Ka-Ka has started living on her own and now has to do her own food shopping. Thanks to the wonders of television, the idea of extreme couponing has now become an obsession of hers. She is not interested in stock piling toothpaste in the basement, but rather paying $0.02 for $100 worth of food.
So last week, she called me to see if I wanted to go food shopping and watch her attempt to save money (I think it was another attempt to be a featured topic on The Souzapalooza Blog). She made a shopping list and collected coupons on the items she needed. We made a little video about our Stop & Shop visit, including one of the better deals we had on Barilla Pasta and Sauce. Take a look :
Here are the register results of our attempt “extreme couponing”:
Ka-Ka (bought 31 items):
- Total before Coupons: $67.28
- Savings from Stop & Shop Card: $16.99
- Personal Thanks discount: $0.50
- Double Coupons: $0.35
- Manufacture’s Coupons: $2.35
- Ka-Ka’s Final Total (including tax): $47.56
Summary: Ka-Ka saved 30% of her original total, most of the savings coming from the use of her Stop & shop card (84%). 11% of her savings came from manufacture’s coupons. She was able to lower the average price per item by $0.64, from $2.17 to $1.59
Souzapalooza (bought 45 items):
- Total before Coupons: $123.25
- Savings from Stop & Shop Card: $26.93
- Personal Thanks discount: $0.20
- Double Coupons: $1.55
- Manufacture’s Coupons: $7.55
- Souzapalooza’s Final Total (including tax): $87.02
Summary: I saved 29% of my original total, most of the savings coming from the use of my Stop & shop card (74%). 21% of my savings came from manufacture’s coupons, 4% from double coupons. I was able to lower the average price per item by $0.77, from $2.74 to $1.97
Tips from Saving from the Souzapalooza Sisters:
- If you don’t already have one, get a store loyalty card! That is where you will save the most!
- Make a list (I was shopping with out one and ended up spending on things I didn’t necessarily need) plus, it saves you time.
- Bring ALL your coupons, not just the ones you plan on using. Some times there are items on sale that are not advertised in the circular that you might just have a coupon for.
- Understand your store’s double coupon program. Stop & Shop doubles coupons up to $0.99. Ka-Ka didn’t quite get that and was disappointed that more of her coupons were not doubled.
- Don’t be afraid to by the store brand. A lot of the time it is a better price for something that you probably wouldn’t notice a difference in any way!
- Check on-line for extra coupons. Sites like Coupons.com, Coupondad and Couponmom have printable coupons you can take to the store with you.
- Bring a calculator; or if you have one on your phone, use it. It is helpful for trying to figure out what the better buy is when comparing different sized items.
- If your store has a scan as you go option like ours, you should try it. You can monitor what you are spending and make sure that the prices are in agreement with those advertised.
Now get out there and start saving!!
- Stop & Shop Trip – Paid $0 (livingrichwithcoupons.com)
- Coupons shouldn’t be this difficult to use (jennstrathman.com)
- Is Extreme Couponing Hurting Self Esteem? (suddenlyfrugal.com)