My daughter and I strategically planned out our grocery gathering outing and had a fulfilling time gathering groceries for our large family.
Oatmeal canisters on sale 10 for $10. I had .50 cents coupons that were doubled to $1 making my oatmeal purchases free.
Electrasol dishwashing detergent – powerball dissolving soap kind $3.69 buy one, get one free. My .75 cent coupons were doubled making it .69 cents for 2 boxes. A huge savings!
Cereal for .50 cents a box.
Scotch-brite cleaner mop thing? — regularly priced at $11.99, on a clearance rack for $3.00. I just so happened to have $3.00 off coupons making these things free.
Cream Cheese for .29 cents a bar. Enormous jars of natural pasta sauce for $1. Bottled water for .25 cents a 6 pack. 4 small bags of cat food and 7 peanut butter to-go packs were free as well.
My home store is beginning to look like a nice well-rounded stockpile of groceries and supplies. My goal is to continue to grow my stock and have a well-supplied home store from which to pull.
Over the years I can not begin to count the number of times that I have been out of items and purchased them at regular price just because I was unprepared and needed it. Currently I am working on building a stock of items that I regularly keep at home to avoid those panic times of being out of necessary items like baby diapers or bathroom tissue. It is a “Think Ahead” strategy of always being prepared that has escaped our modern mindset of always thinking it-will-be-there-when-you-need-it. Not only am I wanting to stock up when a product goes on sale, but I am wanting to have a cushion supply of items for those rainy days.
1.) Start collecting coupons for items you use. If you have the time, collect coupons for things that you would buy if they were outrageously cheap or free.
2.) Learn the coupon policies for the stores in your area.
3.) Watch for store sales and trends. Even without coupons, store sales are an excellent way to stock up. I recently purchased 5lb bags of potatoes for $1 a bag. This week they have a sale on bags of onions for the same price. Being that the cooler weather is moving in, root vegetables will keep for longer periods of time in a basement or in a garage.
4.) Be prepared to brush up on your math skills:
Math problems such as:
Yogurt is on sale 10 for $5. I have a .50 cents off 6 coupon. Coupons are doubled at this store. What is the price of each yogurt container if I get 6? or this one…. Yogurt is on sale buy one, get one free at .69 cents. Your coupon is for .75 cents off 6 and the store will double each coupon. If you use 4 coupons, how many cups can you get and what is the price per cup? What is your total coupon value? and What would be the regular retail value? Also show yoursavings in percentage?
Cans of beans are on sale 5 for $5. I have many coupons for .50 cents off 2. Coupons are doubled. The store also has a $5 rebate off 10 cans. After my coupons and after the rebate, what is the cost for 10 cans?
Diapers are on sale for $4.99. I have a $2.50 coupon off one. The store has a $4.99 mail -in rebate on the product as well. What is the final cost?
I should write a math book for homemakers in training?