Well, I did it! I went couponing. And you know what? I liked it!
Ok, so before you rush over to have an intervention, don’t worry, I’m not at the Extreme level like you might see on tv. I have no interest in stockpiling 38 years worth of cat food and adult diapers just because they cost .02 a piece. And I don’t care how cheap they are, I’m NOT buying pork rinds… BUT, when we sit down to pay the bills each month, it KILLS me to see how much money we spend on groceries, toiletries and DIAPERS!!!
So I figured, let’s give it a shot. A friend of mine mentioned that she was starting this, so I hit her up for info. Turns out there are TONS of websites and blogs dedicated to teaching you how to coupon! My two favorites so far are Saving Well Spending Less and the Krazy Coupon Lady. Both have getting started guides that take you step by step through the basics.
Now, those of you who know me well, know that I tend to get a little obsessive over a new project, so I spent a LOT of time reading, watching videos and trying to figure out what I was doing. But if you follow the steps on the beginner guides on those two sites, you’ll be saving money in no time!
My limited advice that I can give at this point is:
1. Be as organized as possible from the first moment that you collect any coupons. It’ll save lots of time down the road. They will explain the different options of filing systems. I went with the binder and it has already saved me $$.
2. Plan to spend a fair amount of time at the beginning clipping your coupons and figuring out what the heck to buy.
3. Go to the store WITHOUT children and when you aren’t rushed. I spent about 3 hours total at Walgreens and Target tonight. It was slow, but it worked out!
4. Don’t get discouraged it you have to spend more than $0.37 on your first trip. I think the people on the show are a little bit crazy. Probably not the best role models. Remember, ANY money you save, is more than you would have in your pocket had you left those coupons at home!
So here are my totals:
I bought a total of $172.79 worth of products for $111.49. That’s a total savings of $61.30!!! 35.5%!!! This included 3 giant boxes of diapers, 25 yogurts, 2 containers of baby sunblock and lots more. What’s more exciting is that I didn’t buy a single item that we won’t use. I even bought fruit and salad! I purchased everything off of our list of regular needs, and I saved over 60 bucks doing it! LOVE it!!!
Now to be honest, I didn’t get a great deal on the diapers, but I really needed to get them, and I spent less than I normally do on Amazon, so it was worth it. Had I not purchased the diapers, my discount percentage would have be in the 60% range.
Check out the haul:
The picture on the left is from Target and the right is the Walgreen’s bounty. Not bad for my first attempt!
Any couponers out there? What tips can you share with me?