My One Year Savings Total + A $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Have you wondered what happened to my monthly grocery budget posts?  Well, since the next round of numbers ended in the middle of February I decided to wait until the end of February to report.   For one very good reason.  February 28th marked exactly one year that I have kept track of my grocery budget.

If you had been following along each month you could see the savings that I posted.  Well, now that we have made it to one year I am so thrilled to report in my numbers.

Before I tell you how we did I want to point out a couple of things.  First, I know a lot of you are new to couponing.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of coupons or deals that are out there.  Start slow, do a little at a time.  Build up your stockpile and you will slowly see your numbers go down.  And second, don’t feel like you have to use the same amount of coupons or deals that I use.  If you want to that is fine and of course your savings will be big but I want you all to know that going to the grocery store and saving $20 a week is a big savings.  A savings that equals out to $1000 a year.  So, don’t judge your success or failure on how others are doing.  You need to do what is right for you and your family.

::CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS

Okay, with that said, here are my 1 year numbers from March 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010.

Total spent for the year: $3863.90.  That equals $321.99 per month or $74.31 per week.

My goal was $75 a week so I can’t believe I made it.  Almost exactly!

::MY SAVINGS

Previously we had spent $250 per week easily.  That equals $13,000 per year.  So our savings:

$13,000 – $3863.90 = $9136.10 SAVED!! Woohoo!

::WIN A $50 TARGET GIFT CARD

Now for the fun part.  I am so excited about my savings that I want to celebrate.  So, as part of my celebration and to thank you guys for being awesome readers, I am giving away a $50 Target Gift Card to one lucky LRWC winner.  Yeap!  Here is what you need to do to win:

The giveaway will end Friday (3/5/10) at 11:59 pm EST. There are 4 very simple ways to enter.  Do one or do all.

1. Leave a Comment -Tell us how much you saved in February at the grocery store.  If you have just started couponing, tell us your plan to save in March.

2. Follow My Blog Via Email or Reader – you can subscribe in the right sidebar. Please be sure to comment back to let me know you did it. If you are already following LRWC via email or reader just leave a seperate comment letting me know.

3. Follow Me On Twitter – Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LivinRichCoupon and Tweet about this giveaway. Make sure to copy me on your tweet by adding @LivinRichCoupon. Also comment back on the post that you have done this.

4. Follow Me On Facebook – Use the facebook link on the right sidebar. Please be sure to comment back to let me know you did it.  If you are already a facebook fan just leave a comment letting me know.

Good Luck!!

Note: Target did not sponsor this giveaway.  The Target gift card is a gift from LRWC and paid for by LRWC.
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  • Lisa Gray

    I saved over $400.00 in February and only spent $180 OOP.

  • Carly

    I saved about $100 in February! Looking forward to saving even more in March.

  • Kerry

    Hi Cindy ~ I am already a fan on facebook and love checking your website for the great deals! I haven’t figured out how much I saved (don’t have receipts), but I plan on keeping track to save at least $200 this month (hopefully more!) Thanks again for the great tips!

  • Carly

    I follow you with RSS feed!

  • Carly

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  • Philomena

    I saved $211.00 in February!! Thank you!!!!!!

  • Toni

    I just started following you on facebook. Congrats on the awesome savings. I’m going to start keeping track of my savings starting with March (I’ve bee ntrying coupons for a few months, but not really keeping track) so maybe next year I’ll have an awesome savings total like you!

  • Melissa

    I saved $350.00. Thank you Cindy! My friends and family are amazed.

  • Sarah

    I follow your RSS feed. Love it!

  • Mary

    I saved about $110 in February. I’m working toward spending no more than $75 for food and personal care items per week. I’m getting closer to that now.

  • Mary

    I’m an email subscriber.

  • Eric

    OK, seeing as how you were .69 under budget each week X52, I’ll just take the extra 35.88 you meant to spend during the last year and give someone else the giftcard.

    Personally the savings from your site are incalculable. From the cheap flip flops from Crocs and all the other deals it’s in the thousands and not to mention the increased standard of living and serenity knowing how cheap you can live if you have to. Big thanks to you Cindy for all your effort and hope that you take solace knowing that you are helping literally thousands of people. I hope this site goes huge and you make a couple of million. Sincerely, Eric

  • Melissa

    We have a $300 a week budget for 2010 just like last year. It seemed last year we kept going over the $300 mark and with the economy and or work situations we are trying very hard to come under budget. So I started to follow you on facebook and on your daily emails to see if I could save more and started at the end of January. So, to the totals for this month. I spent $240 on groceries and that is a $60 savings. Your deal ideas have really saved me money. THANK YOU! My real savings was even more as I definately got more for my money this month.

  • Sarah

    I’m planning to slowly reduce my budget between now and December– February’s goal was $400 (it’s just me and my husband), but I spent $450. I enter my receipts on an Excel spreadsheet (from The Coupon Project)– my results for February say $1488 shelf price– for $451, a savings of $1,038 ($414 in coupons, $482 in store discounts and the $141 in rebates-including CVS ECB and Giant PA gas rewards ). Not bad, but I’m hoping to be down to $300-$325/month by the end of the year. You’re an inspiration!

  • Heather D.

    This probably doesn’t count but we were using pastry for the month of February except for chicken when it goes on sale so that was a lot of savings, I think about $500 saved – I only spent less than $180 for miscellaneous items (CVS & Target deals).

  • chung li

    I’m subscribed via RSS feed.

  • lorie

    Great giveaway!

  • lorie

    I subscriber via email.

  • amber

    you are not going to believe this Cindy….but we spent all of 163.45 in Feb!!!! We had such an amazing stockpile that we only needed to purchase the necessities of milk and bread….we do most of our produce shopping at Produce Junction and we only hit the major cheap sales… I started couponing in November and we are so stocked that we have easily slashed our monthly budget my 60%! Thank you so much for your help Cindy…I couldn’t have discovered your webpage at a better time. Thank you Thank you!

  • Avni

    I’m a recent college graduate, so saving is extremely important to me right now. I saved almost $50 in February! I’m learning!

  • Dina

    I saved over $443.93 in February and only spent $97.10 OOP.

  • Whitney

    I used up all my grocery money in Feb (we had company), but I had my first huge coupon trip during that time. I got $200 worth of stuff for $100. I was thrilled!

  • Whitney

    Also, I’m a subscriber.

  • naz

    I love the savings, keep ’em coming..
    thanks

  • Whitney

    And a twitter follower.

  • Whitney

    And a fan!

  • Lisa Gray

    I follow you via email also. I love your site I check it everyday for any new postings.

  • Kelly

    Thank you for your comment of not comparing my “couponing” to what others are doing. I’m new to this, around 3 weeks into it, and find myself feeling like I’m not doing it right if I don’t do all the deals and use all the coupons others are using. Thanks again!

  • Lara

    We’ve always had a small grocery budget, but I was always going over. By the end of 2009 I was staying withing the budget, and for the past 2 months I have ended up with $100 extra (total). I’m excited about this because my in-laws are taking us to Disney this summer and whatever extra I have I’m putting in our spending money account for Disney. The best part – my husband doesn’t know! Won’t he surprised to find out that we have several hundred dollars extra for vacation!

  • Lara

    I’m an RSS feed subscriber, too!

  • Stephanie

    First- congrats on your savings, and thanks for your blog! I just started reading recently- was really excited to find a savings/couponing blog in New Jersey.

    I do most of my shopping at ShopRite- my savings there in February were over $200!

  • Stephanie

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  • Jessica

    Wow! What a great feeling!

  • Stephanie

    following you on twitter and tweeted here: http://twitter.com/stlyhu/status/9887118886

  • Nikki

    great job mom! so proud! haha give me the $50!!

    • Cindy

      @Nikki, Funny Nikki! Family can’t win. But I got you the Hanes tshirts for when you come home on Friday. XOXO

  • Andrea

    In February, I spent $205.00 for groceries/cleaning products/etc. I used to spend $300 a month so that’s a savings of $95!!

  • Andrea

    I subscribe via email

  • Anna

    I am new to couponing, and saved $30 in February.

  • Amy

    Cindy,
    Thank you so much for all of the work you do. I am a mother of 4 children 10 & under. I used to work full-time while my husband stayed home. It was killing me not to be home with my kids, so we switched roles in September at a 50% reduction in salary. However, because of all of the money saving tips from your site my family has not noticed any change in our lifestyle (except for eating out less). I am so happy to be home and your site helps me accomplish this. Thank you again.
    BTW – I saved $1053.72 on groceries in February.

  • Amy

    I am signed up for e-mail updates.

  • Barb Crispens

    We’ve probably saved $300-400 in February which is great for us!

  • Barb Crispens

    I’m an email subscriber!

  • Barb Crispens

    I’m a facebook fan!

  • Melanie

    I saved right around $500 in February. Great giveaway – thank you!

  • Sadie

    I am a fan on facebook.

  • Sadie

    I saved about $400 in February. Awesome rebates and after Valentines sales.

  • Denise

    I am a fan and I have been following you for 3 weeks now. And the savings are about 100 for the month of Feb. I am a family of 5 and would semd an avarage of $700 a month.My is $600 right now but would like to drop it to $400 and save the difference for a first time trip to Disney in one year. Thanks for all the help Cindy!!!!!

  • Veronica

    We are a family of 8 and we managed to save $280 for the month of February.

  • Raquel

    Hi Cindy,
    I subscribe to your e-newsletter. To let you know how I did in the last week in February, I bought $262.84 worth of groceries and paid only $81.36. I saved $181.48 in coupons! Woot!

  • Ashley Hock

    I follow you on Facebook!

  • Ashley Hock

    I saved $43 in Feb. I saved in FL on our Disney World trip too!!

  • Diane

    I am a subscriber and a Facebook Fan!!!

  • Ashley Hock

    I subscribe to your email updates too!!!!

  • Jennifer Fink

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  • Jennifer Fink

    I follow on Twitter!

  • K. Baker

    1. i am new to this. but… since doing the bulk of shopping at Aldi’s and “filling” in with other stores (sometimes without a discount) — we’re saving a lot. thanks for your hard work!

  • K. Baker

    2. i am a Facebook fan!

  • K. Baker

    3. i subscirbe via e-mail, too!

  • Jennifer Fink

    Just last night – I got $51 worth of toothpaste and laundry detergent for $4, plus I got a $2 RR for next time! With the BOGO at Walgreen’s! AMAZING! So March is off to a great start!

  • Cindy Migliore

    Cindy
    I read your blog several times each day and it has really improved my couponing and saving. Using coupons was always something I enjoyed but your tips have made a huge difference. I don’t know how much I have saved, but I do know that in the month of February I only spent $300 for groceries — that works out to about $77 or so a week — for my family of 7!! I have learned the ins and outs of rolling catalina and getting free stuff too. I really appreciate everything you do and all of your advice. Thanks!!!
    Cindy

  • It was easy to save money this February. With all the snow we had I got to the store maybe 3 times so I’d say I saved about $100. I made up for that with my trip to Shop Rite today though.

  • Became a fan on FaceBook.

  • Veronica

    I am an email subscriber!

  • Just subscribed to your blog.

  • jaclyn

    I saved $200 last month using coupons!

  • Veronica

    I am a face book fan

  • I saved approximately $100 during the month of February with coupons.

  • I am a subscriber by email.

  • Christine

    I am a facebook fan, and I love Target!

  • I am already a fan on Facebook.

  • Kristine

    At my first large grocery trip I saved approx $79 in coupons, on my most recent one I saved about $60, for a total of $130, that is not including other coupon savings I have done, just my grocery store.

  • Kristine

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  • Christine

    Subscribed to emails!

  • Kristine

    I’m an e-mail subscriber!

  • Christine

    Following on Twitter, and tweeted about the gc!

  • Chris

    I am a fan on Facebook, and think your website is amazing. I’ve saved a lot thanks to you !

  • Joan

    I’m a facebook fan!

  • monica b

    saved about 200 in feb!!

  • monica b

    email subscriber

  • Mary

    I saved a lot!! Im so bad at keeping track at my exact savings. I currently spend about $30 a week – used to spend $200 easily, so $170 x 4 weeks = about $680 savings last month 🙂

  • Mary

    You’re in my reader!

  • Mandie F

    I’ve been doing GREAT! I started in Feb and have saved about $150. I’m still going strong though!

  • Susan

    I started in January this year. For February I saved $148.50 over my January total for the month, which is $37.13 per week. I know I can go lower! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Mandie F

    Follow via facebook

  • Christa

    I am an email subscriber! And I abolutely love this site! You do an awesome job!

  • stacy k

    I saved about $150.00 in February. So exciting! Now that we have a baby every single penny counts even more!!! I just found your blog today and was super excited to read it. I passed it along to my FB friends and others in my “Crunch Bunch” (group of gals that get waaayyyy too excited to clip coupons with me hahahaha) . Awesome stuff!

  • Mandie F

    Subscribe via email

  • Christine

    I saved approximately $600 during the month of February with double coupons and matchups.

  • Christine

    I’m a subscriber.

  • Christine

    I’m a Facebook Fan.

  • Ilona

    Last month I spent $164.52 on groceries + 27.0 out = 191.52 and saved $404.38 !!

  • Nadine

    I’m new to couponing, but I’m now printing out online coupons and using some of your coupon matchups. I hope to see a considerable savings this month!

  • Jessie C.

    I saved about $350 in Feb. and very happy with my efforts!

  • Jessie C.

    I’m a subscriber.

  • Jessie C.

    @tcarolinep twitter follower

  • Jessie C.

    Follower on FB @tcarolinep JessieKatie S.

  • Kelly

    hi, I just started REALLY couponing and have saved $180 off my one shopping trip. 🙂

    Since our budget seems to be getting tighter each week I am hoping to cut back on my grocery budget to ease the pain a little. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  • Kelly

    I am a FB fan

  • Kelly

    I am also an email subscriber :), but I don’t have twitter 🙁

  • Sarah

    I’m a fan on facebook and an email subscriber! Love your site! This week, saved $30 on my order…

  • Nicole-Lynn

    Great giveaway! We’re saving for a wedding and buying a house so every little bit sure helps. I’ve just started couponing and it’s so fun! 🙂

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

  • Nicole-Lynn

    I already follow and subscribe via email

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

  • staceyk

    My plan to save in March is to cut corners wherever possible. Also, don’t forget to bring my reusable bags to earn a few cents credit here and there!

  • Vanessa

    I just started and I’m hoping to save $50 a week! You are inspiring 🙂

  • staceyk

    subscriber via google reader

  • Valerie H

    Happy Savings! Thanks for such great Giveaway.
    My total spent for the month of February was $345 with a savings of $546 (After coupons & Rebates) I keep track on a spreadsheet.

  • Valerie H

    I am an email subscriber!

  • I found your site and a few others about a month ago. My savings in Feb. was triple what it has been in previous months. I saved over $200 in coupons and a total savings of over $500 in just one month. So thankful for you site! I subscribe to your email.

  • Valerie H

    I tweeted hope I did it correctly.

    http://twitter.com/Savvydealdiva/status/9893247034

  • Valerie H

    I am also a FB Fan

  • Migdalia Martinez

    I didn’t shop that much in February because we decided to eat mainly from our stockpile so we only really bought essentials. This month I plan on continuing to eat from our stockpile and only by the essentials again and save a ton! Thanks!

  • Maryellen

    I have saved over $450 in February. I have taken advantage of the Harris Teeter Super Double promotion, however when I’m not shopping at Harris Teeter, I am shopping at the Military Commissary. The prices are great and makes for an amazing deal after coupons!

  • Olga

    I just started saving this year. We can spend upwards $1000 a month on food for a family of 5. I cut that in 1/2 for this Jan & Febr. but need get a bit better at it. Im and email subscriber, follow you on twitter and facebook! THanks for the giveaway!

  • Caroline

    Hurray for you Lisa! Thank you for sharing your savings and for this opportunity to share even more!
    Caroline

  • Alison

    For the month of Feb I spent $326 and saved $351. Thank you for helping me save a ton of money !!

  • I saved about $400 in February with couponing during sales!

  • Marty

    I am now following you on facebook. Look forward to seeing your post

  • Dawn Koelle

    Just signed up for email updates!

  • laurie

    i love your website! since i started couponing in january, Ive saved over $500! i tell everyone about your website – keep up the great work 🙂

  • Dawn K

    I am also a FB fan! Love your savings updates!!

  • Kim

    I found you through a friend on FB… now I subscribe via email. Thanks!

  • cathe

    CONGRATULATIONS!! hope to be as good as you one day!! i am also just starting and trying to get the hang of it so this is my 1st month of really writing it all down. i just subsribed to your email so i am sure that will help.
    thanxs

  • Amanda C

    I saved about $150 in February. I just started shopping at CVS and Walgreens. I’m hoping to spend less and save a lot more in March.

  • Amanda C

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  • mary

    I’ve only begun using coupons again starting in January. I’ve started slowly but have used your tips and saved a great deal. I know with each trip to Walgreen’s or Pathmark I am saving about 1/3 to 1/2 depending on the deals. Now that I have stockpiled a bit, I intend to really limit the spending in March. Thank you for all your help!

  • Jennifer

    I’ve been couponing for a few months now, but have never been very good at keeping track of my actual spending. So I hope to improve on this, and I hope that I can make a similar goal of $75 per week. I have a sense that I might be close (especially if I don’t count diapers as groceries:) but need to work at keeping track.

  • Amanda C

    I am a Facebook fan.

  • Amanda C

    I follow on twitter as frugalmomto4.

  • Robin

    I have been couponing for a few months now, february was my best month thus far. My best savings trip was to scolaris, 74$ worth of groceries and I only paid 22$ !! I just got a great new binder and organized all of my coupons, it was worth it! We have 5 kids so every penny counts, I love saving money!!!!

  • Lisa

    I’ve just started couponing in the last 2 months and have saved about $50 a week to this point.
    I’m so excited when I get a great deal! Thanks for all of the tricks and tips!

  • Jennifer B.

    This is my first time on your blog…very interesting stuff! Thanks for entering me.

  • Liz

    I plan on saving in March like I always do. I’ve been a coupon user since birth! LOL…I call it my “high”. I can’t wait to see at the bottom of some receipt where it says you save 49%,etc.. or even how much! I just got over 25.00 in items @ Rite Aid for 11.38!!

  • How awesome for you! Congratulations!

    I don’t have my total for February. I’m just starting to track March. I’m going to limit my shopping to $150. per week. Once I hit that number I’m done. We have enough basics not to go hungry so I can do a more focuses stockpiling.

  • I follow your blog on Google Reader, I’m learning so much so thanks for the service!!

  • Anonymous

    I have just started couponin not to long ago n am lookin forward to saving lots this yr…I am a fan of yours on face book n love it!!

  • Wow, how amazing! I hope to be like you in a year!
    Keep up the good work and sending those goodies you find for us! thanks for all you do!

  • Rachel

    I cut my groceries in half at least for the month of February. I just started couponing in January. But I went from spending $200 a week to $60 a week on food! Yeah!

  • I follow you on twitter

  • Rachel

    I subscribe via google reader.

  • I follow you on facebook too!

  • I subscribe via email

  • Stephanie

    Finally consistently meeting my goal of saving more than I spend on grocery and other drug store items! Saved over $120 this week and only spent $37 so far! Thank you for your grocery posts, they are the best around!

  • Congrats on the amazing savings. Very inspiring!

  • Michelle Spiess

    Love your website! I don’t really keep track of how much we safe, but it has helped us a lot while we are paying for two mortgages waiting for our house to sell! Thanks for all you do!

  • Michelle Spiess

    I’m also a Facebook fan! 🙂

  • Michelle Spiess

    I also receive your emails! 🙂

  • Patti

    You are the Goddess of Coupons! That is some tremendous savings! You must be so proud. Give yourself a high 5!

    TY for having a sweeps! I have always used coupons but since Jan10 have stepped it up and now track my savings (including “byobag” rebates, coupons, product/store rebates and store “on-sale” savings.) My Feb10 savings total is $157.44. I know I can cut back a LOT more and look forward to doing so and to your continued awesome suggestions!

  • Patti

    …OH…almost forgot…also a FB page fan.

  • C. Maria

    Thanks so much for what you do. You are helping so many people! I love your website and the daily info. I receive in my inbox. I follow you on Facebook too. The best I’ve ever done was at Walgreen’s. One day in Feb., I spent $4.35 and saved $43.32. The two women on line were so amazed and starting asking lots of questions. I, of course, credited it all to you. I am truly appreciative!

    C. Maria

  • Yvonne Fortin

    Great job savings! I bow before your superior frugalness. 🙂

  • Amy Cocheo

    Great Giveaway – thanks! I just subscribed!!

  • Yvonne Fortin

    I am a subscriber, please pick me!
    We have been building up a meat stockpile in our freezer, and in an incredible stroke of luck, my mom worked a food show a few months ago, and just gave us the fruits of her scavenging. We got BOXES and BOXES of dry goods, rice, flour, bullion, etc. We will be working off that, and should only need to purchase fresh items for the next couple of weeks.

  • scottsgal

    I’ve done awesome with some rolling cats at Jewel so I’ve saved over 75% this month each trip

  • scottsgal

    facebook fan

  • Kuuipo

    I love couponing and saved over $300 in the month of February!

  • nicole

    my goal for march is half of what i spent last month.

  • megan

    this would be a huge savings for me =)

  • Holy cow, Cindy, that is FANTASTIC!!!

    Last February I spent $984.85. This February I spent $571.56. Total savings of $413.29! The other thing is- the stuff I’ve been buying has been quality name brand stuff not the lesser quality I used to buy.

    My goal by next February is to be down to about $300/350 a month; the youngest will turn 3 next Feb so hopefully diapers will be gone by then!

    My March goal is to be under $500.

  • I follow via Google Reader.

  • Staci D’Amore

    Thank you for posting all of the great deals! I found your site a couple of weeks ago, and I have been telling everyone I know about it. In the past month, I have probably saved about $350-400 by using coupons and following sales. I am looking forward to saving even more next month with your website. Please add me to the gift card giveaway. Thank you!

  • I follow on Facebook!

  • I’m tweeting now!

  • dana

    I follow on face book. thanks!!!!

  • Rebekah

    I just started in Feb, but have saved almost $200. I’m hoping to get my budget under $500 for March and $400 for April. I’ve learned so much by following this site! I’d love that gift card, I shop at Target all the time.

  • sarah m

    thanks for the chance to win

  • sarah m

    I subscribe via email

  • sarah m

    and i am also a fan on face book

  • Stosha

    Heh, FB fan here, accidently commented there too, oops!

  • I have been averaging $300/month for the past couple months for just my husband and I…(gulp!) But I want to try to cut that in half for March and beyond!

    ~Have been a Facebook fan.
    ~Just subscribed to the emails!

    Thanks for everything you do!

  • Steph

    I want to stick to my budget of $50 a week in March!!

  • Steph
  • I’ve saved 120.00 last month! Looking forward to much more!

  • D. Kujawski

    Awesome site — I just became a fan on facebook.

  • Niurka
  • Niurka

    I follow on twitter @lindalatina

    tainalatina1980@yahoo.com

  • Maureen

    I started Nov 1, 2009 and just completed my 4th month. I saved $481.79 during February. All together for 4 months I have saved $2,066.05. My goal was $400 per month and I have beat that every time. Thanks for all the great tips.

  • i just started couponing THIS month and LOVE IT! i can’t believe how easy it is now that i understand what i’m doing! i’ve saved 50% each week on my grocery budget alone! (From 100 a week to 50). I’ve also saved a ton at the drugstore–instead of spending 40-50 a week at target i’m now spending 5-15 a week for tons of stuff! my cupboards NEVER used to be full and now they are overflowing. i am so excited and thankful!!

  • L D Miller

    I am looking forward to saving on my grocery and household items with the coupons I will be getting from your website. I will be following you via email and Facebook!!! GO COUPONS!!!! 😀

  • Debbi Robinson

    Just wanted to make sure I was entered for the Target gift card. Thanks! Debbi

  • Vicki

    I started in Nov watching what I am spending. In Feb I saved $394.11 !! For me who never watched or cared what I was spending is a great deal . Kids all grown but I guess I am a late starter but having so much fun saving money. This is a new hobby for me. I am trying to spend only $50 a week. Less is best. That is what I am shooting for 🙂

  • Vicki

    I am a fan on Facebook and subscribe on emails !!

  • Hi, I read your blog about 10times a day. I have been couponing for almost a year and did my best shopping trip month ever last month with only spending $235 total. Now, I have two small kids and a husband, so we don’t go through as much food as those families with big kids, but I am totally obsessed with saving money in grocery stores and online shopping. Thanks so much for taking the time to blog so we can all save money. I subscribe and follow you and please pick me! Thanks:)

  • Wow! That’s quite a savings! I love that you stress that even $20 saved each weeks adds up BIG!

    I saved $692 in February and spent $134 (including diapers!) for our family of 2 adults, a preschooler, and a toddler with the appetite of a teen boy!

    Thanks for celebrating your milestone with us!

  • Maria

    Hi Cindy:

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. I’ve been subscribing to your newsletter since October and know that you have been working hard to reach that $75.00 per week goal. I found you because you are the only person in my area to do the Shop Rite match ups. You helped me save so much, close to 50% off retail each time I shop. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  • Wow girl.. thats CRAZY!! I miss couponing so much. I’ve been trying to get back in the game but I’ve only gotten as far as collecting papers. Im going to start out small, so that means you’ll be seeing me on MSM very soon I hope! In the mean time, I’m your ultimate stalker – on FB, Twitter, and I have your RSS coming to my iPod so I can get you’re updates when I’m not at the computer!

  • I usually save a lot with coupons, but this month I just made it because I have family over! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance, Cindy!

  • debbie

    Love your emails and Facebook!! Great idea to have a give away!!

  • I’m a long time subscriber! 😉

  • Follow you on Twitter, too!

  • Liss

    Thanks! I’m a subscriber now – can’t wait for more deals and freebies! 🙂

  • Hi! Just followed you on twitter.. I’m Jennywrites

  • Lora

    I follow on Facebook! 🙂

  • I Subscribed to your feed.. I love it!! Thank you!!

  • In Feb I saved over 250.00 dollars.. I’m brand new to coupons and this is my 3rd month.. My stockpile is incredible.. Thank you for the wealth of information you provide!!

  • Lora

    I am still fairly new to couponing, but I feel like I am continuing to improve. Thank you for your tips, they are tremendously helpful. I am currently saving anywhere from $25-$45 on a shopping trip. My goal for March is to consistently save $40 or so on each trip.

  • maria

    My goal for March is to not spend more than $75 a week on groceries , hopefully by buying things that are on sale and matching it up with coupons. Thank you for blogging & offering this drawing!

  • I’m a fan on facebook! thanks!

  • Lora

    I just subscribed, so I look forward to the emails!

  • Cecilia

    I have saved over $450 in February. Thanks to you and the amazing deals!

  • Karen

    Facebook fan and I love your website!

  • My totals for February 2010

    Total Shelf Cost: $1,056.03
    Total Savings (before rebates): $932.23
    Total Savings (after rebates): $947.23
    Savings Rate: 89.70%

    See my past/present deals in action.

  • Cindy –
    KEEP up the inspiring work! My February totals were

    $506 Retail – $272 coupons = $234 OOP

    44% saved 🙂

  • Also finally subscribed via email (although I’m online everyday 🙂 and became a fan on facebook 🙂

  • Pattie F.

    I saved a total of 79% at the grocery store in February. Harris Teeter had Super Doubles and I took full advantage! Thanks!

    xmaswoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Pattie F.

    I also subscribed!
    xmaswoman(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Bianca T.

    February was not my best month, but this includes all expenses (except utility bills):
    $858.07 Retail – $408.58 Savings = $463.48 Out of Pocket

  • Bianca T.

    I’m a FB fan

  • Erin

    I cut our grocery budget by $100 in February. It was my first month couponing, and I started a respectable stockpile so I think I can reduce our monthly expenses quite a bit more! Thanks for your help, Cindy!

  • Mami2jcn

    We saved about $100 in February with coupons.

  • Mami2jcn

    I subscribed to your blog via email.

  • Mami2jcn

    I became a Facebook fan (Mary Happymommy).

  • Added a tweet!

  • Became a facebook fan of your website!

  • Christy

    I’ve been couponing for a year but haven’t kept track of our budget at all. I know we’re saving TONS of money b/c I’m getting lots of stuff for FREE or under a buck – stuff that I would buy Generic before. I plan to go over my Jan and Feb grocery/household/toiletry spending this week to see how much we’re spending, and then make a budget based off of that. Thanks for sharing!

  • Christy

    Subscribed via email.

  • Christy

    Facebook Fan!

  • Giada

    I subscribed via email

  • Giada

    This is my first month .. Just started couponing..

  • Giada

    I saved around $100 in the month of February..hoping to save more…

  • Giada

    Thanks for your wonderful website…. Learnt a lot from your tips… keep it up.. :)All my very best wishes…

  • Amanda

    I saved over $130 in January/February! Also, I have been following your blog in my google reader for a while now. Thanks for all your tips and all the deals I would never have found without you!

  • Cecilia

    Already subscribe to email but just became fan on facebook.

  • Anju

    I just started couponing and last month I saved $82.00.

  • Dac

    I’ve been using coupons and your tips for about 6 months now, but have been horrible at keeping track. I know on just one receipt from this past week at Shoprite, spent 31.88, saved 40.31!!! Thanks a bunch!!

  • Stacie Mooneyham

    I just joined your page. I saw it on another friends page and thought this was a great site.. I just seen where you have to be friends to get in on the drawing and I thought I was but I wasn’t but I have taken care of that now… lol..

  • Erin

    I just added you on facebook. I am a new follower, and totally inspired. I already use my kroger and cvs cards pretty diligently, but have been slack on the coupons. Until now. I am totally blown away by your annual savings! THX!

  • shirley

    I saved around $70 last month, I am just now starting out couponing, and in my town I only have a Walmart. (NO DOUBLES)

  • shirley

    I subscribe to email.

  • Vicki

    I am subscribed to your blog via e-mail. Been following for about a month and love it. I always used coupons, but you have helped me take it to the next level!! Thanks!

  • TRACY HEYER

    We saved about $125.00 for Feb.

  • Marie

    I saved over $200 in coupons and a total savings of over $500 in just one month.

  • Barbara

    I started couponing your way the on Jan. 18th. I saved over $400 for the month of Feb. Your site is awesome. Keep up the great job 🙂

    Thanks, Barbara 🙂

  • Barbara

    I’m already a follower of LRWC 🙂

    • Barbara

      That’s a follower of LRWC on your blog via email 🙂

  • Barbara

    I’m already a follower of LRWC on Facebook 🙂

  • Matt

    I’ve saved $250.00 last month! Looking forward to much more!

  • Deanna G.

    I hope to save at least $50 & I’ve already got some great coupons for my next trip 🙂

  • Deanna G.

    I subscribe w/Google Reader.

  • Deanna G.

    I added you on Facebook!

  • kristin

    I’m super new to couponing and in Feb saved about $10 per week on groceries…doesn’t seem like much but I only spend $50 a week total in groceries to begin with!

    I’m also a facebook fan and I would love to be entered in the target gift card giveaway!

  • Mari

    I have saved about $150.00. YAY!

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    email subscriber

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    follow on twitter and tweet

    http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/9989938812

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Lou

    I saved around $300 in the month of February..hoping to save more.

  • Ruthanne

    I saved $500 in groceries in Feb. between coupons, sales and stealth-buying. Setting a $500 savings goal for the month was probably the biggest help…something to shoot for. Yahoo!

  • Esther

    Hi Cindy,
    For February, I saved about $200 between sales, coupons, catalinas and rebates.
    Hope I win!!!
    Esther

  • Melissa

    Already follow on facebook. In Feb I did a lot of savings mostly because we didn’t have money to actually go shopping LOL. I would say though the two grocery shopping trips we made that month I saved at least $100-$150 each trip. We didn’t have any other huge buys that month because as I said we were on a super tight budget. I spent a little over $200 in groceries for Feb which is not bad at all for me considering I used to spend about $300-$400 before I began to seriously coupon. For this next month we are waiting for our tax return before we do an serious shopping but already we have saved money. Barnes and Nobel has some boardgames on sale for 75% off and we picked up a few games (we are serious boardgamers in our family). We are going to also use the rebate to catch up on all our bills like heating and cable.

  • Karen

    I don’t do as well as you, but I do save $ every month! I am striving to get better and better at this! I save approx. $100 a month right now with coupons and money back deals, sometimes more. This does not include freebies. I shop at Wallie World and also buy alot of store brands, those are not included in my savings deals either. My goal is to try to double the $ saved in coupons in the next few months! A Target gift card would be GREAT! Thanks for all you to do to help us all! 🙂

  • Cheryl

    I am so lucky that my bff sent me to you! You (and her) got me inspired to start couponing again! I am getting organized and can’t wait to see my savings!!! I am following you on Twitter, befriended you on FB and bookmarked your website!
    I am on here all through out the day to see if there are any updates! I am so excited, you are amazing on this coupon “thing” and I am just so excited!

    Thank you for your time and effort!!!

  • Flora

    I saved a total of 68% at the grocery store in February. Looking for more savings.

  • Jenn

    I have not been keeping track of by overall monthly or yearly savings, but you have inspired me to do so! Thanks!

  • Jenn

    I do subscribe by email! THanks!

  • Jen

    I saved almost $300 at the grocery in February!

  • Danielle

    I have always used coupons but after becoming an avid reader of your website about a week ago. I reduced my bi-weekly grocery bill by $70 and saved a toatl of $94 just last weekend. Thanks for the tips! I am now seriously addicted!

  • Rebecca

    I subscribe to your emails, follow you on Twitter & would love a gift card!

  • Ashley S

    I don’t know how much I saved in Feb at the grocery store, but my YTD savings are $148.60 (Jan and Feb)

  • Ashley S

    I subscribe in a reader

  • Ashley S

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/smash906/status/10046623964

  • Ashley S

    I am a facebook fan

  • I saved $462.85 this month in grocerys!!

  • I now subscribe to your feeds!!

  • I follow you on twitter http://www.twitter.com/kasiesalas

  • I am a fan on facebook!!!

  • RosaliaF

    I saved about $150 in February.

  • RosaliaF

    I follow you on twitter.

  • RosaliaF

    I follow you on facebook.

  • Anju

    I saved $72 this past month.