“Hi, my name is Stace…and I am a coupon addict…”
I get asked all the time (usually in line at the grocery store!) how I save so much money on groceries, where I get my coupons, etc. Which is a large part of why I started SavingStace.com in the first place – to share my little bits of knowledge and the scenarios and deals that I find, so that hopefully you will save as well.
I decided to write this “series” to let you know how I got started, why I use coupons, what coupons really are and why manufacturers even put them out there, where I get coupons, how I stay organized (I’ll save that for last, since I”m way unorganized at the moment!)…and whatever other tidbits of info I can think of. So here we go…
Like a lot of people, I had dabbled in couponing from time to time. If I would happen upon a coupon for a product that I use on a regular basis, or someone would tell me about a great deal. But it wasn’t until early this year that a friend of mine introduced me to what I like to call “strategic couponing” (And so began my coupon addiction…thanks, Jenn!). This is where you combine your coupons with sales and promotions, to get the most savings. I soon realized that not only is there this whole “world” of couponing out there, but it’s SO easy!
I can honestly say that since I have been using coupons (strategically), I have reduced our monthly grocery budget by around 40-60%, sometimes more, depending on the sales and what coupons I have on hand. When you consider that we are a family of 5, that’s quite a huge savings.
Using coupons has allowed me to take these savings and apply them to other areas of our lives – savings, traveling to see family, medical expenses (with 3 kids, there is ALWAYS some kind of medical expense!), etc.
I believe that everyone can benefit from using coupons. Whether you use coupons full time, once a month or whatever works for you, saving money is always beneficial.
So that’s how it all began. I now have a super coupon addiction, which I feed on a regular basis. I have a hard time going shopping without my coupon binder. I even keep a few “good” coupons in my wallet, just in case we make an unexpected shopping trip. Seriously. But, hey, this is one addiction that I can live with
I am happy to answer any questions that you might. So feel free to comment or send me a message!