Well, I think that example is pretty rare, maybe one in a million. DH and I are huge bargain shoppers and coupon clippers (DH is the coupon clipper, actually), and we usually spend about $50 a week for a family of four. Last week we got $126 worth of groceries for $54. We only shop three weeks a month, sometimes, only two, depending on what we have in the house.
I clip coupons from the Sunday paper every week and from Web sites like red plum and smart shopper, as well as individual product Web sites. There is a blog I use (www.savingmomsmoney.com) that gives links to printable coupons that coincide with the weekly sales in my area. We shop two local Supermarkets that have weekly buy-one-get-one-free deals. I buy one item, get one free, and use a coupon for both. Some Web sites only allow you to print one coupon form a given IP address, so I usually print one from work and one from home. Other sites (like Target) will let you print as many as you want, and since our supermarket accepts competitor coupons, I use the Target coupons there a lot.
For instance, my kids love yogurt and last week the supermarket we frequent had four-packs of Yoplait fiber yogurt on bogo, regular price $2.29. I found a Web site that had a coupon for $1.25 off, and another Web site that had a coupon for $1 off. I printed two of each. We bought two packs of yogurt, got two free, and used four coupons. SO, we actually spent 8 cents for 16 little cups of yogurt that will easily last a week in our house, even if the kids eat one every day.
Sometimes even if I don't have a coupon, I will still get the bogo item, but not always. And of course there are always a few things we NEED that are not on bogo, so that brings the cost up a little.
Now, if I ONLY bought bogo items WITH coupons, I could probably come a lot closer to the 1 cent bill, but I am not that hardcore, we do get some things just becasue we like them.
Wanted to add that it really is not all that time consuming. I spend about 20 minutes online at work printing coupons on Friday. Then on Sunday after church, my husband clips all the Sunday paper coupons and organizes them according to what is on sale that week, while checking the supermarket Web site. I go on the computer and print more coupons. Takes us about an hour a week, that's all.
Also, I never buy items just becasue I have a coupon. If it's not really cheaper or not something we are going to eat, what good would that do?
· 10 years ago