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Michelle's Markdowns: Paid $58 for $116 worth of groceries and goods

WILMINGTON, NC (WSFX) – There are a lot of good deals going on this week, and you can still find plenty of items for less than $2.

It seems the coupon world is abuzz with Lowes Foods since the grocery chain got into the Super Doubles game this week. It's been about a year since Lowes offered Super Doubles and even then, it was just for a couple of days. As many smart shoppers have blogged, there has been a learning curve for both the stores and the shoppers regarding things like electronic couponing and pricing. The sentiment overall seems to be one of gratitude, though many coupon bloggers have written that the deals at Lowes Foods weren't as steep as they normally are at the store's competitors, like Harris Teeter.

We ended up shopping solely at Lowes Foods this week because of the Super Doubles. Since there is a 20 coupon limit, we took two trips, but used about 25 to 30 coupons in all.

We bought about $116 worth of items for about $58. It wasn't our best trip, but that's still nearly half off. And, to us it's worth it since our goal is to save at least 40-percent. Plus, it will be a nice donation to charity in the end.

How'd we do it? All of these items were bought with coupons from previous Sunday papers and some printable coupons.

Here's what we bought:

Alpo dog food, .39-cents: REG .99-cents, on sale for .69. We had a coupon for $1.50 off for 10. It doubled. [.69 x 10 = 6.90 – 1.50 – 1.50 = 3.90/10 = .39-cents per can]

Ricola, FREE: REG $2.15, on sale for 1.50. We had a coupon for .75-cents off. It doubled [1.50 - .75 -.75 = FREE]

Eat. Think. Smile. Bar, FREE: REG 1.69. We had a coupon for $1 off. It doubled. FREE

Eat. Think. Smile. Box of bars, 1.99: REG 3.99. We had a coupon for $1 off that doubled. [ 3.99 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 1.99]

Jergens lotion, 2.19: REG 4.19. We had a coupon for $1 off. It doubled. [4.19 – 1.00 -1.00 = 2.19]

Scope mouthwash, .99-cents: REG 4.89, on sale for 2.99. We had a coupon for $1 off. It doubled. [2.99 – 1.00 – 1.00 = .99-cents]

Gillette body wash, 1.49: REG 4.79, on sale for 3.49. We had a coupon for a $1 off. It doubled. [3.49 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 1.49]

Glade carpet fragrance, .40-cents: REG 2.49, on sale for 1.50. We had a coupon for .55-cents off. It doubled. [1.50 - .55 - .55 = .40]

Kraft homestyle mac and cheese, 1.00: REG 2.65, on sale for 2.00. We had a coupon for $1 off of 2. [2.00 x 2 = 4.00 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 2.00 / 2 = 1.00 each]

Olay body wash, 1.99: REG 4.30, on sale for 3.99. We had a coupon for $1 off. It doubled. [3.99 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 1.99]

Cooked Perfect Meatballs, 1.49: REG 3.49. We had a coupon for $1 off. It doubled [3.49 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 1.49]

Dean's Zesty Bean Dip, $1.00: REG 2.89, on sale 2.50. We had a coupon for .75-cents off. It doubled. [2.50 - .75 - .75 = 1.00]

Alexia All-Natural Mozzarella Sticks, .50-cents: REG 3.59, on sale for 3.00. We had a coupon for $1.25 off. It doubled. [3.00 – 1.25 – 1.25 = .50-cents]

Glade Plug in Refills, .99-cents: REG 5.89, on sale 3.99. We had a coupon for 1.50 off. It doubled. [3.99 – 1.50 – 1.50 = .99-cents]

Smithfield Bacon, 2.39: REG 4.99, on sale 4.39. We had a coupon for $1.00 off. It doubled. [4.39 – 1.00 – 1.00 = 2.39]

6-pk, Yo Crunch yogurt, 1.49: REG 2.99. We had a coupon for .75-cents off. It doubled. [2.99 - .75 - .75 = 1.49]

These deals at Lowes Foods continue until Tuesday, Feb. 14th. They are shared with the best intentions, but if you notice a mistake, please share it with us. We'd also love to hear about your savings.

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