Couponing

Posted in Adventureson Nov 3, 2009

Recently, Sandy and I have been doing a little bit of couponing.  We’re not aiming at taking 80% off our monthly grocery bill, or to get all sorts of random products for free.  It is more like a game that we like winning.  It is kind of a thrill to get products for free or to see “You Saved 85% Off Your Order Today!” printed on the bottom of the receipt.  We are getting kind of good at finding coupons on the Internet to print or combining coupons we find with sales we find in stores.

One of our favorite stores to shop at is King Soopers, which is a Kroger store.  King Soopers generally has reasonable prices on products, and they will often have some good sales.  Additionally, they will double coupons up to 50 cents, and coupons between 50 cents  and a dollar they will increase to a dollar.  They also accept eCoupons from shortcuts.com or CellFire, which are loaded onto the King Sooper loyalty card and applied automatically when checking out.

One of my favorite King Soopers promotions is $5 off 10 qualifying items.  I think they choose a couple of items on each aisle of the store that quality, causing you to walk up and down all the aisles searching out 10 items which qualify.  This promotion is currently underway at our King Soopers, and when you combine the promotion with coupons, we’ve found some good deals.  For example, our 10 items might be:

Hormel Pepperoni (on sale for $2.99) – $0.35 coupon from the Hormel website that doubles to $0.70.

2 cans of Carnation evaporated milk (on sale for $1) – $0.50 off 2 coupon from a Nestle website that doubles to $1 off 2 cans.

Box of scalloped potatoes (on sale for 1.49) – $0.40 coupon from coupons.com that doubles to $0.80.

Can of Dole Mandarin Oranges (on sale for $1) – $0.50 coupon from Dole website that doubles to $1.

2 boxes of Cheez-Its (on sale for $1.49) – $1.50 off 2 coupon we clipped from the newspaper.

Bumblebee Tuna Pouch (on sale for $1) – $1 off coupon from smartsource.com

2 packages of Keebler Fudge Shoppe cookies (on sale for $1.49 each) – $1.50 off 2 coupon from coupons.com

So the above items would cost $14.44 if we bought them on sale but without any promotions or anything.  Using our coupons and double coupons saves us almost half at $7.50.  Then we save another $5 off by buying 10 participating items.

The total cost for those 10 items above turns out to be about $2.  Winner!  Winner!

6 Comments

Sandy

November 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Total winner, winner!

JustJon

November 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Wow. I am going to have to look into that.

Mallory

November 4th, 2009 at 8:39 am

Awesome. We should go grocery shopping together, that way I don’t have to find all these coupons, you can just bring them for me. 😀

Janelle

November 4th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

If I wasn’t grocery shopping with a handful of anxious kids that might be a lot of fun, lol. We love our local Reams. They get the best sales. We got a couple packages of Keeblers a while ago for about $.50 each. We also got a bunch of the big boxes of real Cheerios for $2/box — normally sold for close to $5. Such a feeling of accomplishment 😀

Aunt Lynda

November 5th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

OK, my daughters are in your league, I think. They are way into the couponing at this point. You did well!

Laura Stringham

November 6th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Yes we are way into couponing at this point. I’m a total coupon lover and I’m envious of your deals. We had a similar deal at Smith’s this week, but we don’t get the double coupons, so I had to spend a little more. I DID get like 9 cans of chili there for like $1.20 last week, so that felt good.

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