Hey, have you heard about these crazy coupon people? Who can got to the supermarket and walk out with a cart load of stuff for 2 dollars? Of course it’s 47 bottles of A1 sauce on the buy one get one and they got up at 4am to scour the neighborhood recycle bins on garbage day for coupons for each and every one of them, but hey, they have enough for the church BBQ!
I don’t know, in this economy, people are trying things they wouldn’t normally, and I am a bit of a freak of number crunching, so I thought I would try it. Plus I enjoy the thrill of a bargain hunt. When I went to the Guatfest in October I got a business card for two Moms who have adopted kids from Guatemala that run a website called Stockpiling Moms. Check them out here: http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/
They have a Stockpiling 101 section where you can get some information on how it works and the lingo. Apparantly you have to get the coupons each week, but don’t cut them up and take just the ones you like, you keep them in a folder, and when the items come up on a BOGO (buy one get one) or at a great sale price, you combine that with the coupon, and get a super deal. They alert you via email on the good deals each week. There are coupon clipping services where you can buy coupons, and all sorts of places to print them out. Of course in the beginning I think it takes a little longer to get the hang of it, plus sometimes they’re referencing coupons that I didn’t save because I hadn’t started. I also found another website called Iheartpublix.com, since the ladies from the other website are in another state and don’t match up to the same stores.
So I went to Publix on Sunday, and here’s what I got:
- 4 (large size) boxes of Honey nut cheerios (Carlitos’ favorite) on the BOGO, and I had $1 off 3, plus a $.55 off 1 – so at $4.99 per box, I paid $8.45 for 4 boxes.
- 2 boxes Barilla plus pasta BOGO at $2.19
- 4 Boxes Poptarts (which I would never usually buy, ok, here’s the slippery slope, I swear we are going to save them for snacks) BOGO plus a coupon $1 off 3. So net $.95 per box.
- 2 Quaker Oatmeal on BOGO plus 2 $1 coupons- net paid $.42 a box!
- 2 6 packs of Motts single serve applesauce, BOGO
- 2 Yakisoba teriyaki noodle dishes (BOGO at $.79, with a $.50 off – net $.15 per box!
- 1 gallon of milk
- 1 savoy cabbage
- 4 boneless pork chops
- 1 roast beef
- sour cream
- and a $3 package of finger lights to entertain my assistant. He was good.
I had a coupon for $5 off your $50 purchase from Albertsons, which is accepted at my Publix, they are considered a competitor. So all of that for a grand total of $40.38.
At the bottom it tells you your savings, which was $37.28, so I saved 48%! Wow!
Yesterday I went to CVS and Wags (oh, don’t you know, that’s what we call Walgreens, we stockpilers, hehe). That is slightly more complicated, I’ll tell you about it another time.
All in all, it was fun. I can see myself getting a little compulsive, in search of just one more coupon, but it definitely suits my number-crunching, bargain hunting self. I don’t know if it fits with my goal of decluttering and simplifying things here, I guess I’ll just try not to get carried away. And I’ll have to work on a deal on paper and ink if I’m going to have to start printing out a whole lot of coupons now 🙂