Many people think that using coupons is not worth it or too much work. It can be a lot of work, yes. But it can also be very worth it, especially in this economy and with families that may be living on a very tight budget.
For example, today we ran a few errands that put us near the Albertson’s store in town. Albertson’s takes competitor stores coupons! I had already looked at the grocery ads and found a few things that I knew I could get free and cheap there this week by combining manufacturer coupons with the sales prices and preferred savings with my customer loyalty card.
So here’s what my receipt today looked like:
Total before coupons 31.92
Preferred Savings -17.63
Manufacturer Coupons – 6.38
Store Coupons – 2.00
TOTAL Out of Pocket = $5.91
I saved $26.01 on this shopping order and 7 of my items were completely free, 3 of them I MADE money on.
I bought: 4 tubes of Crest Toothpaste (paid only .25 each for these with sale price, manufacturer and double coupons), 3 bags of Green Giant Steamers (these were free, on sale for .99 each, with a $1.00 off coupon ea., made .01 each on them, which applied to my grocery order), 2 Yoplait Yogurts (free with a Checkout Catalina from another store), 5 Lg. Cans Hunts Spaghetti Sauce (nice to have on hand) on sale, 1 -2 Liter Bottle of store brand Ginger Ale (needed for potluck this weekend).
This and other shopping strategies are what allowed me to leave the workforce 10 years ago, never to return!
If this is a subject you all are interested in learning more about, please leave me a comment and I will try to do a series on this subject next. I think we can all find more ways to save money in this tough economy, especially with winter coming on.