This morning, I saw the picture above on Instagram and it’s a great reminder not just for newbies but for all couponers.
I am very strategic in how I coupon because I already have a nice stockpile. Even when I ran out of deodorant, I only bought the deodorant quantities that I needed. I have two cards, I could have maxed out the deodorant freebie on both cards but I’m paying tax on something that is just free without an ulterior motive, such as, I’m going to see it on Offer Up, a garage sell or it’s going in a goodie bag that I’m making.
If you notice in the majority of the my haul pictures, from my CVS trips, my Rite Aid trips or Walgreens trips, I do very simple transactions because I don’t need 20 shampoos, 10 spaghetti noodles or 8 bottles of laundry detergent. I don’t have the room in my home for all that stuff nor do I have time or inclination to go from store to store…unless, it’s a good Money Maker deal.
I won’t even leave my house for a $1 Money Maker deal because I am loosing money after you add in the tax and the gas in your car you used to do the deal. But let me caveat that statement by saying that if I am out and about and I am already going to Vons or CVS, yes, I might as well do the $1 Money Maker but I will not make a special trip. I will also do free if I am rolling store rewards into cash.
Also, if you have a large family like the big boss in my office, you probably go through 20 shampoos, 10 spaghetti noodles or 8 bottles of laundry detergent then you are going be working harder to save money than I with a smaller family.
In my mind, I try to stick to getting items that I can use up in 3-6 months.
Pic by miryam_qs on IG