I know a lot of people use coupons. I used to and then I fell out of the habit. After watching this interview on ABC I thought hey I should try it again. This lady spends $4 a week on groceries for a family of six. Honestly, I wasn’t all to thrilled with the types of food in her pantry. We try to avoid dyes and HFCS in foods. This generally means I am buying organic even though I don’t necessarily mean too. It also means a lot of label reading but that is another story. Anyhow, I don’t believe that I’ll ever get down to $4 a week, but maybe just maybe I can get it down to half. So for the past two Sundays I have picked up the Sunday Washington Post. I love a real newspaper. I love the Sunday ads but now I also love the coupons. I clipped my coupons. I looked through the circulars for Safeway, Kroger, Giant and Harris Teeter to see if they had deals. Safeway did but more about that later! I made my menu for the week and then my list of groceries. I usually spend between $100 to $150 per week (this is for a family of six and my boys eat as much as my girls).
Now came the big decision where to do my shopping at. We don’t live close to a Safeway so that is out. We don’t shop at Giant while there is one close. Kroger is my usual go too but a 15 to 20 minute drive.Then there is Harris Teeter which is only 5 minutes away. So Kroger or Harris Teeter. I finally decided on HT because they double their coupons up to $1.00 and they have really nice two-seater carts, which are a must for any mom of multiples.
So, off I go to Harris Teeter. Now I did buy things that weren’t on sale but we needed but I also I avoided things that were just to expensive. Like Clementines for 9.99 a box. I had bought two boxes at Wal-Mart for $8 last week. So I wanted to share some of my deals with you. Here we go!
Two loaves of Nature’s Own Bread for FREE! I had a Safeway buy two loaves for $4 coupon. HT had them on sale for 1.99. TADA free bread! Hellz yeah. None of my other coupons were that good but I couldn’t wait to share that deal with you.
Two packs of shredded Sorento cheese for 1.50. They had buy one get one free then I had a $1 off coupon. These usually retail at 2.85 a piece.
Daisy Sour Cream. Retail 2.45 HT sale 1.67. with the coupon price (which was doubled) 1.00.
2 bags Birds Eye Steamed Broccoli. Retail 4.90. Buy one get one free price 2.45. With coupon 1.50 for both.
See the trend! I am loving this coupon thing.
So in total I saved over $35 dollars in coupons and HT sales. Bringing in this weeks grocery shopping trip to $70.38
It’s no where close to the $4 a week but I’m still pretty darn pleased with myself. I’ll definitely be doing this and honing my coupon skills. I might also pick up the Daily Progress’s Sunday paper along with the Washington Post next week and see if there is a difference in coupons. I plan to subscribe to the Sunday papers because that will cut down on expensive.
Another thing to consider is productivity. I spent approximately one hour gathering coupons and looking at circulars. I spent $2.50 on my Sunday paper. How much was my time worth? Well in this case over $30. That’s a pretty damn good payback.