Works for Me Wednesday: Strategic CouponingApril 15, 2009
I tried something new last week. Instead of looking at the grocery store’s sales circular and making a list, then pulling coupons for items on the list, I went about it sort of backwards.
First of all, I didn’t use the circular. I always feel like I have ADD when I look at them… there are too many pictures, too many colors, and too much fine print. Instead, I used the store’s online version of the circular, which is SEARCHable. I let my computer do the hard work of scanning for good deals so my poor mind and eyes could take a bit of a break.
Second, instead of looking for items and then checking my coupons, I checked my coupons FIRST. I pulled every single coupon out and searched the store’s circular to see if the items I had coupons for were on sale. If they were, the coupon stayed out and the item went on the list.
It took slightly longer to do it this way but I believe it was worth it. Check out some of my real steals:
- Land O Lakes butter: reg $4.19, on sale for $1.99, additional $1 off for buying 3 Pillsbury items, coupons for 50 cents (doubled) = two pounds for 98 cents / 49 cents each!
- Daisy sour cream: regularly $1.49, on sale for $1.00, coupon for 60 cents (doubled) = I got paid 40 cents to take two containers home!
- Barilla whole grain pasta: regularly $1.89, on sale for 89 cents, coupon for $1.00 off of two = 78 cents for two boxes / 39 cents each!
- Barilla Piccolini pasta: regularly $1.89, on sale for 89 cents, coupon for 50 cents (doubled) = I got paid 11 cents to take this home!
(Oh, and just for the record, I think these “regular” prices are pretty ridiculous!)
In total, I would have paid over $74 for the groceries without any discount card or coupons. But I ended up paying less than $29! My total savings was 61%.
I should point out that this trip to the store was not without its problems. I grabbed a can of Duncan Hines frosting (not on sale) when I meant to grab a Betty Crocker. Instead of paying 50 cents for the Betty Crocker, I paid $1.99 for the Duncan Hines. Naturally, I didn’t realize my mistake until I got home and went over the receipt.
Additionally, the cashier didn’t scan the coupon I gave her for some juice boxes, so I ended up paying the sale price ($2.00) instead of $1.50. Again, I didn’t realize this until it was too late.
I would like to think that I might have caught these mistakes if I hadn’t been so busy telling Sophia and her friend to be quiet / keep their hands in the cart and no-you-may-not-have-any-candy. We’ll see if I fare any better this week when I try to do it shopping solo. 🙂