I went couponing on Monday and got some pretty good deals! I got $53.84 worth of groceries for only $25.71!
I went to Publix first & here's how it broke down.....
Wisk laundry detergent 50 oz- normally $6.49 on sale for $4.49- used $2.00 off coupon so got it for $2.49
2 tubes Colgate toothpaste 8.2 oz- $2.07 each- used 2 50 cent coupons that doubled to $1 so payed $1.07 each
Dawn dish soap 24 oz- normally $3.59 on sale for $2.49- used 50 cent coupon that doubled so payed $1.49
2 jars of Ragu- normally $2.19 each- on sale B1G1- had 40 cents coupon off 2 that doubled to 80 cents off so paid 70 cents each
4 boxes Betty Crocker Brownie/Dessert Bars- normally $2.99 each- on sale for 2/$3- used 75 cent coupon off 2 so paid $1.13 each
2 bottles Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner- normally $3.49 each- on sale 2/$4- had 50 cent coupon off 2 that doubled to $1 so paid $1.50 each
Shout 22 oz- normally $2.99- on sale for $1.50- used 55 cent coupon so paid only 95 cents
Then I went to Kroger......
Tide 32 loads- normally 7.89 on sale for $5.99- then you pay $4.99 if you buy Downy (which I did) - also had 50 cent off coupon that doubled to $1 so paid only $3.99
Downy 52-60 loads- normally $5.42 on sale for $4.99- then you pay $3.99 if you buy Tide- also had 25 cent off coupon that doubled to 50 cent so paid $3.50
Sooo it was an OK couponing trip........when you can really save is when Harris Teeter does their super doubles every few months. That is where they double coupons up to $1.99! If you combine that with things that are on sale then you get things for practically nothing or even free! They did it back in June and I paid only $32. 52 for $98.02 worth of groceries! Ohhhhh yea :)
I am NO pro at this & I am definitely not an extreme couponer (even though I wish I was!)!! Ha! But my goal is to save as much $$$ as I can and build up my stock pile with things that we use on a regular basis or things I like to use every now & then...for example, I bought 4 boxes of brownie mix this week. Do I really need 4 boxes of brownie mix this week???! Um, no! But when I do get that craving they will be there... or if I want to make some for a friend or family member for a birthday or whatever they will be there! But anyway, when I get my stock pile built up then it will be a whole lot easier & cheaper when I plan my meals each week. I will go to my pantry 1st and see what I have THEN check the sale paper to see what I need.
Couponing is alot of work and I wish I did it more often but it really does take alot of time....and the closest Kroger, Publix, or Harris Teeter is about 30 min away from our house so it definitely takes some planning. If I lived closer or worked in Nashville then I would do it every week for sure! But I am trying to do it atleast every other week...
If you need help getting started on couponing you can check out my favorite couponing website, Faithful Provisions. They have lots of tips and coupons and every week they will tell you what is on sale at each store and which coupon to use with it.
Good luck couponing :)