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The Life of a HouseWife… with a side of Thriftiness!

Couponing with “Our Family”

In my last post I spoke of the brand “Our Family,” now offering coupons.  These coupons cannot be found in any coupon insert. You must visit their website, click HERE, and you can print a variety of coupons.  Not only can I save money do to their already low prices, but now I can combine those prices with coupons that double at my local IGA (up to $0.99 face value)! Hooray!

Yesterday, I printed off some Our Family coupons and headed out to IGA.  I am not familiar with the pricing and I wanted to find out if it’s cheaper to remain couponing with the Name Brand Products or if I should continue to take advantage of Our Family’s printable coupons.

Here’s what I bought:

I only purchased Our Family products that I had a coupon for.  Here’s the break down:

  • Tub of Soft Spread (64oz): $2.89 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!)  = $1.89
  • Can of Tomato Sauce:  $0.89 – ($0.25 Q x 2 DBL!) = $0.39
  • OJ: $2.99 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $1.99
  • Vegetable Oil (48oz) :  $3.99 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $2.99
  • Vinegar (85oz):  $3.29 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $2.29
  • Frozen Tater Puffs: $3.19 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $2.19
  • Margarine Sticks (1lb):  $1.39 – ($0.25 Q x 2 DBL!) = $0.89
  • BBQ Sauce:  $1.69 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $0.69
  • Pickles – Hamburger Dill Chips: $2.09 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $1.09
  • Toaster Pastries: $2.15 – ($0.50 Q x 2 DBL!) = $1.15
  • Raisin Bran Cereal: $2.99 – ($0.55 Q x 2 DBL!) = $1.89

$27.55 before the coupons were applied.  After coupons my total came to: $16.95, a $avings of 38%.

I’m still not sold on purchasing Off Brand products.  It appears that I still save more buying Name Brand Products with coupons.   For the above mentioned shopping trip, the items that I believe to have gotten a terrific price (per oz) on were:  Vinegar, Tomato Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Pickles and the Toaster Pastries.  What are your thoughts?  Will you coupon with Our Family Products?

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The OUR FAMILY Brand

A while back, I posted about the two categories of $avers… Name Brand sales w/Coupons Shoppers VS Off Brand Lower Prices Consumers.  In that post I also introduced that the OUR FAMILY brand has introduced coupons.  And, that now the off-brand lower prices consumer can maximize their savings by also using coupons!

After posting, I took my own advice.  I sent an e-mail to the OUR FAMILY company expressing my excitement for finally being able to coupon with local (off-brand) products.  Their consumer response specialist sent me a letter of thanks in the mail and also included $1.00 coupon off of any Our Family product.

See, it does pay to contact manufacturers 🙂

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Name Brand Couponing VS. Off Brand Lower Prices

Saving money at the grocers can be done in several ways.  There is no wrong way to save money as every penny saved is a penny earned!  And, as I say, my pennies are better in my pocket than any retailer!  Your savings feat on your grocery bill can be accomplished in a number of ways.  To name a few…

  1. Only make purchases on products that are ON SALE.
  2. Form a loyalty to Off Brand/Store Brand products (which tend to be priced at a lower cost).
  3. Coupon, coupon, coupon… with the Name Brands (b/c Off Brands do not have coupons).

When I shop, I carry my shopping list (spread sheet style) and a binder full of coupons in arm.  I have every intention on utilitizing my coupons and sticking to my list.  But… let’s face it, even with coupons, sometimes name brand products are still more expensive than the lesser known or even the local brands.  I tend to buy name brand with coupons and if I don’t have a coupon, I do buy off brand items. When speaking to other saving seekers, it seems as though shoppers fall into one of two categories:  The Couponers or The Non-Couponers.   The Non-Couponers tend to shop at stores like Aldi’s that offer off brand products at a lower cost.  The Couponers seem to shop at every store that accepts coupons (especially those that double coupons) rather than the Aldi’s-like stores because they do not accept coupons.

Whether you’re a Couponer who loves coupon savings or a Non-Couponer who is loyal to buying off brand products, I think I found a way for us all to come together!  Finally, an off brand who offers coupons!   Does your local grocers carry the “Our Family” brand?  If they do, you may want to visit their website for printable coupons before heading to the grocery store, click HERE to be redirected.  Maybe you are a bit skeptical of the off brand quality.  It is true that sometime the price affects the quality.  But, I’ve tried this brand in the past and have had no issues!

Next time you’re at the grocery store, see if your grocers carry the Our Family brand.  If they do, print your coupons!  Luckily, I have a few stores that carry this brand.  And guess what?!?  Several of these stores double coupons too!!  Let the savings be MAXIMIZED!!!

Leave a comment below about your Our Family shopping adventure, money saving feats!  I’m excited to hear how much you saved 🙂

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