Confessions of a Couponing Mom
Many people think they cannot be successful at using coupons or have no idea where to begin. It all starts with buying a Sunday paper! Or two, or more, depending on the level of saving you hope to achieve.
Where Do I Find My Coupons?
Generally I purchase my coupon packets on eBay. They usually come in packs of five and cost less than two newspapers. It’s an easier way for me to get enough coupons to stock up when I find great deals.
Several sites out there exist that are “cheats.” I know you have all seen extreme couponing on TLC…the stars of the show describe spending forty plus hours acquiring, sorting, shopping. Not me. No time for that! My favorite free site is The Coupon Mom where top savings are listed for stores across America. The Grocery Game is another great resource with a free trial period.
Organization of the coupons is something I struggle with. Who out there does a binder? A box? Do you clip them or file by insert? Any way you cut it, it’s just plain difficult to keep volumes of coupons organized!
Today, as a testament to couponing, I shopped Kroger and Meijer. At Kroger I saved $12, spent $22 (I had to buy some fruits, which I did not have coupons for today,) and at Meijer I spent $15 and saved $11. My shopping is done for the week for just $37, and within this thirty-seven dollars, I stocked up on Electosol tabs with the high value coupon in last week’s Sunday paper.
Couponing CAN be done, and done well, without the crazy that comes with Extreme Couponing. Make sure you “tune in” on Saturdays to hear about my weekly couponing adventures.