Buying and selling.

So I've picked up my couponing again with CouponMom.com. Thanks to this site, I'm no longer a coupon clipper (just because I have them); I am now a strategic couponer. I use this site to look up how much I can save at stores in my area. My goal is to save 50-100% off retail prices (per item) when I grocery shop and stockpile items (for later consumption). In addition to that, I price match competitor store flyers at Walmart to get deals on items I would usually be forced to pay full retail, like fruit, produce, bread, eggs, cheese, etc.

After finding out about this site from a swell friend, I did a bit of digging on and watched the Coupon Mom YouTube video which shows you how to use her system. On Saturday morning (8/10), I picked up an early edition newspaper with coupons, labeled them with the date and put them in a shoe box along with my other unclipped coupons from previous weeks (7/27, 8/3). Then I logged into my account (which is totally free) on CouponMom.com, and I browsed through deals at Dollar Tree (did you know they accept coupons up to $1.00), Kroger, Walmart, and Walgreens.  While I prefer to shop at CVS over Walgreens since their recent switch to a loyalty card program, I still chose Walgreens because they had the better deals this week with my coupons.

Using the Texas spreadsheets on CouponMom.com for each store, I clicked on the items for which I had coupons. Then I created a list on the side of what items I was planning to buy at each store and what items I was going to price match at Walmart to stack with coupons for amazing savings.

My goal right now is to not only feed my family this month, but to also build a stockpile of free and cheap goods, so I can shop within my house rather than shop retail at the store when I need more shampoo, conditioner, body soap, etc.

This weekend my goal was to spend about $95 including tax.

I ended up spending $115. With coupons and price matching I saved $87. So essentially, I paid $115 for $202 worth of groceries, so although I went over my initial budget of $95, I still feel like I made out like a bandit.

You might be wondering what led to the overage, $10 can be big on a tight budget. Well, I didn't take into consideration that some of the prices would be a bit higher at some of my local stores, and my Walmart stopped price matching some of the ads I had (namely, Sprouts, grr). Additionally, I bought a couple of items that we needed and I didn't have coupons or price matches for like white popcorn kernels, etc.
I got all this and more for $115.

Including these 15lb bags of dog food.

This little guys helped mama with groceries.

Let me break down what I got on Saturday; it's a lot, so skip if you're not interested in reading all this:

** - Matched competitor price
# - Used a coupon
^ - Ultra low sale price

#**Sparkle paper towels,
#Quilted Northern toilet paper,
#Hefty sandwich sliders (2)
^Papermate pens
**Grapes
Potatoes (unable to price match)
^Cheetos
#^ Cinnamon Toast Crunch
#^Lucky Charms
#**Apple Jacks
#**Frosted Flakes
#^Capri Sun (2)
Hunts sauce (2)
^Hand soap (3)
^Coke
#Suave Kid's Shampoo
#^ Herbal Essences shampoo/conditioner (2)
#^Panteen shampoo/conditioner (2)
#^Dial body soap (2)
#**Purex Oxi Active
#Hershey's Spreads
#Pure Moist
^Maxwell House coffee
#^Right Guard deodorant (4)
Healing ointment
#Mitchum deodorant
#**Snack Pack pudding
Popcorn kernels (2)
#Crest toothpaste
**Goldfish
#^Tampax Pearl
Pop tarts (unplanned purchase)
**Whole milk gallon (2)
18ct. eggs
Sliced deli meat (unable to price match)
#^Eggo waffles (2)
Bread
#**Pedigree dog food (2)
Cucumber (unable to price match)
Bell pepper (unable to price match)
5-Hour energy (unplanned purchase)

56 items = $115, that's roughly $2.05 per item.

All in all, I thought these were good buys. It is all stuff that we will use either now or in the future.

So my couponing plan is to:
  • Sit down to review Texas store deals
  • Clip coupons needed for specific deals
  • Spend about $20 per week to stay within my monthly budget as well as stockpile items
With regards to selling. I've been selling off my house and home practically through yard sale groups on Facebook and via Craigslist.  I'm trying to declutter, and we have a lot of stuff that we don't need to keep. Clutter takes up space in your home and life, and I'm all for living a bit more simply. Because we're growing boys and girls, I started with the stack of clothing and shoes that no one can wear in my house.  A lot of it sold, and quick.  Then I moved on to selling some toys.

I'm very honest and direct in my approach to selling. I don't sugar coat, and I don't say, "Asking price is $20 because it retails for $40." I hate when I see that crap. As a buyer, I don't care how much you spent on that item, I am more concerned with how much it currently is, is this something I need, and do I have cash/what's my budget for this item. My key to selling is to price items low. I think about what I would pay for this same item at a garage sale in the condition that it is in. This week alone I've earned $65 that I didn't have by selling a couple toys, kids clothing and shoes, and baby gear.  This weekend more stuff will be going out the door with cash in hand, and that is a good, good feeling.

Just a few items that are still for sale; if you're interested in anything shoot me an email: tinyscrapper at yahoo dot com.

Missoni girls coat 2T/3T - EUC ($15), Loving Family Manor w/ family - EUC ($15)

Sandals, size 5T - GRTC ($3), Sneakers, size 6T - GDC ($3)

Have a lovely night folks, and save and make some extra money this week!!








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