I recently saw an instargram photo from a self proclaimed “extreme couponer” – it showed an entire table full of junk food, over 30 sticks of deodorant and over 15 bottles of off-brand shampoo that she paid a few measly dollars for. Unless this person was going to donate all of the food to a local food pantry, and donate all of the personal care items to a local shelter – I think they wasted their time. This same person also posted a photo of an entire living room floor completely covered in coupons – how do they even get those (dumpster diving?!) Some couponers spend hours, even days planning their purchases. A trip to the store could take them hours. I’m not an extreme couponer, and I’m totally okay with that!
I have a very active lifestlye, I have absolutely no time to be an extreme couponer – nor do I have any desire to be. But, I do want to save as much as they do – and I think I’ve proved that I can through my past posts. Instead of getting cheap shampoo that I would never dream of washing my hair with, I want to get the same deals with the high-quality, brand name products that I use daily. I don’t want things to go to waste, and I certainly don’t have a “storage room” for years worth of products – I will never give up my craft room!
Maybe I’m picky. Or maybe I buy certain brands because I absolutely have to. Having struggled with chronic seborrheic dermatitis and contact dermatitis my entire life, I know what I can, and what I can’t use. One load of laundry washed with scented detergent will cause irritation and discomfort for days, even weeks. Same goes for any beauty products, lotions, soaps, hair care – you name it, I probably can’t use it. Spraying aerosols or harsh cleaners can easily prompt an asthma attack. My point? The list of products I can safely use is limited – very limited and they tend to be extremely overpriced. So, I have a dilemma – I either break the bank buying products I need to use on a daily basis, or I buy cheaper products that are going to cause side effects. I don’t like either of those options, so I make sure I can always get what I want, and what I need, for a fraction of the cost.
Yesterday, I did just that. I didn’t spend an hour, or two, or five searching for deals. I literally spent 20 minutes quickly skimming through the flyers in the Sunday newspaper (which you can also easily find online…) to find the items that were on my shopping list! CVS had ALL Laundry Detergent (including the scent free version) on sale for 2/$7. It is normally priced $7.79 each. There was a manufacture coupon in the newspaper for $2 off when you purchase 2 – so I could use that. Every time you fill 10 prescriptions at CVS, you get $5 back in rewards – I had just hit #10 last week. So as soon as I walked in the store, I scanned my card at the coupon Kiosk – and out came the $5 coupon to use on anything in the store!
Overall, I had exactly $7 worth of coupons. Since the detergent was on sale for 2/$7… well that’s easy math. Without my ExtraCare card and coupons, I would have spent $15.58, but instead I didn’t even open my wallet (tax is on the price after coupons, and there’s obviously no tax on $0!). 100% savings – and I wasn’t even in the store more than five minutes.
So, I got what I wanted, what I use, what I needed – for free. Maybe I do have one thing in common with extreme couponers: I LOVE the feeling I get when I leave a store with full shopping bags in hand – that I didn’t cost me a cent!
‘Till next time, keep on saving!