Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Couponing & Saving

I have become an avid coupon mama. I don't get a newspaper, but my awesome mom saves all of her coupons for me from both of her Sunday newspapers. She saves them all up for a month and gives a big stack to me at the end of the month, usually. It takes me about an hour (maybe less) to go through them all and clip.

I keep them in an organizer. When I am going to a store...I spend 10 minutes before I get in the car to sort through all of my coupons and pick out the ones that I'm going to use for that trip. I put them in an envelope so I don't have to go through my entire organizer searching for coupons. I don't stray from the coupon items unless there is an odd thing that they don't send coupons out for (like fish food and a DVD player today, for example).  

I thought I'd share my savings & "loot" with you so you all can see how easy it is to get LOTS of groceries for soooo little money.

This is what we got today:
2 bags of No Yolks Noodles
 3 containers of Greek yogurt
 1 half gallon of Silk Very Vanilla
2 boxes of Sea Pak Shrimp Poppers
1 box of Quaker Oat Squares
1 four pack of razor refills
2 boxes of Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea
2 packs of Dannon Danonino kid's yogurt
2 containers of Dean's french onion dip
1 six pack of paper towels
1 pack of Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
1 container of fish food (no coupon)
1 bottle of Gatorade G2
1 Pack of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 DVD player (no coupon)

The DVD player was $29.88

My grand total for ALL of this stuff was (drum roll please) $64.84!!!  Minus the DVD player and we are talking about $34 for all of the grocery items!!!!   Not too shabby.

So, take some time to clip coupons. I never used to do it when I was working...I felt like it wasn't worth my time. It really IS worth the time. If you don't get a Sunday paper, ask your family, friends or neighbors if they use their coupons. I'm sure they'd be happier to hand them over to you rather than throw them in the recycling bin.   I hope this inspires you to go out and SAVE MONEY!

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