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Coupon Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about couponing. Tonight I feel even more accomplished than normal, because my husband and I have started Dave Ramsey’s program for budgeting/dealing with finances. So, suddenly I find myself being very very aware of what I spend. But, I love food. I don’t want to eat garbage just because it’s less expensive. And let’s face it. Good (“real”) food is spendy! Especially things like cheese & produce – which are two things I will not sacrifice for cost savings. I spent an hour or so clipping coupons and headed out to my local Albertson’s (where, they have the nicest employees on EARTH!). Here’s my haul:

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Cathartic Couponing

Did you ever just have a really lousy afternoon? Me too. I had one today actually. Everything in me wanted to verbally assault someone. Or possibly eat an entire half-gallon of ice cream…and some butter drenched bread. Instead, I went couponing. It was totally cathartic.  I spent $24.43. At regular prices – here’s what I could have purchased for that dollar amount. Five boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios…maybe six boxes depending on where you shop.

$25 - Five Boxes

Here’s what I got for that same price:

Cathartic Couponing

Cathartic Couponing Haul

20 Boxes General Mills Cereal (Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix)
10 Bags Chex Mix
10 Boxes Green Giant Frozen Veggies
10 Cans Progresso Soup (fall lunches for my honey)
1 Tontino’s Pizza
1 Box fruit snacks

Total Regular Price: $139.24
Total Savings: $114.81
As if that weren’t good enough – I got back 3 FREE 12-Pack soda coupons…that I’m going to use tomorrow to score Coke 12 packs for a dollar…which will in turn score me some free crackers. Yeah – pretty much, Albertsons (and coupons) totally rock my world. And, blowing off steam with coupon shopping saved me the cost of a therapy session and hefty legal fees if I’d let my fury get the best of me. Double win!

Walgreens Cheap Toiletries

Sometimes being a girl kind of stinks. Men – you can stop reading now. Trust me…there’s nothing in this post you’re going to appreciate.

There’s so many things we have to purchase that men (in general) don’t have to really worry about. And it adds up fast. Really fast. Girly things aint cheap. Probably because “they” know we need them and will buy them at whatever price. Boo. But – with coupons and a little planning…you can stick it to the man – and get your girl stuff cheap!

Girly Stuff

I went to Walgreens today – and here’s what I purchased:

3 Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color (I’m gonna go a little more auburn for fall)
1 Garnier Super Hold Hairspray
2 Schick Intuition Plus Razors (with refills!) — I love these things…shave soap built in. But they are SO expensive normally I can’t justify buying them.
2 boxes Playtex Tampons (18 ct)
Colgate Whitening Toothpaste

Full price, this stuff would have been close to $80. Just the razors alone are $11.99 each normally (highway robbery!). The hair color is 8 or 9 dollars a box typically…sometimes you can find it on sale for $5.99. Even on sale, this stuff comes to around 65 bucks. Like I said – being a woman just isn’t cheap. But!! I only spent $17.28 – and got a $2 coupon to use the next time I’m in Walgreens. So, like I spent $15.28.

You know what though…I’m actually a little annoyed, because the cashier wouldn’t let me use my $1 off coupon for my toothpaste…because I had more coupons than items. I was irritated, so didn’t think clearly enough to just grab a 39 cent candy or something and then use my coupon…silly me. I gotta convince myself that the dollar is not a big deal considering I saved over $50.

I used several coupons from my newspapers ($3 off each of the hair color, $1 off the hairspray) and printed others ($2 each box of tampons and Facebook gave me coupons for $4 off each of the razors…and they were buy-one-get-one-free). You can see all the scenarios at my fav couponing site – www.fabulesslyfrugal.com

Sometimes being a girl kind of stinks. There’s so many things we have to purchase that men (in general) don’t have to really worry about. And it adds up fast. Really fast. Girly things aint cheap. Probably because “they” know we need them and will buy them at whatever price. Boo. But – with coupons and a little planning…you can stick it to the man – and get your girl stuff cheap!

Free Cheese!

I love couponing. It saves me so much money. I cannot believe I used to pay full price for things at the grocery store. I love this site and this site. They help me stay on budget for groceries. Tonight was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had at Albertsons. Why? Because I got free cheese. Yes, you heard (saw) right. I said FREE. Lots of it.

Free Cheese!

Shopping Trip:

10 bags Kraft Cheese (2 Parmesan, 3 Mozzarella, 3 Cheddar and 2 Co-Jack)
4 Jars Kraft Mayo
4 Packs Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs
2 Tubs Cool Whip

Full Price Cost: $87.40
Price I paid: $8.96
BUT — I also have in my hot little hand $6 in catalinas that I can spend the next time I’m in the store. So really, I paid $2.96 for all that stuff.
Total Savings: $84.44

Now that’s a good night at the grocery store. Yup. Yup. Gonna freeze the cheese. Well, most of it. The hot dogs too. Probably give some of the mayo to my sister. Will use the Cool Whip in a Margarita Fruit Dip for my other sister’s bridal shower this weekend…I’ll post that recipe and photos when I make it. 🙂 But seriously. All that cheese would have been almost$45. And I didn’t pay a dime for it. Did I mention I love coupons?

*I’ve been requested to share my couponing tips…so here they are:

1. Read the two links I posted.

2. Subscribe to the newspaper. (I get 5 Sunday papers)

3. Stock up on things you frequently use when they are on sale plus you have coupons. And I mean STOCK UP. Like, buy as many of the thing as you can.Especially non-perishables. Cereal is one of the easiest things to save on — and to stock up on because it lasts a long time in your pantry. Canned soups, fruit snacks, granola bars etc. are great too. Think about what you can use/freeze and buy up.

4. Cook from your stockpile as much as possible.

5. Allow your family shopper to coupon-grocery shop in the evening without the munchkins. Coupons and kids in the checkout stand do not really mix well.

Couponing 101

A couple weeks ago, one of the gals at my MOPS table invited me to a couponing class with her. She is a self-proclaimed “crazy coupon lady” who doesn’t purchase things without a coupon. She gets most of her groceries at a huge discount, free – or sometimes even makes money back on the deal. I have never used coupons. Just kind of figured I didn’t have time for it…or, I guess that my time was worth more than the coupons were going to save me. I really haven’t even ever shopped the local ads. If I’m feeling really on top of things, I make a list of meals I’m planning to prepare for the week and then go get the stuff. Usually though, I hit the grocery store on my way home from the gym – pick up a few things for dinner and then repeat a couple times a week. I know this is not the best way to run my grocery shopping, and as a stay-at-home mom, feel like a total underachiever in this area. [Read more…]

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