Monday, April 30, 2012

My Attempt at Extreme Couponing

Let me preface this post by saying, my version of "extreme couponing' is far less daring than what you see on TV....

Lately I have been using coupons more and more. It both saves us money (being a newlywed is rough) and I actually like saving money. I was fortunate enough to have parents who taught me everything about money and budgeting growing up. In high school I was given an allowance for the month. I had to learn how to budget it because if I ran out, there was NO way I was getting any extra for activities or food. During the summer I had to get a job because there was no allowance. Also, when I went to college, my parents would deposit all the money I needed at the beginning of the month: tuition, sorority dues, insurance, etc. Once they did that, I was responsible for making sure all the bills got paid on time. Although I HATED it at the time, it is one of those things when I look back and think "yep, they knew what they were doing." So thanks Mom and Dad. Because of that, I can confidently say, I am very good with our money. I am now the bill payer in our household.

So back to couponing. I have started following several money-saving and couponing blogs and have learned a lot of useful tips. They compare that week's coupons and tell you where to shop to get the best deals.

When I grocery shop I always use coupons but tonight I went to Walmart just to get good deals. Who knew there were so many things you could get for 50% off or even free. My goal was to save more than I spend. I didn't quite make it because of one particular item but that will be explained.

Below is my loot from my first attempt. In total I spent $13.95
Here is how it was broken down:
  • Ocean Spray Juice - coupon for buy one get one free ($2.98 each)
    • Total: $1.49 each
  • Band-Aid - $1 off coupon ($1.97)
    • Total: $0.97
  • Reach Floss - $1 off coupon ($0.97)
    • Total: FREE
  • Nivea Lotion - $2 off coupon ($1.97)
    • Total: FREE
  • Barilla Pasta - $1 off coupon ($1.28)
    • Total: $0.28
  • Schick Hydro Silk Razor - $4 off coupon
    • This is the one that screwed me up. I went to get the razor itself (it was $5.97 so I would have gotten it for $1.97) but they were out. As I was leaving the aisle I saw this gift set: it included the razor, 4 blades and a full size shaving cream for only $9.97. I didn't know if the coupon would work but it did!!! It was an even bigger deal.
    • Total: $5.97
So all in all I used $11 worth of coupons on $24 worth of merchandise. I almost made the 50% off mark, but hey, it was my first attempt so I am still pretty proud.

Tomorrow I have an even bigger shopping trip planned at another retailer. I'll share those results later this week!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Using coupons is so great and fun! I love it! You got some great deals!!!

I'm a new follower! =)