About a year and a half ago, I decided to save money by couponing. I read all of the money saving websites, clipped every single coupon and tried to play the coupon game at CVS and Walgreens.
And I hated it. gasp
There. I said it. I hated it.
I know there are thousands of people who stock pile items this way and save hundreds and hundreds of dollars every year and get very excited when they buy a whole grocery cart full of cereal and toothpaste for mere pennies. And I know this should excite me and I guess it would have except for that time I bought a giant bottle of Sambucal and then accidentally let $21 worth of CVS bucks expire.
It was at this point that I realize I didn't have the energy or the gumption to clip every single coupon every week, scour the sale ads, match up coupons to sales and spend hours on all of the money saving websites.
Now don't get me wrong. I have several friends that do this and I have a huge amount of respect for them. But I am too lazy. But at the same time, I feel that throwing away all of those coupons that come anyway in my Sunday paper is a waste.
So I come up with a system that works for me. I keep each coupon circular. And I mark the front of them with the date and toss them in a folder. I have separate folders for Red Plum, Proctor and Gamble and Smart Source. This takes me about 30 seconds.
And when I see something as I am casually flipping through the weekly food circulars that I know I am going to get anyway that happens to be on sale and wonder if there is a coupon out there to match it, I head to
This site is awesome. All you do is type in a product name and it will tell you if there is a coupon out there for it, how much the coupon is worth, which circular it came from and when it expires. It also has a 'clip' feature. If you know you are going to use this coupon, you 'clip' it (by hitting clip) and it will mark it so that you don't think you have this coupon when you do future searches.
I know I'm not saving tons of money this way but I am saving some money, I'm not spending hours clipping coupons I'm never going to use and I can spend the rest of the time happily reading blogs...WORKS FOR ME!
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