I have several friends how are really coupon savvy, and they inspired me to try again. So, for the month of January, I have used coupons at my weekly Kroger visit. Surprisingly to me, I saved $8-$12 dollars each week! I was amazed! That is over $40 for the month! $40 times 12 months will be $480 in savings!
Since I love to organize so much, high on my list of coupon clipping was how to manage the coupons. In the past I had one of those accordion type thingys that I sorted the coupons in by categories. Some of my friends use a file box type thing, and some of them use a binder. Since I love binders, I chose the binder method. I bought a package of baseball card clear plastic page protectors from Toys R Us, and I placed my coupons in the little holders. I like things to be alphabetized, so I have one page protector for each letter of the alphabet. I put toothpaste coupons in the T page, and dish detergent in the D page, etc. I can find my coupons easily this way.
One more thing I tried this month was to stay out of WalMart! Normally, I shop there only once a month. I have done this for years, so I know just how much toilet paper, toothpaste, paper towels, kleenex, detergent, etc. to buy for each month. But, my coupon clipping friends informed me that I would save more money by shopping weekly at Walgreens, CVS or both, buying their on sale items with a coupon. To maximize my savings, they encouraged me to purchase the items that offered Register Rewards (Walgreens) or Bucks Back (CVS). So I tried it this month.
It wore me out!
I am used to going to Walmart once for the month and being done with it. For the past 4 weeks, I have frequented Walgreens and CVS weekly! And I still had to go to WalMart to purchase cat litter, cat food, Murphy's Oil, and a few other items that Walgreens or CVS just do not sell in the quantity or at the savings that I need. So, I am still undecided about whether I am going to still try Walgreens/CVS......I know that I still need a monthly Walmart trip. I think I will just continue to study the Walgreens sale paper on Sundays, and when they offer a really good sale, and I have the coupons, and I can get the Register Rewards, then I will stop by there on my way to Kroger. I have also learned that some of my regular WalMart items, when on sale, and I have a coupon, can actually be purchased cheaper at Kroger.
I am still learning. But I think my grand total of savings at the end of this month (savings from my regular WalMart/Kroger monthly spending) will be around $200! That is exciting and motivating enough to make me continue with my coupon clipping.
If you have any coupon clipping or money saving ideas, please share!