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My experiment with newspaper coupons

May 20th, 2011 at 04:43 pm

I'm out of work and on a strict, self-imposed budget not to do any unnecessary spending.

However, today, while shopping at Stop & Shop, I decided to buy a newspaper subscription.

Here's the deal: 1 full year, Sunday only, for just $20, plus I got a $10 Stop & Shop gift card (which I used immediately). I figure I will make up the net cost of $10 by using the coupons that come in the paper. But I'm not sure.

Let's make this interesting! I decided to meticulously track all coupon savings (only those coupons that come from inserts in the paper) from when my subscription starts Sunday, May 29 and see how long into the following year it takes me to break even on the $10 subscription cost.

Keep in mind I generally like to eat healthy, but I do buy some sinful, packaged foods.

Care to wager in what week (week 1 through 52) it will take me to break even? I'll report in each week, in fact, I'll keep a running total posted on my sidebar here.

This could be fun!

9 Responses to “My experiment with newspaper coupons”

  1. baselle Says:

    I'll give it a whirl. Because I'm hoping that you get useful coupons, especially during the summer: Week 11.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good Luck!

    My dh swears by Fry's sales ads in the paper. (Why he buys it). Fry's is a regional electronic store.

    Anyway, I just read in the print newspaper about an insurance discount I Wasn't aware of from our insurer. I told dh, "Well, the paper paid for itself this year!"

    The coupons do not beat our grocery store prices (we buy mostly generic/on sale). BUT, I do pull a lot of deoderant/shampoo/detergent type coupons out, which is nice since I am pretty brand loyal for those type things, and keeps the cost down.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    That's the spirit!

  4. snafu Says:

    I know you can make up the weekly cost of the newspaper by creating and following a menu plan using the loss leaders from grocery chains on your typical route. Like MM, notes, there are often features or no cost events that result in significant savings but it takes patience to suss them out

  5. retire@50 Says:

    week 3 Smile good luck

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Week 5--especially if you buy toothpaste and other drugstore buys with coupons. Any doubled coupon grocers around?

  7. debtfreeme Says:

    I think in week 4, that's $2.50 in coupons a week. I recently bought the paper on a Sunday and saved $11 that week. Well worth the cost of the paper at $1.50.

  8. justericka Says:

    Im in for week

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'll say week 6. Smile I think it will take a lot less time than that, but that's the only week left. Smile

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