Thanks for joining me in my couponing adventures!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009; 10:14pm
Hello everybody. Over the summer I decided to start couponing, and I never realized how much money I would save! Recently I decided to start posting my savings on my facebook, then thought 'why not start a blog?' so here I am! There are some really fantastic websites and blogs that help me plan my shopping trips, and I will link to all of them. This blog will be primarily for me to show how I've done with my shopping, and hopefully inspire you to start saving money, too. Its really easy to coupon, you just have to devote a little bit of time. If you have any suggestions/comments/questions for me, feel free to ask!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Long time no blog!

Hey everyone, sorry for just up and disappearing at the end of last year!  School started, and along with work, just consumed my life.  At this point I'm taking one summer class, so I have a little more time to be able to devote to couponing.  I just had a pretty decent trip to Publix that I thought I'd share with you.

1 green refrigerated bag $2.49
2 Schick Hydro razors $6.99
--on sale
--2 $5/1 manuf. coupons
--2 $1/1 target coupons
2 Schick Hydro shave gel 2/$4
--2 $1/1 manuf. coupons
--2 $1/1 publix coupons
6 Yogurts $.60/ea
2 Baileys creamers
--2 $1/1 printable manuf. coupons
--2 $.55/1 publix coupons
2 wafer cookies $2.39/ea
12 Renuzit air fresheners 2/$1.69
--2 B3G3 free coupons
4 Sweet potatoes $2.45
5 Olay Total Effects body wash $5.99/ea
--5 $4/1 manuf. coupons
2 Skinny Cow ice creams $4.99/ea
--2 $1/1 publix coupons
2 Weight Watchers ice creams $5.29/ea
--1 $1/1 manuf. coupon

Grand Total (out of pocket):  $54.96
Total Savings: $58.17 (51.5%)

I think I did pretty good, considering that I got some items that weren't on sale and/or didn't have coupons.

Oh, and there is a mail-in rebate for the Schick Hydro razor here

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I'm going to Europe

Hey everyone,
Sorry that I kind of disappeared, but I started school again and it's taken over my life.  I'm actually having a blast and kicking butt!  I just signed up to go to Spain and France in May 2011 through school.  If you have a few dollars that you can contribute, I'd be extremely grateful--and even send you a postcard!




ChipIn was recommended by the tour company doing the trip.  It links directly to my paypal and all information is completely secure.

Thanks, and hope you're getting some good coupons out there! :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New coupon booklet at Publix


















Today at work I came across a new coupon booklet:  Campbell's Nourish Your Family with Money-Saving Meal Ideas.  It has coupons as well as recipes and ideas for some cheap meals.


All are manufacturer's coupons that expire on 12/31/09
$0.50/2 Campbell's Healthy Request Soups
$1/2 Campbell's Select Harvest soups
$1/2 V8 vegetable juice
$1/2 V8 V-Fusion juices
$1/2 Campbell's V8 soups
$1/2 Prego Italian sauces
$0.72/2 cartons Swanson cooking stocks
$1/2 cans Swanson Premium Chicken
$0.40/2 Campbell's condensed eating soups (excludes creams)
$0.40/2 Campbell's condensed kids soups
$0.40/2 Campbell's condensed French Onion, Golden Mushroom, & Consomme
$0.55/1 Pace Picante Sauce
$1/2 V8 Splash juice drink

There is also a form to get 200 bonus points for your school if you mail in 10 eligible product UPCs and the receipt.

Quick update

Hello out there in couponing land!  I can't believe it's been so long since my last post, and I apologize for that.  For a while I didn't post because there wasn't too much going on for me with coupons, and then I just started procrastinating (something I'm too good at!). This is just a short update.

Since my last post, I've recieved my $10 Kellogg's rebate and my free t-shirt from the Good Egg Project (see my last post about that).  The shirt is cute--it is grey with a big white egg on the front with a halo over it and it says 'The Good Egg Project.'

Also, I was able to get a pretty amazing deal at Kohl's.  I had to get new pants for work, so I went on Retailmenot.com to see if there were any coupons before I went to the store.  I found a Friends and Family 15% off that expired that night, so off I went to the store!  Once I got to the store and was looking around I heard the announcement that if you open a Kohl's charge card you save an extra 10%, so I decided to do that.  There only had one pair of the pants left in my size, so I went to customer service to get a raincheck.  The very nice woman there told me that if I called to place a phone order from the store phone I would get free shipping.  Normally when placing a phone order I wouldn't have been able to get the discounts (15% and then 10%), but since the store was going to do it they honored both discounts anyway, plus I got the free shipping.
4 pairs of pants (on sale for $26.99, regular $34.99)
-15%
-10%
FREE shipping!
Total savings: $57 (41%)
Out of pocket Total: $87.05

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good Egg Project

Hey everyone.  Sorry for the lack of updates recently, but I am out of town visiting family.

I just checked my email and received a response from the Good Egg Project from when I mailed them about not being able to print the coupon for a dozen free eggs here (The link still works, you can take the pledge, but the coupon is not unavailable).
Good afternoon,

Thank you for taking the pledge to Eat Good. Do Good Everyday. at GoodEggProject.org. We're sorry you were unable to receive a free coupon. However, due to the inconvenience you experienced, we'd like to offer you a FREE Good Egg Project t-shirt. Please respond to this email with your size and address where to ship the t-shirt. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any coupons we offer for the Good Egg Project moving forward.
Warm regards,

So the point of my post is that it never hurts to email companies about anything.  Whether to praise, complain, or ask a question, you never know what their response will be.  Sometimes its just a note, sometimes coupons, and sometimes a nice surprise like free stuff!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Slow (but good) week!

Hi everyone out there in the couponing world!  It has been a very slow week for me with coupons, however I did make one trip.  A few days ago I went to CVS to get water that's on sale for a great price, and this fantastic nail polish I spotted the last time I was there.

3 Zephyrhills water (24 pack)
1 Milani nail polish
1 Heath bar--I was hungry! lol
--(1) $3/$15 coupon (found here on page 31)
Total Savings: $10.50 (57%)
Out of Pocket Total: $13.90

I think this was a great trip considering I didn't really have coupons!  And I noticed that on my receipt it says my Year to Date Savings is $135.23, and that's only since June! :)

This picture of the polish is from Manicure Mommas,   it's called Whimsical, by Milani.



I also have some great news about CVS that I got from Shellie from Saving with Shellie.  They are introducing the new Green Bag Tag.  You can purchase this for $0.99, put it on your bag, and earn $1 every fourth use.  So when you go to CVS they'll scan your CVS card, see that you have the reusable bag, and scan the Bag Tag to give you credit.  I know this will be a great coupon-earner with me since I ALWAYS take my bags with me.  To see more details go to Shellie's post here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shopping trip and a link

Earlier this week Stephanie, at Couponing 101, shared the anatomy of a coupon.  This was a very interesting article, decoding the coupon as well as the barcode.  What I took away as the most important was the information about the fine print:
  • Limit one coupon per purchase.  Each qualifying item(s) is a purchase.  If the coupon is for $1 off 2 boxes of cereal and you buy 2 boxes, that is 1 purchase.  If you bought 2 more, that is another purchase and you can use another $1/2 coupon.  This is on just about every coupon.  It means you can not use 2 coupons on 1 product.
  • Limit one coupon per transaction.  This means you can only use one of each coupon per transaction.  Each transaction is concluded with a receipt.
  • Limit one coupon per day/visit.  You can only use one of those coupons per store visit.
  • Limit one coupon per person/customer/household. You can only use one of these coupons.
I think this information is something all of us couponers should go to the stores armed with.  If you understand how the coupon works, you might be able to explain it to a confused cashier.  I've even thought of printing her post and keeping it in my coupon organizer to help clear up any difficulties that may arise.  Definitely check out her post!


A few days ago I went to CVS, here is the breakdown.
3 Scott Toilet Tissue 12 packs (On sale $6.88 each, $5.11off/each)
2 boxes Kleenex Tissues (BOGO)
4 cans Progresso Chicken Soup (BOGO)
--(2)$0.50/1 Progresso coupon
--(1)$1/2 Progresso coupon
--$2.50 ECB I earned over the summer
--(1) $3/15 CVS coupon (found here on page 31)
--(1) $5/$25 CVS coupon (found here, here, or here--all different links that you can print from!)
Total Savings: $36.60 (67%)
Out of Pocket Total: $17.95

Monday, October 5, 2009

How I plan my shopping

Just like organizing your coupons, planning your shopping can be done many different ways and is a highly personal thing, using whatever method works best for you.  I thought I'd share my process with you, maybe it will help you figure out your own easy way!

The first thing I do is check out what coupons will be in the Sunday paper by going to The Sunday Coupon Preview and deciding whether or not I want to buy a paper.  If there are enough coupons that I want, I buy two copies of the paper, that way if something is BOGO I can get better savings by using one coupon for each item.  I know many people buy upwards of 20 papers, but that's just too much for me.

The next thing I do is go through the fliers for Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Kmart (if I don't buy a paper I check the ads online) and make a list.  (I go through most of the fliers, but these four are my main ones on Sundays for grocery shopping.)  The list is divided by store and has the item and the price or sale deal (%off).  I do this for each store, even if items are repeated.  You can't really tell from this picture (sorry!), but it gives you a general idea of what one of my lists looks like.  I did this one yesterday at work on my lunch break, which is why its on a paper towel.















Once I have my list to choose from, I narrow it down and make another list, still by store, and list the corresponding coupons for each item.  This list looks something like this.














Once this actual shopping list is complete, I gather the coupons and either paper clip them to the list or put them in an envelope seperate from my coupon folder.

Having this detailed list really helps when I shop because I know exactly what I need and what coupons to use.


During the week, I do the same thing with the Publix flier (their sale week runs Thursday-Wednesday).

Also, if I have a list of things that I just have to get that aren't necessarily on sale, I make the list (like an 'average' shopping list you would see), and check the printable coupon database at A Full Cup.  I sometimes do a Google search as well to see if anything turns up if I didn't have any luck at AFC.

I hope this has helped you.  If you have any questions, don't hesitat to contact me! :)

today's shopping trip and a note

First off, I'd like to thank Sheri at Swag Grabber for making the Price Point Spreadsheet.  I took this with me today to start filling out, and was shocked to find out that everything I priced was cheaper at Target than it was at Publix!  This really opened my eyes!

Payless
First on my list of stops today was Payless Shoes.  I needed to pick up a pair of shoes to wear to my nephew's Christening next week, so I googled and found this 15% off coupon to bring with me!  Also, since I only bought one pair of shoes, the cashier told me that if I bring back my receipt and make another purchase I can still take advantage of the BOGO sale.
1 pair black fancy-ish sandals
--(1) 15% off coupon
Total Savings:  $3.45 (15%)
Out of Pocket Total: $20.91

Publix
Peaches
Jif Peanut butter
Publix Peanut butter
AAA Energizer Batteries 8 pack
2 reusable bags
--'Buy theirs, try ours' promo: FREE Publix peanut butter
--(1) $0.55/1 Publix PB coupon
--(1) $2/2 reusable bags (Peelie from the batteries, made the bags FREE)
Total Savings: $6.16 (33%)
Out of Pocket Total: 12.40

Target
40 Fancy Feast Appetizers
5 Mott's Apple Juice
--(20) BOGO Fancy Feast Manuf. coupons
--(20) BOGO Fancy Feast Target coupons
--FREE $5 Target gift card with purchase of 5 Mott's items
Total Savings: $56.76 (83%)
Out of Pocket Total: 11.85

Sunday, October 4, 2009

An old shopping trip to CVS

Yesterday while going through some papers I came across a receipt for CVS from July 10.  I was still fairly new to couponing and am very pleased with my savings.  :)

2 Olay Body Wash
4 Head & Shoulders Shampoo
2 Schick Intuition razor refills
--(2) BOGO Head & Shoulders coupons
--(2)  $2/1 coupons (I forget which was for the Olay and which for the razors)
--(2) $3/1 coupons (the one for the razors was a peelie on the package)
Total Savings: 37.95 (60%)
Out of Pocket Total: $25.98