I've used coupons here and there ever since we've had children. As I mentioned before we do most of our shopping through co-ops and warehouse stores, but there are some things I just can't get there or I have to buy to much of said item. That's were coupons come into play. With coupons, sale prices and BOGOs sometimes its a better deal at my neighborhood grocery store.
Last week I had the privilege of attending a free True Couponing seminar. It was wonderful timing with our buying club taking a break for the whole summer! Basically I learned that I need to be getting more papers so that I have more coupons to work with. I don't have the time or inclination to go dumpster hunting for extra coupons, so having extra papers delivered to my door step at 50 cents a piece is a much better option for me.
I also learned a super easy way to store these piles of paper. I had all the needed supplies to make my storage unit an immediate success! That's one of the things that has kept me from doing more serious couponing. After a couples of weeks of little pieces of paper flying around I get disgusted and throw them all away.
The ladies at the seminar explained everything in detail. Store, manufacture, and online coupons, stacking and sharing. We have no doubling in our area. They only "hard part" would be making sure you know what your stores accepts.
I was so excited to get my papers this weekend and guess what was on the front cover? A $5 off of $30 at Publix and I had 4 of them ( I only used 2 this week)! Yep that has gotten my couponing off to a great start. My goal is to pay 25% on all my grocery store needs, restock our pantry and help others. No extreme hoarding. I have no desire to be on any extreme style show :o)
So here's my totals: purchase price $179.20
coupons -$ 38.35
sale prices-$ 70.42
total out of pocket: $70.43
percent out of pocket: 44%
Pretty good start with not much of a supply (coupons). The store peelie did it for me. The cashiers at our store have been wonderful! They even say, "do you have another coupon for this or that. Or you can also use this coupon with that or stack this with that." They are very knowledgeable and want to help with getting the best deals.
Are you couponing? Why or why not?