Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Snap, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.
If you are new here and unfamiliar with my weekly What I Spent & Saved posts, it probably is helpful to understand a bit about how I shop. I do something called stockpile shopping. This simply means that when I see an item at rock bottom prices that I regularly use or know that I can use, I’ll buy several of it. This might seem kind of crazy, but it honestly saves me hundreds of dollars a year! Simply put, by buying 6 bags of frozen veggies when I can get them for $0.50/bag with a coupon and sale instead of paying the full price of $1.50, I save $6.00. This savings adds up pretty quickly! Want to know more about this kind of shopping? Up until recently I blogged at Parents.com and one of my readers wrote a great post for me there about 5 Tips to Spend Less but Get More.
I also buy meats and veggies in bulk. The meat I either can or freeze and then obviously have it on hand whenever I need it. I buy large quantities of fruits and veggies when they are in season and I can get them at really great prices. By canning or freezing them, I save a lot and we are able to enjoy great produce for less cost all year long. I do still buy some fresh fruits and veggies too. In fact, every 7 to 10 days I go to our local farmer’s market and get several heads of lettuce so that we can enjoy salads at least 4 times a week.
I hope that helps you make sense of some of this. I realize at first glance it can really look like we eat rather strangely! Of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments! I’ll be more than happy to try to answer them.
I mentioned last week that we are currently away for 6 weeks while my husband teaches at a small Bible school for young adults. The school is located about 30 minutes from most major stores, which of course limits my deal shopping! Thankfully, there is a nice Giant store only 10 minutes away so I don’t have to take a total break.
At first when I looked at the deals for Giant this week I wasn’t sure it was even worth going out. But then my friend Esther posted about this amazing deal on diapers and I knew that barring an emergency, I had to go and do it! It was definitely very helpful in building my diaper stockpile.
Saved with Coupons: $41.51
Saved with Sales: $29.39
Total Saved: $70.90
Please excuse the poor quality and missing images. I somehow deleted a bunch of my pictures and the few I was able to retrieve were of poor quality. 🙁
So, the Huggies deal. It was a tiny bit complicated, but really, not that hard to do. (This is why I absolutely LOVE coupon sites like Esther’s to help keep things easy. They do all the work for you and show you exactly what you need to buy and what coupons to use etc. If I had to figure it all out on my own, I’d never be able to do it all!)
Basically, the deal combined a regular sale, a sale where you had to buy $30 worth of Huggies products to get $7 off, a promotion where you had to buy $30 worth of products to get a $10 catalina coupon, coupons and a $5/$30 Saving Star offer. In order to maximize the savings, I had to do three transactions. That is where I love using self checkout because I can easily do my separate transactions and keep my eye on everything as it rings up. I also usually am not holding anyone up when I’m at self checkout and that is important to me. I really don’t like being a pain to other shoppers because of my couponing!
Anyway, had I bought all of the Huggies products at regular price I would have paid $97.41. But after combining the different sales, promotions and coupons I only paid $20.91! That is a savings of 77.41! Seriously. I haven’t done a deal this good in a long time, at least not one that didn’t involve Giant’s gas rewards promotions.
Just because I get a kick out of this sort of thing, I did the math and figured out that it came to $2.32 a package- and these were big packages. In actuality it is like paying about $1.16 for a regular size pack of diaper and $0.77 for a regular size pack of wipes. My usual “buy” price is $5 for diapers and $1 for wipes, so this was super good.
I also was able to get some free Cheerios by combining coupons and sales as well as 2 Glade candles. I had seen that there was a catalina printing on some other Glade products, but couldn’t find them. However, I saw these “Christmas” candles on clearance and decided to try them and see if they also printed the catalina. Sure enough they did! So I actually ended up making $0.32 on them after it was all said and done. Had I been on top of things, I could have gotten another one for free as well. There is a Checkout 51 offer for Glade products and I thought it was $1.25/2 and it actually was $1.25/3.
I’m grateful for the two that I was able to get though. I love burning candles, especially during the winter months. Funny thing is, I love them but often kind of forget about lighting them. My husband likes them though too and he often will be the one that actually lights them. We were down to only one small one and my cheap side hates spending money on them since they aren’t a necessity. I had planned to go ahead and buy a couple though but just hadn’t gotten it done. But God took care of that for me and provided me with some free ones! 🙂
- 3 Huggies diapers $18.99 each
– used $2.00 Huggies diapers printable coupon
– used two $3.00 Huggies diapers printable coupons
- 6 Huggies wipes $5.99 each
– used four $1.50 Huggies diapers printable coupons
– used two $0.50 Huggies wipes printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
– got back $5.00 via Saving Star for purchasing $30 worth of Huggies wipes
- 2 Glade candles $1.59 (on clearance)
– used two $1.00 Glade coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
- Cheerios $1.49
– used $0.50 Cheerios printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
– used $1.01 Cheerios in-ad coupon (had to spend $25.00 to use)
– got back $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing Cheerios
- Two $10.00 Catalina coupons received for purchasing $30 worth of Huggies
- $1.50 Catalina coupon received for purchasing two Glade products
- Three $7.00 instant savings for purchasing select Huggies products
- Three $10.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing $30 worth of Huggies products (received at checkout)
– redeemed two of these as seen above under Other Coupons/Savings
- $1.50 Catalina coupon for purchasing 2 Glade products (received at checkout)
– used on second transaction as seen above under Other Coupons/Savings
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