I recently had the opportunity to attend a couponing class hosted by Moms Who BOSS, a local social mom's group in Detroit. I had my reservations about attending, but I'm glad I did. I learned so much! The class included all the information you need to coupon such as coupon policies, tips, lingo breakdown, about 10 coupon inserts, and more.
I attended the class on February 4th. It took me a minute to actually sit down and go through the inserts that I got. I cut a lot of them out and organized them, but I really didn't use many of those. One thing that the class taught me is that couponing is only good for items that you actually need to buy. If you don't need it then don't buy it because you're really wasting money.
I mainly wanted to coupon for diapers and household items...at least right now that's the case. It took me some time to really get my coupons together, go through weekly ads, and plan my trips. It's definitely time consuming. I found my first deal that I wanted to do and just went for it. I got some coupons for $3 off Huggies diapers and had planned to go to Rite Aid. They had a great sale going where you could earn 1000 Plenti points (equivalent to $10) for specific purchases. A day would come and I would come up with a reason why I couldn't go to the store that day. I was too tired. I had to cook. I didn't feel like driving. It was too late. Well.. It's now Saturday and this is the last day for the deal. I literally forced myself to get up and go to Rite Aid. I grabbed two carts... one for Baby A who was sleeping in his car seat and another for my items.
I went to the baby section. I grabbed my 4 packs of Huggies jumbo packs size 3. That's about 28-34 diapers a pack depending on which type of diapers you get. Hint: there's more diapers in the Snug & Dry than in Little Movers. I also got two packs of Huggies Wipes. The diapers were $8.99 a pack. I had 4 - $3 off coupons. The wipes were also on sale for BOGO half off. I had a coupon for a free pack of wipes with purchase of Huggies Little Movers and one for .50 off a pack of wipes. I saved over $15 with the coupons and earned 1000 Plenti points (equivalent to $10). My out of pocket cost (OOP) was $28.34. This came down to about .12 a diaper! If you buy diapers then you know I walked away with a win!
I also purchased 2 packs of 12 roll Cottonelle tissue, L'Oréal mascara, and 4 of the Arm & Hammer detergent. The tissue was on sale BOGO free and I had a $1 off coupon. The detergent was on sale for $2.99 and I had 4 - $1 off coupon. The L'Oréal mascara was on sale 40% off and I had a $3 off coupon. I purchased the L'Oréal mascara because I needed a $30 purchase to earn the 1000 Plenti points ($10 equivalent). My OOP cost was $23.10 and I earned another 1000 Plenti points.
I wish I would have gone on two separate days because it takes 24 hours before you can use your Plenti points. I now have 2000 Plenti points ($20) earned. Your first few experiences with couponing will have higher OOP until you accumulate money or points that can be rolled (such as the Plenti points). I'll keep you all posted on my couponing ventures! This week I'll be hitting Target!