Inspired by Sandy from Yes I am Cheap sharing her Non Extreme Couponing Experience, I thought I would share with you my somewhat mild extreme couponing experience. As you know, I have been a bit of a coupon fiend lately, watching the show Extreme Couponing gets me riled up and excited (though I definitely don’t agree with buying 90 tubes of toothpaste, or 123 deodorants “just ’cause”). I am more of the variety of buying items that I need with coupons to save money, and not buying 15 of them. Two to five of the same items, maybe. But not fifteen.
As you also know, I have been reading Mrs January’s blog (looove it!) because she matches up the coupons in the mail to the sales in store. I have been saving up my free product coupons (like the Glade coupon) for those days where you need to purchase $50 worth of goods to get 20x the points at Shoppers Drug Mart (one of my favourite stores not only because I’m a shareholder, but I find that Shoppers shows growth, flexibility, and not to mention, it has a great rewards program).
So, last Saturday, there was a 20x the points event. Usually each dollar you spend is only worth 10 points. But on these special days, if you spend $50, you can get 20x the points. 50,000 points gives you a $80 redemption, so you can see that if you spend $50 on these days five times, you can get $80! If you couple that with the more bang for your points days (that’s what I call them anyway), you will get to $100 for 50,000 points.
So here’s a recap of the mission:
GOAL: To accumulate $50 worth of groceries/ necessary items and obtain 20x the points (about 10,000 points) using the least of amount of money possible.
- Buy items that are on sale with coupons associated with them, therefore reducing total cost
- Utilize the “free product” coupons to make the total more than $50 pretax
- Accumulate coupons beforehand as most websites like save.ca and websaver.ca mail you your coupons.
- Obtain coupons ahead of time to avoid Canada Post mail delivery service strike
- Remember to bring Shoppers Optimum Card
- Remember to bring coupons- set out coupons necessary for shopping mission
- Utilize points credit card to do a double whammy in terms of stacking points (namely Visa RBC Avion Travel Reward card)
- Write down the exact shopping list and amount saved, amount added up to ensure it does not go largely over $50
- Do not stray from aforementioned shopping list
PLAN OF ACTION:
- Bread on sale for $2.29
- Chips on sale for $1.99 each
- Lunch containers on sale for $2.99
- Cereal on sale for $2.99
- Campbells soup on sale for $0.59 each
- Oh Henry bars not on sale, but BF is addicted to them, so bought them for $3.59
- BBQ sauce on sale for $1
- vitamin D on sale for $4.99
- Yogurt on sale for 2 for $6
- Scott Paper towel on sale for $4.99. $2 coupon used, total is $2.99
- Royale bathroom tissue on sale for $5.99. $1 coupon used. Total $4.99
- Catelli Smart Pasta is $2.29. $0.75 coupon used total $1.54
- Oasis Health Break juice $3.29 on sale. $0.75 coupon used. $2.54
- Vitamin Water. On sale for $1.50 each. Two coupons for free product used.
- Glade Air Freshener (automatic). $11.59 not on sale. Free product coupon used.
- Multivitamin. On sale for $11.99. $10 coupon, total cost $1.99.
Total coupon savings, about $30. Total bill without coupon savings, $77 + tax.
- Accomplished but some straying from shopping list occurred- though straying entailed purchasing products on sale
- Unfortunately, ran into some road blocks. Wanted to use a “Buy one Get one Free” coupon for all purpose cleaner advertised in flyer, except only one cleaner was available on the shelf. Wanted to buy another Oasis juice (different type) and use different coupon, except store did not have this product.
- Actually felt nervous and sweaty as products were being rung up. Just like in the show (and don’t even know why because it’s not like I was purchasing 201 of one product or anything)
- Subtotal of total goods purchased after coupons savings $47. After HST, $53 total cost.
- >10,000 points obtained. Now at 105,000 points, enough for $200 worth of goods at Shoppers Drug Mart. Will proceed to use points on special points days, which rumor says is to occur on the first weekend of June.
I hope you enjoyed my mission of mildly extreme coupon savings! I think if I didn’t purchase all those non-coupon items, it might have been more impressive. Anyhow, I’m happy that I’m at the top of the points pyramid! I’m also glad that Shoppers Drug Mart seems to be diversifying, you can buy electronics and a Wii or Sony Playstation at the drug store now (not that I want or need one. Just sayin’).
Readers, have you forayed into the world of couponing (or at least using high value couponing) ever since the show aired on TLC? (I know that my sister definitely has been inspired!) What is your favourite coupon savings of all time? Please share! 🙂