I am not a toe-dipper when it comes to a new hobby. Instead, I tend to just cannon-ball my way smack into the middle. In this case, I didn't say that I'd like to start off by clipping a few coupons. Oh no. I immediately started blazing through coupon websites, then hopped on Amazon and ordered a binder, baseball card protectors (a.k.a. "coupon pockets"), detailed tab dividers, you-name-it. When Sunday rolled around, I didn't just buy a single paper.... I bought seven.
First trip was Rite Aid. Broke it up into 3 transactions. (It was going to be 2, but then I forgot the diapers and had to go back. Oops!)
8 CG items (7 blush, 1 bronzer). Buy one get one 50% off sale. Coupled with 4 $8/2 MQ.
Scope Icy Mint Blast mouthwash. $4. Used 1 $1.50/1 MQ. Got $2.50 reward.
Dove Shampoo and Conditioner. On sale 2/$7. Used BOGO MQ and then $2/1 store coupon.
Oral B Toothbrush. $5.99. Used $3.00 MQ. Get $2.99 rebate.
Crest Toothpaste. $2.59. Used $1 MQ. Get $1.60 rebate.
Paid $5.11 OOP. Submitting for $4.59 rebate and got $2.50 reward.
6 CG items. BOGO 50% off sale. Used 3 $8/2 MQ. Earned $10 rewards (Pay $30, get $10 promo.)
3 Gatorades. $1.89 No coupon. (Covergirl coupon overage.)
1 Energy Drink. $1.99. No coupon. (CG coupon overage.)
Paid $2.51 OOP. (Used my $2.50 reward somewhere on those drinks.) Earned $10 rewards.
Pampers Easy ups. On sale for $10.49. Used $10 rewards from CG. Paid $1.22 OOP, earned $2 rewards for Pampers purchase.
At this point, I was freaking out. The cashier was laughing through the whole thing and whooping like you wouldn't believe. There were no other customers so the two cashiers were both cheering as the total came down. Think that I shocked my husband to the core.
Went to Target and did two transactions.
Trans 1 & 2. (Identical transactions)
Transformer toy. $9.99. Used $5.00 MQ and $5.00 Target mobile coupon.
Olay- $5.99. Used $3 MQ and $3 Target mobile coupon.
Colgate- $0.98. Used $1 MQ.
All in all, the stuff was free, AND I got rebates on top of it, so I ended up getting paid in the end. I just about had a heart attack during the process, but it was a lot of fun.
Since then, I've gone out and picked up a few more things with coupons. Got five big bottles of Dr. Pepper at Wal-Mart for free (holding onto them for company or social functions, we don't drink soda), deodorant, gum, pantiliners, cold/flu stuff, and 5 bottles of laundry detergent. I had to pay for the detergent, but it was only $1.97 a bottle for the super-concentrated stuff so I was happy.
|Another random trip. Gotta love free stuff!|
My coupon binder is already exploding and I think I'm going to have to upgrade to something more capable of handling my coupon stash. This is a little more fun than I thought it would be. It is possible that I may be hooked, or it could be like many of my other hobbies and fall by the wayside after a few months. We shall see.
In the meantime, I'm working on my kids' Halloween costumes. Anyone else ready for Halloween? What are your kiddos going as?