One of the most common questions I hear from new couponers is “why aren’t I saving more on food?” The thrill of free toothpaste and deodorant–while still fun–loses a bit of luster the moment we realize we still have to eat.
It is super important, especially at the beginning, not to fall into the trap of unrealistic expectations. Shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing make it seem like there are people out there who never pay more than $5 anytime they go to the grocery store, and that is simply not true. While there are a lot of things that you can get for free, there will always be a lot more things you have to pay for. The best you can do is save what you can, where you can. Any savings is better than none!
That said, as long as you consistently work on shopping the sales & building your stockpile, you will see your food bills continue to drop (until they level out–sorry, but no one ever makes it to zero.) But give it TIME! It can take up to 4 months to build up a really well-varied stockpile.
Since my shopping trip was heavy on food purchases today, I thought I’d make a little video:
And here is what I got:
At Publix I spent $39.15 on $164.69 worth of groceries, a savings of 77%.Grocery Breakdown Scotties Facial Tissues, BOGO @ – $1.25 $1/1 Scotties Facial Tissues Printable (NLA) Final price: FREE + Profit 8 Advil Pain Medicine, 50ct – $4.49 (8) $2/1 Advil Product (Peelie on Product!) (4) $5/2 Advil or Thermacare Product, exp. 8/26/11 (Publix Green Advantage Flyer) Final price: FREE 2 Land O Lakes Pure & Creamy Margarine or Buttery Taste Spread, BOGO @ – $2.67 (2) $0.50/1 Land O Lakes Fresh Buttery Taste Spread printable Final price: $0.83 each 4 Keebler Chips Deluxe or Vienna Fingers Sandwich Cookies, BOGO @ – $3.59 (2) $1/2 Keebler Cookies, exp. 10/2/11 (RP 08/07/11) (1) B3G1 Keebler Cookies Target Printable Final price: $0.65 each 4 Aunt Jemima Waffles, BOGO @ – $2.39 (1) $1/2 Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles or Pancakes @Publix (MQ) exp. 9/30/11 (SS 08/14/11 R) (2) $1/1 Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles or Pancakes printable Final price: $0.44 each 2 Whole Fruit Sorbet, 1 pint, BOGO @ – $2.99 (2) $0.50/1 Whole Fruit Fruit Bars or Sorbet Product(RP 06/26/11) or (RP 07/24/11 R) or(RP 06/26/11) Final price: $0.99 each 1 Capri Sun Beverage Juice Drink Blend, 10ct – $1.79 (1) $0.50/1 Capri Sun Beverage Target printable Final price: $1.29 2 Nature’s Own Butterbread, 20oz, BOGO @ – $2.77 (2) $0.75/1 Nature’s Own Bread Printable (NLA) Final price: $1.38 each 1 Daisy Sour Cream, 16oz – $1.67 4 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat, 7-9oz – $3.33 (1) B3G1 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat Target printable (2) $1/2 Oscar Mayer Product printable (NLA) Final price: $2.00 each 3 Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes, 16- 32 oz @ $3.75 (1) $2/2 Ore Ida Products Target Printable Coupon (1) B2G1 Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes or Onion Rings (Publix Yellow Advantage Flyer) Final price: $1.83 2 Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, 8- 10.8 oz @ – $2.00 (1) $1/2 Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snack, exp. 10/2/11 (RP 08/07/11) Final Price: $1.50 each wyb 2 1-2% Milk, 1 Gallon – $3.79 (1) $1/1 Dairy Item (Publix Baby Club Mailer) Final price: $2.79 1-Large Eggs, 1 Dozen – $1.99 * * *
Altogether, this week I spent $39.81 on $249.42 worth of groceries and office supplies, an average savings of 84% for the week.
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And now it’s your turn! Seeing others’ examples is one of the best ways to learn new couponing strategies, hints, and hot deals. If you have a blog, please link up your coupon savings here. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to share your shopping experiences in a comment below.
P.S. Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win $40 of handcrafted hair accessories from Audry & Ulric. As you can see from the video, the gorgeous flowers are not just for kids. I will pick a winner tomorrow!
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