Recently, I signed up for daily alerts and received a $2 coupon. Okay, I thought I can do this.
Challenge 1: Can I find something for $2 and not pay any extra? The coupon stated that shipping could not be applied against the coupon.
Challenge 2: Find something with free shipping. I remember a while back looking at coupons on eBay. I thought, how funny to buy coupons. I searched the baby coupons that I would use. Most of these expired in a couple weeks and were in lots of 10 or more. Okay, I'm not going to use 10 diaper coupons even if I can save $1 per package. But they had free shipping. So I searched grocery coupons. Here I found several people auctioning off lots of 100 random grocery coupons, but most were selling at $3 or more. Most had free shipping.
Challenge 3: To bid on one of those lots of coupons for under $2 with free shipping and win. So, I bid on one and lost. I actually ended up bidding on four different auctions that were ending within a half hour. I bid on each separately until it ended or I lost. I eventually won 100 coupons for $1.75 with free shipping. I was able to use my $2 coupons and didn't have to pay anything. I figure even if I get a few coupons I can use, I might actually come out ahead. Especially since I'm having a hard time cashing in Internet coupons.
I'm still waiting for the coupons. Stay tuned for next Thursday's thrifty post to see what I got!