Thursday, December 15, 2011

Non-extreme couponing experiment, the results are in!

I wanted to see just how much I could save with coupons by using them for things I would be buying anyway, and in quantities I usually buy them in. Would the little bit of effort I put forth in clipping from the weekly newspaper insert, my monthly All You magazine, and keeping track of the random coupons I get through the mail, have a financial payoff at the end of a month?

My only rule was that I use actual coupons from newspaper, magazines, or the mail in actual stores. So, I didn't count electronic coupon codes for online orders in my total. Three things to take into consideration:  1.) I'm only shopping for two people. 2.) We don't eat much processed food. 3.) We don't stockpile beyond our small pantry.  Also, I didn't put much effort into tracking down sales at different supermarkets to use coupons with for double savings. I shopped where I usually shop, with coupons that came to me in one way or another.

In the course of a month, I wound up saving $67.08 with minimal effort couponing.

It doesn't sound like a whole lot, but over the course of a year, it does add up to a nice little sum.  And considering that I put forth maybe fifteen minutes a week into clipping and organizing coupons, it certainly wasn't much of a time drain.

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