It was a blast working with the women in our Extreme Couponing in Excellence workshop this past Saturday!
After teaching the basics we went to work putting together an extreme savings deal at Weis. Thanks to the management at our local Weis store (Gap) we were able to get the ad for the upcoming week so the ladies could put an actual deal together, have time to get coupons in Sunday’s paper as well as print them from the internet, and then grab the deal for themselves when they shop this week. In this week’s ad Kraft and Weis offered an amazing deal of WYB (When You Buy) $40 (Shelf Price, Not Sale Price) YG (You Get) $10 off instantly. Now, at first glance it might seem quite expensive to purchase $40 worth of the selected Kraft items however, in actuality it is not. At Weis you purchase $40 in SHELF price (meaning regular price) but only pay SALE price to get the deal. Here’s an example if you use the following SHELF prices:
- 11 Philly Indulgence Chocolate Cream Cheese Spreads (which are amazing!) at $2.99 each
- 2 Chips Ahoy Cookies (really good dipped in the Indulgence) at $3.79 each
- You reach a total SHELF price of $40.47
However, you do NOT pay SHELF price, you pay sale price which is the following:
- 11 Philly Indulgence Chocolate Cream Cheese Spreads at $2.50 each
- 2 Chips Ahoy Cookies at $2.50 each
- You reach a total SALE price of just $32.50
The register will automatically deduct $10 AFTER the above purchase which brings your total to a low $22.50, however, as good as that sounds…you aren’t done saving yet!
Let’s remember to use coupons that are available on the internet and in past Sunday newspapers. In the above mentioned shopping trip I had a $1 off each (1/1) Kraft Indulgence and a .55 off 2 (.55/2) coupon for the cookies that actually doubled to $1. What’s our new total? Just a low, low price of $10.50!!! This gives you a total out of pocket (OOP) expense of $10.50, total savings of $29.97 which is 74%!!!!
I do like saving 74% off this transaction but if you shopped on Sunday, like I did…you had what we call a double dip catalina.
Not only did I get the $10 off as mentioned above, but I also received a $4 coupon toward my next transaction of anything in the store. That would gave me a total savings of 84%! Just think of all the times you purchased one bag of cookies that weren’t on sale and you didn’t have a coupon. This one transaction cost just a few pennies more than ONE bag of cookies! That’s what I call extreme couponing!! Here is a picture of this transaction-
Check out these pictures and deals from Sunday and Monday…
This transaction was fun. Jiffy Healthy Pop Popcorn has a SHELF price of $2.59 but is on sale Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO). In Weis’ in store FREE magazine there is a $1/2 coupon and you can print a $1/2 coupon from the internet. Let’s do the math on how much the popcorn cost OOP- .59 for both! Then I also purchased four Mentos Gum that was on sale for just $1 each. I had (4) .55 manufacturer coupons (from past Sunday papers) that doubled to $1…now, this math is easy… all four gums were totally FREE! In addition to this my husband added a Cabot Sharp Cheese to our transaction which I’m horrified to say…I didn’t have a coupon but at least Weis at it on sale! It made amazing baked mac and cheese for dinner last night:) Total OOP for this transaction was just $2.09 which was a savings of $12.24 (85%). Making it even better is if you notice there is a special deal on the popcorn boxes for Weight Watchers magazine. Here’s what paying $2.10 looks like:
Now, on Sunday I had a third transaction and the largest for the day. More popcorn, and gum with the same deals as the above transaction. In addition, my husband put a few more items into the cart that I didn’t have coupons for: Cocoa Puffs (no coupons and not even on sale!), bread (no coupon but on BOGO sale) and Lenders Bagels (on sale, but no coupon). Other deals I purchased in this transaction are:
Dial liquid hand soap on sale for $1 each less $1/3 MC (manufacturer coupon)
Pickles on BOGO sale less .55 MC which doubled to $1
Arm and Hammer Detergent on BOGO sale less $1/2 MC
Total OOP for this transaction was just $24.90 (I used the $4 catalina coupon from the previous transaction). This is a total savings of $44.10 (64%)! Love it:) Here’s what the transaction looked like:
The deals were rolling so I decided I would head back to Weis on Monday (without extra purchases from my husband). I purchased two transactions. On the first transaction I did the Kraft deal (Kraft Fresh Take Cheese/Breadcrumbs, Kraft Milk Bars, Philly Indulgence), Popcorn and Snuggles Fabric Softener (on sale for $2.99 less $1/1 MC). I also saved an additional $3 by using the $3 off $30 on the front of the Weis ad (only on ads when you purchased a newspaper). Total OOP $11.31 which means a total savings of $43.96 (79%). Here’s what it looks like:
One more transaction to go… This time I did the Kraft deal again (Kraft Fresh Taste and Cookies), Popcorn, Treasure Cove Parm Cheese (on sale for $2 less $1/1 MC) and Dial soap (same deal as above). I used another $3/$30 which I had since I purchased multiple papers on Sunday. Total OOP $13. Total Savings $45.14 (77%)! Pretty awesome if you ask me! Here’s what this transaction looked like:
All five transactions total $62.08 OOP which means a grand total savings of $175.43!! If you average all the transactions together you get an average savings of 65%. This is what I call Extreme Couponing in Excellence!
Now you might be wondering what we will do with the multiple quantities of items? The Fresh Tastes are in our freezer for future use, the cookies, Milk Bites, popcorn and Indulgences have long shelf dates and will be enjoyed in the months to come. The Dial soap, detergent and fabric softeners will be added to my stockpile for future use. They won’t be wasted, but instead provide for our family at amazing savings!
I’d love to hear back from workshop attendees on their shopping trips and savings. Here’s what Carol said:
“I was there (Weis) this morning. $153.43 before sales/club card/coupons, I paid $90.60!”
Did you miss the workshop? We have another on on Saturday, April 14th, at Living Rock Bible Church in Elverson. Invest your time in this workshop and you’ll be off to a great start saving money for your family.
Here are comments from past attendees:
“ Thank You, Karen!!! Had a lot of fun and learned stuff!!!”
“Well worth every penny! Thank you for sharing your knowledge……look out savings, here I come!”
“Great class today. I thought I was a good couponer before but I learned a lot today. Thanks Karen.”