Friday, May 6, 2011

A penny saved...

Now, I am not one to brag...but am one for crazy-ass reality TV shows about people using little pieces of paper to buy food. So, after watching the following...

I took to the newspapers, and cut me some brightly colored "paper money." I am not going to say that it was the most fun I have ever had, nor will I say I feel like this is my new hobby. However, the results were pretty dang good.

After sitting down with our local ads, making a list, matching-up my coupons to sale items...we were in the car. We went to Kings, Albertson's, and Safeway...which was A LOT. However, the pay-off was great. Our winnings:

Total for groceries: $147.56
I paid: $43.13       Savings: 69%
Best Deal: 6 boxes of name brand cereal for $!

Here is what I learned:
  1. Couponing is great...but I wouldn't do it for every grocery run. 
    • It is time consuming and you feel a little crazy. I am planning on doing it once or twice a month for a big haul of things we always use. 
  2. You can still eat fresh and organically
    • We eat a lot of fresh fruits/veggies and do our best to eat as organically as possible. That said, Pop Tarts (although tasty) are not always high on my list. So I wondered, can you still coupon for organic products? Answer: Yes. Here is the best site I found with printable coupons for organics:
  3. Planning is key
    • Take the time to really sit down and survey what you need, where to get it, and who has the best deals. I did find that all three of the above doubled coupons up to a $1 coupons less than a dollar were doubled up to a $1 off discount. Bonus. 
  4. Only buy what you need.
    • I do not have a why would ANYONE buy cat litter if they do not have a cat? Even if it is free. Seriously...who needs 450 tubes of toothpaste. Give it to a food bank, folks.
For my next trick, an all-natural/all organic couponing run...

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