I've gotten pretty passionate about my coupons this year...ask just about anyone who knows me. Many people question whether it's really worth it to use coupons. I had a few minutes to crunch some numbers today so I thought I'd share with you just a taste of what I'm saving on my grocery bill. I keep the majority of my grocery receipts. Today, I took JUST my City Market receipts and decided to figure out how much I've saved overall since the start of the year. Keep in mind this doesn't include every receipt. There are also some savings not counted on the receipts. Upromise adds money to an account so I don't save it at the time of purchase but I do get the money saved into an account for later use. Also, if I buy an item on 50% off clearance (which I frequently do with my breads) the discount doesn't show up in my savings totals. It rings up at 50% off but the savings don't count towards my savings since it's on clearance.
Anyways, here's what I came up with. Please keep in mind that I live in a rural area and things here generally cost MORE than more populated areas. Your savings can be even greater if the overall cost of your items is less.
This is the totals from the 11 City Market Receipts I have since the beginning of the year:
Total spent out of pocket (OOP): $406.65
Value Card Savings: $209.43
Manufacturer Coupon Savings: $167.05
Total savings of: $376.48
Total I WOULD have spent if I didn't have Value card savings and coupons: $783.48
Total percent saved of my purchases: 48%!!!
These are my regular grocery receipts! I'm buying items like milk, eggs, cereal, fruit, veggies, canned products, meat etc. I try very hard to just buy items that we use. I don't buy random stuff that I'll never use just to get good savings. This system works! If you have the time and you want to save money on your grocery bill, start looking at some of the links I have on the top right of my blog. My three favorites are probably couponmom.com, A Thrifty Mom, and Shortcuts.com
If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to help you through the process. I used to try and fail at using coupons until last Fall. Now, I LOVE my coupons!