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October Tally: oh how I love Shoppers Drug Mart!

imageMy October Coupon Tally has almost reached the half way mark and I’m happy to report that by just using coupons, I’ve saved over $180 so far this month!  Couponing plays a substantial part in my new role as a Save-At-Home-Mom and I spent about half an hour this weekend prepping my list & coupons in my binder, and then an hour at Shoppers Drug Mart carefully executing the plan on the spreadsheet.   Many would question whether it’s worth the effort, but by my calculations, I saved $182.94 with coupons and sale prices during that hour and a half – that’s $121/hr!

My trip to Shoppers Drug Mart on Sunday cost me 70% less than if I’d bought these items at full price and without coupons, and that doesn’t even include the $20 in gift cards that were being offered to those who spent $75 or more.  (I say “being offered” because unfortunately our store ran out 2 hours before I got there and I missed out on the perk.)  You can read all about my trip to Shoppers Drug Mart in my post on Canadian Coupons.net.  We also saved $6 at the movies by using another coupon from my Entertainment Coupon Guide – love love love that book and the we all enjoyed seeing Disney’s Brave on the big screen!

Here’s my monthly tally 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 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 11 – 9 coupons used for $29.95 in savings (see post)

Day 14 – 22 coupons used for $45.50 in savings (check out my Coupon Tally.pdf file for complete details of today’s shopping trip)

Month to date:  $181.25 saved by using coupons

Extreme?  I dunno.  But for a Save-At-Home Mom trying to stretch our earnings as far as possible, I’m pleased with the numbers.

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!

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.