So, I have been an on again off again couponer. We are a family of 5 and the 20-year-old and 9-year-old boys eat like there is no tomorrow. At the beginning of the year I decided to trying couponing again. But this time I was going to do it a bit different.
I bought myself a small couponing clutch to put my coupons in of Amazon for $4.99.
I had tried the binder and that was a massive failure about 6 months ago. I though tI would try this along with a database in my computer. Yep, I said a database. I don’t want to search through 12 different categories to find the coupon I am looking for. Or to go searching only to remember that I used it last week or that it expired.
I created a database in Excel that has the same categories as my clutch.
This tells me the name of the product, how much the coupon is worth, and an expiration date. Seems tedious but it works for me.
So, I bought my Sunday paper and Monday morning before work I clipped coupons for about 30 minutes. There were 4 books of coupons Sunday so lots of coupons.
Then last night, I put them into the computer and clutch.
Now comes the part I LOVE!!!! I went through the weekly ads, only Walgreens so far, and I matched up my coupons to the deals they are having.
I can tell you by matching up coupons with deals I am saving a lot of money. Over the weekend we went to three stores and here is the break down of what I saved.
- Original total: $24.73
- Coupons and Savings: $4.30
- Original total: $18.09
- Coupons and Savings: $11.09
Shop ‘n Save-
- Original total: $31.71
- Coupons and Savings: $5.55
I saved a total of $20.94! Hey that is 4 days of lattes at Starbucks!