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.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I'm so incredibly sleepy and feel foggy, but it was a great day/night for me yesterday. My husband had a doctor's appt. (he's taking care of his diabetes situation and keeping on top of that which is great) yesterday morning and took the day off from work as well. He did the schooling with the kids and I got to run to the mall to look at clothes at JC Penny, go triple coupon shopping at Harris Teeter (without kids, yippee!!!) and run to Sam's Club which was awesome since I usually have to go there on the weekend and it's a mad house.
I got a pair of black dress pants, nice dressy shirt, and another pair of Lee's capri pants, all of which were on sale (of course) at JC Penny and I had a $10 off $50 coupon so did a great job getting my clothes pretty cheap.
I had a great outcome at Harris Teeter as well and my total came to $5 after all the coupons were taken off (I believe it was around $50 some dollars before coupons and e-coupons) so I was thrilled with my total money paid.
The play was great last night. It was for the mom's in our home school group only, so it was just us women. We got free entry because one of the mom's had free tickets because she has season passes and we really enjoyed ourselves.
One of the members in our group and I parked our cars across from the theatre so we walked out together to our cars after it was over and ended up talking on the street until almost 12:30 a.m.!!!!!
It's funny because she used to buy curriculum from me years ago when I was selling things online but we were never in a home school group together, but now she is in my and my friend's group. Her daughter and my daughter have become very close and the great thing as well is that she (the mom) and I have so much in common that we talked for hours without realizing how late it was.
It was amazing how much we had in common and that's very uncommon coming from my "crazy" background, LOL. She mentioned that it seemed like I didn't have issues on the outside (meaning my weight) due to all the emotional issues of my past like she did and I had to tell her that I was definitely a recovering emotional eater and that I had been almost 200 pounds at one point.
I think the extremely long talk we had helped us both and it was a great experience.
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