So after another nearly $80 grocery trip yesterday, I've decided I'm reverting to the time-old method of saving money at the grocery store ...
Yeah, clipping coupons. I'm about 30 minutes away from a shower and a walk down to our Harris Teeter to grab the Sunday paper!
We've been trying -so- hard to save on groceries; buying what's on sale as opposed to what we usually would, but our grocery bills usually hover in the 70-ish range. Things are expensive, and we like things, I guess. We could do more and buy our bathroom toiletries and whatnot at WalMart, but you could not get me into this WalMart here for less than $100,000 and a week long vacation to Europe. (It's gnarly, folks.)
So I'm reverting to my mom, and I have many memories of myself as a kid, clipping coupons and sorting them with her in a big old shoebox. So in that respect it kind of made me smile. (I probably wouldn't have dug that memory out of my brain otherwise!) But yeah. I wasn't even sure if Sunday paper coupons even existed anymore, that's how out of the loop I am!
So here I go into a new foray of savings! Actually, on this last grocery run, we saved $17 by shopping just sales. If I can save an additional $10 a week, that's $40 at the end of the month that's not spent on groceries. And we need every bit of cash we can get in this economic craziness...
Let me know if you have any tips! ;)
So after today's paper buying, I've discovered that the coupon section is EXTREMELY pared down from what I remember, oh, 20 or so years ago. I got two foldouts of coupons, about 15 pages each, at least half of that filled with infomercial-like advertisements for the Dual Action Lipo Tummy Shaper, or a Classic US Stamp Collection.
I managed to clip two coupons, one for hot dogs and one for tampons, and now I am conviced the universe is laughing at me.
Let's see how I saved:
Paper: -$1.49 (the paper is $1.50, but somehow I saved a penny)
Coupons: +$2.00 worth
Savings: = $0.51
Gotta start somewhere? Sheesh!