Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bargain Shopping

One good thing about a rough economy: it forces everyone to revisit finances, reprioritize, review debt, and find new ways to save money.

Thankfully there are simple resources available to help facilitate saving and being a good steward of your money in general. I thought our family was doing pretty well-I decided to shop mostly at Walmart and we are careful to limit our discretionary spending; HOWEVER, the past 6 weeks or so I've really delved more into couponing, searching for deals, and planning our meals and other shopping around current bargains.
  • Check out Southern Savers {HERE}, this blog does an excellent job explaining couponing, stacking coupons, and combining offers in general to get the very best deals.
  • Also Coupons.com and Redplum.com have manufacturers coupons.
  • And if you're planning on shopping at a certain store/restaurant, don't forget to visit their site to see what specials/offers are available.
  • If ordering Online, make sure to Google coupons, promotional codes. My favorite source is Retail Me Not {HERE}
  • We haven't eliminated our Walmart trips; however I try and check for manufacturer coupons for items on our list first. I have a pink coupon book I keep in the car and that way it's always in close enough proximity for my shopping days.
Today when I went to Toys R Us and spent $12.34 on about $20 worth of toys, I decided to drag up those old receipts to share the savings {because who doesn't like to brag on their deals! =) } So here they are for the last 6 weeks:
Publix
Trip #1 spent $37.91, saved $27.70
Trip #2 spent $33.79, saved $27.31
Trip #3 spent $26.68, saved $22.95
Trip #4 spent $23.34, saved $41.71
Trip #5 spent $36.11, saved $48.14
Trip #6 spent $25.16, saved $37.46
TOTAL SPENT = $182.99, TOTAL SAVED = $205.27

And check out a JCPenney trip for Baby Du-kah clothes- spent $12.98, saved $98.09!

3 comments:

Brooklyn said...

Awesome! I just started the same process. Saved $55.50 in one Publix trip plus got $50 gas card for $40.00! I can't believe I have never planned my grocery trips around sales before! Or atleast, I have never kept up with it. It really makes you feel good!
The bigger my boys get, the more they eat, so a mom's gotta do something. Fortunately they start caring less and less about what they eating. It's just a constant stream of "Mom! I'm hungry!"

{Amanda} said...

Girl I saw that- great job! It's 'commonsensical', but I didn't start until recently too. And I definitely remember how much food we went through with 3 teenage boys {and 2 teenage girls too!} in a household-definitely worth the effort to coupon =)

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