Well, now I know this strategic shopping thing is not a fluke. We spent a total of $172.52 on groceries this week – and saved a whopping $139 – $129.16 on our main bill and another $9.87 on a separate milk purchase - that’s a total savings of 45% off our entire purchase!
I will tell you how we did it in a minute, but first I want to mention something that couponmom suggests and that became really apparent during our shopping trip this weekend – watch as the cashier rings up your order. It’s the only way you can be sure you are getting the savings and deals that are available.
For instance – we were taking advantage of a special – 3 gallons of milk for FREE with the purchase of 7 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal. I was watching as the order was being rung up – and the milk price did not come off the bill. Turns out the 3 gallons were going to be coupons that we got at the end of the order for another time. Because of this – we rang up the rest of our order sans milk, got the coupons, then rang the milk separately. When possible, I like getting the savings immediately. Otherwise I risk losing the coupon or forgetting about it!
Another potential lost savings: With the purchase of two pounds of Haddock – we were going to get a 2 liter bottle of Coke for FREE. When the price of the Coke did not come off the bill – I asked the cashier. It turned out I needed a coupon, which the staff at Shaw’s were kind enough to find for me, and we got our free soda. If I wasn’t paying attention, we would have ended up paying for the soda we thought we were getting for free.
Now – on to the savings!!
Going back to the cereal. At full price – 7 boxes would have been $29.23. Shaws had a special on Kellogg’s of $2 a box – so we got those same 7 boxes for $14 – a savings of $15.43. But the savings don’t end there. We also had two $1 off coupons we found on coupons.com - bringing our cost down to $12 for 7 boxes – a savings of $17.43. That’s not counting the $9.87 worth of free milk we got. So in total – we spent $12 for 7 boxes of cereal and 3 gallons of milk. That’s a savings of $27.30
I know it’s a lot of milk and cereal – but we have a 3 year old at home who loves her milk and cereal will keep!!
Speaking of our daughter – she loves mac & cheese – what 3-year-old doesn’t. Normally – Shaw’s sells Kraft Mac & Cheese for about $1.50 a box. This week they had it on sale for 50-cents per box. We bought 10 boxes. So, what normally would have been about $15 – we spent $5 – a savings of $10.
We also stocked up on those 100-calorie Nabisco snacks. Normally a box is $3.19. Shaws has Nabisco products on sale for 4 for $10. We bought 8 boxes of the 100-cal snacks. So – what normally would have been $25.52 – was brought down to $20. However, Shaw’s also had a coupon in its circular for $3 off when you buy 4 Nabisco products. We clipped two of those coupons bringing the total price down another $6. So when all was said and done – we got 8 boxes for $14 – a total savings of $11.52.
And get this – because we bought so many Kraft products (the snacks and the mac & cheese) we got a $10 coupon to use next week!!
As we’ve pledged to cook at home more and eat out less – we are also looking to cook more healthy meals. So, when we saw Haddock was on sale – we put it on the list. Normally – the fish sells for $8.99/lb. We bought two pounds. Normally – it would have been $17.98. However, Shaws had it on sale for $6.99/lb. – a savings of $4. There was also an online coupon for $1 off/lb – I clipped two – for another $2 in savings. We also had a coupon for buy 2lbs of Haddock – get a 2 liter of Coke free – another $1.34 in savings. In all – the fish and the soda would have cost $19.32 – but we got it for $10.92 a savings of $8.40.
It took my husband and I less than 45 minutes to put our list together and gather the necessary coupons. I would say saving $139 was more than worth that time spent. We’ve also noticed that right now, our grocery bill hasn’t really gone down yet – however we are getting way more food for the same money. We are still in the process of tracking prices – to determine when things are at their lowest so that we can stock up. We figure overtime – the savings will just continue to increase and our grocery bill will continue to shrink even further.