First, I'd like to share my savings experience I had tonight at Wal-Mart. Total before coupons: $91.94, and total AFTER coupons: $57.16! That's a savings of 38%!!! Woohoo!
6 (2 3-packs) Mach3 razors
3 (1 3-pack) Venus razors
8 (various brands) boxes/packs panty liners
2 Gillette deodorants (bogo free!)
1 Gillette body wash
2 (1 twin pack) Mr. Clean magic erasers
1 bottle Mr. Clean mopping formula
2 (twin pack) Lysol wipes
4 (3 bottles liquid, 1 box powder) laundry detergent
22 (various brands) cans of cat food (2 of them were bogo free!)
1 bag of dry cat food
2 bags of Gerber fruit and veggie melts
I made tonight my non-grocery items night (even though there is mustard and Gerber melts pictured with my loot). I had a Lysol wipes coupons that expired today so I really wanted to make sure to use it with the fact that they were marked down at our local store. Although, we won't be using some of these items right away, I saved on a lot of the things that will be used at some point. Until then, I am in the process of cleaning out the laundry room shelves to make room for a stockpile.
The mustard was on sale at Dollar General for $1 each and I had two $.30 off coupons I used for that. While I was at Dollar General, I began scouting for the things I was set out to buy. I took note of most items and compared them to the prices of the same items at Wal-Mart. An example is Kotex pads and tampons were $3 a pack/box at Dollar General but at Wal-Mart they were $4.57. So, my "buy 2 get $1 off Kotex pads/tampons" would have been best used at Dollar General. Finding the lowest prices on items is the best way to make your couponing worth while.
Another great tip is when a coupon states "Any size", buy the smallest size available. An example of this is the panty liners. I had 5 $1 off U by Kotex brand liners. A mid sized box of liners was $3.81, but the smallest box was only $1.24. After my 5 coupons, I spent only $1.20 on five small boxes of liners instead of using my coupons on the mid sized box and spending $14.05.
Tomorrow evening I'll be taking care of the grocery purchases. I've held on to the store adds from the Sunday paper so I know what to buy and where if I find something that pertains to my coupons. Wish me luck!