My newest venture in ways to help my family has to be 1 of the most frustratingly complicated things EVER. Couponing. I started yesterday & every time I closed my eyes, I could see coupons. I even dreamed about them last night. I know it will get easier the more I do it but man, it got me all flustered.
It all started w/ me joining a Facebook group called Serious Super Saver. The girl that started the group is someone I went to high school w/ & was good friends w/ her little sister b/c we were both in the same grade. I think this enabled me to "believe" in the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, I have heard of these women that go to the grocery store & walk out only paying pennies for $100+ worth of food, etc but I just didn't think I would be able to accomplish that. Turns out Jen was holding her 2nd seminar so I talked to Todd about it & he said "a penny saved is a penny earned" so I signed up to go. Shoot, the $10 I paid would be worth it all if I saved that much on my 1st trip out, right?
The seminar was very informative. I pretty much understand the concept but now it was time for me to put it to use. I have several obstacles that most don't. One being that I have very limited time to actually get out & do shopping. Ok, I have only one opportunity. Sunday morning. I guess I could go after the kids go to bed but then Todd & I wouldn't have any time together. So Sunday morning it is!
To get started, I got the Sunday paper on Saturday (yeah, like that makes sense but what ever). Then I sat down at the table & put my new skills to use. It took a good 2 hours. That is when I started seeing coupons when I closed my eyes. I made my menu based on what was on sale & put my CVS coupons together w/ that list & then my Kroger's coupons w/ that list.
I embarked on my maiden coupon voyage at 8am. I wanted to get to CVS early. I was on a mission! I loaded up my 4 12-packs of Diet Coke (for Todd of course), my 2 bags of Chex Mix, the Soliel razor, & 2 tubes of Colgate. The total was $41.70 before my coupons. My actual out of pocket was $17.27. I also earned $6 in CVS bucks & a coupon for $4 off a $20 purchase. I didn't buy anything I wouldn't use either.
Then it was time to go Krogering. I had a handful of coupons & don't think I did really well here BUT I know it will et better once I start getting more & more coupons. My total before coupons was $147.31. My total after was $102.44 w/ $44.87 in coupons/store savings, about a 30% savings. Not too shabby for a first-timer. I hope to reach 50%.
I managed to save my family $69.27 between the 2 stores. The seminar has officially paid for itself AND a pedicure for me. Ha. Joking. Ok, maybe not. Even if I were to get a pedi, that is only $20 so I still come out on top by $39.27. Let's just call that $40. All that for 2 hours of time. I think I'll do it again next weekend.