The couponing craze

Recently my friend Sarah began couponing with a passion. In her wisdom she has a discovered a VERY helpful blog that does much of the work for you. In the past I've always been unsucessful at finding coupons on the internet and others deals involving combining several offers. But MoneySavingMom does all of the work for you in one easy to read and informative blog. If she is telling you about a deal involving an internet coupon then the link is right there. She also gives you different senerios for how to save money at a particular store, walks you through rebate offers and other things you might be new at and posts reader's grocery shopping trips for the week.

In Sarah's blog she talks about her recent trips to CVS and Target and the money she saved. Today, since I was on that part of town, I gave it a try. It is the trend on these money saving sites to take pictures of your deals, so here is mine:



Both Sarah and MoneySavingMom describe in detail how you get can get these deals, so I won't do that. But I will say that I spent $5.54 (I will not get back) and got everthing in the above picture (6 regular size Pantene products, each with 2 sample size bottles of shampoo or conditioner; 2 tubes of Aquafresh and 2 Colgate toothbrushes). It did get back two $5 Target gift cards and over $7 in CVS cash register rewards (to be used in 30 days on my next purchase).

The above was fun and maybe a good deal, but my favorite thing about Sarah's research is that she discovered that you can now put coupons on your Kroger card! I've tried that before on the Kroger web site but it wasn't working yet, and now it is! MoneySavingMom has three links on her recent post "Krogering and e-coupons" where with very little work you can upload the coupons to your card. When you click "pay now" at the self check-out the coupons are deducted. MoneySavingMom also says that you can use e-coupons with manufacter coupons from the paper to get even better deals or possibly the item for free! I didn't have the right coupons to combine but I did use the e-coupons to get both Wisk laundry soap, Jake's very expensive shampoo, bread, and english muffins all for the price that I usually pay for the shampoo.

I'm loving having other people in the money saving blogging world help me save money!

5 comments:

pastorwick said...

yup. my wife rocks.

Britney said...

Good Job with the shopping..... I love shopping like this (with coupons and rebates and sales) because it feels like a challenge.... Like "How can I get the most for our money?"
I don't know if you guys have an Aldi's... But this blog has great recipes she posts with ingredients she purchases at Aldis!.... http://www.momadvice.com/aldi/

Good luck with the money saving... And remember to get Wal-mart to price match if you have a circular from another store or super market!

beegracious said...

You've totally got me hooked! I couldn't sleep last night in anticipation of the week's new CVS deals! (or maybe that was just indigestion keeping me up...) =)

laura said...

i'm jealous that you have a CVS Jenn! I'm working the Walgreen's deals. And I've finally gotten smart enough to take my coupons in when I go to Target to cruise the clearance; today I scored things that were 75% off and I had a coupon, so I got something originally 17.00 for 1.24! Usually I miss those deals because I don't have my coupons with me.

dre569mer said...

Wow, good for you! I'm not good with coupons... I'll cut them out and put them in a drawer, then forget about them. Sometimes it just feels like alot of work. I want to just go to the grocery store and pick out what I need instead of hunting for all the bargains. And I'm left with an overdrawn bank account from overspending. I know it's a simple job (using coupons) but I need to get in the habit!