Since I married a mathematician who loves Excel and spreadsheets, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Josh and I made a spreadsheet of all of our grocery/shopping receipts where we employed coupons. Since we both wanted to know how much we were actually saving with coupons, it only made sense. Because, I find it helpful to create a coupon saving analysis – see how and when and how much we really are saving with those little pieces of paper.
Since we do 90% of our grocery shopping at Kroger (see THIS post as to why we do), we broke down our savings into categories – Coupons, Bonus Coupons (per their doubling of coupons), Plus Savings, and the total of all three of those. We then calculated the percentage of savings based upon our total paid bill for both the total of all savings and the coupons (with doubling) alone.
We started keeping track of our receipts starting the 3rd of May, 2012. But, it’s apparent to me we weren’t keeping track of all receipts (since Josh wasn’t so good about giving me his at first). We also later started keeping track of receipts from other shopping trips to Wal-mart and Target. We didn’t record receipts, however, that didn’t use coupons. So, not all of our expenses are calculated into our figuring. But, what it does show us, is how much we saved when we did use coupons.
So, from May 3, 2012 to December 31, 2012, we saved $346.04 using coupons alone. We saved $813.24 from Plus Savings (well, on trips that we recorded), bringing us to a total savings of $1,159.28.
So, coupons saved us about $350 over the course of 7 months in 2012, or about $50 a month, that we know for sure. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me! And we’ve only gotten better at couponing as time has progressed.
Over the last 7 months, we saved an average of 10.35% on our coupon-used shopping trips with coupons alone. Combined with plus savings, we saved an average of 34.66% on our shopping trips.
It was easy to save a larger percentage of our bill when we were only buying a few things – we hit the 43% and 50% mark on two such trips. However, realistically, most of our trips saved us somewhere between 2-12% by using coupons alone. However, our total savings usually fell in the 20-30% range.
This year, in 2013, we are going to see if we can beat these results. We are going to try to keep better track of our receipts and savings. I really want to see how much we are saving. I am planning to plan out our shopping trips even better. We are going to actually try to stick to a planned, fixed, budget this year. It’s my hope we can do it!
So far this month we have saved $74.47 with coupons. Pretty awesome.
As you can tell, though, we are not extreme couponers. I finally watched a few episodes of that show a few weeks ago, and they are incredible – saving 95% on a shopping trip?! But, seriously, we don’t have room to stockpile 20 boxes of anything! We just want to have enough food to feed us for the month, and enough toiletries so we have maybe one or two extra of an item on hand at a time. But, we are indeed couponers. We get (just one copy) of the Sunday and Thursday papers. We get Kroger coupons in the mail. We get coupon inserts in the mail too. I also print coupons off the internet, and put ecoupons on my shoppers card. But, that’s it. We don’t have a huge jumbo binder we take to the store with us. We just have a smallish accordion file. (See THIS post for more about our couponing methods).
How did you do with saving money in 2012? What are your money saving goals for 2013? And do you ever do a coupon saving analysis?