This is how I joined the ranks of “Krazy Couponing”. Every week I anxiously await as the cashier scans all my groceries, and when the transaction is complete, I would let out my usual sigh. How could that enormous amount be my total? I come to the grocery store prepared (at least I thought so) with a detailed list, being careful not to add in anything extra or unnecessary. I choose store brands over names brand items, and I buy things on sale. So what am I doing wrong?
One day while I was agonizing over one of my receipts I decided to take a break and watch some TV. Well luck had it my favorite show was on “The Nate Berkus Show”, and who of all people was one of his guests, none other than “The Krazy Coupon Lady”. She was discussing many of her secrets on how to cut down on your grocery bill with successful couponing. I was immediately hooked, but of course I had to check it out further. I went on her website thekrazycouponlady.com and really got a sense of what couponing is all about.
Not only is she an expert in using coupons and finding savings, but she’s also practical especially for the average busy person, who doesn’t have time to search for bargains. Her website is full of savings. Whether it be a ten day crash course in becoming a successful couponer or access to printable coupons, weekly circulars/ specials, and daily ones too, plus much more. She makes things easier for you, the consumer. There are other sections on her website that are helpful too. I guess you’ll just have to check it out to find out what I’m talking about.
After much thought I was wondering can I really do this? Well I decided to start slow. First I printed out some coupons for items that I needed that week. Low and behold my usual sigh mellowed a bit when I realized I saved a few dollars. Well if I saved a few dollars maybe I could save a little more, maybe this process actually works. With my next shopping trip I decided to work with the weekly circulars in two different stores of items I needed. Unfortunately each store was on the opposite side of town, but none the less I saved ten dollars in each store. That’s a total of twenty dollars in one week, WOW.
The following week I decided to add another store to my list and again the savings were climbing, but so was my gas mileage, plus I started to obsess over every coupon I could get a hold of. So after two double strength Tylenols and a good night’s sleep, I decided to rethink my whole coupon craze. I know I wanted to save as much money as possible on each shopping trip, but I didn’t want it to consume me.
I decided to pick one store or two the most within a five mile radius of each other. I would check coupons for the week online and in store circulars, plus two different Sunday Newspapers. I would snip and print the ones I needed, even if I didn’t need it that week, I might need it in the near future. I designated three small Rubbermaid containers for this purpose. I labeled each box by category (Food, Household, Personal/Health care). Each week I would add or remove as needed. This way I can save money on all my favorite products, but still stay sane.
When it comes down to it, couponing is a science, you mix and match until you get the right formula.