Yesterday afternoon I put all the couponing tips I got from friends and my cute new coupon organizer to good use! I had clipped two weekends worth of coupons that I had been saving one week-night so Sunday morning I just had to add a few additional coupons from the morning paper. I also made sure to look through the Publix and Target fliers as I was making my grocery list.
I saved $7.90 at Target! Woo hoo – I have never used a coupon at Target before so this was exciting. We needed dog food which was on sale and I had a coupon for it – score! I had a few other coupons for items I noticed that were on sale at Target that we needed or would need soon. Also, I noticed that Target discounts 5 cents for every reusable shopping bag you use. While this is not a huge money-maker I hope it will remind me to bring my bags to Target (I never think to bring them there). I am glad I looked through the Target ad – I saw what was on sale and could make my list accordingly and check to see if I needed any of the sale items before getting to the store. I also saw that Target was giving away one reusable bag for each purchase while supplies lasted. The cashier did not offer a bag so I am glad I knew to ask.
I am very proud of my Publix savings – $21.78! I love that they break down your savings to show whether it was through a coupon or through sales. The tips that saved me the most were to make two meals a week based on what is on sale at the store. I generally buy stuff that is on sale but I felt more organized and I had already thought out a few meals using the items that were on sale. I was also able to check my stock at home to see if I needed any other sale items or had coupons for sale items (which I have now learned is the best time to buy – when it is on sale and you have a coupon!).We also needed a car wash so we put the needed gas in the car to get $1 off the car wash. Which puts us at $30 saved for our outing yesterday. Not to shabby if you ask me.
Don’t worry – I will not be doing these as weekly updates 🙂