Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Look at me now, I'm getting paper!

Is it just me, or does the world of couponing seem confusing. 
10 years ago:
I remember when my mom used coupons.  I was so embarrassed!  It seemed like everywhere we went she had a coupon (that’s probably why we went there).  I’m not sure why I found it embarrassing but I can remember that terrible feeling when we would be standing in line at Reasor’s grocery and she would pull out her coupon book.  I even made fun of her several times for her coupons.  As a teenager, I was terrible.  I had no idea how hard it was for my single mom to provide for us.
Now that I am a single woman trying to make ends meet (and off the family payroll) I am beginning to explore the world of couponing.   I have a friend that is a borderline “extreme couponer.”  She has a coupon tub!  She extremely organized and somewhat inspiring.  She also introduced me to a new blog: Coupon Closet.
I’m not sure if it is the economy or the TV show, but couponing has become trendy! WHAT?!?
I don’t care who you are, spending $5 on $100 worth of groceries is awesome!
My problem: it’s over my head!  I really want to be an extreme couponer but I’m not sure I have the energy, time, patience, or skills to make it happen.  Watching the sale adds every week, going to several different grocery stores, not to mention the sharp memory required to keep up with the hundreds of clippings! It’s exhausting!
But I figured that if I can count WW (weight watcher) points, I should be able to coupon.
My couponing mentor friend has opened my eyes to the money I could be saving.  Today we went to a local store that was selling Ritz toasted chips 2 for $4.  We had a coupon for $1 off when you buy 2.  So I bought 2 bags of toasted chips for $3! Yay! (For those of you wondering the chips are 4 WW points a serving which is the same as baked lays). 
My motivation for making this happen: OKC is getting an OUTLET MALL! With all the money I am saving (and the pounds I am dropping thanks to WW) I can treat myself to a shopping spree!

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