Savings Saturday: My $40 weekly shopping trip

This week I combined all of my purchases into one picture. You can see my coupon match-ups and scenarios for CVS here, Kroger here, Target here, and Walgreens here.

My total out of pocket for everything pictured was $37.91. My total savings was $239.70.

I don’t normally include diapers and vitamins in my weekly grocery budget, but they were all free, so I decided to include them in the picture! I plan to take the $2.09 that I have left and buy 3 boxes of Chex cereal at HEB (it is 3/$5 and I have $3/3 peelie coupons which will make it $2 for 3 boxes!)

CVS: I purchased 3 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C ($11.49/each), 1 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin B-12 ($10.99/each), 2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D ($10.49/each), and 2 packages of Gold Emblem cashews (.99 and .49 because they are buy one, get on 50% off).

The Vitamin B-12 and the Vitamin D were free. I used a $5/20 CVS coupon, 4 $5 Nature’s Bounty coupons, and a $1/2 CVS CRT for Gold Emblem nuts along with my $9 ECB from my previous Nature’s Bounty transaction. I paid $.95 OOP (on a gift card). I received a $9 ECB. My total savings was $66.47.

Kroger: I bought 4 Freschetta pizzas ($3.99/each), 3 Lean Cuisine meals ($1.79/each), Roma tomatoes (.58), 3 bell peppers (.50/each) , 2 cucumbers (.50/each), carrots (.74), baby carrots ($1), 10 lb bag of potatoes ($2.77), 2 packages of El Monterey taquitios ($7.99 – BOGO free), and soy sauce.

I used 4 $1/1 Freschetta coupons, a $1/3 Lean Cuisine coupon, and 2 $1 El Monterey coupons. My total OOP was $31.51. I saved $33.28.

Target: I bought a Mott’s apple juice ($1.79), Oscar Mayer lunch meat ($2.79), 2 Ore Ida french fries ($2.59/each), 2 Market Pantry hashbrown potatoes ($2.69/each).

I used a $1 Mott’s Target printable, a $1 Oscar Mayer Target printable, and a $1.50/2 Ore Ida printable. The Market Pantry potatoes were free (there is a promotion this week where you get a free Market Pantry potatoes with the purchase of Ore Ida potatoes). I paid $6.26 OOP. I saved $17.78.

Walgreens: I purchased 2 Schepp’s milk ($2.19/each), 2 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch ($2/each), 5 packages of Papermate mechanical pencils ($.19/each), 2 packages of Pampers diapers ($10/each), and one Bayer blood glucose monitor ($14.99)

I used the following coupons ($1/1 Schepp’s milk, 2 $1/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch printables, 2 $2 Pampers coupons, Save up to $30 Bayer monitor coupon – deducted $14.99, 2 $8 RRs, 3 $2 RRs). I paid $.14 OOP and saved $122.17. I received a $2 RR (cereal), $3.50 RR (diapers), and $5 RR (monitor).


  1. This is awesome! I'm working hard to get this good! Right now I'm aiming for $350/month grocery budget, which I guess comes out to $87.50 a week.

  2. Melissa, I have decided that you are my hero! 🙂