Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Giveaway Using the Money I'm Saving from Couponing

I started couponing about 2 months ago. It has become a game, a challenge, like everyone says it has to...if you want to stick with it.

This isn't going to be a long explanation of how to coupon. If you're interested in that, I recommend this site. It's awesome and, really, it's all I use. (Check the tutorials at the top right of the page). One thing you'll see here is how beneficial it is to stockpile - buying things are their rock bottom price.

This is a game for you guys!

Below you'll see a picture of the items I bought recently at Publix and a list of everything in the picture just to be fair (in case you can't see everything).

- 1 baguette
- 1 bag of Doritos
- 1 box of Lucky Charms
- 1 box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- 2 pouches of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice
- 2 pouches of Fisher's trail mix
- 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix
- 2 blocks of Kraft cheese
- 1 box of Uncrustables (are these gross? never tried them before)
- 6 cans of Progresso soup
- 6 cans of Green Giant corn
- 1 can of Pam
- 1 carton of Egg Beaters
- 1 gallon of Publix organic milk
- 1 pkg. of strawberries
- 1 pkg. of carrots
- 8 bags of Green Giant Steamers
Total before coupons and tax = $91.37

The challenge is to guess what I paid out of pocket, before tax for all this stuff. I'll send the winner a shiny, new $5 gift card to Starbucks. (Whoever guesses closest, over or under, wins!)

When I announce the winner, I'll tell you how much I spent and how much I saved. So fun, right?!

You've got until next Monday, March 8 at noon CST to guess. (I'm looking for dollars and cents here). I'll post the winner sometime that afternoon.


Anonymous said...

how does giving our starbucks money away....save money?

love me

Brad Bridges said...

spent $51.84

melissa richie said...

I'm horrible, horrible about using coupons. Even getting started!! It makes me feel very overwhelmed to even think about it.

My plan is, though, to 1) get the newspaper delivered on Wed/Sun 2) start wrapping my head around it 3) begin couponing before Quarter gets here.

I've got 4 months.

So, that said, my guess is $34.56.

I like Bob's comment, by the way. And good for you being frugal!

Lauren said...

Hmmm, okay, now I'm going to guess that you spent $49.07.

And I'm wondering if the right guess will be determined "Price is Right" style - closest without going over? Or closest on either side? :) Not that it matters a whole lot, just curious.

Lindsay said...

Hhhhmmm... I'm gonna say $37.29

The Dorinators said...

I say $54.26. BTW, have you ever heard of E-mealz.com? We've been able to save a lot of money on groceries using that meal planning service.

Camille Platt said...

ummm $41.50

Camille said...

I guess you spent $11.14. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're VERY good at the coupon game. :)

And for the record, I kind of think Uncrustables are delicious.

suburban prep said...

OK I am guessing again at about 67.83.

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Bek* said...

i'm going to say that they had to give you $.10

Alicia said...


megan and nick said...
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megan and nick said...

I use that website for coupons every week, too! It makes couponing much more manageable.

I'm guessing $64.48.

thestantons said...

i am going with....


upstatefamilybuddy said...

hey greta!!

we've been doing the coupon thing too and it's amazing!!!

i'll guess....$16.00

can't wait to find out!!

-alison hendley

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Where in the World are the Powells said...

Hmmm...that is hard. I have been couponing here since June last year and haven't paid for toilet paper since august. Does publix double coupons? If so then I would guess that you spent $13.40. If they don't double then my guess is $26.80. I have a great "tutorial" document on couponing with TONS of websites where you can print coupns, I will send it to you.

Laura said...

So... who won?

Where in the World are the Powells said...

Seriously...I'm on the edge of my seat! I just went to the store today and my total before coupons was $130ish and I left paying only $46! I want to know how you did!!!