I have wanted to try this coupon thing for awhile, even before I heard about the show Extreme Couponing. Though that just spured my desire. About a month ago www.livingsocial.com had a deal in Phoenix to get Sunday and Wednesday paper for 6 months for $20. I thought hey why not, this is my oppurtunity to see if I could/would use coupons to my advantage. I have been getting the paper for about a month and have clipped plenty of coupons and used maybe a handful. This week I sat down with the paper and decided I would try it. Could I use coupons to get things that I use at a good deal?
After looking through my Walgreens and CVS ads I decided to stick with CVS. I seem to prefer them generally anyways. I found the coupons that matched and even pulled a few from a few weeks ago for what I want. Here is how my list went.
New Dial NutriSkin Lotion Sale price $3.88 - $2 coupon
Hydro 3 Razor (which turns out is for men but I figure I can use it too)
Price $8 - $4 coupon and then $4 off next purchase
Hydro 3 Razor Refill Price $8 - $2 coupon and then $4 off next purchase
John Frieda Hair Repair sale price $8 - $5 coupon
John Frieda Shampoo sale price $5 - $2 coupon
plus for John Frieda purchase $3 off next purchase
Tic Tacs Sale buy 2 get 3rd for 1c - $0.75 coupon
In the same purchase I also bought some photos for $10.61 which were not on sale so they kind of throw off everything.
So before tax total cost is $36.38 with an original cost of $67.36. That is a total savings of $30.98 and $18.75 was directly from coupons. Plus $11 off my next purchase at CVS. On my way home I realized I should have purchased everything but the photo's then had the photo's rung up separately so I could get those free but either way I will eventually get the $11 off. So not so bad.
I didn't need anything I bought today, at least not right now. But all of the things I was going to need soon. I bought fancier brand names then I would normally purchase and one of the hair care products was a frill. Oh and I don't eat tic tac's so I am not sure why I got those. But overall that was pretty cool and it was interesting to see what a savings I could get. I figure with the $11 calculated in then I got 2/3 of the price off.
The biggest thing I notice is that often times it is the same things, lotions, razors, and hair care stuff that I could save this way. Although yes I do continually use these products I don't need to buy them weekly. I think that is some of the problem I see on Extreme Couponing. The people just keep buying because it is a great deal even if they don't need it. Obviously I didn't get anything for free and if it was free then sure I could donate it but any way I look at it, seems like coupon's can provide a good savings and it didn't take me much time at all.