Thursday, September 17, 2009


It is amazing to me, after two weeks of coupon, how much manufacturers mark up the prices on products. A few days ago I went into Target, my total rang up to be around $21.00 and after coupons I walked away having spent only $3.41. Now where is the sense in that! I saved myself 84% by clipping coupons. And what is even more crazy is that is what I used to spend when I went to Target and such. Below is a shopping trip I did where I spent $24.71 out of pocket, gained a $5.00 gift certificate and $15.00 in register rewards at Walgreens. Yes, that is right that is John Frieda shampoo and conditioner. I get to buy things now that I only dreamed of buying before I discovered couponing.

Sean and I are poor, I am not going to lie. We have very little money and the money we do have is basically borrowed because we are living off of only one income. I have $40.00 in my wallet and that used to scare me. How am I going to live off of only $40.00 for the rest of the month. Now I am like '$40.00 I can buy so much with that'. My minds set has changed also. If you go out to eat as a couple to like Wendy's you will probably spend like $12.00. Give me that twelve dollars and I can get you so much stuff with that! I am also thankful I live in an apartment complex. As crazy as this sounds I went out this morning and dug through recycling bins of 4 buildings and accumulated a TON of sunday coupons inserts. And then went to target and took a $80.00 bill down to $19.00 and then at Rainbow a $20.00 bill down to $9.00. Although I am sure I got a lot of strange looks, a ginormously pregnant woman digging through a recycling bin I couldn't help but chuckle because I knew just how much I was going to save. If anyone who is reading this needs coupon inserts, I now have a huge stack of them just sitting on my desk.
My Rainbow and Target shopping tripMy Target, CVS and Walgreens trip.
Needless to say, I am thankful the Lord opens a window when he shuts a door. When I quit my job to stay home it was like having the rug pulled out from underneath us. I guess I kept waiting and waiting for Sean to get a better paying job, us to win the lottery, or for an old rich relative that no one knew about to die and leave us a ton of money. Instead, he gave me tools to use so that we can not only save money but being to store away essentials so that if that rainy day comes, we will be prepared.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


So my new addiction has become couponing. It is an amazing feeling to walk out of a store having purchased so much for so little. Sean is pretty supportive of this because he figures it is something the family will benefit from. Our pantry is starting to burst at the seams and it is only week 1! I an not the best but with every shopping trip I get better and better! It is also fun to buy those what you used to think were expensive things for next to nothing. If couponing is something you want to do I would suggest checking out and they post deals for pretty much any store! I would have to say that I am addicted to shopping and for someone who is on a budget it is nice that I can stretch it so far! Here are my successes this week:Purchases made at Rainbow and Walgreens.
Rainbow: Progresso Soup 10/$10.00 had coupon for $1.10/3 so 6 cans for $3.90
Pillsbury Grands! 10/$10.00 had coupon for $1.00/2 so 4 containers for $2.00
Green Giant Steamers 2/$3.00 had coupons for $.50/1 so 2 bags for $2.00
Olive Oil Buy 1 Get 1 and $1.00/1 so spent $5.98 on 2 bottles
Total: $13.79
Walgreens: Chex Mix $0.99 had coupons for $0.50/1 so spent $0.98
Reese's bars (I did have 2) 2/$2.00 had coupon for $0.55 so 2 for $1.50
Aquafresh Toothpaste $3.49 had coupons for $1.00/1 so $4.98
Glade Sense and Spray $5.99 had coupons for $4.00/1 so 2 for $4.99
Plus Walgreens has Register Rewards and everything (minus the Chex Mix) gave me basically instore credit back. I got $8.00 back in Register Rewards.
Total Spent: $12.45 minus RR
Grand Total: $4.45

Total Shopping Trip to Rainbow and Walgreens cost me $18.24.

Trip to CVS, Walgreens, Target

CVS: Aussie Shampoo & Conditioner $2.99/1 so $8.97 for 3
Cover Girl Foundation $4.99 had coupons for B1G1 and $1.00/1 so 2/$3.99
Dove Chocolates 1/$3.50 coupon for $1.00/1 so 3/$9.50
Shick Quattro for Women B1G1 $8.00 had coupon for $4.00/1 so 2/$4.00
Colgate Total B1G1 for $2.79 had coupon for $0.75/1 so 2/$2.04
CVS has rewards similar to Walgreens. Works like instore credit. I earned $15.00 in instore credit with my purchases.
Total: $32.42 minus EBC's
Grand Total: $17.42
Walgreens: Carefree Ultra Pantiliners $1.99/1 coupon for $1.00/1 so $0.99
Batteries $2.99/1 coupon for $0.75/1 so $2.24
Crest Toothpaste and Mouthwash 2/$7.00 had coupon $0.75/2 so $6.25
2 Glade Candles 2/$4.00 had coupon for $3.00/1 so 2/1.00
Glade Sense and Spray $5.99 coupon for $4.00/1 so $1.99
Total: $13.14 minus RR $10.00
Grand Total: $3.14
Target: Yogos $1.75 coupons for $1.00/1 so $0.75 each
Poptarts $1.52 coupon for $0.75/1 so $0.77 each
Dove Deodorant $3.64 coupons for $3.00/1 so $0.64 each
Cookie Mix $1.65 coupon for $0.40/1 so $1.25
Beef Roast Hormel Entree $4.99 coupon for $2.00/1 so $2.99
Ragu Sauce $3.74 coupons for $1.75/2 so $1.99/2
Schick Quattro for women $7.84 coupons for $8.00/1 so FREE!!
Candle $2.99 coupon for free candle so FREE!!!!
Total $10.08 with $5.00 gift certificate earned previously
Grand Total: $5.08

Overall my trip to CVS, Walgreens and Target cost me: $25.64

I made other trips this week but did not take pictures but this is what they looked like:

Cub Foods: 2 lbs of grapes $2.24/1 lb coupon for free lb so FREE!!
Kelloggs Cinnabon Bars $2.50 coupon for $1.00/1 so $1.50
Jolly time Popcorn 2/$5.00 coupons for $1.00/1 so 2/$3.00
Healthy Harvest Noddles 10/$10.00 coupon for $1.00/2 so 4/$2.00
Del Monte Fruit Cups 10/$10.00 coupon for $1.00/3 so 6/$4.00
Dole Jar of Fruit 2/$5.00 coupon for $0.55 so 1/$2.00
Total: $12.48
Walgreens: Quilted Norther Toilet Paper $4.29 coupon for $1.00/1 so $3.29
Reese's Bars 2/$2.00 coupon for $0.55/1 so $1.45/2
Total: $5.48 used $5.00 RR earned $1.00 RR
Grand Total: $0.48
CVS: Old Spice Deodorant 2/$4.50 coupon for $1.00/2 so $3.50
Kotex Tampons and Pads 2/$10.00 coupons for $1.75/2 so 2/$8.25
Softsoap body wash $4.99 coupon for $1.00/1 so $3.99
Total: $16.67 used $15.00 EBC earned $5.00 EBC
Grand Total: $1.67

Trip to Target

Let's just say I purchased all of this food for $27.75 plus got 1 $5.00 gift certificate from it. So overall I got this all for $22.75!!!! Crazy huh! Needless to say I love couponing and getting groceries and household items for next to nothing! If anyone wants to join me I am all game. It takes alittle bit of homework but it is so worth it in the end. If you can't use something you buy right away then you can either donate it, use it as a gift or keep it until you need it!