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Monday, September 28, 2009

Coupon obsessed...

I have a new hobby. I have been collecting coupons for about a month and decided I would try to save our family some money. So far I think I have done pretty good with it. It is time consuming but I feel a sense of accomplishment when i leave the store spending WAY less than what I would have spent before without blinking an eye. I also shopped for sale stuff before, but never did I imagine how much less you can pay if you take the time to use coupons.

Kmart is doubling all manufactures coupons up to $2 till October 3rd. I have made 2 trips so far and I wanted to share how I did. This is the list of the things I ended up with. The price in black bold is the price that I would have paid if I didn't have a coupon and the price in red is what I actually paid for the item.

2 secret deodorants $7.78 FREE
1 Dove deodorant $3.99 FREE
2 Visines $7.98 FREE
1 24ct advil $3.99 FREE
2 Aveeno baby lotions $9.58 $1.58
1 Reynolds foil $2.99 $1.49
1 Ajax dish soap $1.99 FREE
2 Pringles $3.00 $1.00
1 huge gatorade $1.66 no coupons (gasp!)
1 10 pack Bic disposable razors $3.49 FREE
1 bag of dark chocolate kisses $2.50 $.50
1 jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce $1.99 $.99
1 Lea and Perrins Worcheshire sauce $3.25 FREE
1 dial hand soap $1.59 $.49

TOTAL before coupons ( I would of spent) $55.78

*total before coupons*
*total after coupons*

I did this in two trips but if I would have done it in one, I had a $5.00 off coupon when you spend $50....shoot! They do actually have a 10 coupon limit, so the chances of me being able to do all of this at once is slim. So I am really proud. These are all things we use. It makes me feel like I am doing something good for my family. You may be thinking, why in the world do you need 3 deodorants? I thought that also when I started reading about "stockpiling", but not only will I not need to buy deodorant for like a year, I will probably never pay a cent for it again. In fact, before this double coupon shinanigans is over, I will probably have 3 or 4 more...Why pass up something that is free that eventually you will use? That is my theory anyway. Also, I can give it away to someone who needs it. Every time I come home with another bag from Kmart, Mike rolls his eyes. ha ha...He really does like that I am saving money though. He just thinks it's funny how obsessed i get with things.

3 Post a comment:

Giggly said...

How fun! You are inspiring me to use coupons!! Hey, can I have a deodorant? LOL

Kristen said...

Wow that's great! Can i ask how you got the deodorants, etc. for free though? Normally when i see coupons in the paper it's just for a dollar off or whatever, so i was curious! My husband and i used to never use coupons when we'd eat out for example, just b/c it felt cheezy or something...but with the economy the way it is, we certainly aren't above using them, and i see other people using coupons more often as well! The buy one meal get one free deals they often have in the paper are awesome!

Alyssa said...

Kristen-Kmart has a coupon book that has Secret Deodorant for $2.00 off, double that you get $4.00 off. So you just have to pick one out that is under $4.00. Dove is also offering a $2.00 off coupon, I think I got it from their website. It is $3.99 in the store. I just stock up when it's free, so I never have to pay full price...