Who watches Extreme Couponing? Well they’ve caught my attention. Before this show even started I had a friend that told me she coupons and gets a weeks worth of groceries for her family for close to $2o. I was beyond curious.
I have to admit I’m not nearly as motivated as the ladies on TV. I don’t have the storage space or the energy to go that extreme. But being a SAHM of a one income family I’m all about saving money anywhere I can.
My goal is simple. Change what we eat as a family to eat what we have coupons for and to save save save! If you follow my other blog you know I’m all about saving money. I love ALDI groceries for that fact. But ALDI doesn’t take coupons since they have their own brand of goods. So I’m giving couponing a shot. Some things I’m sure I’ll always get from ALDI, I haven’t seen coupons for things like eggs and milk and at $.50 a doz / $1 a gal you just can’t beat those prices. I’m fortunate to have and ALDI, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Target on each corner to give me the option to buy part of groceries for one place and part from another with no stress or pain in the butt
My plan – I borrowed an idea from a mom friend to use baseball card holders to hold my coupons so I can see everything easily. I only get on set of coupon inserts a week from my weekly paper, no stockpiles of coupons or hours of coupon clipping. I spent about an 2 hours clipping my weekly coupons and making my list based on the stores sales add, while propped up in front of the DVR catching up on General Hospital and One Tree Hill. [I’m sure if I wasn’t so interested in Sonny taking Carly to San Antonio to save Brenda’s baby it would have taken less time…lol…but hey doing it in front the TV makes it less like a chore]
So….The first week I went to Kroger and I saved $20 off a $70 bill, this week I saved $30 off $100. I’m still learning how they get stuff for free. And honestly I’m not that good yet…but hopefully soon! Yesterday’s biggest success were $.39 for Ken’s salad dressing, $.45 for Kraft BBQ sauce, 2 Old Spice gel soaps for $1.50, and 2 3 packs of Bic 4 blade razors for 1.50 each. I’ll have to keep you posted on if I have more success 🙂