I started couponing when my family consisted of 8, around 2008-2009. Not all 8 were human, but ‘eh – the animals have to eat, too!
It was me, my son, my brother, my boyfriend, 2 cats, 1 dog and a turtle. I worked full-time, my brother worked almost full-time at just over minimum wage, my boyfriend had just gotten laid off and well, the rest of the family just NEEDED us! All of the animals were strays, including the turtle.
There were times when I had NO MONEY to grocery shop. I struck the ball out of the park on the fateful day I decided to pick up that Sunday paper. There were a ton of freebies when combined with store sales. Ever since then, I’ve been in love with coupons and can’t bear to pay full price for anything.
It has, however, been a grueling process. I spared myself by utilizing the clip when you’re ready to use them method and still practice it to this day. My coupons are clipped and it’s time to the go to the grocery store.
So now what?
Well, I shove those coupons into an envelope in no particular order. We head to the store, graze through the aisles and I shuffle through my list and coupons repeatedly. Sometimes, I dart back to an aisle because I missed the item on my list and in my coupon “stack”. This is NOT EFFECTIVE, but I do it for years. Of course, it didn’t take long for the family members to suddenly become “busy” or “tired” or “ill” on grocery shopping day. While I realized how terrible my method was, the goal I achieved was so great, I saw past it.
I wish there was a better way…
While my main method of coupon clipping/storage remains the same, The Couponizer has completely revamped my in-store methodology.