March 11, 2008
Okay, you're all probably sick unto death of hearing me laud the praises of the Grocery Game. I get that. And yet,
My poor husband, he knows more about grocery bargains than he ever wanted to. He knows the sales trends, marketing techniques, and the beautiful marriage of sales items and coupons. I have stretched the boundaries of his attention, I know it, and it doesn't even slow me down. Poor, poor man. Give him a hug next time you see him, because he's earned it.
But Y'ALL!! I saved a gross amount of money last night. I mean, I'm embarassed to even tell you. I think I might have actually STOLEN some stuff. Kidding. But my shopping has gotten outrageous. And I'm gonna prove it, by posting my receipt for Walgreens. It's not long, so don't run away. After this, I swear, I'll try to cut down on the Grocery Game talk. I know it's alienating my male readers (all two of them- Dad, Joey), and it's driving Amy B. into jealous rages. So I'll cool out.
Okay. First I'll list all the items I bought:
2 boxes Cheerios
2 boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch
4 cans VanKamps beans
2 bags Chexmix
6 cans Hunts tomato suce
3 pairs of latex cleaning gloves
3 large boxes Puffs tissue
1 package paper plates
4 Tufs papertowels
2 bottles Windex antibacterial cleaner
2 OralB crossaction toothbrushes
1 Colgate advanced toothpaste
Still with me? Can you visualize all that stuff? Now let me tell you how much I spent.
Total before coupons/savings: $43
Total after: $24
AND get this-- after a rebate for the toothpaste, it'll be free, PLUS since I had a coupon for it, I'll actually MAKE .75 off of it. I was paid to take this item home.
So, essentially, my bill was really $20.
Look back up at all I got, all for $20. Wowza.
I'll spare you my Kroger bill, which is a bit more complicated, but awesome, too. I saved $60 there.
I feel compelled to say that my grocery budget has not changed yet- I have willingly chosen to keep spending as much as I was pre-GG, for a few weeks anyway, so that I could buy more items on sale. I have so much stuff in my pantry, freezer, bathroom, that I am just amazed! I am really excited to start spending less each week, but for the moment, having all the excess is what matters. I think next week will be a drastic dip for me in spending though, because I'm just getting close to not needing a lot! For instance, I only bought 2 packages of meat this week because it was insanely cheap. I didn't need it, because I'd already stockpiled it. No bread either. But I did get Pamper's Easy Ups, jumbo packs for $6 a pop. I bought 3 of those, because they are regularly $13. What normally would have cost me nearly $40 (if I'd waited and bought it full price when I needed it) only cost me around $18.
Okay, I'm done. I could just keep going, but we've all got better things to do this morning, right?
So I'll let you go about your day, while I sit here and calculate more ways to save.
The Coupon Life | By WonderGirl | 11:24 AM
Yay for you!! I'm getting excited about it and can't wait to try it out for myself. Just trying to stockpile the coupons, first.
Posted by: Alison at March 11, 2008 12:07 PM
Has the train made it to you yet, Alison? Just wondering how long it will take to make the rounds.
Can't wait till you get started, too!! I want to hear all about it once you do.
Posted by: WG at March 11, 2008 12:16 PM
I can sympathize with your husband on this. I am not particularly thrilled about how much money can be saved by using coupons. I would be thrilled with a wife who was being resourceful, though--a Proverbs 31 kinda gal. (Where is she, cruel world? I digress.)
I think men would be intrigued if the savings were on things that were of interest to them. Par example, if you had a coupon for half price on the latest iPhone, my curiosity would be piqued. If you had a coupon for half off on the new Erykah Badu C. D., I would be all over that. I am ambivalent about saving money on two OralB Cross Action toothbrushes, however, or three pairs of latex cleaning gloves (though I have no question about the utility of either purchase).
What would a grocery game for men look like? Hmmm...
Posted by: Cousin at March 11, 2008 12:16 PM
Oh, what an excellent question you pose! I would LOVE to read a blog post written on that topic. *ahem
Posted by: WG at March 11, 2008 12:20 PM
So would I. Why don't you write one?
Posted by: Cousin at March 11, 2008 12:26 PM
I believe you have a unique perspective on that topic that I, as a WOman, do not.
Besides, I know you have free time coming out of your ears over there. It's not like you're BUSY or anything.
Posted by: WG at March 11, 2008 12:35 PM
The train hasn't made it here yet, but I haven't checked the mail today, either.
Posted by: Alison at March 11, 2008 1:28 PM
I am majorly impressed... wow...
Posted by: aunt vickie at March 11, 2008 1:51 PM
Oh, you know I am seething :) I think I will give the Walgreens thing a try since that is pretty much the only thing available in my GG. Couldn't hurt. Did you have coupons for most of those things or were they just REALLY on sale?
Posted by: Amy at March 12, 2008 3:09 PM