I no longer clip coupons, stress about deals, and worry about filling my stockpile. Now I order clipped coupons from a clipping website, the day the sales ad starts at my local grocery store, for all the items I plan to buy that week that are on sale. I order my coupons from CouponDede and so far I am pleased with the service. I have ordered from one other place before and they take longer. I only buy items that are both on sale and have a coupon (not including fresh items like milk and veggies). I also only buy items that we will actually use. Just because it is free doesn't mean that you need it and just because there is a coupon for the item doesn't mean that it is a good deal.
Each grocery store has their own set of coupon rules. I only grocery shop at Harris Teeter and Costco. I buy my fresh items at Costco and I buy almost everything else at Harris Teeter. Paired with the right sales and coupons I can get a majority of grocery needs for more than 50% off the original price. I use SouthernSavers to view coupon matchups for Harris Teeter. After I see what is on sale for the week and what has a coupon to pair with it then I order the coupons I need for the week. I order the coupons Wednesday and they arrive to my house by Saturday. That gives me Saturday through Tuesday to use the coupons before the sales end.
This week is Super Doubles Coupon week at Harris Teeter where all coupons $2 and under get doubled. I ordered my coupons this past Wednesday with the knowledge that most Couponers would be at Harris Teeter clearing the shelves at 7am Wednesday morning. I went shopping on Sunday after the shelves were restocked and picked up only what I had coupons for. Harris Teeter's coupon policy states 20 coupons per day max get doubled and you can use 3 like coupons in one shopping trip so I make sure to get exactly what the rules state with each shopping trip so there is no drama at the check out line.
Here is what I got yesterday:
4 Lysol Bathroom Cleaner $4.55 each : On sale BOGO rings up at $2.27 each
Used: (2) $1/2 Lysol coupon
6 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner $2.75 each : On sale BOGO rings up at $1.37 each
Used: (3) $1/2 Lysol Toilet Bowl coupons
8 Nissan Noodle Cups $0.59 each : On sale BOGO rings up at $0.26 each
Used: (2) $1/4 Nissan Noodle coupons
3 Ken's Dressing $3.45 each : On sale BOGO rings up at $1.72
Used: (3) $1/1 Ken's Dressing coupons
3 Dawn Dish Soap on sale for $0.99 each
Used: (3) $0.50/1 Dawn coupons which
6 Honey Bunches of Oats $ 3.55 : On sale BOGO rings up at $1.77 each
Used: (3) $1/2 Honey Bunches of Oats coupons
3 Welch's Juice on sale $2
Used: (3) $0.75/1 Welch's coupons
My total BEFORE coupons and sales was: $84.21
My total AFTER sales and my coupons doubling was: $14.98 (with tax)
Back in my crazy couponing days I would NOT have thought that spending $15 at Harris Teeter was a good deal. I strived to get as close to $0 as I possibly could. If I walked out with a cart full of groceries for $0.10 than I was happy. Now I am happy just to spend less than $1 on a box of cereal. Some items were free (the dressing, soap, and noodle bowls) and other items were cheap enough that I would rather pay $0.37 for toilet bowl cleaner than the original sticker price. Overall, I am happy with my new way of coupon shopping. No more wasted hours clipping coupons and it is completely stress free! :)
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