We read dozens of other coupon blogs and they all talk about the same thing. We’re even guilty of it ourselves at The Happy Couponer Blog. “Use THIS coupon on THIS item at THIS store and you’ll save THIS much money.” Coupon Match-ups and Deals. Whooohooo! It occurred to us today that when you spend all day long focusing on one coupon it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. And that means that maybe we’re not showing YOU the big picture.
So here’s the message we want to share with you today…
There’s no ONE coupon that’s going to cut your grocery bill in half. There’s no ONE deal that’s going to save you tons of money. You can’t coupon today and forget about it tomorrowand expect to save money. It’s an ongoing process and every single coupon is valuable from the moment it’s clipped until the day it expires.
We spent ZERO dollars on everything you see pictured above – and YOU can, too! Everything you see in the picture above was FREE – 20 boxes of Chicken Helper and 20 4.6 oz tubes of Colgate Toothpaste. The total retail price before coupons and loyalty card discounts was $68.50. Both items are on sale this week at Kroger, priced at 10 for $10, and we had a $.50 coupon for each box and tube. Our store doubles coupons up to $1 so everything you see in the picture was FREE.
Both items were on sale this week in the Get 10 for $10 deal. EVERY STORE IN THE COUNTRY runs a 10 for $10 sale now – NOT just Kroger!
Now first let’s assume that this is enough Chicken Helper and Colgate Toothpaste to last your family for a year. You’ve just completely CUT $68.50 out of your grocery budget for the year. With just two items.
But what if this will only last your family for six months, or just four?
You keep going back to the store or you make multiple transactions until you get enough to last a full year. Neither of these products will expire so it only makes sense to get a year’s supply while you can get them both for FREE.
But here’s the secret: You have to be prepared for sales like this. We had 20 coupons for Chicken Helper. The coupons are for $.50 off 1 box and our local Kroger store doubles up to $1. If your store doesn’t double, it’s worth it to find a store that does if it means you’ll shave $68.50 off your annual grocery bill with just two products, don’t you agree? And if you can’t find one, $.50 is still a pretty darn good price.
The Chicken Helper coupons we have were included in the September 22 SmartSource and expire on 11/2/2013. Did we know on 9/22 we’d need these coupons? Nope. But we clipped them anyway and we clipped enough to enable us to buy a year’s worth of Chicken Helper if we tripped over a super-good deal. And we happen to think FREE is a pretty darn good deal!
The same goes for the Colgate Toothpaste coupon. We clipped 40 of these coupons for $1 off each tube because that’s how many 4.6 oz tubes of toothpaste we’ll need for a year. You see 20 tubes in the picture right now and we’ll be going back tomorrow for 20 more. And all 40 tubes will be FREE.
That means that with just two items we’ve completely eliminated $102.50 from our annual grocery budget. Imagine what we can do when we start multiplying that by all the products we buy on a regular basis!
What If We Just Used One or Two Coupons – Like You?
Sure, we could have taken one or two of each coupon into the store today. Or even 10 or 12. But eventually we’d run out of Chicken Helper and Colgate Toothpaste and we’d have to buy it again. Only the next time we might not get such a great deal. Seriously. How can you beat FREE?!
Now Do You See The Value Of Using A Coupon Clipping Service?
How many newspapers would you have to buy to get 40 copies of any one coupon and how much would those newspapers cost? You’d eat up all your savings just paying for papers. The total cost for the 40 coupons we used to purchase everything in the picture is just $3.20 – less than the cost of two Sunday papers! You’d still shave more than $65 off your annual grocery bill!
And you can’t just clip one – you need to clip them ALL because you never know when you’re going to trip over a money-maker deal or be able to stock up on a year’s supply of something for FREE. So where would you store all those coupons?
At The Happy Couponer Marketplace, WE do all the clipping, sorting and storing!
Here’s What You Need To Do
- Stop focusing on that One Big Deal and start focusing on all the products you use on a regular basis. That’s where you’ll see the most savings.
- Know the prices on all the items you regularly buy so you can recognize a good bargain.
- Know when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re getting a deal that’s so awesome you should buy an entire year’s supply NOW. (Download our free buying guide to learn more.)
- Learn which stores in your area accept coupons, and which stores double or even triple coupons.
- Quit wasting money on Sunday Papers and find a reliable coupon clipping service, like The Happy Couponer.
Plan Ahead For The Future
Now that we have a year’s supply of Chicken Helper and Colgate Toothpaste on hand we can completely deduct $68.50 from our annual grocery budget and put that money to good use elsewhere. But eventually we’re going to need more, right?
Here’s the kicker… Now we have time to wait for another super-awesome deal! Another deal where we can get them FREE again! This is how those Extreme Couponers get all their groceries for FREE or next to nothing. And You Can, Too, but not by buying up every Sunday paper at the corner store.