Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Coupon Insanity and Food Storage

Smith's, my favorite place ever, has a monthly promotion where they round your coupons up to a dollar. This is a big deal because, if you play your cards right, you can get tons of free, or nearly free, items.

Here's what I got for FREE today:
8 Yoplait Greek Yogurts
4 toothbrushes
4 toothpastes
4 Weber Seasoning Packets
1 Dial Handsoap

Everything else pictured was $.25-$1.00, except for the milk and cheeses (which were still on sale for well under $2). Plus I got some gourmet pita bread which, at $3.50, truly felt like a splurge.

All of these items rang up at $186 but after my coupons and fvc, the total came to $86. Not bad, eh?

Now most of this stuff I'll either freeze or run downstairs to food storage. I know our food storage doesn't look like much now, but I was able to get all this stuff without paying more than my usual grocery bill.
I just started this collection six month ago. I put it off forever because I never felt like we had enough money to spare (with babies, houses, and surprise expenses). Food storage is one EXPENSIVE commandment. I love couponing because I can still be obedient without breaking the bank.

Plus, there's that added benefit of having a supply in case there's an emergency. Oh, that too.

5 comments:

Jer and Jealin said...

I need to do this again! How did you find out what day Smiths rounds coupons? What does fvc stand for? I used grocery smarts, is that what you use? (Sorry for the 20 questions!)

Bethany said...

I use grocery smarts, too. they often tell you when smiths is having their coupon promotions, but they sometimes don't. I find out on the weekly mailers or on the One Cheap Chick blog. FVC is your Fresh Value Card and... I need an invite to your blog. You went private, stinker.

Janssen said...

You are a machine!

Jaime Escalante said...

YAY! I think you saw my post on facebook about couponing. My relief society had an activity on the subject and I've been studying and learning all the ins and outs of the coupon world ever since. Now I need a room full of shelves for my food storage! Looks beautiful. Great job!!!

Katie said...

Biff, that is SO AWESOME!!! Way to go! if you haven't already discovered it, check out http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/
I hope we can hang out soon!
tic