In yesterday’s post, I wrote about how we had karma on our side when we did a shopping trip, and how that led to us keeping an extra $75 that we had planned on spending in our pocket.
After writing that, I got to thinking about it and I realized that we also saved money at each and every location by using coupons. I didn’t include that in my ‘savings karma’ post because I had already factored the coupon savings into our planned spending amount, but it was significant enough where, after reflecting on it, I was pretty impressed.
To go back over our shopping trip, here is how it went, this time looking at how we used coupons at every location.
Babies R Us – We purchased a gate and used a 20% off coupon to save $12 off the $60 price. We also purchased some other items, including laundry soap, jarred baby food (which we primarily use when we’re out of the house), baby-safe stain remover, and a couple of other odds and ends. We had coupons for just about every item, including some where we were able to stack an in-store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon and get nearly 40% off. With coupons, we probably saved $25 here easily.
Olga’s – As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we had a buy-one-get-one-free coupon that my wife got in her e-mail for having previously signed up for their rewards club, which is free. This saved us just over $7.
Costco – We didn’t need a lot, but there were some items that we buy regularly that had coupons, that we knew we would most likely be re-stocking in the next three months or so. We only purchased seven items, and six of these were reduced as a result of Costco coupons that are sent monthly. We saved $17 in coupons on these six items (freezer bags, granola bars, kitchen sponges, laundry detergent, face wash, and dental floss).
Buy Buy Baby – We had a 25% off coupon for Babies R Us on our car seat that Buy Buy Baby honored. As I outlined in the previous post, this saved us $65 off of the $260 list price.
All in all, we saved over $100 just by handing over a few coupons. There are people that will argue that coupons aren’t always worth it, but I would use this shopping trip as an example that, at least for the Beagle household, it’s well worth it!Copyright 2017 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.