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Friday, November 7, 2008

Trying to be frugal



About a month ago, I went to a coupon "class" with Toni and the lady showed us techniques to save money by couponing. You had to get some extra Sunday subscriptions of the RJ (Review Journal, our local paper) in order to make it worthwhile and the coupon people had struck up a deal with the RJ for every extra subscription (a 6 month subscription) you paid $19.95 I think. So I decided to try it and so I now get 5 Sunday papers. There is a website that links all the coupons to the weekly grocery specials. I started this two weeks ago and forgot to post my savings on my first purchase, but it was 10 items for $9.00 and 4 of them were boxes of cereal. I had got that deal before my coupons had really "kicked in". So today I went to Albertsons and Smiths. This was my second attempt at being frugal. The first picture with 8 boxes of cereal and three bags of pizza rolls was at Albertsons. I got all that for $8.94 which averages out to $.81 per item (that is with the three $5.00 off my next purchase coupons I received at checkout). The second picture was at Smiths. 3 boxes cereal, 6 tubes of toothpaste and a 10 pack of razors for $6.60, that averages out to $.66 per item!! Now that I've exposed our eating habits to the world, I will justify it by saying, yes, my kids eat cold cereal for breakfast! Actually Tanner and Talon have it a lot for a snack, so I will go through it and I can already taste the homemade Chex Mix I'll be making for Christmas!! Anyway, you'll have to bear with me as I embark on this "couponing" experience as I want to document it for the next 6 months to see if I really do save money and it's worth my time. So far, I'm loving it!!

5 comments:

gwen said...

wow! it's worked so far!

Kathy said...

OH...Kim...a girl after my heart!
Have you gotten your turkeys from Vons yet?? I have six...I don't know how many more my freezer can hold!

Ixchelle said...

Your halloween pictures are so cool. Please keep posting about your coupon success. I might just have to start cutting them out more often.

Andrea said...

That is great...I love good bargains. My friend in Utah does something very similar and says she saves tons. I was waiting for when someone would do this here and link up the coupons to the sales. I might have to take up a new hobby...grocery shopping...oh and then cooking too. I avoid it as much as possible.

The Schauers Family said...

I used to be the coupon queen in my ward . . . years ago! Looks like I need to dust off my crown and get back to clipping! I have a REALLY yummy Chex Mix recipe -- but you have to email me to get it!!! Miss you!