Have any of you seen the show Extreme-Couponing on the cable channel, TLC??
Well, this show intrigues me so very much! I have never been a big "coupon-er", but with the rising cost of just about EVERYTHING... I am seeking ways to save money.
The people that are featured on this show are like the title says... "extreme"! They have the art of "couponing" down to a science, and are apparently able to buy hundreds of dollars worth of groceries and walk out of the store, only paying a few dollars!!
From what I gather... these thrifty shoppers collect coupons from any and every resource that they can. They then organize them in binders such as this ---
Most of the people that are featured on the show have storage rooms where they stock-pile their purchases for future use. Many share their items with other family members or friends. Others donate a lot of their "extra" items.
As for me.... I just want to save money!!
Yesterday, I decided that I would give this "couponing thing" a try. Just so you know... I have no skills or prior knowledge of "how" the couponing system works. I was just "winging it"! **Smile**
I went through our local newspaper and cut out all the coupons that interested me. I then went to a coupon website that a friend had told me about -- Couponmom.com. From this site, I printed out a few others that I would use.
I also went to the Publix website and looked at their current sales ad so that I could see what the Buy-one / Get-one (BOGO) items were. I also looked at the sales ads for a couple of the drug stores in my area.
From the coupons that I had, and from the BOGO items... I made my grocery list.
I went to FOUR different stores in order to purchase my items, but they were all pretty close together, so wasting gas was not really an issue.
Here's where I went and how much I saved!!
Walgreen's -- I spent $2.15 and saved $9.49
- Here, I had a BOGO coupon and the items that I wanted to purchase were BOGO in the store!
Walmart ----- I spent $35.47 and saved $3.60
- Here, I used 3 coupons that were $1.00 off and one for .60
CVS --------- I spent $13.27 and saved $13.36
- Here, I used 1 coupon for $1.00 off and I saved on the other items by using my CVS Customer Card. I also got $3.00 in "extra bucks" that I can use when I go again!
Publix ------- I spent $22.07 and saved $28.14
- Here, most of the items that I bought were BOGO items. I only bought one of each, which meant that I only paid half the price for the one item! I also used one or two small coupons, and I had a coupon for a FREE carton of Publix ice cream!!
TOTAL Spent -- $72.96
TOTAL Saved -- $54.59!!!!!
This coming Sunday, my church is sponsoring a class on "couponing". I am excited about it and hope to learn more about this money-saving hobby! I'll have to keep you updated on what I learn!