Success! I made it through my first shopping trip of extreme couponing month! Last night I made of list of things that I needed that I had coupons for and looked online at flyers to see which stores around me had the best deal. I figured out that you can use a coupon on a sale item, so the best thing to do is find out where the product is on sale or which store offers the best price and go there to use your coupon.
My first stop was Walmart. I really do hate Walmart – all the people, the lineups, the horrible fluorescent lights, the fact that I’m supporting a giant corporation – but they had a couple of great deals that I could use my coupons for. I had a coupon for a free 325mL bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion I ordered from save.ca and one for a free bottle of Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Foam hair dye that i got for “like”ing their Facebook page (a lot of companies are giving out free products for becoming a fan of their company’s facebook so keep your eye out). Then I also had a coupon for 75 cents off pasta that was only $1.47 to begin with. So I spent 72 cents total on three products worth $14.41! Pretty good I must say, although the experience itself was far less satisfying. The cashier took ten minutes looking at the coupons, ringing the items through, voiding some of them, and looking me up and down. The man waiting behind me was shooting daggers with his eyes through the back of my head. I ended up with three receipts – one for each product – and a flushed face from all the evil looks being sent my way. I couldn’t have left Walmart any faster.
My second stop, Metro, was a little better. I had nine coupons, a plan of attack, and found a couple of extra coupons from tearpads in the store (who knew these were there – I have never noticed a tearpad before!). I saved $7.50 on a $37.83 bill, which is pretty good considering a few of the items were also on sale. And I had to stop myself many times from picking up random items and throwing them in my cart, which I think saved me the most money! Going to the checkout ran much smoother than Walmart, especially because it was the late afternoon and there was no one waiting behind me in line. However, I was still a little embarrassed to be handing the cashier a small wad of coupons. I better get over this fear, as I have a long month ahead of me if I don’t!