Along with my usual running, writing, travelling, and food shenanigans, I’ve gotten back into couponing lately. I’ve been couponing for years now, and while I consider it a hobby, it’s also helped us save for vacations, races, and a home down payment. As homeowners, it’s not exactly a hobby I can give up.
Last week was Super Double Coupon Week at Harris Teeter, which is a grocery store chain with many locations in the Charleston area. During Super Double Coupon Week, which is held 6-8 times a year, Harris Teeter doubles coupons with a value of $2 or below. This means a $2 coupon takes off $4, or a $1 coupon takes off $2.
I’ve blogged about couponing before, so here are the posts if you’re interested:
- Couponing for Healthy Foods
- Coupon Craziness: Getting Started (Part 1)
- Coupon Craziness- Organization (Part 2)
- House Poor Summer Tour: Couponing
As a member of a few local couponing groups on Facebook, I was super excited about Super Double coupons. I even love watching Extreme Couponers when I’m running intervals on the treadmill. The trashier the show, the better for running on the treadmill- although Extreme Couponers would definitely break most store policies here.
Because it felt like summer in South Carolina last week, here’s our latest adventure in the House Poor Summer Tour. I made 4 trips to Harris Teeter and took pictures of each trip. Here are the stats.
Wednesday’s Trip: Spent $14.10, saved $75.48
Thursday’s Trip: Spent $14.11, saved $37.81
Sunday’s Trip: Spent $3.70, saved $18.63
Tuesday’s Trip: Spent $7.39, saved $30.19.
I also received a “$3 off your next order” coupon for buying 3 Nivea products.
Total Stats: Spent $39.30, saved $162.11.
As you can see, we’re pretty stocked on junky cereal for awhile- although Clay and I can polish off a box pretty quickly since he eats a giant bowl on the weekends! He’s even stocked up on shaving cream, which is something we buy lots of since he shaves his head. Both of us love the Fage Greek yogurt, and I only drink almond milk now, so it’s great to find deals on those two items.
The best way to learn how to coupon is to follow a good couponing/budgeting blog. You can use The Frugal Map to find couponing blogs in your state or area. Here are a few of my favorites:
Needless to say, I’m all shopped out for awhile! We probably won’t buy much other than essentials until after our vacation in April. I still have the $3 off my next order coupon, which I will most likely use this week on produce- I’m really digging the Halos oranges lately.
In the spirit of “staycationing” in our new home, House Poor Summer Tour posts are 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.