I'm discovering that being a SAHM is very different than being a DINK (Stay-at-Home-Mom vs. Dual-Income-No-Kids. Keep up with my acronyms, people!). I've always been cheap; now I'm scary-cheap. I routinely check websites like Coupon Mom and Deal Seeking Mom to find out about deals you can get when you combine coupons/rebates and sales. By spending a little extra time researching before making my shopping list, I've been able to save some money and start a small stockpile of items we use all the time. The only problem is that I often get excited about a good deal only to find that our local stores don't carry that specific size, have sold out of the item, don't accept my coupon, or don't have the same sale prices that these national websites list.
Whenever I find a great deal at our Colorado Springs stores, I'll let you know about it.
Yesterday, I found a deal on Common Sense with Money for reams of paper at Staples. Apparently, they are changing their packaging so they're offering a $5.99 rebate on a $6.99 package. Even better, they accept competitor's coupons, so you can use this $10 off $50 Office Depot coupon. I can confirm that our Staples on Powers Blvd. is indeed offering this sale and rebate, will accept this coupon, and as of yesterday, had plenty of this paper in stock (although I did have to ask them to get more from the backroom). Staples has a really easy rebate program through their website, too; it took about 2 minutes to submit and I will receive my rebate within 4-6 weeks.
Here's what I did:
8 reams of paper @ $6.99 each: $55.92
$10 off $50 Office Depot coupon: -$10.00
Rebate of $5.99 each: -$47.92
Total Cost: -$2 (yes, you will actually earn a profit)
Now we have enough paper to last for the rest of our lives. I just need to find a place to store it...