Also because of her, I got a 20.2 fluid oz bottle of Olay Quench Body Lotion for $0.86 cents (normally $7.79 at Target!). You can take advantage of this deal by clicking here! Just purchase the lotion and mail the receipt along with the rebate form. You only pay for tax and a stamp. Nice, right?
And finally (again, because of her), I got three sticks of Degree men's deodorant tonight for $0.66 -- $0.22 cents each (normally $1.97 each at Target!). I was extremely excited about that deal.
Now, my entire trip wasn't made up of those kinds of deals. But I managed to use some kind of coupon on almost everything I bought, and I feel great about that. I spent $47.88 and saved $15.50. Nice! A lot of my coupons came from a "Flip, Clip, and Save" Target coupon book that came in the mail recently. I'm not sure how I got on their mailing list (I heard you get those booklets if you're a Target credit- or check-card holder, but I'm neither), but I'll take it!
My biggest problem right now is figuring out how to organize my coupons. Something I have learned is that you have to keep the coupon circulars and organize them by date. MSM often references past circulars. Before, when I would coupon, I would just glance through that week's circulars, clip the coupons I thought I might use, and recycle the rest. Now I realize the error of my ways. For instance, I might recycle a coupon for Hall's cough drops because we don't need cough drops right now. But if I save the coupon and MSM points out that they're on sale for $0.99 at Walgreen's this week and that coupon is for $1, I just got a free bag of cough drops! I might not have paid $1 for them, but I'll take them if they're free!
But I'm wondering if I should keep the coupons with the circular like that, or cut them out and organize them by category in some kind of binder... like cleaning supplies, toiletries, food, etc...? The good thing about organizing them by date is that if MSM or other coupon websites reference the circular date, they're easy to find. The bad thing is that if you're not using them to get an amazing deal and just want some $ off your bill, it's hard to know what you have.
I'm also learning that if you want to coupon really well, you have to be willing to try new brands and not be brand-specific in what you're willing to use/buy. This is the hardest thing for me. I typically latch on to a brand and am happy if I can find a coupon for a few cents off every now and then. But tonight I branched out and bought All detergent at Target instead of Cheer. It was on sale for $8.49, and I had a Target coupon for $1.50 off. That's $6.99 for 64 loads when Cheer was $9.99. I know that's not an amazing deal, but it's $3 cheaper than what I was prepared to pay for laundry detergent... and all because I was willing to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.
Do you have any couponing stories or tips (or triumphs)? I'd love to hear them if you do! In the meantime I'm trying to figure out what to do with lots of circulars that I haven't dated. Whoops. Is there any way to figure out the date of the Sunday paper they were in, or should I just grab the coupons I want, recycle the rest, and start fresh next week??