So! I made one coupon convert this week, one of my best online buddies, and I'm thinking I'll aim for two with this post. :)
See this stuff?
If I would have gone to the store all willy-nilly-like and just bought these when I needed them at their full price and with no coupons, I would have paid $29.61. At my store, anyway.
That's what I call the No Way Price. As in, no way would I ever pay that much. :)
But what did I pay this morning, instead? Just $10.19.
The 2 organic lettuces would have been $7.38 but I paid $3.
The 2 foils would have been $6.58 (beyond ridiculous!) but I paid $1.
The 3 creamers would have been $8.07 but I paid $2.90.
The 2 juices would have been $7.58 but I paid $3.29.
Pretty good, especially when you're making savings like these week after week. My store keeps track for me how much I save just by buying their items on sale and so far this year I've saved $614. That's not counting coupon savings which are $250 so far and would have been more if our new printer liked my computer (I took a couple weeks off), which it still doesn't, so I use Tom's now.
The Bailey's Creamers (not health food, I know...heh) I'll use for my hot chocolate a tablespoon at a time so--to make sure they stay fresh-- I'll empty a bit from each one and then freeze them downstairs for use later. (You can freeze gallons of milk that way, too, just always pour some into another container first so that the milk jug won't burst while frozen.)
Never assume that all coupons are just for junk food. In Today's World? This isn't your mother's kind of couponing.
So. Did I make another coupon convert out there yet? :)
When making my shopping lists I first write down the items on sale which I use. Then I match my coupons to those items. If I don't have matching coupons on certain items, I'll check online to see if I can find some (Google search, Facebook search and a check at Krazy Coupon Lady's printable coupon list). This kind of shopping keeps me stocked-up on items and almost never needing to pay the dreaded No Way Price.
My savings don't stop here. My store gives me credit toward money off of gas for each coupon I use and when I spend certain amounts on groceries. And too, when I use coupons from Swagbucks, I earn money toward free amazon.com gift cards.
There's way more money to be saved out there, it all goes on and on, but I do only as much as my stress-level will allow me to comfortably. :)