Rachel’s Haul for the Week of March 18th, 2013

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Haul from Walgreens & Target

Before coupons: $15.88 / After coupons: $3.88

The ibuprofen and shavers were FREE, the Nivea post shave balm was $1.54, the Blue Diamond almonds were $1.00 each and the Ortega taco packets were .19 each.

It has been a pretty chill week. I didn’t see much of anything that I needed and probably could have skipped going out altogether especially since it was so bitterly cold today. But when you are chasing a sick toddler around all day, it is nice to get away for a little while. šŸ˜‰

Once you start using coupons, you will notice your stockpile grow. After awhile, you will be able to skip over certain deals because you have sustained a stockpile that can hold you over until the same deal strikes again. Sales do occur in cycles. If your favoriteĀ deodorantĀ is on sale this week, it will most likely go on sale again within the next few months.

The more you use coupons, the better idea you will have about what is a good price for you to pay in your region. Then you can determine what is an excellent stock-up price, what is an average price and what is a “wait for a better deal” price.

Here is an excellent list created by Collin from Hip2Save, which includes products with price points to aim for when buying in conjunction with coupons. Also, if you follow the Krazy Coupon Lady blog, you will notice that when they post a deal they may have a pyramid symbol next to the final price. The higher the pyramid, the better the deal. They propose a krazy stockpile price is 75% off the retail which may be obtained when using coupons.

Do not beat yourself up if you are not hitting these marks all the time. These are just examples to help you get started in your couponĀ endeavors.

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