Wednesday, May 25, 2011
My cabinets, freezer, and fridge are thoroughly filled right now and that means I'm free from grocery shopping for a while except for things that we may run out of (milk, my Greek yogurt, etc.) thanks to triple coupons at Harris Teeter.
It's such a great feeling to know that I have saved so much money and that I can budget in extra clothes (bought on sale and with coupons as well) or other things that I or my family needs that we have to purchase.
I was able to use a competitor's coupon yesterday from another store at Harris Teeter and that saved me an additional $5 off my order. This was my largest amount paid to date with triple coupons ($20) but I got 3 large packages of toilet paper (on sale and had coupons that were tripled) that helped to bring me up to $25 (after all my regular coupons were taken off) and then I got $5 off with that coupon.
My totals every day have been under $10 so I was fine with a larger bill yesterday. Of course toilet tissue isn't all that I bought, I had lots more items included in that total, but I tried to buy things that we would use and that wouldn't sit around for a long time such as yogurt for the kids, dental floss, etc.
I stopped by Wal-Mart on my way home and picked up some Band-Aids (not that brandI bought, but another brand) that were on sale for $1 and I had coupons so got them for 45 cents a box vs. regular price of around $2.50 a box. Not bad for them not offering double or triple coupons at Wal-Mart, LOL.
I plan to save more money today and stop by my favorite discount bread store and hopefully get some whole wheat bread for 99 cents a loaf as we are getting low on that. I'm not wasting gas as it is not far from my home and we have an orthodontist's appt. anyway so I will pass the store on my way home.
We have finished up a lot of our school books so far and only have a few more chapters left in some of their subjects (we home school) so I suppose I'll be ordering their test (required by our state when you home school) soon. We'll just need to do a little review to help my son in particular (who has memory issues) to get ready for it and then I think we will take a week or two off in June so that their teacher (me, LOL) and the kids can get a much needed break.
My daughter wants to get a new hairstyle and I'm waiting patiently for a hair cutting coupon to come in the mail hopefully in the near future (see, I told you I hate paying full price for anything, LOL).
I want this to be an exciting and fun summer for them and for me and I hope we can find lots of low-cost activities to take advantage of this summer. I know we plan to go to a drive-in with our home school group if we can find a great family movie, go swimming in a public pool near our home, go roller skating, etc.
This is the first summer that I can remember looking forward to and I know it has a lot to do with my new self-image and my wanting to do more thing now that I've lost the weight I set out to do. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and I'm so happy I got over my fear and took the plunge.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I went triple couponing at Harris Teeter yesterday and while I was in the frozen food section looking through my coupon box, a very loud woman and I suppose her husband came through the middle of the aisle and the man made a comment about all the couponers.
The woman made a rude comment about how annoying couponers were, etc. loud enough that I could hear her as well as another couponer (who like me had pulled her buggy way over so she didn't block anyone while she looked at her coupons) . The other couponer looked at me with an annoyed look on her face and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud at the rudeness of the non-couponer.
I told the other couponer that we'd be laughing our way past the register and to the car after we got our total paid and the other lady would be paying an arm and a leg as it is normally a very expensive store.
The other couponer told me that we should make sure we got in front of her in line to make her hate us even more, but of course we didn't and just laughed it off.
A friend on Spark People wanted me to mention how I organize my coupon box/album but it's really such a personal thing that there really is no wrong or right way to do that. When I say personal, I don't mean I'm trying to hide how I do my organizing, it's just that my way of organizing my coupons might not work for how you organize yours.
I know lots of people use notebook binders and baseball card inserts for their coupons, but ever since I was single (a very long time ago) I've used a plastic coupon box that I found decades ago. It's still working for me and I've used it for so long that I tend to not go with the new style of organizing my coupons like most people do today. It's on it's last leg and has a small crack and is missing a piece of plastic on it, but it still works well and until it bites the dust, I'll be using it for years more.
Since I can't find those coupon boxes anywhere I guess I"ll either be forced to go the binder/baseball card insert route or order from a site I saw a few years ago that carries them. My coupon box is rectangular in shape and has a latch at the end that is nearest to you.
I buy posterboard and make my own dividers when they start to wear out from use and I have my categories such as frozen divided into sub-categories to make it easier for me to find a particular coupon since I usually have so many coupons in my coupon file box.
For example, in the dairy section I have a dairy divider and behind that I have Dairy-Bread, then Dairy-Butter, then Dairy-Cheese. Same thing with frozen stuff, I have Frozen, then Frozen-Bread, Frozen-Pizza, Frozen-Vegetables/Fruits, etc.
I pull my coupons out that I plan to use for that particular day and for that particular week and clip them with a clothes-pin. I have several clothes pins in my coupon box because it keeps the coupons I plan to use as well as the ones I"m definitely using together and if in the middle of looking they fall out of my coupon box, I can hear them fall on the floor and they don't just float away nowhere to be seen again. It also keeps me organized.
Almost every day I check the websites I mentioned a few blogs ago and see what everyone is buying in case there are new deals that I didn't find or wasn't aware of at the particular store I plan to shop at. I print any new internet coupons that the major coupon companies release that are good for me to use that go around and make sure that I go to my Harris Teeter website and save the E-coupons (electronic coupons) as they constantly update them with new ones. I can use regular coupons and an E-coupon on the same item.
For instance, I bought 4 boxes of Cheerios cereal that were regularly $4 a box yesterday. There is no way I'd pay that much for cereal!! They had a special at HT (Harris Teeter) that if you bought 4 boxes at once you got $4 off. That made each box $3. I still wouldn't pay that much for a box of cereal either, that to me is crazy expensive!!!
I had 75 cents coupons for each box of cereal and since it was triple coupons I got $2.25 off each box, making them 75 cents each! Now that's more like it!!! To make it even better I had saved E-coupons (electronic coupons) from the Harris Teeter online site and it took off 75 cents off two boxes of cereal I bought.
My total so far was $3 for 4 boxes of cereal (75 cents x 4) and then I had $1.50 taken off with e-coupons which made my total for 4 boxes of cereal $1.50 OR 37 cents a box!!!! It would have been cheaper than that had I bought 4 different kinds of cereal since I had a lot of e-coupons saved, but it only took off 2 of them since I bought 2 Multi-Grain Cheerios and 2 Cinnamon Burst cereals.
So who is the annoying couponer who pays 37 cents a box instead of $4??? Me!!!!
Updated to say my total for everything I bought yesterday (forgot how much my total was in the beginning, but I know it was between $55-$65) was $9 after all was said and done.
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