Couponing! (Surprise!)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ok, I promise my blogs are not always going to be about couponing... but right now I'm learning a ton, so that's what's on my mind. :)

I met with my friend & neighbor Rebekah on Saturday morning and she talked me through the couponing process. She is really good at it -- she and her hubs spend about $20 a week on food AND toiletries AND household items (!!). Needless to say, I'm inspired. We had fun and I learned a lot from her. On Saturday I bought baseball card sleeves from Target, and on Sunday I spent 3.5 hours clipping and organizing the coupons I already have. (Yes, it takes a little time upfront when you start, but after that it's not too much of a time commitment weekly -- or so I hear, anyway!)

So far I've gotten a few good deals, including:

-Three boxes of Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta for $0.25 each (Kroger)

{Regularly $1.79 at Kroger - but the point here is that I paid $0.75 less per box for a brand name than I did for the generic boxes of pasta I usually buy! I find that a lot of people -- including myself, previously -- say, "I can get the generic for cheaper than I can the brand even with a coupon." I used to say that ALL the time. But now that I'm taking the time to figure out this whole couponing thing, I'm realizing how wrong that statement really is!}

- One Schick Quattro for Women razor for $1.55 after $4 back in Extra Care Bucks (CVS's version of Register Rewards -- basically free money to use in their store) - normally $10 each.

I tried to get some Scotch Packaging tape for free from Walgreens over my lunch break, but hit a snafu and the woman working at the register didn't seem interested in helping me. I made her void the transaction, which I think made her like me even less. Oh, well. I will go back and try again tonight when the nice man works there. :)


Kelly Irene said...

You may need to come over and help me out as well! I am soooo bad about using coupons. Even if I bother to keep them, I rarely remember to bring them to the store and actually use them!

Amanda said...

I know what you mean about brand names, and now that I know couponing I just LOVE having brand names sometimes, especially the Ronzoni stuff and things that are also healthier. Double score! WE save so much money by not using off brands and doing coupons instead. And to all those people out there saving money by making their own laundry detergent or deodorant...pshhh! I usually get mine FREE! And I don't have to make it. Yuck.

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