Prompted by a student's essay, I have been experimenting with coupons. Even in our 'poorest' days as newly married college students, I didn't use coupons, though I did shop the store sales. My student's huge savings inspired me to give coupons a REAL try. Not paying for deodorant and getting toothpaste for 20 cents? Yes, I thought, this is worth a try! My first week, I spent $160, saving $115. I followed my student's advice: 1) only buy what you normally would, 2) only buy things that are on sale, and 3) only buy things that you have coupons for. According to her advice, store sales are on a 6 week cycle, so after about a month, you should be stocked up with everything you need. In the meantime, plan meals from what's in the pantry, rather than shopping for what you need.
So, this week, armed with the latest batch of coupons from my mother-in-law's Sunday paper and coupons.com, I diligently shopped the Bashas' sales. I spent $73, and saved $81! Even the cashier was impressed. :-) My best buy this week? A bottle of Vaseline Sheer Infusion. Normally $6.88, it was on sale for $3.88 and I had a coupon for $3.75. My cost? 13 cents!!! Do I always buy this particular brand of lotion? No. But I do buy lotion, I like Vaseline on the whole, and I'm not particular. So, 13 cents well-spent. :-) Another great deal--Bashas' has GM cereals on sale for $1.99 a box. When you buy four boxes, you get a gallon of milk ($3.88) for free. I had coupons for 50 cents to $1 off each box of cereal. So, for about $6, I got 2 boxes of Cheerios, 2 boxes of Kix, and a gallon of milk. Not bad!
I might be able to save more by shopping at different stores, but Bashas' in the only one in town, and with gas prices being what they are, I'm thinking that the extra savings might not be worth the trip. Couponsense.com I've heard is good, too, but for now, I'm content with shopping Bashas' super Fri/Sat sales and clipping coupons, especially since I discovered that I have two EXCELLENT coupon clippers in my house! :-)