Shopping: The agony and the ecstasy

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I’ve been diligently couponing for the past few months. But let me tell you, not every day is like an “Extreme Couponing” episode.

In fact, most days are definitely not. But I am saving a lot of money when I match coupons up to store sales, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to shopping blindly again. I pay a lot closer attention to emails I receive from stores and brands now, as well as couponing blogs that take the guesswork out of smart shopping.

The regular prices for the Cheerios and Maybelline mascara alone would've cost me more than I paid for this entire order yesterday./All photos by Ava Gacser

Take my trip to ShopRite yesterday morning. I scored 4 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios (12.25 oz), 2 Lysol toilet bowl cleaners, 3 Suave deodorants, 2 Maybelline Great Lash mascaras, 1 bag of chips, and 3 newspapers for just $21.13 after coupons! And that’s not counting a $2 Catalina coupon I received upon checkout for a future order!

From there I went to yoga and then to Wegmans, where I was super pleased to run into these fellas:

Now appearing at your local supermarket: The brothers Manzo!

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“Extreme Couponing”: Color me addicted

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As an out-of-work freelance writer/editor, couponing has become a bit of an obsession for me. And, I must admit, I definitely get a rush watching dollars subtract from my bill.

I’ve only been couponing religiously for a few months, but I think I’ve been doing pretty good. I’m steadily growing a stockpile (which is comprised for the most part of body washes and toothpaste, of which I am sure I will never run out), and I think I can now spot a really good deal when I see it.

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