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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Slashing the Grocery Bill

I always thought of myself as a savvy shopper when it came to groceries.  I meal plan week to week and then I shop for the big bulk stuff at Costco and the other stuff I just get at Wal-Mart with coupons when I have them cause you know...Wal-Mart is cheaper...right?  Well, we found out almost 4 weeks ago that David was getting laid off the end of April.  What a total shock to us!  While I am very thankful that I still have my teaching job, we all know that there is no way I could support our family of 4 (still hoping for 5 someday) very long and keep up our current lifestyle. 

After having what I now call our week from hell, which included losing electricity one night/morning, hitting a deer and needing a new bumper for the van, and an ER visit for Jonas, I decided I needed to start figuring out more ways to save money NOW.  Thankfully I have friends there to help and teach me.  I have quickly learned that Wal-Mart is not the cheapest place to get all things!  I actually went shopping at Publix for the first time ever today.  I thought it would be fun to post every week about my savings.  Now, I am currently building up my coupon stock (please let me know if you would like to contribute) so it may take a while, but I already have a shopping trip I am proud of!  Check it out: 

Price before coupons/discounts: $13.45
Price after coupons/discounts: $2.74

I actually ended up getting paid 25 cents for the razors!  I don't plan to turn into one of those crazy people who can feed an army for several years on what they have stockpiled, but I do hope to be able to buy things that my family will eat for little to no money!  I am actually looking forward to the challenge ahead of me!  Stay tuned for next week's savings!


Anonymous said...

Good for you Tracey! I would use more coupons here, but we don't get the double/triple deals some places in the USA offer... but you go girl! Kim (Austin and Chloe's mom)

Sheila said...

So proud of you! Making a start and starting out small is the best. Slow and easy is fine. as for CVS, if you go in one day at a time when there is next to no one there, just tell the clerk you're new to CVS and would they show you how the extracard coupon machine works. The lady at S'ville was really nice to me. I used only 2 coupons my first time there - bought gift cards, got 5.00 ECB! Too cool!!! Actually I then took the gift cards myself to BILO and bought groceries where I earned fuelperks. It's all in the way you work it and it's not stealing as someone said it seemed to be.