March 16, 2012
Couponing at the Mall
Being that I am a single young woman, I don’t exactly have a family of mouths to feed. Therefore, it’s tough to really get going with coupons. I love clipping them, but it’s hard to save tons of money when you just don’t have that much to buy in the first place. I will say though that I’m lucky to have a very gracious boyfriend who lets me use his kitchen to concoct my latest Pinterest finds AND happily eats whatever I put in front of him J Most of the coupons I use are for toiletries and fast food though, until my latest trip to the mall.
On Wednesday, I headed to Lexington in search of a new swim suit for the trip to Orlando my family is taking for my little brother’s senior year spring break. While I paid full price for the bikini I found, it was still only $30 since I got it at one of my favorite places for basics: Old Navy. I used to be opposed to that place in my younger and much more spoiled days, but ever since I started buying my own clothes (when I started college in 2008), it has become my go-to store. I love it! I got a very cute red bikini that I am hoping will minimize tan lines, because I intend to spend a majority of my time on vacation napping on a float in the pool J
I can't wait to wear it!
The really exciting part of the trip though was the deals I snatched up at Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Hollister and Alumni Hall.
I didn’t have any coupons at Hollister or Alumni Hall, but I researched online before my trip and discovered that they both had great deals going on. In honor of UK being awesome in basketball this year, I decided I needed a new UK shirt. Alumni Hall had a deal where you could get 2 t-shirts for $22, so I did just that. $18 each originally, I got them for only $11 each—a 39% savings! I was pleased with myself, even if I didn’t use a coupon. At Hollister, I also bought 2 shirts. They were both originally $25, marked down to $15. But they were also on clearance for an extra 15% off, which means each one came out to just over $9! That, my friends, equals a 64% savings.
I'm kinda diggin' the God Bless America feel to it.
Next, I headed to Victoria’s Secret. Since I signed up to get their catalogues I sometimes get coupons in the mail. Recently they sent a coupon for a FREE pair of lace-waist panties as well as a coupon for $10 off a bra. I never pass up free panties, so I saved $9.50 right off the bat by cashing that baby in. Then, with my $10 off coupon, I got a new bra for only $16.50! Without coupons I would have paid $36 for the panty/bra combo, but with them I saved 54%! I didn't take a picture of these, mainly because they were kind of boring as far as underwear goes. One can never have too many nude bras!
Finally, I ended the trip at Bath and Body, where I also had coupons that I received in the mail. Definitely sign up for those kind of things if you don’t already! They had a “Buy 2 Get 1” deal going on, plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon, plus I had a FREE anti-bac hand sanitizer coupon! I got a body spray, two lotions and the anti-bac hand sanitizer for a total of $21.20. Originally, it would have cost $37.50, so I saved 43%!
I also stumbled upon a white patent skinny waist belt at Forever21 for $1.50, so I was pretty pumped about that too!
The point is, coupons don’t have to be just for groceries. I’m all for using coupons anywhere and everywhere you can, regardless of what it is you’re buying or where you are in life. The way I look at it, I’m simply training for when I do have a family of mouths to feed--Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise J