Thursday, May 19, 2011

Not so extreme couponing

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I've had several of you ask if I'm still keeping up with couponing. Yes! I am! Now, I'm not an extreme couponer...though I love that show and wish I could be! Unfortunately, we don't have a Kroger's here (or another similar store that doubles/triples coupons and has a store card) so I don't get the huge super deals.

I think from some of the discussions that I've seen around Twitter the new TLC show has had a negative effect on some people. Like, if you aren't paying a penny for your full months worth of groceries then you're a lousy couponer. Eh. I disagree. I think if you're saving your family anything - from $5.00 a month to $5,000 then you're doing good. That's $5 extra dollars in your pocket!

Today I went to Target because they have coupons on their website that I can stack with my manufactures coupons (for example - I had a Target coupon for Nivea body wash and another one that I clipped out of the paper, so I was able to use them both on that one item). Once I got there I noticed that they were running a special on my Huggies diapers. They were on sale for $19.79 for a big box and if you bought 2 then you also got a $5 Target giftcard. So, I bought 2 boxes, used $7 worth of coupons and also got the giftcard, which I applied to my next purchase. I ended up leaving the store with a total of 4 big boxes of diapers, 1 jumbo box of wipes refills, medicine, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, 2 gifts, desitin, 2 cards, a present bag and a couple of other things for less than $95.00 so I consider that pretty good. The diapers alone would have cost $92.00 if it hadn't have been for the sale and my coupons.

Oh and here's a neat tip - if you use Swagbucks like I do, they now have a coupon section. You can print out coupons just like you would through any other site, but each time you use one, you get 10 swagbucks. I mainly do the search and win and redeem coupons on Swagbucks, and I can usually earn between $25 and $50 worth of Amazon e-gift cards per month which I use to buy my e-books for my Kindle app! If you don't have an account, just click here to get started!
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