Using Coupons to Stay Within Your Budget!

April 15, 2012

Over the last several months I’ve done a bad thing.  I got out of the habit of doing the double coupon days – and ended up filing the inserts of my newspapers all in one bag and ‘planning’ on cutting them and using them… eventually.

I cringed and twitched a little each time that I would go to target and the cashier would ask, ‘do you have any coupons?’

I typically use some couponing websites like pocketyourdollars.com that are more local to my area to scout out the deals and find Voucher codes for other discounts that I am looking for.  It takes a lot of the guesswork out of the couponing.  I’m super thankful for the people that slave over these blogs for my savings.

Just two weekends ago (The night before Easter) I was able to get to the store and get all of this:

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Yes, that’s $241 of groceries  – for only $51.

$51 for my two+ weeks of groceries, is amazing.  I tend to buy only what my family uses, and not just anything that is free.  I did stock up on a few free items (like Cereal and cookies) that we go through often enough to keep a general stock, and due to a coupon on Tyson Anytizers expiring the next day, I purchased 10 boxes of chicken nuggets (YiKeS!).

The problem with the couponing for me, is that by the end of the night I’m so excited about what I got, and how much I got for how little, that I am EXHAUSTED the next several days … and have a hard time getting my act together for the next double couponing extravaganza.

It’s not exactly EASY to do… because it takes hours of planning and a few hours in execution (I think I was at the store that night for 4 1/2 hours) and then organization – because you’re only allowed to use so many coupons per transaction.  I did six or seven transactions this night.

But, When you’re on a tight budget? It’s totally worth the time.

What are your biggest challenges of couponing?

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Hedden says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping my coupons organized. I also need to start trying to go shopping when they double coupons and take advantage of sales at other stores.

  2. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    wow, you done really good, I’m trying to do better on the coupons

  3. My biggest challenge with coupons is that item I want to buy and have a coupon for is often out of stock and I have to go to the different store. It takes a lot of time and patience.

  4. My biggest challenges of couponing are about the same as you all. I have a hard time sitting down cutting them out. I get so over whelmed.

  5. Brandi Price says:

    Sounds exhausting! I need to get my act together and start majorly trying with coupons though!

  6. I saved over $40 with coupons at Target last month. Just saved over 50% at Vons today because of coupons. I love shopping with coupons.

  7. Betty Baez says:

    Wow! My biggest challenge is getting coupons of items that I actually purchase, Im not the type to buy it just because I have a coupon for it

  8. wow amazing!! I coupon but mostly for non food items. I just cant seem to really save money on food and it seems to take alot more planning

  9. My challenge is sitting down and organizing them with a shopping list.

  10. renee baker says:

    I have recently just discovered a new love for couponing! My sister and I have found its something we can do together and enjoy!

  11. Becky Kimani says:

    Wow great job on the shopping trip. It takes me so long trying to figure out what coupons I have and what stores are having the best deal.

  12. Cindy Merrill says:

    We hardly ever use coupons- my husband doesn’t like “waiting”, so i use them only if it’s a free item or sample.

  13. Vickie Couturier says:

    I love to use coupons,but they hardly ever have double coupons in our area,,

  14. Michelle S says:

    I like using coupons, but I don’t buy what I don’t use just bc there is a coupon.

  15. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I try to catch up on organizing coupons when the internet is down or slow or when we are on the road for a while, I can talk with the kids and cut coupons! We spend more money at the Grand Asian Market for fruits and veggies which are half the price of the local markets.

  16. I’m ashamed to say with a big family I have never really got into the hang of couponing on a huge level like this. My problem is that I am not able to do much of the shopping due to health issues and fatigue, so my husband and older teen daughter picks up lots of our groceries. They would NEVER put the time and effort into this, even when we watch in amazement on TV and think of all the money each year we would save. Also, a lot of things on coupons are things we would never buy or the things I see people mass couponing for we’d never have storage for (have a small house with no pantry or storage room), or the kids would get so tired of the same things to eat they’d just probably DIE! LOL. Seriously though, I am ashamed at what we dont coupon for and what a waste it is.

  17. I know its crazy but the hardest thing for me is remembering to bring my coupons with me and really planning the take that shopping trip!

  18. Due to being disabled I cannot afford a car so I must get everything ready every day until someone calls and says “hey I’m going to such n such store, wanna go?” I quite often lose out on good deals.
    Gladys P

  19. kelly willis says:

    wow that is so good

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