Saturday, July 06, 2013
I've been kind of bored this summer, so I decided to try the grocery game. We've all seen those ladies on TV who buy loads of stuff for nearly nothing and as a skeptic, I've always got to try something for myself to see if it's legit! I will admit, there is money to be saved using grocery coupons- I'm just a novice but I saved nearly around 50% on my groceries this week. People argue against couponing, saying that you can buy store-brand for the same price as using coupons for name-brand items or that there aren't any coupons for healthy items. So, I decided to bust those myths on my own.
Here's the break down! I've been collecting manufacturer's coupons from my Sunday paper since May and I also ready all you magazine and save the coupons there and I use printables and subscribe to the blog southernsavers.com Now, there are only four places to shop in my small rural town, so I have to be pretty selective, but here's what I got this week!
1. CVS: I've started buying all of my non-food consumer items (toothpaste, paper products, shampoo, etc.) from CVS because Extra bucks ROCK! Today, I bought a small stockpile of toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouth rinse, chex mix, night time sleep aid and deodorant. Before I scanned my card or handed over my coupons, I was nervous because my total was over $50!! In the end, I got $50 worth of merchandise today at CVS for 22.00+tax AND got back $12.00 in ECB to use next time! Hooray! My ticket said I saved 35.05 on my purchase today!
2. Dollar General: Not a lot of deals here but I got 2 lbs. turkey sausage, (3) packs of jell-o instant pudding, french's mustard and (3) 12 pks of diet coke for around 13.00!! Savings about $8.00
3. Wal-Mart: most people are surprised to hear that I coupon successfully at wal-mart but today my total went from 80.00 to about 50.00! I got a lot of healthy products here, too! There were tons of specials on Butterball turkey products (turkey burgers, turkey links, turkey bacon... etc, etc) I stocked up on any and every Special K product, juice, frozen veggies, dairy products and ice cream for my hubby. :) I was really surprised to save 30.00 here today!
4. My local foodland store doubles manufacturers coupons under 1.00 on tuesdays, so I didn't go there today. :) I usually only buy the products here that come out to be more than 50% off because this is a small, local store, the prices are higher but on double coupon day, I have scored a few free or almost free items! (baking products, chocolate bars, body wash, etc.)
At the end of the day, I saved 73.10 + got $12 in CVS cash to use on almost anything the next time I shop at CVS! My purchases would've cost me 156.87+tax if I hadn't had my coupons today! Anyone can save like this, too! I'm not one of those extreme coupon ladies like on the TV. I am a normal, 26-year old feeding a family of 3 adults who all have unique tastes! I'm the health nut, my dad is the garbage disposal and my husband is the picky eater. I have been saving, on average, 30% and on good days (like today) 50% or more on groceries!
It's actually pretty easy, too. Like I said, I buy 1 newpaper/week (sometimes 2-3 if there are *really* good coupons) I subscribe to ALL YOU magazine and I print my coupons.com/save.com/kellogsfa
milyrewards coupons as they come out (usually once per week/month) you can actually go a step further and use savingsstar/upromise/ibotta/so
mething similar if you have stores with loyalty cards in your area (such as kroger) but that's another realm of couponing that I haven't discovered yet, so let's keep it small, here! Find a good, regional blog (I live in the southeast so I use southernsavers.com) and subscribe to the weekly ad-match ups! It's so easy! CVS even does a lot of ad-matching for you, if you get their weekly circular.
All of this started because I was mad one day, because I had 20 bucks left in my pocket money for the week and I had to spent it all on one box of tampons/ one bottle of midol. LOL. I decided to give coupons a try and the next week bought a stock pile of tampons/pads/midol for the same $20, plus got CVS bucks to spend on something for myself (I bought some perfume!) So, moral of the story: anyone can use coupons! Even people like me, who are total skeptics!