Last night when Handsome came home from music practice, about 7:30, I threw on my shoes and was out the door in just a couple of minutes.
You see, Walgreens had a special coupon out $5 off $20 purchase, good for 31 July only. By combining it with sales and manufacturer’s coupons, I was actually getting paid to take some things out of the store. They had a lot of free-after-rebate items (and for those of you that hate rebates, you can now file them online so you don’t have to worry about losing your receipt, just do it first thing when you get home.) so I bought those, used the $5/$20 coupon and was making money on them. I printed four coupons off so I could do it four different times. That kind of coupon doesn’t happen all the time so it’s worth using it! I visited three different stores
When I got home I registered my receipts online and then, for Handsome’s benefit, I totalled up what we actually will have spent out of pocket when we get the rebate back. The grand total? $4.36. With that I got a whole lot of stuff. I don’t know for sure but I would estimate that I bought at least $50 worth of merchandise. Actually it’s probably closer to $75. Of course I would never pay full price at Walgreens because their prices are pretty high. But I got a lot of stuff (things that we’ll use) for only $4.36. Oh, and I got four movie tickets, too!
After it was all done and I’d cleaned up the kitchen (I had promised that I would clean the kitchen before I went to bed since I didn’t do it before I left) I told Handsome that I’m pretty sure that I’m finished with doing deals for a while. Probably a month or two at least. We have a stockpile of things and I can’t think of anything that we would need to buy as far as household or health and beauty supplies go. Although I enjoy the thrill of the chase I have other things in my life that need some attention as well.I will continue to collect coupons but I won’t be spending the time online that I have been, finding out about the deals and such.
Just a side note, I’m hoping that I will be able to teach a class at church to our mom’s group about saving money at home by using coupons and menu-planning and living more simply. And, for me, part of living simply is knowing when enough is enough. There is more to life than free shampoo and toothpaste