Successful Savings Trip #3: Using Coupon Overage to Buy Things You Need

Through couponing like this, over the past year I’ve ended up getting lots of things I already use for not only free but I’ve made money on them. When people ask me how I live on a $50 week grocery budget one of the key ways is through overage. Allow me to explain:

Way back when Walgreens “paid” me $1.50 here to take something very embarrassing off their hands. Then they “paid” me $8.61 here. Although I *really* wanted to hand an unsuspecting woman some Preparation H at her baby shower, I decided a nursing home would benefit more and donated it. I made money by buying it, we needed paper so I bought some and then double bonus: I donated it.

Here’s where I made $7.03 by buying Robitussin. We needed it so it was great, I made money which was fab and then I was able to spend the overage on something else we needed.

I sometimes get asked, “Why do you buy it if you won’t use it?” Well, if it’s free here’s why I do it:

  1. It’s free and even though you don’t need it, I bet you can find a good home for it.
  2. You make money on it so you can use that overage for something else.
  3. Sometimes we may not need such a big quantity of something but if it’s going to make me money, I love doing it. I just make sure I’m not a shelf clearer.

I’m stocking up on diapers already as I really hate to pay more than $4 for a jumbo pack and I know there are sales. So I headed to Walgreens. The new one near us gave out $3/$10 coupon and I coupled that with a $3 off Pampers I had and the fact that the Carmax was $4.99 but I got back $.99.
Pampers $8.99
Carmax $4.99
Used $3/$10 + $3 Pampers coupon
Received $4 in RRs
Final Price: $3.98+ tax

Other overage shopping trips:
I got paid to get diapers at Target here.
I got cheap suntan lotion at CVS here.

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