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EXTREME SAVINGS: Publix Paid Me To Shop – Saved $206.72 – Extreme Couponing @ 100% Savings.

How Fun!  Saving 100% at Publix.

I knew that I had lots of high value coupons today.  But I never pre-tax total to be minus 82¢.  My plan was to use up some of my favorite coupons that were expiring 10/31/11.  Funny thing is I had in my pocket 4 Winn-Dixie coupons that I didn’t even get to use for $5 off $30 from a charity drive booklet I purchased).  They are good until the end of 2012.  I’m sure they won’t live to see 2012, though. 

From My Publix Register Receipt Today:  

“Your Savings at Publix $206.72”

Order Total     -$0.82
Sales Tax           $5.20
Grand Total      $4.38

My sales receipt was over 2 feet long. 


  • 1 Gallon Publix Organic Milk (no coupon)
  • 1 Kraft Big Slices Swiss Cheese. (50¢ printable)
  • 1/2 Pound Boar’s Head EverRoast Chicken Breast from Deli ($1 off Publix coupon)
  • 2 Arnold’s Sandwich Rounds (BOGO, no coupons)
  • 1 Pkg. Publix Split Chicken Breasts (no coupons)
  • 2 Boxes Publix Raisins (no coupons)
  • 2 Boxes Frozen Mussels (BOGO, no coupons)
  • 2 Half Gallons Tropicana Light Lemonade (BOGO, no coupons)
  • 2 Boxes Wheat Thins (2 printable mfr, 2 Publix coupons)
  • 2 Giant-Sized Bags of Kit Kats, 22 oz each. (BOGO, 1 printable Target printables)
  • 6 Sundown Vitamin Supplements (6 Publix coupons, 6 mfr coupons)
  • 3 Crest Toothpastes (3 mfr coupons, 3 Publix coupons)
  • 3 Oral-B Toothbrushes (2 mfr coupons, 3 Publix coupons)
  • 2 64 oz. Apple and Eve Juices (2 mfr coupons)
  • 2 12-Double Roll Angel Soft Toilet Tissue (2 mfr coupons, 2 Target printables)
  • 2 Hefty Zipper Freezer Bags (BOGO, 1 mfr coupon)
  • 24 Cover Girl Cosmetics (12 mfr coupons, 12 Target coupons)
  • 2 Boxes Publix Baby Wipes, 80 ct. (1 Publix coupon)

Extreme Savings: $267.30 Worth Publix Groceries for $90.01 – 66% Savings

Extreme Savings – No Shelf Clearing – Far From It

I went mini-stockpiling yesterdy at Publix and did quite well, me thinks (and we don’t even have double coupons in Florida).

These are the items for pantry:

  • 4 Kashi TLC Pita Crisps, $1 each (already had 2 at home)
  • 8 Fiber One Cereal, variety, 12.5 cents each (already had 4 other cereals at home)
  • 6 Frozen Gardens Litse vegetable souffle, variety, $1 each
  • 1 Stouffer’s Healthy Harvest Mac & Cheese, family size, 92 cents each (had several at home)
  • 10 Ragu Pasta Sauce, 1.03 each (had 5 jars at home – other brands)
  • 5 Mueller’s pasta, variety, All Free
  • 6 Snackwell’s snacks, cookies, popcorn, variety 84.5 cents each

ALL For $15.02

Plus, while picking up a prescrip at Publix, I bought:

  • 12 Sundown Vitamins, 120+ ea bottle, variety, $1.75 each

ALL FOR $21.38

I bought a bunch of other goodies that get used up quickly like organics, juices, produce dairy, deli, bakery, etc.  Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to safely and efficiently stockpile those items so that they are still tasty later.

All in all, the merchandise’s value is $267.30 and I paid $90.01 = 66% savings

Lots of yummy stuff.  Mmmmmmmmm.

Share your stockpiling and your extreme savings with us here.  I’m happy to share any details about the coupons used here in this mini extreme couponing adventure.



Publix – Save 56% – 75% Using This List & Coupons – Kashi, Voskos, Boar’s Head, Fresh Produce, Odwalla, Sundown, More

Slashed More Than Half of Grocery Bill

56% Off Lots of Good & Healthy Stuff (well there’s 1 M & C)

We are pretty well stocked up at home this week, so this was a smaller shopping trip with the real purpose of picking up roast beef and turkey for deli sandwiches.

  • 4 Chock Full of Nuts coffee 
  • 1 Odwalla Superfood Juice, 64 oz
  • 2 Kashi TLC Pita Chips
  • Head lettuce
  • Bag of grapes, 2+ pounds
  • Bunch of bananas, just under 2 pounds
  • 1 Stouffer’s Healthy Harvest family size entree 
  • 2 Voskos Greek yogurt $1.00
  • Boar’s Head Top Round roast beef, 1/2+ pound
  • 1 Hormel Naturals – Nitrate-Free Smoked Turkey
  • 1 Sundown vitamins – A
  • 1 Sundown vitamins – D3 

Total Value =  67.89

Total Paid = 30.13

Total Saved $37.76  =  56%

Coupons Used —  View Here

Save 75%
Could I have done better?  Of course.  Had I shopped more like the extreme coupon users seen on TV, I would not have bought the fresher items like lettuce, grapes, bananas, roast beef, turkey and Odwalla.  That would have made my total savings 75% (11.37 paid, 44.77 value, 33.40 saved).  But, alas, man & woman cannot live on free Sundown Vitamins alone.

CVS – 85% Savings This Trip – Hershey’s ECB Deal is My Favorite of the Day

Extreme Savings Day

Paid $6.11 — Value $41.21 — Saved 85%
Started with -0- ECB — Finished with $1.98 ECB

3 Simple Transactions – View Here 

  • ThermaCare
  • Bumble Bee
  • Homedics
  • Excedrin

Extreme Couponing (but polite): $424.19 Saved (72%) at CVS, Walgreen’s, Publix, Pier 1 This Week

 …And didn’t clear any shelves, or even come close.

See “What I Learned From This Week’s Shopping” , click here

This Week *:
$582.39  Products Regular Cost

$158.20  Total Amount Paid (+7 of last week’s CVS ExtraCare bucks and rolled any new ones in to the transactions) 
$424.19   Total Savings

+++$41.25 still left in new Publix gift cards

*(Gift cards are newly obtained from this week’s promotions, but will count the gift cards in future shopping trips’ savings, instead of this week.  I included 2 McDonald’s BOGO Smoothies deals in the above figures.)


  • got $20 Rhapsody MP3 downloads in Schick razor packages
  • 1% cash back on credit card
  • getting swag bucks for some of the coupons used (which will go toward free gift cards).  get your no obligation swag bucks, no credit card or money required.

And some details:

  • freezer is LOADED with food (Kashi, Cascadian Farms, Morningstar Farms, Stouffers, seafood, more)
  • refrigerator is filled to the brim (produce, juice, dairy, deli, etc.)
  • and i won’t be needing toothpaste for at least 2 years
  • and i won’t be needing shampoo for a least 2 years
  • and i won’t be needing hair styling products for at least 2 years
  • and i won’t be needing razors for a year
  • and i won’t be needing cereal (hot or cold) for around 4 months
  • and i won’t be needing frozen entrees (Kashi, Morningstar Farms, Stouffer’s, etc.) for a couple of months
  • and i won’t be needing bagels for a couple of months
  • and i won’t be needing granola bars for a month or two
  • and i won’t be needing almond milk for a few weeks
    grocery shopping for the next month will just be for fresh items – produce, dairy, juices, fish, poultry, meat (although don’t eat much of last 3).

Virgin Coupon Shop Saves Me $125.

Yipeeeeeeeeeeee.   I saved $125+ off my first extreme coupon shopping.  I went to Publix, the nice local chain supermarket about a mile away.  They don’t double, but they do accept one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon (either theirs or Target’s or Winn-Dixie’s).  I planned this out as precisely as an average newbie that did a fair amount of research, clipping, printing, and list preparing.

I purchased $246+ worth of items, and I owed them $121+ at the end.  I am learning as I go and reading the blogs.  My goal for the next coupon shop is to increase the number of good deals that will reduce the cost of produce, organic dairy, other organic products, and meats/fish/poultry.  That seems to be where the bulk of my cash went.  We prefer to eat a variety of foods, including many fresh and organic items.  So I passed on many many free and low cost deals I could have had for things we don’t eat such as highly processed foods, foods with chemical preservatives, high calorie-low nutritional value foods, etc.  We welcome generic brands, new brands, and trying new products as often as possible, as long as they are nutritious and reasonably priced.