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My Couponing History

February 3, 2009

I first started to really get into coupon shopping about four months ago.  I was fascinated by all of the stuff that everyone on the blogs that I was reading was getting for very little money.  Rows of shampoo bottles, stacks of boxes of cereal, pyramids of canned foods…..  It was incredible!! 

 

The first store that I decided to investigate was CVS.  The lure of ECB rolling was too much to resist, so I briefly stuck my toe in the CVS-ECB-shopping pool.  I had a few really great trips, but, to be honest, I lost interest relatively quickly.  I would plan out, in a spreadsheet of course, an elaborate plan on what to buy to earn ECBs, what coupons to use, what ECBs to use to pay.  Then I would get to CVS and most of the things I needed to complete my ultimate scenario would not be in stock!  A few frustrated trips and I was over it.  I still read the CVS weekly sales matchups on blogs and I continue to randomly stop by various CVS stores, but it seems that Publix has captured my heart…..

 

Prior to coupon shopping, my family did most of our grocery shopping at Kroger, Aldi and WalMart.  We were not actively using coupons, but we were also not spending money “like the world owed us a living.” (Like that Steph?)  I would briefly review the Kroger ad before heading in the front doors and I would try to buy things that were on sale.  I sort of knew how much things should cost and what a good price was.  At Aldi, we would buy pretty much anything we wanted because we knew that most of their prices were less than Kroger and WalMart.  We would base meals on what seemed to be on sale and what looked good to us while we were shopping.

 

In my mind, Publix prices were high.  We’ve always loved their bakery (we got our wedding and groom’s cake at Publix!) and their fresh made subs and iced tea, but we never really shopped for our groceries there.  And I thought that they didn’t double coupons (which I’m not sure mattered since we weren’t using coupons…….).  It wasn’t until I really looked at their weekly ad and saw all the buy one get one free deals that DUH! Publix is not high when things are half price!  Combine that with coupons and BAM! you have super savings.

 

I was reading coupon shopping/ money saving blogs that did the weekly ad rundown with coupon matchups.  I was focused on CVS at first, but I soon realized (by seeing everyone else’s deals) that regular grocery shopping was another great opportunity to save.  Out of the limited number of blogs that I was stalking reading, no one matched the weekly Publix ad.  I found Fiddledeedee (thank goodness!) by searching on Google for something like “Publix weekly ad and coupon.”  I don’t remember exactly, but boy am I glad that serach returned Fiddledeedee!  What a great resource and inspiration Sarah has been!

 

These days my primary focus is Publix and I go to Kroger when the weekly deals reel me in (all siren like).  I can get most everything we need between those two stores.  Our trips to WalMart and Aldi have really decreased.  Since we moved to our new house, Aldi is no longer on my way home from work.  Now that I have to go out of my way, it just doesn’t make much sense to make a special trip for the very few items (like milk) that are usually less there.  The money I save shopping at Publix makes up for the difference.

 

In an upcoming blog, I’m going to take you on a tour of where we store all of our stockpiled stuff!   

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Wowsers!

February 3, 2009

Check out those blog stats (in the teeny tiny picture below)….  Over one thousand views since my first post less than a month ago.  That’s incredible!!  If you’re stopping by, leave a comment to say HEY.  Edited to add:  There is no way that every view is my mom, Steph, Courtney, or my mother-in-law!  And my super-de-duper Blog Assistant can’t quite read yet!

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Brand Name Loyalty

January 17, 2009

There are a handful of household items that my family is definitely brand name loyal to.  For example:

– Coke:  And I do mean Coca-Cola.  We conducted a week long experiment where we tried a handful of different generic sodas:  Aldi, WalMart, Publix.  We just couldn’t do it.  Being from the south, nothing tastes as good as the real thing.  Coke is the only way we can go.  We do collect coke reward points to redeem for coupons and we watch the sales to stockpile when it’s a good price.

–   Shampoo:  My husband will only use Head and Shoulders.  Not a huge deal, but that stuff can be expensive!!  I am always on the lookout for coupons.  On the other hand, I don’t care what type of shampoo that I use.  I was able to take advantage of some clearance shampoo at Kroger last week.  By combining the clearance prices with coupons, I was able to get 4 bottles of shampoo (Garnier Fructris and Suave) for $1.70.

– Orange Juice:  OJ is less about brand and more about type.  I guess I am an OJ snob.  Blame it on all the long days in Florida…  I just can’t drink “from concentrate” juice.  I have to have “not from concentrate.” 

Most everything else, we are open to whatever is the best deal.  From toothpaste, to toilet paper, to fruit juice, to canned veggies…  if it’s cheap, we’ll try it! 

In our experience, we have had really good luck with Aldi brand items.  Although, since I’ve started really watching the weekly sales and collecting the corresponding coupons, I’ve been able to buy name brand items for less than Aldi prices.

Hello bloggy world!

January 13, 2009

It’s me, Bink….  I wasn’t born in bloggy world, but I got here as fast as I could.  After years of blog-stalking, I’m finally joining.  This will most likely turn into an outlet for showing off my latest coupon shopping adventures.  Grab your coupons and your Publix ad and let’s go shopping!! 

A few disclaimers:  
1)  My latest obsession is grocery shopping.  There are other deals to be had, I’m just not that into them at the moment.  Grocery shopping = hobby.
2)  I do not only shop at Publix, it just happens to be my current favorite.  I heart Publix.
3)  I really want to be a Publix Super Saver on Mondays, so get ready for picture posts with savings listed.  It’s not meant to be bragging, just FUN!

Here we go!