Hey everyone. Do any of you coupon? I never have really. I tried once a few years ago and then I got annoyed and thought it was stupid to try and save a buck here and there. Then one day a couple weeks ago I was perusing Pinterest and I scrolled past a pin about how to make couponing easy. So, I clicked on it and read a bit and then kinda brushed it off and went to bed. Then a few days ago I got my weekly Harris Teeter savings email and it said they were accepting double coupons for a few days. This basically means any coupon with a value up to $2 would be doubled. So, a potential savings of $4. Not too shabby. So, I woke up early the other morning because I couldn’t sleep and thought I would take a crack at it. I first Googled “Harris Teeter coupon matchups” which populated a number of websites including this one. In about 15 minutes I was able to identify some really awesome deals (ie: items less than a $1 after coupons). Since I have never couponed before I had to rely on finding coupons online (coupons.com). So, I went there next and printed off a bunch that I knew would get me some really discounted items that I either need or will need very soon.
Here’s what I never really caught onto previously that really made a HUGE difference, you can use multiple coupons on the same item. For example, I printed out a coupon for $1 off 1 airwick plugin. Then I printed off another coupon for a $1 off an airwick candle. Then, I printed off a third coupon for $2 off any 2 airwick items. So, I bought the airwick plugin and an airwick candle and got $8 off since Harris Teeter was doubling coupons (($1+$1+$2) x 2). See what I mean?
Anyways, I guess what I am trying to say is that this whole process took me about an hour. I did about 30 minutes of research on coupon matchups for the week and then printed out the coupons from coupons.com. In the end, I paid $101.81 out of pocket and saved $132.82 by using coupons. Obviously shopping during a double coupon promo helped. But, I think that’s pretty good considering I saved more than I spent. And I am a serious rookie. I know a lot of women do this and end up walking away from the store with more money than when they walked in. That is genius but takes a lot of planning. For us super duper busy, working moms I am just happy to know that I saved a bit during a regular grocery trip.
Do you coupon? I would love to hear tricks of the trade.
Keep it lush y’all!