Last week, I went on Coupon Trip #2. I must be honest….not as fun as trip #1. More time was spent clipping, printing, sorting, and shopping. If you recall from previous posts, I become bored very easily! And when fun adventures start to feel like work – I am outta there! Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those people that are against work and refuse to do it….but I don’t need a new chore added to my list. I am not saying that I will never coupon again. Just that the thrill seems to have faded for me. Not to mention, I have read several articles about how companies are changing coupon amounts and store coupon policies because of all the couponing hoarders out there. I know that may sound offensive..but it’s the truth. I mean I read it online, so it must be true..right? Anyway, do what makes you happy, but I will not become obsessed over the coupons. But in the end, we all love to save money. Even if I was quadruple billon kazillionaire, being thrifty is in my nature.
Stores: Albertson’s and Wal-mart.
Total Retail Price: $115.96
What I paid: $ 68.71
Total Savings: $ 47.25
Not a crazy super amount saved…but still less than what I would normally pay and we USE all of it. Albertson’s doubles and triples my coupons, but Wal-mart only gives face value. Not too bad, but still not sure if it is worth the time. Especially since the thrill is kind of gone away for me.
Candy bars = free
Pickle relish = $.25 per jar
Seasoning = $1.00 each (we use this seasoning all the time)
Juice = $1.00 per jug
Happy Couponing – if you enjoy that kind of thing .
Over the years, I have used coupons from time to time. I would usually save around $5. That amount pretty much covered the sales tax when I lived in AL. I just realized a few weeks ago there is no sales tax on groceries in TX. Awesome! It only took me 4 years to figure that one out… So yesterday I had a couple of free hours and decided to read about the new sport of Extreme Couponing. I have not seen the show, but I have peeked at The Krazy Coupon Lady site for several months. I took 1 hour to clip coupons from Sunday’s paper and print a few from online resources.
My 3 stores:
Walgreens: Accepts coupons from their circular along with manufacturer coupons = stacking coupons
Target: Accepts coupons on their website along with manufaturer coupons = stacking coupons
Albertsons: Double coupons to .50 and triple coupons to .39.
**Those of you that already use coupons probably knew this already **
I have 3 close locations and several within a 10 mile radius.
Total Retail Price: $43.35
Total Cost after coupons: $21.34
Total Coupon Savings: $22.01
$22.01 – not too bad for 1 hour of reading/clipping/printing and 1 hour of driving and shopping. I was determined to buy the Lysol cleaner – so I went to 3 different Walgreens..Ha! But I found it!
So 2 hours of my time = $22 in savings.
I will never be an extreme coupon queen. But I can find 3-4 hours per week to clip and shop.
The only item pictured above that will not be used is the Nivea cellulite cream, but I couldn’t pass up the savings on that product. No I am not perfect…just no cellulite…yet .
All other products above will be used.
My Rules for Couponing:
I will only purchase products that will be used by my family.
Just because I can get it free, doesn’t mean I need it.
I will not stockpile or be a hoarder. No offense if you do…just not for me.
I hope my next coupon trip saves me even more . Have a great weekend. Relax and enjoy it! Those dishes and socks will still be there on Monday .