Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Coupon Club

True Life: I'm really into couponing.

I've said it before and will say it a thousand times: couponing is the jam. It's amazing how much money you can save with a little bit of effort. 

I think I'm so into it because my grocery expenses take up the largest percentage of my budget. I'm okay with that because as you know, I love to cook and try new recipes so it really does not bother me one bit to mark a large chunk of my budget to that category.  I expected it. 

I'd rather spend an extra $10 bucks at the grocery store to make a really cool supper than spend $10 bucks seeing a movie at the theatre.  I'll wait until the DVD comes out to Netflix.  To each his own.

I digress.

Sure, couponing takes a little bit of planning, but I swear it's worth it. Especially if you plan your couponing {new verb} when items are on sale.   That's when the savings really get incredible. 

Case in point: a few weeks ago at Publix, cheez-its- by far my biggest weakness- were BOGO.  I had a manufacturer's coupon that was buy two boxes, save $1.00. Cheez-its are reguarly priced at $3.49 a box. So instead of paying $6.98 for two boxes, I paid $2.49 for two, saving $4.49!

It was so great, until I realize I was dangerously close to killing two boxes on my own. That's when drastic times call for drastic measures.

I abandoned my cheez-its in our office's breakroom.  They cried, I cried, but I have not had one since.  Rehab is for quitters.

I digress again.

Anyways, I've saved some serious cash.  My highest savings has been $32 and change {I almost did cart wheels at the check out line}, and I've followed it closely with $31, $30, $27 dollars in savings- spending roughly $70 - 85 each time.  I'm to the point where I honestly look forward to receiving Publix weekly ad email Tuesday night.  Yes, I know, you don't have to tell me how nerdy cool I am.  But, I did want to tell you about my book. . . in case you want to join into the coupon club.

This book right here is my coupon lifeline.

It probably should be more applicably named my wine wallet.  Every dime I save, more funds for Total Wine runs :)

Anyways, it is so great.  I have all my coupons filed in clear plastic business card holders. If I could do it again, I'd probably try harder to find baseball card holders, but I got desperate.  Each page is organized according to type- cleaning supplies, paper products, dry foods, medicine, toileties, breakfast items, and so on.  Type A personality, can you tell?

Though I'm so proud of this organization, I have to admit that I am sooooo thankful that I have not seen anyone I know yet when shopping with this bad boy. . .  I'd probably be really embarassed and run in the other direction. hehehe.  Is that hypocritical?

But I promise, you really need to give it a try!


  1. okay, please help me! i have tried and CANNOT figure it out! i clip some coupons and can't save more than $3 or $4. how do you do it???? do you plan your meals around your coupons or do you save coupons for weeks and then just happen to have enough the you have enough to save $30 in a single trip? is there a special website? i'm really picky and like certain brands and organic foods--do i need to just give that up and buy what is on sale? i've tried southernsavers and it's too confusing. my husband will love you forever if you can help me. :)

  2. I'm totally right there with you. I love to stack manufacturer coupons with store coupons (i.e. Target) on sale items. Call it a day right there because I am so HAPPY! haha But you just inspired me with the baseball card holder/binder because what I'm using right now just isn't cutting it.