Well… I did it. I knew I would. I got highly influenced by TLC’S Extreme Couponing and I bit the bullet. I downloaded, I searched, I clipped, I organized, I made lists and I couponed. AND… I’m not ashamed.
I also made my cousin go with me because I’m brave like that!
We went to Target. I love Target.
I spent a big chunk of my Monday researching different coupon websites. I printed off lots of deals, but what shocked me most was finding so many deals right on the Target website. The coupons I found were store coupons good only at Target, but they were for many things I already had on my shopping list.
I was picky when we got to Target. I checked prices. I didn’t use some of the coupons I had bought because even with the discount, the item as no cheaper than at the store I usually go to. I brought manufacture coupons with me also. I had seen on TLC that you were able to combine the manufacture and store coupons on one item to save even more. I didn’t know if this would work, but I figured it was worth a shot. We also found coupons hanging on two of the items we had planned to purchase.
The Dasani water I had planned to purchase for an upcoming trip (I don’t buy bottled water unless we are gonna be in the car and away from our faucet for a long period of time) was on sale and had a hanging tag on it that stated if you buy two you get one free. I had a coupon that was good for $1 if I bought two. I used all of those together and got $10.47 worth of water for $1.48. I was shocked at how the math worked out in my favor.
Overall I saved $19.36 at Target. This was a lot more than I had planned on saving when I walked into the store and it was much more than I had calculated as the items were being scanned. I had to sit down with my receipt and a calculator afterwards to make sense of it all.
I do not know how the people on the show save 90% or more on the grocery bills and I never plan on aiming that high. I’m happy to have the time that I do have to find and clip the few coupons I did, but I never want to have bottles of ketchup lined up under my bed.
What I do find disappointing about coupons is that you don’t find them for apples or carrots. My shopping list includes these things..along with milk, eggs, fresh bread, etc. I will watch where those are on sale and shop accordingly as I have done for years.
There are lots of icky coupon sites out there. I even found one that charged per coupon. Why would I (or anyone else) wanna pay twelve cents to save fifty-five. That makes no sense.
My plan of action with this crazy couponing is to not let it make me crazy. I never want to spend extra to save a little. If the deal is great enough and the quantity is available I intend to donate the extras that my little family won’t use.
What about you, are you a couponer? What advice do you have? What sites do you use? How do you keep the coupons organized?
I have used coupons for years. I never purchase anything from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby unless it’s on sale or I have my trusty 40% off coupon. I’ve clipped them from the newspaper as well, but only for things I would typically buy. I’m not going to race out to buy something we would never use simply because I can save $.55 if I buy three of them. Yuck, that doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.