Extreme Couponer in Training – College Couponing

College Couponing

I haven’t posted any of my daughter’s trips in a while.  I thought that maybe they were slacking off.  But, then I get a call from my daughter Nikki, who is now back at college.  She said she just did her first couponing trip while back at school.  Here was our conversation:

Nikki:  I just went to Stop & Shop and used coupons

Me: That’s great!  I can put it up on the site

Nikki:  I’ll only take a picture of the things I used coupons for

Me: No, no, I like to show readers true couponing, not just the stuff that we get with coupons only.  The complete trip

Nikki:  But some stuff there were coupons for but I didn’t have the coupons

Me:  That’s okay, take a picture of your complete shopping trip.  That’s all part of couponing, sometimes we don’t have the coupons we need for things we would like to buy.  So I like to show readers the actual trip.

So, here is Nikki’s first college couponing trip at Stop & Shop:

2 Ortega Seasoning packets $.67 each (on sale from .89 each)
Classico Tomato Sauce $2.95 <–ouch, okay that one hurt 🙂
General Mills Trix Cereal $2.00 (on sale from 3.79)
Smart Balance Lactose Free Milk $2.99 (on sale from 3.69)
2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $2.00 each(on sale from 3.29 each)
Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap $1.39 (on sale from 1.99)
Powerade $.77
(on sale from $1.00)
Stop and Shop Bottled Water $3.34
(on sale from 3.99) (plus bottle deposit of $1.20)
Stop and Shop Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal $2.00
(on sale from $2.19)
Stop and Shop Cran-Apple Juice $2.00
(on sale from 2.50)
Minced Garlic $1.99
Stop and Shop Shredded Cheddar Cheese $2.69
Perdue Ground Turkey $3.14
(on sale from $3.77)
2 YoCrunch Yogurts $.89 each

Coupons Used:

$.7o/1 Soft Soap coupon
$1.00/2  Ortega coupon
$.40/2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls coupon
$.75/1 Smart Balance coupon
$.50/1 General Mills coupon
-$0.50/1 Classico coupon (I think this coupon was a peelie)

Total before savings= $41.89
Coupons= $6.70
Total Savings= $15.00
Total OOP= 26.89

That is a 36% savings.  And, I’m good with that.  She didn’t have a lot of coupons with her and what I did notice was that at least most of the items she picked up were on sale.  So, even though she didn’t have a lot of coupons to lower her savings, she at least took advantage of sales.

And, honestly, she really didn’t have to buy a lot because she had been “stockpiling” all summer while at home.


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  • Deena

    When a favorite store has a 30% off sale, we run right over. With couponing, you can get a 30% off sale every day!! She did a great job!! Obviously excellent training! 🙂

  • MichelleK

    I think it is a great shopping trip! I remember being her age and just buying whatever I wanted, not caring about the cost. You raised some smart kids!

  • Tell her congrats! When I was in college I didn’t ever use coupons nor shop sales. Everything was straight up college-made food (Easy Mac, Ramen Noodles etc.) and I ate at the dining hall/restaurants for everything else. My parents probably would have appreciated me even ATTEMPTING sales and coupons! Be proud!!

  • Theresa

    All the stores close to me will let you get a refund for the coupon amounts if you bring them back along with your receipt. I’ve done this at Publix, Winn Dixie, CVS, Walgreens, and Target. All with no issues. BTW, she did great!

    • Amanda

      me too Theresa! i love that they let us do that cause sometimes you find something on clearance and you know theres a coupon for it but u dont have it to get it for cheaper or free!

  • Robin

    I agree with Jess. When I was in college I lived on mac and cheese and canned veggies. Ugh. I didn’t learn how to coupon until a couple of years ago and I’m 51. So, think of the amount of money your daughter is going to save over a lifetime of smarter shopping!!!! My eldest daugher, (also Nicki), has started couponing as well. I’m so pleased to know that she is able to save soooo much more money than I ever did at her age. You should be very proud for giving her such an advantage.

  • Brittany

    She did a fantastic job!

  • lisa francoforte

    i wish i knew how to coupon in college, they should offer a college course for it

  • Dottie

    Let’s not forget the savings for eating in!!! Way to go!!!!

  • Jen

    Classico coupon on their site she can go back with receipt for a dollar back!

  • Anita M

    Great job! She is starting young, which will prove to be very worthwhile in the long run. Wish I had done more couponing back in “the day”. Of course when I was her age, there was no internet and I had only the coupons found in Reader’s Digest or Woman’s Day. 🙂 No age comments please! 😛
    I am trying to teach my boys about saving…think I am getting through to them…my son, who just started college, isnt afraid to use coupons or hunt for sales when out shopping. My 13 yr old keeps his friends informed of our growing stockpile…some have even told their parents about our savings and loot, and have bragged about their own couponing when I see them at school or on the ball fields.
    Nikki is well on her way to saving lots of money in her future!

  • Anonymous

    how old is your daughter?
    I’m in college too and just started couponing last march when my older sister told me about this site. I have saved so much money! Thanks for everything you and your family has taught me. 🙂

    • Cindy

      She is 21 and a senior applying to Law School so she really has to save up her money. That’s awesome that you are saving in college. Keep it up. You’ll appreciate it in the long run, I promise 😉