Monday, November 14, 2011

My first big couponing experience

Yes, I am into coupons now (thanks to my couponing friends Lisa and Payje). Until now I've been mostly using coupons I won and those were good to get a specific product for free. Recently I have understood that it's enough to have a $1.00 off coupon to get something for free if we can find it on sale for $0.99! And that's the way to go! Over the weekend I wanted to try if I can get some nice food for free. I went to my closest grocery store- Smith's. I decided to save $5.00 when getting 10 participating products. I bought 6 Campbell's soups (I used a coupon and got them for about 33 cents per can) and  4 boxes of organic broth (used 2 coupons and got them for $1.50 each). Not too bad! I can definitely stack up on those products (check expiration dates and reach for products that are put deeper on a shelf). Some more exciting experience I had at Albertson's. I wanted to buy 10 participating products to get each of them for $1.00. It took me quite some time finding everything but I collected 10 items and had  a few coupons. At the register it turned out I grabbed the wrong cans of tomatoes. I ran to exchange them and was embarassed, paid what it was and left. Then I saw that the soy sauce I got wasn't $1.00 (I had a $1.00 coupon) but much more. I made a mistake and got a 10 oz bottle (the shop sticker was just under this row of bottles!) when I should have got a 5 oz one. At least I had one more other product that participated in this promotion so I did get 10 products for a buck each and I used more coupons (that I won) so I got a lot of stuff for free. Lesson learned: always check your basket before approaching the cash register. And pay attention to the size of products to match coupons. My shopping experience took a lot of energy and I understood I am not going to be an extreme couponer :-) I also don't want to buy things I won't use. So if you need some coupons I am open for exchange. Or I can just send them your way because I don't like things going to waste :-)


  1. Ania! Congratulations!!! It's just tricky at first! Once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze!!! Lisa S

  2. yes, it's tricky but we will figure it out!