Shannen’s Coupon Experiment
Do 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 Started
I 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-Martbecause 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, it’s hard to really tell how much I was saving by buying my produce there rather than at the supermarket. Generally, Aldi’s 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.
I 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.
- Pork roasts ($1.19/lb),
- Pillsbury crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, biscuits (45 cents each)
- Powerades ( 50 cents)
- Cottage cheese (93 cents)
- 64 oz apple juice (99 cents)
- Ore Ida tater tots ( $1.53)
- Aztec tortilla shells (15 cents)
- Campbell’s Chunky soup (84 cents)
- Grapes (99 cents/lb)
- Bananas ( 39 cents/lb)
- Pears (99 cents/lb)
- Goldfish ($1)
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 I’m able to save around $250 or more each month, it’s worth it. With all the money I’m saving, maybe just maybe my husband will let us take our kids to Disneyland next summer!