How low can you go???
As you all know by now, I am coupon crazy. It’s like retail therapy and big game hunting combined. (Ok, so maybe the only tigers I have encountered are grouchy check out ladies, but, I still get a thrill from getting baby wipes for 50 cents!)
But my challenge right now is trying to figure out if I am getting the best deal. I don’t want to waste coupons on what I think is an excellent price, only to find out that I could have gotten it for a dollar less if I had waited until the next week.
Fortunately, there are people who have been doing this a lot longer than I have, who are happy to share! I found this article from The Krazy Coupon Lady site. It’s a list of their recommended “stock up” prices. In other words, “if you can get it for this price, buy a lot of it!” The main idea is that everything goes on sale in a cycle. If you see the 3 month price, you want to buy 3 months worth of that item, because you probably won’t see a price that is the same, or cheaper, within that time frame. If you can get the item for the 6 month price, you want to buy 6 months worth. (No, you don’t need 4 years worth of creamed corn… it WILL go on sale again!)
As much as I love getting a crazy deal, what this whole process is really helping me with is being more aware of what I am spending and of what our grocery expenses are. For example, last night for dinner we had chicken and apple sausages, fresh corn on the cob and salad. I calculated the total cost and it was less than $3 for 3 of us to eat. Had we gone out to eat, or even done take away food (like my HUSBAND wanted to), it would have cost us $35-40 (and I probably would have gotten cheese fries, which of course leads to trouble.) That’s $32- $37 towards the college fund!
So maybe we aren’t saving 98% on every shopping order, but we also aren’t eating candy bars and mountain dew 3 meals a day either. It’s all about saving where you can on what you use. The bottom line for me, is even if I mess up and use my coupons on a deal that isn’t the rock bottom price, I am still learning and it’s still better than paying full price! 🙂