Couponing is currently a big thing. I have been using coupons, too, but not to the extreme. I just do not have time for that kind of planning. The following is what I do and I have been quite pleased with my success.
I put together a binder with pages in page protectors and have several baseball card pocket pages in each section. On Sundays, I purchase two newspapers. Please note, always make sure there are coupons in the paper. It is frustrating when you get home only to discover there are no coupons. Not a happy moment, since that is the whole purpose of getting the papers. I know from experience. The reason I purchase two papers is so I will have two coupons for each item.
I have shelves in my garage where I store all of my items. Basically, I am building a stockpile which we can live off of for several months if we need to. It’s like have a grocery store in your garage. There are many reasons to build a stockpile; not being able to go to the grocery when you need to due to a busy lifestyle, your current economic condition may be a reason, unexpected company and the need to have items on hand to feed you company.
Putting together your binder is pretty easy. I have prepared pages for you to use if you would like. When I go to the grocery store, I take my binder with me and do my shopping according to what is on sale at the store and if I have a coupon for it.
Now, there are times when I make purchases without coupons, but those items were at least on sale. I try to avoid making purchases at regular price without a coupon. Some grocery stores will put items on sale at 10 for $10 and this is an exception of which I take advantage. Of course, if you have coupons for those items then that is great!
Here is my most recent grocery store receipt. My total purchase was $147.97. This particular store I went to used a rewards card to be able to take advantage of the sale price. As you can see, my total rewards card savings was $31.99 and my total coupon savings was $23.10 with additional savings of $2.00. My grand total saved was $57.09. That’s 27.84% off of my grocery bill. I’m happy with that.
So remember, the key is to use your coupons on items that are on sale.