It has been a while since I posted about couponing. I still do it every week but just do not really post about it. I do not consider myself to be an "extreme couponer" but I do like to save money if and when I can. Today I took two trips to my favorite two stores, Publix and CVS. Lucky for me, in my neighborhood they are literally right across the street from each other so I do not waste gas going from store to store for my savings. For those of you who do not quite know how to coupon, take a look at the trip I did today. Let's start with the Publix trip.
Before I begin, let me explain the Publix coupon policy. They double manufacturer coupons up to fifty cents and they also take competitor coupons. Each store has a list of competitors listed in the front of the store either on the front door or at customer service. My store's competitors are Target and Winn-Dixie so if I have a Target or Winn-Dixie coupons I can use them WITH a manufacturer coupon. Also, when they have a BOGO
(buy one get one) sale, you can get one and the item will be half price. Ok, now let's begin.
These powerades were on BOGO sale. They were originally $1.25 each but on sale that makes them $.63 each. The coupon I had for $.25 doubles automatically to $.50 which makes them $.13 each. So I got 2 for $.25!
The ketchup was on sale for $.85 and the coupon doubled to $1 so that makes this ketchup a $.15 moneymaker!! Too bad I only had one coupon, or I could have gotten plenty more to make up some of the difference of what I had to pay out of pocket (oop). I do have plenty of ketchup already though so only getting one is fine with me. Whenever we have cookouts at the house you better believe all I will have to buy is meat. All of the condiments are already in stock!
The hot sauce was not on sale but it was still priced pretty good and I had a coupon so I got it anyway. The coupon doubled to $.70 so that brought it down to $,59 each. I got four of these (I put hot sauce on just about everything!).
The same happened with the worcestershire sauce. It was not on sale but when the coupon doubled to $.80 it made them only $.49 each. I got four of these since I was completely out.
After coupons I paid $16.80 total! If I had no coupons and nothing I got was on sale, my total would have been $51.03. So, $16.80 was over half off! I saved over $34. Now see how easy that was?
Where do you get your coupons? I get them online and from my paper. My father also gets the Sunday paper every week and he always gives me all of his coupons.
How do you know what is on sale? I look at the sale paper every week online.
I always want things that are not on sale, how do you know what you want will be on sale? I don't! I shop according to what is on sale that week. If it is on sale and I know I will eventually need it, I buy it then instead of waiting until I am completely out and having to pay full price without coupons. The only thing I pay full price for is my meat and fresh fruits because those items rarely have coupons.
What site do you get your coupons from? I love (www.southernsavers.com) and (www.thekrazycouponlady.com). These sites list each store, the sale for that store, and the items that have coupons online. They make it very easy so you do not have to do all of this on your own.
Now that you have the basics you can now start couponing for yourself! Now go out there and save you some money!!! Happy couponing!