Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Coupons Rock

So a couple months ago I got onto the Coupon Train thanks to a friend I met in my mom's group. She hosted a coupon class and it sounded interesting so I went. I won't go into details on how or what to do or any of that. There are plenty of blogs out there covering that stuff. It's simple. It takes some time to learn and get into it but it's fun in the end. It's like treasure hunting for me. And with a family as large as ours I head out to Wal-Mart a little more frequently than I'd like to. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Clearance Girl! That's the first spot I hit when shopping and I'm not likely to pay full price for many things.  It's mainly because I like to shop and growing up (and even afterward) I never had a lot of money.  So, if I was going to have nice things I was going to have to do it as inexpensively as possible. This feeds into that.
I got my 3 newspapers on Sunday and felt like I'd won a small lottery.  I finally sat down today and went through the Walgreens circular and took a look at what I wanted to get. It took some planning and preparation (and a small container of Goldfish for Fiona) but it was definitely worth it!
Here's what I walked out with:
2 Boxes Tampax Pearl Tampons
5 Yakisoba Teriyaki noodles
6 Colgate Total toothpaste
1 Box Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal
2 Glade Fragrance Collection Reed Diffusers
3 Dawn dish-washing liquid
1 L'Oreal mascara
2 Herbal Essences Hairspray
1 Herbal Essences Mousse
2 Herbal Essences Shampoos
1 Herbal Essences Conditioner
2 John Frieda Conditioners
1 John Frieda Shampoo

My original total was somewhere around $120. While this is not generally stuff I would buy all at once it is all things that I buy.  Most of it falls into the "Oh And..." category. As in "Oh and I need shampoo or toothpaste or tampons or...". Or I go to the store for groceries and forget shampoo and it's another trip. The point is I'm not making extra trips for extra things that we don't want/need/use. I had a coupon for every thing on my list and only bought 1 thing not already on my list (but I had been looking out for it for sometime). In fact, because I know I can get better deals other places I left some things off this trip (and forgot a couple, too).  I saved $38.95 by buying things already on sale or that had Walgreens only coupons - anything that had a Walgreens only coupons I stacked with manufacturers coupons. I saved $50.72 with manufacturers coupons. 
My total savings was $89.67!! I couldn't believe it. I walked out with everything for just under $38!

Now to figure out where I'm going to store all of this.  I think I need a bigger bathroom!


Doretta said...

You are inspiring. Your savings were AWESOME! Thank you for sharing your story. Do you go out Sunday mornings and get more newspapers?

Brandy said...

Just about every Sunday I go. I skipped a couple weeks because I was busy with other things but I usually go. If I don't make it out Sunday there's usually some left at Wal-Mart on Monday. I like to spend Sunday afternoons sitting on my bed watching Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice while I organize!