More “paying less for food” savings! I’m not an extreme couponer. At all. I do okay at coupons. My main sources are:
- Krazy Coupon Lady
- Money Saving Mom
- Passionate Penny Pincher
Once I go through my ads, find out what I want to buy, I look to see if there is a coupon that matches it. Occasionally, I’ll see a great coupon and wait for those items to go on sale in the future.
Great coupon + great price = wonderful deal!
Here’s what I love:
Target – they let you use 2 coupons for 1 item – as long as one of the coupons is theirs. So, if there’s a $3.00 Pampers coupon and a $2.00 Pampers Target coupon, I get $5.00 off the one item! If you wait and buy diapers when they’re having their “buy 2 boxes, get a $15 giftcard” and use coupons, then you’re really saving some serious cash! Target, I’ve found, doesn’t have great prices on food and such, but they are my #1 source (so far) on diapers and formula.
Get more coupons – Sometimes stores have sales where you have to buy 3 items, then you get the discount price. If that’s the case, then I try to get my hands on 3 copies of the coupons. CVS does this often. Spend $15 on Head & Shoulders, get $5 back. It’ll take 3 bottles to get to $15, so I look for 3 $1 off coupons. Instead of spending $15, I’m really only out $7 (plus tax) since I have $3 in coupons and get $5 back.
Buy One, Get One — When you have a “Buy 1 item, get 1 item free”, you’re still buying 2 items. Which means you can still use 2 coupons!
I don’t save an insane amount of money on coupons each week – I’m just not that good at recognizing deals. And I also don’t take advantage of some of the deals where you have to buy lots of an item – we just can’t eat things that fast with only 2 people in the house.
But coupons definitely help. Especially on building my stash of diapers and toiletries!