Friday, February 27, 2009

I Love Saving Money!

Guess how much I spent?

First I have to tell you I have just learned the secret to coupon shopping and how to really get a savings using coupons and sales. I was asked to give a short mini class on this subject for our Relief Society (women's church group), but first I had to learn it myself, so I set off on the world wide web and started learning and boy did I learn a lot! And now I'm so excited!

I gave my class last night and so yesterday afternoon I thought hmmm...I think I'll give this a try. The husband went with me and he was impressed too! And I'd say he actually enjoyed it although I'm sure he won't admit to it. ;)

So did you guess? What was your guess? Ok, I'll tell you.....

The total value of these products is 137.00.

I spent.....drum roll please..... 47.00!

For a grand total savings of 90.00! Can you believe it!

In a nut shell what I did was I bought items that were on sale and then combined coupons with them. The non-food items I purchased at K-Mart on a double coupon day.

Here's a few examples of my savings......

The Chex cereal was originally 2.50 on sale for 1.50 if you bought 4. I combined that sale with a coupon for 3.00 off of 3 boxes, which made each box..... .75 cents!!

The Ritz crackers was originally 3.99 a box (you've got to be kidding!). On sale for 1.99 each coupled with a coupon for 2.00 off of 2, which made each box..... .99 cents!

The Cottonelle tissue was originally .99, on sale with an in store coupon of .79 coupled with a .50 off on 2 made them .54 cents each!

The Colgate toothpaste was 3.99 on sale for 1.99 with an in store mfg's. 1.00 off coupon for a total of .99 cents!

The 2 spray cans of Lysol originally 5.29 each. On sale at 2 for 10.00 coupled with my 2.00 off coupon (which I had 2 of--so 1 per can) and they were doubled, so it was the same as 2- 4.00 coupons (8.00off), for a grand total of 2.00 or 1.00 each!!

The 2 bottles of Cascade rinse agent originally 3.79 each, not on sale, but with the coupon (2 actually) they were freeeeeeee!!

Anyway that's just an idea of what some of the deals were. I can't wait to do it again and again and again! If anyone's interested I'll see about posting the tips and tricks that I learned sometime this coming week, but in the meantime I'll be off coupon clipping and searching the sale ads.......................


Cindy B said...

I think I will pay a bit closer watch on those coupons! I noticed you bought things one would actually use...I gave up on looking years ago, as so many time coupon involved items i didn't use.....But I like to use what you bought!

Goat Creek Grandma said...

I clip coupons every week and try to get the best deals I can. I know there is room for improvement, just need to figure it out here.

Thanks for showing us your savings!


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Wow! That's amazing! Thanks for sharing. I really have to get more involved in coupon clipping!

Robby said...

I love America....why can't I live there!!!!!!! What bargains!!!!!!!!!! And boy do I love a bargain!!!!

Christine LeFever said...

What a frugal little artist you are and very inspiring. I shall have to look more closely at this style of saving!


S Adair said...

Congratulations on your first coupon run. Be sure to check out how to shop at CVS. It is a GOLD MINE of free items after you get the hang of it. I love KMART double coupon days. I saved SOOOO much money with 2 dollar coupons. Saving money is quite addictive!

Paula said...

Woweeee!!! During this time when the economy is hurting, this could come in so handy. Well, it could come in handy ANYtime, but especially right now! I'd love to read your tips! With us in process of adopting a baby, we need all the savings we can get! I'm so anxious to hear your secrets! Thanks for sharing!!


Suzanne said...

I do the coupon clipping too....but forget to take them with me when I shop! :) (I used to have a coupon book, should really try and find it again!)
You've been a very smart shopper, and found some really great deals!

Helen Eyers said...

Those double coupons really make the difference. Too bad we don't have more stores in our area who do that.

UPON A HILL said...

I use to do this, buit got slothful. I really need to do this again. Great savings!