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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Does being online save you money

Have you ever thought that having internet might actually be saving you money? You might feel a squeeze when you pay the hefty bill to the broadband company every month, but can you really afford to live without it?!

We don’t have cable service, but I can’t imagine how much life would cost if we didn’t have the internet to inform us about all the deals out there.

There is a new study by the Internet Innovation Alliance that shows that the average household saves more than $7,200 per year over 10 main categories (see below).  They estimate an annual household food budget of $3,624 with a savings of $942 just from having internet access!!


Looking at my Friday Finals for 2010, we spent $2,272.47 and saved a whopping $5,621.31 (71%) last year. This was for a family of 5 and the best part is, it’s not just food, but also includes household & personal care items too!

I’d say for the average coupon-minded family, we all save a lot more than this study shows.  

Have you ever tallied your yearly savings from online sales, coupons and deals? What would these numbers look like for your family?

    • TNDelta

      We haven’t tallied “savings” but I am always finding great deals online.  

      Yesterday we picked up a Crafstman Right Angle deal for $60 (list price $99) and it came with a free 12v. Cordless Drill from Sears.  While we probably didn’t “need” the Right-Angle dill, it was a great price and we can give the regular drill as a gift.  We find deals like this quite often.  So while we “save” money, we probably spend more money too because there are deals that we find that we normally wouldn’t by otherwise.  I tell my husband “Look at what we save not what we spend”.

      • Babs

        I tell my husband when  I’m going out shopping that I’m going out to “save” money not spend it. LOL I have been taking him to some of my trips to Publix and he is amazed at what I save. He even brings me coupons he finds now.

    • Carmen S.

      Just southernsavers.com saves my family loads $$$$  thanks Jenny for all you do.

    • Anonymous

      Great calculations of savings! Of course, it’s for an “average” household. The Southern Savers group may be more frugal than that, though. We’d be off the charts!! On the other hand, DH always says we’d save more if we didn’t buy anything at all. pshaw!

    • Shavon02

      Think also of the postage you save too by doing things online, with bill pay, email, etc…..

    • Michelle_blds

      This is excellent information to have and know. I don’t currently track what I spend on food, household and beauty items, but I will now.

    • K. Susan

      I can’t even begin to estimate … but yes, the internet saves my family huge amounts of money. And time — you can’t discount time. I know I’m up to $1300 in evic savings for instance. And I just funnelled $300 in credit card rewards into our balance to cover Christmas costs through the internet. And past earnings from ING direct deals covered my daughter’s ‘big’ present. Saving is our way of life now. The thing I have to watch out for, as pp mentioned, is buying what we don’t need/really want.    

    • Ginger

      I’m always amazed by what Jenny manages to pay for food, and now I’m amazed by their estimate. (Seems really LOW to me.) We are a family of 4, with 4 cats an 2 dogs, and our weekly grocery/drugstore budget is $75, and truthfully I almost never come in under. I think I’m probably closer to $100 a week, which would work out to 5200 a year, and that’s AFTER my pretty hard-core couponing. Sometimes when I look at Friday Finals, I feel like a failure. :) I think part of the reason is higher food costs out here (Cali,) and I guess the pets are a big part, too. Still, I really wish I could get my expenditures down a lot more, say $60 a week or so.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I save a lot of money online but man I really spend to much time on internet looking for the bargains.  LOL

    • 5higgins

      my goal for 2012 is to track my grocery/household expenses better and stay in or under budget.  We have a fairly generous budget that I want to skim from for some household projects or additional mortgage payments.  My problem is that I buy too many things just because they are a good deal, not because I need them.

    • Sarah

      I think there’s no question that the internet in GENERAL saves you money, however–is there an option to use internet for FREE that people could be using? i.e. their smart phones (extra cost in themselves), public library, apartment complex office, local free wifi that you pick up, etc? I live in an apartment complex that has computers to use, as well as a library down the street so I often question if it’s worth me paying for internet every month. The only thing would be printing coupons, which I can do at either place just not in abundance (but I live alone so I dont print all that many anyways).

    • Nvrenf

      i started Qing in April of this year – hours cut at work etc. Since then I have saved $4,687 using coupons. I shop for my Mom as well so my total expenditure is somewhat higher than it would have been($6439), but am routinely saving 55% on food, 93% on health/beauty, 96% on vitamins/dietary supplements, and 66% on paper plastics and cleaning. I just wish I had discovered this a long time ago… for 2012 I too will focus more on what is actually needed and less on the ‘free’ deals…

    • Abc79teach

      It says it is only free for 30 days?!