Sep 24, 2008

Pinching Pennies


What comes to your mind when you think about using coupons? For me, it was an old lady at the grocery store flipping through her envelope of coupons to save $5.00 on her $100 grocery bill!

I had a friend ask me this morning, “So what drives you to save every penny that you can?” I responded with, “I actually did not do it [couponing] for a while because I thought it was about saving pennies, but when I realized that people were saving thousands every year then I took another look at it.”

The key to saving money with couponing is not using coupons in and of themselves (although this does help a little bit with things you were already going to buy), but pairing the coupons up with the deals at the store that week (and going to the stores that double and triple coupons). That’s what what’s I’m here to help you with!  I do all of the pairing for you so that you can stockpile food when it is a super good deal.

For me, the most beneficial aspect of couponing has been getting all of the typical “budget breakers” for free at CVS and Walgreens.  These include toiletries/makeup/razors/feminine products/paper products/etc.  Since I started couponing, I have been able to get thousands of dollars with of products at these stores for pennies on the dollar!

You can take a look at several of my shopping trips HERE!

Do you have a couponing story? Have you had to get over any stereotypes that you had associated with couponing?

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  1. Mrs. Querido says:

    I started couponing the middle of last year. It has become my new favorite hobby…lol! Saving money is addicting! Once I realized that I could cut my grocery bill in half, it became a necessity as our home is now a single-income one (I get to stay at home with my children while my husband works one full time job). Just like you, at first I scoffed at the cents-off, but once I realized that it would help me achieve my dream of staying at home, I was hooked 🙂

    I don’t do Grocery Game, I just match up my coupons with sales at my local Albertsons. Out of curiosity, how much on average do you save by GGing? Right now, I can’t afford to pay anyone to help me save. Maybe in the future..

    I found your blog via Money Saving Mom 🙂

  2. Try it is just like Grocery Game only free!!! You do have to sign up.

    • wow! I am going to try this! I do GG and love it, but I am all about saving even more by not paying for this service if it’s giong to save me the same amount!

  3. My recent adventure of trying to save money started with me buying coupons on-line. I never did this before so I wanted to give it a go. After 3 days of planning and 6 hours of shopping I found that I did it all wrong. Read below to get the short, short version.
    I recently went through 5 grocery store and drug store circulars to catch great deals. I noted all the items I needed that were on sale for each store. As I was doing this I found that other stores had better deals on some items than the last. It wasn’t easy trying to find that one item among my multiple lists and scratching it off. I didn’t necessarily match up store deals with my coupons, either, which in the end was a mistake.
    On Sunday (the worst day to shop), it took me 6 hours to go to only 3 stores. I was exhausted and found that I spent over $200, but I saved over $100.00 in coupons and store deals.
    The moral of the story is, from now on, I am going to follow STS’s advice and match up coupons with store deals to stock up on items I need. My questions is, do you use a coupon without a deal just because it is going to expire? (especially if I bought it online. If you buy the Sunday paper, is that not buying coupons, as well?)

  4. Sorry new to this trying to learn what is the grocery game?

  5. Nicola Lopez says:

    I started couponing this month about a week ago, so I am really really new to this game. I don’t understand half of the to-do’s that are posted on the internet and of course I don’t have alot of coupons to see the savings. But I am willing to try anything to save money. And I am hoping that this blog helps me out cause I’m a freshman hehehe

  6. Veronica Red says:

    I have been couponing since like oct stopped doing it christmas time. Never really got the hang of it cause I am a single mom of two and also bills out my butt due to a car accident so everytime “good deals” were on I was always broke. it was discouraging when trying. def want to give another wack at it with a decent people showing how they do it instead of some ppl who seem like they are show boating and stuff. if that makes sense

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