Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Extreme Couponing!

Has anyone seen this show on TLC.  I am officially obsessed.  The only problem is I don't get the channel with our cable.  I spent the other week in Ohio with my family and got hooked on it.  Now I am a coupon clipping fool.  My husband laughs at me when he comes home from work and sees me sitting on the couch, computer next to me and a stack of coupons in my lap.  For anyone else out there who is getting into the coupon craze here are a couple websites I found and love.



both of these sites show the ads for the current week, list the items on sale and the coupons that correspond with them.  Then it shows the price you will pay.  Like last week Walgreens was having a sale and you could purchase Schick Hydro razors for $1.99 after the coupon savings. 

The only problem with getting into the coupon craze is it makes me want to go shopping and right now is not the best time to be spending money.  So in order to justify it in my mind I'm only going to buy the items that are at extremely low prices.  Here's something I didn't know, you can use two coupons on a buy 1 get 1 sale.  I assumed you could only use 1 coupon because the other item is "free".  However what I have learned is even though the other item is "free", you still pay taxes on that item so you can use a coupon with it.  If there are any doubts you can google the Walgreen's coupon policy and it's right there is black and white.  I did read some people have had problems with cashiers accepting the second coupon for the free item but I didn't have any issues when I purchased my 2 Schick Hydro razors and 2 bottles of Schick Hydro shave gel for a total price of $7 for a grand total savings of over $25. SCORE!

Something for you (whoever you are) to think about: every year my mom fills our stockings with items like razors, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, tylenol, etc.  All the things we hate to buy but have to.  I informed her of these websites and that there are many coupons that do  not specify "excludes trial size".  If the coupon doesn't exclude it and its for $1.00 off deodorant and the trial size is $0.97 then you get it for free.  That's one less stocking stuffer pulling money out of your wallet, and we all know how fast those stocking stuffers can blow our Christmas budget.

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