I've been thinking about couponing even though I kind of dread it. I've dreaded it for so long but after overspending on groceries a few times I think it might be about that time to try again. Looking back, I just didn't know how to coupon. After watching some of these online clips, who better to learn than from a large couponing family? Now that I've gotten an idea where I went wrong before, it doesn't seem so scary and overwhelming.
So my friend and I went to the store last night with her coupons. I had been giving her all the ones I found so I'm hoping I'll eventually get a collection of my own. I was just too tired and out of it to concentrate when we first got there. My eyes were watering and I could hardly keep up. Finally about halfway through I started looking through the coupons and participating. We knew she only had $27 to spend. When we watched the grocery amount climbing past $75 we started getting a little nervous. After adding manufacture coupons and competitor coupons, and the fact that they automatically double up to a $1, it went down to exactly $27. Yes! We saved 66%. It wasn't extreme but it was still pretty darn awesome. I think we could've done better but it's a start.
In the meantime I'm working on my own book to carry coupons in and the one that I'm really thinking about it the Coupon Clutch. It folds out to put your coupons in, then fold back up and it looks like a regular fashionable purse. Awesome!
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