60 items for $69.19!

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Looking to save money on groceries, I’ve been clipping coupons and purchasing items on sale. Last night, I ran to the grocery store to catch up on my weekly shopping. My local grocery store is currently under construction, so many of their items are deeply discounted to encourage shoppers to remain loyal during their rearranging of aisles. I purchased a total of 60 grocery items for an average of $1.15 per item, and it wasn’t just packets of Kool-Aid!

I started out with coupons totaling $17.00 in savings;  I  had a pile of Gatorade coupons, a dollar off Jennie-O ground turkey coupon, and a dollar off any cereal coupon. I also had a $10 off grocery store coupon if I spent more than $25.00 (more incentives to keep shopping during their construction phase). Because I made a point to only purchase items that were on sale, many of the items I purchased were reduced in price by 30% or more. My grocery list is always pretty consistent:

  • cereal
  • oranges
  • Gatorade
  • bread
  • Jennie-O ground turkey
  • Easy Mac
  • applesauce
  • Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers
  • beer
  • canned spaghetti-o’s and ravioli
  • chili
  • pudding cups
  • diet soda

Okay, so I’m not a model for healthy eating (not like those on a slow carb diet), but these items aren’t too bad if you don’t count the carbs! During checkout, I noticed my bill shrinking dollar by dollar. Reviewing my receipt showed I saved a total of $62.00, that’s almost the amount I ended up spending. My grocery items cover a week of breakfast, lunches, and a few dinners using the ground turkey.

My coupon organizer has also been helpful during shopping. As I check off my grocery list, I quickly look through my categories to see if  I have a coupon for a similar item. If I do, I move it to the front of the pouch so I don’t forget to give it to the cashier during the checkout process. This has helped me use those soon to expire coupons. I find I’m not throwing away expired coupons as often. If I can continue saving money on groceries, I will find more money for savings! Now if only I could save money on my utilities I’d be golden.

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  1. RainyDaySaver

    That’s some kick-ass savings! I love when my grocery store offers $5 off a $50 order ($10 for $100), but those coupons are few and far between. I try my best to match my shopping to the sales and coupons.
    .-= RainyDaySaver´s last blog ..Things You Should Never Pay For =-.

  2. Little House

    @RainyDaySaver
    I know, it was great that they mailed us 3 of those $10 off coupons. Again, they’re incentives to continue shopping during their construction, but I don’t have any problems with making the grocery store nicer!

  3. George@MoneyLounge.net

    Those savings are always nice to see at the grocery store. I like buying Jennie-O too. They usually have a coupon sticker right on the package so you can use it right away.

  4. Mark

    I worked in 3 different grocery stores and watched the impact of coupons by all kinds of buyers. Some save a little, and there are those who save a lot. I have been able to manage to purchase 20 items for .50 cents an item. It’s a fun game if you look at it that way.

    After all, might as well as use the savings to get ahead in life. Thanks for stopping by the other day. You could always keep an eye out for diced tomatoes, a single 8 oz can, one bunch of cilantro, a garlic clove, a lime, and some pepper for flavor can be had for less than $2 which would give you the salsa everyone raves about.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..2010 Reap The Rewards =-.

  5. Little House

    @George@MoneyLounge.net
    Thanks for reminding me. My husband usually catches those coupons!

  6. Little House

    @Mark
    Now I’m on a mission to get my items for a dollar or less. Thanks for visiting!

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