When I quit my job to stay home with my kids we took a pay cut, and I had to start learning to cut back expenses. I started using coupons but never really got into it. Well, when my husband had his wreck, and we went to a fixed income I had to really cut back on expenses. That is when we created a budget and I REALLY started couponing.
Since we get paid once a month, I try to do one big shopping trip at the beginning of the month, and do a few smaller ones throughout the week. My grocery budget is $450 a month for the six of us. That does not include toiletries, cleaning supplies, or anything like that. It's strictly food, so when I go to the store I do seperate my general merchandise order from my food order so that I can keep my budget straight.
I thought I would share with you some of my best deals today.
Sea-Pak Shrimp Poppers $1.58
Used $1 off any Sea-Pak product coupons (the coupon is a peelie that my husband actually spotted)
Bought 12 boxes at $0.58 per box
Snuggle Fabric Softener $1.87
Used $2 off any Snuggle product coupon
Got 3 for free plus an additional $0.39 off the rest of my order
Sure Deodorant $1.89 each
Used $1.50 off any one Men's Sure Deodorant
Got 3 for $0.39 each
Ivory 3 Pack of Soap $1.23
Used $1 off coupon
Got 1 for $0.23
Lipton Smart Soups Chicken Noodle with White Meat Chicken Chunks $1.07
Used $0.50 coupon, which Meijer doubled
Got 1 for $0.07
Meijer - Grocery Order
Number of Items - 126
Total Before Coupons - $199.75
Coupons - $31.29
Total Paid $168.47
Meijer - General Merchandise Order
Number of Items - 32
Total Before Coupons - $63.21
Coupons - $23.75
Total Paid $39.46
Number of Items -51
Total Before Coupons - $91.16
Coupons - $24.10
Total Paid - $67.06
Total Amount of Coupons Used - $79.14
One of my blog related goals for 2010 is to start participating in Works For Me Wednesday which is hosted by We Are That Family. My first few posts will be based around using coupons and saving money. Next Wednesay I plan to show how I organize my coupons, and the following week I will show how I actually plan my grocery trips.
So, does anyone else use coupons?