Proverbs 22:7

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Extreme Couponing: Sorority House Style (Part 1)

What girl doesn't love to shop? I have been tasked to buy a years worth of generic household supplies for the Iota Theta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. The budget? $250.

I'm up for the challenge.

I have 2 months until school starts, and over the next two months I'll be searching sales ads, cutting coupons, and shopping for bargains to meet the requirements on the wish list, while coming in as far under budget as possible.

Here's the wish list:
Item Quantity Estimated Retail Budget(50%) Comments
Toilet Paper 104 rolls $72.00 $36.00 2 rolls/week x 52 weeks. Preferablely not Scott brand!
Paper Towels 52 rolls $52.00 $25.00 1 roll/week x 52 weeks. Minimum cost
Trash Bags - Large/Tall 400 Bags $104.00 $52.00 Daily use, wo trash cans
Dish Soap 12 Large Bottles $36.00 $18.00 1 large bottle/mo
Dishwasher Liquid 24 Bottles $144.00 $72.00 2 bottles/mo
Bath/Kitchen Hand Soap 24 Bottles $24.00 $12.00 2 bottles/mo
Magic Eraser 1 pack $5.00 $2.50
Napkins 6 packs $9.00 $4.50 Family Packs, white
Kleenex 12 Boxes $18.00 $9.00 1 box/mo
Windex 2 Large Bottles $6.00 $3.00
Bathroom Cleaner 2 Large Bottles $6.00 $3.00 For All Surfaces
Kitchen Cleaner 3 Large Bottles $9.00 $4.50 For All Surfaces
SOS Pads 1 box $4.00 $2.00
Sponges 2 packs $4.00 $2.00
Rags 2 bundles $2.00 $1.00 Can be donated old towels, etc
Duster 1 $3.00 $1.50 With wand/extender for ceilings
Vanilla Scents ??? $10.00 $5.00 Spray air freshener

A few clarifications I received after the list was sent to me. Substitutions are allowed. I know I can get smaller bottles of dish soap for next to nothing, and dishwasher packs are a better deal than the dishwasher liquid you can squirt into the compartment. Best value, best deal is the all around goal.

My planned strategy includes utilizing my favorite coupon website:, for deals at Publix, Target, etc, and also Big Lots. Because these items aren't food items, and wont expire, Big Lots will be a great place to check out if I just can't get a better deal with coupons somewhere else.

This weekend, I have a coupon for 30% off at CVS. I'm going to see what coupons I have for items on the wish list that I can match with the 30% off, to see if I can come under the 50% budget for the items.

I'll make periodic updates over the next couple of months as I find deals and when I'm done shopping, I'll report my total results. Meanwhile.....if you guys come across any fabulous deals you'd like to share with me to help me out, I'd love to hear it.

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