Today Ben had a dentist appointment for his regular checkup. Since we lost our insurance recently, I called ahead to find out how much this visit would be. $135. Okay. Budgeted that in for the month, but since this is also back to school month and a month where we have three family birthdays, things were going to be really tight! So, when we got there, I asked the hygenist if we could please not do xrays this time (even though they were due) and just do them next time. She looked at his chart and since his teeth are always in great condition she said that would be fine. Money saved for asking this one simple question ……….. $30!
After his dental appointment, I had the rare chance to do all of my grocery shopping at 4 different stores, in one straight shot. Literally, all four stores I wanted to go to were within the same 5 miles on the same road! So, since opportunity presented itself I took advantage of it. Here is how things turned out:
We went to Publix, CVS, Winn Dixie and Dollar General Market (not the regular Dollar General, but something more like a “superstore” version of Dollar General).
Grand Total (before coupons, sales and discounts): $93.54
Total after coupons, sales and discounts: $42.45
Total savings: $51.09
Here is what we got:
4 boxes of Fruity Pebbles (that have $4 in coupons in each box)
2 bottles of Sunny D
1 gallon of T G Lee Milk
3 dozen eggs (2, 18 count packs)
1 loaf of Natures Own bread
1 package of hot dog buns
2 pounds of ground chuck
2 jars of Classico alfredo sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
4 jars of Skippy peanut butter
1 jar parmesean cheese
1 bottle pancake syrup
4 packages of Yakisoba japanese noodles
2 boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix
2 boxes Kraft mac & cheese
1 package cream cheese
9 pounds of chicken legs
3 pounds of chicken tenders (boneless skinless)
Most of the chicken will be used for a birthday party I am hosting on the 14th. When I get deals like these, it really is a combo of sales & coupons & reward card discounts. I am a HUGE fan of clipping my coupons. I know a lot of couponing sites out there tell you to just file your booklets of coupons and you just clip them as you need them. If you do that, you are relying on other people to know what coupons you have. If you clip and file all your coupons, you ALWAYS know which coupons you have on hand and you can take advantage of all the opportunities available to you.
I love sharing that it is possible to get GREAT grocery deals, even here in Florida where we don’t have double coupons (BOOOOOOOO!). At the same time, I don’t want to bore anyone with too many details. If any readers out there want me to post detailed ways I get these deals, just let me know by commenting on this post and I will do that for you! Also, if you want me to post all the shopping trips I do (one grocery trip and one drugstore trip each week, usually) then let me know that too!
Some people might think that this takes a lot of time. I do spend time each week (usually Sunday and Wednesday) going over the flyers, clipping and filing my coupons and pulling the old ones out. Most of the time I watch shows I have recorded or movies on the Netflix streaming. I usually spend a few hours (maybe 5 or so????? at the most). I usually do two shopping trips per week (CVS and Walgreens on Sunday then the grocery stores on Thursday or Friday) but they take one hour for each trip. I don’t spend 40 hours clipping and then 6 hours in the stores or anything like that! I look at it this way, if I save $100 per week (not hard to do between the drug store sales and the grocery sales) and I spend a total of 7 hours (5 clipping/filing plus the 2 shopping) then I made almost $15 per hour TAX FREE for my efforts ($100 saved divided by 7 hours). That is money I don’t have to spend and I get all the things my family needs! That is a pretty good deal to me!