ytd = April 1 2011 - March 31, 2012
Coupon total ytd = 1,606.92
RX total = 406.32
Discounted Gift Cards = 211.05
Total = 2,224.29
Here's a good article from the wall street journal on how coupons save you money.
I purshased a Costco gift certificate online thru Mypoints. It cost $55 and they sent me a bunch of coupons. I also got 550 points at Mypoints.
Here's a list of the coupons I got
1.50 - salad mix
3.00 - Kirkland white meat chicken breast - 6 12.5 oz cans
3.00 - kirkland albacore tuns cans - 8 70z cans
5.00 - meat
5.00 - Kirkland AA batteries - 48 pack
10.00 - 1 pair prescription glasses
3.00 - bakery cookies
5.00 - 18" pizza from food court - normal price $9.95
4.99 - free rotesserie chicken
3.95 - free 35 ct Kirkland water
12.99 - free 2 lbs Kirkland coffee
57.43 total coupons
Mom and I went yesterday and shopped. For me the best deals were on nuts and bacon. The bacon was under $3/lb and the macadamia nuts were $10.50/lb. I also got 2 large jars of natural peanut butter for a good price. I used the canned chicken, produce and meat coupons and saved $9.50. I wouldn't have bought those items without the coupons, since I think I can do better on sales. I spent just under $80.
Mom used the free coffee, free chicken, free water, and pizza coupons and saved $26.50 almost all the cost of her half of the membership. She spent about the same as I did.
We left the bakery, tuna and battery coupons for someone else to use.
The gas was about .15/gal cheaper than up here, but since I usally have gas points from one of the grocery stores I can usually get it cheaper. If I buy a big ticket item the membership might eventually pay for itself. We'll have to see how many times I go in the next year, but since I only paid half of the membership it should be paid for soon.
We also went to Bed, Bath and Beyond, world market, homegoods and Target. I got 2 boxes of mac and cheese for free at Target that I will donate.
I also got 3 bottles of Nature Made multivitamins for women. They were $9.47 each, but when you bought 3 you got a $5 Target gift card. I used a $7 and $3 manufacture coupon + 3 $1 Target coupons. The bottles came with 20% more so I spent under $4/bottle for 108 pills/each bottle; almost a year's supply. Plus I added the points to my account on Nature Made and got another 270 points towards another $7 coupon.
Mom bought my lunch at Red Robin. We were gone for 7 hours. It was a long day shopping.
I finished reading the library book Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich. Mystery - very good.