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!