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March 18th, 2011
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My Quick trip to Homeland today

If you have been to one of my coupon classes, you know that I say “DO NOT take your kids couponing with you.” Well, you would think I would follow my own advice but I didn’t today. I took the three boys with me while the girls were napping (don’t worry, Dad was at home while the girls slept. 🙂 ) So, my quick trip lasted over an hour. They were pretty well behaved, but I did do one mistake. 🙁 They were out of the KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce. The manager said I could substitute for a different one and get it for the sale price. Well, I forgot to tell them, so I paid full price for it! OUCH!

My husband always laughs at me, when I get upset with my little mistakes. I told him I wanted to return it, but he rolled his eyes. I probably won’t. I did use a $5/$25 Thunder coupon. I only spent $5.33 for a total of $75 worth of groceries according to the receipt (saving 95%). How can you be mad about that? Plus, I received a $2 catalina and a catalina for FREE milk! This is what I got:

  • Not pictured: 2 Jell-o Tempations (my boys were playing with them, and I didn’t want to wait for the picture)
  • 1 Jell-O jellatin
  • 1 dozen of eggs (I had a coupon for $1 off any eggs when you buy 2 kellogg’s cereal)
  • 3 Kelloggs cereal (I used a $1/1 coupon and a $1/2 coupon)
  • 1 Mom’s best cereal
  • 2 ronzoni
  • 1 KC Masterpiece (priced at $2.19 before coupon!! It still hurts!)
  • 4 Yoplait yogurts
  • 1 Wheat thins
  • 1 Wheat thin stix
  • 1 Triscuits
  • 1Lay’s potato chips
  • 1 Bayer
  • 2 packages of shredded cheese
  • 1 package of shredded cheese with a touch of philadelpia (I had one coupon left for $1/1)
  • 2 nabisco premium crackers

OK, I think that was it. I am definitely going back to-night to do my normal Homeland adventure, because I am loving this cheap cereal and FREE milk thing! 🙂

Go here to see all my shopping trips and here to see all the Homeland deals!




  • Mindy Griffith -

    Ok I am not getting this at all. How did you only pay $5.33 with $2.19 of that being on one item? Were the rest all free. I know some were. Do you not put tax on your total? Maybe I am still new but I don’t get how this works because it doesn’t add up to me……..

    • Carrie -

      I guess, I should have been more clear. the BBQ sauce was $2.19 before coupon, so it was actually $1.19. I did have a $5 off Thunder coupon. Everything was either FREE or really cheap.

  • Rachel M. -

    Mindy – that’s the best part! it seems RIDICULOUS, right??? : ) That’s what I thought when I started as well. I still haven’t been able to get my totals as low as Carrie (she’s a couponing genius) BUT, since I started I have always saved over 70% on each shopping trip and never spend more then $20 total…..The last two months I have cut my monthly grocery budget by 50%.

  • Cara -

    I have seen several posts about the $5/$25 Thunder coupons. Where do you get these coupons. I scored 2 free from here but would love more of them! Thanks.

  • Claire DeRidder -

    I would be interested in knowing exactely how you did this also so I could copy it myself!

  • Anonymous -

    Carrie ~ I, too, was mad at myself yesterday!! Ahh! 🙂 I looked at my coupons and decided not to get the Weight Watchers frozen novelties because I thought, “That’s still too high…” Well, I went and did the rest of my shopping then decided to double check the math I was doing with the WW coupon. I had forgotten that the coupon doubles, so I went back to the freezer aisle and grabbed 2 WW because I had 2 coupons and I really just wanted some ice cream. 🙂 Didn’t NEED ice cream… I don’t have kids, so there’s no excuse. LoL Well, I grabbed 2 of the WW and went to the cashier… forgetting to put my WW coupons in my envelope. So, I spent $8.98 on ice cream. Bummer. 🙁 🙁 I would NOT have even spent that even before I started couponing, so that was disappointing! Maybe we’ll do better next time. 🙂

    I am having the same trouble at Homeland, not being able to save more than 50%. I know we’re not supposed to pay attention to that, but it seems like I buy all the same stuff (or even less stuff!) than you… and I end up spending $50-$60 every week! What am I doing wrong? I know I need to set a budget but then I am afraid I’m missing a deal… I need to quit buying ice cream. LoL

  • Anonymous -

    I put a lot of smiley faces on that last post… Sorry haha

  • Jennifer -

    Great job Carrie!

    This if for those that are having a hard time seeing how the price is so low: (hopefully it will be helpful)
    I have been using coupons for a while now and have gotten to where I can save 75%-90% each shopping trip, but it wasn’t that way when I started. I have learned to organize, organize, organize! When I make my list, I write what I am going to get, how much it is, how much the coupon is for, and what the final price should be. This takes a little bit of time, but that way I know how much I should expect to spend once I get to the store, and I am sure not to buy something just because it’s on sale.

    If I am going to use a DND coupon, I never expect the cashier to double it. (although some will)

    The $5/$25 are very helpful!!

    Also, Carrie might have different coupons than we have. I know I get some great coupons from Vocalpoint that you can’t find elsewhere. I also get coupons in the mail straight from the brands, or in a free sample. So, I might get a better deal on something with one of those coupons than using a coupon available to everyone.

    That was longer than expected, but these are some of the things I have learned as I’ve been couponing. Just keep at it everyone and try to remember how much you were spending before you were using coupons.

  • Anonymous -

    Thanks Jennifer. It’s me again (from a previous post)… I, too, make my list and write down the total of what it would be, with the doubled coupons, and the DND coupons… I completely plan everything out just like you do, and I add it all up on my list before going to the store. If I see my total is $50 or so, then I think I just need to be more disciplined and start marking things off. Is that what you do?

    I AM getting more food for the price, so that is good, but I guess I just don’t know what to buy and what not to buy. We DO use all the stuff we buy, so it’s not a waste, but I am mainly concerned about our monthly budget. My question is: How do I shop EVERY week to take advantage of the deals AND stay under budget? I think I just need to take some things off my list, even if it IS a good deal? Thinking out loud… Thoughts, anyone? I know it seems kind of dumb – You are prob. thinking, “Well, just don’t buy that much every week!” but it’s hard, because the deals are so tempting, and I know I’ll use the stuff…

    So, another quick question: Say cheese is on sale for $2 and I have $1 off 1 coupon. Well, the sale price, to me, is “good,” so is okay to buy 2 or 3 cheeses, even though I only have one coupon? (I am guessing the answer is nooo… just making sure.) =o) The sale prices are so tempting sometimes!

  • Anonymous -

    Oh, and yes, I remember how much I was spending… I always shopped at Walmart and only went 1-2x per month (except for occasional, quick trips to get produce/cheese/bread/milk). I spent a little under $350 per month for 2 people (my husband and I, and our dog…) Now I am spending more (total, monthly – but getting some things free and cheap and trying to stockpile) but I am getting more stuff for the price… but I think I just need to look at my list harder and do better about using the database to find more coupons, or better about stacking coupons, too…

  • Natalie -

    I also have a hard time seeing how one can get $200 of groceries for $20. I am a new couponer and sometimes I get overwhelmed. I decided to coupon so that we can have the extra money to help out with daycare expense. It is so outrageous. Anyhow I do save every trip I go, but nothing like some of you others. For us newbies can you give more explanation on how to master the art of couponing? I have atteded two of the grocery coupon classes along with the CVS course. I am totally serious about this, sometimes my husband complains saying that I do not spend enough time with my family because I am searching for the best deals. I will not stop no matter what!!

  • Jennifer -

    Natalie – daycare costs are nuts!! I totally understand that.

    One difference now is that I do have a small stockpile, so I don’t buy everything that’s a great deal each week. If it’s FREE I will and either keep it to eat or give it to my brother who is a college student. When I first started couponing I was spending the same amount of money (or more some months), BUT I was getting way more food. That seemed great to me, and it was, but the point of the coupons was to get our budget down. So now I only buy what we need or what is free.

    Another difference now is that I have a better supply of coupons saved up.

    I don’t go every week anymore. Or some weeks I will do a very light shopping trip for just a few freebies and necessities.

    In reference to the cheese scenario, unless you NEED a few bags, I would just get as many as you have coupons for. The cheese deals seem to come around fairly often. That’s just me though.

    I try not to spend more than $30 at Homeland each week. I get some of my other groceries at Aldi and Crest, sometimes.

    It takes time to get the hang of it. And honestly, most of us don’t get $200 groceries for $20, but I definitely save more than I would shopping at, say, WalMart.

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