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March 15, 2013

Let's have a shopping trip!

Hi Jill,

In one of your recent columns, you featured a letter from a reader who stated that she spent $45.81 and saved $47.36 with coupons.

I have read numerous articles over the years where people say they get their order for free or for a very low cost. These articles never show what was bought and the coupons used. I have always said this is smoke and mirrors as there is no detail.

Thanks,

Joe B.

When you can combine great sales with coupons, it’s absolutely true that you can bring your totals down significantly at the register. To help explain how this is possible, I’ll walk you through one of my recent shopping trips, detailing the items I bought and the coupons I used.

I went shopping at Meijer, a supermarket chain in the Midwest where I live. Following is a list of the items I bought and the coupons I used on each. At the end, I’ll share what my bill would have been before coupons and what it was after.

Gallon jug of store-brand milk: $2.19

I used an ecoupon from the store’s website for a free gallon of milk and paid $0.

6.4-ounce Colgate toothpaste: $1

I used a 75-cent coupon from the newspaper inserts and paid 25 cents.

Colgate Wave toothbrush: $1

I used a 75-cent coupon from the newspaper inserts and paid 25 cents.

Snapware food storage container: $2.39

I used a $2 coupon from the newspaper inserts and paid 39 cents.

20-pack of Finish dishwasher detergent tablets: $2.69

I used a $2.15 coupon from the newspaper inserts and paid 54 cents.

Three 16-ounce boxes of Barilla pasta: $3

I used a $1-off-3 coupon from the newspaper inserts and paid $2.

Three 16-ounce cans of Old El Paso refried beans: $3

I used a 60-cents-off-3 coupon that I printed from the Internet and paid $2.40.

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