Anyways. So I've been toying with couponing for awhile. I already plan my meals out and I clip coupons but I wasn't a fanatic. I think I need to get serious. I won a giveaway where my prize was a copy of the Krazy Coupon Ladies book, Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey. Let me tell you--- my eyes are completely opened.
Will I do major hauls? No. My house is small and I'm not willing to sacrifice closet space for cereal. I'm just not going to do it. No.
(Maybe. Especially if it's Captain Crunch.)
So over the last week I'm starting. I'm dipping my boobies into the coupon waters. It's kind of hard. I'm not going to lie. I know these women spend 30+ hours a week on it but I don't have that kind of time.
(Which just admitting that makes me feel like a failure.)
Honestly? Just printing coupons and watching my kids is really hard. (How are you mom's doing this? Are your kids setting neighborhood fires? Are they out getting pregnant?? How are you doing it??!!) But I've been trying and making my notes and trying to understand it. The downside is that you know, a lot of math is involved and I suck at math.
But at Cub Foods earlier this week I got $72 worth of groceries for just under $30. I was pretty excited about that. The at Target yesterday I got some stuff (2 boxes of granola bars, toilet paper, 2 packages of acne medicine, 2 sticks of deoderant, bandaids, and a few other things I can't remember). But my order would have been around $35 of stuff and I paid $16? I was happy about that because it was all stuff I need.
So.. not super fantastic, but it's a start. I'm trying. I have some challenges facing me, for example:
- My Walmart sucks. It's full of uneducated people who refuse to listen to me or read their coupon policy. AND? The managers don't really care. So Walmart is a bust.
- The grocery store in Superior does not accept internet printed coupons, they don't let you double coupons EVER, and their prices are high.
- Target is ok, but they only accept one manufacturer coupon and one of their coupons together, no more. Plus, my Target doesn't carry much food. I can go to the Duluth Target because they carry much more food, but they don't carry a lot of the brands I have coupons for.
- I've been going to a grocery store in Duluth because they are the best coupon store EVER. Not only do they have their own deals, but the accept doubles and internet coupons. Sure, it's 20 minutes from my house but I think with careful planning I can make it worth it.
Oh yes. Just thinking about it makes me want to pee with happy.
So. Do you have tips? Do you have coupons you don't want? MAIL THEM TO ME.
Eventually my goal would be able to buy things and donate them to organizations regionally. I like giving back and I feel like I could do a good job with this with some planning. But Matt is scared. Already the five boxes of cereal, 40 juice boxes, and countless boxes of food are scaring him. Oh... it'll only get worse.