In 2012, I heard of a show called Extreme Couponing, it wasnt something I watched but heard people around me share how on the show people paid close to nothing for a lot of bags they purchased at their local grocery store. I thought how could this be?? how could someone take home more than $300 worth of groceries for a few dollars? Could this be something I can do as well? Well, time passed by and as I glance on TV what to watch I saw they were giving a few episodes of the show so we decided to see it for ourselves. At first I was amazed on how many items they got for free but the more I watched the more confused I would got, so right away I thought this wasnt for me. A few months later, my niece and a friend share how we can make it work by getting deals that are on bogo and matching it with a manufacture (mfr) coupon. So, I started to search on coupons.com site for any good coupons of products I would use, printed a few and waited until it was time to go shopping.
A few days later My friend calls me and tells me some of the items that were on bogo and how there was some coupons I could print to match the deal, so the next day I printed the ones she mentioned and headed to my nearest supermarket.
It was my first time and I didn’t know if it would work, I handed my coupons, he started to scanned my coupons and my husband and I right away watched at the screen while my total amount to pay was going down. Once he stops he told me my final price and I couldn’t believe that a few pieces of paper (coupons) had saved me almost half of my trip. and that was the beginning of a true couponer ejeje..
Here is a glance on how much we have saved just by cutting a few coupons and searching for weekly deals:
Our estimate monthly grocery amounts were
- Walmart: $200 – $300
- Sams: $125 – $175
Estimate Monthly Total of $325 – $475
Estimate Yearly Total of $3900 – $5700
My first trip was october 27 of 2012 and after that I kept track of my spending to see how much I was saving per month.
Year 2012 (November and December)
- November Purchase 1095.37 Paid Out of Pocket 111.64 % Saved 89.81%
- December Purchase 1230.85 Paid Out of Pocket 34.10 % Saved 97.23%
Year 2013 (January – December Year Summary)
- Purchase 12,304.95 Paid Out of Pocket 728.02 % Saved 94.08%
Year 2014 (January – July 7 months Summary)
- Purchase 5474.82 Paid Out of Pocket 816.18 % Saved 85.10%
Overall (Since Nov 2012 – July 2014)
- Purchases $20,105.99
- Paid Out of Pocket 1689.94
- % Saved 91.60%
You can too begin to cut your grocery expenses up to 50% off a year.. On my next post I will share a little more of some steps you can get started by checking weekly deals from your local supermarket (Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Shop-Rite, Meijer, Safeway and others as well) local drug store (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid).