I really must have been inspired after my Southern Savers workshop. After several weeks, I think it's starting to click for me at Harris Teeter... now I want to learn how to save at other stores. CVS and Lowes Foods are next. Afterall, I don't want those stores to think I'm neglecting them. I know so many offer great savings for their customers, but I've had to build up my brain power and confidence to even consider moving on.
First of all, there is a disclaimer. My brother-in-law and his family have great careers at Nestle-Purina, based in St. Louis. When they found out we were buying another brand (a more expensive brand allegedly suited for my big-breeded-sensitive-stomached fur baby), they told us we were wasting our money and convinced us to switch because of the ingredients in Purina's big breed formulas.
Oh, yeah... and they gave us coupons. (And this was WAY before I even thought of using coupons.)
So, this week we got an awesome stack of coupons in the mail. It was for a FREE bag of Purina, up to $31... so that is what makes this shopping trip a little more impressive.
Aside from that, here's what else I got: frozen veggies ($.24) each, Oil of Olay face wash ($.83), FREE toothpaste, toothbrushes and Starkist tuna. I had to pay $2.33 in taxes, which was more than my subtotal of $1.55)
The best thing? I literally spent 15 minutes in the store. I knew what I wanted, I brought in only the coupons I needed (so no binder - though I really love mine) and it was like an undercover couponing trip! I bought meat last week on sale and have produce already, so I'm pretty good for next week!
TOTAL SPENT THIS WEEK (From 1-7 to 1-14) = $17.46 on $162.67 worth of stuff! That's a little more than a tenth of the retail value!
**Not everything will be on sale when you go shopping, but you won't feel as guilty for buying when you make up for it like this!**
Also... please be ethical when couponing. Know the store policy, don't clear a shelf just for a good deal, don't do anything illegal like dumpster diving, and don't tamper with your coupons. I feel like I owe it to people to share that for a while since a lot of people who are reading this are new to whole coupon concept. Happy shopping!