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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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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.