The Science Nerd

Frugal Living

Free Drink Day

July 8, 2010

Today was the day of free drinks which is good since we are trying to reduce our soda intake.  I had saved my three BOGO (buy one get one) Sobe Lifewater coupons from the “Heads or Tails” game because Sobe is on sale at CVS BOGO.  So I was able to use my coupons with the sale and get 6 for free.

6 Sobe Lifewater – $1.59 each

BOGO sale – $4.77

(3) BOGO coupon- $4.77

Total Before Coupons – $9.82

Amount Paid – $0.28 (including tax)

Savings – $9.54

Cumulative Savings – $41.24

While at CVS I saw a tear off pad of coupons for $0.50 off Vitamin Water.  I knew that Harris Teeter sometimes had Vitamin Water on sale for $1 each and I also knew that they double coupons.  If I was lucky, the Vitamin Water would be on sale sometime before the coupons expired.  I grabbed all they had (which was only 6) and headed for Harris Teeter.  Fortunately, the Vitamin Water was on sale and I was able to pick up 6 of them.

6 Vitamin Water – $1.00 each

(6)$0.50 off coupon- $6.00

Total Before Coupons – $6.23

Amount Paid – $0.23 (including tax)

Savings – $6.00

Cumulative Savings – $47.24

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The WalMart Way

July 5, 2010

I had to go to WalMart to pick up a few things, so I grabbed some coupons that I thought would get me some good deals and off I went.  Here are the things I was able to get for (mostly) free.

Ocean Spray Blueberry Pomegranate Juice – $1.97

Used $1.00 coupon – $0.97

Tucks Take Along pads – $2.74

Used $3.00 coupon – FREE (Actually -$0.26, so I made a few pennies on this one!)

(2)Luna Bar – $0.97

Used (2) free Luna Bar coupon - FREE

AXE Travel Size Deodorant - $0.97

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE (Again I made $0.03)

AXE Travel Size Shampoo – $0.97

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE (Again I made $0.03)

Total Before Coupons – $9.03

Amount Paid – $1.09 (including tax)

Savings – $7.94

Cumulative Savings – $31.70

Not every cashier will let you use a coupon that is for more than the price of an item.  Usually they will override the coupon and make it equal the price of the item.  Sometimes they will refuse to take the coupon.  Fortunately (for me), the cashier helping me didn’t seem to know much of what was going on, she read carefully each coupon, looked extremely confused and then just shrugged and scanned the coupons.  But don’t freak out if they won’t. Kindness and patience will get you a lot farther.

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Back to Harris Teeter

July 1, 2010

I knew the Super Coupon deal at Harris Teeter was ending, so I grabbed a few coupons and stopped by while I was out running errands.  I was very excited about this trip as I was able to get some free stuff.

Wheatables Nut Crisps  On sale for $2.99

Use $1.50 coupon  - FREE

Philly Cream Cheese $1.85

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE

Philly Mini Tub Cream Cheese – $1.99

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE

Tums Antacids – $2.25

Used $1.00 coupon – $0.25

Total before coupons – $9.95

Amount Paid – $0.42

Savings – $9.53

Cumulative Savings – $23.76

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After spending some time looking at coupons I had, printing others and matching them with some sales at Harris Teeter, I ventured off on my first shopping trip.  Fortunately, Harris Teeter was having a “Super Coupon” special.  This meant that they would be doubling the value of coupons up to $2.  Usually they only double coupons with a face value of $0.99 or less, so this can be a great deal.  Here is what I came home with.

(2) International Delight Coffee Creamer  $1.99 each

Used BOGO coupon -$1.99

Ore-Ida Crinkle Fries  $3.39

Used 75¢ coupon -$1.50

(2) Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs  $4.25 each

On sale BOGO -$4.25

Used $1/2 coupon - $2.00

(2) Shredded Wheat Cereal  $3.39 each

Used $1/2 coupon  -$2.00

(2) Betty Crocker Warm Delight  $1.99 each

Used  $1/2 coupon  -$2.00

(1) Flavor Splash Wild Berry Water $3.99

On sale -49¢

Used $1 coupon  -$2.00

Total before discounts – $30.62

Amount paid – $16.39

Savings – $14.23

Cumulative Savings – $14.23

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The Beginning

June 29, 2010

I have been reading about using coupons to really save money for quite some time now.  I have truly been envious of those who go to the grocery store and come out with $100 worth of groceries that they paid $2 for.  About two weeks ago, I read a blog that pushed my envy and desire into action.  The author of the blog was challenged by his sister to eat on $1 a day for an entire month.  He blogged daily about the deals he was able to get and the challenges he faced while trying to stretch $30 to last him the entire month.  He talked a lot about using multiple coupons to get food and toiletries for free that he subsequently donated to the local food bank.  This sounded great to me because I often read the deals that people get on food and things and think “Sounds wonderful but that is food that would never get eaten at my house”  So, the idea that I could get that food for free and then donate it to the food bank was very appealing.

Now I don’t gloss over those posts explaining what coupons match with what deals at the store.  I am putting them to good use.  This doesn’t mean that I will only use coupons to get things to give away.  Anytime a coupon comes through that will benefit my food budget I will be sure to take advantage.

This blog will be the chronicle of my emergence as a hard core coupon user.  Hopefully some of the things I learn can benefit others to either begin using coupons to reduce their food budget or help others get food they need.  I will also share other ways we have been able to reduce spending on many of life’s “necessities”.

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