How I Turn $10 into $22 in Minutes
If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to shopping for essentials, and that could be costing you big time. I used to strictly shop at Walmart for things like toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, dog food, and such, but once I discovered the bevy of deals up for grabs at the local dollar stores, I quickly converted.
Yes, deals. Lots of them. Weekly deals. Beautiful deals. All waiting to be had.
What caused this change in my mindset?
Digital coupons, baby! Both Dollar General and Family Dollar now offer digital coupons to clip right on your mobile device or computer. Using them is simple, fun, and smart.
Dollar General’s digital coupon program requires a simple sign up; enter your information once and then use your phone number at checkout to apply any coupons you’ve clipped to your digital account. Couple the digitals you find on products you use with their ongoing $5 off $25 purchase on Saturdays to maximize your savings. You can also use paper coupons instead of digital; I do this sometimes (see my upcoming post on where to find lots of paper coupons cheap).
You can also complete surveys (information found on every receipt from Dollar General) to get an additional $3 off a $15 purchase.
As an example of a recent deal, I purchased:
- 1 12-roll pack of Cottonelle bath tissue $4.75 (already a great price)
- 1 9.3-ounce Gain Fireworks scent booster $3.95
- 1 Swiffer duster kit $4.50
- 1 Mr. Clean with Gain 40-ounce $2.50
- 1 Tide Pods with Downy 14-count $4.95
My total before coupons was $21.71. After digital coupons and a $3/15 survey coupon, my total shrunk to just $9.71. That’s over 50% savings! Woot woot! That’s like buying the Tide Pods and bath tissue and getting the rest for free. Free is good.
Family Dollar’s program works similarly, although the deals there aren’t as great. Still, from time to time, there’s a must-have deal that causes me to pop in and drop a few bucks with them too.
There you have it – saving on essentials puts money in your pocket for other bills and needs. How do you save on essentials? Share your tips!