As you know from my recent post, I am really enjoying couponing and the money it is already saving my family. On Sunday night I headed out for my grocery shopping trip and I felt like it was a big success. Prior to shopping I had scanned the local ad, organized my coupons and also searched for coupons online. I basically purchased what was on sale and what I had coupons for. I planned meals and snacks for the week around this and off I went.
I have been going after the kids are settled down for the night and going solo makes my trips much easier and, dare I say, kind of fun! It is sort of empowering to work on saving for my family. When I got to the checkout I was more than a little excited to see my $184 bill whittle down to $86. In that $86 I had not only all my food for the week (except for milk which we go through at a staggering pace!) but extras to squirrel away for later. I am not sure I like the term stockpile but I am definitely working on a little stash. My hope is, by stashing away extras, I can eliminate one whole shopping trip per week. More money saved! Here is a little bit of what I picked up on my shopping trip...
2 boxes of Raisin Bran- .59 each!! (on sale plus used coupons)
2 boxes of Frosted Flakes-.99 each!! (on sale plus used coupons)
4 boxes Ronzoni Garden Pasta- FREE (on sale plus used coupons)
2 boxes of Ritz Crackers-FREE (on sale plus used coupons)
2 boxes of blueberries-$4.99 (buy one get one free)
2 loaves of bread-$3.89 (buy one get one free)
2 1/2 gallons of Swiss Iced Tea-.29 each (on sale plus coupons)
Buy 4 of Edys, Skinny Cow, Haagen Das or Nestle Ice Cream get $4 off your next order! I did this one twice!! I had a ton of coupons for these brands and Edy's was buy one get one free so I could not pass up this deal. When all was said and done I had 3 cartons of ice cream and 5 boxes of ice cream novelties for just under $20 plus I got $8 off my next trip! So, in a nutshell, this was $12 for enough ice cream to last us the better part of the summer.
My grocery store also had a Kraft deal going on that gave me an automatic $5 off when I spent $20 in Kraft purchases. I was easily able to meet the $20 here with things I normally buy plus I had coupons for the items.
I think you can see where I am going with this! My family will easily go through those things in the next month or so and by the time I run out, these items (or similar ones) will be on sale. A little extra time really pays off.
Some tips that have worked for me? I shop at Shaws which doubles coupons...this really pays off when you use coupons and definitely makes them the cheapest shopping in my area. I also shop solo which helps me to concentrate on the deals and eliminate at least some impulse buys. USE COUPONS!
Here are a few gems I found this week that paid off for me. I hope you can use them too!
Like Ronzoni on Facebook for a $1 off coupon
Sign up for the Kellogs Newsletter (this is where I got my great cereal deals!!) for montly printable coupons
Like Nestle Drumsticks on Facebook for a $1 off coupon
Like Aunt Jemima on Facebook for a printable coupon
There are many, many more and I will share with you what I find when time allows. For me it is all about shopping the sales and matching up the coupons. I am really enjoying your tips as well so please keep them coming too! Also, if you have any questions about exactly how I am matching up for deals etc...please ask away.
Stay tuned for my CVS trek later this week...