My Couponing for Good Shopping Trip at Walmart: 50% savings allows me to donate twice as much!

by on March 12, 2012 in Personal Experiences

This month I have been writing about Couponing For Good and inviting my readers to participate in the Champions for Kids and All You magazine SIMPLE Service Projects. The goal is to use coupons to shop and donate items to a charity of your choice.

I have challenged my city of Terre Haute, IN to donate to Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall, and last week I completed my personal shopping trip to do the same. I want to share the details of my trip with you, and encourage you to make a difference in your community, too.

If you Coupon for Good this month, you can enter my Couponing for Good Giveaway and get a chance to win a prize!

I am super pleased with how well I did. I usually do my best couponing at another store here in town that doubles coupons, but this trip taught me that Walmart is indeed a great place to save using coupons as well.

I completed my shopping trip in two parts. My goal was the spend $25.00 and get as much as I possibly could to donate to Ryves Youth Center. I met that goal and exceeded my hopes for the trip.

To see all of the pictures I took for this shopping trip, click here to visit my Google+ album for the trip.

Let’s start by taking a look at everything I bought, and then I’ll break it down between the two trips.

I pulled out every trick I had when it came to using coupons to save:

  • I used sales
  • I matched coupons to sales (I Heart the Mart is a GREAT site for saving at Walmart)
  • I price matched against a competing store’s prices
  • I used coupons from magazines (like All You!), newspaper inserts, printable coupon sites
  • I used coupons for free products I got from calling companies or entering coupon contests
  • I calculated unit prices to make sure the coupon was the best deal (and sometimes chose the store brand instead!)

I really tried hard to get as much as I could for $25.00. Here is the result:

I bought a variety of food, personal hygiene items, baby items and I even “splurged” on some clearance craft items I found! It’s always a good idea to really think about the needs of the group you’re shopping for.

The total before coupons was $51.93, and the total after coupons was $26.20. That’s a 50% savings, which means I got twice as much to donate, just by using coupons!

Let’s break down the two trips…

Walmart Trip #1:

(you can see more detailed notes by clicking through my Google+ album for this shopping trip)

Total Before Coupons:$24.31.

Total After Coupons: $15.61.

Coupons & Prices:

  • 2x Mom’s Best Oatmeal – $1.28 each – used $.75/2 coupon printed from company website
  • 1x Charmin Basic double roll toilet paper – $2.47 – used $1/1 coupon from P&G mailer
  • 3x Kleenex tissue – $.97 each – used $.50/3 coupon from newspaper insert
  • 2x Beech-Nut baby cereal – $1.50 each – used two $.60/1 printable coupons
  • 2x Kotex U panty liners – $1.24 each – used two $1/1 coupons printed from company website
  • 1x Red Gold diced tomatoes (large can) – $1.42 – used $1.25/1 coupon from Facebook page
  • 2x Libby’s peaches – $1.12 each – used $1/2 coupon from newspaper insert
  • 4x Libby’s green beans – $.60 each – used $1/4 coupon from newspaper insert
  • 8 children’s stocking caps – clearance items – $.25 each
  • 2 Valentine’s craft kits – clearance items – $1 each

Walmart Shopping Trip #2:

(you can see more detailed notes by clicking through my Google+ album for this shopping trip)

Total Before Coupons:$27.62.

Total After Coupons: $10.59.

Coupons & Prices:

  • 2x Mom’s Best Oatmeal – $1.28 each – used $.75/2 coupon printed from company website
  • 2x Nursery Water gallons – $1.00 each – used $.55/2 coupon printed from company website
  • 3x Tuna Helper – $1.50 each – price matched to Dollar General $1.00 each – used peelie coupon for $1/3
  • 1x Great Value can of pineapple chunks (no coupon – store brand)
  • 2x Vlasic relishes (1 sweet & 1 dill) – $.98 each – used two $.55/1 hang tag coupons from previous shopping trips
  • 1x Pull-Ups wipes – $1.64 – used $1/1 coupon from Huggies Pull-Ups Party coupon booklet
  • 1x Crest toothpaste – $1.96 – used $1/1 coupon from newspaper insert
  • 2x Kotex U panty liners – $1.24 each – used two $1/1 coupons printed from company website
  • 2x Carefree pads – $.94 each – used two $1/1 printed coupons from company website (resulted in 6 cent overage per item)
  • 1x Ivory soap 3-pack – $1.24 – used $.35 coupon from newspaper insert
  • 1x Cranberry Naturals juice – $2.28 – used FREE product coupon from a blog contest I won
  • 3x Beech-Nut Cereals – $1.50 each – used $5/$5 Beech-Nut product coupon from phone call I made to company
  • 1x Beech-Nut stage 2 peas – $.50 – used $5/$5 Beech-Nut product coupon from phone call I made to company

There are a lot of lessons to learn from this shopping trip, so I’ll be posting those in the next few days along with tips on how you can get started Couponing for Good, and how you can give without going broke.

Be sure to enter my Couponing for Good Giveaway if you’ve done a shopping trip for your local charity, and if you’d like more information on Champions for Kids, please visit the links below:

#CBias #AllYouCFK – I am thrilled to be able to participate in this campaign, and hope you will join me in my efforts to raise awareness of the Champions for Kids SIMPLE service projects! This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.


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