Power of Coupons

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 27, 2009

I wanted to give you a quick example of the power of coupons.  Lately I’ve been shopping at Walmart (here’s why), but do keep up with the sales and advertised specials at Kroger.  Because its in my backyard, and well, its my favorite store!

I bopped in this weekend because two of my favorite items were on sale AND I had coupons for them both!

Here’s the breakdown from my trip.  I hope you can see the power of  coupons at work here!

Bought:

4 boxes of Frosted Mini Wheat Cereal (For my cereal cravings!) and
4 spices from McCormicks

Coupons Used:

1 Buy one get one free coupon for 2 of the cereal boxes
2 $1 coupons for the other 2 boxes of cereal
2 $.75 coupons for any McCormick spice or herb (doubled to $1)
2 $.50 coupons for any McCormick Grill Mates (doubled to $1)

Total that I paid out of pocket: $4.52

That’s for 4 boxes of cereal and 4 spices!  The cereal was on sale for $2.18 and the spices were on sale for $1.  So I was able to get the spices FREE and paid just over $1/box for the cereal!!!

This would have cost $23.12  at original retail cost ($3.29 for each box of cereal and $2.49 for each spice).  But because I held on to my coupons and used them while the products were on sale, I was able to maximize the savings!  That’s 80% total savings!

I found the McCormick spice coupons in the newspaper and the Frosted Mini Wheats coupons came in a Vocalpoint mailer.

I will be shopping later in the week for the rest of my groceries.  But just had to share this with you!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah April 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

brilliant!!!!

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Allison April 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The Mini-Wheats were out of stock when I went to get them (I have the same mailer coupons)! I was pretty bummed!

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susieshomemade April 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Total score!!

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Jessica April 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I ate tons of cereal with my last baby. She’s 3 months now and I still eat it–Mini Wheats being a favorite! Enjoy!

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Johanna April 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

How do you get mailers from Vocalpoint? I signed up a while ago, but all I ever get from them is a monthly (or so) email. Thanks for all the helpful information and recipes you post!

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Brenda Campbell April 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I love it when I get deals like that, and then I stock up. Especially for cereal since my family goes through so much cereal, and it is so expensive paying full price for it.

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Amanda April 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Meijers has the Mini wheats on sale this week for 2.75 a box.
I used all my vocalpoint coupons to stock up!

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Lynn April 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I don’t know if you had the coupons for this, but my experience has been that on “Buy one, Get one” deals, you can use coupons on each individual product, so in this case, 4 coupons could have been used on the cereal. Because technically, you are buying 4.

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Sharon April 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

Great prices! Love those coupons!
I ran in Kroger for some free TP and free softsoap plus some paper towels for under a dollar each!

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Jennifer April 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Here is another example of the power of coupons. Powerade is on sale right now at Giant Eagle. 10 for $10, but if you buy 15, you will get $5 off making it 15 for $10. I won an auction on Ebay for 10 coupons for $.75 off 2 powerade for $2. I went today and used 7 coupons and got 15 things of powerade free. I am sure you are wondering what we will do with all that powerade – my brother and parents are helping we replace our roof in a few weeks and I am sure they will get thirsty up there.

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Karyn April 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm

WalMart’s policy is to match competitor ads (some even beat it by 10%) I have been collecting the sale ads from all the stores – making my list, getting my coupons ready and then go to WalMart to shop. At the checkout just tell the cashier you have ad’s, show them where each item is (I do it as they ring out) and then you can save even more since you only “ran” to one store! The only ones they do not honor is BOGO so if I really need the item I will stop off to get it but otherwise I have saved significantly on my time also by doing it all at one store!

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Charlene April 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

The thing about price-matching at Walmart is that they don’t double coupons–I find it quicker and easier to go to the store with the sale, especially as most of them double coupons up to a certain amount.

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LyndiLou April 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

What a super great deal!!! I’m going to have to keep an eye on your blog!!! :) I love Frosted Mini Wheats… and saving money and getting them for that cheap… NICE!!! :)

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Tammy April 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

$5.00 dinners.com
Where do I fine these coupons on this site. You are always talking about coupons but i can not fine them on here. I do not wish to sign up for everything under the sun just to get a hole of some good coupons. SORRY !!!!!!!
Tammy

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Rita April 30, 2009 at 12:30 am

I saw you on RR and was so interested and encouraged. Thanks for making it fun to be frugal! I do have some questions though. . . What stores double coupons? Is it any time or only certain days? I feel a little overwhelmed by it all, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out as I keep checking out your site.

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Erin April 30, 2009 at 11:19 am

Stores vary for doubling…would have to call the grocery stores in your area and ask. Most are everyday…some stores do double or triple coupon days.

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Robin April 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Thank you for making this site! I am a coupon clipper from way back, but really just used them on the weekend I clipped them out because my little accordion file was too disorganized and hard to use in the store. I saw you on Rachel Ray the other day and I’m now in the process of making my binder.

My question is are people cutting and using the number of coupons according to the number of people in the house? Again, if I had a coupon for $.50 off Special K I’d buy a box and at Kroger save a $1. Why buy 4?

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Erin April 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

So that the following week when the product is not on sale, you don’t have to pay full price. I would buy 4 (or more) boxes of cereal when they are on sale and match up a coupon to get the lowest price possible. I can last until the next sale cycle with what I bought with the coupons and sale price. Then I never have to pay full price in between sale cycles!

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Jackie January 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

Live is south jersey. Shop acme…..do you have coupons for this store

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