Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Might Become Krazy After All

So a few weeks ago, one of my readers asked about couponing to save money. I proudly asserted that I don't use coupons. Who has the time?
Well, then I (quite literally) stumbled across a few youtube videos about "krazy" coupon ladies and I thought: Maybe I should give it a try.
I've only been couponing for three weeks, but I've been very impressed with the little bit I've been able to save so far.
Here's this week's CVS and Walgreen's deals I made:

6 boxes Granola bars- $1 each
4 bottles of Dove Shampoo + 2 men's deodorant- 58c each
Suave Professionals shampoo- 83c
Suave Professionals conditioner- 83c
4 family-size bottles Softsoap body wash- $1 each
2 tubes Nivea lipbalm- 50c each
1 box Coldcalm homeopathic- free
1 pkg. Huggies Little Movers diapers- free

$16.15 for all of it

Edited to add: Oh nuts, I forgot the candy. I got a big bag of Pretzel M&Ms, a big bag of snack-size Twix, and a big bag of snack-size Three Musketeers for $1 total. And Halloween hasn't even happened yet!

Not too shabby. Here's what I've learned:

  • They used to charge for someone to match up the sales with the coupons (i.e. Grocery Game). (That's how you save the big bucks.) Now that info is free, via sponsored websites. I get all my info at The Krazy Coupon Lady.
  • I don't have to pay for 6 copies of the Sunday paper to get all the coupons I need. Monday afternoon, there are gobs of coupon inserts still in the plastic wrap sitting at the top of the newspaper recycling bins at the elementary school a few blocks from home. Takes us 3 minutes to save $18 on papers.
  • My kids LOVE helping with this, which makes the task that much easier and more fun.
  • It does take time. So does my husband's job. But he never complains about not having the time to go to work. Both jobs bring money. We're both willing to work for money. ;)
So, I may be a new coupon convert. I'm giving it three months before I decide. But I'm so happy with the dividends already; I don't foresee quitting any time soon.

10 comments:

~Stephanie said...

Just got back into couponing too.

heartchild said...

I have been on a mini coupon hiatus but am planning to get back in the game this week. We save so much. You did great!!!

NewKidontheBlogg said...

Smile! I was the one who asked this question!

Hugs,
Carol

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

hi
Ginger, I am still not convinced. I don't use body wash, or Dove shampoo or granola bars. The shampoo we use is about the same price of the Dove one you got without having to worry about cutting coupons. My DH only uses one type of Deodorant because it is hypoallergenic.

I agree that couponing can be a good thing, but A LOT of times, A LOT of times, people are buying stuff they don't need. How much toiletries does one actually need?? And all that processed packaged stuff???

But if it works for you, go for it!! :)

Ginger said...

You certainly don't have to do it. I'm not twisting anyone's arm. ;)

I also used to think you could only get processed foods with coupons. That was before I started getting the canned veggies and frozen fruits & veggies at half the price.
Keep in mind, this is only one week's purchases.
I have yet to buy anything I didn't need, although I do know plenty of women who buy blood glucose meters for pennies and donate them to their local nursing homes.
Last week I got Tom's of Maine deodorant for $1 each. I was pretty thrilled with that.
Oh and the razors! Good grief, I never pay for razors anymore. You may not use bodywash or diapers, but do you shave your legs with a kitchen knife? hehehe

Ginger said...

BTW, where do you get shampoo for 50c? I'm in!!

Kidcraze said...

Free diapers? Really? You have my interest. I may just have to click over to that website and see what I am missing here.

MommaofMany said...

You put me to shame...you are always finding new ways to save!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

hey, Ginger, you don't want to know how I shave my legs!!! Ha :)

Anyway, I read once on your blog you talking about natural antibiotics. What is it that you use and would it work for an infected fingernail??

thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. :)

PS the Community Center in my town is offering a class on couponing. Should I take it?? :)

Ginger said...

Tereza,

1. Ok, then I don't. lol
2. Look in the tutorials tab for GSE. That's our antibiotic of choice. Full info there.
3. {blush} You're welcome.
4. I'm not answering that. I wouldn't want to be accused of twisting anyone's arm. ;) ;)