This is Part 2 of the series, "How I Got $120 Worth of Groceries for ONLY $7!"
If you missed Part 1, read it here HERE.
In Part 1, I mentioned a couple of important couponing lessons:
- There are LOTS of ways to save $$$ on groceries! But first, you need to track your spending!
- The term "Coupon Matchup" refers to when an item is on sale at the store AND there is a coupon for that item out there.
- Don't be afraid to split orders into multiple transactions.
- Make sure you count right and order in multiples of 6 if you're trying to save the most during Kroger's Buy 6, Save $3 Mega Event. (Meijer's 10 for $10, 11th Free sale is not the same. If you buy 1 or 2, each will be $1 if you use your mPerks number).
- Kroger has a Friday Freebie! Just make sure to clip the coupon online each Friday!
- You don't have to buy six of the same item in a promotion like Buy 6, Save $3! Mix and match!
In this post, you'll find a list of coupon matchup sites, great apps to get cash back, and good coupon-clipping sites. I'd ask that if you sign up for the coupon and cash back sites, you use my referral code so I can earn rewards! Thanks in advance!
In the last post, I described how it got $46 worth of groceries for $3.30. That was this past Monday, and on Tuesday, I went back with a little more planning and raked in almost double what I did the day before! In this post, I'll go through (in a little less detail) how I got the rest, $72 worth of groceries, for $3.73. I should also mention that it does take some time to pull together all of my coupons and make a shopping list. I'd say over both days, I spent maybe 2 hours planning (in between baby's naps, changings, feedings, life, etc.) and hour or so shopping.
Kroger Trip #2
Buy 16 Gerber 1st Foods with 3 coupons - TOTAL $1.94
Buy 2 Hinode White Rice with 2 coupons - TOTAL $1.38
(18 items, 3 multiples of 6!)
Earn $3 off checkout coupon from Gerber
TOTAL = $3.32
Use $3 off coupon from previous transaction
Buy 8 Single Power Bars with 2 coupons - TOTAL +$0.08
Buy 4 Ice Mountain Waters - TOTAL $2.40
(12 items, 2 multiples of 6!)
Buy 4 Hormel Pepperonis with 2 coupons - TOTAL $2.00
Buy 1 Almond Joy Candy Bar - TOTAL $1.00* (See below about how I got this FREE)
Earn $1 off checkout coupon from Ice Mountain
Earn $2 off checkout coupon from Power Bar (for buying 6-9 of them)
TOTAL = $2.32
Use $1 off coupon from previous transaction
Use $2 off coupon from previous transaction
Buy 2 Dove Shampoo with 1 coupon
Buy 2 Dove Men + Care Body Wash with 2 coupons
Buy 5 BeechNut Naturals Jars
Buy 3 Goldfish
TOTAL = $3.09
SUBTOTAL = $8.73
Ibotta: Earn $2 when you buy 5 Beech Nut Naturals Jars
Mobisave: Get $1 back when you buy 5 Beech Nut Naturals Jars
SavingStar: Get $1 back when you buy 5 Beech Nut Naturals Jars
SavingStar: Get a FREE Almond Joy or Mounds bar
That's an additional savings of $5! Keep in mind though that you won't see that savings upfront. You can redeem your money into your bank account (with SavingStar), PayPal, Amazon, and TONS of other places.
(I made a profit of almost $2 buying 5 jars of BeechNut baby food!)
Total for the entire trip (including cash back) = $3.73!
Value of the groceries = $72.02!!!
How to Get Started with Coupons!
Step 1: Get a store rewards card
Step 2: Sign up for emails from a Coupon Matchup website.
There is no way I could coupon on my own without a great coupon matchup website. I just don't have the time! Find a Coupon Matchup website to do the hard work for you. I did a search and found all of these sites that can help (there may be some specific to your area, so search with your city in mind!)
Bargains to Bounty (Specific to Michigan)
Step 3: Subscribe to Money Saving Apps
I have used all of these and definitely recommend them!
SavingStar (signup with this particular link to help me earn credit!)
Shopmium (Enter my code "KGKFHEFY" for a Free Lindt Chocolate Bar!)
Step 4: Print Coupons Online
I hope this helps you start your couponing adventure! It may take some time to get the hang of things and to figure out where the best deals are, but it's definitely worth it. Remember, couponing can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it, but either way, you'll be saving money. Let me know if you have questions!