I have a confession to make. I know it will sound crazy but I am ashamed to admit that I have never really used coupon’s before. Okay, maybe once or twice when I was in my 20’s but nothing of any real significance. However, this week, all that has changed. Like many, I tripped across an episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC and became entranced. People getting hundreds of dollars worth of groceries and only spending tens of dollars. I have to admit, it didn’t seem logical or possible but I was completely intrigued. On the episode that I saw, there was a man that said full price was the F word in his house and that his family never payed full price for anything. At first, I laughed because it was so funny but then it sunk in … I pay full price for everything. The more I thought about it, I asked myself why.
I truly thought that this would not even be possible so I decided to research the concept a little. Much to my surprise, with a little time and effort, you can save a pretty decent amount of money with coupons. Especially people like me that buy name brands, never read the sales circulars, purchase whatever I see that I like while I’m shopping, etc.
The more I thought about it, my emotions went the other direction and I started thinking negatively … I’ll have to buy newspapers, take the time to clip them, research the deals, go to multiple stories, etc. & then I’ll only save 50 cents. Probably not worth the effort but I couldn’t get that guys comment out of my head about never paying full price. I suddenly felt like such a sucker & knew that I had to at least see for myself.
Just like any other experiment, I decided to investigate further to see what’s what. I signed up for the reward/points cards at all my local stores (a no brainer), purchased the Sunday paper, researched some couponing sites for tips, went to store websites for any local deals, printed off some online coupons from major coupon sites & matched up coupons to the weekly store ads. Boy was I surprised at my results … On my first shopping trip I saved $95.38 !!!
That number is not a misprint. Saving $95.38 was huge and I can’t believe that I’ve been throwing this money away for years. I may not be able to save this much every shopping trip but you can bet that I’m hooked on couponing now.
Do you use coupons?