reality TV got me again

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.

the fat cat and pretty daffodil have nothing to do with coupons, but they make me just as happy as the $$ saved.

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About fuzzysmom

Mom to one 8 year old fondly refered to as Fuzzy. He's smart, funny, smelly, intelligent and the wind beneath my wings. Besides raising an amazing son I'm also quite crafty.
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