For years I have followed ladies who are the queens of couponing and being frugal. I have read their blogs and been amazed their ability to stock up and save. Really who would not want a stock load of stuff and pay just a fraction of the cost? I have never considered myself a frugal person as I love to shop, after-all that is what my blog is about. I also have never really been a big money saver or penny pincher. We do have savings set up for our children but that’s it. I do however always look for deals when I shop online and always use some kind of online discount or coupon code when I shopping. Sites like RetailMeNot.com and BeFrugal.com are two sites I visit often for online promo codes. Now, when I am doing my grocery shopping that is another story. I never look for coupons or scout out deals, other than the Publix Buy One Get One Free Deals.
As a large family (7 of us), we have a pretty big grocery bill. I see some people say they only spend $100-$150 in the grocery store a week and I can not even remember when mine was that low. We generally spend $1200-$1300 a month in the grocery store. Now that figure does NOT include personal items like toilet paper, dish soap, body soap ect., ONLY groceries. That breaks down to at least $300 a week in just food. This figure also does not count any dinners we eat out and we usually have 1 family meal out per week.
Now, as part of my effort to cut down my spending (so I can spend it on other stuff save it) I am committed to using coupons and figuring out just how these people cut their grocery bills in half. I joined a forum called WeUseCoupon.com and have been reading for the last 2 days. They have so much information on using coupons that it has really excited me and got me pumped up to try and see how much I can cut off my grocery store visits.
Today I set sail to get two Sunday papers to see what type of coupons I could locate and to my surprise I clipped many coupons. I guess I never really realized just how much money I could save if I used more coupons. I also headed over to a few sites that have printable coupons and printed off $19.50 in additional coupons for products we use.
For those of you that already use coupons, how much do you generally save by using them? And for those of you who do not coupon would you be interested in learning more about couponing?
I will be updating you all on my progress bi-weekly and let’s see how much money I can really save (to spend on something else)!~