Couponing (Week 3 Review) Questions Answered

May 27, 2008 at 8:59 am 1 comment

Total Order: $70.00

Store Ad Savings: $17

Coupons $8.00 (holding until items go on sale when possible)

Combined Savings: $25.00

That was roughly a quarter of my order.  Wow.  I like the ring of that.


Some of you have asked about my order.  Here was this week, mainly because I’m trying to memorize some prices and this is seeming like more fun that it would have a few weeks ago.   Whew…there needs to be a way to compare store prices without having to remember the price.  I’m so bad at this part

18 Eggs (2.72), I had no idea what I spent on eggs

sale bread (1.25),

texas bread 1.69 (LOVE this stuff, hard to find!  I use it for french toast treat for the kids this summer/bread for dinner)

butter (2 @ 1.44–counted toward DAIRY coupon),

2 FL Orange Juice (6.38 for both on sale, -1.50 on dairy, butter counted),

sugar (2.04),

milk (can’t find that on the receipt…it’s a secret code!)

bananas–group, (1.37)

lucky charms (2@ 2.00, -1.00 for both coupon),

picante sauce and sale chips ($4 total, but -1.00 w/coupon),

2 pounds deli roasted turkey, shaved (6.00),

kroger pizza crusts (3.39) kids can MAKE for fun while I paint,

SOLO cups and forks (Red’s b-day party is this month + sale + coupon),

scott T-tissue (coupon),

Wisk (saved 6.50 on my two with sale and ecoupon loaded on my card from home computer) YAY!  It worked! 

3 BBQ Sauce X3, on sale, 2.29 (we’re picky about this) 

Diet Pepsi (3.67 sale, needed for trip to eye surgery for The Hub),

Kroger Zip Storage Bags, 1.50

Kroger brand Women’s Multivitamin ($2 on sale.  I had a coupon, but couldn’t find that brand)

Heinz Ketchup, on sale, 1.58 (love that Heinz)

TIME:  10-15 minutes. 


STATE OF MIND:  It was a LOT more fun to shop…I had a great time

COMING HOME:  I was excited to put away my groceries (huge attitude change)

ENERGY:  I felt energized instead of drained when I got home from the store…BIG change for me.

CONTENT: (we have a few new brands, and I’m excited about the novelty)

TIME IN STORE:  no more time spent.  Actually, I was more focused, shopping around sales rather than aisles or what is on my menu.  Sales and our tastes dictate my menus rather than having to dream up stuff–love that!  I felt purposed.  Very fun.

STAFF:  Kroger…seamless, no attitude about coupons.  Friendly staff.  Even got a tip about ribs!


Here are some tips for those who are asking questions/curious/thinking about trying it for a while: 

  1. My binder?  My first was very basic.  In one week, I found another at the flea market used I like MUCH better, though.  It’s Children’s Place (thank you Jesus, for my leopard print and pink coupon binder.  I am so cool with this.)
  2. Crucial:  Find a zip up 3 ring with a pocket on the front cover (mine zips, but it doesn’t have to).  You can cram new coupons in there all week quickly for a few weeks, then file them when right before you shop if you have time.  (clutter off surfaces, Amen?) 
  3. Non-labeled ball-card pages in the front in case I don’t have time to technically file.  File as you shop, as the hub drives, or 30 seconds in the car before you go in
  4. Have a section for restaurant coupons in there.  It’s my first section after blank pages so I don’t forget them
  5. I really like a  slide pocket on the inside front cover for sorting piles (outdated, use today, or…go-back-to-get-the-thing-to-make-this-coupon-work).
  6. TIP:  Put your PURSE UNDER the binder in the front of the cart…keeps your purse out of sight. 
  7. Try the new restickable section dividers in neon colors–easily move them if you can’t see a section
  8.  Alphabetize your sections in your binder.  It’s easier.  
  9. On sections:  it takes a few weeks to figure out what to call your sections.  Just start and adjust as you go to meet your needs.  I ditched four sections yesterday in favor of something that helped me find things more quickly.  (Yogurt was cancelled for Dairy.  I created one for detergents instead of just “cleaning”.)  Don’t panic, let your coupons dictate what sections you have to begin with and build from there. 
  10. Take your binder with you like you would your purse…if it’s full for the week, keep it in the car.  If you are re-building new coupons, take it in the house for a few days.  I build once a week for 5 minutes, (right now…primarily on, and with in-store coupons, and my store website). 

 Trying it?  Let me know!  I’m going to try to find some of my back coupons and compare if I have time.


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  • 1. Cindy  |  May 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I found some plastic pocketed inserts for my smaller planner binder–plan to give it a shot.

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