Confessions Of An Extreme Coupon User

Back many, many years ago a television show named “extreme coupons” blew peoples minds when it aired, by showing how people could eat for free, they walked into a grocery store and did not pay one thousand dollars but around ten dollars or sometimes the grocery store owed them money after using a coupon for every product that they had checked out.

Things were hard at my home, I had moved, took on one business and gave up two and the payday went way down so I had to adjust or spend everything I was making “just” at the grocery store.

I am sure what I always did without before food was hair products and I would use a razor till it hurt to dig the hair off my legs. Cleaning supplies was a huge bottle of dish washing liquid that I used mixed with water to mop the floors, wash clothes and wash dishes, sometimes to wash my hair and body.

After I watched a few episodes of this show I said to myself ” I can do that!” And I did. By no means did I get one thousand dollars worth free but two or three hundred each time I did go grocery shopping, and yes several times I received money too.

Most of the people like myself were always thinking ” how can you use five hundred of any product before the expiration date!” and the answer is you can`t.

With this in mind I would buy what I could use up in a year with the exception of can goods that I stocked more than anything at the time.

But when it came to hair and body I was stocking so much of this because it was always what I NEVER had enough of to last a month. I never paid more than .99 for a ten dollar razor that came with two blades that would last for a good six month is taken care of properly, but again I could get the disposable for free. Bath soap free, shampoo free, conditioner free.

After a couple years of doing this the manufacturer cut back on the amount of the coupon so that no one would get it for free. Next step they took was four coupons per day of any one item.

The show stopped airing because it was just impossible to get anything free anymore, unless you stacked a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon and I still do this practice 🙂

This year I made the resolution to use up the stockpile, especially the food. But the food was always moving and I would restock, or rather maintain the food stock.

How can using coupons break you from liking foods?

I use to love to chew gum but after stockpiling a small tub of gum, all for free, I stopped chewing.

I use to love my protein bars, not anymore. Popcorn? Nope I have no ate any in years and I gave away what I had before it expired.

Soup? Rice? Pasta? Blah! Blah! Blah! I only eat my homemade now and I have lost my taste for rice and most pasta.

As for the freezer section I have just about gave up all meatless burgers. I will only eat one brand now.

I still have enough hair care to last me several years as well as deodorant ( this will harden over time!) razors, body wash and bath soap, tooth paste and tooth brushes, mouth wash, shave creme and body lotion.

NOW what I can never seem to get enough of is toilet paper and dog food. So I cant ever say I will completely give up using coupons but I will show down.

I really wish that TLC would air a show called Extreme coupons before and after to see how much those people have used of those stockpiles 🙂

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Free Zantac and Free Doritos

Now I did not swear off shopping but I did say I am cutting back, I have.

It is rare that I go shopping on a Saturday but when I do I make it worth my while. And what store does that for me? Publix grocery store, that is which one!

I chose Publix grocery store today because they accept competitor coupons from Dollar general store, the $5.00 off $30.00 store coupon. Be sure to check with your store because around here only the Oxford location takes these from Dollar General.

Now to the deals. I did two transactions because I had Tony with me.

Transaction number one:

Two 30 count boxes of Zantac acid reducer $10.39 each – Used Buy one get one free of equal value up to nine dollars = two for $11.78

One 12 pack of Cottonelle toilet paper – $9.29 each on sale for $5.99 each – Used .75 manufacturer coupon off one = $5.24 each

One 40 count package of Totinos pizza rolls $4.11 each on sale buy one get one free – Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon off one = $1.11 each

Used one $5.00 off $30 competitor coupon from Dollar general store.

Grand total before sale and coupons was – $36.56
I paid – $15.46

Transaction number two:

Three 12 packs of diet Pepsi – $5.29 each On sale buy two get one free = three for $10.58

Two 40 count packages of Totinos pizza rolls $4.11 each on sale buy one get one free – Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon off one = $1.11 each

Four Armor sandwich makers $3.79 each on sale $3.00 each – Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon off one AND $1.00 off one publix store coupon = $1.00 each

One 10 ounce bag of Dorito`s chips $4.29 each – Used one publix store coupon Buy two 12 packs of Pepsi and get a bag of Dorito`s free = Free

Used one $5.00 off $30 competitor coupon from Dollar general store.

Grand total before sale and coupons was – $46.13
I paid – $14.29

Now lets tally up how much I spent total and how much I saved.

Grand total for both transactions before coupons and sale was – $82.78

I paid – $29.75

Saved – $53.03, That is not to bad of a savings for things to snack on because I don`t feel like cooking 🙂 even got the stomach ache pills ….. And the toilet paper. LOL.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Free Napkins and Peppers .50 Freezer bags

Well …..

Since I had to work aka landlady picking up rent, I may as well make the trip count with gas prices and all. I went to a fabulous sale at Publix grocery store.

I had looked at the new sale ad online so I about knew what I was buying and I stick to my list, except for one item and of coarse I did not have a coupon for that item.

I will not keep you any longer waiting for the deal and coupons needed to make this deal so here we go.

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6- Purina one dog food $8.49 each on sale buy one and get one free – Used $3.00 manufacturer coupon for each item = $1.25 each!

2- Smart Balance butter $3.35 each on sale buy one and get one free – Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon for each item = .68 each!

5- Rice works chips $2.89 each on sale at two for $2.89 -Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon for each item = .45 each!

2- Mezzetta Greek Peperoncini $1.99 each on sale buy one and get one free – Used $1.00 manufacturer coupon for each item = Free!

2 – Puffs nose tissue $1.50 on sale for $1.00 – used .35 manufacturer coupon that doubles to .70 for each item = .30 each!

8- Hefty freezer bags $2.39 each on sale $1.50 each – Used . 50 manufacturer coupon that doubles to $1.00 for each item = .50 each!

1- daisy sour cream $1.50 – no coupon 🙁

2 – Chinet napkins $1.49 each on sale $1.00 each – used $1.00 manufacturer coupon = free!

2- Hefty Paper plates $2.49 on sale for $1.50 each – Used $1.00 off two manufacturer coupon = $1.00 each!

Now the Betty Crocker and Ziploc storage container deal:

6 – Betty Crocker brownie mixes $2.49 each on sale buy one and get one free – Used .75 of three manufacturer coupon = .99 each

3 – Ziploc storage containers $3.19 each used three $2.00 off one when you buy 2 Betty Crocker mixes AND $1.00 off two manufacturer coupon = .86 each!

Grand total before sale and coupons was : $139.05

I paid $27.68
Taxes 6.99
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$34.67

Savings of $104.38

I am now officially stocked on Brownies for Christmas gifts. AND I have restocked the freezer bags, I still have a couple coupons so ya know I am going to buy more of those 🙂

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By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry

FREE Hellman`s mayo AND .35 Campbell`s soup

Yes you guessed right! She has went to Publix and did more of that extreme coupon stuff. I call it paying with newspaper and keeping my money. This week its free mayonnaise and .35 per can of Campbell`s cream soups.

I really did not want to go shopping today but the benefits out weighed the want to hibernate. Today is the last day for store coupons (they expire 11-18) on the mayo and the soup and those coupons is what makes the deals so sweet. The coupon $1.00 off of five Campbell`s soup if from the monthly email ” best meals at home” from Publix. The $2.00 off one Hellman`s mayo was on the back of a weekly sales ad, I clipped five of those, yes $10.00 off with newspaper!

HEADS UP: Publix is only allowing 2 Hellman`s mayo per customer so take someone with you to stock up, or make a couple trips in and out of the store.

Now to the deals and the coupons I used:

Transaction one:

2- Hellman`s mayo $5.69 each, on sale buy one get one free- used $1.00 manufacturer coupon AND $2.00 off one store coupon = FREE with .31 overage ( means you make money! from that newspaper)

1- Pam cooking spray $2.99 each, on sale buy one get one free- used . 30 manufacturer coupon that doubled to .60 = .90

Total before coupons and sale was $15.06
I paid : .59
taxes .72
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$1.31

Transaction two:

2- Hellman`s mayo $5.69 each, on sale buy one get one free- used $1.00 manufacturer coupon AND $2.00 off one store coupon = FREE with .31 overage

5 – Campbell`s cream of chicken/ mushroom soup $1.43 each, on sale buy one get one free- used $.40 off four manufacturer coupon that doubled to .80 AND $1.00 off five store coupon = $1.77 for all five or .35 each.

1- Crisco Canola oil $3.83 each, on sale buy one get one free- used one .25 manufacturer coupon that doubled to .50 = $1.42

2- Duncan Hines deluxe brownie mix with walnuts $2.89 each, on sale buy one get one free- No coupon BUT read on.

1-Duncan Hines frosting $1.99 on sale $1.50 – Used $1.50 manufacturer coupon on one frosting when you buy two Duncan Hines baking mixes = free

OR Two brownie mixes and one frosting for $2.89 = around . 96 each.

1- Totino`s pizza rolls $4.11 each, on sale buy one get one free- No coupon.

Grand total before coupons or sale was : $35.10

I paid : 7.00
Taxes 1.70
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$8.70

Transaction three – Tony

1 – Hellman`s mayo $5.69 each, on sale buy one get one free- used $2.00 off one store coupon = .85

Total before coupons and sale was $5.97
He paid : $.83
taxes .28
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$1.11

Now lets total up the grand total and amounts paid.

Grand total was : $56.13
I paid : $11.12

A savings of $45.01

I am not stocked up on mayonnaise for six months and I have plenty of cream soups for the holidays.

LOVE ME SOME COUPONS!

NOTE: Used buy one of certain products and you give one to feed the children, sponsored by the manufacturer. I used 4 and the coupon gave me.01 each that doubled to .02.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry