Nerd Alert: you may know this, but I frickin’ love coupons. As kids, my sister and I used to clip coupons with my grandma, bring them home, and my mom would never use them. Well a couple months ago I realized (thanks to Extreme Couponing) that coupons are INCREDIBLE. If you look at the circulars and combine the items on sale with the coupons, you save like a hella lot of money. Plus, it gives me an excuse to buy and hoard things, which I love. (If any of you know me personally, and are in the area, feel free to give me your left over coupon inserts, so I can hoard cat food).
This week, ALL detergent was on sale for $2.99, which is crazy because it normally retails for $5.99. On top of this I had two $1 coupons, except one was expired. Well, I used it anyway because I figured it was worth a try and the stupid idiot took it, meaning that I got each bottle for $1.99. So I went online to Coupon Dede’s and ordered some coupons that we needed, like for cheese, butter, toilet paper, cat food, etc, and I ordered 3 more of the ALL coupons. They came in the mail today, the last day of the sale so I went to buy three more but they were sold out so I got a raincheck for 8 of them and now I can order 5 more coupons and BUY 8 OF THEM for $1.99 each and have detergent for like an entire year. YESSSSSSSSS HOARDING.
A week or two ago they had deodorant for .99 cents and I had a .50 coupon which doubled to $1 so I actually got it free. Unfortunately I realized this too late, and only had one coupon.
ALSO- I’d like to talk about my Discover card, my precious baby. I have the Discover cashback program, so 1% of every purchase is given back to me, and then I can redeem it in increments of $50, or for special offers. Every few months they have different highlights, where things like gas, hotels, movies, or grocery purchases are up to 5% cashback. Also some online purchases from selected retailers can be anywhere from 5-15% cash back. To date, in the last two years I’ve earned and redeemed $1000 in cash back money, right back onto my statements. That’s pretty nuts. And now, they’ve been giving me “gifts.” Every two weeks they’ll send me a gift- an offer of a specific amount to a specific store and if I spend that much or more at the store they reimburse my account. So far I’ve used $20 to Williams Sonoma, $4 to Starbucks, and $3 to Walgreens. Tomorrow I’m going to use $8 to Staples. The trick is to use just that amount and not much more so that you get to take advantage of the maximum amount of savings.