I promise that this is NOT going to become a full time couponing & money saving blog BUT I thought you might want to know how this weeks shop went after finding all those coupons. Need to find coupons? Read this post! First off, I did a meal plan for the week to determine what we needed to buy. This week we’re going to have:
Sunday – Vegetable soup and cornbread
Monday – Grilled pork tenderloin, green beans & potatoes
Tuesday – Homemade Pizza & salad
Wednesday – Out for work event
Thursday – Breakfast for supper – peameal bacon, scrambled eggs and biscuits
Friday – Spaghetti with Meat sauce & salad
Saturday – Probably eat out for Will’s Birthday
Now for the shopping…..
Today was “get double the GST off” day at Superstore (I had no idea, I’m just lucky) and I had quite a few coupons. So discounts were:
- Double GST off discount – $14.40
- In store coupons – $3.00
- Manufacturer’s coupons – $16.96
- Mail In rebate (assume I will send it in) – $10.99
Total Saved = $45.35 for a discounted total of $177.32.
I was very happy with my results! You will notice that I have quite a few non-food purchases this week. We were out of quite a few bathroom/toiletry items which really added up but I also had coupons for almost all of them. The other unusual item(s) this week were the Rubbermaid canisters at the back (total of $43.14). I have been buying more items in bulk so I wanted containers to make my pantry a bit less messy. Superstore had the cheapest ones I’ve found yet & they were 10% off b/c of the double the GST event so I went ahead and bought them.
You will also notice that there is no meat in my grocery shop this week. I buy all of our meat at Costco in bulk and then portion it, vacuum seal it & freeze it to use throughout the month. It saves a ton of money and it keeps us from eating out because I can “shop” our freezer and then use pantry items to fill out dinner.
A few items I didn’t have coupons for but I thought I would mention:
- The Purex laundry detergent was on special for $4.98 down from normal $8.99. This was a much better deal than any of the laundry detergent coupons I had so I bought it even though we aren’t out of laundry detergent.
- I needed both whole wheat and all purpose flour this week. I decide to buy the generic brand because it was $5.38 for a 5 kg bag versus Robin Hood which was 8.99 for the same size bag.
- Woolite delicate laundry detergent was $10.87 but by going with the store brand I saved almost $4.
So all in all the shop this week was pretty successful from a money saving perspective even with my lack of organization & absolutely NO use of fliers.
Unfortunately, the trip wasn’t all fun and games. I went to The Real Canadian Superstore because it routinely has the best prices. I must admit that I HATE shopping there. It sucks my will to live. It is THAT bad. They were out of quite a few items that I needed (onions, bell peppers, string cheese) so I had Andre run to our local Co-Op where he probably spent an additional $20 on things I couldn’t find at Superstore.
My cashier was DREADFUL. She could not handle coupons. She had to triple check every one and she couldn’t seem to “get” what the items were. It took an additional 15 minutes to use the coupons I had and she had to get an override because one of the coupons was over the limit allowed.
So how do you think I did? I know there are improvements I can make but I think for the first week it was pretty successful.