Rich birds, that is.
A few weeks ago I was standing in line behind a lady at Publix when the cashier gave her the total: $192. (Note: that price is not at all shocking to this fam-o-6!). Then she gave this smug little smile and handed over her coupons. After about 20 minutes of scanning (it seemed), the cashier smiled and told her the new total: $76.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
My jaw hit the floor and I wasted no time in squeezing past my cart to get right up on her. "How IN TARNATION did you just do that?"
Oh, she was proud. Very very proud.
"It's an art, really. I'm a couponer. I clip clip clip and print print print and consider it my full-time job to save money for my family," she says with a smile from here to Texas.
I have prided myself on the fact that Carter's job is to make the money and my job is to make the money work for us.
Except with groceries.
I, of course, look for good deals, and of course, use store brand when applicable. But I like to eat well so I just figured I'd put the stock of our money into groceries so we could all eat well.
I just didn't realize we could still eat well but for LESS MONEY!
So I have ventured, oh so slowly, into couponing. And good grief it ruined my Sunday afternoon. We raced around picking up newspapers and weekly fliers so I could sit down with my laptop and papers and get my list figured out.
FOUR HOURS LATER, I had it figured out. And if you've seen my family, you'll understand that FOUR HOURS IS WAY TOO MUCH PRECIOUS TIME TO DEVOTE TO COUPONS!
Then I went shopping. FOR TWO HOURS. It takes serious concentration to get the most bang for your buck. Stacking coupons. Doubling coupons. BOGOs. It's like I'm in a foreign country trying to speak their language and it's taking forever to figure out the best deal on cereal when I have 47 coupons to choose from.
But I made it out alive.
And the SIX HOURS I devoted to saving us some cash did pay off. I saved $56. FIFTY SIX DOLLARS!!!! And the more I get the hang of this new language, the less time it should take (dear goodness, it better!) and the better equipped I'll be to breeze through the aisles.
Here's just an example of the glee I felt at the conveyor belt. Hunt's tomato sauce: 3 for $1. I handed a coupon over for $1 off of 3. They handed me back the 3 tomato sauces that I just got FOR FREE!! And that's just one of the many deals I figured out like that. FREE.
Me likey free.
If you've got any great tips, send them my way. I'm a sponge for this right now.
www.southernsavers.com (major source)
weekly fliers in newspapers and store racks
specific websites for products that I cannot budge on or use store brand (i.e. for us: Similac formula, A&H detergent, Blue Plate mayo)