an item is at it's rock-bottom price, you as a shopper are to stock up, try to buy 12 weeks worth of that item, so that you will have all you need till it hits that rock-bottom price again. They also have a database of coupons that come in the Sunday paper, combine those coupons with those rock-bottom prices and you get AMAZING savings--sometimes you even get stuff for free!!!
The price of the list is generally $10 for one store for 8 weeks, plus an additional $5 for each store after that. BUT....the first month is your trial month and is only $1 for as many store lists as you want!!!!
The list comes out once a week and is really organized. Black items are fairly good prices but not rock-bottom, so if you NEED something that is black, go ahead and get it. Blue items are rock-bottom, so stockpile these items. And Green are items that are free!!
If you want to t
ry the one month trial for only $1 and see what you think! If you feel generous and want to give me credit for the referral, put this email address in For every 3 referrals, I get some free weeks off the list. BUT, I am not telling you about this for the free weeks!!! I'm having a wonderful time saving money and wanted to share it with you!!
Here are a few tips:
1. It may be good to get extra Sunday papers.

2. Find a way to organize the coupons that works for you!

3. Start saving!!!



Anonymous said...

i am totally impressed!! you can start shopping for me!! i don't think i am that organized!! i should with you soon.

Anonymous said...

sorry...last comment was from me! sharon

Susanne said...

Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that it's PARTY TIME over at my blog! Swing by and check it out!!!

Lady Why said...

OK, I'm intrigued! I think I need to give this a try... but maybe when I'm a little less sleep deprived so that I will be successful. I can hardly make a coherent sentence much less be organized and be able to think. This looks like a hobby that requires thinking skills! :-)

I'm also thrilled to see a blog update! Keep up the good work!

Southern Belle said...

I also do this (the Grocery Game). In fact I cancelled my membership, but missed it so much I re-upped. I combine mine also and do We have DOUBLE coupons here for our grocery stores! I also go to Target has an online coupon generator. You can print as many as you want. I printed a ton of .50 off Starkist Tuna. With the tuna being .59/can I got 23 cans for $2.07 at .09 each!! Also glad to see an update! Hope things are well with you guys. Miss you guys.

Qtpies7 said...

Ok, I think I need to figure out the CVS thing, cause that is just crazy awesome!
Thanks for entering my Quelf giveaways!

Homemaker05 said...

Glad you stopped by my blog! I too have been having sooo much fun saving money these last weeks! I just got back from CVS where we spent $4.99 on 40 Diapers and got $50+ worth of other things free! So fun!

bethany said...

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When you order on Etsy let me know in the "notes to
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Deb M. said...


Love your blog. I need you to go shopping for me. :o)

BTW: You won my Fall Y'all Bloggy giveaway for a new blog header. Could you please email me at so that I can get some ideas of what you would like. :o)

Congrats & thanks for playing...
Deb M.

Karla said...

Thanks for visiting my blog last week during the Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway tour. I'll be giving away another book this week, so stop by again for another chance to win!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads

Trista said...

Even though you didn't win, I'd still love to make you a custom header for your blog! And just for entering, all you have to do is contact me, tell me what you are looking for and your ideas, and I'll get started on your header. And to show my appreciation for you entering my contest, you get $5.00 off. That means the header is only $10!!!!!

Lady Why said...

When you get a new blog header that usually means you should start blogging... say more than ,once every four months!!

Dust... cobwebs... they're choking me!!

Southern Belle said...

I agree with Lady why (although very funny indeed), that we need more frequent updates guys! What is going on?