Last night I headed out to do my coupon trip. I had 5 stores on my list. Wal-Mart, Fareway, Dollar General, Walgreen's and Hy-Vee. I started with Wal-Mart...that trip was a bust. I didn't read my coupon well enough to realize I couldn't get what I needed for the price I wanted so I left with nothing in hand.
Fareway was much more successful. I found 2 things that were on my Wal-Mart list on sale at Fareway and with my coupon they were great deals! :)
Dollar General was a good trip too. Picked up some feminine hygeine products that were on sale and that I had $1 off coupons on. I figure those things don't go bad so why not...lol.
Walgreen's was my favorite store. I am beginning to REALLY like Walgreen's. I had two items on my list for Walgreen's; Pantene Pro-V and Dawn. I went and picked up my shampoo and conditioner and my Dawn and headed to the register. I was waiting in line when a worker said she could help next in line (aka: ME!) at cosmetics. So I walked over (ok so at this point it was more of a waddle...I had already been thru 3 stores...come on...lol) and she helped me out. Not only did she help me but she helped me figure out the Register Rewards program that they have. She made sure that I got as many RR as I could! Multiple trasnactions yes, having an employee explain how they work and how to use them, priceless! She was SO sweet! I will be doing much more shopping at our Walgreen's.
Then off to Hy-Vee. This is where I was going to be doing the bulk of my shopping. Their advertised prices were cheaper than Fareway and Wal-Mart for the items that were on my grocery list that I didn't have coupons for so I headed there. I found many good deals and even got to find a few extra deals that I DID have coupons for and were on sale. I love it when that happens.
I spent about $183 and saved myself $83. That is a 31% savings! YAY! I am so excited! My goal each time I shop is to now save between 20 and 25% so I surpassed my goal. I still have one more store to hit (as I forgot a couple of items on my list, go figure) but I expect to do just as well there. :)
I am working on a post of how I gather my information and how I shop to try and help you guys get started couponing too. I really love it! Hopefully the post will be ready by the end of the week.