Monday, August 15, 2011

Coupon Update

I mentioned in my last post that I recently took a coupon "class" from my friend Leslie. She totally gets the system and knows how to work it. I have to admit that I've become a little obsessed, ok a lot, in clipping coupons and saving money. I've never been so excited to get a paper in my entire life than I was on Sunday morning. I even bought a big expandable file to try and keep everything organized. David told me I was going a little overboard with things when caught me clipping coupons at 5:30 on Friday morning and every conversation I had with friends this weekend revolved around couponing. I know. I'm a nerd. He's been making fun of me ever since.

This weekend I attempted to put all the stuff I learned to use. So, for my first trip I went to CVS. I spent a total of $60 (but $15 of that was a gift card so that doesn't really count right), I saved $20, got a free $10 gas card, and $3 back in extra CVS cash, and another $4 store coupon. And yes, it was all stuff we needed like diapers, pet treats and Diet Coke. Not too bad for a a first timer.

My second attempt was at Publix yesterday afternoon. I spent a total of $125 and saved $30. I got really excited when I checked out and I actually had a stack of coupons to hand to the cashier. It was so much fun. Yes, I know this confirms my nerd status. We normally spend around $125-$150 per week on groceries (crazy!), so I wasn't too impressed with my savings, but I guess it wasn't too bad for my first go around. I've found that it's really hard for me to resist buying something simply because I have a coupon. I don't want to save a lot of money, but wind up spending twice as much as I normally do on stuff I don't need.

Does anyone else out there coupon? If so, what are your favorite coupon websites or overall easy money saving strategies?


Anna Ruth and Will said...

I love couponing! I use a site called southern savers and it is awesome. I really only do Publix and CVS. Once you really learn the system its amazing how much you save. I don't know if you have used any sites yet, but take a look at this site- she has great tutorials.
-Anna Ruth

Malia said...

Thanks Anna Ruth! I'm slowly getting used to the Souther Savers website. There is a definite learning curve. CVS might be my new favorite store. Hope you are doing well and give baby Frances a hug and kiss from me!