Adventures in Couponing

So I’ve been following a bunch of couponing pages on Facebook for quite some time now.  I signed up for Coupon Mom and probably some other sites that I can’t think of at the moment.  I join whatever I need to or Like FB pages as necessary to get coupons.  I love to watch Extreme Couponing or Couponers or whatever it’s called – LOL.   (I would totally do it, but we have so little space, I have absolutely no room for any kind of stockpile.)  But I’ve only really looked at the deals and match-ups and gone to get those deals a couple of times.  And I’ve never split my purchases into several transactions to get the best deals. Until today.

Here are my scores from Walgreens and Target and how I did it!

Walgreens:

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Transaction #1:  Lanacane Spray – on sale for $6.00.  Paid $6.00. Got back a $6.00 Register Rewards coupon.

Transaction #2:  2 Chex Mixes which were on sale 2 for $3.00.  Sharpies which were .79 with their in-ad coupon.  Walgreens tampons for $1.50 on sale.  Lipton tea for .99 on sale.  I gave them 2 coupons for .60 off Chex Mixes.  I gave them the $6.00 coupon from Transaction #1.  The total was less than $6.00 so I had to grab the 3 caramels for .99.  Total paid:  .14.  I got a .99 Register Reward coupon for the tea and a $1.50 Register Reward coupon for the tampons.

Transaction #3:  Tape (.39), Wexford pens (.99), Sharpies (.79), Glue Stick (.39), Correction Fluid (.99).  I used their in-ad coupons for all of them, and also used the .99 and 1.50 Register Rewards coupons from Transaction #2.  Now that I’m looking at my receipt, there was another 1.00 deducted but I’m not sure how or why!  LOL.  Total paid:  .34.

So for everything pictured, I paid $6.48.  I’m pretty proud of myself because it was my first time doing this kind of thing!  Also, I did get this scenario from an example online, but it included 4 packs of Bic pens that my store was sold out of, so I had to substitute the Sharpies and kind of re-figure it out on the fly!

Target:

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For my Target trip, I went to Coupon Mom to check out what freebies or cheapies I could get this week.  I went to Target.com and printed out the coupons.  I also had a .75 off coupon for the deodorant from the newspaper.  This was just 1 transaction.

According to Coupon Mom, the deodorant was supposed to be on sale for .97, but it wasn’t – it was $1.72.  The Reach flosses were .97 each and I had a coupon (printed from online) for $1.00 off 2.  The pens were either .99 or $1.00 and I printed 2 coupons for $1.00 off one, so they were free.  The Scotch tapes were .49 each and I had 2 coupons for .50 off, so they were also free.  The crayons were .99.  I (thought) I had a coupon for .50 off that would have made them .49. but I didn’t read it carefully – you had to buy 3.  So my total was $2.47 which was more than I had expected, but still pretty darned good!

So for everything I got today (both pictures) I paid a grand total of $8.95!  Not too shabby!

Consignment Sales

I know I haven’t posted in forever, but I’ve been wanting to do a post about consignment sales, specifically kids’.  I’ve been participating in one for a while now as a consignor and volunteer (and shopper of course!) so wanted to share a little bit about it.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, someone (in my case 2 sisters; in some cases charitable organizations) runs the sale, organizes everything, rents a space, sets up racks, gets consignors, volunteers, advertisers, etc.  As a consignor, you enter your items into a program online, print tags, hang and tag your items, and drop them off at the sale.  At the sale I do, if you do one volunteer shift during the sale, you get back 70% of your sales.  If you don’t volunteer, you get 60%.  At the end of the sale, you can choose to pick up your items that didn’t sell, or donate them.

This sale (and most of them, I think) runs 3 days, and the 3rd day, if the tag says “Discount,” the item is 50% off.  (You choose whether or not to discount each of your items.)  The night before the sale opens to the public, (again, at the sale I do) volunteers get the first opportunity to shop (for 1 hour) and then consignors get to shop.

And I love the shopping!  My goal is to make more than I spend or at least break even!  I haven’t gotten my check yet from this most recent sale, but I only sold 27 items, so I think it will be about $47.  I didn’t break even.  LOL.  That’s ok, though.  It will still be nice to get the $47!

So here’s what I got this time:

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3 CD’s (actually 6 because 1 of these has 3 in it), a jump rope (new in package) and 2 Kindermusik resonator bells.Image

A giant Kai Lan floor puzzle, Bob the Builder Colorforms and this cool magnet toy.  (We’re taking a long road trip this summer, so I think the magnet toy, Colorforms and CD’s will all be great for the car!)

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2 really cute dresses.

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4 tops and 3 pairs of shorts.

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3 two-piece top & shorts outfits (1 new with tags.)

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3 bathing suits and a cover-up.

So how much do you think I paid for all this?  (All full price, by the way, because I went to the pre-sale for volunteers.)  I think I did pretty well getting all this for $65.  And, of course, I got rid of some stuff I didn’t need anymore and will still get $47-ish in that check that’s coming soon!

So if you haven’t been shopping at a consignment sale yet, I highly recommend it!  Go check one out.  I’m certain you’ll find some great bargains.  And if you like it, you might want to be a consignor, too!