Coupon Haul: Didn’t Go As Planned

Couponing is hard. I thought that figuring out all the deals, rummaging through my apartment recycling bin for RedPlums, and printing online coupons would be the hard part, but guess what – it totally wasn’t! The hard part was getting into the store and actually finding all of the products that I was looking for. Hey – I’m usually up for a treasure hunt, but this was a little ridiculous!

I started out at Walmart and let me tell you, the Walmart that I am used to in the suburbs isn’t crowded, the aisles have plenty of space, and I’ve got the layout memorized. The Walmart that I went to today was THE WALMART OF YOUR NIGHTMARES. No space, super crowded, and filled with really weird people. I lasted about 10 minutes and then fled. A small amount of savings was not worth dealing with that forsaken place.

So, off to Target! I’m super bummed because I couldn’t find most of the items I had planned to buy! They were either sold out, or not on sale like the internet said they would be… Anyway here’s what I ended up with..IMG_20160403_183711560.jpg

  • Scoopaway Cat Litter – I was supposed to pick this up at Walmart (lower price) but I just told you how that went. So this litter is normally 9.99 but Target had it on sale for 8.99. Then I had an online coupon from for $2 off. I also paid this with a $2 rebate on the Shopmium app, making this litter only $4.99.
  • Mountain Dew Kick Start – Normally priced $1.19, Target had this on sale for $0.99. I used a $0.75 rebate on the Mobisave app, so technically I paid $0.24.
  • Barilla Pronto Pasta, reg. $1.42 but on sale for $1.27. I used a $0.55 online coupon, and a 30% off Cartwheel offer, so the final price was $0.34. (Cartwheel is Target’s savings smartphone app)
  • Temptations Cat Treats $1.89, used an old Catalina coupon I randomly had in my purse which actually made this free. (Catalina coupons are the coupons that print out at the cash register after some purchases).
  • Old El Paso Taco Seasoning $2.52 for 3 packets, used an online coupon for $1 off of 3 packets, so I paid $1.52.

Soooo after all of the coupons, sales, and rebates I paid $7.09 for $17.01 worth of items. That’s everything at 58.3% discount. This deal would have been even sweeter if I had a Target Red Card (a debit card that gives you 5% off all target purchases!!) Why don’t I have one of these already??

Overall, I feel bittersweet about it. I am happy with my purchases – at the same time I’m disappointed because my haul wasn’t as big and as great as I had planned. Although since this is my first time couponing, maybe I should give myself a break. Plus, all of the things I bought I actually need! I would have paid full price for them anyway, so that’s a pro! The con’s would be that some of the rebates take a while to paypal me the money, or I have to hit certain limits before they do, so I’m technically out of those funds for a while… meh.

So guys, do you coupon? What was your first time like? Should I continue giving it a try? I’d love to know! If you enjoyed reading about this haul please let me know in the comments! I’ve also included links below to all of the apps and coupons I used in case you want to get in on some of these deals! Happy hunting!

Xoxo, Janessa Christine Use Code: KMMMGYFP for a Free Lindt Chocolate Bar
$2.00 off 1 Scoop Away cat litter
$0.55 off ONE box of Barilla Pronto Pasta
$1.00 off 3 Old El Paso products


2 thoughts on “Coupon Haul: Didn’t Go As Planned

  1. Have never couponed but I’ve thought about doing it a million times! I wouldn’t know where or how to begin! Even though you didn’t get many items you still saved over 50% on everything!! That’s a definite win in this bargain hunter’s book!! 🙂

  2. For your first time out, that was a great start. Another thing to keep in mind is that government checks are sent out the first of the month, so the stores will always be busier at the beginning of the month. Avoid those times completely unless necessary. Also, if the items are out of stock, ask for a rain check to come back when they are in and you will still get the sales price!

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