Super Savings Saturday: January Summary

by Marcy on January 31, 2009 · 0 comments

It has been quite awhile since I have participated in Super Savings Saturday over at Money Saving Mom. I thought I would write up my deals for the month of January today, not to brag but to show those of you who are new to the concept of couponing and stockpiling a few examples of how I attempt to keep our grocery/household item/toiletry budget in check.

Here is a list of the best deals that I scored for the month of January. I also want to note that while I don’t purchase extra Sunday papers often, I did purchase 5 extras for $0.99/ea at my local Drug Mart the weekend of 1/4. I did this because there were 5 coupon inserts that week – including a coupon for $2.50/1 Electrasol Dishwashing Tabs which more than paid for the extra papers. You’ll see a few examples below of how I put those extra coupons to use below.

Target

Electrasol Power Tabs – 6 boxes @ $3.25/ea
I used 6 – $2.50/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $4.50 or $0.75/ea – for a 6 month supply of dishwasher detergent!

Walgreens

Garnier Fructis Shampoo & Conditioner – 7 bottles @ $0.99/ea
I used 7 – $1/1 coupons which made these free!
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.47 (tax)

Garnier Fructis Styling Products (Gel, Hair Spray, etc…) – 7 bottles @ $0.99/ea
I used 7 – $1/1 coupons which made these free!
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.47 (tax)

Reynolds Foil (25 sq ft) – 1 @ $0.99/ea
I used 1 – $1/1 coupon which made this free!
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.07 (tax)

Kroger

Cottonelle Toilet Paper (4 pk, single ply) – 6 @ $0.99/ea
I used 6 – $0.50/1 coupons which made this free!
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.40 (tax)

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap – 6 @ $0.99/ea
I used 6 – $0.35/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $1.74 or $0.29/ea (plus $0.40 in tax)

Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues – 2 FREE after coupons that printed at register

Kroger Napkins – 1 @ $1/ea
I loaded a $0.75/1 on to my Kroger card via Cellfire.com
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.25

Juicy Juice – 12 @ $2.09/ea
I used 6 – $1/2 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $19.08 (or $1.59/ea)

Rotel Tomatoes – 1 @ $0.50/ea
I used 1 – $0.30/1 coupon
Out of Pocket Expense: FREE

Eggo Waffles – 1 @ $1.99/ea
I used 1 – $0.75/1 coupon
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.49

Kroger Sour Cream – 1 @ $1/ea
I loaded a $0.75/1 on to my Kroger card via Cellfire.com
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.25

Quaker Instant Oatmeal – 2 @ $2.19/ea
I used 2 – $0.70/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $1.58 (or $0.79/ea)

Kraft Miracle Whip – 1 @ $2.49/ea
I used 1 – $0.75/1 coupon
Out of Pocket Expense: $0.99

Giant Eagle

Birdseye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables – 6 @ $0.99/ea
I used 6 – $0.35/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $1.80 (or $0.30/ea)

Lipton Tea Bags (100 ct) – 4 @ $2.50/ea
I used 3 – $0.60/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $6.40 (or $1.60/ea) PLUS I earned $3 toward my next shopping trip

Quaker Instant Oatmeal – 4 @ $2.50/ea
I used 4 – $0.70/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $4.40 (or $1.10/ea) PLUS I earned $2 toward my next shopping trip

Quaker Oats (Regular and Old Fashioned) – 4 @ $1/ea
I used 4 – $0.60/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: FREE

Kashi Cereal Bars – 2 @ $3/ea
I used 2 – $2/1 coupons
Out of Pocket Expense: $2 (or $1/ea)

My total out of pocket for all of the items listed above was $44.42. My total coupon savings for these items? $73.65! Well worth the extra $4.95 I spent in extra papers this month, I have to say. I wrote this post to illustrate the fact that it is possible to stockpile mostly healthy, name brand items for less by shopping around and using coupons.

If you are new to using coupons I would advise you to hang on to your inserts each week. I tend to clip the coupons that I am confident I will use and file the rest. That way when a great deal comes along (such as the Garnier deal at Walgreens this month) I had the coupons on hand to get those products for free. Garnier isn’t a brand I typically use, but I couldn’t pass up a deal like that. The same goes for Electrasol, this wasn’t a brand that I used prior to couponing, but last year I made the switch and have been happy with the results.

I know that many people are put off at the the thought of shopping around as well. While I am fortunate to have a variety of stores nearby, I typically only go to 2 stores per week, max (u
nless there are some really great sales going on). I tend to choose where I am going to shop for the week based on the deals and what I need. It is all about doing the best that you can with the time and resources that you have available. Every little bit of savings adds up, so if couponing seems overwhelming to you, start small.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you are just getting started and have any questions. I don’t consider myself a pro quite yet, but am willing to help if I can! :-)


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