At Home With The Hinsons

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Coupon'ing Queen Hopeful

Hi all, happy Sunday!
I hope you're enjoying
this rainy, lazy afternoon.
James has swimmers ear
so we had a l-o-n-g night.
Needless to say we're taking
advantage of our slow paced day.

Other than the ending of another
school year and baseball season,
what else have I been up to??
Well, I've been inspired by all
you coupon clipping, blogging mamas.
Inspired as in, I want to be in the
Shoppers who Snag $80 worth of Groceries
for $1.57 Club!
Like any other adventure, I began with research.
I read up on all the tips and techniques...
and now, I'm all in.

I started by developing a system for myself.
The goal was to create a simple,
cute and inexpensive coupon organizer.
I picked up a plastic container for $3.50.
Armed with my Cricut, decorative paper and Modge-Podge,
I got to work.
Once my organizer was pretty,
it was time to make it functional.
I used 5x7 envelopes as divider pockets.
To make them more sturdy,
I backed the envelopes with card stock.
Since I was a bit unsure of the best way to categorize them,
I took the easy route and just wrote on the envelopes.
Once I've perfected my method I can redo them.

So, what do you think??
I've been printing online coupons
and snipping the ones from the paper.
I even used a coupon this afternoon,
when I filled James' ear drop prescription.
That'd be a $15 co-pay for medicine
with a $25 CVS gift card in return.
I used the gift card to purchase ear plugs
and a few random things we needed here at home.
With the $7 remaining,
I'm planning a return trip for more bargains. :)
I'll keep you posted on my coupon clipping progress.
But now I wanna know,
do you love and use coupons?
What are your best coupon tricks of the trade??
Thanks for sharing! :D


Holli said...

I just started clipping coupons. I went to Walgreen's today and bought a bag of items for 2.00. You should use your CVS card and buy items that give you extra bucks. Then next week, you check the sale paper and use your extra bucks to buy more items that give you extra bucks. Soon you'll be getting bags of items for a couple dollars.

Jennifer Murray said...

I just started the whole couponing thing as well! We live near a Publix now which has been my inspiration. So far I have saved over $200 in my past few trips. Good luck to you!

Jennifer said...

I'm not a full-blown coupon queen, but I do use coupons whenever I shop. I try not to buy stuff that I don't need though - just because I have the coupon.

Good luck and keep us posted!

Martha said...

I've been budgeting since I was in high school...maybe I should have been an accountant instead of a Registered Nurse. I love, love, love coupons. I'm the one everyone hates to be behind at Wal Marts, Food World, and Winn Dixie because I have $40 worth of coupons, but let me add that I don't use a coupon for something we don't like. I recommend Shop, Save, and Share by Ellie Kaye. It's an excellent book.

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