Saturday, February 2, 2008

I Love Couponing!

Well it's Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom, and I thought I would join in on the fun.

To be honest, this is a bitter sweet post for me. I am a CVS newbie, and CVS was a bust for me again this week. I need to learn to be better at this. I probably would have done okay with stacking coupons, but after reading Crystal's take on this, I realized it's probably not the best thing to do. So I got three things at CVS, paid 5$ in ECB's, $1.43 oop, and got a measley 1$ ECB back. I may try again tonight at a different CVS, or maybe I'll just wait until next week.
That was the bitter part. The sweet part: My Kroger trip today. I got $118.07 worth of groceries and only paid $67.04. Now this may not seem great, but when I started couponing, I said my goal was to be saving more than I spent, and at 43% today, I am getting closer. I saved $16.40 in coupons and $32.23 in store savings for a total savings of $51.03. I'm pretty proud of myself!
I won't bore you with the details, but I will share some highlights!

These were probably the best. The Dove Conditioner was clearanced to $2.21, and I had a $2 off coupon: $.21!!!!

The Kids L'Oreal shampoo was clearanced to $1.61, I had a $1 off coupon: $.61!!!!

Clorox Green Works was 2/5$. I had 2 $1 off coupons making them 2/3$ or $1.50 each!Post and Quaker cereals were $1.99. I had a $1 off 2 Post cereals making them $1.50 each, and I had a $1 off Cinamon Life, $1!!!! So 3 boxes of cereal for $4. Not too terrible.The Simple Harvest were on sale 2/5$. I had 3 $1 off coupons. Making them $1.50 each!The Oregon Chai I had no coupons for, but they were clearanced to $2, and I loooooove them. Treat for me!!

The Dole Parfaits were on sale 3/5$ or $1.67 each. I had two $.50 coupons which Kroger doubles to $1. $.67 each!!

The Rice a Roni were on sale for $1.07. I had 2 $.50 off coupons, again, Kroger doubles to $1. $.07 per box.

I think I am begining to get a hang of this couponing thing!

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

It just takes time to get the hang of it. As for CVS, make it your goal each week to build your ECBs some. It is a gradual process, but since I started in Sept with earning a $5 ECB and am now rolling almost $40 each week. It does take a lot of brain power at first I found, but it is worth it in the end! good luck!

Ginny said...

I haven't had much success with CVS. For one, I can't remember to go each week & two I never seem to use most of the things that people are buying. I keep meaning to look into more, but just never can find the time. I used to work in the pharmacy there though & I know you can get great deals.

jessicasheets.com said...

Oh, how I miss Kroger! Wisconsin has none--how wrong is that!?! In Warsaw, I saved all the time, especially with their 10 for $10 sales and coupons. Plus, my dad works for a Kroger supply company so his family discount card got us 10% off any Kroger item, sale or no sale. I saved so much this way, though I have yet to save more than I've spent on a real (for two weeks) grocery trip. I found I bought things we didn't use, so that made me re-prioritize why I was buying what I was buying unless it ended up being free.:-)

Keep sharing the tips and deals.