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Wow - guess how much I have saved this year on groceries?

Posted November 29, 2010
Updated November 30, 2010

I am very excited about the milestone we have reached with our grocery and drug store savings so far this year. I just finished entering the receipt from today's trip to Lowe's Foods and it brought my savings this year to $10,013.27! Reaching that $10,000 mark again this year is pretty thrilling - especially since I stayed within my weekly budget of $70. My average spent per week so far this year is $69.42.  

The best part is that we are still eating all the fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains and meats we should be eating - we just pay very little for all the other stuff!

I'll give you a final savings and spending total for the year in early January. Until then, I hope this motivates you to stay focused during the holidays. It is very easy to overspend on holiday meals and parties. Keep using those coupons and shopping those sales and don't use the holiday as an excuse to slack off. Yes, I'm talking to you! ha ha

Happy saving!



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 1, 2010

    I understand your point, bprentice, which is why I always include my actual amount spent ($69 per week average). That number is just as exciting to me and much more tangible in real terms.

    And - there are many people who do not shop sales or use coupons at all. They do pay $6 for a 12 pack (I know, it's horrifying!). I have met too people who pay full price a lot of the time and then wonder where their money is going. For them, the $10,000 that could have been spent is very accurate.

    Thanks for your perspective!

  • Nancy Dec 1, 2010


    So, the upshot is in order to be able to determine a savings percentage, you have to use the regular price of the items based on the store you shopped with.

    Otherwise, there is no way to determine total savings.

    Either way, saving at the level one does with using coupons and pairing it up with sales/doubling etc is how you realize the best overall savings, no matter WHAT the original price would be at whatever store you're shopping.

    HT may have higher prices, but they also offer some of the best deals around for coupons/sales combinations, without factoring in their regular price, when you walk out with items for pennies, you know you've saved well :)

  • Nancy Dec 1, 2010

    bprentice - sadly, if you check the price of coke at HT, that $6.19 is their regular price, just like their regular price on a 2 ltr is $1.79.

    Have you noticed the 'sale' price of a 12 pack at the drug stores lately? 3/$11 is a sale price.

    But the whole premise of saving with coupons is based on current market prices, no matter where you buy the product. So if you buy it at the drug store on sale or grocery store(s) on sale, you are having to base your realized savings against their regular prices.

    If it makes you appreciate your savings more by using a different method of accounting - just add up what you saved in coupons alone, and realize that every coupon you used is real money that did not come out of your wallet.

    For instance, coupon savings alone for me this year totals for all grocery/drug store shopping was $8,062.78. That is coupons only, not sale price discount figures.

    What can you do with $8K :)

  • bprentice2 Nov 30, 2010

    The one issue I have with this kind of accounting is that you are counting savings off a highly inflated "regular price" that, in many cases, you wouldn't actually pay... You'd opt out or buy a cheaper substitute. For example, at my local Harris Teeter I noticed that Coke 12 pack cans were $6.19 "regular price" bur on sale, buy two and get three "free". No one in their right mind is going to pay $6.19 for one twelve pack. They'd either buy two, and get three 'free' averaging $2.48 or so apiece, or they'd get Coke @ $4.19, or go somewhere else.

  • baseballmomma Nov 30, 2010

    Please send me a spreadsheet.

    Thanks for your suggestions & this site.

  • mairimizaguirre Nov 30, 2010

    Hi Faye
    I will also like a copy of yopur spread sheet. I have been couponing for about a year now and I love it. I feed a family of 4, two adults and two todllers (1 and 3) and a large Dog. Last month a spent a total of $250 and that includes diapers cleaning, paper goods and everything else. So I'm very proud of myself.
    Thanks a lot for all you do, you are an inspiration to a lot of us.

  • mntruax Nov 30, 2010

    Hi, just an FYI, I was at target in Wake Forest today, and the had baking potatoes and sweet potatoes for 25 cent / lb. needless to say, I stocked up!! Not sure when it ends. ;)

  • Oxymoron02 Nov 30, 2010

    Another option, instead of posting a pdf or emailing everyone, is to save it as a public Google doc and post a link to it. Then we could all download it. :)

    I haven't kept track of my savings at all, but I can tell you that I was uberfrugal BEFORE starting to coupon. I haven't spent any less since starting to coupon (as my bank statements show :), but I have bought a lot more with that same money.

    I only started couponing in August, took the plunge when the car needed a new transmission and the only flexibility in the monthly budget to pay it off was my grocery money. I figured a few printed coupons and $2 a week for the paper could definitely help me spread my REALLY thin budget a little further. My precouponing budget was $2/person/day for all meals, cleaning supplies, paper, etc. My OMG-that-budget-is-shot budget became 30 cents/person/day for 3 months. Couponing and my previous stockpiling SAVED us.

    Your blog is one of several that kept me on track. Thanks Faye.

  • jmbjohnston Nov 30, 2010

    Faye, I would love a copy of the THANKS!!!!

  • bfcoupons1 Nov 30, 2010

    Can you email me the spreadsheet if you can Faye? Thank you tons and Congrats on incredible savings!!! I want to be like you when I grow up... :)