This is the third week of official “couponing” and the numbers were fairly consistent with last week– the two total bills were within five dollars of each other.
We were able to use a few more coupons this time around because we bought some toiletries (which you can usually find discounted if you are flexible on brand). Below is this week’s receipt (right) compared to last week (left).
You can see that our total savings were four dollars greater because of the coupons used. Our store sale savings would have been substantially more as well except that the salmon that was on special was sold out. Salmon is our favorite healthy protein, and every week we have “Salmon Monday’s.” The sale price (or in this case, lack thereof) makes a big difference! We probably paid about ten dollars extra in order to keep our weekly tradition alive.
This added to my frustration that has been building with our usual grocery store (last week there was a coupon item I needed which was also sold out). The store where we shop appears to have a policy aimed at limiting your potential savings with coupons, and they don’t offer rain checks on special items that are sold out before a sale is over.
In three weeks of our experiment, we’ve saved almost $50, which isn’t too shabby. However, I’m wondering if that number would be higher if we shopped at a store that was more coupon-friendly (or maybe has lower prices to begin with). I’m thinking that next week we might see if the store itself makes a difference. Stay tuned!