Friday, March 4, 2011

Coupons and More Coupons: Do They Pay Off?

Today was a red letter day for me. It wasn't spectacular or amazing. The kids were their usual selves and we managed to get through the day with just a few bumps on the head. My husband was wonderful and brought home dinner from town- pizza! So far it was an ordinary Friday, until I went to the grocery store.

I read about these "crazy" coupon ladies who spend $456.00 on groceries, but with coupons it ends up only costing them $23.00. I am sure you have all heard about them or at least seen them on Extreme Couponing. I didn't earn an extreme title, but tonight I saved $67.01 at the grocery store! This is a major accomplishment for me. I think the most I have ever saved is around $40.00.

I gave myself a pat on the back for this one. It's not everyday I can rack up that much in savings. The couponing angels must have looked down on me while I scouted the aisles. Our store doesn't accept printed Internet coupons so I have always relied solely on clipped and manufacturer coupons. Tonight, I didn't have any money makers- a term for products you earn money on and the store basically pays you to take it home. I did have a coupon for free Cottonelle wipes. I had a few items I paid less than a dollar for. And several big items I got for under $2- thank you Purex!

I didn't think it was possible for a small town grocery store to offer up savings similar to Wal-mart or any other super center. It took two carts to haul my bounty away. I guess it was worth braving the bitter cold and blowing snow. Little efforts do pay off.

Sorry for bragging, but I didn't think I would ever bring in a score like that. I finally feel like I might be learning a bit about this couponing thing. Maybe, just maybe, I will actually be able to save my family a bit of cash. I know sales fluctuate and I may never have another lucky night again, but I put that in the Lord's hands. This evening, I am sipping my Diet Coke and snacking on some Pringles I snagged for 29 cents. Between bites I am praising God for blessing us.

Success can taste good. Mmmmmmmm


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