I love it when I feel like I’ve won a personal battle against big business. Not that this is really any major victory against corporate greed, but I do feel like I got something for nothing. Or a few things for a lot less.
Thanks to awesome couponing blogs like Money Saving Mom and Chi-Town Cheapskate, I’ve snagged a ton of coupons recently. Now, my rule about coupons is this: if I wouldn’t buy it without the coupon, then I don’t need the coupon. Period. And since a lot of coupons are mostly for junk food and crap I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, I don’t use them that much. I clip the applicable ones, and move on.
But, I found myself at Target the other day, trying to convince my mother that my 6-year-old goddaughter will not panic about receiving Barbie’s brunette Fairy Tale friend, and I remembered that I had a ton of Target coupons. Using my wily skills obtained from years of expensive graduate school (can you feel the sarcasm? It’s dripping here), I made some excellent purchases to help us save green (again, when I say that, I mean money AND the environment. Clever, ain’t it?)
- Big bottle of Meyers dish soap plus $1 off coupon = $2.99
- 2 boxes of Green Works disposable wipes (for when Frankie pees the walls – you think I’m kidding but I’m not) plus $1 off coupon = $3.98 for both
- Suave shampoo plus $.75 off = $.24 (this is my personal favorite)
Now, I know that Suave is not natural/green/organic/eco-friendly in the slightest, but a bottle cost me a quarter people! Plus, as I stated before, I need to learn to pick my battles. There has been some debate over whether or not sodium laureth sulfate (which I normally avoid in shampoos) is really that bad for you, so I’ve decided to let this one slide…for know. Frankie still gets uber-gentle and green shampoos for his little head, but not for me and hubby.
I also made an excellent discovery at Target. I had a coupon for $2 off a furnace filter, and since I’m sure that ours is nasty beyond belief, I went to grab one. Only, I noticed sitting in the corner something called Eco Filter.
Yup, that’s right: a reusable, washable furnace filter. Heard of them, but never saw them. And, for the same price ($16.99) as a disposable? You had me at hello. I haven’t installed said filter yet, but I have high hopes for it.
In all, I saved tons of money, got a few eco-friendly items at a big box store, all by taking the time to clip coupons and be more aware of what I need and how much it costs. I beat the man at his own game. I rule. <fist pump in air>