Today I wanted to temporarily forget about some negative things going on in my life so I decided to leave town in the afternoon, coupon box in tow. I realized then that for me, couponing is more than a tool for good deals, it is a form of escapism.
I knew Hy-Vee was having a super sale on General Mills cereal, with a $10 off 6 boxes coupon in their ad, which could be combined with my coupons. To make the deal even sweeter, a $6 catalina coupon would come out of the register and I could use it on the next order of cereal. My first order of 6 boxes cost less than $5, and sure enough, a $6 coupon on your next order popped out. I went through again, this time using the $6 coupon to pay for my order. (some cereals were higher than others, the cheapest was the Cinnamon Toast Crunch at $2.49 a box) My husband was enjoying a cup of coffee while I went through three different times, and curious, he came over to watch me with my last order which was 6 boxes of cereal. When I handed the cashier a mere 24-cents for my order, his eyes widened considerably. When he saw the $6 on your next order coupon come out of the register, it dawned on him why I was so excited about this deal. As you can see from the photo, I did it 4 times. I hear some of the stores have $1 peelie coupons on the regular Cheerios, which would make this an even better deal. I only had coupons for 50-cents off each box.
We also stopped at Salvation Army (more 12 for $1 books and a really, really cool Christmas gift for Emily) and HalfPrice Books where I got $14 for a big box of magazines.
So it was a good day of good deals and I’ve already stored the cereal in a top cupboard in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, when I got back home, my problems were still there.