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!
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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