You may notice that I tagged this post as “Family Fun”, though really the fun was all mine and definitely not fun for my family! That being said, I still think there fun at the grocery store!
I must admit I’m a careful shopper – I buy what we need, I keep my eye out for a bargain and I absolutely love using coupons! My husband, on the other hand, is not really a fan of coupons. He understands their value but he always says that he doesn’t think their value outweighs the annoyance of having to use them. Today I think I proved him wrong!
Yesterday I received a $10 gift card as well as some great free product coupons from Stouffers Rewards(if you are in Canada and you haven’t checked out this promotion, it is pretty cool). When I put them with my other coupons, I realized I had a number of free product coupons that I’d received from coupon sites (my favourite being save.ca) and from a few surveys that I had completed.
We needed to go grocery shopping, so I explained I was going to use these coupons to augment our shopping and showed my husband the gift card as well. He agreed with one stipulation – I had to promise to go to a separate checkout with all the free products!
Once we finished our shopping, I went into my line and he headed into another line. At first, the cashier didn’t seem pleased that I had all of these free product coupons, though I explained that each one was for one of the products in my basket and gave them to her before she started. After checking out all of the items, though, she actually asked me where I had gotten all of them from and said she was amazed at how well I was able to do!
So, at the end of my checkout experience I read my bill that said the following at the bottom (I wish I had taken a picture of it to put up here as I can barely believe it myself).
Amount saved : $77.02
Percentage of savings: 99%
The items I got cost me a grand total of .27!
When my husband met me outside the store, he told me that his bill had been $19.99 but, with the gift card, it had only cost him $9.99!
For just over $10 we received almost $100 worth of groceries – all things that we will use and, in many cases, are things that we would have bought anyway!
Though I can’t say it happens all of the time, I was pretty darn pleased with myself and my ability to shop for my family today!