Extreme Couponing Tip: Calculating and Keeping Track of Savings

1.  Number crunch: To calculate your savings from a trip:

  • Subtract your Total out of pocket cost from the before savings cost (original price). This equals the $ amount saved.
  • Divide the amount saved by the original price. Move the decimal over two spaces= your savings percentage!

2.  Keep track: Calculating and recording your savings is an important part of keeping a budget and tracking your progress as a KCL. Tools like Savings Tracker on The Coupon Project website are a great way to keep all the information in one place, and it automatically does the math for you! Simply enter the information from your receipts under the appropriate month.

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132 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Calculating and Keeping Track of Savings”

  1. Cheryl3421 says:

    Help!!! I would love to keep track of my savings but I am having difficulty. I shop at ShopRite the receipt does not show the total regular price. I would have to add line by line. I have tried this but the numbers are not adding up. Here is an example of one of my receipts. Amount $2.44 Total on sale savings $6.20, PPC & Mfr Cpns $12.00 Total savings toda is $21.20. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  2. Cheryl3421 says:

    Help!!! I would love to keep track of my savings but I am having difficulty. I shop at ShopRite the receipt does not show the total regular price. I would have to add line by line. I have tried this but the numbers are not adding up. Here is an example of one of my receipts. Amount $2.44 Total on sale savings $6.20, PPC & Mfr Cpns $12.00 Total savings toda is $21.20. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  3. Cheryl3421 says:

    Help!!! I would love to keep track of my savings but I am having difficulty. I shop at ShopRite the receipt does not show the total regular price. I would have to add line by line. I have tried this but the numbers are not adding up. Here is an example of one of my receipts. Amount $2.44 Total on sale savings $6.20, PPC & Mfr Cpns $12.00 Total savings toda is $21.20. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • hayley says:

      I have the same issues, also. For example, my Rite-Aid receipt today says Total “.81″ total coupon savings “7.69″. I am not about to sit there and write the reg. price down of everything that is in my buggy (esp w/ 2 kids), but I want to know what my percentage is…

  4. Tricia says:

    this may have been asked already- but I usually buy at walmart and price match. They don’t list the actual prices- just what the price match is- how do I figure out how much I saved? I usually tally in my head, trying to remember how much it actually was. Again , this may have been already asked and I apologize, or no other way to do that. And what matter is that I paid less than I was planning too.

    • monica says:

      KCL did mention this in an earlier post, but there isn’t a way to find the actual shelf price unless you actually go throughout the store and jot down the prices on a piece of paper (when you are going to be doing price matching…) good luck!
      i just thought also, that maybe you could go to their website and look up the price there…?!

  5. Sfclippers says:

    this is probably not a popular post but here it goes….

    Unless you were living under a rock and never looked at a price tag a really feel most people do not pay retail!!! Saying you saved 80% is just making yourself feel better. I have never paid 4.50 for a box of cereal in my life!!

    I use the “regular price” as what i would have paid for an item before i was couiponing. We didnt use nice proglide razors, we used less expenseive ones and mostly generic food products. i need to know how much this is saving my family, not how much of a deal i got. When i put in a price for something it what i used to pay. 1.00 for pasta, 2.00-2.50 for cereal 6 for razors. Then i put in what i paid now, .25, .99, .49 ect maybe it doesnt look cool like 90% savings but al least i know, for how much time i put in this is how much i save. Also i know that everything i use is now a better quality product (my husband LOVES the proglides)

    if you really just want to know how much your saving i would suggest looking at what you were accustomed to paying before this process, than you have actual numbers that you earned, not how high can i get my % just to say it. i can buy gold at 90% off retail, well if you would have never bought gold before you just vost yourself 10%

    • Bonnie Bridge says:

      I agree with what you are saying that the important thing is how much you are saving vs what you spent before, not what you are saving off retail. But I will admit that a year ago, when both my husband and I were working, and before I started trying to save money, I absolutely did pay retail for whatever I wanted. I made a shopping list each week of things we were out of, and then I went and bought what I wanted without looking at the price. If we were out of Total Raisin Bran, I bought a box of Total Raisin Bran. If we were out of Jiff PB, I bought a jar of Jiff. I didn’t look at prices at all. When I started trying to save money, I simply switched to off-brands, but our budget was still struggling. Now we are doing much better by stockpiling when things are at their rock-bottom prices. I don’t make a weekly list of “things we are out of.” We are never out of anything (except milk and eggs) anymore.

      • Sfclippers says:

        thanks bonnie my post sounds a little harsh, i guess people that are brand specific would pay retail.

        Im kinda crazy with numbers, so i could never buy something when i see other similiar things for less. Even before i ever thought about money i liked shopping in the clearence section. I guess with all the couponing hype it bugs me that people want to inflate what they are doing, especially here on KCL which is a national thing, im all for poeple saving money, but when you promise them 90% and people start clearing shelves and stealing inserts its not easy to watch.

        • Britfred1987 says:

          I agree too! we are a military family and we always lived on a tight budget, and always bought the cheapest thing. So now we get to have nicer things for less, but we are in no way saving 90% from what we used go pay! I would say I spend about the same, but for better quality and way more quantity!

        • Britfred1987 says:

          I agree too! we are a military family and we always lived on a tight budget, and always bought the cheapest thing. So now we get to have nicer things for less, but we are in no way saving 90% from what we used go pay! I would say I spend about the same, but for better quality and way more quantity!

  6. Mrsortiz27 says:

    I cant download this…I have a mac can anyone help?

  7. Sl_carlon says:

    The spreadsheet is great. I am not sure if anyone made a comment about this but I would like to see a QTY (number of item bought). column that would total the amount saved on the spread sheet.

  8. monica says:

    If you have a Gmail account, just log in to search the “public templates” for “Savings Tracker” and once it appears, just click on Use this Template. It works and is just a few more steps than clicking on her link… I just filled mine out for June and am saving over 70% so far!! Woohoo!

  9. Shanna Tripp says:

    This is amazing, I am def going to start tracking my couponing trips now. I can’t wait to see how much I really save!!! I am almost as excited about this as I am about my shopping trips!

  10. Shanna Tripp says:

    This is amazing, I am def going to start tracking my couponing trips now. I can’t wait to see how much I really save!!! I am almost as excited about this as I am about my shopping trips!

  11. Miller Momma says:

    o yea, and i forgot, i usually save 70%+, since couponing for past 2 months only, i have saved at least 70%, the lowest was 72% and at drugstores i save at least 85%.

    • Miller Momma says:

      and everything i buy we eat/will eat or i save for my parents who eat/use it, i dont get things “just cuz they are cheaper”. In my area i guess im pretty lucky, teh coupons i get and whats on sale always work great for our little family :) I LOVE COUPONING!!!!! And i LOVE KCL!!!!!

    • momma&papa cochea says:

      hi miller momma my wife and i have just started about 3 weeks nnow and we love it we get the looks also we have our binder and 2 shopping carts and we help others out like young couples and singles trying to shop karma is good we save 50- 98 bucks each trip and we are working on our next trip these week would like to find some gatorade coupons any suggestion we have looked all over we would like to donate to the local football team this year for summer practices

  12. Miller Momma says:

    Its so crazy, i have seen 6 ladies this week with binders! Hehe, i went the otehr night with mine, i have a huge case-it and its purple and filled lol( ihave two binders, one for food and one for all non-food) and people kept just starring at me!!! It was funny, but i didnt let it bother me, because i know why im doing this! For my family of 3–soon to be family of 4 in a few weeks!! And we live on one income and trying to start a savings for our daughters future! And…i saw a lady buying the off brand tub butter, i had 20+ coupons for the name barnd, and with my coupon it made the name brand even cheaper than the off brand she put in her cart, so i asked her “do u prefer that one or do u like the other??” and she said she loved the name brand but too expensive..so i asked her how many you wanna buy lol, so i handed over 6 coupons, told her that they dont expire till august and that she can now have the one seh wants! she was so thankful :) It felt good sharing the savings :) I had a lady also hand me coupons, older lady who said she would never use them (random lady in an aisle at target) and she dug through her big purse and handed me like 10+ random coupons! So sweet of her!! So ladies lets remember to pass it on because karma is amazing! one of the coupons she handed me was $3 off diapers!!! score!!! :) Ok, im rambling like i do alot when it comes to coupons because im so in love with them!!

    • Tricia says:

      My daughters groan and moan when I go to the store, and the other day I was cleaning out coupons that were about to expire, while in the store, and putting them on the shelves with the product. My youngest asked why, and I said so others could use them- why waste them? So then she started looking at things, asking if I had a coupon for it. ONe thing I do- crazy or not- I feel bad if it takes a while when I price match at Walmart- I look at the buggy of the person behind me and see if I can price match for them. They may roll their eyes at me, but sometimes I do hear them say “This is so much, can you price match?” as I am leaving.

      • Anonymous says:

        My daughter and I also like to play “Coupon Fairy” and tape coupons for others on the product or hand some out if we see someone in line with us that has an item we have a coupon for :)

  13. chris says:

    My wife and I worked out our budget, but she keeps the checkbook because i’m prone to forgetfulness. We take out $40 every two weeks for my couponing (outside of our regular grocery purchases) to cover the oop and stockpiling. once my $40 is gone, i’m done purchasing unless we agree on other discretionary spending. But we agree on that about as often as Congress lol. Anyway, seems to have worked for us so far. I would like to keep track but i’m a preacher and increadably busy and increadably unorganized. Hope this helps or at least provides a laugh.

  14. chris says:

    My wife and I worked out our budget, but she keeps the checkbook because i’m prone to forgetfulness. We take out $40 every two weeks for my couponing (outside of our regular grocery purchases) to cover the oop and stockpiling. once my $40 is gone, i’m done purchasing unless we agree on other discretionary spending. But we agree on that about as often as Congress lol. Anyway, seems to have worked for us so far. I would like to keep track but i’m a preacher and increadably busy and increadably unorganized. Hope this helps or at least provides a laugh.

  15. Sherry says:

    “Subtract your Total out of pocket cost from the before savings cost (original price). This equals the $ amount saved.”

    One comment on this, though, is to be reasonable when you are looking at actual savings. If you normally buy something from Walmart for $10, and the local drugstore has it for $15 minus $10 in sales and coupons equaling $5, you really only saved $5, because you weren’t going to buy it for $15 in the first place. You would have just gone to Walmart and paid $10. Claiming high savings, like saving $10 in this example is good only for bragging, not for figuring out the actual savings for your monthly budget.

  16. Sherry says:

    “Subtract your Total out of pocket cost from the before savings cost (original price). This equals the $ amount saved.”

    One comment on this, though, is to be reasonable when you are looking at actual savings. If you normally buy something from Walmart for $10, and the local drugstore has it for $15 minus $10 in sales and coupons equaling $5, you really only saved $5, because you weren’t going to buy it for $15 in the first place. You would have just gone to Walmart and paid $10. Claiming high savings, like saving $10 in this example is good only for bragging, not for figuring out the actual savings for your monthly budget.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I really like this savings tracker!! Thank you for sharing!! :)

  18. Rytifgates says:

    I just want to say, that because of all of the attention for the “extreme couponing” I see more and more Ladies in the store with Binders……not that its a bad thing. What is bad is that they smile a little then put their head down like “don’t bother me”. 1. I don’t blame you!!! 2. If you’re ashamed…..don’t be!!! Let people think you are crazy!! Those are probably the same nuts that are coming out of Costco with a $9 box of cereal thinking they got a deal!! You go binder crazy coupon ladies :) :)

    • Kathie says:

      By far my favorite is those who stop and do a double take at me and my binder!!! Today at target a guy did this and just shook his head as he kept walking and looking back at me. LOL.

      When I checked out even the cashier was shocked! He gave me my receipt after looking at it and said “wow you saved $56″. I said yup that’s right!

      Proud binder lady!!

  19. Rytifgates says:

    I just want to say, that because of all of the attention for the “extreme couponing” I see more and more Ladies in the store with Binders……not that its a bad thing. What is bad is that they smile a little then put their head down like “don’t bother me”. 1. I don’t blame you!!! 2. If you’re ashamed…..don’t be!!! Let people think you are crazy!! Those are probably the same nuts that are coming out of Costco with a $9 box of cereal thinking they got a deal!! You go binder crazy coupon ladies :) :)

  20. Lisa Wood says:

    I really like how we can ask questions in on here and get help from the crazy coupon lady herself or from other people.

    Is there a place on this blog we can ask questions normally? I see a lot of people do that in the brag lounge but they seem to vanish.

    • Anonymous says:

      Feel free to ask any specific questions on our Facebook website on our wall. And we’ll do our best to answer you asap :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Feel free to ask any specific questions on our Facebook website on our wall. And we’ll do our best to answer you asap :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Feel free to ask any specific questions on our Facebook website on our wall. And we’ll do our best to answer you asap :)

  21. Noreenadsit says:

    Thank you so much for the spreadsheet, I have been looking for something just like this one to keep track of my saving.

  22. Franchesca says:

    Could anyone please explain how to fill out the information requested in the spreadsheet. Is “earn credit” RR?ECB? etc? Also, if I am rolling the RR/ECB… is that being calculated somehow? Is the rebate just for actual rebates, like mail in rebates or is that spot for the RR and ECB being used towards the purchase?

    • Annetta says:

      There is an instruction sheet available at the same location as the spreadsheet download. It will answer your questions, I think. Answered all mine, so far.

  23. Pam says:

    To each his own, but by the time I’ve made my lists, cut and organized my coupons, and done my shopping at several different stores, I have had enough. I can’t imagine spending the time to keep track of all this info…I am just happy to know that I am no longer paying full price for anything and I am able to feed and care for my family for less than half of what I used to spend. : )

  24. Melissa says:

    My savings are lower than I see most people on here but I do go by sale price because even before couponing (which has only been a couple months) I always shop sales and try to get the lowest price. So I RARELY shopped retail prices, I calculate sales price (club card price) as my totals because even before coupons I would never buy cereal for $4.

    • Shelly says:

      Great Comment! I feel the same way. Retail prices are irrelavant to me also.
      I too hardly shopped at Retail price to begin with, so If I leave saving 50 – 100% or more off of the sale prices on my trip, then I know Im doing a great job.

  25. 1425jodi says:

    what about register rewardsor ebc?

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s up to you. You can either count them as savings for the trip that you earn them on (so subtract that from the out of pocket cost) or just count them on the transaction you redeem them on.

    • Angela says:

      I like to count them when I use them so that if I stupidly lose one or let it expire it isn’t counted. (Tip: Register your CVS Extracare card online so you can print out any lost extrabucks!)

      • Angela says:

        P.S. I’m not the Angela mentioned above so don’t ask me why the speadsheet’s not working! ;-)

      • Toni says:

        Thanks so much for mentioning you could reprint ECB! i didnt know this and was quite upset when i realized i had lost one!

  26. frugal diva says:

    Thank you so much for your tips! I am into my day two of couponing :)

  27. frugal diva says:

    Thank you so much for your tips! I am into my day two of couponing :)

  28. Heather @ REOlisticRenovation says:

    I really need to start doing this. Great post!

  29. Annette says:

    I am a dumbie to the Excel, I have downloaded it and nothing, I looked for the Free Download version of the Excel and nothing. I feel like {DUH} !!! Just not working for me.

  30. Annette says:

    I am a dumbie to the Excel, I have downloaded it and nothing, I looked for the Free Download version of the Excel and nothing. I feel like {DUH} !!! Just not working for me.

  31. Diana says:

    It’s also hard to gauge with stores that use the loyalty card because without the card the prices are so outrageous that nobody would really shop without one. So they make it seem like you’re saving a ton, but really, it’s not that much. Does that make sense?

  32. Diana says:

    It’s also hard to gauge with stores that use the loyalty card because without the card the prices are so outrageous that nobody would really shop without one. So they make it seem like you’re saving a ton, but really, it’s not that much. Does that make sense?

  33. Carmelita21 says:

    I love the Savings Tracker, I wish I found it sooner, or saved some of my receipts but I only had this weeks however after putting in that information so far for this week I have a savings of 96.26% I guess I can’t complain.

  34. Katie H. says:

    Great info! Thanks for the link to the Savings Tracker!

    • Mike_angie says:

      I try not to overwhelm myself by trying to keep track of every price at every store. I have my fave stores which are Fry’s and Walgreens and those are the places I keep track of. If i have to go buy dog food which is every other week, we go to walmart so I just make sure to take a quick peek on this website for any super specials and then I always take my coupons with me. The best advice I’ve recieved is to NOT overwhelm myself by trying to get to every store for every special.

  35. Sean R. says:

    Our savings so far range from 45% – 65% in San Antonio, Texas.

  36. Kari Morris says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to keep track of all the prices of each item per stores??

    • Bonnie Bridge says:

      Do you mean so that you can compare different stores prices on things? For example, Walmart consistently sells its brand of peanut butter for $1.88, and the least expensive PB I can get at my grocery store is $2 without coupons. Is that what you mean? I actually took the time one day to go visit a number of different stores (Walmart, Dollar General, my local grocery store, etc) and compare prices. For each store, I wrote down what their best non-sale prices were on the items I use most: coffee, peanut butter, bread, oatmeal, etc. From that, I made a list of my personal price points. In other words, I made a list of what I prices I am willing to spend for certain items. For example, if peanut butter is less than $1.50 somewhere, I will stock up.
      I’m not sure if that is what you were asking, but I hope it helps!

  37. Michelle says:

    I had a question about keeping track of costs and a few others. One, how do you know what the regular price is? On some receipts it just shows the sale price. I don’t necessarily get home and immediately input. It might be a day or so.

    Second, do you input all your costs? For instance, everything from groceries, household items, anything you get on sale (Home Depot, other stuff from other stores like charcoal, canning stuff, what you buy online, etc) Do you track all total household and personal costs, gifts, or what exactly?

  38. Michelle says:

    I had a question about keeping track of costs and a few others. One, how do you know what the regular price is? On some receipts it just shows the sale price. I don’t necessarily get home and immediately input. It might be a day or so.

    Second, do you input all your costs? For instance, everything from groceries, household items, anything you get on sale (Home Depot, other stuff from other stores like charcoal, canning stuff, what you buy online, etc) Do you track all total household and personal costs, gifts, or what exactly?

    • Anonymous says:

      For the stores that don’t list the regular price of items, I could either write down all the retail prices of the items in my cart, or just count up the total of my coupons and count that as my savings (so the latter would be a lower percentage, so your aim for those stores would not be as high as stores that list the regular price, the loyalty cards savings & your coupon savings).
      You can track whatever categories you want. I like to track almost everything– drug stores, groceries, restaurants, etc. I also use Mint.com, which breaks down my spendings into different categories, which can be helpful. There I set my weekly or monthly budget, and it alerts me when I’m getting close to it. I like to have a set budget for how much I’ll spend (for example, how much we’ll spend on birthday gifts for family members or acquaintances– the former is higher, wedding gifts, weekly food bill, drugstore costs, etc. And then there are the set monthly prices like phone bill, rent, utilities, and so on. Feel free to personalize what you track and how you track it to get a more consistent view of what you’re spending weekly/ monthly/ yearly.

  39. kelly says:

    I only ever save about 40% at the grocery store, but that is because I am unwilling to compromise on the quality of things that I buy for my family to eat-I buy organic produce and dairy. I shop the things that are on sale and so a lot of the 40% savings is from the sales, not coupons. I do save 80-90% on average at the drugstores, which is where I get 90% of my cleaning/beauty products.

  40. kelly says:

    I only ever save about 40% at the grocery store, but that is because I am unwilling to compromise on the quality of things that I buy for my family to eat-I buy organic produce and dairy. I shop the things that are on sale and so a lot of the 40% savings is from the sales, not coupons. I do save 80-90% on average at the drugstores, which is where I get 90% of my cleaning/beauty products.

    • Kristine says:

      I agree Kelly. In my area (northeast) the prices are very high to begin with. It’s nothing for 100% whole wheat bread to be $4. Also if it’s on sale the coupon is expired. It’s just a given. I save most of my money with the flyer not the coupons. I’ll never buy $200 worth of food and spend $6! Never! But that’s okay. Thank for the post…glad to see it’s not just me!

    • Kelly951 says:

      I am *VERY* frustrated… cut & clip my head off and only save a few bucks with coupons. My last grocery bill was over $150 and I had $6 in relevant coupons. Even with a coupon, It just seems cheaper to buy a generic brand. I need help… I got the coupons, just need assistance in HOW to work them.

      • Claudianegron says:

        I agree 100% I wont buy things just because I have a coupon. I live in New York which is very high for food. So when I go to the stores here I find the cheapest store, one that doubles coupons. I also make sure I recycle and get my 5cents back, I make sure i have the coupons for things i shop for, I looked at the company websites and emailed a few of them and I got alot of responses and coupons. i get 1 newsapper delivered and if there are coupons i like I go online and buy them. I find this is cheaper than having 12 newspapers around. The art of stocking up in the NE is tough but you can do it if you are diligent. I save about 75 -100$ a week on groceries and 90% at the drug stores.

      • Claudianegron says:

        I agree 100% I wont buy things just because I have a coupon. I live in New York which is very high for food. So when I go to the stores here I find the cheapest store, one that doubles coupons. I also make sure I recycle and get my 5cents back, I make sure i have the coupons for things i shop for, I looked at the company websites and emailed a few of them and I got alot of responses and coupons. i get 1 newsapper delivered and if there are coupons i like I go online and buy them. I find this is cheaper than having 12 newspapers around. The art of stocking up in the NE is tough but you can do it if you are diligent. I save about 75 -100$ a week on groceries and 90% at the drug stores.

      • Shaddadin says:

        Hi Kelly,
        I can completely understand your frustrations. Couponing is hard and takes a concerted effort when it comes to groceries. I live in southern California and my stores don’t double or triple my coupons, so groceries can be expensive, but awhile back a ran across an article in my Sunday paper regarding couponing. Rule of thumb meat $2 or less is a great price to stock up on, fruits and veggies $1/lb or less is also great. I rotate our family meals based on what’s a good price this week for meats fruits and veggies, and use my coupons for items like cleaners, makeup and personal care and other stuff. I usually walk away from cvs, walgreens and rite aid paying less than 20 bucks a week for enough health and beauty care and house care for my family, my parents, my two sister’s families. So my savings on those along w shopping at the price makes it ok for me to spend 50-100 a week without buying junk food and unhealthy snacks. I hope this helps

        • CJ says:

          I agree. My grocery stores dont have loyalty cards or lots of other great deals that stores in other areas seem to have. So I focus on freebies and big savings at Walgreens and CVS and figure that allows me to spend more on groceries since I cant get the great deals there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sometimes it is hard, especially at first. On some of my trips, I may only use $2-$8 in coupons, if I’m buying things like produce, milk, and bread. But I’m usually buying those at the lowest price I can: produce that’s in season, the store that has the lowest regular price on milk, the best price for a quality loaf of bread (I look at Dietary Fiber, whole grains, and Protein). Saving money as a KCL is not always about coupons– it’s about sales too. Produce rarely has coupons, so shop in season (don’t buy watermelon in winter or pomegranates in the summer, etc). If a category of food you buy doesn’t normally have coupons, it’s okay to buy them when they are just on sale.
        When you’re starting out, it’s okay to buy generics to tie you over until those items come on a rock bottom sale– for example, cream of chicken soups. Those usually go on sale around Thanksgiving- New Year’s and that’s when coupons for that product will be out. So if you need a few cans in the summer, it’s just fine to get generics.
        In summary, stock up on items when they are at a rock bottom price (preferably pairing it with a coupon), but if you need some items in the meantime, don’t feel bad buying generics or just shopping sales. You’re still saving money! Every little bit helps. :)
        Check out this link for the month by month sale cycles: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2010/08/17/sale-cycles-how-to-be-a-coupon-psychic/

      • Sarah says:

        The drug store deals are much more frequent and plentiful than any grocery deal. Plus the drug store deals are generally done nationally, whereas grocery store sales are more regional. Even if you’re not saving huge amounts at the grocery store, paying almost nothing for your health/beauty stuff at drug stores can really help put some breathing room in your budget!

      • Sarah says:

        The drug store deals are much more frequent and plentiful than any grocery deal. Plus the drug store deals are generally done nationally, whereas grocery store sales are more regional. Even if you’re not saving huge amounts at the grocery store, paying almost nothing for your health/beauty stuff at drug stores can really help put some breathing room in your budget!

      • Shelly says:

        Grocery items are THE hardest to save on!!! I feel your pain. I live in NY where its really pricey. And all the things I use everyday never have coupons like meats, milk, eggs, veggies etc…
        why not try saving many cents off coupons (coupons less than $1 off) and try shopping at a store that doubles them.
        I saved more than 60% or so by switching to a store that doubles coupons up to 99 cents! Sometimes that works out cheaper than those dollars off coupons!

      • Jmsaver says:

        To get those *huge savings* you’ll need to slowly change they way in which you shop. I, too, didn’t understand it for the longest time. The trick is not to try and match coupons to your regular shopping items, but to match coupons only to Sale items…and purchase ONLY those. For example, last night I went to ShopRite and got $70 worth of (on sale) items…cereal, pickles, yogurt, creamer, aspirin, sauce, etc…and paid less than $20 after sales & coupons. For a while you’ll have to do your ‘regular’ shopping along with seperate coupon shopping trips until you can stockpile certain itemsand keep them off your ‘regular shopping trips. Hope that was helpful and not too confusing ;-)

    • Shelly says:

      Grocery items are THE hardest to save on!!! I feel your pain. I live in NY where its really pricey. And all the things I use everyday never have coupons like meats, milk, eggs, veggies etc…
      why not try saving many cents off coupons (coupons less than $1 off) and try shopping at a store that doubles them.
      I saved more than 60% or so by switching to a store that doubles coupons up to 99 cents! Sometimes that works out cheaper than those dollars off coupons!

    • Shelly says:

      Grocery items are THE hardest to save on!!! I feel your pain. I live in NY where its really pricey. And all the things I use everyday never have coupons like meats, milk, eggs, veggies etc…
      why not try saving many cents off coupons (coupons less than $1 off) and try shopping at a store that doubles them.
      I saved more than 60% or so by switching to a store that doubles coupons up to 99 cents! Sometimes that works out cheaper than those dollars off coupons!

  41. Tonya says:

    We’re sorry.
    We’re sorry, your spreadsheet cannot be copied at this time.
    That is what comes up on the google.doc.

    • Keyfam00 says:

      Same here. :(

    • Keyfam00 says:

      Same here. :(

      • Jennie says:

        Same here.. I emailed Angela, the creator, so we’ll see if she has an answer.

        • Anonymous says:

          Angela’s website next to the Google Doc link says “for some reason, this isn’t working right now. I am aware of the issue, and will see if I can find a way to fix it. You can download and use the Excel versions by downloading FREE OpenOffice software if you don’t have MS Office”.

        • Anonymous says:

          Angela’s website next to the Google Doc link says “for some reason, this isn’t working right now. I am aware of the issue, and will see if I can find a way to fix it. You can download and use the Excel versions by downloading FREE OpenOffice software if you don’t have MS Office”.

    • Keyfam00 says:

      Same here. :(

    • Td_fashions says:

      I’m having that same problem.

    • Mrs. S says:

      i kept getting that then i closed out my screen and signed back into google than did it and it worked

    • Mrs. S says:

      i kept getting that then i closed out my screen and signed back into google than did it and it worked

  42. 3dubsmom says:

    This may be a dumb question but when you calculate your out of pocket cost before savings, do you go by the sale price or the ORIGINAL price. For instance, our Albertsons had pickles on sale for 1.49, regularly $2+. If you bought them in a mix/match of 10, you got them for .50 off making them .99. Then there was a blinkie with coupons for .75 off which made the final .24. What would you put as your before savings cost – the $2+ or the 1.49. (Sorry, I’m still new and trying to learn everything!) Thanks for your help!!

    • Bonnie Bridge says:

      I wondered the same thing. I have heard people say they are not happy if they don’t save at least 80% and I’m like, “what does that mean?”

      • Keyfam00 says:

        I started about 2 months ago, and usually save between 60% and 75% (mainly because some things I will get a REALLY good deal on, and some things I only get a couple dollars off (like half price, so it cuts down the %))

      • Anonymous says:

        When people say they save “80%” on an item, it is usually means 80% off the regular non-sale or retail price.

    • Bonnie Bridge says:

      I wondered the same thing. I have heard people say they are not happy if they don’t save at least 80% and I’m like, “what does that mean?”

    • Mfeinberg01 says:

      It’s really up to you, but I prefer to compare against the normal retail price and not the sale price. The difference between full price and the sale price is often a BIG part of your savings.

      Also, this is really a subjective thing and just something to help give you a sense of savings as a personal reward. By that I mean prices vary a lot depending on the store/location. So you may save a greater % at one location, yet getter a better overall deal at another because they simply have much lower normal prices.

      Your #1 goal is to save money, and not get hung up on statistics!

    • Mfeinberg01 says:

      It’s really up to you, but I prefer to compare against the normal retail price and not the sale price. The difference between full price and the sale price is often a BIG part of your savings.

      Also, this is really a subjective thing and just something to help give you a sense of savings as a personal reward. By that I mean prices vary a lot depending on the store/location. So you may save a greater % at one location, yet getter a better overall deal at another because they simply have much lower normal prices.

      Your #1 goal is to save money, and not get hung up on statistics!

    • Anonymous says:

      It would be the regular (non-sale) price if available. But it will depend on how the receipts list it. For example, Safeway receipts list the Regular Price, the Card Savings, and then the sale price. At the bottom of the receipt, it totals the Club Card Savings, Coupon Savings, and the Total Savings. In that case, you can calculate it by the regular price.
      For my local Kroger affiliate store, they don’t list the regular price or the loyalty card savings. So for this store, I could either write down all the retail prices of the items in my cart, or just count up the total of my coupons and count that as my savings.

      • CJ says:

        I calculate my savings based on the before coupon price the register rings up, whether thats a sale price or a regular price. For sale items, I often wouldnt be buying them if they werent on sale, so calculating savings from the before sale price seems like it artificially inflates my savings. To each their own, but using the sale price seems more honest to me. I try to not focus so much on my overall trip total. Some trips are great, some not so great. As long as I’m getting each item for a price that’s good for me, I’m happy.

        • Tricia says:

          I see reciepts posted from Krogers, or wherever- with an initial total of 650.00 but savings of 350.00. I always think- that is such an awesome achievement- and it is. But when I shop- I am only buying the things that are cheaper than normal, and they calculate it based on the nonsale price- I would never buy that toilet paper at 11.95 when it is 4.97 at Walmart. So I don’t really believe the total savings that is shown. If I buy that tp at 4.50- that is only a 47 cent savings for me.

        • Tricia says:

          I see reciepts posted from Krogers, or wherever- with an initial total of 650.00 but savings of 350.00. I always think- that is such an awesome achievement- and it is. But when I shop- I am only buying the things that are cheaper than normal, and they calculate it based on the nonsale price- I would never buy that toilet paper at 11.95 when it is 4.97 at Walmart. So I don’t really believe the total savings that is shown. If I buy that tp at 4.50- that is only a 47 cent savings for me.

      • CJ says:

        I calculate my savings based on the before coupon price the register rings up, whether thats a sale price or a regular price. For sale items, I often wouldnt be buying them if they werent on sale, so calculating savings from the before sale price seems like it artificially inflates my savings. To each their own, but using the sale price seems more honest to me. I try to not focus so much on my overall trip total. Some trips are great, some not so great. As long as I’m getting each item for a price that’s good for me, I’m happy.

  43. Rainthelight says:

    Great information, thanks so much.

  44. Rainthelight says:

    Great information, thanks so much.

  45. Mirmadison says:

    This has to be the part I like. Knowing how much money I saved. I have 4 kids one of which is Special needs and with one on the way in august. This has helped us to prepare for living on one income. Only problem for me is I can’t find those card protectors to start my binder. Any suggestions where I can find them, so I can get organized.

    • Lilacblasum says:

      I ordered a box of 100 from Amazon.

    • Ourlittlemissthing says:

      Look in the baseball card – pokemon card section at most stores…you should see a pack of them within that area…
      good luck!

    • Anonymous says:

      You can find the baseball sleeve holders at most grocery stores or some drugstores, usually near the front, next to baseball and trading cards. If you cannot find them locally, you can buy them on Amazon. I recommend a brand like Ultra Pro, since those are some of the highest standard ones (so they won’t rip or tear with constant use).

      • Keyfam00 says:

        I seem to use the longer coupons, printable coupons, etc. and find that the 3-pocket sleeves work the best for *me*. I ordered them off eBay for a good price. will have to get more, along with a larger, zippered binder when the school sales startup next month!

        • Djandtam says:

          I love the three pocket sleeves!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

          • Askalice59 says:

            I ordered the 3 pocket sleeves on eBay and was supposed to have them in 6 days. Turns out the seller didn’t even have them in stock so I told him to give me my money back which he did. Read the feedback.

      • Trixie says:

        Are the Target sleeves 8 or 9 pocket? I tried calling baseball card shops in my area (Phoenix) and they only carry 8 pocket. I ended up ordering the 9 pockets from Amazon but now wonder if I could have gotten them from Target.

      • Trixie says:

        Are the Target sleeves 8 or 9 pocket? I tried calling baseball card shops in my area (Phoenix) and they only carry 8 pocket. I ended up ordering the 9 pockets from Amazon but now wonder if I could have gotten them from Target.

      • Trixie says:

        Are the Target sleeves 8 or 9 pocket? I tried calling baseball card shops in my area (Phoenix) and they only carry 8 pocket. I ended up ordering the 9 pockets from Amazon but now wonder if I could have gotten them from Target.

    • Smevrard says:

      i got them on amazon for $16. I am a student, so i get the free 2-day shipping, which i ordered them on a thursday and got them the next day!! Wahoo!!

    • Heather Bowersox76 says:

      I bought them from Target. You can get a pack of 60 sheets for $9.99.

    • Heather Bowersox76 says:

      I bought them from Target. You can get a pack of 60 sheets for $9.99.

    • Kat says:

      target has it for $9.99, qty-65/pack in the baseball card section near the register.

    • Found mine at Target… my Walmart only carried the singles not the sheets

    • Found mine at Target… my Walmart only carried the singles not the sheets

    • They are at the front of the store by the registers at Walmart where the baseball/trading cards are. 35pk for $5

    • They are at the front of the store by the registers at Walmart where the baseball/trading cards are. 35pk for $5

    • Vickie says:

      Hi Mirmadison, i found mine the first time at Wal-Mart, then I needed more, my Wal-Mart stopped carrying them! Yikes, so I finally found them at Target by the front registers where they keep the baseball cards. i even went online to Topps, the baseball card maker and they wanted 18.00 for 100 pages plus 12.50 for shipping. Our Target has them 30 pages for 4.99 per pack. Good Luck in your search! FYI the ones who don’t carry them…Michaels, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Safeway, King Soopers, K-Mart, Office Depot. Stock up that is all I have to say! I hope this helps! Good Luck Again!

      • KYDutch says:

        Actually, I got mine from K-Mart. Every store is different… Check out the stores in your area that have collector cards.

      • KYDutch says:

        Actually, I got mine from K-Mart. Every store is different… Check out the stores in your area that have collector cards.

    • Footballmom says:

      i ordered mine from ebay

    • Footballmom says:

      i ordered mine from ebay

    • Miller Momma says:

      at target in front, on a side aisle near registers, they have a card section(like pokemon and baseball cards) they sell them there at a decent price :)

    • Jellybeans1198 says:

      I found them at Kmart. Every other store was out including the hobby stores.
      Good Luck!!

    • Tabitha says:

      Wal Mart as the baseball card protectors in the front of the store.

    • salequeen says:

      I got mine from Walmart near the checkouts. Looked all over the store and there they were.

    • salequeen says:

      I got mine from Walmart near the checkouts. Looked all over the store and there they were.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! Love this spreadsheet!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! Love this spreadsheet!