Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's a sickness, people.

My sweet friend Jolyn got me REALLY hooked on couponing. She's a real pro at it - I'm learning little by little. It's hard for me to explain the joy I feel when I get a good or REALLY good deal on something. Like I told Jolyn and our friend Stacey (who is also quite good at the whole couponing thing), I squeal inside and come seriously close to dancing out the store. I now look for deals on everything - before, I bought things when they were on sale. Now, I will only buy them when they're on sale AND I have a coupon. It's a sickness, really. But, a good one.

2 Hormel Compleats
1 box Band Aid brand Band Aids
1 St. Ives Apricot Scrub
1 bottle Vaseline deep conditioning lotion
1 Clorox toilet bowl cleaner
1 box Soleil razors

I paid $6.36 for all of this stuff. $6.36 The razors by themselves were $5.29! This stuff came from Kmart - last week, in our area, Kmart doubled coupons up to $2.00! $2.00 off became $4.00 off instantly! That alone makes my head spin.

I paid ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for this. All of this toilet paper was FREE! Each package was a dollar this week at my local Kroger. I had a 50 cents off coupon for each one and Kroger doubles up to 50 cents - that makes it all FREE :)

I've become addicted to this. I never buy anything I won't use. I know of women who will buy 20 bottles of Robitussin just because it's on sale and they have coupons for it. I wouldn't use 2 bottles of Robitussin before it expired, much less 20. I understand donating to charity with stuff like this, but I'd rather buy 3 to donate and use the rest of the money to buy stuff I'd use.

Here are my 2 trips last night (no pictures though - I was too tired to do it by the time I got home and half of it is put away now).

4 boxes of Chex Mix Chocolate Chunk bars - $1.00 EACH - $4.00
2 boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Stickers $1.00 EACH - $2.00

This store doubles coupons up to 50 cents. I had 4 coupons for 50 cents off a box of Chex Mix Chocolate Chunk bars. These coupons doubled to make the bars FREE!

I had 1 coupon for 50 cents off 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit snacks of Fruit Stickers. That coupon doubled to $1.00 off 2 boxes. That made each box 50 cents.

I paid ONE DOLLAR for 6 boxes of snacks for my kids!

Next, on to Walmart.

I bought:

12 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Crackers $1.00 EACH - $12.00
5 boxes of Pillsbury Brownie Mix, Family Sized $1.00 EACH - $5.00
1 box of Lucky Charms - $2.50 (impulse buy..I'll admit it - no coupon)
4 rolls of Bounty paper towels $1.00 EACH - $4.00
1 gallon of Tank milk - $1.98
1 dozen eggs - $.98
1 loaf of bread - $1.52
1 bottle of pancake syrup - $1.79

(The milk, eggs, bread and syrup were Walmart brand)

I paid $20.13 for all of this stuff. The crackers were 50 cents a box. The brownies were 65 cents a box (1 minor mix up - someone had put a cake mix down with the brownie mix and I picked up that instead. The cake mix was 88 cents, but I still got to use the coupon, so I only paid .53 cents. I paid 50 cents for each roll of paper towels.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I've always created my own kind of fun I got some great deals on stuff at Meijer last week, but I won't bore those of you who couldn't care less about this. :) However, I now have enough Capri Suns AND crackers to last me the rest of the school year and well into the summer!

If you're interested in learning more about couponing, go to and register. It's free and you'll learn A LOT. Also, register at The women on that board are AMAZING at this kind of stuff.


Amanda: said...

Woohoo you! I've started to buy extra when it's a good deal to put in the pantry in the basement now that I actually have ROOM to store extra food stuff - our old place was not conducive to buying in bulk and storing some...

You're turning into Tara, LOL!! Love it!

Jennifer said...

What great deals! I also want to squeal and dance when I get a great deal. I have to totally contain myself though, but inside is a different story!