Posted May 13, 2009on:
Around Christmas I stumbled upon a few blogs that described using coupons and all the glory it entails. I am always ready to spend less, especially on things we had to buy anyway, so I did a little more reading and started buying a Sunday paper solely for the coupon inserts, as well as frequenting Walgreens and CVS to try and work their sales and coupons to my advantage. I have read wonderful stories about saavy women that regularly save 90% on their grocery bill and I have to say I have yet to join their ranks. However, by paying more attention to pricing and sales I have been spending less on groceries and toiletries, sometimes with the help of coupons and sometimes with the help of CVS extra bucks and Walgreens register rewards (essentially “money” to be used in each store).
Today I had a small victory at Walgreens. I went in with some RRs and a coupon making tissues .99. I bought toothpaste, tissues, and cherry Coke for a mere .42 and got 2 RRs. I felt a little silly that I had to use my debit card because my coin purse was depleted due to frequent trips to the drink machine for diet Cokes in the last month. I realize that you have to initially spend money to get “drugstore dollars”, but I am learning how to use special offers to my advantage.
There are a lot of blogs out there explaining how to play the coupon game (Being Frugal is Fabulous and Bargain Briana are just two). I think I will stick with playing it. And being proud of my .42 purchase.