Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on July 28th, 2013 . Filed under: Couponing, Swagbucks .

I’m back today with one of my coupon adventures after taking a little hiatus before/during/after vacation.  Truth be told, I took pictures of some great couponing trips from before I went on vacation, but I’m too lazy to dig through the shred box and find the receipts and figure all that out.  But it was good stuff, I’m sure – heh.

We were running low on cereal, and back-to-school time is prime time to get some cheap cereal.  Walgreens had Kellogg’s cereal for $1.67 a box. I also had coupons for $1-off-3 which made these $1.34 a box.  However, I paid nothing because I had $35 in Balance Rewards (Walgreens’ point program that you earn when you buy certain items) and chose to cash that out with this morning’s purchases.  So, 18 boxes of cereal….

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…2 boxes of pads, 4 bottles of hand sanitizer (on sale for $2.99, in-store coupon for $1, plus I had a coupon for $1 = 99-cents each), free toothbrushes ($2.99, less $1 coupon that I had, and get back $2 = FREE), and then a free paper towel coupon printed out, so I got those as well.
I spent $0 on all this at Walgreens today.

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I’ve mentioned before that I use Swagbucks for my online searches instead of Google.  And I earn points (for searches, online shopping, and using coupons) which I turn in for $5 Amazon gift cards.  And then I use those to buy groceries from Amazon using their Subscribe & Save program where you don’t have to pay any shipping and you can opt for just 1 month (which is what I do).  More info on all that can be found on this post HERE.

Toilet paper, stuffing mix, rye flour, farina…

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….stir-fry noodles, peppermint cocoa packs, powdered milk, cocoa, beef jerky, and some almonds.  Thinking ahead to fall obviously with stuffing, and a lot more baking.
All on the free.

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We also saved money by getting rid of all our CDs.  My husband made it a project to save all the music from our old CDs, and then he took them down to Hastings and sold them and made $130.  What about you?  Any money-saving fun lately?

I have been so inspired by the Prudent Homemaker blog and am working even harder to save money on feeding the family.  More bread in the breadmaker.  Not letting anything go to waste.  Last night I threw some overripe bananas and a peach (that normally would have been thrown out) in to a batch of blueberry muffins for the kids to have for breakfast this week.  I know that’s not a novel idea, but I am definitely more aware of these things now and trying to make our money and our food go farther.

2 Responses to Adventures in Couponing.

  1. Janet

    I tweeted you (@Naboskala), but thought I’d leave you a comment here too. Since you asked about money saving tips – have you heard of ibotta? It’s an app that pays you (money gets deposited into your Paypal acct) for buying certain products. I’ve been using it for just over 2 months & have made close to $40. If you do try it out, please use my referral link as I get rewarded for referring (kind of like SwagBucks). I always enjoy your couponing posts – inspires me to be more vigilant with saving!

  2. AnnaWas

    Great job! I so wish I had your talent!

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