Where am I going with this?
I've tried really hard to not present couponing to the people that watch my videos as the only way to save money because the math proves that it just isn't true. Depending on your coupoining style, it can actually cost you money if you aren't careful.
That's why I occasionally do videos on things like Swagbucks and Amazon. Those sites among others are able to save a lot of money for Cory and I here and there. We recently got 3 gallons of Valspar paint for the house for under a dollar and I will soon be showing you that we also got FREE wallpaper paste and carpet strips to help with the cost of the house remodeling. Not one dime was saved with coupons and I didn't spend a dime to do it.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in couponing and buying the smallest item that the coupon is meant for that we forget a few important details. One is the math. Others are that not everything can be couponed and not everything NEEDS to be couponed to get the best deal on it.
How much is it per item in the box, or per ounce or per pound?
Unless the item is straight up and genuinely free with a coupon, the math is really important here.
For example, CVS is running a deal on Dawn dish soap along with other items this week. When you spend $20 you will get a $5 ECB back. So if your store participates in the 98% rule, you could get 20 of them for $19.80 and you would get back a $5 ECB to spend later. (I would suggest NOT buying all 20 in one transaction/day/store.) That makes them .74 each or 9.25 cents per ounce. Thanks to all the coupon misuse out there that has caused P&G to lock down their coupons with size restrictions and limits, that's about the best deal that you will find per ounce on Dawn. Even if you had the .25/1 common coupon that they put out today, you can't use it on this size, would only be able to get them one at a time if you follow the rules, and the math still says this deal is better.
And you aren't dropping a single coupon in the mix to get them. I'm doing this deal because Dawn dish soap is my go to and in today's coupon/deals world, that's a rock bottom per ounce price for it that is hard to beat.
When I do this deal tomorrow, I won't have to purchase dish soap for the rest of the year. So I won't need to spend the time to look for dish soap until the number dwindles and I can darn near guarantee when I need dish soap again, there will be a deal for it. With or without coupons.
Take it from someone who has been doing this for 20+ years, there's ALWAYS another deal.
I go into Prime Pantry a few times a week to see what deals they have that I think are good. Today it was jars of Tostitios salsa and queso. When you purchase any 5 items that they have in a specific area of Prime Pantry, you get $6.00 off, or $1.20 off each item. The regular price of the jars on Amazon was cheaper than these are at Walmart straight out of the gate so the $6/5 made the deal even sweeter
That also means that I can do multiple transactions to purchase larger quantities of the $6/5 items since my total only has to be $10.00 before coupons to get free shipping. You can only do the $6/5 once in each transaction. I did this order twice for a total of 10 jars at $1.80 each.
We don't eat this stuff all the time, maybe a few times a month as a snack with chips, so those 10 jars should last us for the rest of the year. We have chips to match so no more snack deals are in the cards for us until these start to get low. When that time comes, there will be a deal waiting because there is always another deal.
Those are just two examples of real money savings and being aware that you don't need to tote around a backpack of clipped coupons and go shopping every day in order to get the best deals and save real money.
Cory and I save money on things like meat and produce all the time and we do sometimes pass on good or great deals because we took advantage of a deal before so we don't need the item.
Hopefully that makes sense.
We did recently take advantage of a deal on ribeyes at a local store called Earth Fare. They were on sale for $9.99 per pound, boneless. That's not an awesome price but it's pretty good for around here. We didn't go all willy nilly though. We asked them for 6 steaks, 2 in a package and that's what they did for us. We aren't big red meat eaters (or meat eaters in general because meat is expensive and not necessary in every meal) but when we do eat it, we want something that is going to be good quality and taste great. The occasional ribeye with blue cheese butter is simply amazing. Our thoughts is quality at the best price. Not quantity.
Being able to save money on the things that you need and want is so much more than coupons. Especially when it comes to food.
Couponing can be exhausting and messy if you let it take over your life. You can't get everything that you need or want by using coupons. You can however save money on everything that you need and want if you aren't locked into the couponing mind set trap.
I'll leave you with this... Not everything can be couponed, but you can save money on everything.
A little food for thought as we go forward here.
Happy Saturday and I'll see you soon!