The reason I haven't been crafting so much after dark lately is because I've been getting serious about my other "C" hobby -- couponing!
I've always used coupons here and there, but I got serious about saving money when my husband lost his job last year. I thought I was doing pretty well until I saw Extreme Couponing on TLC -- and then I realized how much more potential these little newspaper clippings have! I took a class from Coupon Kristin a few months back, and now my couponing is going into high gear. My savings on most shopping trips averages around 50% -- and I think that's awesome for a newbie!
Here's a small purchase I made tonight at Walmart:
Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (8 ct) - $1.98
price-matched to HEB (8/17 circular) - $1.00 x 5 = $5.00
- 2 x $0.50/2 manufacturer online printable coupon
= $4.00/5, or $0.80 each
CapriSun Juice Pouches (10 x 6 oz) - $1.74
price-matched to Randalls (8/17 circular) - $1.49 x 3 = $4.47
- $1/3 manufacturer peelie (found on this shopping trip!)
= $3.47/3, or $1.16 each
Dial Liquid Soap (9.375 oz) - $1.47
price-matched to Kroger (8/17 circular) - $0.88 x 2 = $1.76
- 2 x $0.35/1 manufacturer coupon
= $1.06, or $0.53 each
French's Mustard (14 oz) - $1.48
price-matched to HEB (8/17 circular) - $1.00 each
Skinner Quick-Cook Pasta (16 oz) - $1.38
price-matched to Foodarama (8/17 circular) - $0.69 each
Kraft American Cheese Slices (12 oz) - $2.98
price-matched to Foodarama store coupon - $1.49 each
Crunch the numbers, and you'll see I bought $32.48 in product for just $16.79 (plus tax) -- that's a 48% savings!
This was my first trip to do both price-matching and coupons together -- and I didn't have a single issue. Sometimes Walmart gets a bad rep for customer service, but my local Neighborhood Market has great cashiers. The checker even said, "WOW -- you saved A LOT!" and when I thanked her for being patient with me she said, "That's why I'm here -- to help you save money."
So, do any of you crafters also do coupons? I'd love to hear your stories!