Monday, June 22, 2009

Coupon Monday!

I've never been much of a coupon shopper. I always though it was time consuming for very little payoff. Then my friend Amory told me about The Grocery Game. I decided to try it and see how I would make out. They have a trial period that only cost 1.00, so I thought why not? Let's see if we can save some money!

The way this works is every Sunday you get a list that is made up of the sales of the stores you have signed up for. I have 3 stores on my list, Harris-Teeter, Food Lion, and CVS. Harris-Teeter doubles coupons everyday, and CVS does Extra Care Bucks. I do Food Lion just because it's the closest to my house and I shop there more often. The list tells you what's on sale, and which coupon you should use. It tells you what date the coupon ran in the Sunday newspaper, too.

My first stop was Harris Teeter. This is what I got.

Nestle Drumstick Minis
Sara Lee Chocolate Pie
6 Bottles of Pert Shampoo
Colgate Total Toothpaste
Aquafresh Ultimate Whitening Toothpaste
3 cans of Beanee Weanees
AirWick Warmer
AirWick Oil Refill

The Retail for this was 48.00 and some change. I paid 19.27. Not too bad. Now I didn't really need 6 bottles of shampoo, but it was less than 1.00 per bottle. Might as well get it while it's cheap, and stock up right? We will always need shampoo.

My next stop was CVS pharmacy.

Lysol Spray
True North Nut Clusters
Barilla Elbow Macaroni and Spaghetti Noodles
2 cans of Bush's Baked Beans
Lady Mitchum Deodorant
Perfect 10 Hair color
Kraft BBQ Sauce (I also bought 3 packs of M&M's, but that was just an impulse. What?! They were peanut butter and strawberry! Yeah!)

So retail for all of this was 39.98. I paid 15.86. Not bad!

My last stop was Food Lion.

2 containers Easy Mac

2 packages of Ball Park Franks

2 packs Orville Redenbacher popcorn

Weber Mango Lime Seasoning

McCain Frozen Potatos

Toilet Paper

2 Boxes of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

*edited to add* One and 1/2 pounds of ground beef

The Retail for this was 36.00 and some change. I paid 12.97! Pretty Good!

Now, I do want you to know that I would never pay full retail for this stuff. If it's not on sale, I don't buy it. Not unless it's a necessity, and that usually isn't the case. And also, some of this is stuff I wouldn't normally buy. The True North Snacks, Nestle Drumsticks and Sara Lee pie are not usually on my shopping list. I only bought them because I got them so cheap. I usually don't buy name brands either. There a few store brand things I won't buy (like Peanut Butter), but for the most part, I like them just as well as the national brands.

To sum it all up, I got all the aforementioned groceries for around 50.00. I think this was worth the time and effort I put into clipping the coupons and putting my lists together. Of course most of the work is already done for you with the Grocery Game. If you like to save money, just check it out!

1 comment:

  1. I've never used The Grocery Game, but I'm a coupon clipping, sale-ad shoppping fool too. Congrats on getting started!!!