Monday, June 28, 2010

monday madness...saving $200 on groceries

I often get questions regarding coupons and if it is really worth the time spent to cut coupons, file them...and then remember to use them each week.

While it does take a bit of organization and dedication, I can assure you that it IS worth it!

Each week, I spend about 2 hours on Sunday afternoon going through the ads, clipping, filing, and printing coupons, and making my grocery lists for each store. Then on Monday, I try to hit the stores. I like going on Monday because the stores are still stocked and they usually are less busy.

Here are some of the deals I got today; you tell me if it was worth my 2-hour investment.

Meijer
Spent: $22.45 -- Saved: $117.24


Here are a few of the things I purchased:
  • 6 packs of Huggies wipes (all free)
  • 6 boxes of cereal (nearly free after coupons and $4 off 4 boxes at Meijer)
  • 3 loaves of bread
  • 2 gallons of milk
  • 4 boxes of crackers
  • 2 packages of cookies (free when you "like" Nabisco on Facebook)
  • 5 packages of sausage
  • 5 packages of kraft cheese (all free w/ coupons from Kraft)
  • DiGiorno frozen pizza (free coupon from Kraft)
  • 2 gallons of milk
  • Fruit and veggies (from the discount rack
  • Dishwasher tabs and shower cleaner (all free)

Rite Aid
Spent: $0.88 -- Saved: $29.00


Walgreens
Spent: $1.82 -- Saved $39.83


Target
Spent: $0.43 -- Saved $12.27


Here are the totals after my morning shopping excursion.

TOTAL SPENT: $25.58

TOTAL SAVED: $198.34

I saved myself nearly $200 for a 2-hour investment cutting coupons and making my lists. I don't know about you, but I would say $100/hour is worth the effort!

What about you? Do you use coupons? Do you feel it is worth your time?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kelly A/ Harmon said...

This is fantastic!!

Where do you get such fabulous coupons?

July 2, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Andrea Dekker said...

Thanks Kelly,

I've been doing this all my life, so it's kind-of second nature...but here are a few of the things I do to get great coupons.

- I get the sunday paper (it usually has about 2-4 coupon packets inside)
- I go to store websites for additional coupons (Meijer, Walmart, Target) all have store coupons.
- I subscribe to Kraft, P&G, Kellogg's, Nabisco, websites to get even better deals mailed to my house.
-I follow a few blogs that specialize in getting deals (MoneySavingMom.com and DealSeekingMom.com are 2 great resources)

I hope this helps!

July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

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