Thursday, March 31

I can't believe how much $$$ I used to just GIVE AWAY!!!

Would you walk into a store and just hand the clerk a $20 bill for nothing? Heck no! That's basically what I was doing prior to discovering how to coupon AND do it correctly. Now, are there people out there who are more successful than I? Sure! However, I know that I am doing well and get better and better every month. It's a way to make our families $1 go further. The extra money is nice! This past month I saved $200 or so, I stopped counting. Well, the reward...we bought guitar hero for Wii. Something we've wanted for awhile, a new hobby for DH & I, but since we only pay cash for everything now, we had to wait...until NOW! :)

Really though, I'm amazed that I use to pay $3-$4 for a tube of toothpaste and just this week I got PAID .50 a tube to take it home! I don't pay over $2 for laundry detergent now (a stock of 6, less than $12!), most of our body wash is $1 or less (Dove, Gillette, Axe) and deodorant is usually FREE or $1 or less.

No, I'm not bragging, I really want to share with you how to be just as successful! It was so easy, I can't believe I didn't start sooner. All it took was reading some coupon sites to get started. Most list a beginners page to read and that's where I started. You really learn the ins and outs of how to use your coupons most effectively and not waste money doing it. It took me a month to really get the hang of it and I still miss out on some things now, but it's always a learning process.

Here are some of the sites I used to get started:

There are many more, but I can't remember them all right now. If you want to share any please feel free to add them! I'm always looking for new stuff :)

It IS worth your time one evening to look this over. Here are some of my more recent deals:

$4.19 for everything pictured above (CVS, Target & Dollar General)

$8 for this transaction

$10.73 is all I paid for all of this!

You can do this too! I collect coupons from the Sunday paper, our local county paper, P&G mailers, Val-pak, back of receipts, store printed coupons, coupons that spit out of a printer at the end of your transaction, off shelves in grocery stores...anywhere basically! Another thing you have to be open to, to make this work, is using different brands. There are some things I can't switch up, but for the most part I'm open when it comes to laundry detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, body wash, deodorant, razors, chips, pasta and sauces...the list can go on!

There is one way I keep organized. IMO a coupon binder is a MUST if you are going to be successful at this! You have to keep VERY organized, be able to glance at your coupons at any moment (you never know when you'll find a great deal not advertised or on clearance) and I keep it with me at all times...due to the prior statement. Today I got Purex fabric softener crystals FREE b.c I had my binder with me and had all the coupons right there.

 So here is my binder, organize your however you would like. The tip I used was to organize the tabs by the store you shop most in (mine is Hyvee grocery)...since you know most of the isles in order, you'll be familiar with your binder right away.
Zip binder keeps everything from coming out when you are taking it places

My tabs, list what works best for you. I use baseball card sleeves to hold my coupons. A little pricey but worth it!

I keep cut but not filed coupons here and coupons I pick up while out, but still need to go through.

Where I place my coupons as I pull them in a store after finding the product. Then when I check out I can just hand them my stack.

You may laugh at my binder, but I laugh thinking I use to spend $200 a month on products I now get FREE! I actually had one lady say in a very snotty way "Well, aren't you organized". Well, this same lady was in the check out lane next to me and I just smiled at her when MY total went from $40 to $20 and she paid FULL price for everything! Well mam, who's laughing now??? LOL!

If you decide to take this journey, good luck to you! I know you can do this. I just can't believe how much $$$$ I use to just give away walking into stores. Now they pay me to walk out of stores with their products ;)


Kegan said...

you are amazing :D

The Peculiar Homemaker said...

CVS: 4 axe body washes (use buy one get one free coupons), 2 palmolive dish soaps (use .50 off coupons)...$9.04 total-$5ecb and $1.50ecb
ONLY $2.50!!!!!!