When I started using coupons a few things happened. First, I felt a bit dorky when I got up to the checker and handed her a stack of paper. It was like I could feel the people in the line behind me start tapping their toes. Another thing that happened when I started using coupons is that I started to not want to pay full price for anything. It's like, why would you want to buy say, batteries for the full price if you could have a coupon, match that with the sale price and save some money? Well, that sounds good but, it can get annoying when you always want to get the best deal. Couponing has made me way less prone to just stopping somewhere and picking something up.
I feel like I need to plan all my shopping trips and that gets old but, it saves us a lot of money. If I'm going to go grocery shopping, first I look through the sale ad to see what's on sale. I usually use the sale items to plan our meals. Then I match the sale items with coupons that I have.
I love saving money here and there because it all adds up but, it does require me to be more organized. Today my little project was to organize my coupons in this simple folder that I picked up at Michael's.
I don't think I'll ever be the best coupon shopper in the world or the most frugal mom around but, it is fun to save here and there. Getting my coupons all organized felt good and when they're organized, it really is less time consuming to keep everything straight.
Some of my favorite coupon/frugal websites are:
The Frugal Girls
Thrifty and Thriving
Money Saving Mom