There's been a lot of talk about couponing lately, and I guess it's starting to pique my interest.
Not only did we run a story on The Coupon Guy, we also had a very lively discussion in a recent behind the scenes chat about people who make couponing work for them.
Maybe you're one of those people who turns a nose up to coupons, but if you ask anyone who makes a hobby out of clipping coupons, they'll tell you it drives THEM crazy to see people throw away their money. And, really, it is pretty chic to save these days. No one likes to get taken to the bank. I was impressed recently at how many fabulous people at the hair salon were well-versed in the couponing craze. No closet-couponers there.
Even Jon and I were talking tonight about how we wanted to start clipping. I think I smell a coupon challenge...
Anyway, with the holidays around the corner, I'm going to give myself my own coupon challenge. If I do something thrifty or nifty, I'm going to post it here. A viewer by the name of Mary Beth was particularly knowledgeable and gave me some good tips to get started. She says start out with weusecoupons.com!
For my first couponing trip, I tried to collect all the coupons I could find. I Googled for individual product coupons and then free manufacturer coupons. Then, I looked at Harris Teeter's specials because the grocery store was accepting double coupons up to $1.98 that week. I hear that happens about once a month. The store manager told me it probably won't happen again until the first of the year.
I was pretty encouraged for the first time! I saved more than I spent, even though it was just by a few cents. It wasn't even a hassle. I just clipped the coupons when I had the time... and made my shopping trip a little more focused.
If you read the receipt, you'll see I spent $15.29 and saved $15.36! I didn't buy anything unless it had a coupon. And, though I don't typically use Arm and Hammer detergent, I thought it would be good for towels or other random things. I also rarely eat margarine, but I thought it might be good for Thanksgiving, for work or for house guests who don't like real butter. At 49-cents, it was hard to turn down.