Thursday, April 11, 2013

How I get free stuff

When people ask how I get such great deals on groceries and even free stuff, I am more than willing and even excited to share my technique.  I have realized that most people want me to say "Oh, they just hand out free stuff on Tuesday morning" because as soon as I even mention clipping a coupon I get a bunch of excuses.  "I don't have time" is the biggest load of BS I hear.  I know ladies with 5 kids and a job that find time to coupon.  If you have time to Facebook and Pinterest, you have time to coupon.  It is just a matter of if it is important to you to save money.  But seriously, I do not care if you coupon or not.  In fact, it is better for me if you don't coupon at my preferred stores.  As with anything, it takes time up front to learn and then it is just a lifestyle, like eating healthy and exercise.  You get out what you put in.  In the end, it saves me time because I usually plan my meals in advance and I have a stockpile from which to make a meal at the last minute.  In the past, I would have just had my husband get fast food on his way home from work.
So, just a quick freebie that is SO simple...  and you can get this deal right now!  FREE Pampers baby wipes.  Don't have a baby?  Well, take it from this mom of 3...  those things are great for wiping up anything...not just baby bottoms.  Plus, they also make a very appreciated baby shower gift that will not ever be returned.  How can you get this deal?  Well, at Kroger the coupon policy allows for double coupons that are .50 or less.  So a .50 coupon really takes 1.00 off your total.  Pampers baby wipes are part of a Kroger Mega sale when you buy 5 participating items, you get $5 off your total.  Baby wipes are 1.99 in the mega sale.  There are printable .50 coupons for the wipes.  Buy 5 wipes, get $5 off your total for the mega sale, use 5 coupons and get another $5 off your total.  That is free folks.
Where can you get 5 coupons?  You can print the coupon twice per computer.  I know a lot of people have more than one computer in their home.  Still can't scrounge up 5 coupons?  Ok, so get some of the other participating items.  Chances are you need some of the items, and they will have coupons, too!  If that seems like a lot of work, then couponing isn't for you.  It doesn't get much simpler than printing a little piece of paper and bringing it to a grocery store where you are probably going to stop by for food anyway.

This week I also loaded up on Sheba canned cat food, which Publix actually paid me .85 to take 6 cans out of the store.  Seriously, the cashier handed me the bag of cat food, the receipt and .85.  There is something free every week!

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