I am NOT a couponer. But I do use coupons.
Work is slowing down for Spencer so I have put more consideration in building a modest stockpile. Just like I am working to build a six-month emergency cash fund, I think a collection of products that prevent us from running to the store will be helpful as well.
I was pretty impressed with my “haul” from Dollar General. (And it was a haul… I walked to the store :)) I spent $7.59 for:
- Toothbrushes @ $.75 each
- Toothpaste @ $.167 per ounce
- Dawn Dishsoap @ $.036 per ounce
- Hair color @ $.75 per box
- Ivory soap @ $.33 per bar (3.1 ounces)
- Free floss
My local gas station offers free Des Moines Registers with the purchase of 8 gallons of gas, so Spencer and I wait for Sunday to fill up.
We clip coupons on Sunday afternoon. I compare my coupons with store deals through websites like Money Saving Mom. I also print coupons for additional savings. All told, I spend about 2 hours each Sunday planning my trip. My hourly wage doesn’t equal much, but I enjoy it. I am a numbers nerd and enjoy the strategy and math that goes into couponing.
I have recently started a price book to track my purchases. After I make a purchase I bring the receipt to my computer. I record it in my monthly budget worksheet and then figure each item’s cost per ounce, pound, etc. Comparing items according to weight helps me ensure I am getting the best deal. It also helps me decide if a sale price is worth stocking up on.
I have sworn off extreme couponing before, but a modest stockpile does no harm. And, it is cheap entertainment.