Saturday, October 23, 2010
Have You Joined the Coupon Craze?
I am intimidated by coupons. They seem like a lot of work. And I question the value at times. But yesterday at work I attended a coupon seminar and came away feeling shocked by the amount of money these women saved, inspired to do the same, and, yes, intimidated that the time commitment and organization wouldn't be as easy as they proclaimed.
But I dutifully went home and checked out some coupon sites. Like:
The thing that inspired me the most to figure this out was not necessarily the monetary gains (which you think would've been motivation enough). No, it was the promise that I would never have to step foot in Walmart again. I hate Walmart. It is so crowded and busy and impersonal and just...cheap. It sucks a little life from my soul every time I go there. I always told Justin I would consider myself rich when I didn't have to shop at Walmart ever again. Now that I know how to watch the sales cycles and find coupons for what I need, I get to shop in lovely, organized, colorful, cheerful places like Target and Albertson's and Smith's.
Today we did our shopping at Target and Smiths. Our Target trip was quite small. Not a lot of needs there. But at Smith's, they were having a ten for $10 sale, and I stocked up on a lot of canned goods of things we normally purchase. Justin eyed the cart suspiciously, asking if we needed to take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for all the groceries. I shrugged. Maybe it would be a little more money upfront to invest in a two month's supply of canned fruit, but it would ultimately pay of in the end. That's what I was hoping, anyway.
Our total came to $126.04. With sales prices and coupons, we saved $51.93 (42%) and payed $74.11 for not only this upcoming week's worth of groceries but a large supply of canned and dry goods for future use. We were thrilled! Justin especially. I was ecstatic to have bought only name-brand foods at a lovely, clean, colorful grocery store and still come out WAY better than a Walmart trip. We were so happy, we swung by Jack in the Box and got eggnog and pumpkin shakes to celebrate. :)
Do you coupon clip? Any tips for a beginner? Any other websites for great deals?