It really irritates me to hear friends and family complain about rising prices of groceries and gas and then in the same breath say they dont have time to clip coupons and cherry pick for the best prices.
Everyone has their roles within a family. One of my roles is to be the household manager. It's my responsibility to make sure that all the food, health, beauty, pet and cleaning supplies is bought. I feel it's also my responsibility to do this as cheap as possible.
Look at it this way. If a company hired you to buy supplies for them, would you be doing your job if you bought the supplies without comparing prices and making sure you were getting the best deal for the company? That's been a part of my duties at the last 3 jobs I've had in the last 17 years. I took the concept and applied it at my home.
Here's a deal I did just last week.
This used 3 coupons. Two were clipped from Sunday newspapers. One came directly off a bottle of All detergent that I bought previously. So how much time did it take me to clip two coupons and pull one off a bottle I already had. The trip took less than 15 minutes out of my time. Here's the details:
Went to Wallys, had them price match Price Chopper's sale price on the All detergent 2.99 each. Wally's regular price has shot up to $4.97 each.
I bought three bottles: $14.97 at regular price.
After price match $8.97
Minus $4.00 in coupons...
The young woman was so excited to see the "little bottles" on sale for $2.99. She scanned my two expired $1.50 off and the one $1.00 off coupon. It didnt beep, went through without a hitch. That's because Wally usually will take an expired coupon if it's within a couple of days.
My subtotal $4.97 (the regular price of one bottle)
So it was like I bought one bottle and got two free!
Enough detergent to last my family 3 months. By then there should be another sale somewhere that I can do it again. Hopefully there will be more $1.50 off coupons as well. If not, I have several $1 off coupons tucked away.
Oh yeah, the three bottles I bought also had more hang tag coupons on them for $1 off that doesnt expire until June. So now I'm just waiting for another good sale in the next three months before I run out.
Now, what's not worth it? I dont have to worry about detergent for three months. The coupons are filed away. When I'm looking through the sale flyers for other weekly perishables that will need to be bought, I'll keep my eye out for the detergent on sale somewhere else. Usually when one store has it on sale for a loss leader, another will follow within a couple of weeks. That way it doesnt take away from my weekly budget too much at once.
So I would like to hear from all of you who doesnt think clipping coupons and cherry picking is worth while.