Presenting: The Poor Man’s guide to Coupons – season 1!

It is done! I can now proudly present season 1 of my upcoming blog series: The Poor Man’s Guide to Coupons – season 1 

It will be a beginners guide to using coupons as a person with limited means and not like all the middle class people you see on YouTube! The first season will be dedicated to the basic principals of couponing. I can also announce that there WILL a second season with even more basics and busting a couple of the most common myths about Couponing and extreme Couponing.

I can also give you an “Episode Guide” or a “Chapter List” of this season.

Episode Guide / Chapter List

  1. What are coupons (and rebates) and why should you be using them?
  2. Different types of rebates, coupons and deductions and how to combine them
  3. The store’s own rebate-, loyalty-, and club card. Why you SHOULD use them!
  4. Where do I get coupons?
  5. How to read coupons to avoid doing it wrong
  6. The shops’ sell cycles and own rebates in combination with your coupons.
  7. Different store chains = different coupon policies. Learn to read them and memorize the most important parts.
  8. Store your coupons correctly and keep them up to date
  9. Couponers Anonymous 
  10. Practical tips before, during and after a haul!

The first episode will be out in March!

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Today’s Christmas haul!

So this week my local ICA shop has some amazing deals on baking stuff, and so I had to take advantage with all the holidays coming up. 

  • 2x2kg flour 1.50€
  • 2x1kg butter 3€
  • 10 eggs 1€
  • Muffin forms 50c/pack
  • 4 tubes of toothpaste 4€ 
  • 2 bottles of shampoo 2€
  • 4 packs of freezer bags 2.50€

The butter, eggs and flour will come in handy when I start my Christmas baking next month!

Got today’s haul at a bargain

I went to the shop to find coupons, not to shop, but then I found their 50% off shelves… at most I was going to buy some cheap meat that’s about to expire. I didn’t just buy crap, the things I actually bought I need.

Nothing was expired, every food thing is perfectly within date and edible.  This time I got:

  • 4 six packs of Pepsi Max
  • 4 packs of gel packs for the toilet
  • 2 bottles of organic apple cider
  • 2 small bottles of cloudy, organic apple juice
  • 2 taco kits
  • 2 Tetra Pak of organic sour milk 
  • 2 packs of cleaning cloths
  • 1 pack of garbage bags 
  • 2 chocolates protein puddings
  • 1 special gel pack for the toilet 

Total cost: 34€

Before rebates:  68€!

Today’s Haul

I went to the shop today and got the best deals of this week! I was supposed to get ecological yogurt as well, but they were out and won’t have any until tomorrow, so I’m going back then. I also bought the wrong brand of soda, I accidentally bought the one that wasn’t on sale – so I need to change that as well.

Not everything I bought is in the picture, but almost. This week I got:

  • 2 bags of spaghetti for 10kr/bag (1kg/bag) (1€/bag)
  • 2 packs of chicken nugget from Max. These are DELICIOUS, buy them if you can – they are terrific! They only cost 35kr/box (3.50€/box)
  • 2 toothbrushes, 2 for 15kr (1.50€/2)
  • 1kg ecological carrots 10kr (1€)
  • Soda 5kr/bottle (50 cents/bottle)
  • 2 loaves of bread 10kr/loaf (1€/loaf)

This will last me a while, along with the other food I bought last week.

Best deals of this week at ICA!

This week’s ad is out for the shops and I’ve checked them out to see what the best deals are. Remember that not all the “deals” in the ads are real, or good, deals, so be check out what the regular price is on the tag. I’ve simply taken the ones that I know are good deals and pasted them here.

Remember to check how many you can buy per household/transaction and always buy the full allowance! 

Today’s haul!

I went to the shop for the first time since I moved two days ago and I got a lot of goodies at a great price. Plus I treated myself to a couple of prawn cocktails too! Included in the haul, but not in the picture below – due to lack of space were:

  1. 2 large Falukorv, a Swedish sausage. You can easily get four meals out of one of them. (15 kr/sausage)
  2. 2 bottles of mustard (9 kr/bottle)
  3. One large bottle bottle of ketchup (20kr/bottle)
  4. One pack of mini baguttes (5kr)
  5. One whole chicken (29:90kr/kg)
  6. 3 bags of pasta (5kr/bag)
  7. 4 small bottles of cream (2 for 15kr)
  8. 2 kg rice (15kr/kg)
  9. Two pizza kits (15kr/kit)
  10. 4 bags of grated cheese (5kr/bag)
  11. Curry and cinnamon (10kr/bottle)

These are only the good deals, I didn’t include the other things I had to buy since that would only be boring. But all in all I saved about 20-25% on my bill and I’ve got food for about two weeks. The cost would be about 250 SEK per week, or about 25€.