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Save by stockpiling for small spaces | Chucktown Couponer

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Let’s face it, if you live in Charleston, you’re probably not working with much square footage. Closet space is precious and hard to come by for both students and working professionals alike. Stockpiling for an apocalypse isn’t always practical.

But, I WANT TO SAVE MONEY!

It’s true, stockpiling necessities is the best way to save money long-term. But, if you’re short on space, concentrate on expensive items you know you need—laundry detergent, razors, toothpaste, diapers, tampons, soaps, shampoos, toilet paper etcetera. This is the smart place to start. They have long shelf lives and these types of products regularly cycle on sales.

Pro tip: Grab a six or three-month supply when store and coupon pairing reaches a stock up price. You’ll need to anticipate your needs.

Here’s an example:

Walgreens has OxiClean detergent on sale for $2.99 a bottle and you can print a coupon from their website for $1 off. If you use another brand be on the lookout for it.

Family Dollar had All detergent on sale for $.95 with a digital coupon two weeks ago.

CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid had Arm and Hammer for $.99 last week. It doesn’t take much guess work, more often than not, these stores offer weekly deals so check out their sales paper because sometimes they even tell you where to find coupons.

Don’t be fooled by the allure of coupons. Being a smart couponer means knowing when to leave something on the shelf. Sometimes, a product is still too expensive, even with the advertised coupon. Be mindful, it’s okay to toss out a coupon, it’s not okay to throw away money.

Don't forget to check the clearance section of stores! Last week I made money shopping at Walmart and Target from overages on coupons paired with digital rebates.

My deals:

Target had select Revlon lipsticks and eye shadows on clearance for $2 or less! I used a $2 off coupon (it's expired now, sorry!) then submitted for a $2 Ibotta credit for each one. I bought 4 lipsticks and 4 eye shadows and made $16!

Walmart had Garnier Fructis hair care on the clearance shelves. Some were as cheap as $.75. I used a $2 off coupon and made $1.25 for each one! This is called overage, and I used it to pay for a few grocery items in my buggy.


Desirae Gostlin is photojournalist and news producer for ABC News 4. She's an avid couponer and dog mom. You can follow her on Instagram at Chucktown Couponer for more sweet savings.

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