It is kind of a funny story. My husband came home one day from work and told me about an article or story he saw about a lady that saves tons of money using coupons. He was so excited about it! I wasn't. I kind of forgot about it, was not too interested in it, since grocery shopping wasn't one of my favorite things to do, much less plan it out WITH coupons. So on Sunday, we bought a paper and went thru the coupon inserts, found some that we wanted to use and made a list, it was a long list. The next day, I went to Walmart to grocery shop and do a stock up. With the coupons I had, it was cheaper to buy the store brand instead of the brand that matched the coupon. I am not picky and will buy store/generic brand to save $. At the checkout, the cashier rang up my overflowing cart, gave me a total (if I remember right, it was around $170) and I handed her my ONE coupon, save a dollar. wow. I went home, hauled the many bags of grocery up the steps, into the house and put them all away. I told my husband "I am NEVER using coupons again! It's not worth it!!"
He still talked about coupons so it got me thinking, there has got to be a better way of doing this, we just don't know how. So I started with the computer. google. coupon sites: reading and videos. blogs, etc.
Here are some of the ones that I learned from:
On this site, start here:
I’m New Here, Where Do I Start?I recommend reading these posts first:
- Coupon Basics for Newbies
- CVS 101
- Stockpiling 101
- Don’t Have a Coupon Conniption
- How To Get Coupons
- Whole Foods Shopping 101
Go to her site (she does Minnesota stores) and READ and READ her BASICS OF COUPONING tab.
When you are ready to begin using coupons, start small, get used to using a few at a time. It gets easier as you start using them.