and I think I did ok. I've spent the last two weeks reading this site, visiting other coupon sites, perusing ads, and generally stuffing my brain to overwhelming with information. I shopped today because 1) I had grocery money and 2) because I finally got some coupons in the paper! Anyways, after church today I spent about 1 1/2 hours reviewing my store lists (Kroger, Walmart, and CVS), comparing them to the coupons I had, and making my grocery list. I was frustrated because my SS and RP inserts did not have all the coupons they were supposed to have. I realize that there can be regional differences but it is still frustrating. And I'm getting the biggest city paper I can. Things should get better with that because my grandma is sending me her coupons. They should be better stocked. I crossed off the things I decided not to get due to missing coupons. I clipped all the printed coupons that I planned on using, got my folder ready with the store lists, my hand-written list, the coupons, and the coupon policies for my 3 stores. Off I went!
I started at CVS because I had no perishables to get there. I was very frustrated because it took me 45 mins to walk out with three different products. The Aleve was not the deal it was supposed to be, there were no Chex in the store, and the prices listed by the items didn't match with the items on the couponmom pages or in the ads. So, I got what I could. I was happy with my $5 ECB and plan on using that later.
I went to Walmart after that. I was surprised that things went quite smoothly there and I got everything on my list. The only hiccup I had was that a few of my coupons didn't scan. But the cashier just plugged them in manually. No big deal.
I ended up at Kroger as my last stop. I knew this leg of the trip would be long because I was doing the bulk of my trip there and I use WIC tickets. Checkout is always a pain. Anyways, I didn't have many MFC coupons but I did have some Kroger coupons that were pretty nice.
So, after 3 1/2 hours shopping, 15-30 mins putting groceries away, 1 1/2 hours of preparations today, plus all the hours of preparation I did on research, I saved 32% at Kroger, almost 50% at CVS, and $9 off of the sale prices at Walmart (no idea on the %). I still spent some money but I think I did decently with coupons. I already feel like I have a decent stockpile going. I usually hate grocery shopping with a passion, but this go-round was kinda fun. Hopefully, I can get a better handle on what I'm saving vs spending the next time.