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1.04.2010

2010: Show me the MONEY!

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:

www.hip2save.com
www.moneysavingmom.com
www.kcpennypinchinmama.com
www.mommysnacks.net
www.mymemphismommy.com
www.stlmommy.com

(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?

17 comments:

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

My savings plan started back in early 2009 when I began to save (and pay) for our entire wedding by myself. :) I have been doing so well at it that I found myself frustrated that I have not ever saved as much money in the past as I have been able to once I became engaged! I guess it's just a matter of priorities :) Congrats to you on this new goal...I used to be super good at coupon savings.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Ohh how exciting! Congrats for saving so much money! :) I'll have to check out the sites you recommended! Thanks!

august15wife said...

This is great! I've been blogging about my adventures in couponing, and I'm loving it!

gCe said...

That is wonderful! If you shop online a lot then I recommend ebates. You get deals as well as a certain % cashback for each of your online purchases.

dreaming in pink and green said...

I'm going to have to enter the world of coupons because that's AMAZING!

The Wife of a Fisherman said...

wow! i am impressed. we are about to buy a new house so i am thinking that i need to jump on the wagon with you!!

Prissy Southern Prep said...

That is awesome! Thanks for the info. I just bookmarked all of these sites. :)

***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

What a great idea!!! I am definitely going to be looking through these sites! Thanks for posting them!

PixelStix Graphics said...

Thanks for sharing and congrats on all your saved cash! My absolute favorite coupon/promo code website is retailmenot.com It's chock full of promo codes for everything - from free redbox rentals to free shipping from the gap. Happy New Year to you!

The Pink Chick said...

Wow! You did great! Thanks for sharing the web-sites!!!

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

That is impressive! Thanks so much for sharing with us frugalistas!

NINA said...

Thanks for the comment today on AccordingtoNina.com!! You are seriously not going to believe this.... I bought the green houndstooth for all-year paper too & GIANT spool of fuchsia ribbon. Love it. Your blog is adorable! xxo Nina

Jay said...

You really do have a great blog here. I have a blog myself which brings inspiration and guidance to people all around the world. Life is hard enough, and I hope my site can contribute anything positive to someone's day.

I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other. Please let me know if this is possible. Until then, keep up the good work.

Jason
TheWISDOMWALL.com

M said...

I love moneysavingmom.com!

alanna said...

you are SERIOUSLY adorable! i LOVE that you're keeping track of everything - it seriously brings a smile to my face :) congrats on passing the $100 in savings mark!

Amber Lee said...

I must be the only person who has trouble with coupons! I buy a LOT of things like beans, rice, flour...cooking goods. If you come across any good coupons for cooking goods opposed to packaged things like Hamburger helper...let us know!

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