For more years than I want to admit, I have been couponing on and off…. though more off then on because I would either forget it was Sunday to buy the papers, I was too lazy to cut the coupons before I went shopping or I would just forget the coupons at home when I was already in the grocery store. Also, I was doubtful that I was really saving any money because I would have to purchase 2 or 3 of a product just to get the $1 off. Well this past week taught me the lesson that I need to learn to be frugal and that there are good coupons and deals if I just pay attention!
So we all know of the extreme couponers that have a format to how they coupon and purchase like $200 worth of groceries for $20 (maybe a little extreme but not really if you watch the shows and documentaries). In my mind, those extreme couponers were a little crazy and had too much time on their hands which I didn’t have. Now, I do have the time on my hands and the financial need to cut down on our spending costs so I better start paying attention to what they are doing and copying their money-saving ways.
My lesson from last week is this…. Shoprite (our local go to grocery store for good deals) had Arm & Hammer laundry detergent on sale for $1.99 plus there was a coupon out in the world for a $1 off the detergent which means you can buy the detergent for just $.99! Well that $1 savings could go towards the fresh fruit and veggies that my family devours in a day or less.
Lately, at my go to couponing place, I could have easily purchased 10 bottles for $1 each BUT I only had 1 coupon for regular detergent and 1 coupon for the sensitive skin (Danyella and the new baby). So I ordered (yes I order my groceries which will be a future post) 1 bottle of regular scented detergent and 1 bottle of the sensitive skin detergent and used my coupons. After putting the groceries away, I was kicking myself in the ass about the detergent situation so I waddled my ass around Shoprite to get more of the detergent without the coupons. (insert crying face emoji here haha) I mean with how much our dog sheds, I needed as much detergent as I could get at that price!
Lesson learned because we go through detergent so often with a furry puppy. The next place I have been looking for coupons has been coupons.com because I can easily print of the coupons and why would I need to go over their limit of only printing the coupon 1 time when I don’t usually stock up on things. (BIG MISTAKE AND LESSON LEARNED FOR A FUTURE POST COMING SOON!)
Next lesson on coupons I learned…. I may never become one of those extreme couponers but this morning I got out of bed early (a rarity just ask my
boyfriend husband) and went to Wawa to purchase 2 Sunday papers to get those coupons. (“Christina” has found us a hook up to get a set of 10 papers to split and save us the trip and money!)
As I am cutting the coupons from 2 different papers (don’t know why I decided to try 2 different papers but something told me to do it), I find out that not all papers have the same damn coupons! The one paper had more coupons than the other but the other paper had a rebate coupon that doesn’t expire until March of next year. Shit now do I buy 2 of each of those papers? Yes, I do buy the one paper for “Christina” and I and she gets us the hook up for the other paper so we can use all the savings we can get!
This is a bit overwhelming and a little exciting at the same time. I am trying to find other ways to save money before this baby gets here and we have to add baby stuff to the grocery list. Since this is going to be an ongoing challenge for me, I am starting a series on couponing and saving on Sundays. If you have any tips or stories of your own please feel free to comment below.
*Check out how to make your own coupon binder: Create your own Coupon Binder
* Need help learning couponing terms: Couponing Terms with Printable List
**Since, writing this post last year, I have been finding better ways to save with coupons and I can’t wait to share my post this weekend on using these coupons to stockpile so be on the look out!
21 thoughts on “Do Coupons Really Matter?”
I’m always impressed at those tv shows where families get $500 worth of groceries for $5 with $10 back in refunds 😊
I’m definitely interested in following your series so I can learn!
Great post 👍
Thank you! Yes I am amazed at how they are able to save like that so I can’t wait to find ways to save and share with others.
Good luck with your savings! I always hear about people who can save so much, but I don’t think it’s the same in Canada as the US.
Thank you! Yes I know here in the US it’s a huge thing but I have learned even state to state and store to store things are so different and sometimes difficult to save.
We don’t have coupons here in Ireland
as such. But would love if we did. For money saving shopping, we have Lidl and Aldi. Do you have them in States yet?
We have an Aldi coming to our town they are hoping early 2018. I have been to an Aldi before and loved it!
They are great. And especially the special offers each week.
Our whole town is excited about the Aldi coming to us. The closest one right now isn’t worth the gas to drive there.
Can see how that would be a pain.
I loved reading the post and this has given me a good knowledge of saving from coupon in other countries. We do not have this in our country.
I have had a few people tell me that they don’t have coupons in their country. In the US for even middle class families coupons have really become a necessity.
I love couponing! I have to find ways to do it more often, but when I do, it’s always worth it! I have coupons.com’s mobile app and it saves me a ton of time when I’m in a rush. I also shop with a lot of retailers who offer coupons daily like Dollar General and Family Dollar. I love grocery stores that offer them as well. Great post!
The coupons.com app never wants to print for me so I have to use my computer but I love that site. I wish we had dollar general or family dollar near us but the gas to drive to one is to much. One of my couponing friends gave me a couple tips today that I can’t wait to share on Sunday.
Hi, I think I read a similar comment above but I am jealous of US coupons. They are just not the same in Canada and then when I do get them I usually forget that I have them 🙁 Great post
Companies bank on the fact that we won’t cash in our coupons, so I’m taking my money where I can
my friends are obsessed with this 🙂 they say its really worth it 🙂 thank you for enlightening me with this information
I used to coupon A LOT, like recycle dumpster diving coupon. But I moved away from all my couponing besties so I fell away from it but I’m missing it and so is my wallet.
I love coupons with a good deal attached. They are absolutely worth it to me.
I used to be a big couponer when I had kids at home and I saved lots of money. Now that we are empty nesters, I don’t hardly coupon at all. But I still shop the store circulars for good sales!!
Using coupons can actually save a lot of money when you go shopping, I have used them in the past, so I wish you good luck in your money saving
I’m always so jealous of people who can coupon. We don’t have that here in Ireland, it’s really a shame.