Okay today’s topic is a bit random, I admit. It’s couponing. Is that even a word? Apparently it’s not because my spell check is identifying it as being incorrect. Well, I’m using it anyway because today I want to talk about coupons and getting good deals. Because you all know that I love me a good bargain. If you have any doubt, you can ask my sister who watched as I recently stood in line at BabyGap for 45 minutes just to buy six pair of pajamas because they were half off. And any time I place an online order, I always do a search for coupons (retailmenot.com is a great resource, btw) to see if I can get an extra discount. The point is, I am no stranger to finding and using coupons.
It’s a good thing, too, because now that we’re a one-income household, we’re having to hold onto our pennies a bit more than before. The problem is, as good as I am at couponing at places like Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, and Michaels (all places with regular coupons) for the life of me I can’t seem to transfer that skill to my grocery shopping.
I know it’s possible because I hear stories about how people save tons of money and get free goods and how they hardly spend any money at all. But every time I look at the weekly paper, I see a few coupons here and there at different stores for products that we use and it doesn’t seem worth it to drive to three different places just to save a few dollars. Am I looking at it wrong? Am I just doing it incorrectly? And what’s this about Double Coupon days? I’ve heard of them, but have yet to figure them out – are they at all stores or only participating grocers?
As you can see, I have no idea what to do but I’d love to learn. I’m totally willing to spend whatever time I need to each week to collect my coupons and plan my grocery stopping strategy. But I feel like I need some guidelines. Any suggestions? Are any of you familiar with couponing or the concept? Do you use coupons when shopping and where do you use them?