One of my new guilty pleasures is TLC's Extreme Couponing so I decided to give it a try. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and am not a hoarder, so my "extreme couponing" will be much less extreme. On my first attempt, my total came to $76.56 and after coupons and my store card, I only paid $28.39! I bought the coupons on eBay for $5.24, so my total savings was $42.93. What did I get for $28.39?
18 Tony's Frozen Pizzas
Retail Price: $1.69 each
After in store sale & coupons: $0.50 each
10 EAS Myoplex Nutrition Bars
Retail Price: $2.49 each
After in store sale and coupons: $0.99 each
10 Zone Perfect Bars:
Retail Price: $1.25 each
After in store sale and coupons: FREE
Plus I got some Carbmaster Yogurts & Milk on sale.
How to Find the Good Deals:
1. Go to www.couponmom.com and register for an account
2. Click on Grocery Deals by State
3. Scroll to your State and Pick your store. A new list will appear as a pop-up window. Grocery Store lists are updated on Wednesday.
4. Sort the list by highest percent saved and select the deals you want.
If you save coupons, the first column of the list called "Cpn. Out" tells you what circular it came from. Since I don't have any coupons saved, I head over to eBay. One of the deals I saw recently was for Zone Perfect nutrition bars for free. I searched on eBay for "Zone Bar Coupon" and found someone selling 10 of them. I also looked at what other items they were selling and compared it to my Couponmom.com list. I also found the same seller was selling 9 of the frozen pizza coupons. I contacted the seller to see if she would combine shipping & while she wouldn't, she sent me 10 $1 off any EAS Myoplex product. Score!
Couponmom.com also has lists for national stores and drugstores. I saw that Wal-Mart has Nivea Body Wash for $3 and saw that there is a coupon for $3 off, making the Body Wash free. So I headed over to eBay to buy coupons. These coupons were more expensive - I spent $15.94 for 20 coupons for body wash. Since I am getting the body wash for free, it is still a great deal at only $0.80 per body wash.
I am going to start getting a Sunday paper and saving my coupon inserts to cut down on the number of coupons I need to buy. Couponmom has a great video about how to save and organize your Sunday coupon inserts here.