March 22, 2009

Adventures in Couponing

This past week has been crazy around here.
  • Gauge got sick on Monday with a super high fever. We spent the majority of that night in the urgent care thinking he had an ear infection or something. Nope nothing! They didn't give him any kind of medicine....just has to suffer through it.
  • Tuesday, my awesome mom volunteered to watch the kids so I could go to work. Gauge wasn't allowed back at school until his fever had been gone for 24 hours. I also had a parent/teacher conference with Grace's teacher that night.
  • Wednesday Gauge went to school only to be sent home early because his fever came back. Shawn had Youth Group until 9:30 pm.
  • Thursday, I stayed home from work because Gauge still wasn't feeling well. That evening, Shawn had a Youth Group meeting until 10pm.
  • Friday, Shawn took off work to stay home with Gauge.
I say all this to simply say that we did not have time to do our weekly grocery and drug store run. So what did we do? We spent a portion of our date night at Meijer and Walgreens. Fun, huh? I have vowed that no matter what......I will never wait that late in the week to go again. There were about 5 items that were not in stock. Ask my hubby, I was right down mad about it! And, I don't have patience for rain checks.

But regardless of our lateness, we still raked in some pretty awesome savings! Check out my receipt from Meijer!


Yep, you read it correctly.
I SAVED $84.59 WITH MY COUPONS AND IN STORE SAVINGS!
It came to a total of $158.82 before my coupons........
We paid $74.23.


It would have been even less if we didn't buy non sale items such as:
toenail clippers for our dog ($11.99), Dog biscuits ($2.19), Handsoap Refill ($4.97), 2 pot roasts ($8.34),dusting spray ($2.97), Milk ($4.38), and OJ ($2.79). If we would have stuck to ONLY buying things we had a coupon for and not the above items....we would have only spent $36.71!!!
 




7 comments:

  1. Don't you hate it when you can't find the things you need or can't use coupons. As a newbie myself I find it frustrating. My grocery store trip yesterday was this way. But I am glad to see you're progressing well. What week of couponing are you on? I'm on Week 3.

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  2. You did awesome!!

    I hate it when items are not in stock too!

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  3. Great job, I bet Gauge has what my kids had it lasted a week and a half with really high fevers and we could only suffer through. I hope he is better soon!

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  4. You're amazing! I still haven't looked into the "how-to's" of couponing, but I did bookmark the blog you recommended in an earlier post. I'm ridiculously behind on my BabyKakes orders, trying to get my house in order after basically 3 years of not doing much (!), and now I think I've got a rib out of place, so I'm pretty much just sitting around. ERrr...
    But your receipts keep inspiring me!
    By the way...I REALLLLLY want to meet in person sometime soon! Hopefully one day this summer we can get together at the zoo, splash pad, or something!

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  5. Awesome and congrats on the savings!

    I was reading your list of non-sale items~you can get really good sized (and good scents) liquid handsoaps at the dollar stores, for $1. And they also carry good cleaning products too. Every little bit helps righ!

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  6. You go girl!!! I also use coupons. They're awesome. I'm a stay-at-home mom so any way I can save is great for me. I dream of the day when I can slash half of my grocery bill.

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  7. Wow! That's awesome! I really need to get back on track with my couponing!

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