Yes, I have joined the bandwagon. Not because it’s cool or trendy, but because I LOVE a good bargain! Am I extreme like the crazy people on TLC, absolutely not! But, I am learning a LOT! Let me start from the beginning.
I have been clipping coupons for years. I mean, let’s face it. With a few minutes of work while you watch TV, you can save money! Some people say “ yeah but it’s not worth it to me to save five dollars on a shopping trip.” Well….if you go once a week and save five bucks a week, that’s $260 dollars a year! Does it seem more worth it NOW? And that’s JUST saving five dollars!
It never occurred to me that there is a “method” to couponing until it recently became popular. I just clipped coupons for products I needed and then that was that. I never looked to see what was on sale, thought about getting multiple coupons, combining coupons, etc. This is serious business!
Here are just a couple of things I have learned. Totally just scratching the surface here!
1.) Look for sales, then match the sales with coupons you have for extra savings
2.) Combine! For instance, Target will let you use one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon on the same item. If that item is also on sale, you can get things for pennies or even free! (Go to target.com and scroll to the bottom and click the “coupon” tab.)
3.) Say bye bye to brand loyalty. There are some things will will not compromise my brand on. But you will be much ore successful couponing if you are willing to try other brands/get what’s on sale/what you have coupons for. You may even find a new favorite!
4.) Check out couponing websites, they will post new deals for you so you don’t have to do all the work. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Start slow, it can be TOTALLY overwhelming, there is still so much I have to learn. I am excited because I just ordered a Sunday subscription to the newspaper so I can have more coupons and all the sale papers to see where I can match coupons to sales. I did the math, and it comes out to $1.61 a newspaper to have it delivered. When you think about how much I will save a week from that $1.61 paper, it is TOTALLY worth it. I used two coupons yesterday, two, and saved almost four dollars. (I just had a couple of things to pick up, it wasn’t a full blown shopping trip).
Sassy says “CCCHHHHEEEEESSSSEEE!”
Just think about it. If you can save JUST $15.00 a week using coupons and sales, that’s $780 dollars a YEAR! WOW! That is not a hard amount to achieve a week if you put forth a little effort. With the price of gas and groceries going up, it is even more worth it to me than ever!
Yesterday I had an awesome Blueberry Pomegranate Yoplait smoothie which leads me to another point. I got a $1.50 coupon just for liking Yoplait’s Facebook page. So do some searching for your favorites!
*yesterday I took a rest day. I didn’t sleep well the night before and just wasn’t feeling it. Today I am going to do my last day of week 5 of 6 weeks to 6 pack. I can’t believe next week is my last week! Pressure is on!
*giveaway coming soon. I probably won’t post it till Sunday or Monday, but it’s coming!
*Don’t forget if you are planning a trip for the rest of 2011 to anywhere, I can book for you, at NO COST to you! e-mail me at heather AT travelwiththemagic DOT com for more info.
QOTD: Do you coupon? What are your tips?