Thursday, May 16, 2013

What $100 can buy using coupons

Each photo above accurately represents $100 worth of merchandise. The "On Sale" photo is also approximately what you would spend at Walmart. This is a 100% real photo representation, because I saved my receipts over a few months and then added all of the items retail, sale and after coupon prices then collected them from my own shelves. 

All of the merchandise in the bottom photo would have been $330 buying full retail and $230 buying at the sale price at the time I bought it. I paid just $100 for everything you see in that photo. That is a 70% savings off retail and a 57% additional savings off of the sale price just by stocking up during sales using coupons! 

Note that it isn't all processed junk food, either. (A common myth about couponing.) There's paper and plastic storage goods, cleaning and laundry supplies, over-the-counter medicines and vitamins, baby wipes, hygiene supplies, baking and cooking goods, condiments, canned beans, tomatoes and soups, dried potatoes and pasta, bath and hair goods, coffee and tea and even dairy products!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saving 50% or more on groceries without coupons!

If you don't want to clip manufacturer coupons from the paper or print them from the internet, you can still save a lot of money just by using couponing strategies!

1. Get a store savings card (a must-have to get the sale prices!)
2. Check flyer for "bundle,"  WYB or "stock up" sales.
3. Check store flyer or booklets found in the store for store "sale" coupons.
4. Stock up on items when they are cheapest.

Here is an example of the savings you can get this week at Pick 'N Save/Copp's just by taking advantage of the sales, in-store flyer and store savings booklet coupons (no clipping or downloading required!) Here is a list showing how you can save 50% or more on many items!

Obviously, you wouldn't want or need all of the items listed below, but if you were to buy everything as listed, you would spend $93.37 instead of $210.89. That is an overall savings of 56% and not one coupon to clip! Of course, if you do have coupons for the items, you can increase your savings even more!

WYB = "When you buy"

Red Gold Tomatoes or Sauce  39¢ WYB 10 (75% savings)

Whole Rotisserie Chicken 99¢ WYB 10 Knorr side dishes $1.00 each (49% savings)

Quaker Cereal $1.49 WYB 6 (62% savings)

Quaker Chewy Bars or soft-baked granola $1.49 WYB 6 (54% savings)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.99 WYB 6 (50% savings)

Tombstone or Jack's Naturally Rising Pizza $2.49 each WYB 4 and use $2 store flyer coupon (58% savings)

Old dutch chips (selected) $2 WYB 3 (53% savings)

Roundy's sour cream 98¢ (51% savings)

B LEVE shampoo, conditioner, body wash $4 WYB 2 (50% savings)

Bellatoria Ultra Thin pizza $4 WYB 2 (50% savings)

1 lb. Fresh Strawberries $2.50 (50% savings)

Edy's ice cream or frozen yogurt $2.98 WYB 2 (50% savings)

Fresh Express Romaine salad mix $1.50 (50% savings)

Gatorade selected products $1 (50% savings)

Oscar Mayer Franks $1.78 with store coupon (50% savings)

Top Care mouth rinse $1.50 (50% savings)