I'm sure you are familiar with the term "Extreme Couponing". It's all over the internet and now there are a few TV shows on TLC dedicated to it. Extreme couponing is an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries.
My son, Brandon is addicted to these Extreme Couponing shows and has decided that we need to try it.
For the last week he has been printing out on-line coupons and helped me clip coupons from the Sunday newspaper. Then he compared them to the grocery store circulars to see where he could find the best deals.
We ended up going to four stores that are relatively close to one another.
After each purchase, Brandon checked his list to make sure the sales price and coupon price was deducted correctly from the receipt.
First stop was Target. We purchased 2 Tide laundry detergents. Target had them on sale for $11.99 each. We had a Target coupon and manufacture coupon for at total of $3.00. In addition, Target was giving a $5.00 gift card promotion when purchasing these items.
Original pre-sale cost: $25.98
Our cost: $15.98
Saving of $10.00
Next stop was Petco.
We purchased 4 bags of Natural Choice cat food. (one 15.5lb, one 7lb. and two 3.5lb.)
The 15.5lb bag was originally $35.49 but they had it on clearance for $17.00.
The 7lb. bag was originally $22.99 and it was on clearance for $16.09.
The two 3.5lb bags were not on sale and cost $11.99 each.
Petco was having a promotion for $3.00 off Natural Choice cat food.
I also had four $2.00 coupons.
To top it off I had a $5.00 Pet-pal rewards coupon.
Original pre-sale cost: $82.46
Our cost: $41.07
Savings of $41.39
Weis Supermarket was having a sale on Zest Body Wash, Gain scent booster and Era laundry detergent.
Zest Body Wash original price $2.89.
Gain Scent Booster original price $6.69.
Era laundry detergent original price $4.39
After coupons we ended up paying $1.00 for each Zest Body Wash!
Original pre-sale cost $33.72
Our cost $16.92
Savings of $16.80
Giant Supermarket is where we bought the most.
Pepsi, Cheerios, Red Baron Pizza, Campbells soups, Lysol wipes, and a few other things.
Original pre-sale cost $83.56
Our cost $56.93
Savings of $26.63
Total Original pre-sale cost $225.72
Total cost we paid $130.90
Savings of $94.82
Please note: I only purchased items that I use and we had coupons for.
We didn't do as well as those folks on the TV shows. I can't figure out how they can get an entire grocery cart full of food for only a few dollars.
I am not complaining though. Saving almost $95.00 is making me very happy!