6.14.2011

Coupons!

So many people have asked me to do a post on couponing.  Trust me, I'm NO expert, but I'll let you know about the deals I got on Monday and Tuesday (today)... you know, since you asked so nicely!

It all started with the show Extreme Couponing, Harris Teeter's recent triple coupon days, and needing to watch our money very closely!  All of those things sparked a couponing wife and mommy!

First of all, I get most of my coupons from the Sunday Paper, or printing them off online.  You can go to websites like Southern Savers, Coupon Mom, or A Penny-Filled Pantry to see the deals of the week and print out your coupons.  Many "company websites" give coupons if you sign up with them.  (ie:  Uncle Ben's)

On Tuesday we went to Lowe's Foods.  We didn't need to get much, but had coupons for quite a bit.  The goal was to keep our grocery bill down using the "overage" credit from our couponing purchases.  With that "overage" we could buy the other things that we needed without adding up too much cost.  Hope that makes sense!

((some places will give you credit towards your grocery bill when the coupon value exceeds the value of the product.  Harris Teeter will not, the only give up to the value of the product.  OUR Lowe's Foods WILL give overage towards your bill, but I have heard that other Lowe's Foods will not.  Walmart is the only store that will give money back to you, as in, they will hand you money for the exceeding value of your coupon!))

Okay, here we go.
Lowe's Foods First.

Rhodes Rolls in the freezer section were on sale  2/$4
I had 2 coupons for 75 cents that doubled to $1.50 each
Each package of rolls were 50 cents each!

Idahoan Instant Potatoes were on sale for $1 each
I had 2 coupons for 75 cents when you bought 3 packs.  These coupons doubled to $1.50 each.
We bought 6 packs of instant potatoes for $3.00

Cheerios were on sale 2/$4 (great for cereal and Nate eats Cherrios all the time)
I had a 3 coupons for 75 cents that doubled to $1.50 each
This made each box of Cherrios cereal only 50 cents!

Honey Nut Cherrios were on sale for $2.50 (I love them!)
I had a coupon for 50 cents which doubled to $1.00
The Honey Nut Cherrios (a pretty large box) was only $1.50!

Starkist Tuna cans are usually 99 cents
This means that I could use my 2 coupons that valued for 75 cents, they would double to $1.50 each and I would MAKE 50 cents profit on each can of tuna.
Starkist Tuna Can = FREE + 50 cents to go towards my other grocery bill!

French's Spicy Brown Mustard was on sale for 2/$3
French's Spicy Brown Mustard = FREE
(like i need anymore mustard, but it's just really hard to pass up a FREE product!  Maybe we'll donate it?  Either that or always be the couple that brings the mustard to the cookouts!!!)

Old Orchard Juice was on sale 2/$3
I had two coupons that valued at 75 cents each and doubled to $1.50 each
2 Bottles of Old Orchard Juice = FREE

Colgate Toothpaste was on sale for $1 each
I had 4 coupons that valued at 75 cents each and would double to $1.50 each.
4 tubes of toothpaste = FREE + 50 cents profit PER tube  ($2.00 towards my grocery bill!)

We had to buy some regular grocery items, including milk, a jug of apple juice, and some frozen meals for my husband for work...

Total Bill:  $58.70
Bill I Paid:  $13.97!



Today I went to Walmart to cash in on the $2 Dial Body Wash coupon from the Sunday Paper.
I had 2 coupons that valued at $2 each.
This coupon says ANY Dial Body Wash which means that you can go to the trial size section and get the 97 cent body washes if you want.
We also needed a Tuna Helper for dinner and it was cheaper at Walmart than anywhere else.

Total Bill:  $3.62 cents
I Paid:  NOTHING.
Walmart Handed Me:  20 cents!


Well, there it is.  You asked, and I told!
That's how I got over $60 worth of products for under $14!
Hope it helps a little!