I love saving money... Meteorologist Robb Ellis is calling me Coupon Sally these days! And everyone around here seems to be getting a kick out of my newfound hobby of couponing. But, let me tell you something. If you overspend on something, people will call you a sucker. If you start collecting coupons, people might call you cheap. I don't think I'm either. If a money-saving tool is staring me in the face... then I'm going to at least listen. No suckers here. Besides, the money I save in a week can buy a pair of shoes!
It's actually been a few weeks since I started giving couponing a try. And, thanks to my coupon coach, Mary Beth, I'm off to a pretty good understanding on how to save money at Harris Teeter. And, I've learned a few things along the way, too.
If you're a newbie, a great place to start is www.weusecoupons.com. They'll teach you the VERY basics. I love that website, thanks to MB. She also taught me the best lesson - form a NEW email just for couponing. Mine happens to be
email@example.com, in case you want to send anything my way!
I also look at www.southernsavers.com. They seem to have such a great wealth of knowledge, but they also seem to LOVE CVS. Unfortunately, my Padawan mind can only handle learning about one store at a time. Thinking about CVS' Extra Care Bucks system makes my head want to explode. So, right now, I'm sticking to the H-T.
Again, it can be like drinking water from a fire hydrant. But, I'm going slow.
So... I've bought a few things this week with coupons, but I really wanted to share this deal with you. It's my favorite deal. It's Mueller's Whole Grain spaghetti, which I bought for 18-cents a box. It normally costs $1.75. That means I spent 90-cents on something that would have cost $8.75.
How did I do it?
**The key is to buy something that's already on sale... and then match with a coupon from my arsenal.**
1. The pasta was on sale for Buy 2/Get 3 free.
2. Register you VIC card online (e-vic)
3. I had two coupons, 1 for .55-cents, another for .75-cents. I got one online and the other in a Sunday paper.
[Click here to get a free printable coupon]
4. Know that Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to $1.00... that means I got $1.10 + $1.50 off the two boxes that cost $1.75 each.
5. That means two boxes cost $3.50 minus $2.60 in coupons = .90 cents. And... since I bought two boxes, I got three for free!
6. So, .90-cents divided by 5 = .18 cents a box.
BOOM! Whole Grain pasta is so healthy for you. So, it was money well spent. And... what did I do with my savings? Bought a lottery ticket. Afterall, I'm feeling pretty lucky.
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12/5/2011 08:35:21 am
I hope you got the Free Mariani Banana Chips and Free Muir Glen Tomato Paste too.
12/5/2011 08:36:47 am
You are one of the coolest newspersons, Michelle!
12/5/2011 08:40:42 am
I LOVE to coupon!
Tammy Harris Hodges
12/5/2011 08:41:06 am
I LOVE IT TOO. IT'S ADDICTING ISN'T IT!!!
Tammy Harris Hodges
12/5/2011 08:41:46 am
WALGREEN IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVE AND THE COMMISSARY OF COURSE :)
Tammy Harris Hodges
12/5/2011 08:42:54 am
I am doing it Wednesday from 11-2 or 3 whichever. The first two hours will be teaching and showing all of the sites that I use and being able to explain how to save with a tight budget. Then after the actual class I am going to show how to make a coupon binder.
12/5/2011 08:44:26 am
Wow, Hard to beat that deal. There are so many ways to save money on food these days. Every spring I grow a garden in a 8 x 18 ft space and I grow enough veggies to cover me for almost 5 months a year! Costs $100.00 and a little work. Using the coupons in addition to actually cooking something instead of opening up a package a heating it up can really add to your savings. Packaged food costs 5 to 10 times as much as you can make it yourself for. Example take your .18 cent pasta add in my free veggies squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes and then find a protein on sale with another coupon(there always is) for lets say $3.00 and you have a meal that is healthy and less than $3.20!!! Easy just takes some effort and using the coupons.
12/5/2011 09:01:36 am
The Mariani Banana Chips was in SS 11/20 ($0 .75/1) and The Muir Glen Tomato Paste is IP Here the link http://www.bettycrocker.com/coupons-promotions/coupons/coupons
12/5/2011 12:10:34 pm
ha! raised 3 kids doing this 20 years ago before it was popular...
12/5/2011 12:10:55 pm
What time is dinner served?
12/5/2011 11:48:50 pm
Love all the chatter. I used to do something similar 30 years ago when I had little ones. Now i am retired on a fixed income. Also into organic and healthy food choices which tend to be expensive. Love to learn how to combine healthy living with money savings. Keep me informed, please!
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