Couponing, is it really worth your time?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recently, a few people have thought I was crazy to be using coupons to save money. They are more time consuming than just running to the store and throwing anything that meets my fancy into my cart. Since I live a 20-ish miles away from most of the stores, I am choosy about what sales are worth my gas. Saving 20 cents is not worth my time or gas, but when I can walk away saving a bunch then I go for it. This month I was able to restock my cleaning supplies for about 5o cents or so a bottle and got $65 worth of medical things (band-aids, neosporin, cough medicine, vitamins, saline mist, children's pain reliver, and more) all for free. Most were name brand, but some were store brand give aways. Some I made a profit on that covered the cost of rest. Some were rebates. Mostly it was just waiting for a good deal and using a coupon and only buying what we will use. New deals will come and I don't recommending hoarding a garage full of things. If I can't use it by the expiration date then I probably don't need it or should give it away. However, it does take time to figure out the current deals. Some months I don't find anything that great and others are incredible.

I ran into this video and after the 10 sec commercial in the beginning, it shows two couponers who make couponing an art. It shows what coupons can do to the overall budget. Here is the Nightline link here or go to:

'Super Couponers' Clip Their Wayto Savings at the Grocery Store - ABC News

Just after posting this, I saw on a blog I follow that there is a $5 rebate on the cleaning products I bought when you buy three. Let see, I bought windex and soft scrub and pledge. Each were $1.99, used $1 off coupons and doubled each of them for another 50 cents off. Paid 49 cents each and now I get to have a rebate. That is ten free cleaning items with the overage from the rebate.

Here is the rebate link. It goes through July so, others are welcome to it too.

http://www.scjohnson.com/Files/afc-rebate-form.pdf?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=offline&utm_campaign=2009-10-value-tag-DIRECT

2 comments:

Julia Shinkle March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

I want to learn about so badly but get totally overwelmed. Where do I start? I would love to get $500 worth of stuff for $30

Amanda Davis March 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

I really really need to get better at watching for this stuff! Clipping and watching sales! I think I need to recruit my husband!