I haven’t been a couponer my whole life. Saving money wasn’t even close a priority when it came to shopping. Actually, I used to be petrified of clearance sections. Me, having perhaps a tiny case of OCD, would look at the mess and disorganization of the racks and shelves and immediately get overwhelmed. My mom could spend hours in the clearance section. My grandma raids the sales racks throughout the year to put together overflowing boxes of STUFF as Christmas gifts.
That was not me.
I used to think that only little old ladies used coupons. I mean really, 35 cents here, 50 cents there…that doesn’t really add up to much, right? Is it even really worth the time to find the coupons and cut them from the paper just to save a buck or two?
It wasn’t until we got rid of our cable and I was looking for mindless TV shows to watch on Netflix that I found “Extreme Couponing”, and I decided to watch for a laugh. But wait…these people were getting over $700 worth of items for like eight bucks. Totally not possible. But I had to keep watching. These people had stock piles of food that could last them up to a year and they’re telling me that they paid $25 for the loot! No way! I became addicted. How was this possible?
My curiosity kicked into overdrive and I started researching. I came across blog after blog of people proving to me that it is possible! There is a science to it and (believe it or not) you can save money…A LOT of money!
So, I started taking notes. Tips and tricks on how to get started with couponing. I started small. Getting two newspapers every Sunday and looking through the coupon books to see if they had money savers for the things that we normally eat. The first time I used coupons at the grocery store, I think it saved us about $4. My husband, being the overwhelmingly caring and supportive man that he is, told me how proud he was of me. It was like a spark went off in my head! Four bucks? That’s nothing…next time I’ll make it ten!
From there it escalated…quickly. Read more