A friend of mine was interested in how I use coupons to save money for our family. I figured the best way for her to see what I do was actually show her, so we decided to make a run last night. We met up at Starbucks for some pre-shopping fuel and to talk about how to organize, acquire, use and pair coupons. After we chatted for quite a bit we headed over to target with a huge stash of coupons. To prepare for the trip I had spent quite a bit of time reading some blogs that outlined some of the deals for the week, and also printed off a bunch of online coupons. You never really know how a trip will go till you see what products they actually carry, have in stock, and how good your checker is with coupons. All in all it was a pretty successful trip! I was excited with what I came home with, and even more excited about how much I spent on it.
Here is a rough breakdown of how much my stuff cost.
Cascade rinse agent-Coupon for free item
Cascade gel-$2.50 used store coupon(S.C) and manufacturer coupon(M.C)
Dawn foam-79 cents used M.C
Dawn hand renewal-$1.09 used M.C.
Kraft BBQ sauce-24 cents used M.C
(2) Morning star farms Spicy black bean burgers-$1.29 each after M.C and S.C
All Beef hot dogs-Coupon for free product
Dog teeth cleaning treats-$1.04 after M.C
Earths best-27 cents after S.C
Kotex 36ct-$3.54 after S.C. and M.C
Band aids- 27 cents and 77 cents after M.C and S.C.
Bryers on sale for $2.50 each and if you bought 5 you get a gift card for $5. so….like getting 5 for $7.50
Shredded Wheat-about $4.25 for the three boxes (2)M.C. and S.C
Milk-Free when you bought 3 boxes of cereal!
Archer Farms organic tortilla chips-$1.33 each after S.C
Archer Farms organic mango peach salsa- Free when you bought 2 chips!
Total………..$33.26 minus the $5 gift card from the ice cream
=$28.26 WOO HOO
Total before savings $82.35!
We got lots of products we will use and a few to build up our stock pile. Some are products we are pretty brand loyal to, and some are just things that I got for free or close to free I knew that we could use. I love to have a small stash so we won’t have to pay full or even just sale price when we run out of something.
Time preparing for trip–Sadly it took me a couple hours because I had not organized my coupons lately and spent quite a bit of time looking for and printing coupons online. I had the time though because our trip to the beach with the youth group got rained out. I don’t normally spend this much time preparing for a trip.
Time spent in Target–couple hours. More than normal because we were talking about the deals as we went.
Checker–Male and great with coupons! (I would use him again)…as you coupon you learn that the checker is crucial. Some don’t know hot to ring things up properly, some don’t know their companies policies, and some are just mad that you are getting better deals than they do.
If I continue to post about some of my shopping trips I likely won’t go into so much detail. I just know that I like to see exactly how people are getting their deals so I can refine my game.
Happy Sunday! Its a new week with new deals!
Let me know if you have any questions!