Shopping Trip – David Saves 73% at Publix

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David’s Shopping Trip

shopping tripAfter you have been couponing for a while, you will begin to “expect” certain things.  For example, I “expect” to save at least 65% every shopping trip.  Does that mean that I am going to?  Absolutely not.  There are plenty of times that I don’t.  However, what I can tell you is that I save at least 65% every single time I spend the few minutes needed to do my planning spreadsheet.  When I don’t plan, I blow my budget.  It’s really that simple.  Here is an average, “run of the mill” shopping trip for our household.  We saved 73% at Publix by shopping the new sales ad and using some great stackable coupons.  Total retail should have been $154.77. We paid $42.44, for a total savings of $112.33.   I will give you the details below.

Here Is What I Bought on My Shopping Trip:

(27) Snack packs of Nabisco Products

(2) Packs of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs

(6) Packs Up2U Gum

(3) Bottles Aveeno Baby Product

(8) Cans Valley Fresh Chicken

(10) Packs Smithfield Bacon

(2) Family Size Pop-Tarts

(4) Quaker Chew Granola Bars


Oops! I Made a Mistake

To some of you, this may seem like a good shopping trip, but even with all of the planning, I made a mistake.  I could have had my out of pocket even lower, but I simply got distracted in the store and didn’t pay attention when I picked up the hot dogs.  I accidentally grabbed a pack of the Black Angus hot dogs (which Oscar Mayer is very proud of by the way) for over $5.00 per pack!  Not good. Not good at all.  So, not only did I not get the advertised deal, but I paid more.  Will I live with myself for the mistake?  Probably.  I could even take them back, get the right thing and get the cash back.  However, it’s not worth driving back to the store at this point.  I was within my tolerance level on my spreadsheet so I didn’t sweat it.

There are several points that I want to get across here.  First, this is a normal trip with things we actually use on a regular basis in our household.  The canned chicken is normally over $3.00 per can.  The bacon has been bumping $7.00 for months now.  Trips like this are how we build our stockpile.  Every single thing in here is a “stockpile quantity” for us.  Yes, we will go through 10 packs of bacon in 12 weeks.  We actually will probably get more.  We have one big breakfast on the weekend, every weekend, so that is 12 packs alone.

Stockpiling for YOUR Needs

David Shopping Trip Stockpile PhotoIf you have been listening to me, you know that I say the average trip is only around 6-10 items.  This one was 8.  This is our first real grocery trip of 2012, so we have started off the year pretty good.  Also, remember to figure out how you will use your overage to your advantage. We got 27 individual Nabisco products in this trip.  I am sure there are people out there thinking “What’s he gonna do with those?  that’s absurd!”  Enter Grayson and Landon.  I have two boys that pack a lunch.  That’s about 2 weeks worth of lunch snacks.  What am I going to do with the other 10 weeks?  27 is about 1/6 of what I need to buy for a stockpile quantity just to cover lunches.  That doesn’t even include what I put my grubby mitts on at the house!

If you are new to couponing, you can do this too!  We still have over $80.00 left in our grocery budget for the month and 2 weeks left to shop. I am confident in our ability to keep our totals at $40.00 each for those trips.  In fact, I know we won’t go over because we are on a cash based budget.  I look forward to being more active in sharing our actual trips this year.  Each of us at The Coupon Wizards has committed to do this.  We also want to see you continue to share!  Let’s face it, we are all nosy and want to see what everyone else is doing!



  1. Thanks for all your tips and help

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with us! Its nice to see what you are spending and putting in your stockpile!! It gives me an idea of where I could be in the future. Thanks again..

  3. hehehe, I like the ‘Nosy’ part, LOL. GREAT JOB shopping and Thank You. I did notice the Hot Dog difference, I just thought you wanted a different flavor, lol. Thank You !!

  4. Elaine Spink says

    Thanks for sharing! It’s so nice to hear that you have a family breakfast every Sunday!! We had a family Sunday dinner, every week when I was growing up. You just don’t hear about about it around here anymore! It is one of the many values, that my parents instilled in me, I am very grateful they did.

  5. David, I order inserts from II, but I didn’t get the smithfield bacon publix coupon so how did you do it? Did you not stack those? I am inportin your “list” with my match up and trying to do this myself 🙂 Thank you for all you do!

    • The Wizard says

      You should have gotten gotten the Publix coupon in the 1/8. There was a whole center section that opened up and the whole thing was Publix coupons. The manufacturer coupon was from 12/4.

  6. Appreciate the Common sense approach to couponing!

  7. pretty good savings..yeahoo

  8. thanks for sharing

  9. 🙁 No Publix here..pouting again…

  10. Wish we had Publix! Thanks for sharing and for the great inspiration!

  11. I want to start coupling at Publix also.Would you please list where the coupons you use or found in future posts. Thank you.

  12. Shanna Hartwell says

    Us?? Nosy?? Never!! hehehehe It’s nice to see that even the Wizard himself makes mistakes sometimes!

  13. So could love your “average” trips!!

  14. desiree dunham says

    Awesome! One day ill be just as good

  15. While I love saving money, it’s worth it to point out that your family is eating hot dogs, snack packs, pop tarts and bacon. Gross! Why cant there ever be any good deals on whole, fresh and unprocessed foods?

  16. Amanda Herren says

    Hi, I am new to all this. I am just learning about using coupons…being able to stack store and manufactor coupons etc. I was wondering I have heard all different numbers you should get and all, how many papers do you get each sunday for the inserts? Do you sell any kind of notebook to keep the coupons organized in? Thats my biggest hurdle right now, trying to get organized with my coupons. Any suggestions on this subject? Thank you so much for all your help and advice and also sharing your trips like this is really helpful. Thanks again, Amanda H.

    • Hi Amanda. Welcome to the world of couponing 🙂 We all generally get 2 papers for every member of the household, including pets. For ex. in my house, it’s me, my husband, 4 cats & 1 dog. I get 10 papers from Insert Insanity ( week. The important thing to remember is even if you don’t see any coupons you care for in some particular week, get the inserts anyway. You just never know when you’ll be able to get some overage on some deal in the future using coupons you didn’t think you needed! As far as keeping coupons organized, if you want to go the binder route, I just picked up a $10 zippered notebook at Target, some baseball card inserts at Staples and some tab dividers and set up my own. That’s the easiest and cheapest way. You don’t have to go spending a ton of money on some system already set up for you. We have a ton of info on the different ways each of we Wizards keep everything organized. Visit the Couponing 101 tab for all kinds of ideas and always feel free to ask any questions 🙂

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