Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Coupon Clipping

Kim has been encouraging me to clip coupons for over a year now. I just couldn't get into it. I would clip the coupons and then could never figure out what to put with what to get the best deals.

Last week she sent me a blog link to Frugal Chic Living. You can find the link on my sidebar. This lady spells out the best deals and what coupons to use to save the most money. Now I'm totally hooked. I've been clipping coupons like crazy. Today was my first trip using my coupons at Albertsons. They have a big cereal sale going on - Post cereals for $1.57 a box if you buy 2. If you buy 5 boxes then you get a coupon for $5 off your next shopping visit. I had a coupon for $1.00 off 2 boxes. The brands are the grown up brands like Raisin Bran, Honey Bunches of Oats, etc. I had other coupons too for in store specials. Here's how todays shopping trip stacked up.

3 boxes of Raisin Bran
2 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats
2 12 packs of Pepsi
2 lbs bacon from the Butcher Block
2 lbs of 15% ground beef from the Butcher Block
2 pkgs of Ball Park Franks
6 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
1 box of Home Storage freezer bags

Total before coupons $74.67

Total after coupons $27.22 (includes my $5 coupon good on my next visit)

Pretty darn good for my first time! Kim brought me a zippered binder and I'm getting ready to put my coupon binder together. I'm having so much fun and saving money too!!


mrsmorris said...

You did great on your maiden voyage. And guess what? It only gets better! I am proud of you and look forward to many couponing adventures....Cheetos and Pepsi?

Florence said...

Way to go, you did good. I always forget to bring the coupons out when I am shopping, I am trying to do better. You are an inspiration.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I, too, am trying to do better at my coupon using! But I do get frustrated. I'll go with all my coupons, only to find that the store brands have been put on sale and are cheaper than the name brands with the coupon. I try to watch and save the coupons til later, but somehow, I forget. It was good to see your list and the savings you had. Nothing better than saving money at the grocery store. You should check out the Angel Food program. If it is available near you, it's a great way to save money, too! Cora

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow! Good for you Kay- that's pretty impressive for a first-timer!