Friday, September 12

Why I Became a Couponer

I never thought my husband would brag to people about how much money I save, but I guess I can't complain about the compliments! I have learned the art of a good deal. I used to despise going to the grocery store. It took so long, I spent so much money and I never felt like I had what I needed once I got home. Occasionally I would use coupons, but here's how I would do it - I would go to the grocery store, locate an item on my list and see if I had a coupon for it. Saving .50 cents here and there didn't seem like much - especially for the time and hassle of clipping coupons!

Then I discovered how real couponers use coupons. It's not about what's on your list. It's about what's on sale. If I take that same .50 cent coupon and take it to a store that doubles coupons (Meijer and Kroger in my area) then that .50 cent coupon is now a $1 coupon. If I wait for a sale, then the deal is even sweeter. Often stores have 10/$10 sales. If I have a .50 coupon (doubled to $1) then those items are free! That's a pretty sweet deal, right?

The key is stockpiling. I might not need the item right now, but I will need it. So why not buy 6 months' worth now for pennies instead of paying full price if I wait until I run out? Recently there was a really good Electrasol coupon for $2.25 off. Stores have been running the Electrasol tabs on sale for $3. That's .75 cents for an item that is normally close to $4.00! I bought about 20. So now the next time I empty a box of dishwashing detergent I don't have to go to the store and spend $4.00 on another box. For the next year, I will use my stockpile of detergent that I bought for less than a quarter of that price per box!

Do I have your interest? Everyone can use some grocery savings, right? It's not hard. And I'll make it even easier with more information to follow.