How to stockpile baby and home supplies?

KISHA - posted on 05/24/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I cut coupon from my sunday paper and try to match them with the deals in the store but I am still spending too much. I live in St. Louis, MO. I need to stockpile baby and home supplies before I have my baby in a little over 3 weeks. Most of the coupons are for $1.00 off but for diapers that still leaves me paying $18 bucks or so. I am totally clueless about "extreme couponing" or getting the best bang for my buck. PLEASE HELP ME.

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Michelle - posted on 07/11/2012

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In our area, we ge a good diaper sale about every two months and a great diaper sale about every three months. I suggest purchasing a few packages of size one and then focus on size two. They don't seem to stay in size one for long. I usually purchase for the size my son is and then one to two sizes up. Last November, Babies R Us/Toys R Us had an amazing diaper sale. One box of diapers for $10. Limit of 4 boxes per person. I'm hoping this will come back this year. If so, bring your friends without children in diapers.

I've been couponing for a while now and have specific price points and what to look for during each month. For example, I stock up on school supplies (couponing supplies) for the year now through the beginning of September. We can usually find decent toilet paper and paper towels most of the time, so I don't usually stock up on these items unless the sale is just too good to pass up. My son's baby food seems to come up about once every three months, so I stock up for three months plus a few extra just in case the next sale is a little late.

I would highly suggest that you find a coupon buddy in your area that could help you price point and swap coupons as needed.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2012

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I forgot to add, I don't know if all CVS's are the same, but at the one in my area, for every 6 bags of Pampers diapers you buy, you get the 7th one free, so if they have a good deal on them there, I always try to go.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2012

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Sometimes it takes a while for the good deals to come around. For the longest time after I started couponing, there just weren't any good diaper deals in my area, and I have been couponing for about 7-8months. Just lately there have been some good deals. Sometimes you do just have to really check, because buying the cases of diapers may be the better deal when not couponing, but when couponing, and matching deals, a lot of times the smaller packages are better. Just divide the total amount it will cost after coupons by the # of diapers in the package, and that will tell you how much you are paying for each diaper, and you just pick the one that is the least. As far as home supplies, Clearance sections are your best friend. Sometimes you end up finding some monster deals in store ads, but a lot of my stuff has come from matching coupons with clearance. Sometimes it means switching to different brands than what you are used to, but that isn't always a bad thing, because you sometimes find something that is better. Oh, and if you are trying to compare yourself with the extreme couponing show, don't. Those are extreme trips and don't usually happen like that. I can't tell you how many times I have walked out of a store with only a small bag of items, but I payed next to nothing for those. Most (at least all the ones I've talked to) aren't able to buy 60 of one item in a trip without spending a fortune on papers/magazines to begin with to get that many coupons.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/24/2012

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There are some stores that have great offers. Target this week is having a 10 percent off 100 bucks or more. If you go to baby's r us and make a registry, you get a ten dollar gift card, and a little gift bag with 8 dollar coupons in it for diapers, among other little things (you have to go in to the store to register though). Most stores (target, walmart, baby's) will have a 10 percent off anything on your registry about a month after your baby is born (coupon will come int he mail). If you go to Rite Aid, or CVS regularly, get a rewards card- they are free, give you coupons, and have a point system (rite aid, after you collect 1000 points you get % off every time you buy something there). Use weekly circulars and save coupons that have expiration dates a month or more away for when products go on sale.

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