If you follow me on Facebook, then you know about my recent introduction to the tv show Extreme Couponing.
I am intrigued and fascinated by the dedication these people have to amassing great quantities of grocery store items and imitating said grocery stores inside of their own homes. Shelves and shelves, rows and rows, and looming towers of toiletries, drinks, and boxed goods take up whole rooms!
While I would never buy most of what they hoard, some of the items have my frugal side perking up and taking notice. Getting toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, ponytail holders, cottonballs, cottonswabs, and floss for little money or free is definitely something I am interested in!
After gorging on 8 episodes (thank you, Netflix!) in a row, I have been inspired to try the whole couponing thing again. Will you see me with binders and boxes of coupons? No. Will I be dedicating 20 to 30 hours a week to couponing? No. I have a goal of saving money without the crazy, obsessive, diving-into dumpsters, and stealing peoples’ papers side of couponing. *grin*
I challenged myself to saving just $15.00 per week. That would be a savings of $780.00 per year. Any money saved about that $15.00 per week is all gravy, my friends.
How did my first week go? I saved $26.00! Booyah!
Coupons and I, we hit it off quite nicely.
So, how did this healthy-eating family save money? Let me share my oh-so-short, yet fun, jaunt into coupons so far.
Costco is my weekly grocery store. By simply planning this week’s meals and food stock-ups based on the coupons they are offering this month, I saved $7.00. That was easy!
Next, I focused on another store we use frequently, Earth Fare. They offer coupons, put out a weekly specials flyer, and have a point rewards card for shopping there. Just for signing up, I received an organic whole fryer chicken for free. I also was able to grab up an Irish cheese they were offering free this week. Their coupon book had coupons for a couple of items we needed for this week’s menu, and a little perusing on the internet afforded me a couple of manufacturer’s coupons as well. Total saved at Earth Fare, $18.00!
While $26.00 may not seem like a lot to some, it is a great step forward and an encouragement to me. Just a little preplanning and checking the internet for sales and coupons to the stores I frequent, and I can save a little cash. That little cash adds up to big cash!
My minimum per week is still $15.00, but I am a person who loves a good challenge, so you know full well that I will be looking to beat $26.00 next week. *wink*
Do you coupon? Are you a healthy-eating family who coupons? How is it working out for you? Any tips to help me reach my challenge goal this week?
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