Coupons, week deux

When I originally set out to make our shopping lists, I thought we only needed to pick up a few things this week.  This week, however, there ended up being a lot of good sale/coupon combos, so I spent (and bought) more than intended.  We’re really well stocked with food in this house, and particularly quick meals and things to pack in lunches, so I’m going to see if we can swing skipping grocery shopping next week.

This week I only went to Walgreens and Giant Eagle, the other stores didn’t have anything of much interest to me.  I only picked Walgreens because it’s close to my house and right by the local major shopping center.  I got all bent out of shape about Walgreens today.  I had a BOGO coupon for Bic razors ($5.99 each), but it wouldn’t scan right on the register.  The cashier was like “Sorry, can’t take it.”  There was a line building behind me which was stressing me out, and I didn’t want to waste more of everyone’s time by calling a manager over.  I ended up paying for both of the razors in full, which meant that I missed out on $5.99 worth of savings, just because of the stupid register not working right.  I’m not thrilled about that.  Whine whine whine. Also, that Walgreens is terrible about updating the sale tags in the aisles.  They’re never updated for Sunday, so I have to carry the circular around with me to make sure I’m buying the right size of whatever it is that’s on sale, etc.  Annoying.  I did get $11 in “Walgreens bucks” there for a future trip, but I think I will just use them and then call it quits on Walgreens.

So if I had paid full price on all of my purchases, the total would have been $227.97.  I saved $31.52 from sales, and $35.55 from coupons. That’s about a 30% savings. I also got a total of $12 in store “bucks” for use on a future order, so that’s nice.If that stupid BOGO coupon HAD worked, my savings would have been a couple percentage points more. Aaargh.  Who are all these people who are saving 60% or more on their shopping trips?  I assume that for people who stockpile, when they find a SUPER good deal, they’re buying a million of whatever it is, and that drives up the savings percentage?

Couponing again took about 90 minutes today.  It only took about 45 minutes for me to clip all the coupons, update my Giant Eagle eOffers online, review all the matchups online, and write my lists.  It took another 45 minutes for me to file the stupid things in the stupid binder.  THAT is what takes so darn long.  If anyone has any idea how to make that part of the process faster, I’m all ears.

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