A great way to save money these days is by using coupons. I have to admit, I never use to think that using coupons would actually help save you money until a few months ago. I discovered, through a family friend, that using coupons is actually one of the easiest ways to save money. After she gave me some resources and showed me her stockpile, I was sold. Even then, I didn’t take couponing seriously because I didn’t have the time for it and was so busy with school.
My dad recently lost the house, so we are currently in the middle of moving everything out and into the house my sisters used to live in. I knew that there had to be some way I could help out, and that’s when I thought, “Hey, I can start couponing!” I tried explaining to my parents that you shouldn’t be embarrassed to use coupons, especially ones that will help you get things for free. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to save money.
The key to couponing is to wait for a sale and a store promotion and then stack it with a coupon for optimal savings. Starting a stockpile, even a small one, is a great way to save money, too. If you buy in bulk while a product is on sale, you won’t have to buy it later at a higher price. This week, I made a resolution that I would help my parents save more money on groceries using coupons.
Let’s Break It Down:
At CVS I bought: 9 bottles of Pantene ProV Shampoo, 8 bottles of Dawn Dish Liquid, 12 bars of Ivory Soap, 4 Nivea Lip Balms, and 2 Colgate Toothpastes. My total retail value was $65.97! This is what we would usually pay for all of these items- something that has got to stop. After store promotions and my coupons, I only paid $5.97! A savings of 90% Can you believe that? I sure couldn’t. And neither could my mom when she saw me come home with all of these and my receipts.
At Target I bought: 2 packs of Poise Hourglass Pads, 4 Aquafresh Toothpastes, and 4 UP2U packs of gum. My total retail value was $34.42 and I ended up paying only $13.42 after store promotions and my coupons. I even got back a $5 Target Gift Card, bringing my total down to $8.42! A savings of 75% I was mostly excited about the Poise Hourglass Pads deal, no doubt.
At Kroger I bought: 4 Tide Detergent, 8 Old Spice Deodorant, 8 Covergirl Eye Shadow, and 4 Softsoap Hand Soap. My total retail value was $64.40 and I ended up paying just $21 after store promotions and my coupons. I saved 67% on that trip. Lastly, at Walgreens I bought: 1 Cottonelle 12-pack Toilet Paper, 2 Nivea Body Wash, and 4 boxes of Fiber One Cereal. My total retail value was $22 and I only paid $6 after sales and my coupons. A savings of 72%
So How Did I Do?
My total retail value for everything I bought this week was $198 (including tax). I only paid $43.90! So that means that I saved my parents $154 (or 78%). My parents were so proud. They actually used to make fun of the fact I would clip coupons each week saying that I was wasting my time. Well, I think I have them convinced now that you can save so much on groceries using coupons. And in just one week, too! I loaded up these groceries and put them in our new stockpile room in our house. I’m hoping to see it grow each week, and save my parents more money.
Do you coupon? What is your favorite couponing trip? I’d love to hear about it!