My friend, Jana, just left the following comment that I'd love to address:
Megan, great posts on coupons! I am so very interested in doing this. However, when I look through the flyers in Sunday's paper (NE PA) and on these sites you've posted, I am not finding much that I even buy. Is is me? or the area I live? Maybe you or some of your readers would post a grocery list of what they are actually getting and saving?!? Just an idea and thanks again!
Jana, GREAT question and one that I have dealt with in the past. There are TONS of coupons that I DON'T use! We try to eat healthy and make homemade meals. I don't buy pre-made cookie dough, lots of chips, medicine or tons of other coupon items. However, by couponing, I find what is on sale (with and without coupons) and save money buying the items we DO use with coupons. I'll paste my grocery list from this week below. It's pretty random but remember that I buy everything at it's lowest price point so I have items that I will use WITH the items I purchase this week to make meals etc. When I walked out of the grocery store today, I had a savings of 43%. I spent about $25 and saved approx $18.00.
I didn't buy the "I can't Believe it's not butter" because the coupon comes out in Sunday's paper. Personally, I like real butter but this works in baking and recipes where you can't tell the difference...and FREE, can't beat that!
I did purchase the Navel oranges but not the organic ones. I found that I could get 6 for $2 (not organic) or 2 for $2 (organic) so I went with the better deal.
The Quaker Quakes I actually had a rain check for an old advertised price of $0.88. With the discount, it made them $0.33/bag. I bought 6 bags at that price.
I decided I didn't really need the canned veggies in the store. I usually only use canned corn as I don't really like canned veggies so I didn't buy the Del Monte veggies.
I also skipped out on buying the pears as I didn't see them in the store and really didn't need them with the other fruit I purchased.
Click on the below graphic to make it readable. Are these things that you might use?
Toilet paper, paper towels, evaporated milk, shampoo, razors, deoderant, ketchup, mustard, mayo, mandarin oranges, hot sauce, croutons, bread, lunchmeat, cheese, eggs, yogurt? The list goes on and on. Just because there may only be 2-4 items in one insert that you will use, if you START couponing, you'll find that you will save money on everyday items all the time!
Give it a try!! I'd be happy to share more of my grocery weeks if you'd like a better idea of how it looks over time. Just let me know. Thanks for the great question Jana!