I started being a "serious" coupon-ista about a month and a half ago. What I mean by this is that I went from casually snipping a few coupons for products I would normally purchase, thereby saving a few bucks here and there.... to clipping every single coupon out of the paper (and printing lots from online sources) even if it's a brand I normally don't buy or a product I've never tried. I still throw lots of coupons away (when they expire) but until then, I hang onto them waiting for a sale which will allow me to buy products for at least 75% off, in many cases free. It's become my hobby. Basically, I peruse the Sunday ads, keeping my eye open for items for which I have coupons. I use the Krazy Coupon Lady to help find the deals (and to learn the basics of couponing). I also like I am THAT Lady simply because she does coupon match ups for my local grocery store, which the first site does not.
It did not take long before I was in need of a shelf in my basement to contain my stockpile. Stockpiling is just part of the couponing world. Because when you find a great deal, why not get lots of it so that you NEVER buy something for full price. And also, many deals require a bigger quantity as specified by the sale and/or coupon.
Unlike many crazy stock pliers, I do not keep it all in one location. Though it's tempting to be able to display all of the beautiful merchandise I've obtained for little to no money, I really like having things closer to where I actually use them. And I'm blessed with the storage areas in our living space to do so.
So come along with me on a tour of my shopping trophies...
Firstly, the basement:
16 bottles of detergent, paid about $3 for each. Not as cheap as some I really prefer this brand.
And up above you saw lots and lots of toilet paper. I've lost count. I was going for a year's supply but it's difficult to calculate what a year's supply of TP is for our family. All I know is that those girls use more than they should! All of the rolls on the 3rd shelf and on the tables were FREE. The Scott packages on the bottom, and the paper towels, were cheap but not free. The tissues on top were free and the 10 cans of soup were .40 ea. Those 12 boxes of cereal were totally FREE.
Under my sink is several bottles of Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner that I bought for $1/ea. (only the tops are seen in the picture). What you do see is 7 boxes of dish washing detergent, bought for under a dollar each. And 17 bottles of Dawn dish washing soap which I got for FREE.
I've been snagging boxes of diapers for $13-$15. Those tubes of Huggies wipes were .75.
Behind the mound of tissue boxes (.75 for Kleenex brand) are 21 tubes Colgate Sensitive toothpaste. My husband needs sensitive toothpaste, which is pretty expensive. So when I saw the deal for these tubes for FREE, I bought a lot. I did have to pay sales tax, but for toothpaste that is normally $5, I will gladly pay just tax!
Also in this closet are almost 20 bottles of shampoo/conditioners, all costing me about $1 ea. What is not pictured are lots of pain meds., cold remedies, and Tylenol heat patches which were FREE.
So there you have it. And of course I didn't take pictures of my pantry or refrigerator. Would anyone like some yogurt? ☺ I've NEVER had a full pantry before. I feel like a squirrel storing up nuts for winter. My husband is enjoying my new hobby not just because of the fact that I am saving some real money (and therefore actually staying well within my grocery budget) but he gets a kick out of newly found appreciate for math. He's always been the one with the knack for math... he actually ENJOYS balancing the checkbook and figuring out how many miles he got out of a tank of gas, etc , Meanwhile I depend on the calculator on my phone more than I care to admit. But with all my figuring of percentages saved and breaking down the cost per unit... he just smiles at me as if he has finally converted me to a math lover.
Couponing: Saves money. Provides entertainment. Improves elementary math skills. Impresses husbands. ☺