Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Our Nissan is in the shop, leaving me carless during the day so when Timm got home tonight I was off to do a couple of couponing errands. First I went to Walgreen's, or Wags, in the couple world. Still a rookie, it takes me a little while to navigate the stores I am not used to shopping at, looking for products I am not accustomed to looking for. While I do enjoy the scavenger hunt aspect, I am looking forward to speeding up my times a bit so my part-time job doesn't turn out to be more like a full-time job. Still, I enjoy getting some sweet deals. I have only been seriously been doing this for about 2 or 3 weeks, and I already have more toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner than I know what to do with. It's not just food storage- it's toiletry storage too. As I got to the register and turned over all my coupons, the woman behind me said, 'Oh, she has coupons.' with a derisive tone. I turned and muttered 'Sorry', with a smile, and not a thing. Not an 'It's okay', not a smile in return, nothing. Rude! My first coupon-related discrimination. Beotch. She's just jealous. Or she should be. She would be if she knew what was good for her. Moving on. Then the cashier wouldn't accept my internet coupons, jerk, so I had to have her void several tubes of toothpaste that I otherwise would have made money on. On my way out of the store one of my bags broke and cans rolled under the car so I am on my hands and knees on the wet pavement picking them up. On to CVS. Some more sweet deals. I go through the same routine, go to pay, ask for a rain check on M & M's, question the cashier, check prices and coupons, then shuffle off to the side to verify my receipt. In the same parking lot there is a jack in the Box, so I went through the drive-thru to reward myself with an Eggnog shake. I pull up, open my door since my window doesn't work, hand my money including sticky change to the cashier all the while my van squeaking because of the belt that needs replacing.
Am I white trash? Am I selling my soul for coupons?
Nevertheless, here a couple of awesome deals I got this week, so judge away full retail-paying woman behind me in line.
Harris Teeter- Total value $44.36. I paid...Wait for it... $4.18. That's right. Free items: 5 tubes of toothpaste, 2 toothbrushes, 1 tube of Blistex, and one can of cat treats. Everything else was next to free, since my total was $4.18. Take that Spazzy McGee!
Total shopping trip stats: 3 stores-Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, and Lowe's. Total value: $134.80. I paid: $34.89. I saved: $99.91. Free items besides the aforementioned: a box of rice and 2 packs of Mento's gum. The cereal was .58 cents a box- a personal best so far. Hence, the 10 boxes that are now in my linen closet. 58 cents!!
My freezer. We battled for about 10 minutes while I tried to get it to close.
Items falling out as I take the picture.
Which leads me to this. I really want a freezer. Really bad. I have searched Craig's List and found several for under $100, and that is the next big ticket on my wish list! How much of a dork am I? I am missing out on so many great deals just because I have no more freezer space! As soon as we can we have to get a freezer, which means we have to wire the garage for power as well. I am dreaming of a freezer. Upright, chest, whatever. I also need room in the garage for my food storage! I already commandeered what space I could in the linen closet, and now I'm out. We need room for food storage in the garage. I've said my peace.


Anonymous said...

I am soooo jealous that stores there double coupons. I swear that makes the biggest difference. I am so impressed and wish you luck finding that freezer!

rmt said...

Wow. Seriously, WOW! I think it's great that you are getting into this and liking it. Well done.

And I'm laughing about you using the word 'beotch.' Hee hee hee. That woman definitely was one.

Tasha said...

Good for you! That sounds like a lot of work, but worth it, eh?

paws said...

You've inspired me to pick up this hobby starting January (and ending, I'm sure, when Rhea's born in February...) I'm planning on following your detailed instructions, but I'm going to try shopping at Super Wal-Mart where they price match so I don't have to run around to a million stores.

Jill said...

I'm so impressed with your mad couponing skills! It would give me serious anxiety to be holding up the line, but that's just silly because it shouldn't matter.

I feel your pain on the lack of a freezer, we've got that going on here too. I tend to look longingly at the chest freezer whenever I go to Costco.

michelle said...

I'm longing for a freezer as well!

"Am I selling my soul for coupons?" That made me laugh out loud.

Now I need to know: what did you get at Lowe's??

Diana said...

wow look at your bargain shop.

Anonymous said...

You're not supposed to keep food storage in the garage.

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