Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Current Job

I’ve been couponing since Fall of last year and I’m still amazed at the deals I can get and the stockpile I’ve been able to acquire! CVS is the store where I spend the least money every week. For example, I made 2 trips this week (usually it’s only one) and spent 23 cents the first time and 78 cents the second. And BOTH of these amounts were ONLY the tax. My subtotals were -1 cent (yes negative one!) and 0! I got 6 deodorants, a box of tampons (tampax pearl, my favorite), a bottle of dish soap, a box of baby wipes, and a dove chocolate bar- all for $1.01. And like I said, the money I spent was only the tax on all the items I got, coupons can’t take away tax unfortunately.

Here is a pic of all I got

I was organizing my stockpile recently and want to show you the supply I’ve built up since Fall. When I first started couponing I would get these items super cheap, less than a dollar definitely, or free. After a few months I started learning some things will always be free at some point and I’ve learned what to wait for. For example, toothpaste for $0.25, sounds good right? NOPE! That is something you can get for free. So don’t waste your time or money, free toothpaste deals come around often. Same with razors, deodorant, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, medicine, mouthwash, floss, toothbrushes, contact solution, and more. Also, once you get a stockpile of a certain item, such as shampoo, you know you can wait until a free deal comes around again before getting more. When you first start, you would want to grab some of these items at the cheap, less than a dollar price to get started. But one you have a couple, wait for the free ones! That is where I am I at now. Whenever we run out of something, we don’t have to run to the store and spend a few bucks on toothpaste or deodorant, we can get it from the stockpile. I always hated when you ran out of that kind of stuff, cause who wants to spend their money on those things? Especially tampons and such, which can be expensive.

So here are some pics of my stockpile of free or almost free stuff.
These little drawers are perfect for my TONS of free travel size items.

Here’s my diaper and wipes stockpile. I just organized it and I have 22 packages of diapers, 56 boxes of wipes, and 3 of the large packs of wipes refills.
This tub is full of nothing but wipes

I don’t get these for free, but for a lot cheaper than normal price. Diapers (well Huggies and Pampers) are about $9 average on sale. I spend about $3 a package for diapers and less than $1 for wipes (on sale around $2.50). I get the name brand (not that it matters) but for less than store brands. (Store brands don’t typically have coupons) I’m already buying size 3 diapers and my little Button isn’t even born!  Also can you tell which brand of diapers has good coupons?! Haha, it's pretty obvious since I have tons of Huggies and like 2 Pampers. 

Anyways, that’s why I choose to spend time cutting coupons, finding deals, and shopping at multiple stores. It may sound like a lot of work but when you go to check out and walk out spending next to nothing, it makes it all worth it! And if you seriously want to learn how to do this, I’d love to help you out. It won’t take 5 minutes, but if you sit down with me for an hour or so and go on a couple shopping trips with me, you’d get the hang of it in no time. People always tell me, “you have to show me how to do that,” but then they don’t really want to take time to talk to me or learn. So if you want to learn, know that it does take time, especially at the beginning. You have to learn a whole new coupon “language,” the rules of coupons, and different stores policies. But if you want to save money, it’s so worth it. And once you learn it, it gets faster and easier. Now that I’m not working anymore, this is a big way I’m going to be able to contribute to our household. By saving money AND making money even (through rebates and such). Yes, you CAN make money even when couponing. Just last week I got 2 Aveeno sunblocks and an expensive Aveeno Ageless Vitatlity set of moisturizing products for $23 at the store, but after submitting for the simple rebates from the store and the manufacturer, I will get back $50! Making the items free and making $27 on top of it… yes making money! Ok that’s it for my coupon rant. I just wanted people know how worth it couponing really is.


Shelley said...

I would love to learn this...but I don't care enough yet to learn, haha! I love that you can save sooo much money! Maybe when I have a little one on the way or am not working, I will take the time to learn from you :-).

Jenni said...

That is SOOO cool! ok, ok,... I want to learn!

MeganandClaudy said...

How could I learn since I can't go shopping with you? Could you teach me over the phone? I'm serious! I would really like to learn. I am soooo impressed! Do you still have my cell?

Erin said...

You're inspiring Jenna! That's one VERY impressive stockpile! Seriously, you need to stop buying wipes though! I don't think we've used that many wipes yet and Evan is almost 2! Thanks for getting me into's kind of crazy, but the savings are SO worth it!

Kevin+Ashley said...

I definitely want to learn? All of that free stuff you have can really save a ton of money!! That is a very impressive stock pile. How long did it take you to accumulate it all?

Summer Naylor said...

Okay, people like you inspire me. I have been trying to get into couponing, and so far I haven't been able to figure out the free stuff. I usually get excited about saving $20 bucks or so with coupons... but that is usually while also spending $50! We are hoping to go to dental school next year and are going to have some tight years ahead of us with me staying home with Maybrie and baby #2 on the way. If you will give me some tips I will definitely put in the time. I already have been trying but I don't think I am looking in the right places. My cell # is 509-840-5460 or you can write me on facebook. Thanks! and Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Hey.... the coupons u used are from the weekly newspaper or are u subscribed to some sort of coupon website? I'm been clipping some coupons lately but i dont see how ppl get free stuff or have a grand total of -number. Please give me some tips. U can contact me thru facebook. Thanks!