Last year, after talking with some friends who had started couponing, and watching an episode of “Extreme Couponing” on TLC…I decided to give it a try! I have been able to take my family’s grocery budget (food, toiletries, paper goods) from (at least) $500/mo. to less than $200 for family of five.
While my intent is NOT for this to be a couponing blog…there are plenty of those out there, I do want to share and encourage others to at least give it a try! Couponing won’t work for everyone…but maybe it will for you!
Matching coupons to in store specials
Coupons, used alone, are rarely a great deal. Since most coupons are usually good for 30-90 days, I save my coupons each week, and wait for sales to come around to match them with. I keep up with a local couponing blog, who post all of the best deals and match-ups in our area. Letting them do the work for me saves me SO much time. Thanks www.fabulesslyfrugal.com!
Find a way to get extra coupons
I am able to maximize my efforts and time by subscribing to my local paper and paying a little extra for them to deliver five Sunday papers. It also means I don’t have to dig through dumpsters like the ladies on “Extreme Couponing.” Family members and friends also give me coupons they won’t use.
Stock up when prices are low!
So…when a good sale comes around, I buy between five and ten of each product. I am able to stock up at low prices on things my family needs and uses. By having a “stockpile” I avoid paying full retail for most items.
For example, with in store specials, ad matching, and coupons I was able to purchase everything seen below for $38.
What do YOU think of coupons? Be honest!