Did you finish the song in your head????
Yesterday was “one of those days”. You know, the ones where you can’t WAIT to lay your head on the pillow and call the day OVER???
A starter party that I was supposed to do for another lady for Clever Container (that would have paid ME!) was cancelled before I even got out of bed…
Then I found out FROM THE HOMEOWNER that my closing for last night needed to be rescheduled. (THAT created drama all it’s own..suffice it to say, if you’re ever in the position to need to reschedule closing on your refi…DON’T!)
And on my way out the door to Bible Study last night, while still not COMPLETELY sure that I wasn’t going to have to turn around and go home and get the paperwork for said closing, I checked my email to find out that one of the parties that we have scheduled for next week wasn’t getting the response that the hostess had hoped for, probably because she scheduled it during the day not realizing how many of her friends work outside of the home. (And yes, I KNOW that was a terrible run on sentence. WHAT OF IT????) 🙂
On top of that, someone contacted me yesterday to let me know that she was giving up on trying to learn to coupon because she couldn’t figure it out. Trouble is, she’s trying to figure out how to do it on her own. It makes me so very frustrated when I know that people could be saving SO MUCH MONEY and won’t even attempt it because they can’t figure it out by themselves. Do you think your Doctor learned to listen to your heartbeat on his own?? I WANT to help…and that frustrates me. But SOMEONE has to pay full price, or they’d stop offering coupons, right? 😉
Anyway, needless to say, I was a tad discouraged when I hit the door of Bible Study. We are starting a new study on the Sermon on the Mount. Teresa, our fearless leader, reminded us last night that Satan knows what it will take to get us down and works fervently to make sure that he does everything possible to get us there.
I NEEDED TO BE REMINDED OF THAT!
That is honestly one of the biggest reasons I started this blog. If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you know that I started this to help me focus on the GOOD that is happening around me and not the bad! So when I went to bed last night and again this morning I prayed asking to be reminded of the good going on and the blessings I’m experiencing.
And then today I had one of my most “Extreme Couponing Days” EVER!
LOOK at this!
Here was everything I got today!
I’m a little foggy today, but the total of the products on that table should have been around $92. That doesn’t include the free Oil Change I got today OR the free lunch I got at my favorite fastfood chicken place!
The final out-of-pocket cost for me was $14.12. Yes, you read that right!! And remember, that INCLUDES an oil change (oh, and a free tire rotation) and lunch.
Was that worth my time and effort?
Here’s how it broke down:
Harris Teeter Super Doubles
Today was the last day of Super Doubles at HT. I had a few things that I didn’t get on Friday and I was in Franklin for my oil change, so I ran over there again.
The potatoes and the lotions were completely free.
That entire bag of bananas cost me $1. Yeah, they’ve got a few brown spots, but I had one this afternoon with God’s gift known as Nutella and it was still firm! I’ll peel and cut most of them in half and stick them in baggies and freeze them for Banana bread all winter!
The canned veggies were buy 2, get 3 free, making them 54 cents each and my family uses A LOT of canned corn during the holidays, so I’m set!
Savings at HT was $15.03.
Total out-of-pocket: $4.34
This was my deal of the day! (Except that there was a crack in one of the lids that I didn’t notice until it had leaked out into my reusable shopping bag. WHAT A MESS!!)
The detergent was on sale for $3.99 a bottle. I had two coupons for $1 off and One Extra Care Buck in the amount of $7.00 that I wanted to use with it, so I got the M&Ms to bring my total up above $7 so I could use it. I ended up paying a grand total of (can you hear the drumroll?)
The cashier congratulated me on my savings and I told her that I teach people how to coupon and would use this as an example and that prompted her to ask me for business cards, because “their staff all coupons and passes the info on as often as possible.”
Savings at CVS was: $16.60
Total out-of-pocket: $.37
Then I moseyed on over to the local Target and got this:
The Command Strips were my WORST buy of the day, but I needed them and had a coupon, so there they are!
Target and CoverGirl paid me fifty-six cents to take the three eyeshadows home. They were $2.98 each. I had a coupon for $2.50 off of any 2 CG items and another for $1 off any item. Target sent me a $1 off CG coupon in a free sample cosmetic case that I got in the mail and THEN they had a promotion where if you bought any 3 CG items they give you a free $5 Target Gift card.
If you’re keeping track, the total on those three items would have been $8.94. Coupon savings were $4.50 and I got a $5 gift card back. There’s the fifty-six cents!
And both of the little first-aid kits were free. Those go in our “Freebie box” for doorprizes at our parties!
So at Target, total savings: $12.88, including savings I get by using my Target Debit card
PLUS I got a $5 Gift Card to use later.
I also HAD a $5 Gift Card that I used on the transaction, so my out-of-pocket cost was $3.60
The box of potatoes was free with a “FREE coupon”. All of the pineapple, broth, chili and cranberry cans ended up being 50 cents each. The boxes of tissues were 66 cents each and the Annies mac and cheese ended up being 31 cents each!
Kroger has a promotion right now where if you buy 10 total of certain items you get $5 off of your order. I had two sets of 10 in this transaction, so that accounted for $10 of my savings.
I also had two $5 gift cards that I used.
Including the above and the coupons that I used, I saved $33.39.
Total out-of-pocket: $5.81
I also earned 23 points toward gas on this order.
And I had coupons totaling $4.75 that printed off at the register.
CFA and Oil Change
The Women’s Day on the Hill Event for TN Right to Life always has a silent auction. I bought three items this year for something like $60 (which was actually a donation for RTL). This was the last of the three that I still hadn’t redeemed. They also gave me a free tire rotation today. (The DOWN side was that they told me I needed to replace my brakes, which I did JUST ONE YEAR ago…something doesn’t sound right about that!)
AND I had a coupon for a free kid’s meal at CFA which I used for a small lunch on the way home. They gave me THREE coupons for freebies (with a purchase) which I will definitely use later! (Did you know that while the coupons at CFA have an expiration date, they let you use them past and I mean WAY past that date?)
So, when someone tells me that they don’t have time to coupon…that’s fine. I’m not gonna dwell on that.
But I think I’ll keep at it. And today was a MUCH better day!
(The cancelled closing rescheduled for tomorrow night, the starter party for Clever Container NOW may turn into a CC party AND a Super Coupon Clippers Party, and the booking with only one guest is working hard to bring it to 10 AND has a couple of bookings already!)
None of the businesses mentioned in this post paid me anything to speak nicely about them! 😉 (That’s to cover the legal end of things…)