I've been inspired. Again.
And I have Brad's cousins, Amber and Jenny, to thank for it. (Thanks, ladies!)
Oh, and Oprah.
I remember seeing an episode of Oprah a few years ago in which she had the "Coupon Mom" on. And on this particular show, Coupon Mom took a trip to the store, spending roughly $35 for $100 in groceries. W.O.W.
And I guess I kind of filed that away in the 'ol noggin, and upon seeing some of the deals Amber and Jenny were happening upon...
I officially jumped on the couponing bandwagon.
Now. I have a lot to learn. And I've been doing some "research" and a whole lot of printing and clipping of coupons, and trying to remain patient and *smart* through the whole learning experience. I have a ways to go in terms of learning how exactly to finagle the sales with coupons and gimmicks and rebates and bucks back and there are so many angles...BUT there is so much help and advice online, it takes a lot of the guess work out of the whole process.
And, I've gotta confess...it's kind of fun. :)
Here are some of my "beginner deals" from this week.
$8.99 SALE Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers
$7.50 SALE for 3 Glade Products
$3.49 SALE for Kotex Tampons
(TMI? Absolutely, but they were a part of this bargain so I'm sharing!)
$.78 SALE for 2 packages Gummy Bears
(I wouldn't have normally bought these but Walgreens has a policy that you have to purchase more products than the number of coupons used so I had to pick up a couple super cheap items to save with all the coupons I wanted to use...and Drew didn't mind this one bit!)
$3.00 off Huggies manufacturer's coupon
$2.00 off 3 Glade Products manufacturer's coupon
$1.00 off Kotex product manufacturer's coupon
$5.00 off Walgreen's Register Rewards coupons
$11.42 out of my pocket today.
I will save an additional $5.00 for a mail-in rebate on those Glade products
I earned an additional $2.5o in Walgreen's Register Rewards to use on a future purchase.
Total cost = $3.92! (What?!)
(I prefer to apply my Register Reward coupon to the purchase I actually use it on, so for this purchase, my total cost would be $6.42...but still!)
From Dollar General...
$6.00 SALE for 2 All Laundry Detergent
$4.00 for 2 2-packs Reach Toothbrushes
$2.00 for 2 boxes Reach Floss
2 x $2.00 = $4.00 off All Detergent manufacturer's coupons
2 x $1.00 = $2.00 off Reach Toothbrushes manufacturer's coupons
2 x $1.00 = $2.00 off Reach Floss manufacturer's coupons
(making these FREE!)
And at Walmart today, I used six coupons, saving me $8.00.
Pretty cool, huh?
(**For those of you who coupon, please don't burst my bubble and tell me these deals aren't really deals at all. Keep me ignorant, just for now, please??? Thank you!) :)
And all of this is really good, considering I spent an extra $6.00 on Drew's new shoes because he no longer fits in toddler sizes!