My Stockpile!

23 06 2011

I’m sure some of you wonder what kind of stuff we buy and what we do with all of it! Well, basically we save half and give away another half. How many times have you been to our place and left with shampoo, a sweet razor or several boxes of cereal? I LOVE giving stuff to people. Secretly, I want them to catch the ‘saving money’ bug. We have a certain hard, iron-working friend who RARELY looks at a price tag yet is IN AWE when I get $13 razors for under a buck. I haven’t been couponing too long (my inserts start 5/1!) yet have managed to get all this stuff AND MORE for under $150 ..total ..for everything. Yes, that includes the MANY packs of diapers and wipes you can’t see.

So, enjoy ..and remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed, START SLOW!


This haul was probably my best. . I think I MADE $9 for taking it all home. Yes, MADE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is currently what our pantry looks like. We live in a small apartment so these shelves we found for $10 are amazing!

   

Toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, our favorite antibacterial wipes, miscellaneous cleaners, 20 boxes of cat food, etc. .
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those razors are originally $13, I paid $.89 each – That is THREE rows of Ryan’s FAVORITE body wash, a bin of his deodorant and miscellaneous things slated for giving away!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My shelf of shampoo, deodorant, face wash – three rows of shampoo and condition, they were all under $5 for all . .less than the cost of ONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half of our linen closet – all the diapers and wipes are organized Tetris-style in here. .that took me a while to configure, but it’s jam-packed!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So if you are still hesitant about couponing (and saving money, as a whole), I urge you to read through the blog and ask questions. . I have spent less than ONE MONTH of our grocery budget ($200) !





Abandoning brand loyalty

20 06 2011

There are tons of excuses  reasons out there people have for not couponing. One of them that I hear a lot is that there are never any coupons offered for the products they use. So I think my number one tip is try new things! Maybe that shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper (insert item here) you’ve been using for the past 10 years is awesome, but maybe, just maybe there is something else out there that will also work for you. I’ve used Pantene Pro-v shampoo and conditioner for years before couponing (it does well at taming the frizz!) BUT why in the world do I want to spend $5+ a bottle when I can get John Frieda for free! (And it also tames the frizz pretty well too!!) Did you know those new Newton Fruit Thins are pretty tasty?! Neither did I until I tried them because of a great deal! Soo.. be willing to try new products!





Tips, Hints and other Bits for Beginners

20 06 2011

The best savings are acquired by:

Store Sale
+Manufacturer coupons
+Store coupon
+Store promo
+CAT/RR/+UP
= GREAT SAVINGS!

Keep that in mind, as it will maximize your savings week by week.

If you haven’t read the post about what to do first, check it out!

After you begin saving your inserts, you have many options as to how to go about organizing them. A friend of mine, who began couponing at the same time, have very different methods, and they work for us!

TJ’s method: leaving inserts intact, organized by date and insert

This is a small file folder I picked up at Freddy’s for about $5 but any file box will work!

Pros:

  • When matching sales I can pull the insert I need out
  •  No late-night/early-Sunday coupon clipping, clip when and what you need!
  • Very tidy

Cons:

  • Not the easiest to tote around (I don’t!) so you may miss out on clearance deals!
  • You don’t necessarily know which coupons you have
  • Takes up more space, as there are plenty of extra insert pages you won’t use

I often have various miscellaneous coupons I’ve received from companies, friends, family and ones I buy from a clipping service. For those, I use ……..

J’s method

A zipper binder with baseball card pages for clipped coupons. 

Pros:

  • You can organize by product, coupon value or any way that works for you!
  • Take with you anywhere ::think:: Target endcap clearance!
  • You know which and how many coupons you have

Cons:

  • You may feel overwhelmed with the constant clipping 😦
  • When doing matchups (via databases), you may not know which insert it’s from
  • You need different size card holder pages, all coupons are different!

Disclaimer: If I am too lazy to organize my clipped coupons, I do the envelope method: put them in an envelope until later!

The KEY to good organization is to know what works for YOU! There are other methods out there but these are the two that work for me!





Where to Begin!?

20 06 2011

Whenever someone comes over to my house or sees a picture of my amazing savings on Facebook, they ask me how I do it. This happens daily. So, I decided to everything I have learned in an easily-accessible place, this blog! If you are interested in saving money on almost EVERYTHING, read on.

What I tell people the FIRST thing you should do when you decide if couponing is something you want to do. .

*GET the Sunday NEWSPAPER*
. . this is key, as this is the main source of manufacturer coupons!

Every newspaper in every city is different. Where I live, the Oregonian is $2 in the ‘burbs on Sunday and $2.50 in the Portland Metro area. However, a subscription wouldn’t be a bad idea! Some newspapers even offer discounts for multiple issues! Here are some NW newspaper I recommend!

Oregon
Oregonian
Salem Statesman Journal
Bend Bulletin
The Register Guard  (Eugene/Springfield)

Washington
Seattle Times – note: this paper does NOT have the RedPlum (RP) insert . .you CAN, however, get it delivered to your house in Wednesday! Go here!
Tacoma News Tribune – I’ve heard you can get multiple Sunday papers for $1 each
The Herald (Everett)
The Daily News  (Kelso/Longview)
Spokesman Review 

I know there are other papers out there but those cover a little bit of each state!

Once you start saving inserts, you can easily match up store sales with coupons and other promotions! Read on . .