This week we spent $213.66 on groceries and household items; according to our receipts, we saved $16.12 using coupons. (That savings doesn't include what we saved buying stuff on sale.)
At first I was pretty disappointed with that result, since obviously it's on track to hit our average monthly grocery bill. But then Starling pointed out that we do have a lot more food in the house -- probably a good two weeks' worth, as opposed to just a week. So we will see whether things even out down the road.
I know that we've been getting some good deals on stuff we use regularly:
- 24 cents for a 4 oz tube of Colgate toothpaste (reg. 2.99)
- $3.49 for a bottle of olive oil (reg $5.99)
- chicken quarters (leg and thigh) for 49 cents a pound; bone-in chicken breasts for 99 cents a pound
- peanut butter for $1.29 (stocked up - regularly at least $2.09)
- $1.50 on a couple boxes of Post cereal
- 8 lbs of oranges for 50 cents a pound
- 10 lbs of potatoes at 20 cents a pound
And I've continued to record all our prices in our price book. Seeing the wide variation in prices on so many items has been eye-opening -- a 50 percent variation is not unusual. We'll check in again next week.