Monday, September 10, 2007

Coupon Savings!


I love my newest addiction. It brings me such a high, that I want to shout "Hallelujah!" right out loud at the checkout stand.
This week's fabulous savings:
Ralph's Supermarket.......I bought $141.81 worth of groceries, and paid $30.74! I saved $111.07!
Von's Supermarket........I bought $175.08 worth of groceries, and paid $77.62!!!! I saved $97.46!

This means, that I came home with $316.89 in groceries, that I spent only $108.36 on! Yay!
(Are you so proud of me, Hannah???) And that included "big ticket" items like haircolor, detergent, a good razor, and carpet cleaner.

Hannah is my sister, cake baker/decorator extraordinaire, and coupon Queen of all Queens. She taught me almost everything I know. Lots of you have asked me how I save so much money at the grocery store, and so let me tell you....

....It's called The Grocery Game!! It is SO MUCH FUN! You can go to http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ and get a 4 week trial for only $1, after that, you pay $10/month for the first store, and $5/month for each additional store you want tracked. You enter your zip code, and your local grocery stores come up on the screen. You select the one(s) you want, and you see Teri's List, which matches the Sunday coupons up with the in-store promotions for the week so you can optimize your savings. Coupons are great, sales are great, but combine them both, and look out, baby! The items are color-coded by how high the savings are, with green being FREE, blue being at least 50% off, and black being some savings. The Game is to buy the green and the blue ones (whether you need them or not, so you can accumulate a "stockpile".) You only buy the items in black that you need, and as your stockpile grows, your list of "needs" gets smaller and smaller.

Yes, it does take some time to clip the coupons, and play The Game. It took me about an hour to clip all my coupons today and get my list ready for both stores. But I saved $200, and I don't remember the last time I made $200 in an hour. Well, okay, I had some excellent Mary Kay parties, but this time I had no pantyhose on, no makeup, and my feet weren't killing me! My pantry is becoming stuffed, my freezer is jam-packed, the kids aren't whining for food all the time, and I'm not feeling like a kitchen Nazi, trying to ration everything. I am spending about the same amount a month on groceries ($400-500 for our family of 8), and we have plenty of fresh fruit/veggies and meats too.

So, here's the deal...now that I let you in on this, if you decide to play with me and sign up, please tell them I referred you! Jenna Consolo. Please! Then I get some free weeks on The Grocery Game, and I love FREE!!!

19 comments:

Hannah said...

You're rockin Jenna!!

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

hi jenna:
wow, that is amazing what you can do!

Abby said...

I've thought about the grocery game..but I don't know that I can actually do it, ya know? When Hannah talks about it..I'm like..derrrrr. Plus, would the commissary even be on the list? It sounds like way fun and I want in on the fun-ness. Perhaps I'll give it a try.

Josi said...

You have hit upon one of my great passions--I love coupons. However, I have never been that good at it. I'll save $20 bucks (i.e. pedicure!) but to save hundreds? Really? So, in a few weeks I'm gunna sign up for this, and I have your e-mail so you're gunna hate me by the time I pick your brain, but truly, this is amazing! I just need to get some things caught up so there is room in my brain for this, but I love it!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Thank you so much, Jenna. I'm going to try it right now and I'll be sure to put you as the reference!

Oh, The Joys said...

Wow. You are ROCKING the grocery game!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Wow -- you're totally good!

Jacquie said...

Ok that is some good shopping! Rock on girl!

Luisa Perkins said...

Awesome! I may have to try this.

Luisa Perkins said...

D'oh! They don't have a list for my area. Bummer!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for dropping by, Jenna!

~paulette said...

dude! I'm so telling my sister about this one... she's gonna flip. She drives me crazy with all her running around and comparing things... THIS will make both our lives so much easier...

thanks for sharing!!

Julie Wright said...

you rock! Holy cow Jenna that is some serious savings. I think I might have to go check that out.

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

wow jenna:
everybody is saying you rock, so it MUST be true! :)

thanks for the emails and notes. so enjoying you, kathleen :)

Annette Lyon said...

ROCK ON! You've convinced me to try this!

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

hi jenna friend:
put the baby down and come out and play :)

looking forward to your next post :)

blessings to you and your team this night, kathleen

iZING said...

Way to go! Maybe you should charge a fee to teach others how to do it.. maybe you'd end up with totally free groceries!

Mitch McDad said...

Considering what we spend on groceries, etc. I really should try this...but I doubt I'd have the discipline.

Does this process work at the golf store?

Marne said...

Hi! I really like your blog. Just so you know, though, there is a website that provides much of the same information as the Grocery Game only it is FREE! It is called www.pinchingyourpennies.com You will have to check it out!