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October 16, 2008

I went grocery shopping this morning and had a new experience.  Now, we normally do one huge grocery shopping trip per month and then a trip once a week for perishables and the like. Today was the huge trip.  We’ve been trying to find a way to save money anyway we can without necessarily compromising our food habits (whole grain, organic, free range, etc.) Lately it’s been getting harder and harder.

B’s place of employment gets the daily papers from all the major distributors of the state (KC Star, StL Post, etc.)  No one ever ever ever takes the Sunday coupons, so he’s started bringing them home. I spent about 15 minutes this morning clipping out coupons. I realized that, to use the coupons, I would have to be buying things that I don’t normally buy, but was willing to give it a shot and see how it turned out. I planned ahead for extra time to compare prices and see if it would really add up to a big savings to buy things other than I usually do, etc.  Kids  well warned and bribed with the promise of candy, I went shopping.

I used the coupons and bought different things than I normally do (read: brand names instead of store names) and I bought in multiples if required, but when it was all said and done, I saved more than 12% and I didn’t even try hard! If I worked hard and went to a store that did double coupons (I dunno if there are any around here,) I could have saved even more, but hell, 12% is enough to convert me! Everything that I normally get was covered, but in different brands. I even got a mascara that I have wanted to try because I had a coupon for $5 off!!  An even bigger bonus?  We’ve been in a food rut.  Same ol’ same ol.’  Not this week.  This week we have new options!  It’s absurdly exciting to have a new cereal to look forward to or a new marinade to try.

And I saved money!!  So I guess this is a PSA for coupon use.  It really pays to clip ’em up.

One comment

  1. i am obsessive about coupons…..my dad saves them for me…..now, if we could just get the organic section to print coupons…..
    proud of you, girl!

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