I have a peculiar sense of fun in that I think that coupon shopping is hugely entertaining. I find it to be game that I really enjoy.
Yesterday I went shopping at Target and got twelve items for $11.38. I bought a pound of ground beef, a bunch of celery, a bunch of bananas, a pound of strawberries, two 1 lb. boxes of macaroni, two boxes of fruit snacks, and four jars of Pace salsa! How did I accomplish this feat?
I used Target mobile coupons combined with Target paper coupons that I received in the mail, and manufacturer's coupons from the Sunday paper used on clearance items (Pace salsa). Go to http://m.target.com/sms/coupon-alrts/form to sign up for these hugely helpful coupons to be delivered to your phone.
Another way to save at Target is to go http://www.target.com/ to print Target coupons. A very cool aspect of shopping at Target is that you can pair a Target coupon with a manufacturer's coupon for greater savings.
I never used to shop at Target until one opened in my little town. As gas gets more expensive, I try to do as much of my shopping as close to home as possible so it makes sense to explore the stores in my area. I have saved a lot shopping carefully at Target.
Another place I have always enjoyed shopping is Dollar Tree. I like shopping there even more now that they accept manufacturer's coupons. I know that some of you reading this are thinking, "Seriously, who can't afford to pay a dollar for items?!" Many people I know have reduced income at one time of the year or another so any savings is a huge help. I have a reduced income in the summer because one of my major contracts is tied to the school year. No school in summer means no pay. I have to shop smart.
Last week I went to a Dollar Tree in Austin as I was already there to drop my two sons to their jobs. This Dollar Tree has refrigerated and frozen items in their store which my local Dollar Tree does not. I purchased Luigi's Italian Ices for 50 cents per four pack, got a bottle of liquid hand soap for 50 cents, bought some 3-packs of Dial soap at 50 cents each, and got VO5 shampoo for my son at 75 cents per bottle. With careful coupon use at Dollar Tree, I can make my money go farther, and we can still enjoy name brand products we prefer.
I have to buy certain items no matter what my budget, so it makes sense to me to get these necessities at the best price I possibly can, which frees up my funds to go towards items or bills where it is much harder to save. The electric bill is higher in the summer here in the South and try as I might, I haven't found any coupons for my utility providers. ; )
I encourage you to try some of these avenues of saving on your shopping trips and let me know how you did!