Friday, January 14, 2011
I Did It!
I've been obsessively reading coupon blogs and newspapers and grocery websites. I am determined to become a crazy couponer. It has fascinated me for years but I finally have the fire to figure it all out. It's not a quick process to learn. I imagine it's easier if you are lucky enough to live in a city catered to by those websites telling you what to buy and when based on coupons and sales. I wouldn't know. But it turns out there are some awesome bloggers out there. Of course. Bloggers rock my pink socks!
I never in a million years thought I would really figure out how to buy my groceries for free. But yesterday, I did it. Big binder in hand. In Rite-Aid for the second time in my life (the first being last week). Kelloggs cereals are buy one, get one free. Which is a good deal by itself. They sell for about $4.75/each. But I had a few coupons for $1/2. Taking my total for two boxes from about $10 down to under $4. Or less than $2/box. That's an even better deal. BUT...thanks to reading blogs....I knew to look for the boxes that were labeled "Try Me Free." I knew that I could buy that box, mail in for my rebate, and get a check for $4.49 back from Kelloggs. So in a few weeks when that check arrives, I will have made about $0.35 on each box of cereal. That's right...they PAID me to buy cereal. A PROFIT. I did this transaction twice, buying a total of four boxes. So I saved nearly $20 and profited a buck and change!
Now I am not running to the bank with my quarters. But that sure beats paying $5/box of cereal. It's not that I am opposed to paying for things. But realizing that I can pay a whole heck of a lot less for things makes me realize just how much money I have thrown away for no good reason. I have seen the light, my friends! In just two little weeks I have learned to buy toothpaste and cereal for free. This is going to be a very lesson-filled year...I can feel it. Bring it on, 2011. I'm so ready!
The funny thing is that I gave all four boxes to my father because I am gf and can't eat them. Even funnier was the lengthy (in case you've not yet noticed, all of my stories are loooong) explanation to dear old daddy-o regarding why I was buying cereal I cannot eat. As always, he was amused.