As you know.....my family is on a strict budget in order to keep us as stable as possible in this very unstable economy. So my plan was to use coupons for Thanksgiving. I gotta say....it worked better than I thought it would! So here's how it went:
Originally I was only hosting a small group of people on Thanksgiving....but that changed rather quickly! Now I am hosting for my husband's entire family! EEEEK! Along with getting enough food to feed the masses, I still had to shop for my own household (two weeks worth of shopping to be exact!).
My local store runs a special once a month: $10 off of $50 or more (this sales excludes milk and turkeys, don't know why...but it does!) Now....since you can only get the $10 off once....I had to make two trips that day. I stratigically bought items that would result in me getting catalina coupons good for my next trip (which would be about 20 minutes later)! I would rather not get into details about everything I bought, but to sum it up, my first trip was $70.47 before coupons....after coupons, I only paid $19.78! A 72% savings!
Now, for my second trip, I had to get the turkey. I needed to get the biggest bird they had to feed everyone and have leftovers for me! If you remember, I could not use the turkey with the $10 off deal, which only meant I had to get $50 worth of groceries plus the turkey. My total before the turkey was $82.15 (no coupons scanned yet). I got a 21.99 pound bird @ $1.39/lb which cost $30.57. Now, my store was running a special....the turkey would be $.67/lb if I bought $50 worth of groceries with it! This dropped $15.83 off of my bird! Before coupons and before my turkey savings, my total was $96.89. After the $15.83 turkey savings (biggest coupon EVER!) and my coupons, I only paid $35.47! A 62% savings!
My store does not double coupons...but if they did....boy....I may have walked out of that store paying almost nothing!