Yesterday......I made it to the store before her. I could hardly contain myself. I felt like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep- running up and down the aisles screaming and crying for joy. Laughing, giddy like. Everything I wanted to purchase, it was all there. I was able to buy every single item on my list. All of it. It was an incredible couponing victory. Just me and one other couponing momma in the store- each of us not clearing a single shelf.
And as I was heading up front to check out- mind you it was just about 7 minutes after the store opened- in she came. And mark me up for ANOTHER personal victory as I totally refrained from stretching across the automatic doors while screaming "It's All MINE!!!!!". Nor did I personally point out to her that I had in fact BEAT HER TO THE STORE! I also did not do a touch down dance while screaming "IN YOUR FACE!". I did however dance around my entire kitchen, hallway, and bathroom after getting home singing "I beat her to the store, I beat her to the store". Which, I might add, was a total wasted effort as my family doesn't rejoice in my couponing victories.
I must admit, I did feel a bit of anxiety I wasn't anticipating as she loaded like 12 boxes of cereal in her cart. Instantly I questioned what deal I had missed- I swear I didn't see a deal on cereal. It threw me off my plan- I got all confused trying to check out and I had to take a moment and remember that we don't even LIKE frosted flakes.
So- why on earth did I bolt out of the house at 7:50am on a Sunday morning and put a total crimp in getting my family ready for church?
I was able to buy all of these items that my family uses and (for the most part- sans candy) needs and leave the store with more in cash for next week than I spent.
Of course, I rolled register rewards from last week into my purchases (4 transactions so that I could get 4 of the sale razors- two for men and two for women!) so my cash out of pocket was much much lower. And had I not been thrown off by that whole cereal dilema, I could have managed even that better, but I'm still happy with my shopping trip.
One thing I missed when I listed my weekly line up was the Mentos Up2U gum. With in ad coupon it is on sale for $.99 per pack. When you stack that with the new coupon in the October Walgreens coupon book (located at the front of the store) for $1 off 2 packs along with the $1 off 2 packs manufacturer q from a couple of weeks ago- it makes it FREE!