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Weekly Totals: 55% Savings With Meat, Organic Produce and Organic Dairy!

October 14, 2011

This has been such a great week and thankfully not as crazy as last week.  I came dangerously close to running out of diapers (yikes!) and didn’t see any diaper deals this week that I thought were great, so I decided to go with some of the Target brand diapers.  I’ve only bought them once before when Little Bug was probably just a few months old, because since then I’ve always found better deals on Huggies or Pampers with my coupons.  I remembered liking them though, and I know many moms who love them too, so I used a $1 off coupon to save at least a little bit.  When I need to buy something at Target I try to take advantage of whatever free deals are going on, so I grabbed some freebie/cheapie travel size items and free makeup.  Then I headed to Publix for our groceries.  We had some produce leftover from last week’s bag with The Neighborhood Garden and some other frozen organic veggies to utilize, so I skipped getting a bag of produce this week and just bought some extra produce we needed, to add to what we already had on hand.  It felt like I didn’t have many coupons, compared to most weeks, but I still managed to save over 50% while buying meat and several organic produce and dairy items.  I love it when that happens.  :)

Here’s what I bought:

The run-down:

Target

  • Up & Up (Target brand) diapers (we were so low on diapers that I had to open the box right when I got home, ha!)
  • 2 travel size St. Ives Facial Scrubs
  • 4 travel size Aquafresh toothpaste
  • 3 Covergirl blush
  • 1 Covergirl bronzer

Total before sales and coupons: $44.52

Total after sales and coupons: $22.02

Percentage saved: 51%

Publix

  • 4 Athenos Feta cheese (hiding behind the deoderant)
  • 1 Food for Life sprouted grain tortillas
  • 2 Yobaby organic yogurt 4-packs
  • 3 Voskos Greek yogurt
  • 1 Publix sliced cheddar
  • 1.24 lbs top sirloin steak
  • 1 Publix brand Hummus
  • 5 oz. bag Greenwise organic baby spinach
  • 1 lb bag Greenwise organic baby carrots
  • 3 lb bag organic Gala apples
  • 6 Dove deoderant (moneymaker)
  • 3 Airwick candles (moneymaker)

Items not pictured:

I ran into Publix for a few other things earlier in the week.  No coupons were used for these items and the cost is included in my totals below.
  • 1 gallon Greenwise organic whole milk
  • 1 large organic tomato
  • big bunch of organic bananas

 

WEEKLY TOTALS

Total before sales and coupons: $139.37

Total after sales and coupons: $62.23

Percentage saved: 55%

Tip of the week:  Stay open-minded about brands and products you wouldn’t normally try, including generic store brands and “cheaper” brands.  I’ve never had a problem with buying store-brand items to save a little – even before I began couponing – but so many people dismiss the store brands with the idea that they are poor quality.  Once in a while you might find a dud (I’ve never found a diet soda that tastes like Diet Coke, although I’m trying to give it up so I’m not looking either), but usually you will get the same quality item for much cheaper.  The Target diapers really are great.  I will say that I don’t like the cheap Wal-Mart diapers and Publix store-brand diapers (gasp!).  I tried them both in the beginning of buying diapers and both were way too stiff and scratchy.  Here is a bonus diaper tip that I’ve passed on to quite a few mommy friends: Luvs and Pampers are both made by Procter & Gamble and Luvs diapers are identical to the Pampers “Baby Dry” variety.  Seriously, they are exactly the same.  The Luvs are just purple and the Pampers are a teal-ish color, and they have different cartoon images but if you put them side-by-side they are the.exact.same.diaper.  Who cares if Luvs don’t have Elmo and Big Bird on them?  The Luvs are not the same as Pampers’ Cruisers but when I buy Pampers I prefer Baby Dry over Cruisers anyways, so it’s no biggie to me.  So there you have it.

- Cilla

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  1. Teresa permalink
    October 14, 2011 6:44 pm

    Target diapers are my 2nd favorite. I really love Fisher Price diapers. I especially love that they have night-time diapers – only kind that doesn’t leak on us at night. We just signed up for subscribe and save for them on Amazon, and saved 30% total on them (15% for subscribing and 15% for being part of Amazon Mom). Add in the free shipping and the fact I don’t have to remember to buy diapers, and that makes me a very happy mom!

    • October 14, 2011 9:58 pm

      I haven’t tried the Fisher-Price ones although I’ve seen a good deal on them a couple of times. I have used Amazon Mom before for diapers and think it’s a great program, although I’ve always canceled the Subscribe and Save option after the order is complete since I’ve only bought diapers there when they had a special sale price. One time I got the biggest size box of Luvs (I think around 200 diapers) for .36. No kidding. That was the BEST diaper deal I’ve ever had – I was practically giddy, haha – but it was the perfect storm of coupon codes that I was able to combine with Amazon Mom and Subscribe and Save. It’s definitely a great program to ensure that you don’t ever run out of diapers! :)

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