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Friday, May 14, 2010

See How Much I Saved

I've decide to go back to couponing  a lot more.  Frankly we need the savings.  I used to shop with coupons and  combine them with rebates years ago.  After awhile I had so much going on, lots of gardening, we were eatting out a lot.   The economy was thriving and while it would have been nice to save it just wasn't a necessity.  

WELL NOW IT IS NECESSARY!  Most people I know are having a harder time.  Even if they're not broke, they are being a lot more cautious with their spending.  I'm sure there has to be some business' that are thriving such as the Repo guys but since we have commercial rentals we are feeling it.  It's finally trickled down to us.

The top picture is of a shopping trip to 2 stores with 3 separate receipts. 

So I gathered my sale ads, I gathered my coupons and I found several blogs that broke down the best deals.  Did you know you can even print coupons on your printer?  Yep, you can!  I spent way to long doing this.  I felt like my head was going to bust.....but I've done this before so I know it takes time to figure it all out and to get organized.  I know that it does get easier - a lot easier.  I also know that as your cabinets fill up with supplies while they are on sale your weekly or monthly grocery bills start looking smaller and smaller.  So I persevered.

The picture below was my first stop.  I went to Dollar General to get these 4 items.  I paid a total of $1.28.   I saved 5.00 in coupons alone.  The products were on sale.  The Gillette body wash was on sale for $2.00 each and I had a $4.00 coupon off of 2.  The French's mustard was on sale for $1.00 and I had a coupon for .50 cents.  And finally the Band-Aids were on sale for $1.00 and I had a coupon for .50 cents.  Cha-Ching!!!

My next stop was CVS Drug Store.  This is a photo of the 2nd purchase at CVS after I received the Extra Cash Bucks from the 1st CVS purchase.  These were done back to back.  Here's the brake down:
Total paid after sale prices and coupons = $2.40.

Cokes were on sale 88 cents x 5 = $4.40. Purex were B1G1F $6.49, peaches were $1.00 x 2 = $2.00, CVS Baby Powder $3.49. Total after coupons and CVS extra bucks = $2.40.

I didn't take a picture of the first purchase at CVS but the next picture includes both CVS purchases and Dollar General together.  Total of  CVS's 1st receipt after sales and coupons $29.53.  A savings of  $33.67 plus I received 8 separate extra bucks back for the 2nd order.  That is why the 2nd above was so cheap.

The total of the days shopping for the picture below breaks down like this:
$98.41 minus savings of $65.20 = FINAL GRAND TOTAL of $33.21.

Total of 3 receipts and 23 items for same day shop at CVS and Dollar General. 3 Boost 6 pks x $7.99 = $23.97, B1G1F - 2 purex x $6.49 = $12.98, 5 cokes x .88 cents = $4.40, Kotex U Tampons $4.99, Kotex U pads $4.99, Hydro 3 razor $8.99, Right Guard $2.99, Carefree panty liners $1.00, 2 Lindor Truffles (my favorite chcolate by the way) x $2.00 = $4.00, 2 Mentos Gum x .99 cents = $1.98, 2 jars of peaches x 1.00 = $2.00, Band Aids $1.00, French's Mustard $1.00, 2 Gillette Body Wash Hydrator x $2.00 = $4.00 3 receipt total = $98.41 minus savings of $65.20 = FINAL GRAND TOTAL of $33.21.

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  1. You did great, honey!! I wish I was as diligent as you are....

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  3. Way to go! It gets addictive. I know of some really great sites if you'd like to check them out. I might have to check the dollar store for that body wash. My 8 year old son likes the manly bodywash, lol.

  4. You done awesome! WOW at the savings. I am sharing your post with a friend of mine that is new to the coupon world but with the ecomony being what it is she too is trying like we all are, to save money. Thanks for sharing this. Bw blessed. Cindy

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