My very first coupon deal ever was for Kraft shredded cheese. This was long before coupon binders became popular. Well before deal sites and forums were born. And eons before smart phones. Hell, I didn’t even own a printer.
We are talking old school couponing here. Unassisted. Figure it out yourself couponing. The golden days.
I can’t remember what the price of the cheese was, but I do remember that it was the first time I ever saw a peelie coupon on a package.
The peelie doubled and I dang near peed myself at the register. What happened? Was that a register error? Did the cashier put it through twice?
That’s when I learned about double couponing. My life has never been the same after that. My virgin coupon moment with Kraft cheese.
Cheese for pennies on the dollar and this was back in the way back before I knew A.J. was lactose intolerant. Our first emergency room visit wasn’t very long after that cheese deal.
And here we are today. We now know that A.J shouldn’t have more than a half cup of dairy per week, which is just as well considering the dairy prices lately.
I used to have a whole freezer dedicated to cheese, which was aptly named “the cheeser”. But the days of super cheap cheese have sadly become a thing of the past.
So, when I saw this week that cheese was part of the gas points deal at Stop&Shop, I got busy restocking the cheeser.
I went to a Stop&Shop that is not frequented by couponers and was so very glad I did. They were fully stocked with cheese and Zatarain’s rice which is also part of the gas points deal.
For some reason the store I visited had the cheese on sale for only $2.50 a bag instead of the advertised $3.00. Because of this, my cheese came to $1.10 per bag after figuring in the value of the gas points.
In the old days I used to stock up on cheese when it was .50 per bag. Now I’ll cram the freezer full of $1.10 bags of cheese. I shudder at the thought of how much cheese will cost ten years from now.
I haven’t had many epic coupon hauls since the accident. This deal is the closest I’ve come to how I used to shop. I find myself concentrating more on the food deals and less on the drug store deals lately, which suits me just fine for now.
The cheeser is full and we have enough rice to last us through fall. A good shopping trip indeed.
How about you? What was your very first coupon deal that made your skirt fly up? Your a ha moment, if you will.