coupon-ing journey

You may remember me saying that one of my resolutions for the new year was to coupon more, focusing on how to save money on things that we already buy. I think I’ve actually been doing pretty good in this area. I’ve saved anywhere from $10-$30 off our groceries each week without changing much about the way I shop. For me, the most difficult things about couponing is that most of the items that have coupons are super processed! Also, looking at coupons makes me want things I typically don’t buy, like chips and ice cream. I have been trying to stay focused and have found some great online resources for coupons that I thought I would throw out there to share with you guys. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many items have coupons that we typically buy if you just hunt them out! I love being able to support companies whose philosophies I generally agree with! Coupons for organics? Yes please!

  • Horizon Dairy – You have to sign up to have access to these coupons. I have consistently been getting coupons for a 1/2 gallon of milk, and we all know how expensive organic milk can be!
  • Stonyfield – I love yogurt, always have, and I’ve been eating Stonyfield for awhile. Again, you have to sign up, but I get YoBaby yogurt coupons, as well as coupons for adult yogurt!
  • Earth’s Best – OK, I admit it, there are weeks when I don’t have time or energy to make all of Jude’s food. I have been consistent with apples and sweet potatoes, and that’s about it. Thankfully, Earth’s Best makes really great, affordable baby food. And they have coupons on their website for $1 of of 10 jars. For awhile HEB had an additional coupon for $2 off 10 jars, so I was saving $3! Good to have around in your pantry if you have a little one.
  • Seventh Generation – I use their toliet paper, dish soap and dye free laundry detergent (although I don’t like their dishwasher soap at all) and there are usually some good coupons on there for all of those thing. Oh, and I recently used a coupon for their diapers since we traveled to Dallas and didn’t want to use the cloth dipes while on the road. I liked them a lot! You have to sign up for this one as well.
  • Smart Source – I’ve been surprised by some of the online coupons I’ve found here: Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, organic Bordens milk, not too shabby! I check this website once a week.
  • Coupons.com – lots of coupons, most are for processed foods, but every now and then a good one sneaks in there. Worth checking once a week.

I did a free trial of the grocery game for a little while, but found that they didn’t have good information for the Austin HEB’s that I was going to, but I know a lot of people have a lot of luck with that program. Sometimes, when I’m meal planning and a recipe calls for a certain ingredient, I’ll do a quick google search for that ingredient to see if I can find any coupons . . . sometimes it works and sometimes I get nothing, but I figure it’s worth a try! What about you guys? Any good resources that you recommend?

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17 Comments coupon-ing journey

  1. renee March 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

    thank you SO much for these links! i too try to coupon as much as i can but i see so many for things we just don’t use/eat. these will be very helpful…thanks!

    renee

  2. Lexie March 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Hehe… I actually order the newspaper just for the coupons on Sundays (but no worries, the rest goes in the recycle bin).

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Yeah the Stateman does just Sunday papers but it is so expensive to sign up for just Sunday service! I may do it eventually, but not right now.

  3. Lexie March 11, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Also something you may want to check out is restaurants.com if you haven’t already. You can get gift certificates to restaurants all around town at a fraction of the cost. Typically it’s $10 for a $25 gift certificate, so it’s essentially a free $15 to the restaurant.

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      We’ve done restaurants.com before. We got some deal where we could get $25 gift cards for $1-2. It was some special they were running at the time!

      Another good one is groupon.com – I got some free organic grocery delivery from there once and some good restaurant coupons!

  4. Jennifer March 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Agreed on the Grocery Game. I’ve also seen good coupons for Cascadian Farms, Muir Glen, and other various green cleaning brands. Also, Target frequently has coupons for their produce and bakery items (and you can even just bring up the coupons on your phone and scan them from there), and I love the new SuperTarget in Pflugerville. It was so much cleaner and less busy than HEB, plus I got a $10 giftcard for filling a prescription that I used on groceries!

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      Great tip! Thanks! I love that you can scan the coupons in from your phone. Oh technology!

  5. Crystal M. March 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I love couponing too. You might want to check out the forums at Hot Coupon World (hotcouponworld.com). Those ladies know a lot about coupons. Also the resources page there has lots of links to coupons. Good luck!

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, I’ll do it!

  6. Misty March 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you SOOOOOOO much for sharing the Horizon coupons. I just recently started buying Horizon milk, and now I don’t want to buy anything else, but it is expensive.

    I don’t know if you shop (or have in your area) Winn Dixie or Publix, but Sarah at Fiddledeedeemom Blog posts organic deals for both those stores once a week at http://fiddledeedeemom.com/.

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      Yeah, no Winn Dixie or Publix in Austin. . . although I wonder if there is an Austin blogger that does something similar? I’ll have to check around for that! Thanks for the idea!

  7. Tara March 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Target has the best selection of the Earths Best foods. Lucca won;t eat anything but those and Sprout … Sprout website offers cases of food (15 packs for $20 ish) .. but HEB has them for $.99 each so that makes no sense to me. Thanks for the coupon info… we are trying too. Baby makes BUDGET CRAZY!

    1. Elizabeth March 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      The past couple weeks I’ve gone to HEB, Earth’s Best has been on sale for $.70 a jar! And then I had those two coupons! I feel like I should have stocked up!!

      I’ll have to remember that Target has the best selection of Earth’s Best – thanks for the tip!

  8. ...t. March 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Have you tried http://www.couponmom.com? It’s like the grocery game but FREE. It doesn’t have all the color coded bells and whistles but um…it’s FREE. I don’t know about the grocery store you named but I would go check it out. You can also sign up for e-mails when the deals in your area change. I have found it to be very helpful! She even has a Free book download all about couponing and saving money at the store.

    1. Elizabeth March 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      Awesome, thank you! I’ll check it out!

  9. anonymous March 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I admire your diligence to stay the course with healthy living on a budget. I struggle so much in this area. Do you mind sharing your journey while living on a tight(er) budget while being home with your son? I’ve been working with my son, and it’s so much more stressful. I’d love to be home, but I am so afraid of not having that cushion to fall back on! Any advice?

    1. Elizabeth March 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

      I think what made it easiest for me transitioning to not working is that we never lived off of my salary when I was working. My salary went straight into savings so we never changed our quality of life by spending my income. When we moved, we moved into a less expensive house and put a lot of money down on it, so our mortgage payments are less than most apartment rentals. I think that’s what has allowed up to transition to me staying at home without too much stress. Now I just try to coupon and be selective with what I’m spending our money on so that we can still support companies we believe in and live with as few chemicals as possible! I hope this is helpful!

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