Adventures in Extreme Couponing
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On the show, one of the biggest complaints heard by the couponers is that people don't have "enough time" to plan their shopping trip. So this past weekend, Sunday paper in hand, I decided to see how much money a "normal" person could expect to save. Those on the show employ methods of paying companies to clip their coupons, doubling coupons (Florida is nearly the only state that does not allow coupon doubling, darnit!), using competitor coupons, and printing even more coupons from the Internet and then comparing the weekly sale ad to the coupons.
And no, I don't have time for all that. With working full-time paired with being a full-time student, I'm often lucky if I have enough time to make a list before I run to the store. But, I decided to give it a shot. In under 30 minutes I was able to clip all the coupons (for products I actually use) out of the Sunday sale ads, compare to the weekly Publix ads, and write down a game plan. And then I headed to the store to put my plan into action.
By only using the Sunday circular coupons, and the Publix in-store sales (including by one get one free) I was able to bring a bill of $129.68 down to $70.04 - saving a total of $59.64. Now, these results may not be as impressive as those on Exteme Couponing but I was actually pretty shocked at how much I was able to save with such little effort.
Now, bask in the glory of my first semi-extreme couponing venture:
By One Get One Free (BOGO)
Bird's Eye Viola (These make great quick dinners!)
Green Giant Valley Steamers
Beggin' Strips Dog Treats
Peggo Spaghetti Sauce
Ocean Spray Trail Mix
V8 Fushion Juice
Royal Gold Pretzels
Bistro Salad (Pre-made lunch!)
Nabisco Munch Packs
Lays and Sunchips were on sale for 2 for $6 and I had $1 off coupons for both:
$6 - $2 = $4 for both bags Bird's Eye Viola and Green Giant Steamers were both BOGO, but I had a coupon for one free Giant Valley Steamer with the purchase of a Bird's Eye meal - so I got all 4 items completely free!
Mueller Pasta was BOGO but I had a $1 off coupon:
$1.49 - $1 = $.49 for both boxes!
Jello Pudding was on sale for 3 for $6 and I had a $1 off coupon:
$2 - $1 = $1 (I only bought 1 pack)
- While Publix doesn't double coupons, when an item is BOGO you can use two coupons (one for each item)
- Publix sales change every Thursday, so even if you couldn't use a particular coupon this week save it - you might be able to use it next week!
- When an item is BOGO, or just on sale, it's a good chance to stock up. I didn't necessarily need spaghetti but since it was BOGO and I had coupons I couldn't resist.
- Most places accept competitor coupons, just call and ask!
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