Tuesday, October 16, 2007

~Monday's Savings~

This is my first month doing the coupon thing and I must say it gives you some sort of "high" to save all this money with coupons lol. However I have noticed I'm buying things I would NOT have bought with my original grocery list. So will I really save money? I've been able to comfortable feed my family on $80 a month ($20/week) and I'm wondering now that I'm buying all these extra items just because of the deal......is it really helping me? Time will tell.

It sure is helping my "Toiletries" expenses because I did need toothpaste and shampoo/conditioner this month and I saved on those with coupons!

Here is what I got yesterday shopping some of the local deals:

* Toothpaste (NEED)

I paid $4.02 for 5 tubes of (brand name) toothpaste. That is roughly 80 cents each. However here is what I paid for each one:

  • Aquafresh 6.4oz - 24 cents (sale coupon for 99 cents and then I had a 75 cents off coupon)
  • Colgate (large size) 8.2oz - $1.50 & Colgate Total 4.2oz - 50 cents (sale coupon 2/$3 and then I had a $1.00 off coupon)
  • Crest 6.4oz x 2 - 89 cents each (I had manufactured coupons that took off $3.00)

* Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner (NEED)


I will NOT use any other shampoo/conditioner for my hair than Garnier Fructis. It used to be Finesse but they stopped carrying the kind I used. So I had to research and try a new product back in March and my hair has improved dramatically since using Garnier Fructis and I love it.

I normally pay $2.96 per each bottle, but I had 3 - $1.00 off coupons so I got a total of $3.00 off. Normally I would have paid $8.88 for these 3 items, but this month I only paid $5.88! So definitely coupons are helping my "Toiletries" budget! (I also am going to buy a family size bottle of the shampoo at Walgreen's for 6.99 and then I will get a rebate back in about 8 weeks for 6.99, so essentially it's free besides tax, I just have to wait for the rebate money.)

* Cereal (Not a Need and wouldn't normally buy)

I don't buy cereal normally unless it's under $1 a box. Well Safeway has a good deal going this week and I got 3 General Mills cereals for $2. That is roughly 67 cents each.

* Brownie Mix (Definetely wouldn't normally buy NOT A NEED)

I don't buy premade mixes, I make my own but this was such a good deal, didn't make sense to pass up! 2 boxes for $1.00, so 50 cents each at Safeway this week.



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2 comments:

Paula said...

I agree-when you save a lot of money with coupons, it does feel like a high!! You will feel much better about saving all that money and buying the extras when it's really cold outside and you won't have to run to the store to buy the items when you run out of them because you will have stocked up!

Those brownies were a great bargain!!

Blessings,
Paula

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Paula!

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