I used to coupon all the time and saved quite a bit of money doing so.
Then March 20, 2009 rolled around.
No time for couponing when one needs sleep.
The show "Extreme Couponing" on TLC re-inspired me to be better about saving money on things we use.
Don't worry, I'm not going to be buying up 30 bottles of Maalox just because it cost. .30 a bottle or 1000 rolls of toilet paper and then insuring my stash of goodies because it is worth so much that if we had a fire I'd be devastated if I lost it all. Nor will I spend 6 hours each week mapping out my deals.
Those people have mental issues.
I need to be better about saving money on the things we do use regularly though.
Today I went to Giant Eagle. This week is super double coupon week which means a coupon that is anywhere from $1 up to $2 is worth $2. They always double coupons up to .99. They had a few of the things we use regularly and I happened to have coupons. Yay Me!!
Here is my rundown:
4 Bags of Chex Mix - sale price $8, with coupons $4
3 Packets of Old El Paso Taco seasoning - sale price $2.25, with coupons $1.05
3 Packages of Old El Paso Flour Tortillas - sale price $3.75, with coupons $2.55
2 Speed Stick Deoderents - sale price $4, with coupons $2
2 Ultra Palmolive Dish Soaps - sale price $4, with coupons $1
4 Packages Pillsbury Toaster Strudel - sale price $8, with coupons $5.60
2 Tubes Colgate Toothpaste - sale price $2, with coupons +$1 (yes, i got paid to buy these because I had 2 coupons worth .75 each and they doubled to a $1.50 each which means I got $3 off for items that cost me $2)
2 Bottles Irish Spring Bodywash - sale price $6, with coupons $4
12 containers of Yoplait Light Yogurt - sale price $6, with coupons $4.40
Total Cost of Groceries and other Items before Coupons - $44
Total Cost of Groceries and other Items after coupons - $23.60
I saved 54% off my total bill just by clipping the coupons I receive in my Sunday paper, in mailers during the week and from coupon website.
This is all stuff I would have bought for the sale price anyways because the sale prices were good, but with coupons I did even better!!!!!!