|My Couponing Helper...|
Wasn't she tiny?
If you've been here for a long, long time, you may remember the days when I was obsessed with couponing. It was back when Mae was teeny tiny and we lived in California. I would clip coupons for hours, make a list, check it twice and then head to the store.
I would have a near heart attack as the cashier rang up between $200 and $600 worth of items... and then I would slowly relax as coupon after coupon actually worked and the number would dwindle down to a hundred... and then fifty and then forty... stopping usually around the twenty range. Then I'd muscle a giant cart out to the car and triumphantly haul it into the house (here's an example of a trip that I blogged about).
Before we left California I donated about 75% of my couponing stockpile. We kept the rest and haven't bought toothpaste or shampoo or deodorant or most cleaning supplies in about three years. But lately when I open the door to the bathroom closet I've noticed that our ridiculous toothpaste supply is dwindling and all the free razors are gone.
So I sent Paul to get four Sunday papers these past two weekends and have been steadily clipping while Sadie is working on her handwriting during the mornings. I'm not sure how possible it would be if Mae wasn't in therapy and Patrick wasn't my good little morning napper, but right now the timing is perfect. I also check in at sites like Hip2Save.com a few times a day to see if there are any high value coupons, since those can disappear quickly.
|Always ready to help!|
When I really couponing I "bought" (brought home) plenty of stuff we don't normally use, because it was either free or a money maker (when a coupon is over so you actually make money using it), knowing that we could donate it or give it to someone we know who would use it.
Paul used to joke that couponing was basically like my job, but I'm hoping by being super organized this time around it won't be quite so time consuming. We shall see!
So, if you're interested in couponing, I'll probably be posting about it a couple times a month from now on. I start by buying four newspapers every Sunday and once I have about a months worth clipped the fun really begins!
And if you have any couponing sites that you love I would love to hear about them!