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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Tonight we set out for our first coupon-using shopping expedition. I claim....SUCCESS! I feel successful anyway. Actually, I feel like I made us $50 in about an hour.

So, basically, I loosely used the guidelines set out by most of the super couponers. And it was definitely a trial run. Here's what we (er, I) did:

1. We made a shopping list of what we needed to buy right now.*
2. I got online and read this week's Homeland ads
--we used Homeland because they offer great weekly sales and double coupons up
to $1
with their shopper card. --Also, Homeland has overlapping circulars and Tuesday is a great day to go because both circulars are valid at the same time.
3. I've been collecting coupons for a few weeks now from our moms (who both get the Sunday paper), so I took what we needed and matched up against things that were on sale and that I had coupons for. Then, after I exhausted those, I tried to match up the rest of the coupons with things we needed.
4. We shopped. Just off our list. Except for fruits and veggies, we didn't buy anything not on sale or without a coupon and we only bought from the list.
5. We got to the register and saw our total...yay!

(*super couponers don't do this...they plan way in advance so they never 'have' to buy things. The theory is that buying on demand doesn't allow you to maximize sales and coupons to get your biggest savings)

Here's an example of how we saved:

A box of Corn Flakes, regular price $3.99

It was on sale with the One Card for 2/$6. But I don't need two huge boxes of Corn Flakes so I just got one, for $3.

BUT, I had a coupon for $1.00 off this box of Corn Flakes. With the One Card, it's a double coupon. So....

$3.99 orginal price
-$.99 on sale with One Card (2/$6)
-$1.00 coupon
-$1.00 double the coupon with One Card.


A total steal.

And basically you do that the entire time. So our grand total savings?

Here's our receipt:

Do you see that? Between our coupons and sale card, we saved $45.36, or 37%! Woo hoo! Not bad for a first run, right? I'm pretty happy. And the sorting coupon prep took maybe 1/2 an hour or so. I did it at the kitchen table while Kevin fed Riley dinner. It didn't even seem like a big deal.

I'm so encouraged by this and so ready to get better at it. Can't wait to see how good we might get at this... I never knew grocery shopping could be fun!


Unknown said...

Teach me. I tried and failed. Sad as that is.