My youngest daughter, Jacy, surveyed our small kitchen table – filled with the bounty of my recent shopping trip. She turned to her dad and said “This is how it starts…”. She was referring to my not so extreme couponing. For the past two weeks, I’ve been buying stuff cheap combining coupons and sales. Now, I’m not smart enough to do this on my own – I use The Grocery Game. <-That’s a referral link if you are opposed to such things – but you can get $5 off if you use it.
The Grocery Game does all the work for me – it looks at all the ads, matches up all the coupons, and tells me what the best deals are. So far, I’ve been hitting up Tom Thumb, Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens.
Tom Thumb is a store I never shop at because their prices tend to be higher than normal stores. I usually shop at Walmart for every day grocery shopping, and Kroger when I’m in a hurry (because it’s super close and on the way to wherever we are coming from, plus my bank is in the store). But, I’ve found that Tom Thumb actually has the best sale prices – I’ve been getting stuff incredibly cheap there.
I try not to be too extreme. Most of what you see on the TLC Extreme Couponing show is “manufactured” – the stores are violating their own policies just to get on tv. Letting shoppers use more than the maximum coupons (many stores only allow you to use 4 like coupons – and sometimes the coupon itself says that) or letting them use the wrong coupon – sometimes coupons will scan even though you didn’t buy what the coupon specified.
I buy the double Sunday coupon. So I get two sets of coupon inserts. That’s it. I don’t buy coupons on ebay or from clipping services – I just get my two coupons – so at best I double up on a deal. And if I already have a bunch of something, I don’t buy more. I don’t need 1500 rolls of toilet paper.
Some of my great deals (not shown in the picture above)
And look on the side bar for a widget with the latest best deals available.