So lately I have become slightly obssessed with coupons. At any given time you might walk into my kitchen to find the table top covered with clipped coupons, sale papers and shopping lists for individual stores. I scour the sale papers for all the local drug stores, compare my coupons to the sales going on and then hop from store to store. With all the reward programs going on and the coupons and sales combined, it's really quite amazing how much money you can save!
I've started keeping a list of where I went shopping, how much I saved on sales and coupons and how much I actually spent. Now I wouldn't have necessarily bought all the things I did if they weren't on sale combined with the coupons, but when I do need that particular product, I already have it, and won't have to go pay full price!
For example, yesterday I went to Publix. Did you know they take competitor coupons? And, you can "stack" coupons, meaning you can have on manufacturer and one store coupon for the same item. So back to my shopping trip. I only bought what was on sale and for 95% of those items I also had coupons. My total trip would have cost $128.28 but with the regular sales I saved $47.58 then my coupons saved me another $33.79 for a total of $81.37 saved! I only paid $46.91 for $128.28 worth of groceries!
I also went to Rite Aid the other day. The regular sales saved me $6, the coupons saved me $26.10 for a total of $32.10 in savings. I spent $19.65 on what would have cost $51.71!
I only wish I had discovered this sooner. There is a coupon class in Savannah they hold about once a month and I'm going to go to it so I can learn even more ways to save money. Do you coupon? I don't think I can ever shop the same way again!
"I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.... I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby." ~Nancie J. Carmody