Sunday, November 30, 2008
Follow up to coupon tips post- winner chosen!
On November 19th I showed you this:

I posed the question, How much do you think I spent on the groceries listed in the picture above? Go ahead, click on the image to enlarge.

I even itemized what I purchased:

* Dial liquid hand soap- quantity 5
* Betty Crocker specialty potatoes- quantity 9
* Colgate adult toothbrush- quantity 2
* Hunts tomatoes (28-29 oz cans)- quantity 2
* Quaker oatmeal (18 oz)- quantity 6
* Zatarain's rice mix- quantity 2
* Land O Lakes buter(15-16 oz)- quantity 4
* SuperPretzel snack- quantity 1
* Viva paper towels- quantity 3
* Quaker chewy granola bars (8 pack)- quantity 2
* International Delight creamer (32 oz)- quantity 2
* Hershey's extra dark chocolate bar (4.5 oz)- quantity 1
* Blistex chap stick- quantity 3
* French's French fried onions (6 oz)- quantity 3
* Kellogg's pop tarts (8 pack)- quantity 3
* Mrs. Smith pre-made pie crust (2 pack)- quantity 1
* Suave deodorant (2.6 oz)- quantity 2

Well, here's a copy of my receipt, showing what I spent on that particular batch of groceries!

Click to enlarge the image.

So, for that large batch of groceries, I spent a whopping $8.82 for 50 items!  I saved $130.11 for a 94% total savings!

So, how did that happen you might wonder?  Well, there are a few ways the savings added up:

1) My Fry's Food & Drug store is offering quadruple coupons (up to $1.00 off) through 12/30/08.  They're also accepting competitor's coupons and for those I was able to take a store coupon and stack it with a manufactures coupons.  For example, there was a Walgreen's coupon for Blistex reduced to $0.99 each, limit 3.  I had 3 manufacturers coupon for $0.25 off each, which quadrupled raised it to $1.00 savings.  That meant Blistex was free!

2) That particular week, they were doing amazing sales on many of the products I purchase!

3) I had coupons for every item that I purchased.  Those coupons made many of the either FREE or under $0.50 per item.

It's not often that you can get these kind of deals (free or nearly free) but great deals can be had when you have the patience to watch the sales and match up coupons.

So, the closest guess for my total grocery bill was $12 from The Happy Housewife so she's won the 12 free holiday recipe cards.

Thank you all for your participation!

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At 6:46 PM, Anonymous The Happy Housewife said...

Wow! I can't believe I won, actually you are the real winner since you paid almost nothing for all that stuff! I am emailing you my address.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger forgetfulone said...

Very cool! I am so impressed. And what a cute prize! Congrats to the winner - and to you for knowing how to save money. I need to try harder.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger ~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Wow you were in the right place at the right time. Like you said it happened to be for things you needed or used too.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger the voice of melody said...

That's simply amazing! I need to get more coupon-savvy. :)

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Kathy's Korner said...

I am incredibly jealous you have stores that QUADRUPLE coupons???

Like in take times 4???

They won't even double them around here.

Way jealous.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Martha said...

This is absolutely amazing!

At 4:34 AM, Blogger amy said...

ok thats sooo cool

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Mississippi Songbird said...

Boy, Was I off.. that's FANTASTIC! Congratulations to your winner...
and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Cris said...

Amazing... hard to believe, I wish we had those coupons here!!! Hope your Thanksgiving was a great one!

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

quadruple coupons! I've never heard of such a thing!!!!

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Paige said...

4x the coupon? I've never heard of that! They don't even double coupons around here. Lucky duck, you!


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