Let’s talk about couponing, shall we?
With the pregnancy and birth of my sweet little Nonny I have changed my approach to couponing and price matching, maybe this will help you guys too.
You see, before, I would comb through the Sunday paper every week and write down all the best deals, clip all the coupons, organize them and then go for one big couponing trip once a week.
With this method I built a large stockpile that basically fed us throughout my pregnancy and for the last few months. I just cannot even tell you what a blessing having a good stockpile is. There are no last minute trips to the store, or emergency trips for diapers, wipes, shampoo, soap, etc. It’s so nice to have all of that neatly organized in the basement.
HA. Who are we kidding? Neatly organized is VERY STRONG, but still, it’s there if I need it.
Anyway, throughout pregnancy I relied on price matching for meat, fruit and veggies. I did very little couponing.
Now that baby Nonny is 3 months old and I’m settling into this Mama to 3 tiny people thing, I’m getting back into my couponing groove. It just looks very different now.
Here’s the way I’m working it.
Every week I go to a few different websites to see the deals (I’ll post the sites that I use at the end of the post). I’m most interested in price matching fruit, veggies and meat.
After I have my list of matches, I go to the “freebie” or “under $1 section” and see what great deals they have.
So last week as I was looking and there was a $4 off any Almay cosmetic coupon. Turns out that Almay considers deodorant a cosmetic. Therefore the $2.24 deodorant has a $1.76 overage on each one with the coupon. Upon reading this I immediately went to ebay and purchased 40 coupons for around $8.00.
That means that when I purchase 40 deodorants I will receive $70.40 in FREE MONEY, plus I’ll have 40 Almay deodorants. With the overage I will buy meat. However, if I wanted the cash they would give it to me. Do you get that? They could give me 40 FREE deodorants and $70.40 for taking it out of the store.
This, my friends, is the power of the coupon.
However, I would never have known this information had it not been for the couponing blogs that I read.
So basically what I’m doing nowadays is price matching for produce and meat and only couponing for things that we don’t have a stock pile for and freebies.
I spend about an hour looking at the websites and ordering coupons and about an hour at the store.
Here’s what I got after planning and shopping for 2 hours.
3 Loaves of Whole Wheat White Bunny Bread: Price Matched at $1.00 piece
2 Pounds of Strawberries: Price Matched at $.99 apiece
2 Cartons of Blueberries: Price Matched at $1.49 apiece
2 Cantaloupes: Price Matched at $1.00 apiece
Bananas: Price Matched at $.29 per pound
15 Softsoap Hand Soaps: Price Matched at $.97 apiece
20 Bags of Steamfresh Veggies: Price Matched at $1.00 apiece
4 Bags of Red and Green Grapes: Price Matched at $.97 per pound
4 Bags of Mixed Green Lettuce: Price Matched at $1.00 apiece
10 Boxes of Annies Organic Mac & Cheese: Price Matched at $1.00 apiece
4 Pounds of Boneless Pork Chops: Price Matched at $1.97lb.
20 Bottles of Colgate Mouthwash: Price Matched at $1.99 apiece.
With coupons and price matching I got much of these items FOR FREE and paid only $42.00!
This is without all the extensive work and time it takes to go through the paper and coupon, remember.
You can do this friends. You are a crazy person if you’re paying full price for groceries!!!! CRAZY.
Just give it a shot. You will not be disappointed!
PPS: I know all of you OCD people are going crazy because my mouthwashes were not in a perfect row for the picture. You know who you are!