So, I’ve been very neglectful of a couple of my SAHM duties.
My personal philosophy is that if I’m not working that part of my “job” is to save money where and when I can. I don’t pay retail! I’ve still been fairly successful at bargain shopping for most things, but I’d definitely not taken care of the groceries. And, our pantry and fridge were showing signs of the neglect. Never before have I had empty shelf space on the door. And my can collection was looking pitiful.
So, today I did my job. I got out the coupons. I had several weeks worth and I somewhat figured out when each of the papers came. And I went to town.
Here’s my success by the numbers:
- CVS, my total before discounts was $151.33 , total after discounts and coupons was $84.75.. for a total savings of $67.59 or 44% off (and for those of you who know CVS, I have $47 in extra care bucks for my trrip next week)
- At Fry’s (our local version of Kroger) my total before discounts was $204.66, total after discounts and coupons was $98.58… for a total savings of $106.08 or 53% off
I wish I could say that I did this on my own without any help, and I guess I *could*. But, that would be a lie! I use thegrocerygame.com. It does the hard work for me. It tells me where to find the coupons and when to buy items. I love this site. I’ve been using it for almost a year now and I don’t think that I’ll go back. It does cost, but it’s not much, under $1 a week for each store that I use (I use CVS & Fry’s, but there are a bunch of other stores you can pick from). If you’re interested, you can do a free trial. Also, if you tell them that I referred you, I can work my way towards earning free months (plug, plug, plug).