Monday, October 17, 2011

Average Couponing.

I totally got addicted to watching Extreme couponing on TLC. Yes I know that its nearly impossible to save that much in a single trip and most of them are doing coupon fraud, but I figured I could try to do some coupon clipping and see how that saves me. I call it average couponing.

I was at Target last week and they had some Listerine on the clearance shelf. It was only 15% off, but I had 2 $1 off coupons ( one manufacture coupon and 1 target coupon) which would bring the price down $2. The clearance price was 4.24 ( reg price 4.99) so the 1L of Listerine WITH a travel bottle wound up costing me a whopping $2.24. Now I did not clear the shelf, did not swipe them all. I bought 2 of them and that was it.

My big score of the week however was tonight's shopping trip. I went to Albertson's to pick up some essentials. I need cereal ( don't we always) cake mix ( making a cake for a cake walk for one of the kid's carnival next week) some yogurt since we are out, frozen pizzas ( always a good thing) soups and some roast and chicken breasts and biscuits.

Right now my Albertson's is having a sale mix and match save $4 when you buy 8 of the marked items. There's a catch max of $8 savings per transaction. After checking my ad and coupons I realized I had at least 4 of the mix and match so damn this would require either 2 trips to the store or take my husband along. Well tonight since its Monday and we are a busy family, I had to go alone. This meant strategizing. What did I need most? I decided I would get the cereal, cake mix, soup and the biscuits.
My coupons were as followed. 3 General Mills cereal coupons 2-$1/2 and 1 $1.10/2 the cereal was on sale for 1.99 but with the mix and match it was really 1.49 ea. I was limited to only Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, or Cookie Crisp. So I bought 2 Cookie Crisp, 2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch and 2 Banana nut Cheerios. With coupons and in store savings each box of cereal was only $.97 ea. Not bad for a first timer huh? I paired the cereal with my biscuits, they were $.99ea ( in store special) with a $.40 off 2 coupon this made each can $.79. There was one of my $4.00 off savings.

My second one was 4 cans of progresso soup and 2 frosting and 2 cake mix. I had a coupon for $1/4 for the soup and 1 coupon .60/2 one frosting and cake mix and 1 coupon .50/2 frosting and cake mix. The soups were 1.07 ea with my coupon they turned out to be .82ea. Each cake mix and frosting were .99ea with coupons they wound up being .72 ea.

My big score of the night however had to be the yogurt. I stumbled upon the Albertson's savings book and was thumbing around and noticed that yoplait was 10/6 with free eggs on the next visit. I always seem to have yoplait coupons around the two I had was a $.60/8 and a $.40/6, but I decided to check online and low and behold they have a $1/10 coupon. Each yogurt came out to be just .50 ea PLUS when I go back tomorrow... er later today. I get 2 dozen free eggs. SCORE!

I did manage to score some really nice roasts which are BOGO. so I got 2 nice sized roasts for about $10 a piece. I really wanted to get the chicken deal which is buy 1 get 2 free. Yes you read that right. its either chicken breasts or tenders, but yeah 1 for 2. amazing deal, which they were out of chicken. boo hoo. I have another albertson's I'm hittin up tomorrow for that. But whilst I was cruising the meat area I came across some ground sirloin for 1.99 a pound yes!! 1.99 a pound!! you bet I scooped that up.

I managed today to save about $36. not bad for a first timer.

I realized a few things about average couponing. 1 It will take time. Time to print out the coupons and find the deals. 2. I will need a binder. This one pains me a bit... but I'll live with it. 3. I may not get things for free or even mega cheap, but I will save money. I vow not to drive around town wasting more money and time looking for the cheapest price, I will use the tools available to me, the internet and my weekly circulars, and my good sense.

A little tip for anyone reading.. anyone??? Right now if you got the Target ad with Target coupons in the mail they have a $1 off degree deoderant, which at my target is clearanced 2 pack for 2.82. Just a little tip. Oh and there is a dove mens target coupon plus dove men+care online has a printable coupon. So you know you can double up a bit.
Happy Couponing.

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