Friday, January 23, 2009

I Don't Have a Problem.....

Ok well maybe I have just a itty bitty problem with obsessively stockpiling.... LOL!

Today my post is part of Frugal Friday posts and it is about saving money in the long run. The past month I have been buying boxes of Electrasol with the 2.50$ coupon that came out recently. I went a little overboard and bought 60 coupons off of Ebay along with the 18 I had out of the Sunday paper.

Now this is not being frugal as of this point and time, because I have spent about 80$ this month buying Electrasol. At Walmart, the 2.50$ off coupon makes each box just 1.00$ which is a huge price discount. They are usually over 4$ a box at Walmart and considerably higher everywhere else. I go through about 2 boxes a month (our dishwasher is constantly running).

This is, however, very frugal in the upcoming months and even years. According to my calculations, I will not run out of Electrasol tablets for the next 5 years or maybe even longer. So I spent about 80$ for a 5 year supply of dishwashing tablets, that in my mind is very frugal indeed! It would have cost me over 300$ for the same supply without a coupon. I saved over 60% just buy using the coupon!


I now have 1968 Electrasol tablets!! Yes I admit I probably did go a little nuts with the coupons, but you never know when and if they will put out another one. I am happy that I have such a large supply, that is one less thing I have to worry about buying. If you do this with as many things as you can, you could save a ton of money off your monthly budget just by not having to buy it! I did this with dishwashing soap, dishwasher tablets, trashbags, toilet paper, and paper towels.

That is my Frugal Friday post, what's yours?


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16 comments:

Liz said...

I was thinking about buying more coupons on ebay, but then began to wonder where I would put it all? So that's my question to you!

Might be time to get a new house with a stockpile room, er I mean basement...

Jamie said...

Wow! I love it! You definitly won't be needing electrasol for a LONG time!!

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Julie said...

Oh, My!! And I thought my stockpile was large...I only have 10 packs. You are definitely stocked!! Let's pray your dishwaher makes it thru all these washes!!
Julie @ Kingdomklipper

The Coupon Diva said...

Isn't it so much fun building stuff with all of our stockpile goodies?!? I love building tents & pyramids....LOL!

The Coupon Diva said...

To Liz: I have a 3rd bedroom that was going unused after my sister moved out so I turned that into a huge walk in pantry! If it wasn't for that bedroom I would never be able to have as much stuff as I do.

Anonymous said...

LOL, 1968 Electrasol tablets! Have you tried FoodSupport, they partner with local grocery chains and offer $250 in groceries http://www.foodsupport.org

cindy said...

didn't you hear - dishwashers in the future won't need soap. Just kidding!

Vickie said...

You saved 80%! That is AWESOME!! How many rooms have you had to add on for storage? LOL

YOU GO GIRL!!

Vickie said...

I'm sorry, you are right. You did save 60% and I think I need to read your comments before commenting :) because you have already answered my question.

Thanks!
Vickie

You are an Inspiration!

Affluent Pauper said...

OK - I totally hear you... I purchased 10 Electrasol coupons from The Coupon Clippers. At 80c a box you can't beat it!

Terri said...

I'm not sure if I admire you....or if you scare me!!!
:)

terri

Anonymous said...

Can you please keep us posted on your Electrosol use? I have hesitated to buy more than 2 boxes at a time because I once stockpiled the bottles of gel-in-a-bottle type Electrosol, and it all went to watery stuff. I called the company and they said the gel breaks down with time, and that it is only good for about a year after it is made. I do not know how old it is when I buy it - there is a code on the box, but I do not know how to read it. Maybe the gel in the packets lasts longer because it is all sealed up? If you find that you have no problems, please let us know - I would love to stockpile on this as well!

Texas Coupon Cutie said...

I thought I had a stocking prblem with my 20 bazillion bottles of softsoap and toothbrushes! You definetly take the cake!

Lauren said...

Where are you? I need a new post! :-)
You are the only Central Texas Couponing blog I've found!

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering, if you really don't need all of the electrasol in the next year, isn't that being a little greedy?

Anonymous said...

How do you organize your coupons? Thought I would drop by to share how I do my coupon binder. Complete with pictures on how its put together. Let me know what you think. Thanks. http://frugallivingnaturally.blogspot.com/p/coupons.html