For those of you that are wondering..NSR means "non-stamping related." :) It's a demonstrator term.
Today I jumped back into a world of couponing that I've neglected for a few years now. I used to do The Grocery Game and get great deals, and have always worked wonders with coupons (thanks to mom:). But a few years ago, I got busy with the kids and let it deteriorate. And I didn't really feel the urgency to start up again or keep going. I was starting to incorporate more whole foods, which there weren't many coupons for at that time, and the cost of the newspaper to get the coupons was heading up all the time. Since that was the only I subscribed, I questioned whether it was worth it anymore.
I've noticed over the past, about 18 months, there have been more coupons and deals on line and in free flyers that come with the junk mail, and that they were beginning to incorporate coupons for things like fresh produce and other non/less processed items and organic items that I actually buy.
Well my friend Christy has recently become an avid couponer. I went to her house last night and she taught me, very thoroughly, how to get a bazillion things I WILL use free or cheap. I must say I felt old. It's only been about 2 1/2 years since I stopped being a serious couponer, but in that 2 1/2 years couponing has changed drastically! Christy taught me several places to find coupons online so I don't have to get the paper, and how to combine them with sales and coupon stacking in some places I've never shopped before. For example, Walgreens. You get can a lot of great stuff super cheap at Walgreens. And because they give you rewards that work like dollars at the store, you can end up making money on several items each week!
So now I am jumping back in. I arranged a new coupon binder (my old one was...well...old) and started printing coupons and looking for deals. I decided to start small and try one store at a time. I also wanted to know how hard it would be to take my three wee ones with me. Shopping with them is not my favorite thing, but it is my normal thing, so I needed to make sure I could do it.
Tonight I started with Target. I kept my list short, really short. For the first time in forever I actually didn't NEED anything right away at Target, so I stuck to my coupon list. I got 14 items:
6 cans of Del Monte vegetable for $0.28 each
5 tubs of baby wipes for $0.27 each
3 boxes of stuffing for $0.79 each
14 items, $5.40.
Not bad. I stuck to my guns about only getting items I use on a regular basis, and not buying a newspaper for the first few months (until I decide if I actually want to be that active with it again). I actually could have gotten the canned veggies cheaper (I think $0.20 a can) but I didn't have the manufacturer coupon to stack with it, I just had the Target coupon.
Tomorrow I think I'll try CVS.
PS- Christy's blog is in the column on the right hand side of my blog. It's "Life the Wong Way" if you'd like to check her out.