I *think* I'm done with grocery/household purchases for this month. This is the first month I've ever tracked the amount of coupons I've used. I thought they were saving me some money...turns out they are saving me a LOT!
This month I've spent 151.58 actual cash money, and used 130.68 in coupons. In addition, I have $16.50 coming back from Walgreen's in the form of a gift card rebate...but that will be for next month!
I'm really pleased with these numbers. I have only purchased things we will use, and I've shopped the sales as well. I know that if I had also kept track of the savings due to 'sale prices', it would show that I saved a lot with sales as well.
It's not foolproof, I have to admit. I read about a bunch of great deals at a store that I shop, printed the coupons, and then when I got there, I could only find 2 of the 5 great deals. I will hold onto the coupons (since they are for things we use, after all!) and watch for sales. I'm still learning, for sure...but $130 off in one month, that's pretty SWEET!