I add the “sort of” to my title because, while I love using coupons, I am not the type of extreme coupon user that has 2 storage units in the back yard full of all the stuff that I was able to get for cheap (or free) just because I could…..whether I needed it or not. But I do kind of get a thrill out of manipulating the sales to get a good deal on something. And so I thought that, for today’s NaBloPoMo entry, I would share my couponing shopping trip that I took this morning.
This picture represents all the stuff that I was able to get for $51.79 at my local Harris-Teeter this morning. In case you can’t tell from the picture, this is what I got:
1 box of Corn Chex
1 box of Rice Chex
1 box of Honey Nut Chex
1 small bag Kibbles N Bits
12 pack of cans of Diet Dr. Pepper
1 box Kleenex hand towels
5 jars of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
2 bottles Febreeze fabric refresher
2 cans Febreeze Air Effects freshener
2 boxes of Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups (12 count)
3 boxes of Starbucks Coffee K-Cups (10 count)
1 box Tampax Radiant tampons
2 bags Luden’s Sore Throat Drops
1 bottle Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1 bottle Johnson & Johnsons Head to Toe baby wash
2 bottles of Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice Creamer
1 Crest ProHealth toothpaste
1 Aquafresh Extreme clean toothpaste
2 bags Nestle Tollhouse Semi-sweet morsels
2 bags Nestle Tollhouse Milk Chocolate morsels
I will admit that there were a few things that I didn’t need, but the things that I don’t need were either free or cheap and they do serve a purpose. For example, the Johnson & Johnson baby wash…..I don’t have a baby, but I do have a 7 week old niece. After being on sale and using the coupon, I got this item for $0.25! If my brother and sister-in-law don’t need it, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have at my house or to take to my parents’ house in case it would ever be needed when babysitting, etc. Another thing that I don’t need are the 2 tubes of toothpaste that I got. However, after sale price and coupons, I got both of those items completely free. I’ll be making up some shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in the next few weeks and plan on using those in my boxes.
I was definitely most excited about the K-cups that I got on this trip. The Green Mountain brand are normally $9.45 per box and I got them for $4.97 per box and the Starbucks cups are normally $10.39 per box and I got them for $3.99 per box. If I would have bought them at the regular price, then my total for just the coffee would’ve only been about $1.50 less than what my entire total was this trip.
To wrap it up, when looking at my receipt, my original total was $156.77. The total dropped down to 108.01 when all of the VIC savings (these are the store’s weekly sales/specials) were applied. And then I used my coupons….which the store was tripling coupons up to $1.00….and got my final total of $51.79. As the cashier hands me my receipt, she said, “you saved $104 today.” I will admit that those words brought a satisfied smile to my face.