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Shannen's Coupon ExperimentDo you ever wonder if all the clipping, organizing, and sale hunting each week is worth the money you save each week? The month of September I decided to conduct yet another experiment with my coupon shopping and see exactly how much money I was saving my family by using coupons, price matching at Wal-Mart, and following sales at the local supermarkets.
What I Did to Get StartedI kept my receipts from each shopping trip and kept a tally of how much I spent and how much I saved at each trip. Even if I only saved a $1 at Wal-Mart because I used a coupon, I included it. I also recorded how much I spent at Aldi each week, which averaged around $30.00 for our fresh fruits and vegetables. So while I know I was saving money at Aldi each week, itís hard to really tell how much I was saving by buying my produce there rather than at the supermarket. Generally, Aldiís produce prices are lower. Normally, I would have gone to the supermarket to price compare, but since my time is very limited during the fall, I just decided to include Aldi as a separate part.
My findingsI totaled up my receipts for September, and I spent $627.15 on groceries where I used coupons, price matched and followed sales. I ended up saving $256.68 on our groceries this month or about 41%. I also spent an additional $144.11 at Aldi, so really my total savings for the month was 33.2%. I think my savings would be more had I gone to the supermarket to compare prices on produce.
This month I found great deals at the supermarkets in my area. One of my favorite stores offered a great Catalina deal and another tripled coupons one week. Here are just a few of the things that I bought last month.
Spending some extra time is worth it
So while it does take me a little bit of time each week getting my grocery lists organized, sorting through my coupons, and then going to the supermarket, if Iím able to save around $250 or more each month, itís worth it. With all the money Iím saving, maybe just maybe my husband will let us take our kids to Disneyland next summer!
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