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Super Savings Saturday/Sunday

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There are sometimes in life when you just need EIGHT boxes of Rice Krispies to go with the four or five boxes you already have; even if there are no children in the home, when you can get them for 88 cents a box! I price matched a sale from another store, they were on sale for $1.88 and I used {2} $4/4 coupons making them 88 cents each. I also price matched eggs that were on sale for $1 a dozen.  And sometimes you need a stock pile of butter, especially if you’re Paula Deen! There have been some good butter coupons lately, so I took advantage of them to get butter for less than $1 each. I price matched the Blue Bonnet that was on sale for 69 cents each.

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I got this transaction for free last week at Rite Aid after earning $4 in +Up Rewards. Which I used to roll over this week. I purchased 6 bottles of Clean & Clear, which got me $10 in +Up Rewards. I used the $14 to purchased a box of Allegra for less than $2 after tax and earned another $3 in +Up Rewards.

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My best savings of the last week? Was this awesome deal I got at Lane Bryant! I had a coupon for $15 off a $15 or more purchase I’d received in the mail. I looked and looked but couldn’t find anything super exciting. Then I found this watch that was marked for $12.99. So I picked up two pairs of socks that were $1.99 each. I go to check out and the lady tells me my total is only $8. I said well, I better go find some more stuff because I have $15 to spend! Turns out, the watch was actually $4! I ended up getting a total of four pairs of cute socks and this adorable watch for $2 after tax! SCORE!

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Coupon Savings 2011

At the beginning of 2011, I came across The Coupon Project and found this great Savings Tracker that Angela was offering for free. It’s a great tool to keep track of how much you are saving with sales and coupons. At the end of the year it’s really great to look back and see how all your hard work and time paid off!

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Just to put into perspective how much things really cost without coupons and sales, my total shelf cost of purchases made in 2011, was $6,141! Oh, my word! I would never have thought that I would have paid over six thousand dollars for groceries and other needed items in a years time! 

Before I began couponing and playing the drug store game, we were spending over $100 a week for groceries, personal items, cleaning supplies and pet supplies. Averaging about $5,200 a year. Even though my before coupon cost in 2011 was almost a thousand dollars more, I saved $1,164 buying things that I would normally buy, but by using coupons and sales. I’m sure the savings is even more {that’s way to much math for me to even try to figure out} because before, we’d put groceries on credit cards {thankfully, I discovered Dave Ramsey and put a stop to that!}

After coupons and sales, I saved $2,108! To me, that is just amazing, considering I slacked off some months and did better other months. I also did a lot of price matching at Wal Mart because we don’t have many local stores that double coupons and it wasn’t always worth the drive to another town with more stores, that double coupons.

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Here is how I used the savings tracker.

1- Shelf Cost: this is the column that I entered in my total purchase amount before coupons. This sometimes involved doing some math, if the store didn’t have a total savings amount at the bottom of the receipt.

2- Coupons: here I entered the total amount of coupons I used in that purchase.

3- Discounts: I used this to enter the amount of store discounts I received. Sometimes I didn’t do this if I price matched something, since it was hard to figure out how much the item was before the PM. One of the stores I frequented more this year, puts at the bottom of the receipt the store savings you received, so I would enter this amount in the discount column. Example, line 22. I purchased laundry detergent that was one sale this week for $1.88. I didn’t have any coupons for the purchase. My total before the discount was $27.95, but with my store card, I received $18.55 in discounts. My total was only $9.40, for a total of 66% savings.

4- Savings Rate: This is your percentage of savings for your purchase. I like to aim for 50% savings, but that doesn’t always happen and I’m okay with that.

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It was interesting to look back and see which months I saved more and which months I didn’t. January to April were my best months for savings, averaging around 40% for each month. I had some high savings rates in January. It will be interesting to compare my savings from each month last year to each month this year.

Thank you Angela at The Coupon Project for sharing this download last year and helping me keep track of my savings in 2011.

If you’d like an easy way to keep track of your savings in 2012, head over  here  to download your copy. Angela offers a verity of forms compatible with various programs. I liked using the Google Documents version and will continue to us it this year.

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Coupon Savings 2011

At the beginning of 2011, I came across The Coupon Project and found this great Savings Tracker that Angela was offering for free. It’s a great tool to keep track of how much you are saving with sales and coupons. At the end of the year it’s really great to look back and see how all your hard work and time paid off!

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Just to put into perspective how much things really cost without coupons and sales, my total shelf cost of purchases made in 2011, was $6,141! Oh, my word! I would never have thought that I would have paid over six thousand dollars for groceries and other needed items in a years time! 

Before I began couponing and playing the drug store game, we were spending over $100 a week for groceries, personal items, cleaning supplies and pet supplies. Averaging about $5,200 a year. Even though my before coupon cost in 2011 was almost a thousand dollars more, I saved $1,164 buying things that I would normally buy, but by using coupons and sales. I’m sure the savings is even more {that’s way to much math for me to even try to figure out} because before, we’d put groceries on credit cards {thankfully, I discovered Dave Ramsey and put a stop to that!}

After coupons and sales, I saved $2,108! To me, that is just amazing, considering I slacked off some months and did better other months. I also did a lot of price matching at Wal Mart because we don’t have many local stores that double coupons and it wasn’t always worth the drive to another town with more stores, that double coupons.

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Here is how I used the savings tracker.

1- Shelf Cost: this is the column that I entered in my total purchase amount before coupons. This sometimes involved doing some math, if the store didn’t have a total savings amount at the bottom of the receipt.

2- Coupons: here I entered the total amount of coupons I used in that purchase.

3- Discounts: I used this to enter the amount of store discounts I received. Sometimes I didn’t do this if I price matched something, since it was hard to figure out how much the item was before the PM. One of the stores I frequented more this year, puts at the bottom of the receipt the store savings you received, so I would enter this amount in the discount column. Example, line 22. I purchased laundry detergent that was one sale this week for $1.88. I didn’t have any coupons for the purchase. My total before the discount was $27.95, but with my store card, I received $18.55 in discounts. My total was only $9.40, for a total of 66% savings.

4- Savings Rate: This is your percentage of savings for your purchase. I like to aim for 50% savings, but that doesn’t always happen and I’m okay with that.

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It was interesting to look back and see which months I saved more and which months I didn’t. January to April were my best months for savings, averaging around 40% for each month. I had some high savings rates in January. It will be interesting to compare my savings from each month last year to each month this year.

Thank you Angela at The Coupon Project for sharing this download last year and helping me keep track of my savings in 2011.

If you’d like an easy way to keep track of your savings in 2012, head over  here  to download your copy. Angela offers a verity of forms compatible with various programs. I liked using the Google Documents version and will continue to us it this year.

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Why It’s Best to Shop Multiple Stores

 

Now that many of my friends and family have realized that I’ve became so {frugal} or {thrifty} or {coupon queen} or whatever you want to call it; they all want suggestions on how to save the most money.

My number one tip to them has always been to shop multiple stores. Don’t limit yourself to just one store, otherwise you’ll end up spending more money. And I have the perfect example that I don’t always save tons of money when I go to the grocery store.

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When I first got into couponing, like actually understanding how to get the best value for your money, I was spending over $100 a week to feed my husband and I.  This did include personal products, cleaning supplies and dog food. But then I realized that I was limited in stores to shop that would allow me to get the most for my money, in our average sized town.

I remember having this conversation with one of my friends many times, how the prices at the Wal Mart in my town were significantly higher than the prices at the Wal Mart in the town I worked in. The difference? Competition! Locally we only have one other major grocery store that they have to compete with, who are crazy expensive if you don’t find something on sale. Whereas the the town I work in has three other stores to compete with, including the expensive store.

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Now, I’ve been price matching at  Wal Mart since before many people even knew you could do that. I remember one Black Friday, I had to work and knew the items I wanted at Target would be out of stock, so I took the ad and stopped on my way home to get it and that was years ago {although I’m not even sure I’ve ever opened that movie I wanted so badly}.

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On a recent trip to Wally World, I used coupons for most of the items I purchased. I even priced matched the Chex Mix, and Milk and had coupons for both items. I used free coupons for hot dogs and found a coupon on one box of dog food I purchased that was unexpected.

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But when I got home I looked at my receipt to see how much I saved in coupons. I used over $20 in coupons and still paid around $76 for everything I purchased, including a bag of dog food. I was very disappoint, because had I shopped at multiple stores, I could have easily paid about $36 for all of this, if the store I shopped at doubled coupons. Thankfully, the expensive store has started doubling coupons up to 99 cents, which is great and allowed me to get ice cream for free yesterday that was on sale. But that’s just it, you save the most when the item is on sale and the store doubles coupons.

Most of the time, I only go to stores out of town, if I know that I have to do other things in that area or there is a super sale that I know I’m going to get the best bang for my buck when they double my coupon, verse price matching at Wal Mart and my time and gas to get to that store.

So my one piece of advice to new couponers, is always to shop multiple stores to ensure that you get the best deal possible and save the most money.

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Rite Aid 10.9.11

I’m in love with Rite Aid again. For the last month or so, I haven’t got that great of deals with them, or haven’t be impressed with the sales.  But this week, the deals were great!

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Transaction 1:

4 Rite Aid Hand Sanitizers- $4

2 Ludens Cough Drops- $1.98

1 Comtrex- $3.99

2 Carefree Pantyliners- $2.00

Softsoap Refill- $2.63

Chloraseptic- $3.59 (not pictured)

Used $1 off Comtrex coupon from Flu Savings Book

Used $1 off 2 Carefree RA Video Values Coupon

Used $.50 off 1 Carefree coupon

Used $1 off Chloraseptic Coupon

Used $5 +Up Rewards

Total OOP: $10.83 after tax

Got $10 +Up Rewards back

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Transaction 2:

2 Colgate Optic White- $7.18

Ocean Saline Spray- $2.49

Blistex- $1.49

Burts Bees Cough Drops- $1.49

Preparation H- $3.00

Used $2.00 Preparation H coupon

Used $1.00 Colgate Optic White coupon

Used $10 +Up Rewards from first transaction

Total OOP- $2.65

Received $13.48 in +Up Rewards

$10.83 Money Maker!

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Chili Anyone?

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Oh yes! I went back to the store last week and bought 50 more cans of tomatoes, kidney beans and tomato soup! Don’t worry, I’m sharing some of it with my mother-in-law. I only paid $13.50 for all of this!

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Here is everything from both trips, since I still hadn’t figured out what I was going to do with the pervious purchase and it was still sitting out on the counter. I’ve since moved it all to the basement and plan on using a gift card I have to purchase more shelving to store my stock pile in the laundry room.

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Over the weekend we had come errands to run in another town, so we stopped at Giant Eagle. I picked up some odds and ends. Eggs were $1 a dozen, which was a great deal since they’ve been running about $2 a dozen. My husband about cringed when he saw me picking up cans of Campbell’s Select Harvest soup. I’ve been eating these for lunch lately, but hated to pay the almost $2 a can. They were on sale for 8 for $10 and I had coupons for 50 cents off four, that doubled to $1 off. So I only paid $1 each. I paid $37 and saved almost $19.

 

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Super Savings Saturday

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This week our local grocery store was having a “truck load” sale. I was able to stock up on 10 cans of tomato and chicken noodle soup, 10 cans of chili beans and kidney beans, as well as 20 cans of stewed, diced and crushed tomatoes all for $13.60. Now I just need to figure out where I’m going to store all of this!

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My Rite Aid trip this week consisted of two transactions. The first one, I got 2 bottles of Theraflu, Colgate Optic White toothpaste, React gum, 2 bottles of Coke and 2 bottles of Diet Coke for $4.56 after coupons. I earned $3.50 back in +Up Rewards. So it was like paying $1.06.

My second transaction, I purchased a box of Allegra that was on sale for $17.99, used $4 manufacture coupon, a $2 RA coupon and my $3.50 in +Up Rewards for a total of 8.49. I also received $3 back in +Up Rewards, so it was like paying $5.49. That’s a great deal considering my insurance would have cost me $20 to get this as a prescription before it went OTC.

We also picked up a few things at Wal Mart this week for my husband’s trip to the race track.

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In My Mail Box

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This week I got some goodies in my mailbox. I’m sure that the mailman was happy I am giving him job security with these goodies.

I received a sample of Natures Own Fish Oil, along with a $2 off coupon.

A coupon for a FREE package of Oscar Myer Hot Dogs.

Coupons for $1 off any Puffs and $1 off any Bounty product.

Coupon for $1 off Milk.

Elmo and Friend’s Alphabet book.

I also used the coupon from Bath & Body Works that was found on their Facebook page this weekend to get a free bottle of Charmed Life lotion. I love these small bottles. They are great to keep in the car and in my purse during the winter.

Have you got any thing good in your mailbox lately? Or have you taken advantage of any great deals?

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