Interested in understanding more about how my Extreme Couponing Season 3 went down? I will do my best to give you all the information about my trip…and answer any questions you may have!
- Where did you shop?
I shopped at Kmart in Everett Washington.
- How long did your shopping trip take?
It’s important to remember that while I did a huge trip I was also filming so it did take longer than if I would have just gone to the store and shopped. I ended up in the store for approximately 14 hours!!!! Yes it was a very very very long day! Much harder pregnant than the first time I shopped for Extreme Couponing Season 1.
- Is this a “normal” trip for you?
No! I do not tend to go to the store and spend that much time shopping or even filling multiple carts. I prefer to do frequent small trips to the store in order to help with time management, child care and of course not clearing a shelf! I try to shop a stock-up deal a couple times (at different locations) throughout a week…as to not clear a shelf. If I plan on getting a larger quantity of items I ALWAYS special order whatever I am buying!
- Why were you in a motorized cart?
Just a few days before the filming began I was put on bed rest as a precaution by my doctor. I was given permission to be allowed to continue the shoot by my doctor as long as I was in a wheel chair or motorized cart.
- How did you get your coupons?
This time getting my coupons was different. I have had a harder time going out and getting coupons as I did before, so I have greatly relied on friends and neighbors giving me the coupons they had! I also for the first time did have to order some coupons from a clipping service (which is something I do not normally do and try to prevent). However a majority of my coupons came from the newspaper, online printables, and trading with other couponing friends!
- How much did you spend on your trip?
Now this gets a little tricky as we did have a few issues with the register freezing up and crashing! I did end up paying $0.56 in order to close out our order and move on to a different register (mainly because being 7 months pregnant I didn’t want to wait forever while we figured it out). However, I did leave with $55 in Catalina’s to spend on my next shopping trip, vouchers for 3 FREE Hams, and earned over $54 in ShopYourWay Rewards! So technically I left making $142!!!!
- What did you do with all that stuff?
Well we intended on keeping part of it and donating the rest. But we found out the day after the shoot that we would be moving from Washington State to Kansas!!! So we ended up either donating or giveaway everything!!!!
- How many coupons did you double?
Just like anybody else who shops at Kmart I only doubled 5 coupons per person per day. Which means…I doubled 5 coupons and my husband doubled 5 coupons and that’s it!
- Why did you do so many transactions?
I had to break up my transactions for a few reasons…first of all Kmart’s cash registers have a very small line limit (a line limit is how many “lines” can be scanned…which includes products, coupons and voids) Secondly, Kmart’s coupon policy only allows for 1 catalina coupon to be used per transaction…and I used a $5-$10 catalina to help pay down the cost of EVERY single transaction. Thirdly, I used Shop Your Way rewards to also keep down the cost of each transaction.
- If you have any other questions…please feel free to email me at TheBudgetBandit@gmail.com or you can message me on Facebook HERE!