I wouldn't have believed that I could find something that I enjoy almost as much as creating things, but I have and it's price matching, and couponing. I love the challenge of seeing how much I can get and save each week.
I have been price matching for a while now. Sometimes I do pretty good and sometimes I only save a few dollars. Buy hey every little bit helps, right?
I'm still learning, in fact I signed up for a Extreme Couponing class sponsored by the star telegram for this Tuesday. I am looking forward to it.
This shopping trip would of regularly cost me $41.76. But using prices from Family Dollar, HEB, Brookshires, and CVS to price match for a total of $28.96. Then $7.00 in coupons brought it down to $21.96. WooHoo a big savings of $19.80
My first purchase was diaper (fifth grand baby due April ). I had to spend at least $20 to earn $5 back. So I bought 3 for a total of $26.97, I got $9 off with my coupons which made my purchase now $17.97, then I received $5 back to spend on my next purchase.
So I turned around and bought 4 bottles of VO5 (hubby's shampoo) 2 for $1.50 , I then received $1 off from my coupons. Which brought it down to $2. Pantene shampoo was on sale, 3 for $10, and I had a $5 of coupon. So now it cost $5. My last item in this purchase was melatonin, buy 1 get 1 free.
This total purchase was $16.99 minus $6.00 in coupons, and minus the $5 earned cash back. Totaling $5.99
The regular price for both purchases would of been $50.95. Buying on sale and using coupons, and earned cash back I spent a total of $23.96 with a total savings of $26.99.
How is that for savings? Takes a little work each week, but I enjoy the challenge. There are some great apps and websites out there that help with the work.
Walmart has a app "Savings Catcher" that does the price matching for you. I use it too just in case I miss something, and I do. I've been using it a little over a month now and I'm up to $22.26
I'll talk more on the savings apps at another time.