Saturday, April 13, 2013

How Much Is Too Much?

This morning, I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep.  I had this wonderful dream that I was shopping.  Every item I needed to buy had a flyer on a string next to it, that pointed out where the coupon was that I could use to get the item for free.

That dream isn't too far from the truth.  I've found many websites that will do a coupon matchup for stores that I frequent.  They tell me what deals that week are good, and which coupon combinations to get  really low prices and sometimes free items.  Not only that, they tell you where to get the coupons, and if it's an online one, then there's a link.

For example, the coupon matchup for Walgreen's next week shows that I can get free Kotex tampons, Crest mouth rinse and Sunkist pop for free, after register reward points.

Coupons are probably part of the reason I couldn't get back to sleep.  I kept thinking that there was a coupon insert in our weekend Wall Street Journal outside, and needed to go get that.  I am not a morning person, so I have been drowsy on and off the rest of the day because of this early rise.

My husband is pretty supportive, or at least he's finding the humor in all this.  When I say we need something, he asks, "do you have a coupon for it?"  Today we spent some time cleaning out an area for the beginning of our stock pile.

I think there's something wrong with me, though.  I am constantly thinking about coupons.  How to get them, what stores have the best matchups and what can I get for free.  In fact, I keep turning away from offers that may net me a 50-75% savings because I want to wait until they're free.  At some point, I'll have to stop turning up my nose at boxes of cereals for $1 or even $.50.  I want free stuff, is that too much to ask?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Free (or nearly free) Today, April 12, 2013

Here's what I got for free (or nearly free) today:

Household Items:

  • 2 pack of crest toothpaste - $ .25 each
  • 4 Poise items - free (not for me, but donation)
  • 10 pack Bic silky touch razors - free
  • 6 pack Charmin ultra strong toilet paper - $.59
  • 2 packs of band-aid sheer strips - $1 each, after $3 register rewards
  • El Monterey chicken & cheese chimichanga - free
  • Red Hot Wings buffalo sauce $ .30
  • 3 Wrigley Orbit gum packs - $ .10 each

Kindle books (since I haven't read these yet, I've no idea if they're good or not.  Also, make sure they're still free before buying them):

Cheapskate Follies

This week, I've stepped up my coupon game.  I've been cutting coupons since I could hold a scissors, thanks to my mom.  And over the years, I've slowly gone from saving about 10% to 25-50% on my grocery and essentials.  But after watching the Extreme Couponing show, I've been inspired to step up my game.  With a couple kindle books and some internet searching, I've done fairly well for my first week, I think.

Here's what I've accomplished so far:

  • A larger coupon holder, since mine tripled in size, and is still growing
  • A subscription to Pioneer Press Sunday for about $1 an issue (already getting the Star Tribune) for their coupon inserts
  • Found a local store that sells Pioneer Press for $1 after Sunday - score!
  • Access to a coupon database, and a few coupon match-up sites, which save me tons of time.  Although I am still developing my faves
  • My first free shopping spree - except for the item my husband bought for $1
  • The start of a toiletries stockpile shelf, already half filled with things that I didn't get for free, but at least half price
All in all, a pretty good first week.