Friday, September 26, 2008

Grocery Roundup

It's that time you've all been waiting for; The MS's Bi-Weekly Grocery Roundup!

This was close to my best week ever, savings-wise.

This week I:

- used a whopping thirty-six coupons, three of which were for buy-one-get-one-free things (two were for Febreeze at $4.65 each, so I got four bottles of the stuff for the price of two, plus it was on sale, and one was for St. Ives Elements, which was $6.99, so I got a warming face scrub, which is my favorite product by FAR because it makes my skin look amazingly fresh and less wrinkly, I swear, and a new one I haven't tried yet, microderm abrasian scrub, for free)

- bought 113 things

- saved $54.94 in manufacturer's coupons

- saved $3.80 in bonus coupons (these are the store-printed coupons)

- saved $122.25 using the club card/buying things on sale

- redeemed my 20%-off-entire-purchase coupon that I earned with the Purchase Points Bonus program

- earned another 10% off another trip

- earned another $1.40 off each gallon of gas next time I go to their pump (I just had to fill up the other day before going on Josie's field trip, so I had to use my other $1.80 I earned, but I still only paid $27 to fill up the minivan, not too shabby)

The end result of all this was that I saved $180.99, which was FORTY SEVEN PERCENT of my bill!!!! My final bill was $204.91, meaning that on average, I paid less than two dollars for every individual thing in my cart. Woohoo!!!

Since my last trip was so meat-heavy because they were having that fill-a-brown-bag sale, I still have lots of it left over, meaning this trip focused on snacks, dry goods, dog treats, and household cleaners. Since I had several about-to-expire coupons, I bought more dog stuff in particular than I needed, but all of it was also on sale, and it keeps forever. I like to alternate trips that way, buying meats one time and dry goods another, so I never have to get two expensive categories at once, but sometimes that works out and sometimes it doesn't.

9 comments:

clueless but hopeful mama said...

You are my hero. No kidding.

Will you come shopping with me and hold my hand!?

creative kerfuffle said...

i sweat to all that is holy you should totally write a how to shopping guide. a spiral bound little book that we could take to the grocery store w/ us. you never cease to amaze me with your shopping trips. (picture me, bowing to your awesome shoppingness)

Kristi said...

Oh, Teach me wise one! I will be your grass hopper.

Marie Green said...

Wow, I'm stunned. Awesome job!

d e v a n said...

Seriously, that's amazing. I saved $7 yesterday at the store and I was all excited. *blush*

LoriD said...

Well done! I love reading things like this. More posts like this, please!

I'm actually a pretty good shopper too (my grocery bill for a family of 5 is never over $80/week). The one thing we don't have a lot of here are coupons. I use them when I find them, but I'm lucky if I can use one per shopping trip.

Cherish said...

i just dont understand how you organize all of this? I never see coupons around here so all I ever do is try to buy what is on sale each particular week. Teach me please!

Shelly Overlook said...

This is more thrilling to me than I should admit. Damn, I am in awe.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Compelling stuff! Found you on the annex . . .