Maybe it is the extreme cold and cabin fever, or maybe it is because all my Christmas things are put away and there is room on the attic stairs, but I am starting to get excited about stashing things away for my annual April garage sale.
Last night while shopping at Fareway’s meat counter the young man waiting on me exclaimed, “Wow, I haven’t seen anyone with a coupon box since I moved to Iowa! I saw coupon binders and boxes all the time in Atlanta. But then, with all the grocery store competition and double couponing, we could get lots of things free.”
I was pleasantly surprised by his enthusiastic response to my coupon box. I’ve seen women pulling out their purse-sized coupon holders here in Manchester, but that meat department worker was right; I’ve yet to see someone using a box or binder.
The young man continued raving about coupons; how he and his wife would purchase $100 worth of groceries for $5 after coupons, and how he wished there was doubling in Iowa because he missed that. I can only imagine what I could do with double coupon policies. Yesterday our family went to Mass in a nearby town and visited the Pamida store for their once-a-month $1 double coupons. Pamida is so limited in its stock and so high in price that I normally wouldn’t travel the 27 miles to get there but since we were already in town I decided to check them out. I paid $3.38 for over $35 worth of merchandise., including Solo bathroom cups I was paid $1.40 to take out of the store. Just think what I could do at a grocery store that doubled!
We might not have double coupons but there are still plenty of opportunities for getting things free, or cheap enough to stock up or stockpile for a garage sale. As a mom at home, having an annual garage sale is one way I can make a little money. (or a lot of money, as was the case last April after a winter of double coupon sprees at K-Mart). There are some pretty good coupons you can purchase on ebay or through www.thecouponclippers.com for your own savings. Keep in mind that when you are paying for coupons that is a part of your cost, so look for the best prices on the coupons themselves. Since legally you can’t “buy” coupons, you are paying a handling fee for the clipping and sorting. Sometimes the handling fee makes the coupon savings just not worth it. My personal limit is 10-cents per $1 value. When Snuggle put out their $2 off any Snuggle coupon I got them for 10-cents each, but they soon were selling on ebay for 25-cents or more.
Some recent coupons that make for a really good deal:
(expired now) Snuggle $2 (Walmart sold 40-ct sheets for $1.87)
$1 off GE Smart Bulbs, on sale at Fareway for 99-cents.
$1 off any Reach dental floss, 98-cents at Walmart.
$1 off any Ivory soap bar bundles, 3-pack bundles $1.07 at Walmart.
$2 off Reach multi-packs, 2-packs are $2 at Dollar General.
75-cents off Ronzoni Smart Taste, on sale as low as $1- $1.28 at Hy-Vee or Walmart.
$4 off 2 Rolaids, look for single pack Rolaids and get them free.
Marcal toilet paper $1, 19-cents after coupon at Fareway (people grabbed these up for 75-cents at my last sale!)
Fisher snacks $1, no longer available at my Fareway but used to go on sale for 99-cents, now I have to find them somewhere else on sale.
Tone’s spices $1 off 2, free spice when Fareway has their 50-cent sale.
Coupons like these can make shopping fun as you hunt the aisles for the best deals. Whether you are buying for yourself, buying for re-sale, or looking for inexpensive things to share with others, even without double couponing, there are still good deals to be had. This year, I look forward to sharing my garage sale pictures on my blog.