Monthly Archives: October 2012

October Tally

I’m still keeping close track of the coupons I’ve used this month to help measure just how valueable couponing is to my Save-At-Home-Mom equation.  I used 9 coupons today (which certainly didn’t take me a full hour to print, sort, or clip) and I saved $29.95 on top of sale prices and reduced-to-clear markdowns.  In isolation, that works out to almost $30 an hour.  I can live with that!

Here’s how my month is shaping up so far:

Day 1 – 12 coupons used for $13.96 in savings (see post)

Day 2 – 13 coupons used for $62.85 in savings (see post)

Day 3 – nadda!

Day 4 – 1 coupon used for $1 in savings (see post)

Day 5 – 6 coupons used for $7 in savings (see post)

Day 6 – 7 coupons used for $14.99 in savings

Day 7 – 1 coupon used for $6 in savings (see combined Day 6-7 post)

Day 8 – Happy Thanksgiving – no shopping for me today!

Day 9 – no shopping

Day 10 – no shopping

Day 11 – 9 coupons used for $29.95 in savings (check out my Coupon Tally.pdf file for complete details of today’s shopping trip)

Month to date:  $135.75 saved by using coupons

The new flyer weeks starts tomorrow.  Can’t wait to match up the sales with my coupons to see what savings are in store for next week!

Recalled Blog Post

IF these Kellogg’s Mini Wheats had not been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency earlier today due to “Extraneous Material – Harmful – Metal” being detected in them, I would have had a kickin’ blog post to share with y’all.

I was ready to share my tips about:

  • ordering the $1.00 OFF Mini Wheats coupons from the hidden WebSaver Kellogg’s portal (no longer there, but there are some others!)
  • redeeming them to buy the specially marked boxes with $5 Gas Cards Mail-In-Rebate forms inside
  • the importance of cutting the boxes apart immediately so you don’t find the forms after the submission deadline in December, 2012
  • keeping recycled envelopes and stamps in your coupon binder to keep the whole rebate process clippin’ along
  • finding a friend or relative to send the extra MIR cards to once you’ve maxed out your quota of 5 per household
  • finding just the right airtight container to store your bags in so that the cereal doesn’t get crushed but doesn’t take up too much stockpile storage space
  • keeping the best before date tabs so that you’ll know which bags to eat first
  • avoiding too much cardboard in your basement storage room to minimize winter dampness

Instead, I now find myself with 4.5 bags of the recalled product, without boxes or UPC codes, and am fully expecting a bit of resistance at Food Basics tomorrow when I try to return them.  At the very least, I recouped my $4.99 that I paid for most of the 10 boxes I bought (some were just $3.99 or $2.99 after coupons) with the $5 Gas Cards that I got in the mail (5 for us, 5 for my mom) but the added bonus of having had “FREE” cereal has been seriously tainted.

With a faint metallic taste, apparently.

October Coupon Tally – I’ve Cleared $100!

imageI’ve already used more than $100 worth of coupons this month and there are still 3 weeks to go! The savings highlight of the weekend was certainly my trip to Shoppers Drug Mart for their 18,500 Bonus Optimum Points Event.  Sending the kids and hubs to the cinema with this Entertainment Book coupon takes the silver medal, though!  You can read all about my SDM trip, tips for earning more Optimum points, and more importantly my tricks for stretching their value TWICE as far in my post on Canadian Coupons.

Here’s my coupon count so far this month:

Day 1 – 12 coupons used for $13.96 in savings (see post)

Day 2 – 13 coupons used for $62.85 in savings (see post)

Day 3 – nadda!

Day 4 – 1 coupon used for $1 in savings (see post)

Day 5 – 6 coupons used for $7 in savings (see post)

Day 6 – 7 coupons used for $14.99 in savings

Day 7 – 1 coupon used for $6 in savings

Day 8 – Happy Thanksgiving – no shopping for me today!

Month to date:  $105.80 saved by using coupons

If you’d like to see full details about the coupons I used this weekend including where they came from and where I redeemed them, check out my Coupon Tally .pdf spreadsheet (afterall, we all know how much couponers love their spreadsheets!).

Imagine a yearly average of  $3,000 in coupon savings?

Clearly I need to re-guesstimate my prediction for this month’s savings (it’s the first time I’ve ever kept tally) – I’m going to set my sights on the $250 mark.  Imagine a yearly average of  $3,000 in coupon savings?  Clipping certainly plays a big role in our  family’s Save-At-Home-Mom strategy.