Saturday, November 20, 2010

Deal #2

I promise to not turn this into a coupon blog, but for the moment I just want to keep a diary of sorts of the deals I am getting and the money we are saving. I figure it will keep my momentum up until I have a firm grasp on the whole couponing thing.

Once again, I'm pretty excited about this week's deals...we almost didn't try any at all because I wasn't sure that I was seeing any great deals when I looked through the ads. Plus, we had a really busy week and it was hard to focus on it. But this morning as I was making our meal plan, I found three great deals that were too good to pass up. The good news was that since I bought 10 newspapers last week (instead of just 3) I had 10 coupons each for 2 of the deals. That was cool, because that gave us enough of each of those products to last us until the next great deal comes along.

So are your ready?.....

4 boxes of General Mills Cereals

4 Suave Conditioners

5 Suave Shampoos

9 Suave deodorants

Total items: 22 items

Total bill BEFORE savings: $36.22

Total bill AFTER coupons and savings: $1.49

I'm still shocked...too cool, right?!

Also, this week we learned first hand about MONEY-MAKERS. What's a money-maker? That's when you have a coupon for a product that is worth more than the price of the product. Some stores won't allow you to use the additional money, but at Krogers they apply it towards the rest of your bill. So here's how I did the deal...

General Mills Cereals were on sale for $1.49 each when you buy 4 at Kroger this week. I had 2 coupons that were $1 off 2 making each box of cereal $0.99 each. We bought 4 for a total of $3.96.

Then select Suave deodorants, shampoos, and conditioners were all on sale for $0.88 this week. I had 9 coupons for $0.50 off 1 deodorant and 9 coupons for $0.50 off 1 shampoo or conditioner. At Kroger all manufacturer coupons up to $0.50 are automatically doubled. This means that my $0.50 off coupons are actually $1 off coupons. Since each of the 18 Suave products I bought were only $0.88 each, I actually made $0.12 on each product using my $1 off coupon. This was applied towards the rest of my bill (which was only $3.96 for the four boxes of cereals) bringing my total to $1.49!!!

Yeah, this is fun.

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  1. Shanna, You ARE a ROCK STAR!!! You're gonna get me using coupons one way or other. hugs!

  2. I just knew you'd be hooked!! :) It becomes a game and is great fun!!

    Before you know it you will have enough stockpiled that you don't really "need" anything. Shopping becomes gathering the deals for that week. That is so freeing because if something happens you have a stocked pantry and health and beauty aids stash that will provide for your family.

    It is great stewardship...of time and money...enjoy the fruits of your labors!! We often have more than we need with excess to share...and that is the greatest blessing of all!!

  3. Yeah! Shanna,

    Audrey and I went last evening 4 transactions--saved @ 180.00 spent $75.00. We love it!!

    Didn't see the suave deal befor I went--hope it is still on sale this week!

    Great Job!

  4. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  5. Nice stuff there i like them. The very good ideas of saving money.

  6. How to order this stuff? What shipment methods do you prefer? I'm glad to become your follower. Thanks for the updates! May God smile on you:) Best regards,



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