Sunday, March 27, 2011

Couponing Update

One of my goals this year has been to learn about this whole "couponing" craze. I like the idea of having a stockpile and trying new things for cheap or free. I am NOT interested in saving up 40 years worth of toilet paper like the loonies on Extreme Couponing. I'm not going to get junk food just because it's free and I have no desire to spend hours and hours clipping coupons and browsing stores.

Luckily sites like the ones on the bottom right of my blog roll have spelled everything out for people like us. Southern Savers is one of my most favorites. They have it all spelled out for you - it doesn't take much longer than my usual browsing the sales and making a list.

Since I'm new - I'm not going to have the craziest deals - or tons of awesome stuff but, I thought I would post a few things I bought last week and how I did it!

Target -
Free socks with coupon for $1 off any Circo Apparel or Accessory (found this on the Target coupons site - you can print two!)
Cat food - on clearance for $.38 - used $1.50 coupon from the Red Plum that comes in the mail! Was able to use my overage towards the rest of what I was buying! So yes, I was paid money to buy a treat for Sizemore!

Harris Teeter- (Super Doubles going on now!)
Free Starbucks tall drink - check the bottom of your receipts! I keep getting a survey on the bottom of my receipts from the Starbucks inside of the Harris Teeter for any tall beverage!
Earth's best wipes - $2.99 sale, used a $1 coupon on the Earth's Best site (they doubled) final cost - $0.99 for 80 wipes!
Hidden Valley Dressing - $2.99 sale, used $1 coupon from the paper - final cost - $0.99
Happy Baby Puffs - each free with my Recyclebank Rewards
Earth's Best Baby food - on sale for $0.50 each - use the "Share and Save" on the Earth's Best sites - get the baby food for $0.10 each after they double the save $1 on 5 jars coupon!!! Trey is eating bigger portions than this now - but for that price I don't mind stocking up and using two of them!!
Kraft Cheese - shreds on sale for $2.00, block on sale for $1.68, used $1.00 coupon I found on the bags of cheese - they doubled - so I paid $1.68 for both or $0.84 each!

Huggies Wipes - on sale for $5.99, used coupon in the Walgreens infant care book for $2 off each one, and had (3) $2.00 off wipes coupons. So $1.99 for 184 wipes!
Almay - on sale, used $2.00 coupon in the Walgreens Spring Beauty book - paid around $2.20 for each item and got back a $5 register reward (coupon for next time) back! (I had to do these in two separate transactions.)
Method Hand wash - sale for $2.99, used $.75 coupon I had. Got back a $2 register reward for next time!
Organic Hair Masques - on sale B1G1 Free - $.99 for two - LOVE these!! They make my hair feel amazing!!!
(I used some register rewards I had from the previous week to buy lots of these - and I hope to do the same next week!)

Phew. I'm exhausted just typing this out.

Like I said, I'm not trying to fill my house with lots of free things we won't use - just work on stocking up on things we will use when I can!

Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do the best to answer them or point you in the write direction!!


KatiePerk said...

Nice work!! That is impressive savings. I love a coupon!

Lis @ ATruckerWife said...

you know me, I love couponing! Great job this week! I ended up saving $92 spent a bit more but a lot of what I bought wasn't on sale (thanks to hubby!)

We should start swapping coupons we don't need!

Lindsey said...

Check out She has a great site towards this... hopefully this site is correct, if not just Google Clippin With Carie.

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Holy cow woman! I'm impressed! I suck at using coupons. If I actually have one, I usually get home and realize I forgot to use it! D'oh!

Jillian said...

Good job!! I need to do this!

AndreaLeigh said...

Definitely going to check all this out! I'm just like you - I have resisted couponing because I didn't want to buy stuff just because it was on sale or I could get it cheap. I wanted to save on things I really wanted/needed to buy.

the workaholic momma said...

all i have to say is A-mazing. This should have saved enough to buy that Final 4 tic for the hubs:)