This weekend I attempted to put all the stuff I learned to use. So, for my first trip I went to CVS. I spent a total of $60 (but $15 of that was a gift card so that doesn't really count right), I saved $20, got a free $10 gas card, and $3 back in extra CVS cash, and another $4 store coupon. And yes, it was all stuff we needed like diapers, pet treats and Diet Coke. Not too bad for a a first timer.
My second attempt was at Publix yesterday afternoon. I spent a total of $125 and saved $30. I got really excited when I checked out and I actually had a stack of coupons to hand to the cashier. It was so much fun. Yes, I know this confirms my nerd status. We normally spend around $125-$150 per week on groceries (crazy!), so I wasn't too impressed with my savings, but I guess it wasn't too bad for my first go around. I've found that it's really hard for me to resist buying something simply because I have a coupon. I don't want to save a lot of money, but wind up spending twice as much as I normally do on stuff I don't need.
Does anyone else out there coupon? If so, what are your favorite coupon websites or overall easy money saving strategies?