My Commitment To Couponing

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)!~

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Comments

  1. Sara R-The Millennial Housewife says:

    I can consistently save $10 on coupons alone per week, without much effort or planning. Couple that with the store sales, and my grocery bill is $100/week for a family of 5.

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      That is awesome Sara! I am trying hard to plan and use coupons now! Let’s see just how much I can save in the grocery department.

  2. Kimberly Allen says:

    I started using coupons last year when we were living off unemployment due to a layoff. I have since learned so many tricks to using coupons I feel like a fool for not learning sooner. I cut my grocery bill down by about 72%. All these years I could have been saving that money or spending it on something else. Congrats on your decision to try it out and I can not wait to see how it works out for you.

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      My bill is now down by 72% but I can say since starting to coupon I have cut it down about 50% or maybe even a bit more!

  3. Debra B says:

    I am really trying to learn how to use coupons better, I used them every now and then but never on a consistent basis., our groc stores are strict and wont honor printed coupons and will only take certain free coupons, and have limits on others so I need to find some other stores to shop at, I spend on average $400/500 week or more, and that doesnt include stops for extra in between items we run out of, seems I really need to learn this concept, I envy those who shop for groc and spend like 7 cents on $500 worth of stuff, I dont have storage space for lots of back up so I usually just buy what we need this week and what I plan to cook, wish I could plan better and plan ahead and had storage space, need to buy a freezer one of these days to stock up on sale items, I will be learning this, its my new goal

    • Tara V., TheFabShoppingMom says:

      Debra, I have found so many awesome websites for coupons and store deals. WeUseCoupons.com has been great for finding what’s on sale and what coupons can be used.

  4. Marysa N. says:

    I am not terribly consistent with coupons, although any time we eat out or need to make a large purchase (shoes, gear, etc) I do a google search for printable coupons.

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