Abby’s Success Story!

Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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Here is another great success story. Abby saved 76% off of her grocery bill without going to extremes. Way to go, Abby!

Marnie

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Couponing started for me, like many others, after watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing. I consider myself a very smart, business minded person and I knew that I could save some serious money! I started couponing by doing a google search on free coupons. I was lucky enough to find Marnie and her freecoupons site on Facebook.

From there, I settled into a routine on how I actually coupon. Let me just say, I have only been doing this a few months. I spend about 2-3 hours a week couponing/organizing for a trip. I only go to one grocery store, once a week.

Before couponing, I was spending at least $75 a week at the store. Now, I spend less that $40, and get a lot more things than before. People always ask, how do you get started? Or, where do you get your coupons? These are a few of my favorite tips:

  • Know what a good deal is; just because you have a coupon for it doesn’t mean it’s a good buy.
  • Stay organized! Know your store’s coupon policy.
  • And of course, stick to a plan!!! The exception: unless of course you run into a clearance item that you have a coupon for.

Here is a picture of my most recent shopping adventure. My sub-total was 131.11, and I spent 31.70. That’s a savings of 99.41, or 76%! Not bad, for not being a chronic stockpiler=]

This is everything in the picture:
10- 32 oz powerades purchased with a competitor coupon
2-1 liter Listerine bottles purchased with a competitor coupon +Manf. coupon=FREE
1-Box of Mamma Bella Garlic Bread, saved on this with an instore promo on frozen food
4-boxes of fishsticks (we ate one), instore frozen food promo+manf. coupon
4-boxes of Lean Cuisines, instore frozen food promo+manf. coupon
2- pounds of hamburger
4-pounds chicken thighs
1-pineapple
2-airwick aerosal fresheners, used BOGO coup +1.00 off 2 coupon=FREE
1-bag Ore-Idea Sweet Potato Fries, instore frozen food promo, + Manf coup
2-Bag Dole Salad, Peelie Manf. coup
1- 3 pack disp razors, Manf coup
2-pints of ben & jerry’s ice cream, instore frozen food promo +ecoupon +comp coup=FREE
1- blue bunny ice cream, competitor coupon + Manf. Coupon

I also used a fresh & easy $10 of $50, a Food City $5 of $50, and an Albertsons $2 off $25.

Sometimes I feel like running up to a Mom with 3 kids in the grocery store, and inviting her to my house for a coupon lesson. I don’t care that people look at me funny because I have a big old binder in my cart, with a calculator in one hand, and my pen in the other. I’m saving money, and I wish I could share it with everyone!!! If anybody has any questions, or needs help on ANYTHING feel free to contact me!!

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