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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ever since I saw the first episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC a few weeks ago I’ve been a woman possessed.   With 4 hungry kids, 1 grumpy husband, and 1 goofy BIL to feed every little bit helps and let’s just be honest, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to know how to save 99% off of their grocery total?  Anyway I watched the premiere episode of that show in awe, and immediately following the show I saif to myself, “Self, you ARE going to learn how to do that!”  and I kinda, sorta, a little bit did!

 

I will be the first person to admit that I am NOT a couponer, at all, I will use them from time to time but more often than not I forget that I have them and by the time I make it to the register, alive, without killing one of my screaming kids the last thing I’m thinking about is using coupons.  So when I decided that I was going to start really couponing I had no idea how much work it is, and let me be clear it is WORK, but it’s also work that if done correctly can really pay off.  Since I just really started couponing I have quite a bit of work to do before I can compete with the likes of Nathan and The Krazy Coupon Lady, but I must admit I’m off to a pretty good start.  You can check out my latest trip to Walmart and the awesome deals that I scored using coupons. 

 

Keep in mind that this is only the 2nd time that I’ve actually went to store and shopped with more than a couple of coupons in hand, and unfortunately my WalMart didn’t have several of the items that I wanted or the quantities that I needed, but all in all it was a good haul!

 

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Nivea for Men/Women Body Wash (2)

Regular Price:  $3.97

Coupon for $3.00 off on 1(from 4-17 RedPlum2 circular)

Body Wash rang up at $3.00 each so final cost for 2 body washes=FREE

 

Finish Quantum Powerball (1)

Regular Price:  $2.77

Coupon for $1.00 off  (from 4-17 Smart Source 1)

Final Price = $1.77

You can go to Finish’s Facebook page and find out how to score $1.75 off Finish products!

 

Kotex U Panty Liners 18 ct. (4)

Regular Price:  $1.24

Coupon for $1.00 off any Kotex U Panty Liner (from 4-17 Smart Source 2)

Final Price= $0.24 each for a total of:  $0.96

Reach Floss 55 yds. (4)

Regular Price:  $0.88

Coupon for $1 off 1 (from 4-17 Smart Source 1)

Final Price=FREE

Bic Comfort3 Advance Razor 4 pack (1)

Regular Price:  $2.96

Coupon for $3 off (4-10 Smart Source)

Final Price= FREE

Bic Disposable Razors 12 ct (2)

Regular Price:  $2.94 (I chose to purchase the more expensive razors, you can actually get this deal for as little as $0.57!)

Coupon for $2.00 off (from 3-27 Smart Source 1)

Final Price= $1.88

 

Total cost before coupons= $28.03

Total after coupons=$4.61

There are a TON of resources available online if you’re interested in couponing that you should definitely check out!  My personal favorite is Couponmom.com as everything is laid out for you so you can save so much time and that time translates into money…so make sure you check it out!!!

I wanna know, do you coupon?  Do you extreme coupon?  What’s the most you’ve ever saved in one trip to the grocery store? 

2 comments :

  1. I just started too and have been collecting and organizing seriously for about 6 weeks. This week I did great. I spent $72 out of pocket on my main trip and saved $139. This included a $4 Catalina good on my next purchase and 25 cents off per gallon on my next tank of gas. A couple of days later, I couponed a $50 Easter ham down to $21 using my saved Catalinas. I could just kick myself for not figuring out how to do this a lot sooner.

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  2. That's awesome! I told my husband after my last shopping trip that was the last time I go to the store without coupons in hand...it takes so much work and I'm sure laziness had a little to do with why I didn't do it sooner, but now I am always on the lookout for a deal!

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