Adventures in Couponing: My First Month

May 2, 2015 Shopping 0

Since you all know that I’ve been pretty much jobless for the last few years as I try to achieve that doctor goal, I honestly should’ve started this whole couponing thing a long time ago. If I’m not making money then I need to be saving money, am I right?

Well, this first month of my attempt at couponing turned out pretty good. It’s definitely something you have to work at if you want to get all the deals and make sure you’re getting the best possible price. Throughout this process, I have to give a lot of the credit to the ladies at The Krazy Coupon Lady. While researching ways to start serious couponing, I stumbled across their website and I have to say, they are a pretty reliable resource. I honestly check their website every day. Not only do they post about the latest deals and coupons, they also discuss ways to go about doing it.

This was the highlight of my first week of couponing:

savings

In it, Acme had a sale for General Mills cereal – $1.49 each when you buy 4. I chose two boxes of Lucky Charms, since the hubs likes it, and used a $0.50 off coupon for each of them which was then doubled by Acme. So, I ended up only paying $0.49 for each box of Lucky Charms. They also had a sale on Prego pasta sauce, 3 for $5, so I stocked up on that.

This was the highlight of my second week of couponing:

pillows

The KCL posted about this offer from Bon-Ton where if you bought ONE Calvin Klein pillow at $26, you’d get THREE for FREE! AND they had a FREE SHIPPING code. Seriously?! How could I pass that up?!

This was the highlight of my third week of couponing:

sneakers

The KCL posted about this deal on Amazon for New Balance sneakers. I haven’t gotten a new pair of sneakers in the longest time, and really, it’s been even longer for true sneakers since I’ve been stuck on Adidas Shelltops since like high school. I decided it was time to get a real pair of sneakers, especially since I need to start working out again. It was originally priced at $67, but I managed to get it for only $20. I’m seeing a lot of sneakers on sale on Amazon recently.

This was the highlight of my fourth week of couponing:

printer ink

I usually get my printer ink from Amazon Prime at $20.70 for color and $16.70 for black, which is a good deal in itself. But, thanks again to KCL, I was able to snag a deal from InkFarm for each of them at $13.08 and $10.77, respectively, with FREE shipping. That’s a $27.10 savings!

I’m definitely a big fan of the ladies at KCL and follow them religiously nowadays for all my BIG savings needs.

As for minor savings and daily stuff, I rely heavily on the following apps and my phone:

shopping apps

Every Sunday I browse through all of the weekly ads via the flipp app and clip all of the deals for purchases I need to make that week. I also browse through Cartwheel for any new Target savings.

The rebate apps I use are Ibotta and Checkout 51, which aren’t too decent considering the limited items they have available for rebates. Most of the things they have I don’t even buy, so I’ve only ever gotten like a quarter here or a dollar there. There’s a minimum of $10 earnings or something similar in order for you to get your payout, so who knows when I’ll be seeing that money. I also use Shopkick when I can, although that hasn’t come in too handy yet since the only retail store I’ve really been in during the last month was Target and I maxed out on kicks there.

I much prefer actual rebate websites like Ebates, FatWallet, Mr. Rebates, and TopCashBack. Since I do a lot of online shopping, it definitely pays to use these services. I especially love getting 6% cash back on Groupon purchases (via Ebates), which are already low as it is. The only downside is they don’t really give good rebates on Amazon, where I tend to shop at the most for books. I do use Amazon Subscribe & Save for bigger purchases like household items and diapers though.

So yeah, that was how my first month in couponing was. It’s been fun and I realized was seriously shopping wrong before all this. I have to say, I cringe whenever I have to pay retail price nowadays.

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