Before I started couponing, over 8 years ago now, I thought I was already doing everything I could to save money. In reality I had it all wrong. Lots of advertising dollars have been poured into training consumers to believe three myths (lies) about saving money.
Myth 1 – You need to be in a Big Box Store
Sadly you’ll never save money in Walmart (or any other similar store) compared to shopping in a grocery store. They came in and did great job of brainwashing folks in the 80’s, but it’s wrong. Yes they price match deals, and have “always low” prices… but they don’t do anything else. In the south we have grocery stores that double coupons, have tons of store coupons and even take competitor coupons. Walmart does none of this. I’m not saying that you won’t find deals there, just that you will find much better deals by looking at traditional grocery stores.
Myth 2 – You’ll Save Buying House Brands
This myth is one that actually costs you the most. You’ll rarely find a house brand on sale, and you’ll never have a coupon for it. To compare that to buying a name brand product at it’s best price (40% off or more) and using a coupon on it, the name brand will 99.9% of the time be the cheaper deal. Take cereal for an example. Right now you can get Kellogg’s cereal for 25¢ a box at Target… when was the last time you saw their house brand on sale for 25¢??
In reality, house brands make the largest profit for a store. Don’t fall prey thinking that they exist for you to save money…
Myth 3 – The Best Deal is on the Biggest Package
How many mom’s out there have felt like they need to find the biggest box of diapers ever made to get the best deal? I know lots of folks that have Sam’s Club and Costco memberships just for diapers and paper towels. Grabbing that massive box actually is saving you nothing. If anything when they label it as the “Value Box” that should make you question it from the start! Yes when we look at the cost per unit it appears to be the best price, but don’t forget about the coupons! Diapers make a great example of how the biggest box isn’t the best deal:
Huggies Value Box, 156 ct., $34.97
-$3 off Huggies Diapers coupon
Total Due: $31.97
20¢ per diaper
(4) Huggies Jumbo pack diapers, 36 ct., $8.99
-(4) $3 off Huggies Diapers coupons
Total Due: $23.96
16¢ per diaper
It gets even better if you follow the drugstore deals. Buying the small packs of diapers when they are giving rewards would mean that you would pay $14 for all 4 packs or get them for 9¢ per diaper! You just beat the price of the big massive box by 50%!!
Paper Towels, Bath Tissue, Laundry detergent and many other products all fit the same mold. Buying the largest package rarely if ever makes for a deal.
I have taken on a new challenge for the next 30 days… eat at Applebees 5 times from their lunch menu. They just released a new menu that you can make your own lunch combo by mixing and matching from top menu items. In total, you could have over 200 different lunches without repeating the same combination!!
I don’t tend to ever eat out for lunch, but it work perfectly this month as I’m on the road for workshops a ton. They offered to pay the bill, so what could I really say…
We recently went in for our first lunch and were very pleased with the new menu. There are a ton of choices for soups, salads and sandwiches. Heads up for anyone gluten free though… the choices are bit slim on the gluten free menu. My husband grabbed a salad without the croutons, and I had an American BLT with a side of tortilla soup. Both were very good! I’m already pondering what my next 4 combinations will be.
If you are dieting I’ll warn you not to look at the bottom of the lunch menu… they offer dessert for $1 with any lunch! We were good and didn’t add on the calories, but I can’t promise to be great the next 4 trips in!
One Southern Savers reader is going to win $100 to try out the lunch menu for themselves. My challenge is over the next 30 days, so I’ll announce the winner when I check back in with you at the end of the month. Fill out the form below to be entered to win.
Things were a little slower in coupon land today as companies are gearing down for the holiday weekend. We did find a few new offers though!
My kids LOVE the Dole Squish’ems so I’m happy about another $1 off coupon. The Ajax coupon will also make for 50¢ laundry detergent at Walmart right now!
$3 off Cottonelle Bath Tissue AND People printable
$2 off Ajax Laundry Detergent printable
$1 off Gerber Graduates Training Plates, 2 pk. printable
$10 off Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Stride-2-Ride (Target coupon) printable
Harris Teeter Super Doubles starts again on 4/23. Here’s a list of high value coupons that will double and make great deals on regular priced items. Remember Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to $2; twenty coupons a day
I will post 3 separate lists for Super Doubles this week. So make sure you add everything you want to your shopping list:
1. This list of high value coupons.
2. The Harris Teeter Ad (posted Monday)
3. Unadvertised Sale Items (posted Tuesday afternoon)
If you know of any other high value coupons that will double, share them below in the comments section.
- Fresh Express Salad Blends or Spinach, 9-12 oz, $2.99
-$1/2 Fresh Express bagged salad printable
-$2/2 Fresh Express salads, enter two bag codes in your account printable
-$1/2 Fresh Express blends or kits, (zip 99218) printable
-$1/2 Fresh Express blends printable
(use $2/2, makes it 99¢ ea.)
- Bolthouse Farms Beverage, 32 oz, $4.99
-$1.50 off Bolthouse Farms beverage (Instagram) printable
(use $1.50 off, makes it $1.99)
- Butterball Every Day Turkey Burgers, 32 oz, $8.85
-$1 off Butterball Product (Facebook – when you share) printable
-$1 off Butterball frozen turkey burgers, (zip 06112) printable
(makes it $6.85)
- Perdue Oven Ready Chicken Roaster Seasoned, 96 oz, $11.99
-$1 off Perdue Oven Ready chicken printable
-$2 off Perdue Oven Ready product, RP 3/02
-$1 off Perdue Oven Ready roast item, (zip 03103) printable
(use $2 off, makes it $7.99)
- Al Fresco Chicken Breakfast Sausage Country Style, 8 oz, $3.99
-$1 off Al Fresco product, 7, 8, 12 or 14 oz (Facebook) printable
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I’m not sure how many Hockey fans there are in the rank of Southern Savers readers. But just in case a few of you have a favorite NHL team, here’s a deal you!
Save 50% off all NHL gear with the codes NHL50OFF or HOCKEY101. When I entered the code, my cart also got Free Shipping!
They have tee shirts, hats and jerseys for 33 teams.
Washington Capitals Hoodie $25 (reg. $50)
Anaheim Ducks Vintage Tee $14 (reg. $28)
Detroit Red Wings Structured Cap $12.50 (reg. $25)
Boston Bruins Jacket $32.50 (reg. $65)
See more online apparel deals.