Emily’s Success with Coupons
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Emily’s Success with Coupons

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
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I am so excited to say that we have our first success story from one of you!  I am thrilled that Emily is kicking butt out there and saving $$$$$$$$$.  Check out her story.  Post one of yours also and lets keep encouraging each other with our couponing successes!
~Marnie
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My name is Emily. I’m 26 years old. I’m not married. I have no children. I don’t live with my parents. I don’t live with my boyfriend. It’s just me, and I can’t stop couponing.

It started after watching TLC’s first episode of extreme couponing. I’m a very organized person and I’m always looking for ways to save money. I said “I can do that!” So I did. After checking out facebook sites, I realized I had to create a separate facebook page to track all the coupons and sample sites. I also decided to get a separate “couponing” email address. I wanted it to be clever. What am I doing? I’m saving money. Why? So I can have fun and live a little. I live to save, so that I can live.

I then bought a coupon organizer the size of a large wallet. I had all my coupons memorized. I didn’t study them. It just came naturally. I started having dreams every night about watching my coupons take my total down to $0!! My system worked great until I started accumulating more coupons then I was using. All of a sudden I had this extreme NEED to go out and get a binder to create my own system.

Here is what I’m using:
– 1.5 inch zippered binder
– colored tabs with front pockets (for large coupons, eliminated extra cost of buying full sheet protectors)
– baseball card sleeves
– binder pouch for scissors, notepad, and calculator
I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible. There is only one store I go to, King Soopers, a Kroger store. I know that I could spend even less
at Walmart, but I try to stay away from the big monster stores. Walmart also has very bad employment practices, and working at an employment law firm, I probably shouldn’t support them! lol I do go there for my favorite toilet paper though, White Cloud. I can’t really explain my behavior, it’s just what I’m comfortable with.

My first couponing trip was a great success! I paid $8 for all of this except the bag of frozen strawberries.

My 2nd trip was even more rewarding. I saved 43%, had a $50 gift card I received, and only paid $24.21 out of pocket! It would have been less but I bought a $16.99 container of protein mix.  So I could have paid just over $7 for all of it! Incredible! The 2 40oz of Heinz Ketchup were FREE. I had 2 $2 off coupons and they were on sale for $1.99. The deodorants were .44-.79 each. The Gatorade was .69 each. The detergent was $1.50 to $2. I love it.

I will never shop the same way again! Since I can’t possible use all of my coupons, I have recruited my boyfriend and friends in letting me help them by lending my skills and coupons so that they can learn how to save to. I hope this feeling of satisfaction never goes away!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.