Well, then I (quite literally) stumbled across a few youtube videos about "krazy" coupon ladies and I thought: Maybe I should give it a try.
I've only been couponing for three weeks, but I've been very impressed with the little bit I've been able to save so far.
Here's this week's CVS and Walgreen's deals I made:
6 boxes Granola bars- $1 each
4 bottles of Dove Shampoo + 2 men's deodorant- 58c each
Suave Professionals shampoo- 83c
Suave Professionals conditioner- 83c
4 family-size bottles Softsoap body wash- $1 each
2 tubes Nivea lipbalm- 50c each
1 box Coldcalm homeopathic- free
1 pkg. Huggies Little Movers diapers- free
$16.15 for all of it
Edited to add: Oh nuts, I forgot the candy. I got a big bag of Pretzel M&Ms, a big bag of snack-size Twix, and a big bag of snack-size Three Musketeers for $1 total. And Halloween hasn't even happened yet!
Not too shabby. Here's what I've learned:
- They used to charge for someone to match up the sales with the coupons (i.e. Grocery Game). (That's how you save the big bucks.) Now that info is free, via sponsored websites. I get all my info at The Krazy Coupon Lady.
- I don't have to pay for 6 copies of the Sunday paper to get all the coupons I need. Monday afternoon, there are gobs of coupon inserts still in the plastic wrap sitting at the top of the newspaper recycling bins at the elementary school a few blocks from home. Takes us 3 minutes to save $18 on papers.
- My kids LOVE helping with this, which makes the task that much easier and more fun.
- It does take time. So does my husband's job. But he never complains about not having the time to go to work. Both jobs bring money. We're both willing to work for money. ;)
So, I may be a new coupon convert. I'm giving it three months before I decide. But I'm so happy with the dividends already; I don't foresee quitting any time soon.