Back in January I got back in to the habit of using coupons when grocery shopping and cherry picking sales at a few different stores (Giant and Harris Teeter for groceries and CVS for toiletries). I had been shopping at Walmart for several years and was just spending SO MUCH MONEY and only getting enough food for the week. So, I decided it was time to go back to coupons AND the regular grocery store.
Over a few months I got my stockpile built up nicely. I haven't run out of laundry soap once this whole year and I probably have enough for the rest of 2014 in my basement. The boys always have a nice stockpile of their favorite cereals, snacks and juice (although they don't drink a lot of juice and when they do get it it's cut so much with water .. that probably helps make it last a long time too).
I took a few pictures of some of my "hauls" just to show what is possible with the help of sales and coupons. First is this package of Arnold Sandwich Thins. I got four of these from Harris Teeter several months ago for free. How, you ask? They were on sale BOGO (buy one, get one) and I had two coupons that were also BOGO making them FREE. I froze all but the one pack I was going to use right away and am just now (in AUGUST) using up the last package. So, definitely a good score!
Then I got these deodorants from Harris Teeter for $.50/each. I forget the sale price and the value of the coupons I used, but I know this was possible because of the Super Double Coupons Harris Teeter had going on at the time. Usually once a month Harris Teeter has one week where they double all coupon up to $2 in value. This is HUGE because normally most stores (HT included) will only double coupons up to $.99 in value. So with any $2 off coupon the week they run this deal, you can get $4 off of ONE item. Pretty sweet, huh?!
And, finally ... this was one of my most exciting times couponing thus far. I had done two trips that day. The first (on the left if you're looking at the picture) was at Kmart. Kmart has a rewards card that you can earn $$ off amounts just for shopping there, but that particular day they were giving me a hard time with mine, so I got frustrated and quit pushing the point. Had I been able to use points that I know I had, my total would have only been approx. $5 but instead I ended up paying $10.
Then on the right hand side I went to CVS for this wonderful stuff. Again, it was so long ago, I forget what the sales were and what the coupons were for, but I do know that with the coupons and sales I was able to get all that for $9! NINE DOLLARS! Pretty awesome, huh?!
I've gotten out of the swing of things over the summer because we've been so busy, but I plan to get back to it just as soon as school is back in full force. Don't want my stockpile to dwindle too much!