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For as long as I can remember I have been a deal hunter. I am physically incapable of paying shipping for anything and heaven forbid I pay full retail for a piece of clothing. I just can’t do it. I am forever using coupon codes, getting cash back, and searching online for deals.

While I have mastered the art of online shopping, I hadn’t delved into the game of couponing…until along came a little show I like to call, Crazy Couponers. Sure, it’s really called, “Extreme Couponers,” but let’s face it, they’re all nutjobs.

While they are crazycakes to be sure, they are smart and savvy and I wanna be just like them.

So, I began slowly clipping coupons here and there, nothing serious. I wasn’t fully committed.

Then, along came the notebook.

You know the one. Like the one you had for senior English class.

That one.

When I opened up that notebook and gazed into the beautiful zippers and rings, I was smitten.

Then, I bought a new pair of scissors.

And then, I happened upon a document that would forever change my life forever.

The Wal-Mart coupon policy.

As we know, I am small town girl who now who frequents “The Wal-Mart.” So, this policy was very interesting to the likes of me.

The policy states that they will take competitors ads in addition to coupons.

What does this mean, you ask?

It means that if Walgreens has eyeshadow on sale for $2.99 and at Wal-Mart it’s $3.99, you simply tell your cashier at Wal-Mart that Walgreens beat their price and you get it for $2.99.

Then, if you couple that $2.99 with a coupon for $1.00 off, guess what? You’ll pay $1.99 rather than $3.99.

Easy peasy.

I’m still just a novice. I’ve only been at this for a few weeks and I am no where, and I mean NO WHERE near an expert, but I am thrilled to report that tonight I bought $129.88 worth of groceries and only paid $49.11!!!!

The best part? It’s stuff we actually use!!!

Here’s the haul-

Several of these items were free or more than half off!!!

Things like Gala Apples, Grapes, Diapers, toothpaste, paper towels, pasta, dishwasher tablets, salad dressing, dish soap, ketchup, the list goes on and on.

Last week I caught amazing deals on clearance meat (you have to use or freeze it within two days of buying it) and saved $50 on meat alone.

That said, I’m totally addicted. I am pretty sure that the days of running into the store to “pick up a few things” that resulted in a $75 trip are way over.

Happily over.

I figure that if companies want to give me their deeply discounted or free items I can spend the 2 hours it takes to plan my attack. Right?

But no worries, I have no plans to be on the TLC show…YET.

Love to all,

5 Comments

  1. Crystal Sanders says:

    I started couponing a few weeks ago myself. So I understand how this new found “free”-dom feels. I tend to shop around a little too. I know that every day Lowes offers double coupons and Harris Teeter will have do their super double coupons (meaning they’ll double any coupon of $1.98 or less) once every 2 months and alternate that with their triple coupon deal. Plus, Harris Teeter will accept competitors coupons as well, so when Lowes sends me a $10 off $50 worth of groceries, I typically use it at Harris Teeter. I also will go to the farmer’s market about twice a month because their produce is to die for and much better than anything I can find in the store.

    Have fun couponing! It definitely pays off :o )

  2. Tara says:

    Check out this fab site: http://couponkatie.com/

    Not only will you love it because you now have a coupon binder (which I don’t… I am one of those full time working moms that spends way too much money), but you will also love it because its Milligans own Katie Werking VanDyke. yay!

  3. becky says:

    Hershey Bars. … seriously Molly….!

  4. Molly says:

    They were FREE! How could I resist!

  5. Keely says:

    NICE. Meetcha at the neighborhood TLC block party. I’ll be representing Hoarders.

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