But I've yet to be arrested so I guess I'm alright.
Today I went to Walmart (a VERY rare occasion) to buy Scattergories and a magazine (a post coming soon about *that* magazine). I went armed with NO coupons of any kind. I roamed a little while and then grabbed my game, and my magazine, and maybe a princess hooded towel that was on clearance. I got home and started looking...I saved $12.80 which was 29% of my purchase. Apparently my game was on sale, and that towel was WAY on sale. Oh and by the way, I got over $18 worth of coupons out of that magazine.
Tonight I made my last minute trip to Publix before the new sales come out and I've missed the old ones. Since I was going--CHILD FREE--and Walgreens is across the street, I decided to go there too.
At Walgreens I got a CRAP-LOAD of stuff for a grand total spending of $21.79. What kind of stuff?
- 4 12 packs of Coke products (canned drinks)
- Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
- Right Guard deodorant
- Axe bodywash, deodorant, and body spray
- Garnier Fructis Shampoo
- Garnier Fructis Conditioner
- 2 Russell Stover's chocolate covered marshmellow eggs (for Buggy's basket)
- Kraft Mac & Cheese
- 32 ounces of Alcohol (not the kind you drink, mind you)
Oh...I should add that with their sale, I got the 12 pack drinks for $2.50 each (factoring in their sales and Register Rewards). Oh and the shampoo and conditioner...it is marked down to $2.99 with a $2 instant coupon. I already had $1 off coupon...FOR BOTH. When you do the math...there was an overage of two cents. That's right. I got those hair care products for nare one penny. I also made money on the Right Guard deodorant. When you factor in the sales price (cheaper than the ad says!!!!) and the coupon I had for it, I ended up paying $.64 for it and got $2 Register Rewards--in store money.
Before you jump on me for buying the cokes...they are for our upcoming camping trip. I don't buy cokes for myself except on the RARE occasion.
After I left Walgreens with the sales lady smiling at me, I headed across the street to Publix where I ended up saving $16.30 and only had a bill of $45.88. While my percentage saved from last week went down, my need for staples is going down. I am not needing to stock up on things, which means I don't need to buy as much.
My total spent for the night = $67.67
My total saved for the night = $54.11
If you factor in the Walmart trip, I spent $98.67 and saved $66.91.
I'm still spending a good bit of money, which I am not a fan of, but my savings are really getting up there and I can tell a difference just in our house. Things are filling up (fridge, pantry, freezer, bathroom cabinets) and for A LOT less money.
Couponing can seem a bit...psycotic, but it makes a huge difference. Plus, it is so addicting. Seriously.