Let me start by saying this: I am not an extreme couponer. I do not wish to walk into my local grocery store and walk out of there paying $2.00 for $800 worth of food. I do however, want to save on what I need to get for my family. Half is good. Hell in this economy a quarter off is good. So in order to do that I have to cut my coupons.
Every Sunday I get two papers (from the grandmother and her grandson who hold 51st and Keefe down like clockwork) and then I come home, clip coupons, and organize them. I did get a binder, pages covers, and business card holders to store my coupons in; just to keep them organized and at hand (because I have a bad habit of misplacing stuff). I downloaded the table of contents from The Krazy Coupon Lady (which is quite smart) and got to work.
So whenever I go shopping during the week I'll post what I bought, what I was supposed to have spent, what I saved, and what I had in coupons. It'll by my personal public tally.
Sentry Food Store:
- 2 packs of Sargento String Cheese
- 4 containers of Yoplait Greek Yogurt
- Banquet Chicken Nuggets frozen dinner
- 2 Westpac bags of frozen vegetables
- 3 4-packs of Hunt's Snack Pack puddings
- Bounce dryer sheets
- 5 boxes of Scott's kleenex
Price after coupons: $16.45
Coupons total: $9.40
- Airwick Warmer
- Lysol Disinfectant Spray
- Airwick Freshmatic starter kit
- 2 Lysol Complete Clean Toilet Bowl cleaners
- Airwick refill twin pack
Price after coupons: $15.26
Coupons total: $ 8.49
Extra Care Bucks: $10.00
I then turned around and bought:
- Scott Mega Roll paper towels, 10 pk
Price after coupons: $.56
Coupons total: $10.00
In total I spent and saved:
Actual price before coupons: $74.70
Amount after coupons: $32.27
Amount saved: $42.43
Savings of: 43%
Maybe, if time permits, I'll do something a little more in depth and let you know of the best sales in Milwaukee and what coupons you need. But hell I'm having a hard enough time saving my own money. We'll see how that goes...