What I LearnedI went into this trip with a list. This was to curb my impulse-buying habits, especially when food is involved. It was also nice to know what products I would be able to purchase with a coupon. Hopefully, what I learned during this first trip will help me make better decisions in the future.
- Hamburger Helper is expensive. Even with a coupon and store special, the store-brand was more than $0.15
- Kraft Mac & Cheese is also expensive. At $1.59/box, I was a little flabbergasted. I admit, though, part of my surprise came from the Walgreens coupon that let me purchase three boxes at $0.69 each. It also came from my never having bought Kraft brand before (I know, I know. You should know now, then, that I don't like apple pie, either).
- My impulse-buying habits will be hard to overcome.
- My local grocery store will double a manufacturer's coupon up to $1. Considering that this made Yoplait cheaper than the store brand, even an extra $0.40 makes a big difference.
- My store does not, however, still offer a discount when you bring your own bags. Either that or the cashier didn't think to put it on my purchase.
- Most dry goods cost about $0.25 per serving. At least the ones that I bought.
- Most store brand sauces cost less than $0.05 per serving.
- By cost per serving, the most expensive items I bought were frozen meals.
- I'm all right at estimating the prices of groceries, although I was horribly off on some items.
Here comes the part that will probably interest only me. Feel free to turn back, noble explorer! If you've read this far, I'm a little stunned but ready to continue. The time has come for me to put down some numbers. Who knows what they mean together.
Total spent on food: $32.70
Coupons brought: 21
Coupons used: 4
Money saved by coupons: $0.90
Money saved by "cardmember only" deals: $0.69
Money saved by coupon "doubling": $0.90
Those are the numbers! And that wraps up my grocery post.