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I saved over 50% on my groceries this week!

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!
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BAMAROSE 7/6/2013 10:36AM

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JIBBIE49 7/6/2013 8:37AM

    I have five grown children now, so I 've never really bothered with coupons since they were always on convenience items. One man did write recently that he got coupons by going to a motel near where he lived and asking the manager for the coupons from the Sunday papers that the guest got there and the maids tossed in the trash when they cleaned the rooms before noon. He said few people took the coupons with them after reading the Sunday paper.
There are several web sites on line that offer free samples and you can sign up for them.

Only three percent of coupons printed are ever redeemed.

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KKKAREN 7/6/2013 7:32AM

    fantastic!

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MARYJOANNA 7/6/2013 6:04AM

  Congrats to you! Couponing used to be a big thing back in the 80's and there were coupons on a board in stores where youcoul d collect them. There used to be conventions where you could trade coupons, etc. Sorry to say, you have to scrimp and look in newspapers, etc.

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PICKIE98 7/6/2013 5:55AM

    I have been couponing for 34 years. I am not one of the women who come with giant baseball card albums filled.. I buy newspapers, have Kroger loyalty and Walgreens loyalty.. I keep mine in a vinyl check file.

I have been saving a minimum of 60% every week at Kroger, ditto at Walgreens. Kroger here, doubles dollar coupons and you also get fuel rewards for up to $1/gal off! I also stock up, but take my daughter with me for the biggie deals. When there is a limit, we each get the limit, I put my stuff on the Kroger Visa credit card for rewards, put her stuff on my My Points rewards visa for free gift cards to thousands of things.

My average savings is usually about $60-80. two people.. I have basement pantry of metal shelving that DD rotates every other shop.
I have not paid a penny for some of those things like toothpaste, deodorant, TP or ground beef , for years.

You are doing very well on your shopping!!

I had to laugh about your midol and tampon trip!! It has to be the first time since the days of EVE that a period would:
A.Be inspiring
B. Save anybody $$.
C. Score you some perfume!
You are awesome!!!!!

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LADYRH 7/6/2013 5:34AM

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LEANGIRL22 7/6/2013 3:29AM

    Thanks so much for the tips! I will definitely use them!

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