May Coupon Challenge Update: Halfway Through

So Michael and I are now half-way done with our May coupon challenge, so I wanted to write a quick post to update everyone on where we’re at and what we’ve saved so far.

First and foremost, let me just tell you that Michael and I are fully stocked on food and toiletry items. I have honestly never seen our cabinets or our freezer as full as they are right now. We’re about to have to expand to the basement. Stockpile, anyone?

So far this month, we’ve purchased $452.37 worth of food, cleaning products, health and beauty items, pet products, etc. We haven’t purchased a bunch of random stuff we’ll never use (which I feel they often do on Extreme Couponing), and we haven’t fully limited ourselves on what we can buy based on what coupons we have. After all, sometimes you just need stuff you don’t have coupons for.

So, how much did $452.37 worth of groceries cost us? $157.97!!! In addition, I currently have $4.50 in register rewards from Walgreens in my wallet and $3 in rewards from Kroger for my next purchases, so if we deduct that $7.50, we’re at $150.47! Not bad, right? That’s 67% savings!

I’m starting to realize why people become so addicted to couponing — it seriously is like a game, and when you’re tight on funds like Michael and I, it’s definitely a game worth playing.

Have you been couponing as well? How’s it going?

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

3 Comments on May Coupon Challenge Update: Halfway Through

  1. Kelsey
    May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am (4 years ago)

    That’s awesome Nicole!! I’ve tried to do some couponing since seeing the show….but it hasn’t made a big difference for us. You’re savings are great! Do your stores double manufacturer coupons? All the stores here (Nebraska) have MAJOR coupon restrictions :( so that’s probably why we can’t make a big difference in our savings. Having the store’s savings card is probably the biggest help for us.

    • Nicole
      May 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Here, Kroger doubles up to $.50. You should def see if there is a good couponing blog in your area. The best way to save is to match-up coupons with store sales, and it def makes it harder if your store doesn’t double. However, I still think you can find some good deals (lots of times I don’t have to rely on a doubling coupon).

  2. Kelsey
    May 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ll definitely have to search for a good couponing blog for around here…that would make it a lot easier for me :)

    After we get back from the wedding in NJ I’m going to try harder and hopefully see bigger savings!


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