My roommate Alicia has given me a nickname in the past 6 months or so… Coupon Princess.
Last year, I found the website Southern Savers. I don’t remember who told me about the site or if I read it on another blog or some random website. Basically, Southern Savers is a website that posts all of the grocery store sale papers the day before the sale begins, and they have coupon match-ups using printable coupons and coupons from the Sunday inserts. The posts tell you what’s on sale and which coupons you can use to get the best deals, and if it’s a a printable coupon, it has the link to it. You can also print the lists out and take them to the store (unless you’re like me and just love writing out lists, haha). The lady who manages the website, Jenny, also lists deals for some other stores like CVS and Target, and she teaches workshops on couponing.
So, after following her blog and watching a coupon workshop that my coworker Rachel taught at work, I’ve managed to get some AWESOME deals. By reading Southern Savers, I’m able to buy stuff for CHEAP (or get it completely free!) from stores like Harris-Teeter, CVS, Target, and Bi-Lo. Stores that most people think are expensive, but they run awesome sales and Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo double coupons.
Most people wouldn’t believe it- but you’re better off NOT shopping at big box stores like Wal-Mart. All those years in college when I went to Wal-Mart, they had me fooled that I was saving money. However, Wal-Mart’s never given me anything for free (except for several arrests that I’ve seen up close at the South Florence store). Not having to go to Wal-Mart very much is definitely one of the perks of Southern Savers. Trust me, it sucks to walk across Wal-Mart from the grocery section to the shampoo area after you’ve just ran 4 miles!
Anyway, Alicia says that when I move out one day, she’ll definitely miss the very, very cheap (or sometimes free) toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper towels, dishwasher gels, and cleaning supplies :). Not to mention all the cheap or free food I bring in- even though she had to nickname me “Coupon Princess” since we have several “Coupon Queens” at work (they’re older than me and I’m pretty much the youngest person on my floor at work). I’ve also told people in line at the store about Southern Savers- including some cashiers who wonder how I leave stores with such a small bill and long receipt!
So, this week Harris Teeter (best grocery store ever now that they have SUSHI and a revamped BAKERY) has a Triple Coupon Week. Basically, they tripled the face value of any coupon 99 cents or under, up to 20 coupons. So, if you had a 75 cent off coupon, you really got $2.25 off the item. Pretty sweet, huh? I went to the store at 7 AM Wednesday morning to shop, since I had lunch plans with my friend Kelli and running and church on Wednesday nights.
Even though I stood in line with all the housewives and this one lady who brought her husband (I would NEVER put Clay through that!), I got some awesome deals, was glad to get the grocery shopping done first thing, and came in to work in an awesome mood. I tried to get most of the free items today, since it’s the first day of the sale and they may run out, but I’ll probably go back later this week and get some of the cheaper-but-not-quite-free items and stuff we just need.
So, here’s what I got:
- 5 boxes of Annie’s Mac & Cheese (hey, at least part of it’s organic…): $1.50 each, free after tripled $.50 coupon.
- 3 Palmolive dish detergents: $1.85 each, free after tripled $.75 coupon.
- 2 Mentos Gum: $1.49 each, free after tripled $.55 coupon.
- 2 Yoplait Greek Yogurts (these are SOOOO yummy and have lots of protein!): $1.25 each, free after tripled $.45 coupon.
- 2 Coffee Mates (My friend Jamie and I love fancy creamers!): $2.00 each, free after tripled $.75 off coupon.
- 2 Lysol Toilet cleaners: $2.89 each, $.64 each after tripled $.75 coupon.
- 1 No Yolks noodles: $2.29, $.04 after tripled $.75 coupon.
- 1 SteamFresh veggies $2.50, $1.00 after tripled $.50 coupon.
- 1 Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner: $2.99, $.74 after tripled $.75 coupon.
- 1 Viva Paper Towels, $1.67, $.47 after tripled $.40 coupon.
Grand Total: $3.25. Four bags of groceries and cleaning supplies for about half of what I paid for my Taco Salad at Las Palmas today :).