I jumped into the coupon world yesterday. There are two reasons I was hesitant to try couponing. First, I try to eat healthy whenever possible, which means no processed foods. Most of the coupons I run across are for processed junk. Second, to be completely honest, couponers kind of creep me out and I didn’t want to be lumped in that group!
However, after seeing all the fun Michelle Li at WECT/Fox Wilmington was having, without being creepy, I decided to give it a try.
In our first outing, we spent $194.06 (before tax) for $296.51 worth of groceries. Now I realize that’s an awful lot more than those you see who spend $6.32 for $300 worth of groceries, but keep in mind we’re not buying food just because we have a coupon for it either. We’re also not trying to stockpile food for the next two years. The food that we buy is going to go bad if we don’t eat it within a few weeks. And that’s just the way I like it. So while we spent close to $200. We saved over $100 and that’s pretty freakin’ awesome.
Here’s a tiny sample of what we got:
Two bottles of Arm & Hammer laundry detergent
Original price: $12.98
VIC price: $10.98
Total cost: $9.98, savings of $3.00
10 Cups of Greek Yogurt
Original price: $14.50
VIC price: $10.00
eVIC coupon: $1.00
Total cost: $9.00, Savings of $5.50
Oral B Brush Refills (3 pack)
Original price: $24.99
VIC price: $17.99
eVIC coupon: $5.00
Total cost: $9.99, Savings of $15.00
Harris Teeter also had a special where as a VIC member, if you spend $75, you get $15 off. Not too shabby. Every single thing we bought was either on sale, or something we had a coupon for. In many cases, it was both on sale and we had a coupon. The only things we paid full price for this trip were lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.
There are so many tips and tricks I don’t know yet that I’m sure could have shaved a few more dollars off of our bill, but I’m happy with our start and can’t wait to go back for more.