for some reason, i always think of "resolution" as such a dirty word, so like a lot of other people, we are just going to set some "goals" for 2010 instead. one of our biggest goals this year is to SAVE MONEY!! we aren't doing anything drastic, just making some little changes that will hopefully go a long way!
one of my friends, mandy, always seems to find the best coupon deals and i read about them on her blog and on facebook, so yesterday i decided to ask her for her secrets! i was curious about joining "the grocery game" (which requires a paid membership) but she helped me learn that there are a lot of free resources out there that give you the same information! since there are SO many of the coupon/deal websites out there, i was so happy that she was able to give me a few of her favorites. here are the sites:
(p.s. - if you don't have meijer, kroger, etc. i have seen a TON of other coupon sites for the publix & bi-lo stores as well as the west coast stores like albertsons, vons, ralph's, etc.)
so, armed with my artillery of websites, i sat down for about 3 hours last night and worked out my "game plan." it probably wouldn't have taken so long but i was reading EVERYTHING on these websites, and making a ton of notes. i went out on my shopping trip this morning and my 2 stops were target and meijer. since i am a newbie at this heavy-duty couponing, i forgot to take pictures of what i bought! i will say that i definitely had a full and somewhat over-flowing cart of stuff at meijer, and it was about twice the volume of stuff that i normally buy. here is what my receipt looked like:
that is definitely an impressively long receipt in this household! so, how much did all that stuff cost? well, when the cashier originally rang it up, it was a few cents under $70. After all of my coupons... it was... $33.00!!!!! That means that I SPENT $33 and SAVED $37!!!!! at target, I only had to buy a few things (12 pack of pepsi max, granola bars, green tea) but my total was $3.73 after my $3.80 in coupons!!!
i'm going to keep a running tally of my coupon savings on my sidebar so that i can keep track of our savings! is anyone else starting a 2010 savings plan of their own?
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