I did 6 transactions this week, which means my before-coupons total was well over $150. In fact the savings listed on my receipts totaled $177.82, or 81%. My total OOP was $41.27 for 78 items. How did I do that? Two words: COUPON OVERAGE.
Because I pair my coupons with sale prices, I can often get things for free or better than free. This week I took advantage of BOGO sales and doubled coupons, which gave me overage on many things, effectively saving me money on my other groceries. I also used a $5 OYNO catalina from the Kraft cheese that I forgot to use last week--which is why I try to always use them the same week on another transaction!These items were better than free (gave me overage): Colgate toothpaste x2 (made $1.04), Star Olive Oil x2 (made $1.01), Fisher peanuts x2 (made $1.11), Ronzoni pasta x8 (made $1.64), YoPlus and Fiber One yogurt 4-packs x16 (made $8.46). Total overage: $13.26
These items were free: Campbell's tomato soup x4, Quaker oatmeal x1 (my printer malfunctioned so I only got one coupon--oh well!), Hamburger Helper (free with store promo for buying hamburger--plus there was a $1 peelie on the package which brought down the cost of the hamburger!)
These items were $1 or less: tomatoes, bananas, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, eggs, syrup x2, Life cereal, Quaker oatmeal, Healthy Choice frozen meals x5, Healthy Choice Fresh Mixer meal, Marie Callender meal, Ken's ranch dressing, tuna x4, Campbell's Chunky soup x6, Fiber One muffins, and light bread.
I also bought a LOT of meat! Hamburger, chicken, and pork were ALL on sale during the same week, so I was very thankful for the overage that helped keep my total low even though I bought almost 3.5 lbs. of ground beef, almost 2 lbs. of boneless pork ribs, and over 7 lbs. of fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts (some plain, some marinated). And, of course, I bought 4 gallons of white milk. Unfortunately, my store didn't accept the free chocolate milk coupon, so I'll try using it at another store next week. Other items that were over $1 were Purex laundry detergent x2, dill pickles, and lettuce.