June 27, 2013

on moderate couponing (that may be bordering on the extreme)...

 photo moderate_zps23874d40.jpg couponing stuff…don't hate.
To preface this post, I will have you know that my marathoning husband is going to be the one partaking in the above ridiculously-sugary cereal, and not my child. Just so you don't think I am the worst parent in the world. I may be the worst wife, encouraging such business, but you know. The man works hard and deserves a little sugar. Wait, what? I forgot where I was going with this…

Anyway, I've been slowing down (like, way down) with my weekly shopping trips, now that I have what some may call a "stockpile" of necessities going on. (We have a small place, so our stockpile is also quite small, but I still like to call it that so I feel legit.) I've cut out my weekly Target couponing trips, which is probably a good thing for many reasons (a-hem, clearance racks that always distract me). However, I've been going strong with my weekly grocery trips to Vons (where I do all my food shopping, continuing to save 40-50% or more at each trip) and also hitting up CVS every week or two.

The above photo shows what I purchased at CVS earlier this week. The products retail for just under $40. Would you like to know how much I paid for them? Twelve cents. TOTAL.

Which is, obviously, why I felt the need to take a photo and then share my victory with the world. When I got home, I looked at my husband and plainly stated, "I'm sorry, but I'm actually going to take a photo of this stuff for my blog. I give you permission to judge."

Now, if I'm being completely fair, I technically paid $5.12 for everything. I used $5 worth of ExtraBucks for this purchase, and when I'm using ExtraBucks to pay for something, I consider them "real" money, as opposed to when I earn them and count them as extra savings. You kind of have to figure out which end you're going to consider them as savings, otherwise you will end up deducting them from your total when you receive them, and also when you use them. Which makes you feel like you're saving more when you actually aren't. A rule I totally broke with the whole twelve-cents thing. 

Okay, as I'm rereading it, that entire paragraph seems confusing, and I just tried to break it down in my head to figure out how to properly explain it, but it's not going to happen.

Let's just say that I paid only twelve cents, because it makes me feel cooler, and it makes me feel less like I'm trying to explain algebra.

All of these deals are actually still going on this week, and here's the post I referenced to put my shopping trip together! I was also able to use a $5 off coupon that I received via email, which is why my total even lower than I expected. It's also worth mentioning that I received $12 worth of ExtraBucks on this purchase—which I counted as savings for this trip, and will be using as cash for my next shopping trip.

So, there is my couponing excitement for the week. Can I get a slow clap?

11 comments :

  1. Have you heard of the app "snip snap"? It's basically communal couponing - other people cut them out and take pictures and then you can "snip" them and redeem through the phone. This probably won't help your stockpiling, but I paid $1.30 for an iced coffee from Starbucks the other day.

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    1. Oh, sweet! Thank you for sharing! The second I get a fancy phone (sometime this summer; crossing my fingers) I am totally going to get that app.

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  2. *Slow clap* Please keep these couponing posts coming. We're moving this weekend, re-doing our budget, starting to meal plan, and basically trying to GET OUR LIFE TOGETHER, so I totally appreciate all of these tips!

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  3. Please please please keep these coming! I love hearing about other people's success because I am a college student who tries very hard to save every penny (I'm trying to buy a car) Share your tricks please! :)

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I feel like a weirdo blogging about couponing nowadays, but I seriously can't keep it to myself (and my husband is so tired of hearing my stories, I'm sure). :)

      And all your comments have really made me smile—thank you for taking the time to leave them! It makes me laugh that you went all the way to the beginning of my blog…please don't hold me responsible for anything I may have written five years ago…some of that stuff is totally embarrassing in hindsight! ;)

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  4. We don't really do couponing in the uk but I wish we did. Although I may become a little bit too obsessed with it
    Also this post put a smile on my face x

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  6. So are you just not too picky about what brands of say, razors you use? Or are have you been able to find coupons for the brands you would normally buy? That's my fear with couponing--that I'd end up buying things I wouldn't normally and that would kind of defeat the purpose...

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    1. Actually, I've never been brand-loyal with these sorts of products (except for my facewash and facial scrub, which I'm sure to stock up on when the price is right!). I've been getting a much wider variety of brands (from toothpaste to shampoo to lady products) but it doesn't bother me because I'm still spending less than when I'd run in for a pack of cheaper razors every few months. I'm getting better quality stuff for less money now! And, actually, I rather enjoy trying a variety of different brands that I probably wouldn't have tried in the past. It's kind of fun!

      As far as getting stuff I wouldn't normally buy, I definitely struggled with that at the beginning. I'm much better at keeping myself accountable, especially now that I've stocked up on so much.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! I'm happy to answer. :)

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  7. I've been watching a lot of Extreme Couponing (okay, I watched both seasons in the span of like, a week -- I'm on summer break right now!) and this is like SO IMPRESSIVE to me. I just have no desire to sit down and actually try it, but definitely a slow clap is deserved.

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  8. I've been super inspired by you lately. One day I'll try to start doing it myself, I hope!

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