Being the frugal nerd that I am, I spent the first hour of my morning drinking hot tea and clipping coupons. I went through the last two Sunday's newspapers clipping only things we already buy, then compared prices in the ads between Target, Walmart and Walgreens. I made my list, organized the coupons by store section (actually a first for me), and drug a hung-over hubs to Target.
Now, the key to coupon-clipping is to:
a) only clip for things you would already buy, otherwise you're just spending more than normal
b) pay special attention to if you have to buy two of something to get the discount (that often makes it not worth the hassle)
c) wait until you've gotten your Sunday paper so that you can get the best deals. Generally, the items you find coupons for will be on sale in the stores that week.
d) if you find that Target is having the best deals, also check Target.com for special in-store coupons. They allow you to use their coupon and the manufacturer coupon at the same time. Today I got two boxes of Nabisco crackers for $2 because they were on sale in the store, I had a Target coupon and a Nabisco coupon.
Just a side note, I have actually found Target to be much cheaper in general than Hy-Vee. And their Archer Farms brands are much better "generics" than the Hy-Vee brands.
So, the final savings ended up to be awesome -
Hope you all have a great Sunday!