You're right, this is very much a baby blog. That's what I want it to be. So you can just think of these nice little posts about couponing and saving money as an added bonus. Because (1) without couponing we would go without quite a few things and (2) it's just plain fun to save this much money!
Today began the start of a mega sale at Kroger, purchase 10 items and get $5 off. My favorite kind of sale, although it is a big frustrating when you have a cart overflowing with groceries to make sure you stay within multiples of 10, I tend to save the most money during these sales. I drove the distance to the store closest to me that doubles coupons up to $1. Definitely worth the little extra gas and time. I ended up spending $27.98 with a total combined coupon and store savings of $187.71. Not too shabby, eh?
Kroger Trip (Prices listed after mega sale discount):
6 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars - $1.87 used 75/2 coupon to pay only $1.12 per box
4 Kellogg's 8 count poptarts - $1.59 used $1/2 printable coupon to pay only $0.59 per box
(also received a $.50 deposit from Ibotta)
6 Heinz Gravy - $1.29 (not part of the mega sale) used $1/2 coupon to pay just $.29 each
6 Rotel Tomatoes - $.54 - used 50/2 coupon to pay just $.04 each
3 Pepperidge Farm Jingos - $2.19 used $1/1 coupon to pay just $.19 each
6 Jell-o Pudding Mix-Ins - $.99 used 80/2 to pay just $.19 each
(also received a $3.00 catalina off my next shopping order for purchasing these)
6 Quaker Instant Oatmeal - $1.89 used 75/2 coupon to pay just $1.14 per box
3 Oscar Mayer Carving Board Lunchmeat - $2.99 used $1/1 coupon to pay just $.99 per pack
6 Pure Protein Bars - $1.00 (not part of the mega sale) used $1/2 coupon to pay nothing for these.
(also received a $1.50 catalina off my next order for purchasing these)
3 Good n' Natural Bars - $.39 used FREE Good n' Natural coupon to pay nothing for these
3 Activia 4 Pack Yogurt - $1.49 used $1/1 coupon to pay nothing for these
3 Rubbermaid 2 cup containers - $2.21 used $1/1 coupon to pay just $.21 each
6 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage - $1.49 used 75/2 to pay just $.74 each
2 Gerber Graduates 2+ Dips - $2.00 used $1/1 printable coupon to pay nothing for these
2 Gerber Graduates 2+ Meals - $2.00 used $1/1 printable coupon to pay nothing for these
6 Starkist Tuna Pouches - $.88 used 55/2 coupon to pay just $.33 each
3 Colgate Toothpaste - $1.00 (not part of the mega sale) used 75/1 coupon to pay nothing for these
6 Reach Toothbrushes - $.49 used $1/2 coupon to pay nothing for these
6 Reach Floss - $.45 used $1/2 coupon to pay nothing for these
3 Frank's Sweet Chili Sauce - $1.99 used to pay just $.49 each
1 Dial 3 Pack Bar Soap - $2.24 (not part of the mega sale) used $1/1 coupon to pay just $.24
6 Dial Liquid Hand Soap - $1.00 (not part of the mega sale) used $1/3 coupon to pay just $.33 each
2 Wholly Salsa - $1.99 used $1/1 coupon to pay nothing for these
3 French's Yellow Mustard - $.99 used 30/1 coupon to pay $.39 each
1 Johnson's Baby Wash - $2.49 used $1/1 printable coupon to pay $.49
Grand Total of $27.98 and a savings of $187.71
This Kroger store doubles coupons up to the value of $1 with a limit of 3 of each type of coupon. The best time to shop there for food (I'm giving up my secrets here!) is in the afternoon because they get their trucks in around 1pm. Go there any earlier and you'll have a hard time finding anything on the shelves. Remember, if the shelf is empty, ask an employee because a lot of times they will have it sitting in the back!
10 Finish Dishwasher 20 count Tabs - $2.69 (used a raincheck from last weeks sale to get this price) used $2.15/1 to pay just $.54 each
2 Wolf Brand Chili - $.99 used 2 40/1 coupons to pay just $.19 each
4 SuperPretzel Soft Pretzels - $2.56 Buy One Get One Free used 2 50/1 coupons to pay just $.80 each
2 lbs of fresh strawberries - $1.50
1 Gorton's Fish Sticks - $3.99 used 50/1 coupon to pay $2.99
2 Arm and Hammer 75oz Laundry Soap - $4.99 Buy One Get One Free used $1/2 to pay $1.99 each
2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls - $1.67 used 50/1 coupon to pay $.67 each
Grand Total of $21.98 and a Savings of $65.87
Meijer stores double up to 50 cent coupons with a limit of two of the same coupon doubled
And finally, coupon log savings. I've made the decision to log all of my savings for 2013. I've found a good spreadsheet online that I've downloaded and modified slightly to my needs. It's such a great way to see what you are spending and what you've saved! I log every receipt I have into this spreadsheet, whether its a great savings like today, or its everyday groceries like milk, meat, and dog food. It's all there for me to see. The best part about this is that by seeing what I'm spending every month, I can do a better job of getting those totals lower and lower!
January 2013 totals (so far)
Total Retail Value of Everything Purchased: $1,731.76
Total Actually Spent: $460.05
With a Total Savings of: $1,277.25
I found a great simple website that you just enter your receipt info into it, and it keeps a free log of your savings for you! You just make an account and enter your savings every time you go shopping!