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I admit I did not watch the new episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC last night. However, I did watch the first episode a month or so ago. I like everyone else use coupons to save money. I feel like I am making money by using them. Why spend a $1 on something when you don't have to?
I did not learn anything new by watching "Extreme Couponing". The show seemed very unrealistic to me. It also made the ladies/gentleman on the show to look a little bit off their rocker. Why would anyone purchase so many items in a store that they have to spend 6 hours just to check out? Why would anyone miss a family outing or give up spending time with their husband just to shop with coupons? There is no sale worth that.
Here is a few other things I didn't agree with:
- Don't clear the shelves when you find a sale, save some for others. There is such a thing as coupon etiquette.
- My stores have a limit on the number of coupons you can use in a transaction. This policy didn't seem to apply to any store featured in the show. Why is that?
- I have a stockpile but nothing in comparison to ones featured on the show. Seriously, how many people have rooms in their home dedicated to just store items purchased with coupons? My stockpile is contained to my pantry, stand alone freezer, and bathroom closet.
- I use the binder method to use file my coupon inserts. I do want to waste hours each week to cut coupons.
- Purchasing numerous papers each week is not necessary to me. Here is a list of where I get my coupons.
Did you watch the show? If so, what did you think? Did it seem realistic or unrealistic to you? Does it make couponers look bad? Will stores take notice and possibly change their coupon policies?
For those who say they don't have time to clip coupons, here is a great way to use coupons without clipping. You can also stack these with your paper coupons. Cellfire loads coupons to your store card and when you card is scanned they are automatically deducted from your total.
Click here to sign up to see if your store accepts cellfire and start saving.
Everyone likes to keep fast easy meals available. I always try to have a couple of frozen pizzas on hand for a quick meal. Here is a great coupon for $1 off 5 Totino's pizzas. My local stores often have these on sale.
Over the weekend, my good friend sent her baby girl off to her 1st prom. It is hard to believe that the little girl I met so long ago is old enough to go the prom. Wanting to give her the full experience of going to prom, she did find ways of saving money. It is prom time so maybe these ideas could help you.
She went dress shopping and found the dress she wanted except it wasn't the right color and the price tag was $700!! Lucky for her, her dear nana is a great seamstress.
Hair - $80 (but she had to have it dyed too or it would have been cheaper)
Total Spent - $378
So she saved more on the dress than what she spent on everything!! Quite thrifty and she got the color and the exact fit that she wanted. Plus, nana got to do somethng special for her granddaughter that she will never forget.
Here is a couple of pictures of nana putting the finishing touches on the dress and of Nichole in her dress. Doesn't she look beautiful?
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Saturday, while we were out getting pictures made with the Easter Bunny, I stopped by Dollar General. I had my coupon with me for $5 off a $20 apparel purchase. I love their Fisher Price clothes that you can find at Dollar General. The prices are great and they hold up well after several washes. I like to buy "play clothes" for each season for my kids to wear every day.
I got lucky when I got to the register and realized my local store had already marked down their Fisher Price clothes down from $7 to $5.25 an outfit so I went back to pick out another outfit. (advertised in Sunday's sales ad)
Here is what I purchased:
4 - 2 piece short outfits - Reg. $7 Sale Price - $5.25
Total - $21.00
Used $5 off $20 coupon
Total OOP - $16
Total Savings - $12
That's $4 per outfit/$2 per piece of clothing.
Here is a list of my favorite deals at CVS this week:
Complete Multi-Purpose Solution - 12oz. - 8.99
Receive 8.99 ECB
Use $1/1 from 4/3 SS
Final Price - FREE + 1.00 overage
Oral-B Manual Toothbrush - 2.99
Receive .99 ECB
Use $2/1 4/3 P&G
Final Price - FREE
G-U-M Ez-Thru Flossers - 2.99
Receive $2 ECB
Final Price - FREE
Right Guard Total Defense Body Wash - $3.88
Receive $3 ECB
Use Buy 1 Get 1 FREE coupon 3/13 RP
Final Price when you buy 2 - .44 each
Dawn Dish Detergent - .99
Use .25 4/3 P&G insert
Final Price - .74 each