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Coupon coup!! And a Q for you extreme couponers.

July 24th, 2011 at 09:01 am

First, a question: All your extreme couponers out there, I do need some advice. Any tips on getting free or cheap shampoo and body wash? I'm not really brand loyal, but I can't seem to get anything for less than about $1.50. Is that on track??

And on to my tale....

I finally had time to clean out and organize the coupon binder. I've been meaning to do this for months, but we've just been so busy. I'm glad I did!

I had to use a $5 off $35 coupons from my local Kroger today, and I noticed they were having a sale on many of the brands/items we use a lot of (like deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, and laundry detergent.)

After scouring the Sunday Coupon Preview, and the coupons I already have, I managed to make some good matches.

I also decided to change my strategy.

First, I got wild and crazy and bought 4 extra Sunday papers for the coupon inserts. This worked well-- except the ones I bought from the store didn't have the Red Plum insert, just the Smart Source. I'm mad because there was a $1 off my fav shampoo in the red plum. Anyway, I'm wondering if the Red Plum only comes in the home-delivered paper?

Second, I normally clip the coupons I know I will use then leave the rest at home. This time, I brought along my coupon binder. Am I glad I did! I managed to get double coupon plus the good sale on several items, like tampons and hubby's favorite deodorant (usually $3.79, for 69 cents each-- and because I bought extra papers, I was able to buy 4 at that price). Same with body wash, on sale, had $1.00 off and had four coupons. Can you say stock up??

So yeah, while cruising the store, I was able to put those extra coupons to use and score some really great deals for the stockpile. I had been paying full price for just about everything during the whole house buying and selling fiasco, just for lack of time and energy to be smart about coupons and sales. Feels good to be partially back on track!

Anyway, I was thrilled when I saw my receipt. Between the coupons, the store sale, the store coupon, etc. I shaved 51 percent off the bill. And now I have a stockpile of some of our favorite brands, so I can take even more time to buy only when the price is lowest.

Hopefully this can save us some money in the long-term.

7 Responses to “Coupon coup!! And a Q for you extreme couponers.”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Congrats on the savings. Do you have a Big Lots or Dollar General in the area? Even Walgreens frequently has shampoos for around $1.00. If you used a coupon, this might come close to free.

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm not sure if there's a dollar general or a big lots on my side of the city. But I will check.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Good job on the coupon coup!

  4. retire@50 Says:

    you should be able to get shampoo's for under a $1 pretty often. usually around Nov/Dec/Jan you will see rebates making these free. I've never paid for body wash I get it free all the time, you just have to wait for the right combination of sale and coupon to come along. Do you follow any of the blogs that tell you what deals are out there? You might try Money Saving Mom or Hip2Save.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    Thanks. I will check out those Web sites!
    I got enough to last me a while today, so I'll start looking for those free deals.

    Do you get them free through the grocery store or using Walgreens and CVS store bucks?

  6. Maismom Says:

    As Retire@50 said, it really is a timing thing. It sounds like you just started couponing, so watch what's on sale and go with whatever you can score. The best deal I had was when Loreal was issuing BOGO coupons for shampoo/conditioner and $1 off coupon to go with it. Safeway had BOGO for this product. So, I got a bunch of shampoo/conditioner and made $1 on them. (Coupon pays for one, Safeway pays for another, and got $1 off on top of it) I got enough to last for few years so I haven't hunted shampoo/conditioner deal for a while.

  7. retire@50 Says:

    I get them from the grocery store, walmart and walgreens, just have to see where the right deal comes along at.

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