Couponing. Use coupons! Yes, that's right, clipping coupons and finding the best deals are one of the biggest money saving tips I can give you. I've always been a frugal shopper, always looking for the best deal. I know that by having this mindset I've saved an exuberant amount of money!
A few weeks ago I discovered a show, TLC's Extreme Couponing. It's a show about shoppers who have mastered the art of saving using discount coupons to buy groceries. Saving hundreds of dollars (average of 90% off retail) each time they visit the store. Those on the show might in fact be a little extreme, but I can learn a thing or two from 'em. I thought I was fugal but after watching one episode it was like a like the light bulb came on, I discovered that I
could be should be paying soooo much less for our groceries.
My philosophy when shopping for anything from groceries to toys to clothing is to never to pay full price. The sale racks/shelves are always the first place to look for the best deals. In addition to scoring on the sale price hand over your coupons and just watch your total decrease drastically from the retail price. Bam, you've just saved yourself a small fortune!
We were in Borders Books the other night and Alex asked if he could see "his" coupon, he already knows that we use coupons for everything, including his books from Borders! It's never too early to teach our kids the value of a hard earned dollar, right? Both boys found a book on sale, we had two 30 percent off coupons (both Dustin and I each have a rewards card), we rang up each book on a separate transaction. We walked away paying just $5.07 total!
Sunday afternoon we went to pick up a few groceries at the grocery store. Of course I brought my coupon folder along and left getting all of these groceries (click on the image for a larger view)...
...after scanning my coupons my grand total was only $15.23
I was bummed that I didn't have any coupons for the butter, strawberries or tortillas. However, I do feel that saving 44% by using coupons, I scored!
What's your favorite shopping experience in which you scored?