As I am learning more about couponing I am figuring out that my expectations were to high.
Here are a few things I have earned.
- Most “couponers” still pay for things, they get great deals but not everything is FREE– I thought with coupons you would be stocking up your closets with lots of FREE things. As I have done research that is just not the norm.
- When couponers tell you their FINAL price for an item, it can be a little misleading- An example would be buying 3 tubes of crest toothpaste at target and you get a $5 give card. When these couponers give you their final price they subtract that $5 from what they actually paid. But in actuality that money will go towards their next purchase. YES they are still getting that $5 but not exactly right then and there off that product as I had thought when I would see their final price. And if you are on a tight budget looking for deals you may not have the extra $5 to put out right then on an item that isn’t a need at that moment.
- You have to be REALLY organized to make couponing work for you
- If you are nice to your cashier they will be more than eager to help you out AND possibly give you MORE coupons. A cashier recently gave my a $5 off coupon out of the blue just because we were being friendly.
- You have to keep ALL of your coupon inserts because you never know when a “deal” might be available on something you may not normally buy but will if the price is right.
- Krazy Coupon Lady’s advice is to get to know one store at a time. This is so true if you try to coupon at to many places when you are a beginner, it can be very intimidating. I am currently getting to know CVS’s system and next Target.
- You have to stock up when you can get really good deals so you never have to buy something at regular price!
I went to CVS with my list and coupons, unfortunately I am a beginner so I wasn’t going to get deals and stock up I was on the hunt for things I needed… it 2 took transactions but I got all this for $54 here is the break down of what each item cost after coupons. I don’t feel like I got “steals” but I got some good deals.
- PGE products- $10 cvs bucks when $30 is spent
- Dawn- .97
- Bounty- 9.88 (.25 coupon)=$ 9.63
- 2 Tide 40oz- Sale 5.94 ( $1 coupon) 4.94= $9.88
- 2 Puffs- $1.98
- 3 Old Spice Deodorant- 4 ea ($4 coupons) 2.67ea.= $8
- Aveeno product- Buy 3 get $10 in cvs bucks
- Aveeno Face Cleanser- 7.99 ($1 coupon)= 6.99
- Aveeno Make up remover wipes- 8.49 ($1 coupon)= 7.49
- Aveeno Baby wash- 9.49 ($1 coupon)= 8.49
$10 OFF a $40 purchase at cvs, emailed to me after my last purchase used! Yay
Total spent= $ 43.43 before tax and had $20 cvs bucks to spend on my next purchase
- (2)Dove 6pk- 2 for $14
- Pampers Baby wipes 3pk- $5.99
- Finish Dishwasher Detergent Buy one get on 1/2 off, $6.99 & $3.49
My final cost on this transaction was $10.47 after my $20 cvs bucks was used.
** Looking back I would have done a better job with my second transaction and bought things that were on sale AND had coupons to make the most of my cvs bucks.
“Practice makes perfect” I am learning and definitely getting the system down. Hopefully each week I will have better and better deals to show off.