Tuesday, January 15, 2013
How To Coupon - Confessions of a Non-Coupon Queen
It's embarrassing, but around these parts, 4 coupons and saving $3 is Extreme Couponing.
It certainly isn't for lack of wanting to or trying to. . .I just can't seem to get the pieces to work. I may need help. . .professional help.
Let me confess a few things about my couponing. . .I refuse to buy 4 bottles of mayo to save $1. . .when I only need one. In all likelihood, the other three will go bad before we eat them, and that is not saving. Also, we don't buy a lot of shelf-stable foods. The majority of our weekly dining, comes from the perimeter of the grocery store. I'm not a stockpiler (see confession 1).
Okay, my savings sins are out there for all to see. Now how do I fix them? How do I run my errands, getting things we need from my list, and save money?
Here's my approach: I have a lovely coupon organizer from Martha Stewart. I clip relevant coupons from weekly circulars (occasionally from the web, but I'm having tech trouble with my Mac and the Coupon Printers). As I'm shopping, I peruse my cart for things I bought that I have a coupon for.
Is this wrong? Where am I messing up?
Confession time again. . .I don't have the time or patience to figure out when shaving cream is going to go on sale at Target and hope that matches up with a coupon I have. What am I missing? Why are other people so good at this?
So these are my couponing confessions. I'm trying, but not really succeeding.
Are you a couponer? What's your #1 Tip?
catch you soon -