Y’all. I have talked to you about coupon sites before. But I HAD NO IDEA. Really. I had no idea how to really work the system. Until recently.
Despite me painting her son in chalk and posting pictures of him crying in the yard online, Asher’s mom, Audrey, was cool enough to explain to me how to really make couponing worth it. And I’ve been LOVING it. She referred me back to Southern Savers. I already knew about southernsavers.com, but I had no idea how helpful it could really be. The site costs you nothing to use, and she (the lady who runs the site) even explains how to best take advantage of it and of your coupons. If you’re new to couponing but are interested, read this. You don’t have to be in the South to take advantage, by the way. Anywhere there’s a store she has listed on the site, there’s a deal to be had.
A short review:
To really take advantage, you must stack coupons and understand (for drugstores) about how to get “cash” back from the store to cover your purchases over and over. As for stacking coupons, that means, use multiple coupons for the same item. Buy two Sunday papers if you can, and save the inserts. (Although, THIS SUNDAY they are supposed to NOT HAVE COUPONS in the paper. So save your money.) You might not need that coupon now, but in 2 months, when Southern Savers tells you where the item is on sale and where to get more coupons for it, you can clip it, use them all at once, and BAM pay almost nothing for something great. You also have to be able and willing to print coupons because coupon sites are where a lot of the “stacking” coupons become available. And realize that Kroger and Publix both double coupons that are worth $0.50 or less.
Drugstores work a little differently, but they can be a goldmine of freebies. It can be confusing though. I know I thought it seemed impossible to get a good deal out of those marked-up drugstore products. So you want to read about how to make it work to your advantage before marching in with a fistful of coupons. For example, here is a link to her explanation of how to make CVS work to your advantage.
When couponing anywhere, you might have to deal with people being impatient behind you in line (but, whatever, they’d do it too if they knew they could save that much money), cashiers who don’t always want to work with your stack of coupons, and (this is no maybe) the time it takes you to go through your coupons before shopping. But again, let me just say it’s worth it. The longer you save coupons, the more you have to pull from, and the more money you can save. It’s awesome.
So, Has It Worked For Me?
I’ve been “couponing” the way you’re supposed to for about 3 weeks now. The second week, Tom and I totally forgot to get the Sunday paper at the store. I also only tend to restock on groceries every other week. So my “total” for the week can actually be split in half for a weekly rate.
My first time going “couponing,” I saved almost $50. But this Wednesday? I saved $86!!!! I got $225.95 worth of groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies (Woolite Oxy Deep carpet cleaner-because I am clumsy and spill sometimes, Swiffer duster refills, Swiffer dry sweeping cloth refills, Joy liquid dish soap, and more), and even medicine like Zyrtec- all for $139.93. I go to the store 2x a month lately. That’s $69.97 per week split between this week and next. I know that’s not SO out there, like $30 a week for a family of 5 like some people can do. But I’m still new to this, and I think getting nice brands for almost free rocks. I also will buy store brands for some items to save money if I think it’s just as good quality and if it’s still a better deal than the name-brands after coupons.
Y’all NEED to check out southernsavers.com. It explains how it all works, and TRUST ME it’s worth it! After learning how much money I can save, I really feel like not doing this would make me a bad steward of our family’s money. I love learning this now, because when we have kids, I feel like this will be a huge help in cutting costs. (You should see the insane amount of diaper coupons out there.) Overall, it’s just a wise thing to do to save money that you’d be spending on the same stuff anyway.