It’s very easy for me to not shop. I am a homebody, and I often go from one Sunday to the next without leaving home. I like it. I have a husband who is glad to have me at home, so I don’t have to work outside of my home. But by putting in an hour or two each week, clipping and organizing coupons and doing some online research, I can “make money” by reducing our grocery and household expenses.
No, I don’t buy things we don’t use, except when they are free or nearly free and I pick them up for the food bank or shelter. We are flexible in our tastes, however, and don’t have “brand loyalty” to more than one or two items. We will eat any cereal except for the sugary childrens varieties, and we don’t care about the brand of our soap, toothbrushes or toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, pain relievers, cough syrup, dish soap, shavers, cleaners, etc. If they are free, I will even give cat treats to my dog. He doesn’t seem to mind.
But I have to do it, and I have to leave the house and GO TO THE STORE.
I did that today – after coupons at KMart, I spent $5 at the register. I bought:
Dental Floss Picks
Starbucks Espresso drink
2 packages of Playtex rubber gloves
Pert Plus for Men
Everything was full size – no trial sizes. As soon as I got home, I filled out the mail-in rebate for the Pert Plus ($3.49). I also got two coupons from Kmart – one was for $5 off my next $25 purchase (total before coupons, and I will probably use that tonight or tomorrow) and the other was $5 off my next $50 purchase. I probably won’t use that one — I don’t buy that much!
So after the rebate and the $5 coupon, I came out about $3 ahead. And I will be going back soon.
I did very well at the grocery store, too. I had a number of coupons for free items, and I cherry-picked their sale items.
The coupons for free coupons are usually found on the company’s websites (Kraft often has some), and some come in the weekly paper. My favorite website for finding these is Money Saving Mom and if you are a forum junkie like me, you will also enjoy Coupon Mom Forums.