Alright, so for the past week I have been researching and writing about how we can all save money with coupons. Well, today I decided to put my newfound knowledge to the test just to see how much I could save. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was…and I did save money! Here’s my results and what I did to get there.
I know you can’t really tell with the way I have the cereal boxes, but there are a total of six cereal boxes there (two of each type of cereal). Okay, so here’s the “skinny” on my savings today. I purchased a total of 15 items (16 if you count the $1.00 March of Dimes donation) at Kmart. My grand total was $31.79, but with my coupons I saved a total of $36.29!! I’m pretty excited about this because I actually saved more than I spent!
All I did was follow the advice I have shared with you over the past week. Since I didn’t get last week’s Sunday paper, I went online and printed off manufacturer coupons for the things my family uses. That took a little time – visiting the various coupon websites and clicking the coupons I wanted, printing them and then clipping them. This step was probably the most time consuming for me.
Next, I went to Walgreens and Kmart and picked up copies of their weekly fliers as I had decided early on that I didn’t want to start off my coupon shopping at Wal-Mart. I then came home and browsed the weekly specials. Since I’m not a member of the Walgreens reward program yet, I decided to go with Kmart.
All of the items I bought were already on sale (except the Suave body wash…that was just something I needed and didn’t have a coupon for…it was $1.99). The toothpaste was on sale 2/$6 and I had two $1.00/1 coupons making the actual price 2/$4. The cereal was on sale 2/$4 and I had two $1.00/3 coupons bringing the total price for the cereal $10 ($1.67 per box). The Fruit Rollups were on sale 2/$4 and I had two .75/1 coupons, making that total $2.50 for both boxes. The shampoo was on sale Buy 1 Get 1 50% off and I had a $2.00/2 coupon, dropping the price to $6.00 for both bottles. Finally, my greatest savings was on the women’s razors. Those Schick razors were $12.99 a pack, but were on sale for Buy 1 Get 1 Free…I had a coupon for $6.00/2 boxes – making my total $6.99 for both boxes!
Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about my savings today. I know it isn’t as great as some, but considering it was my first time and I saved more than I spent, I’m pretty excited.