1. 8-roll pack of Sparkle paper towels
2. 4 jars of Ragu pasta sauce
3. 6 cans of Chef Boyardee pasta
4. 2 bottles of Lawry's Marinade
5. 6 cups of Yoplait yogurt
6. 3 Totino's party pizzas
7. 2 boxes of Johnsonville breakfast sausage
8. 1 bottle of Suave shampoo
9. 1 bottle of Suave conditioner
10. 1 McCormick garlic sea salt grinder
Hmm...I think that's all, but I feel like I'm forgetting something...oh, well, if I am then I'll just edit this post later! Okay, so total before coupons and my store card was $43.70. After coupons and store card it was $19.60! I had the sausage for breakfast this morning and it was quite delicious. Oh, and we grilled chicken for dinner with the marinade. Very tasty. :-)
Let me give you an idea of how this works- the great thing about Kroger is that they double coupons up to 50 cents. So, for example, the marinade that is usually $1.50 or so was on sale for 10/$10, or $1 each. There was recently a coupon in the paper for $0.50 off any Lawry's marinade. Therefore Kroger doubled my 50 cent coupon to $1, making the marinade completely free! I love it when that happens.
Not everything turns out free, but the key is to match coupons with sales. Another favorite site of mine is www.couponmom.com, I use this site for 2 things- first, the weekly store lists that list the weekly sales matched up with newspaper coupons. These lists show you the percentage you can save on an item, and I usually make my shopping lists from the site. The second tool this site has is the grocery coupon database- this is the coolest thing! If I need to see if there has been a coupon out recently for an item, I just go on the site, click on the database, choose my region and I immediately have a searchable database of all non-expired newspaper coupons. Very useful and FREE!
So this is just a little intro to what I do with coupons, and I am hoping to soon post some more creative and crafty money-saving ideas, so check back soon!