In the spirit of “staycationing” in our new home, I’m writing a new series of posts about ways to save money and live frugally without being extreme or insane. I used these methods to save for my down payment, and I continue to use them to survive being a new, yet thrifty, homeowner.
Let’s embark on the House Poor Summer Tour 2013!
It’s not free, and it requires work on your part, but couponing can save you some big bucks at the grocery store or drugstore- especially if you know how to work the deals (combine coupons with sales) and have stores that double or sometimes triple coupons in your area.
Here in the South- and all over Charleston- we have a grocery store called Harris Teeter. A lot of people think of Harris Teeter as a high-class store (I guess it’s the Wegman’s of the South), but those of us who are house poor know it’s where you get the best bang for your couponing bucks. Every day, Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to 99 cents- so if you have a 75 cent off coupon, you will actually receive $1.50 off that item.
However, the best time to coupon at Harris Teeter is during “Super Double Coupons” week, which happens to be this week. Harris Teeter does this about every 8 weeks, and during this week, they double all coupons $2 and under. That’s right, a $2 coupon essentially gets you $4 off that item, and they still double coupons under $1 this week too.
Here’s a picture of my most recent shopping trip at Harris Teeter, during “Super Double Coupons” week. I spent $13.14 and saved $47.46. Obviously I paid full price for the apples and eggs, which we just happened to need that day.
I’ve been couponing for years now, long before living in Charleston or buying a home even crossed my mind. Even searching this blog, I found posts about couponing from 2010– crazy to think I was even blogging way back then! I was also still wearing glasses, hehe.
You can’t save with coupons on everything- it’s pretty rare to find coupons on fresh produce and meat (but sometimes you can!). And, you won’t save 99% on your shopping trips like those crazy Extreme Couponers on TLC– unless you live off of yellow mustard, kool aid packets, and pop tarts. Those people give legit couponers a bad name, anyway.
Meanwhile, if you want to save on groceries, feel free to check out these posts I wrote last year.
Plus, here a few of my favorite coupon and deal blogs. Enjoy!