I know Extreme Couponing is a total rage right now in our poor economy, but let me start off with I am NOOOOOOOOO extreme coupon queen. I am a moderate couponer who pretty much refuses to buy things that I don't have a coupon for unless completely necessary, or I am shopping at Aldi, (Or I forgot to defrost or cook ahead dinner!! It happens!!). But despite the financial troubles people are having, I still hear a lot of people saying that coupons are either not really worth it, or they just don't have the time. I even hear they wouldn't buy the items that the coupons are for. If you give me about two minutes of your time, I would like to try to change your mind...
I make it my goal when I am shopping to save just as much as I spent. If I gave the grocery store $50, I hope to have saved $50. But I have been doing even better than that recently...today I managed to only give the store $86 (taxes were $2) and I saved $115. Almost every single item had at least one coupon to go with it, if not two. It only took me 45 minutes to print and clip and I left my house at 10:00 am and returned bu 10:52 am. Let's round that up to 11 for the sake of, say, a bathroom trip. That is 1 hour and 45 min total time spent couponing and shopping. While we were at the store, my daughter held the coupons that I was going to use. At one point, she dropped one and ran over to pick it up. I said, "Good thing we didn't lose that one. It was a dollar!" She laughed at me, but when my total after the store took off its promo prices was almost $120. I made her watch as the cashier scanned my coupons and the total went down, down, down and then I only had to pay the cashier $88. Now I also realize that part of my original savings was the promo items because without those I would have paid almost $204, but my receipt reflected $30.10 of coupons and 85.83 in buy one get one pricing. That is totally worth the 1 hour and 45 minutes of planning.
What about the junk food that coupons tend to represent? I can assure you I am a home cooked meals kind of girl and I make just about everything from a realistic "scratch" that I can. I do NOT shop organics though several of my friends do and are really beginning to get the hang of that, though it is still a bit pricier. The most "junky" thing I got was potato flakes for instant potatoes! I even got a ton of fresh fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, spinach and spring mix lettuce), and almost 3 lbs of ribs!
Haven't convinced you?? Well, I suppose I can't convince everyone, but I feel like I need to try as hard as I can! Ask away and I can tell you EXACTLY what I do in my 45 min. time slot!