With a meager five-dollar bill, which most people believe can only buy you a "5-dollar footlong" from Subway (before tax)-I ventured off to some nearby grocery stores to see what I could get. But, I didn't go alone. I carried with me my coupon book, which is really a photo album that works perfectly for separating my coupons into their specific categories.
Albertson's is a great grocery store because in many regions they provide "Twice the Value" coupons. These store coupons will double the value of your manufacturer coupon up to $1.00. So, when I used my $1.00 coupon, I actually received $2.00 off. When the TtV coupons are available, I am always sure to scour the ad and match up the best coupon deals with what my household currently needs.
My first purchase included 2 Dial Liquid Hand Soaps originally priced at .99 each and some disposable gloves at $2.19.
• Final cost would have been $4.17 + tax, but I had coupons for each item, and after the doubler coupons, my total was $1.03. *Phew* I almost thought my $5 was gone already.
My next purchase, (also at Albertson's with the doublers) was 2 packages of Rhodes Frozen Rolls priced at $2.79 each.
• Final cost would have been $5.58, but after coupons my total was $1.58.
We had just run out of salsa at our house, and La Victoria salsa priced at $2.99 each (16 oz)-just an average price, however, I had a very high-value coupon that I printed from their website months ago to get $4.00/2 so it still turned out to be a thrifty deal, at only $1.98 for 2 jars.
.41 cents left over.
I know, I know. You may be thinking, "A 5-dollar footlong would taste better than rolls with salsa, and some soap on the side." However, I was grabbing some deals and keeping myself stocked up on items that we need and that is the key: to stay stocked up and not buy again until you can get it for cheap.
For example: It's never fun when you realize you've run out of toothpaste, and then spend $3.00 on a tube where if you stock up on a deal (for me, less than .75 cents a tube) you are able to see when your supply is depleting, and typically have a few weeks to watch for the next best deal to come along.
I don't need to go into more detail about all the items you can potentially get for free--I'll leave that up to Thrifty Mom, Coupon Cravings, and Money Saving Mom. These are just a few of the hundreds of blogs that highlight a variety of deals or who matches up coupons to your advantage. They do a lot of the work in searching the deals and communicating them to their readers. All you need to do is print/clip, shop, and see how far you can stretch your $5.00, and maybe even donate that little bit extra to others in need.
Try it out. This is definitely a hobby I have thoroughly enjoyed doing and sharing.
Don't know where to start? Buy a Sunday paper, or visit a few of your favorite brand's websites for coupons. Other good resources are coupons.com, redplum.com, and your local grocery stores website. I highly recommend following one or two of the sites listed above (or any avid couponer's site) so they can guide you to some of the best deals in your area.