No, I do not leave the grocery store with an entire cart worth of stuff for a penny. No, I don't have a massive stockpile. It's a very modest collection sitting in my closet. However, even after only working on couponing for a month, I bought well over $200 in goods for less than $10.
For the first time in my adult life, I asked myself; "Do I need anything from Walmart?"
And the answer was no.
If I keep this up, I will be able to pay off my credit cards in the next year.
At some point in my teenage years, I became my family's designated shampoo-buyer. It became an unspoken rule; so much that my brothers came to me instead of my mom, saying, "Shannon, we're out of men's shampoo."
My mom only bought the cheapest stuff from the dollar store, which contributed to my frizzy and unmanageable hair throughout middle school and high school. Unfortunately, I could never afford anything more expensive than a $3 conditioner.
Recently, I calculated that my family goes through a bottle of the smaller conditioners once every two weeks.
As the designated bathroom supply buyer, whose credit card do you think that went on?
Yep! It was mine!
(I can't complain. I don't mind helping out my family at all, but my point is, I was constantly adding more credit to my Target and Walmart cards.)
So, check this out:
Clear Hair & Scalp Therapy Lengthening Conditioner
Retail Price: $6.99
Out of Pocket after Coupons/Sale: $0.25
Clear Hair & Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Retail Price: $6.99
Out of Pocket: $0.25
Store promotion: $4.00 credit when you buy two Clear products.
Total: $ -3.50
Yes, you are reading that correctly. Instead of paying $14.00 for hair products I could never afford before,
I got paid $3.50 to buy them.
Skip the Dove, because my mom bought that. It was on sale, apparently, but I don't know how much she paid for it.
Retail Price: $5.99
Out of Pocket: $0.50
Store promotion: $+3.00 store credit
Retail Price: $5.99 (So expensive for just the travel size bottle!!)
Out of Pocket After Coupons: $0.00
Store promotion: Make +$3.00 store credit
This is something I have been stockpiling this month, because it's free, and I just have to keep repeating the process. Nexxus is a salon shampoo. It does amazing things to my hair, plus it is a lot more convenient for traveling.
Organix Brazilian Keratin Treatment
Retail Price: $7.99
Out of Pocket: $2.00
(No store promotion)
This one was a real "splurge" at $2.00, which was a birthday present to myself, because I just really, really love Organix products.
And that's just the hair products!
My hair is getting prettier every day. I will never have to worry again.
Seriously. Life is good. This is a major benefit to living in the USA.